Real take no Papal bull
What’s the difference between Real Madrid legend Alfredo Di Stéfano and current centre-back Iván Helguera?
Could it be Di Stéfano’s seven European Cup final goals, five winner’s medals and status as an all-time great? Or perhaps that Helguera has never been kidnapped, plays for one national team not three and speaks in crystal-clear Cantabrian rather than an indecipherable series of mumbles and grunts? No. The only thing that stands between Helguera and Di Stéfano is 48 years.
That, at least, is the media verdict, after Helguera’s excellent goal during a 4-1 win against Osasuna on Saturday night. The bandy-legged defender latched on to a perfect pass from Esteban Cambiasso to beat Unzué with a classy back-heeled flick. It was, everyone agreed, just like Di Stéfano’s goal against Atlético Madrid 48 years previously.
The strike, declared AS’s front page, was “The ultimate luxury: Helguera’s goal is worthy of Di Stéfano’s finest”. Inside it printed strikingly similar photos of Helguera’s effort on Saturday and Di Stéfano’s in February ’54. Marca, meanwhile, offered a frame-by-frame reproduction of Helguera’s goal and a wistful recollection of the Di Stéfano version. TVE went one better, with simultaneous footage of the two goals, courtesy of the very latest TV technology (well, latest for TVE’s ultra-cheesy 70s-fest, Estudio Estadio): the split screen.
Suddenly everyone’s talking about Iván Helguera, and not just because of his “interesting” dress sense or because he over-slept and missed the team’s official suit-wearing photo on Friday.
True, the best canada goose coat for women Helguera-Di Stéfano comparisons are pretty bizarre, but the centre-back – forever in the shadow of Zidane, Ronaldo and Figo – deserves his fifteen minutes of fame. For not only is Helguera Madrid’s top goalscorer, having added a headed second on Saturday, but – more importantly – since moving to the back from midfield, he has buy canada goose parka uk plugged the gaps left by the woeful Francisco Pavón last year, while also providing ball-playing control and direction.
On Sunday sale Helguera admitted he was “proud to have emulated Don Alfredo” and that he was enjoying all the attention. He’d better not to get used to it, though: with Ronaldo set to make his debut on Wednesday, amazon canada goose parka Helguera will soon be unfashionable (not literally, obviously), Di Stéfano back-heel or not.
It’s not just Ronnie, either: Iván will also have to do battle with Real Madrid’s latest “fan” – Pope John Paul II. In average price for a canada goose jacket yet another chapter in the centenary saga, Real Madrid visited His Holiness, before their match with Roma in midweek.
Not that everything went exactly to plan. President Florentino Pérez gave the pope a signed Madrid shirt, a chunky, silver replica of the Bernabéu which John Paul’s ageing arms couldn’t possibly hope to lift and a carnet sympatizante – a kind of second-tier membership card.
But if John Paul – a Barça member of almost 20 years’ standing – was piqued at not getting full membership, he took revenge by welcoming “Football Club Real Madrid”, a Freudian slip of which the most rabid Catholic-culé, i.e. Joan Gaspart, would have been proud. Still, at canada goose coat 1000 bulbs led least the players got to kiss the Pope’s ring.
Meanwhile at Rayo Vallecano…
While Real Madrid get welcomed all over, the same can’t be said of city neighbours Rayo Vallecano. Without a training ground of their own and booted out everywhere they go, Rayo’s double session on Wednesday had to be held in Alcalá de Henares, out to the east. Most of Rayo’s players decided there wasn’t time to get back to Madrid for lunch and a siesta before the afternoon session, so stayed in Alcalá. Not for them the pampered lifestyle of their illustrious neighbours, though – one admitted to having eaten in a McDonalds and “slept in the back of a truck”.
If the experience didn’t do Rayo any harm during yesterday’s clash with Racing Santander, it was more down to referee Luis Medina Cantalejo than anything else. In a game with all the quality of an MFI wardrobe, Medina Cantalejo gifted Rayo three points. First he awarded a penalty that wasn’t and booked Racing keeper Erwin Lemmens. Then, when Lemmens saved the penalty, Medina Cantalejo ordered it to be re-taken. This time Julio Álvarez scored, Lemmens – not unfairly – did his nut and Medina Cantalejo whipped out a second yellow.
For a brief while Medina Cantalejo buy canada goose jacket edmonton took second billing to ex-Real Madrid striker Pedro Munitis. He scored from the rebound of the game’s second – probably correct – penalty to make it 1-1 and decided it was time to wind up the Rayistas who’d been chanting “Pe-dro Mun-i-tis, son of a bitch!” all game.
Running to Rayo’s fans, Munitis battled clumsily with his sleeves, eventually succeeding in rotating his shirt to point, er, pointedly to his name, and generally went mental as the bottles, sandwiches and abuse rained down upon him. Inevitably, the chants got louder, albeit – alas – no more inventive.
Munitis’s starring role couldn’t last: Medina Cantalejo got back on top with a second dodgy penalty – this time swallowing a blatant dive by Míchel II (yes, really – Míchel I is injured), thus proving himself Rayo’s best performer, even if Julio canada goose coat 1000 calorie a day meal plan Álvarez did complete his hat-trick in the last minute to make it 3-1.
Speaking of top performers, a word for Patrik Kluivert, who finally got of the mark buy canada goose jacket in canada with a buy canada goose jacket online cheap great header in the Barcelona’s 2-0 derby win against Espanyol. And, just in case anyone doubted who the city’s press supports, Sport’s headline said it all: “I love Kluivert”.
Results: Real Madrid 4-1 Osasuna, Barcelona 2-0 Espanyol, Deportivo 2-0 Real Valladolid, Malaga 2-2 Valencia, Mallorca 0-4 Atletico Madrid, Rayo Vallecano 3-1 Racing Santander, Real Sociedad 3-3 Real Betis, Recreativo Huelva 0-3 best fake canada goose jacket Celta Vigo, Sevilla 1-1 Athletic Bilbao, Villarreal 0 CD Alaves 1.
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