Saturday, 31 July 2010

Remembering Bobby

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Originally uploaded by kaymurray
It's a year to the day since football lost one of its favourite sons. We'll never forget you Sir Bobby.

Sunday, 27 September 2009

3 more points, ball-playing brothers and a house visit from a very handsome doctor

Real Madrid are top of the league after a three-nil victory over Tenerife on Saturday evening. The away side gave a good account of themselves though, especially in the first half, but in the end they could not stop a Benzema brace and a cracking Kaka goal securing the home side their fifth consecutive league victory.

I was pitchside for the game and my sympathies go out to the young steward who was caught by his boss stealing a quick glance at the action on the pitch instead of keeping his eye on the fans in the stands.
"Cesar! Gira tu silla, ya." (Cesar, turn your chair back round right now!)
Down in Andalucia, Barca also made it 5 in 5, by beating Malaga 2-0 at La Rosaleda. Although Pep's boys are level on points with the whites as well as goals scored; they have conceded more (3 to our 2), giving us the advantage.

The Tenerife fans I spoke to before the game were amazing. They are true supporters, who know their club inside out and travel the length and bredth of the country to watch their team. When you live in the Canary Islands, this is not a cheap or easy thing to do.

Outside and inside the stadium, they sang their hearts out and did their team proud. As part of my preview for the game, I asked the Tenerife fans to tell us facts about their side to give our viewers a better understanding of their history and what kind of team they are. They did not let me down, as you will see for yourself in next week's Real Madrid Life.

Before the game, we were told by the club that there was an interview to do in the Presidential Palco. All we knew was that the VIP guest was an English speaker. Because I had to record my match preview, I was not able to get up there for the time stated, so in the end one of bosses did the interview. It turns out it was Patrick Dempsey. The Grey's Anatomy star had come to see Real Madrid while he was in town. My flatmate Miranda almost passed out when I told her I had missed the opportunity to see him in the flesh and speak to him!

After the game I spoke to Xabi Alonso, Royston Drenthe and Kaka - who was delighted to have scored his first official goal at the Bernabeu. Now the team are all looking ahead to this Wednesday's Champions League meeting with Olympique Marseille.

I also caught up with Mikel Alonso, Xabi's brother and another member of the footballing dynasty that is the Alonso family! Mikel is also a midfielder, but he plys his trade with last night's rivals, Tenerife. It was the first time he and Xabi had come face to face on the pitch in a competitive game. He was a lovely guy and spoke to me about how it was very special to have played against his little brother at a stadium as beautiful as the Santiago Bernabeu. Their parents must be very proud!

Friday, 25 September 2009

Look out for Real Madrid Life this week

Big heels and big hair in ode to a big week for Real Madrid. 7 goals in 2 games and all of them crammed into one show. Pepe Interview. Super Spain and their basketball success and a special report from Juan, the presenter of the Spanish version of the show for our sister channel. Hope you enjoy it. Catch it from tomorrow evening onwards.

Photos to follow as soon as my saviour, Vicky (responsible for hair and make-up!), uploads them.

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

The good run continues

Real Madrid made it four league wins in four on Wednesday night at El Madrigal, with a 2-0 victory over Villarreal. Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaká, the goalscorers.

Garay pulled up with an injury in the pre-match warm-up giving Manuel Pellegrini some last-minute problems with what was an already depleted back line. With Metzelder injured and Pepe still suspended, the Chilean coach opted for Ramos at centre-half, alongside Albiol, with Lassana Diarra covering at right-back. The boys kept another clean-sheet so it was alright on the night!

A few pointers from the game:
  • Cristiano Ronaldo made history once again, becoming the first Real Madrid player ever to score in his first four league games. 5 league goals now........and counting!
  • Kaká scored his first goal for Real Madrid, slotting home a penalty in the 71st minute.
  • Raul equalled Manolo Sanchis' record of 523 (official) games for the Whites.
  • Mahamadou Diarra played his first minutes in almost a year, when he came on just after the 80 minute mark.

Things are looking good in el Mundo de Madridismo!

Monday, 21 September 2009

A 5-0 scoreline I could be happy with this weekend!

So Middlesbrough lost their top of the table clash with West Brom on Saturday. I say lost, they got thrashed 5-0. My mum was at the game and said it left her feeling "dead inside"!

But a 5-0 result was to be the running theme for my teams this weekend as Real Madrid put five past Xerez at the Bernabeu on Sunday. It was much nicer to be supporting the team that dished out the defeat than the one that was subjected to it!

The goals came frm CR9 (2), Guti (again), Benzema (first official goal) and Ruud Van Nistelrooy. Great to see the number 17 back, albeit briefly. Cruelly, the Dutchman picked up an injury whilst striking the ball and tests on Monday morning have confirmed he will be out for 5-6 weeks. I'm sending out all my best wishes and "animo" to Ruud in the hope that he makes a speedy recovery so that we get to see even more of his goals this season.

I didn't have to work at the game on Sunday and so I watched it from the press box with Pablo. While there I bumped into a few familiar faces including Frederic Hermel (L'equipe)!
Real Madrid are now top of the league and Cristiano has scored four goals in the last three league games and six in four, when you include the Champions League. Lots of people scoffed at his move to Real Madrid, saying that Manchester United had had the best of him. I'll happily settle for this standard, whether it's his best or not!

Saturday, 19 September 2009

A familiar face pays a visit

My good friend Alison Bender was in Madrid at the weekend. She stopped by at the studios as soon as she arrived to see some of her old colleagues! Alison used to work with us here at Real Madrid TV and she still has a lot of friends here. These days she's plying her trade with ESPN, Al Jazeera and Chelsea TV, but she still has a place in her heart for the Spanish capital and its most famous football club.