After a quite succesful virtual trip to Barcelona last week, your favourite column on the web is back with the most recent news en espanol.
Brace yourself, because you won't have seen this coming, the most shocking shocker of the week. Cristiano Ronaldo hasn't scored a goal for 409 minutes. That's six and a half hours. Perhaps he just needs a boost?
Speaking of whom, the last weekend wasn't very good for Cristiano's Real Madrid. A goal-less draw against Deportivo la Coruna while Barcelona defeated Mallorca 3:0 again. It doesn't look good for Real. They're trying so hard; every year they trying, but they just can't win the league and show Barcelona who's better. With millions spent on new players each year. With The Special One or without him. With Cristiano or without Cristiano. With Kaka, Benzema, Higuain, Üzil, Xabi Alonso, Casillas... they just can't manage it! Isn't it just annoying?
Speaking of Real vs. Mallorca, Rafa Nadal (a Real Madrid fan who's supporting Mallorca, his home town team, financially) is back in training! Good news. Muy bien. He's been called up for the Spanish Davis Cup team (just look at those adorable lads) and will play the first-round tie against Belgium on Friday. After the training session yesterday he seemed very confident in his form. Go out there and show them, Rafa!
Meanwhile, this is just awesome! A presenter of Belgian Radio 1 called the hotel where Rafa is staying for the Davis Cup, and asked for a chat with the Spaniard. She had been put through(!), however what she didn't know was that Rafa had been sleeping. Nevertheless, he took the call. "We are so glad to be able to talk to you", the presenter said. "I am glad too, because I've been sleeping," Rafa replied. Notice how polite Rafa was on the phone. How can you not love this man?
Something to look forward to - an exhibition match between Nadal and Novak Djokovic on March 21 in Bogota. Are you going to be around?
Santander has got some money to spend and is looking for a new Alonso in karting. I like the idea of supporting young talents. Jaime Alguersuari is in Geneva, if someone was looking for him, however before he left he trained and trained and trained an awful lot.
In the new edition of F1 Racing there's an interesting portrait of Fernando Alonso. Always knew this boy isn't how the world wants to see him. Ha! 1 for me, 0 for the rest of the world.
Since I have mentioned numbers, in this week's short Spanish lesson, it's all about numbers. We'll look at 1 through to 20, because that's how many races we are going to have the pleasure (or not) to watch.
Bueno. Now you can count the last days till the start of the new season in Spanish.
And for the movie enhusiasts among us: "Biutiful", with the fabulous, fantastic, awesome, brilliant, marvelous, genius Javier Bardem is coming into cinemas soon. Make sure you get your ticket!
Vale. That will be all for this week. Enjoy the lesson, practice, watch the Davis Cup, go to the cinema and ten quidado! (take care) I am off to call Rafa's hotel!