It’s Monday and La Liga is idle until January. Yeah, there’s Copa del Rey tomorrow (a preview is coming) and there’s the fantastic donation page you could visit! Yay that. But also there’re a couple of things to talk about. First, just to get this out of the way, I didn’t see much of the Madrid game, just that last 10 minutes when both teams were kicking out as hard as possible and di Maria was trying to find the most comfortable place on the field to lie down. So the list of 13 things Clos Gomez did wrong isn’t something I can really talk about. I wasn’t actually watching during any of those moments (the last of which took place in the 78th, apparently, with Ozil getting a yellow).
But it’s also Bon Nadal to Bojan Krkic, our wee 12-year old tot who is signing a contract extension. Oh, he’s actually 20? You lie. He is in 6th grade and I know it. I’ve seen him carrying around Social Studies books and overheard him trying to spell Hatshepsut for his test in the morning. He spells it “Hapshetsut”…it’s adorable! So his contract now runs until 2015 and has a €100m buyout clause (up from €80m). I’m not sure where it puts him on the payscale, but probably at the same level as a Busi or a Pedro–and perhaps even keeps him at the same salary as before. The official site has word here, along with his goal tally: 146 matches, 38 goals. Argue about this in the comments, but I’m totally geeked about him staying. He’s only 20 and he’ll continue to mature and become a very good squad player and perhaps a lights out striker. He’s also been called up by Cruyff for a Dec 28 friendly between Catalunya and Honduras, which is just fun.
Apparently Fernando Llorente is out of the match tomorrow with an injury, so that’s good news if you’re 5’3 and would like headers. So, basically, if you’re not Pique.
Xavi is apparently fit enough to play at full tilt, which is wonderful news. Wait, he’s been injured during this absurd streak of ours? Um…what will he be like completely healed? Prepare the OMGs for launch.
It has come to my attention that there’s a break going on now in Spain, so I should get out a State of the Liga, which I’m hoping to do this weekend while I’m fattening up on Christmas ham and Hannukah pudding and Kwanzaa rolls and, uh, did I cover all of my bases? Also I’ve done some research on Russia (WC2018) which I’ll publish soon-ish and maybe a few other treats because you guys have been so nice this holiday season.
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