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Officially Crazy. But At Least It Was Fun. - Storm In A Teacup
November 2010
Wed, Oct. 13th, 2010 07:39 pm
Officially Crazy. But At Least It Was Fun.

Here's my little adventure from Spain's match against Scotland last night.

I hadn’t really planned on going to the hotel, but it was right in the center of town which was where I was anyway, so I went by to see what was happening. A lot of people were waiting around, so I decided it wasn’t too creepy to stay and hang out. I hadn’t been there too long, when we saw del Bosque going up in the elevator. Radisson Blu wins at life because it’s all glass – glass walls and glass elevators, so even standing outside you can see everything inside. Not too long after that, Sergio went up in the elevator! I got embarrassingly excited. There may have been shaking and a small squeak of joy. And then he saw us looking up at him and smiled big and waved! Swoon! Then Arbeloa came into the lobby. We were outside at that point and the security guards had been pretty douchey, but then we all went into the lobby and they didn’t stop us. Arbeloa was really nice about signing for everyone and taking photos, and I got to say something to him. In Spanish! Accomplishment! I also saw Xabi in the elevator and he also waved, and David Silva was on the balcony watching everything in the lobby and looking quite amused at the fuss over Arbeloa.


After that it was ages until anything else exciting happened. The hotel staff kicked us out and put us all behind ropes and then police came for crown control, and then finally we started to see more players walking around. Pepe came down into the lobby. It was absolutely joyous seeing that beautiful bald headed man so close up. We also saw Iker, David Villa, and Llorente wandering around for a little while until the team started coming out to the bus. They didn’t stop at all to sign or do photos, so unfortunately most of my photos of that are of the backs of people’s heads. But still! The backs of Spanish footballer heads! Anyway I was still happy to have seen them.



At Hampden I wasn’t sitting with the Spain supporters section. I love the Scottish but I have to admit it was slightly frightening. I’ve never been to a match before where I was cheering the away team but sitting with home fans. They played the Proclaimers and everyone sang along and were generally very very loud. I kept looking longingly over to the Spain section. They looked like they were having so much fun, and I was hiding my little Spain flag in my bag.  



The teams came out and it was just such an amazing feeling seeing the Spanish NT walk out onto the pitch. The cutest thing ever was Iker with the kids he walked out with. It was freezing and Iker kept leaning down to rub their arms and shoulders to keep them warm. He is too adorable! I really hope he becomes a daddy soonish, I think he’d be so great at it.  



Wanting to live to tell this tale, I was mostly silent and stoic throughout the first half, mouthing things and clenching my fists a lot. When Villa scored it was so incredible! It took all my will power not to leap out of the seat. I love Villa SFM and to see him score a goal and a record tying goal at that – unbelievable!



After they’d switched sides for the second half, Sergio was on my side of the field. He was so close to me! With all the running… and the sweating… and frankly, dat ass. Oh it was so so good. Also so so good – Iniesta’s goal! Absolutely frigging amazing!



Then Scotland scored. It was so weird being quiet while everyone around me was going mental. But it was still sort of cool to experience, even though it wasn’t my team who’d scored, being around that energy and joy. Scotland’s not a team I dislike, so it was easy to feel happy for them, especially since I wasn’t too worried that we’d lose or draw. Except of course then there was the second goal, which was absolutely painful to watch. I just felt so terrible for Pique, and for Iker, and then was worried about the match outcome as well.



For large portions of the match Scotland was booing Sergio. I say it’s because he is clearly so awesome, but a man behind me disagreed. He felt that Sergio was “a diving git.” I very seriously considered turning around and telling him that Sergio is tough as fuck and to shut it, but I figured that would be absolute stupidity and I settled for giving him my best Nando-inspired bitchface. Surely Nando would bitchface the hell out of someone who dared malign Sergio so I felt it was my duty in his absence. I’m not actually sure if he noticed. Later I did get into a “discussion” with a guy in my row who agreed with the “diving git” accusation and did not like my theory that Sergio was being targeted by people who clearly knew he’d just suffered an ankle injury.



Then, praise Jesus Navas, Llorente scored. Once again it was extremely weird, since I instinctively started clapping but everyone around me was dead quiet. I was on the edge of my seat the rest of the game and the 3 added minutes were like glorious torture - part of me wanted as much time possible to keep watching, but another part of me just wanted that whistle to blow. And it was a sweet sound when it did. And then Puyi and Xabi took their shirts off. A much appreciated end to the evening! It was an incredible match to be at. I couldn't ask for better than to see goals from Villa, Iniesta and Llorente (ok well if Sergio had scored on one of this attempts I would've gone nuts) and the fact that Scotland equalized made it that much more exciting and more satisfying to win in the end. 

So my camera went a little crazy too, and the photos didn't come out well at all. It didn't want to zoom. Or be in focus. But here are some of the better or at least not bad ones. 

Hi Handsome!

Sergio coming out of the hotel. A pinnacle of my life? Possibly.  

Seeing the Spanish walk out - another singular unforgettable moment.

In this one you can kind of see that Iker is bending down over the kids to keep them warm.

I know this isn't a great shot, but you can see half naked Xabi and Puyol so I thought I'd better include it :-)

All the photos here

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Wed, Oct. 13th, 2010 07:03 pm (UTC)

I Am Blair Blair Is Me
Wed, Oct. 13th, 2010 07:09 pm (UTC)

I am literally sitting here in the library LMAO. Oh Kristen Wiig - how perfect are you?

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Wed, Oct. 13th, 2010 10:32 pm (UTC)

That gif is just everything I would possibly need to express in relation to your post. Followed by Ariel. All the Xabi interviews this week have been killing me in the best way possible.

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Thu, Oct. 14th, 2010 03:32 pm (UTC)

Hey you! :D I saw your post on ontd_fb! ..I'm Jenny, the swedish girl from the hotel...? :)

so did you manage to get there in good time and everything in the end? you rushed away from the hotel pretty damn quickly ;)

I totally did not see Silva being up on the balcony! haha that's funny.

I was wondering where you might be sitting during the game :) From your pics it looks like you were not that far away from me. I was just more to the right (of the middle) and a bit further down :)

Wanting to live to tell this tale, I was mostly silent and stoic throughout the first half, mouthing things and clenching my fists a lot. When Villa scored it was so incredible! It took all my will power not to leap out of the seat.

hahah ikr!? And since I had my Spain shirt on, I totally got people glaring at me and kind of pointing and whispering to each other and I just kind of shrunk down in my seat to try and make myself invisible lol! And I didn't dare do a thing when Spain scored, but on the inside I was jumping up and down, screaming with joy XD and every time Spain scored it just got dead quiet. Either Iniesta's or Llorente's goal (I can't remember which one) it took me a few seconds to realize it was a goal because everyone was just so quiet! haha. and when Scotland scored and everyone else was going crazy and I was just sitting down and like "okay, calm down please, you're blocking my view" :P

After Pique scored the own goal a lot of people around me started chanting his name every time he got the ball, that was kinda funny actually! But I was really nervous after that that it would end a draw, so thank god for Llorente! :D

so I wasn't imagining that they were booing extra much for Sergio then? :O I'm just now transferring all my pics and videos to my computer and I was looking at a video I took when they were announcing all the players before the match and Sergio definitely got the most booing, while Xabi even got some cheering! haha..but what's that all about? tsk tsk ;)

It was fun reading the whole thing from someone else's perspective hihi :)

I Am Blair Blair Is Me
Thu, Oct. 14th, 2010 05:48 pm (UTC)

Hey girl! I JUST made it to the match on time, if I hadn't left when I did it would have been a disaster.

I kept looking longingly over at the Spain section and wishing I was with them. LOL! Totally! When Llorente scored I started clapping, but then I stopped because everyone around was silent and I thought maybe I'd seen it wrong and it hadn't actually gone in.

No, they definitely were booing my baby! I have NO idea why. So I will stick to my theory that it is just because he is so awesome and formidable :-)

So are you back in Sweden now?

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Fri, Oct. 15th, 2010 04:57 pm (UTC)

haha I totally think that was the reason why as well ;) I must say I have a new-found admiration for Sergio after this match. He's sooooo gorgeous irl and I thought he was really good in the match! man had some nice skills ;) haha

No, I'm actually staying in the UK for some time, but I'm waaaay down in the south west. Stopped by Liverpool on the way back, but excluding that the whole train ride took about 8 hours! that's how far down I am :P haha

oh, and I just saw your previous post about the liverpool match...you actually went by Fernando Torres' house!? :O How do you even know where he lives? :O and speaking about Liverpool, I'm so happy right now I think I could cry! :D THEY ARE FINALLY GONE!!!

p.s. Mind if I friend you? :)

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I Am Blair Blair Is Me
Fri, Oct. 15th, 2010 05:31 pm (UTC)

Well, the guy running the tour pointed out nando's house. Otheriwse I'd never know! That'd be creepy.

Friend away :-)

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Sun, Oct. 17th, 2010 03:57 pm (UTC)

haha wow, they're really showing his hour during a city tour? LOL! I kinda want to feel bad for him though, since he's always so very private and shy and keeping everything to himself, but at the same time, I can't help but laugh at it ;P

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