On Sunday morning at 4.45am AEST, I was up to watch my beloved Real Madrid play the Champions League final against Atlético Madrid.
What. A. Game.
With Atlético’s first half goal still standing, a stack of chances missed and full-time played, it crossed my mind that thousands, if not millions, of madridistas are probably out there praying for a goal … is that ridiculous and a complete show of disrespect for prayer and for God if I join them? Yes, I’m pretty sure it is. Just let it go! Qué será, será. This won’t be the first time you’ve had to watch us lose.
No sooner had this thought completed itself than Sergio Ramos equalised for us in stoppage time. Given the time of day and the fact my sister (recently returned from overseas) was fast asleep, I had to contain my cries of YESSSSSSSSS!!!!!!! and dancing around the room to a very quiet yesss!! under my breath, and a surprisingly satisfying fist pump.
The match got epic. Three more goals in extra time made it 4-1 – which hardly reflected the quality of Atlético’s play and the match as a whole.
It was a fabulous way to kick-off a Sunday.
One of the loveliest things about watching the final was that I didn’t watch it alone: a bunch of friends locally and overseas were watching it at the same time. It reminded me that as trite as it is to say it, sport (and football particularly) does unite people – even as it divides them along team lines! It was great fun seeing and liking other people’s match posts on Facebooks and having friends comment on my own threads.
Mini photo essay: merengue moments
Anyway, I thought I would share some of my merengue moments with y’all in a brief photo essay:
And if you’re reading this and you’re a fellow madridista, check out the new “official Real Madrid song”. Which is apparently not an anthem, but sounds like some of the patriotic stuff coming out to the Spanish Civil War … I don’t know how to feel about it …
Expect more football posts from me!
With the 2014 World Cup around the corner, you can expect more posts of this nature in the next month or so. You have been warned.