Feliz Cumple, Ricky!

April 22, 2010 at 11:41 pm | Posted in Vikingo News! | Leave a comment
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Fantastic news out of Real Madrid. First its my beloved Ricky’s birthday turning 28 years old! Secondly, if the day cannot get any sweeter for him, he finally joined the rest of the squad and took part of today’s training. *And cross our fingers that he will be able to fly with the team to Zaragoza* For a bit more on his presence at training click here!

Anyway, best wishes to Ricky and hope that his pesky injury is in the past and he can give his all to what is left in the competition. Vuelve la elegancia! Vuelve Kaka!

Return to the scene of the crime…

March 20, 2010 at 8:54 am | Posted in La Liga | 2 Comments
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Officially done with finals and can finally sink my head in into all the happenings at the club. There has been several juicy topics that I am sorely sorry that I missed, but nevertheless it is good to be back. So let’s look at what we have on our plate this week.

After being eliminated from the Champions League, Madrid put their boots on tightly and clocked in four goals past the simple Valladolid. Unfortunately for them they became our victim to which we took out our frustration. Still, for the most part I don’t think the madridista’s as a whole are content with the performance shown last week and the real test comes with the team’s reaction in front of the critical and fickle crowd of the Bernabeu. It is a return to the scene of the crime, where the players will have to vindicate themselves and reconnect with the audience that they have let down. Although we do face a mid-table Sporting we must not be tranquil as it is these teams that have nothing really to lose so they put up the hardest fight and also deliver the biggest surprises. I insist we need our A-game, people!

Do I think that we will see a 7-1 like last season? Nope, but I do think we need to see plenty of goals and good football in order to continue with our operation to take the Spanish title back to the capital, where it belongs.

Here is what you need to know:

1. Kaka and Benzema are still out. Benzema who has recovered from the hernia has been left out by Pellegrini deeming that it might be best for him to rest a bit longer. Kaka also hasn’t recuperated in time from contracture to his left hamstring muscle. You can also add Diarra and Drenthe to the list of absentees. Everything else stays the same in terms of the players who have been called up.

2. Pellegrini as usual has faced the hounds in the routine pre game presser and here is a snippet of what he said about this weekends rival: “Sporting are a dangerous team. Much is at stake for them. We’ll have to play well to defeat them.” True, very true!

3. Sporting’s manager Manolo Preciado also spoke and threw a jab against the Madrid press accusing them of a “witch hunt” campaign against the Chilean. Well Pellegrini, at least you have someone on your corner. Anyway, Preciado added that his team will not use the same brutal tactics employed by Valladolid to stop CR9.

4. Finally, Sporting also face some hurdles as they have not won in their last two games and also have failed to score. Not good for them as Madrid have been in form in goal and are undefeated at the Bernabeu. The pleasant news for them is that heart of their defense sees the comeback of Gregory.

Video: Well I dug deep into the vault and it was incredibly hard to find a goal or any recap of a Madrid vs Sporting game. There have certainly been some great meetings between these two especially in the early 90s when Sporting where living a glorious chapter in their history, but unfortunately I did not find any good videos of these past encounters. Still, seeing as though Rafa Van der Vaart has been finding some good fortune in plenty of minutes (will surely start this weekend), I thought why not go all the way back to the  2008-2009 season, where VDV made his debut appearance against Sporting. Yes, I know these were simpler times. Anyway, it was against the boys of the Molinon, where VDV scored a hat trick with one of these goals being the currently in fashion heel flick. Enjoy!

Vikingo News!: All Eyes on Europe

March 8, 2010 at 6:30 pm | Posted in Vikingo News! | 4 Comments
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Yes it is Champions League week and this is the only thing that goes across everyone’s mind in Madrid headquarters. Well to be honest I think everyone has been anticipating the second leg of the Lyon game since the ref blew the whistle at the Stade de Garland. We are bloody obsessed with this year’s Champions League maybe more than I have ever seen before. Maybe this is not a good thing, but can you blame us?

First let’s take a look at Crissy boy’s presser this afternoon.

“Wednesday’s match is do-or-die. We are playing very good football and we have proven that we are the strongest team in La Liga. We are familiar with Lyon. They are a strong team physically speaking, but it’s our turn to play at home.”

“I hope our fans are just as supportive on Wednesday. We will do our very best to win. We have to prove to Lyon that we own the Bernabeu.”

You can say all you want about Cristiano Ronaldo, but there is no doubt that this boy loves to compete and is driven by a challenge. His last comment sticks with me the most because it sends out a clear message: This is our home, bitches! Oh, plus he sends out his support to his buddy Kaka who is not passing through his best moment, but CR9 is confident that Kaka will be decisive for Los Blancos. For the full presser click here.

Moving on, Lass Diarra spoke to Marca to speak of course about that match. Here is some of what he said:

“We need to pressure, strike fear in our opponent and score early against Lyon. I am sure it will be a match much different than the first leg. We need to start off strong and make sure they don’t score any goals. Being down 1-0 isn’t that bad. There isn’t much difference.”

“We have to be aggressive from the start. The crowd will help a lot, but we also have to take care of our business.

Poor Lass I really do feel for him as he has not been in top form as of late, and although I am a huge fan, I think Wednesday calls for him to be on the bench. Who’s with me? I bet the majority of the madridistas. Here is the link to the article, where he speaks of other things as well.

Next in line is Kaka who spoke to Uefa.com over his new life with Madrid, Ronaldo, and obviously La Decima.

“For us the prospect of winning Real Madrid’s tenth Champions Cup in the Santiago Bernabéu has to be a motivation, but not an obligation.”

“If it becomes an obligation then it will make things more difficult for us. Winning ‘La Décima’ at the Bernabéu certainly is the fervent hope of our fans and my fellow players because there are very few clubs who even get the opportunity to play the final in their own stadium.

“Even if Lyon are having a difficult domestic campaign everything changes when it comes to the Champions League,” he warns. “We are preparing to face a great opponent because they are a top club in European competition and the Champions League changes everyone’s motivation.”

Ricky really is so well spoken and I recommend you read the entire article because all of it is really good. So here ya go, there is also a video included.

The last declarations come from the one and only Zizou. Shhh everyone, when the man takes the stage we all must listen:

“I remember a Champions League game against Bayern Munich at the Bernabeu, where the stadium almost came down. If we have a night like that one, Real Madrid will be able to do great things.

“I am convinced that they are going to come back.”

Let’s hope Zizou words have magic to them like his football. Really could not find an article on this in English so I leave you with what AS had. Click here

*So it seems like a sure bet that Benzema will miss the CL match and according to El Mundo Deportivo, Sergio Ramos is in doubt because of an infection to his toe nail. Eww.. haven’t seen this anywhere else, but will get back to you guys on this gross but yet important topic.

Madrid vs Villarreal: A Brilliant Cris!

February 22, 2010 at 5:30 pm | Posted in La Liga | Leave a comment
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After the mess in the European stage, the fingers pointed everywhere. However, the man under the heat of the spot light was el Mister. Marca on their Saturday paper had as their headline: “Pellegrini, on trial.” A bit much, no? Nonetheless, the match against Villarreal was crucial on our deflated ego after the sorry image we had offered in Lyon. Madrid needed to repair damage that had been caused and inject the madridismo with optimism that had been robbed from us simply because of one game. We needed a convincing victory… and boy did we get it.

A 6-2 victory led by none other than a sublime Ronaldo, who never looked sharper in white as he did yesterday. When he is unselfish and plays for the team, he is without a doubt unstoppable. A genius, a phenom, un crack,… well there are not enough adjectives to describe this kid when he is fired up. I break my hands in applause with a performance like the one he put on display last night.

I only had a chance to see the second half, but it is easy to say that he was the golden boy who caused the Bernabeu to party all night long. So I will not be posting my complete opinion of the game, but if you are interested in reading what happened click the link to read goal.com’s decent review of the thrashing of the yellow submarine. Nonetheless, I want to share a couple of things that caught my attention:

  1. We have one of the best players in the world and its not Ronaldo I am talking about, but my boy Pipita Higuain. After being a sub at the start of the season he has demonstrated with plenty of goals that he is made for this club. Last night he scored another double, taking his tally to 14 with two behind Lionel Messi. Madrid have put aside his contract extension until the end of the season, but with every goal he scores that contract calls to be made and signed! I am confident he will be this season pichichi!
  2. I like the associations that were demonstrated in this game. The bromantic Kaka and CR9 connection had already been confirmed at Jerez and once again their friendship shined brightly last night. However, it was good to see those sparks between Cristiano and Pipita, who when they both linked up together caused for Villarreal to split in two.
  3. Beside the bromance that I see between Kaka and Cristaino, I found Kaka to be quite sad. It was quite visible throughout the match that Kaka is feeling the pressure of everything that comes with playing with Madrid. His sadness showed with his second goal as he barely celebrated only lifting his arms to praise God. The look on his face of disappointment was evident when he saw that he was the one to be substituted. It also does not help that amongst the applause from the crowd there were jeers thrown his way. This is no way to treat one of your own. 
  4. With that said, I think it was a nice gesture of the crowd to call for Raul to take the penalty which would be moments later converted by Xabi Alonso. Raul appreciated the love as he clapped back to show his thanks.
  5. Although I am very happy with the performance against Villarreal I am still quite on the edge about Lyon. Villarreal were never really a threat to this Madrid that made the yellow defense look like water, but my problem is that with Lyon Madrid will not have it this easy. And what causes me to grow more concerned is that even with Villarreal showing a weak display of football they managed to score two goals. Our defensive flaws are still a problem and this could cost us the game in the Champions League. However, with an attack like the one Madrid demonstrated last night it makes me feel a whole lot better. Relentless and always looking forward to score the next one gives Madrid a huge advantage.

Well a great game to close the night and send a message of authoritay (in the words of South Park’s Cartman) to Lyon and of course Barcelona. On to the next… the dreaded island of Tenerife.

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