ICYMI – España vs. Colombia
In case you missed it – España vs. Colombia [2011-02-09, international friendly].
Well, we finally won an amistoso as world champions, although we did have to suffer (and suffer we did) until almost the very last minute, when David Silva came to save us, on a night when all eyes were on the other David, David Villa, to see whether he would break Raúl’s goalscoring record in his stadium, the Santiago Bernabéu. But he couldn’t do it, even in front of an empty goal, because once again, the post proved to be his worst enemy. Andrés Iniesta was the best player out there, and received a standing ovation when he left the game.
Iker, on the other hand, did set a new record, for most international games played at all levels. He has 158 caps (117 at the senior level and 41 at the lower levels), edging Andoni Zubizarreta, although Iker will still need 10 more games to surpass Zubi’s record for most international games at the senior level. It won’t be long. Iker debuted at the age of 14 on March 9, 1996. His coach that night with the U-15 team, Teodoro Nieto, was at the game last night.
ONE. The goal celebration. Cheers for the bajitos! Take a close look at what Llorente, Busi and Arbeloa do to Silvi’s hair, because it will be important later on.
TWO. The most beautiful team in the world, warming up. The slow motion really helps you to appreciate the beauty that’s there, no?
THREE. In the tunnel on the way to the field, you could really tell that all the players get along. They joked around as they walked, gave each other pats on the back and high fives… I love it.
FOUR. A fun pregame moment: Busi’s kid was missing, so finally he just gave up (look at that gesture of exasperation!!) and started walking down the tunnel towards the field by himself. Once he got to the field, he kept looking back to see if his kid was around. And finally, the kid came running up and made it at the last moment.
FIVE. Around 72,200 people responded to Iker and Villa’s pleas and attended the game, raising one and a half million euros for the AFE to buy defibrillators for the teams of the second division, as well as fund scholarships and help unemployed footballers. All good causes.
SIX. The Bernabéu also dedicated an ovation to Vicente del Bosque, the biggest of the night, when his name was announced. We haven’t forgotten you, míster. I hope Florentino heard it.
SEVEN. As I always say, my favorite moments during the games are when the ball is not in play. I love watching substitutions to see how teammates interact with each other. And David Villa and Joan Capdevila didn’t disappoint. Both of them, as they came off the field, hugged and patted all their teammates on the sidelines. I think that for Santi Cazorla, it’s instinctive for everyone, even the not much taller David Villa, to pat him on the head, for the (lack of) height and because he’s just so cute.
EIGHT. With all the buzz around his relationship with (Colombian) Shakira, Gerard Piqué was cheered by the visiting crowd when his name was announced and throughout the game.
I bet this was not the first time this week he’s been in these positions, with a Colombian present next to him.
Who wishes they were Dr. Celada in this exact moment?
NINE. There were a lot of famous faces in the Bernabéu last night, including Luis Súarez, Luis Aragonés, Vicente Miera and Roberto López Ufarte (below).
Luis Súarez wasn’t impressed with how Spain was playing, and found his magazine more interesting.
Madrid was also well-represented, with Florentino Pérez, Emilio Butragueño, Jorge Valdano, Miguel Pardeza, José Mourinho and Aitor Karanka. From the RFEF came Ángel María Villar, Julen Lopetegui, Luis Milla, Ginés Meléndez and Fernando Hierro.
TEN. More beauty, this time during the himno. See, Busi’s kid did catch up! I was just disappointed that Joan Capdevila wasn’t caressing David or Xabi’s ears. Perhaps it was because David would have given him a look of death, and it’s just not something that would occur to anyone to do to Xabi.
ELEVEN. When Iker’s in charge, we all feel more secure. Me siento seguro…
One, two, three…. pose! What a gran capitán we have, no?
TWELVE. Random moments of our boys looking good. And of course, no ICYMI post can be complete without Fernando’s tight shirt, which is an institution in itself. I can’t wait for Javi (!!!) Martínez (!!!) to return for many reasons, one of which is because he’s the only other one that wears the tight shirts. Seriously, why am I not in País Vasco already??
THIRTEEN. Álvaro and Fernando were alternatively concentrating on the game and gossiping. Poor Carlos Marchena was the only field player who didn’t get to play, although he was sent to warm up. As Iker played the entire game, Pepe and Víctor stayed on the bench as well.
FOURTEEN. The Xabi Alonso pose section.™
FIFTEEN. The best and most beautiful stadium in the world gave Andrés Iniesta a standing ovation and chanted “Iniesta, Iniesta” as he was subbed out, which he responded to by applauding the fans.
SIXTEEN. Remember how in point ONE I told you to remember what happened to David Silva’s hair? Well that’s because EVERYONE was overly concerned with how their hair looked on Wednesday night. Fernando Torres started fussing with it before the game even started, all the way up to when he was subbed in, some 65 minutes later. Santi Cazorla wasn’t immune either, nor was Álvaro Arbeloa. And Piqué, despite having been writhing in pain on the ground just seconds earlier, probably knew the cameras were on him and so he found the time to make sure his hair was looking good between touching his back and wiping off sweat.
Okay, I’ll stop complaining about them paying too much attention to their hair, because they could look like this: Colombia’s assistant coach Leonel Álvarez.
SEVENTEEN. Front and back.™
Raúl Albiol, Iker Casillas.
Sevilla’s Siamese twins.
The former Liverpool contingent.
Los altos and España!!!
EIGHTEEN. The Baywatch audition segments from last night.
NINETEEN. Postgame fun.
Hércules player Abel Aguilar got hugs from two others who also play for/played for teams in Valencia, and Iker Casillas exchanged his shirt with one of Colombia’s players, whom you can see holding them behind VDB. Unfortunately, the feed I have is from TVE and they were focusing on the interview with VDB, so if anyone has footage of Iker stripping, send it over!
Silvia Barba literally grabbed and pulled David Silva over the interview, but I wish she hadn’t, because interesting things were happening behind them. Sergio Ramos had taken off his shirt and WAS NOT WEARING ANYTHING UNDERNEATH!!! And then Iker came along, in a base layer, to strip off his shorts and throw them into the crowd. Piqué, Silva and Busquets had also exchanged shirts, but unfortunately were wearing something else underneath.
Sergio Ramos for the win.
Fernando Torres returned to his day job of computer repairman after the game. I like Santi’s jacket. And does Sergio have naturally wavy hair? He appeared gel-less, which was surprising because Spain was playing in the Bernabéu. I imagine he and Cristiano have tubes of gel stashed away in all the rincones of the stadium for emergencies.
TWENTY. Looking ahead: Monday’s Valentine visit to visit the pope in the Vatican has been canceled, since more than half the team will not be able to make it (Athletic and Chelsea are playing that day, Valencia is playing on Tuesday, and Barcelona and Arsenal on Wednesday). Therefore, rational heads (not often associated with football, no?) prevailed and decided that the best thing to do would be to postpone the date to a later one in which everyone would be able to attend. Too bad for Jesús and Saint Iker!
The make-up date hasn’t been decided yet, but it’s possible that it could be Aug. 8 or 9, since Spain is scheduled to play a friendly against Italy in Rome around that time.
Meanwhile, Spain’s next game is not until a month and a half later. On March 25, Spain will take on the Czech Republic in Granada in a qualifier for the 2012 Euro. Spain is currently in first place in their group, having won three out of three.
Posted on February 11, 2011, in games and tagged albiol, arbeloa, busquets, capdevila, cazorla, del bosque, iker, in case you missed it, iniesta, llorente, marchena, navas, pepe, piqué, sergio, silva, torres, villa, xabi. Bookmark the permalink. 40 Comments.