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Old May 22nd, 2008, 01:45 AM   #1
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Real Madrid - Levante (May 18th, 2008), or how to celebrate winning the title

I just came back from a 4-day trip with a friend to Madrid, where we were fortunate enough to lay our hands on some tickets to the last Real Madrid match of the season, against Levante (Madrid won 5-2). What we didn't know was that they apparently hadn't celebrated their recently won league title in their own stadium yet, so we were tremendously surprised when a huge celebration took place in the stadium afterwards.
Most definitely an event that will last with me forever!

Well, here are some of the pictures I snapped that day - I hope you like 'em!

Estadio Santiago Bernabeu stadium during daytime, one day prior to the match (when we went ticket shopping):
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Sunday, May 18th 2008, 9:00 pm: playtime. We sat on the 3rd tier, very high up in the stadium, but we did have seats on the first row, so unobstructed view:
A minute of silence before the game (I don't know who was honoured):
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The pictures I took during the game unfortunately turned out to be out of focus (fast movement and difficult lighting conditions), so I'll continue with the ceremony that took place afterwards.
Preparing to collect the cup, to show it to the fans:
[img]http://i26.************/34s5xzr.jpg[/img]

The honorary round (they took their time, as it lasted about 20 minutes):
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When 80.000 people go apesh*t, this is the result:
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The crowd goes wild:
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VERY wild:
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Afterwards, the players retreated to the dressing room, the stadium lights were dimmed, and the ceremonial part of the night started.
Roman candles lit by the Madrid firm, the Ultra's:
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It was a rather theatrical ceremony with loads of victorious symbolism and chestbeating (understandbly so, although not really my cup of tea), but spectacular nonetheless. Unfortunately also a bit hard to photograph as well.
The 31st league title:
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A 'tent' made of sheets sheets was erected to show some highlights of the previous season:
[img]http://i27.************/25z6zo3.jpg[/img]

Then there was the honouring of the individual players, coach and staff:
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Campeone, campeone!
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And obviously there had to be fireworks!
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And then it was all over, and everyone went home. I was amazed to see that within 30 minutes the streets surrounding the stadium were completely deserted again:
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The next day, in search of a place to have breakfast, we accidentally bumped into another celebration. This time the players thanked their fans from the balcony of a building (forgot the name) on Puerta del Sol.
Coach Bernd Schuster speeches:
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And to wrap things up a couple of pano's I took during the match itself.
Before kick off:
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The visitors were asked to wave mirroring sheets of paper, handed out by the Real Madrid fan club, when the game neared the end. This is the end-result of that:
[img]http://i26.************/21almwj.jpg[/img]

Poor, poor clean-up crew:
[img]http://i30.************/29dwub8.jpg[/img]

During the ceremony:
[img]http://i27.************/20u69m8.jpg[/img]


Well, that's all, y'all! I hope you enjoyed it
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Old May 22nd, 2008, 12:49 PM   #2
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Simply incredible photos . How incredibly lucky to be there .
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Old May 22nd, 2008, 01:08 PM   #3
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Wonderful pix.

Thanks for sharing them.
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Old May 22nd, 2008, 06:27 PM   #4
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great

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Old May 23rd, 2008, 01:44 AM   #5
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Raúl kissing the goddess:





This celebration took place two weeks ago, when the team really won the League.

The wonderful pix of Judazz belong to the last match of the league, on Sunday May 18th, although already knew that they were the champions.

So it has been celebrated at least three different days.
Thanks for them.

Hala Madrid!
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Old May 23rd, 2008, 04:16 AM   #6
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Great pics,you're very fortunate
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Old May 23rd, 2008, 02:39 PM   #7
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The wonderful pix of Judazz belong to the last match of the league, on Sunday May 18th, although already knew that they were the champions.
I knew Real already had won the title before their last match on the 18th, but didn't know about the ceremony, so I was suprised to see that after the match everyone remained in their seats and waited for what was to come.
What was the reason for this party, btw? Was it to celebrate the last day/end of the season? Or was it the first time they could show the cup to their fans in their own stadium? Or yet something else?
And do you know why there were still tickets out there? On Saturday there were still several hundred tickets available, even though people presumably knew about the celebration on forhand. I mean, if any game would have been sold out completely, I would have expected this would be the one...

Thanks for the kind words all, and yeah, you can't even begin imagine how fortunate I feel to have been part of this amazing spectacle!
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Thanks for the pics! It's a pity, I'm a Barça fan . Luckily, the team of my city (Racing de Santander) clasified to UEFA
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Old May 23rd, 2008, 10:50 PM   #9
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Wonderful fun!!
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Old May 24th, 2008, 10:45 PM   #10
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This is the first celebration during the first day, three weeks ago:











And here there is a link to see the video of the celebration:

http://videos.orange.es/video/iLyROoaftboR.html

Real Madrid celebrates here, I mean around the fountain of Cibeles, and Atlético de Madrid, the other team, celbrates around the fountain of Neptuno.
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Old May 24th, 2008, 10:55 PM   #11
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I knew Real already had won the title before their last match on the 18th, but didn't know about the ceremony, so I was suprised to see that after the match everyone remained in their seats and waited for what was to come.
What was the reason for this party, btw? Was it to celebrate the last day/end of the season? Or was it the first time they could show the cup to their fans in their own stadium? Or yet something else?
And do you know why there were still tickets out there? On Saturday there were still several hundred tickets available, even though people presumably knew about the celebration on forhand. I mean, if any game would have been sold out completely, I would have expected this would be the one...

Thanks for the kind words all, and yeah, you can't even begin imagine how fortunate I feel to have been part of this amazing spectacle!
I think that the reason was that they were going to receive actually the cup. Two weeks before they were champions, but they weren´t going to receive the cup yet. That was the first celebration near Cibeles Fountain. ANd then there were the "official" celebrations , at the stadium and at the Town Hall and at Puerta del Sol. Anyway, very glad you enjoyed so much, Judazz.
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Old May 25th, 2008, 10:27 PM   #12
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And do you know why there were still tickets out there? On Saturday there were still several hundred tickets available, even though people presumably knew about the celebration on forhand. I mean, if any game would have been sold out completely, I would have expected this would be the one...
easily explained.


it was the last match, the team had already won La Liga and he match was against Levante which was the last team in La Liga and it's now on Second division.The people had already celebrated the title in Cibeles Square so they don't care too much about other celebrations

you were very lucky because the stadium is full almost always
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it was the last match, the team had already won La Liga and he match was against Levante which was the last team in La Liga and it's now on Second division.The people had already celebrated the title in Cibeles Square so they don't care too much about other celebrations

you were very lucky because the stadium is full almost always
I have to hand it to you, you Madrilenas most definitely know how to make the most out of an event like winning the title!
I was surprised to actually find any tickets at the ticket office on the day before the match (especially since the four of us - me, my friend, and two Americans we met at our hostel - managed to get four seats next to each other), but what you said does explain a lot.
Here in Holland, matches in Santiago Bernabeu or Camp Nou have an almost mythical reputation, so yeah, I do feel very lucky to have been part of it.

Thanks for explaining (and you too, madridhere).
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grandioso, I mean that's a big celebration, what's gonna happen when Real will win the Champions League?

Tonight (26 may 2008) Raul and Salgado were in Bucharest, playing in a charity match against a romanian dream team, together with Hagi, Figo, Solari, Popescu, Toldo, Sa Pinto and many other great players! Raul scoared twice! Why Aragones didn't call him for the Euro 2008 I can't realise, he is one of the greatest football players of all times!
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Bogdan, nobody understand that. This trainer is mad. I hate him!
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Old May 27th, 2008, 03:07 AM   #16
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me gusta la fisionomia del bernabeu, uno de los mejores estadios de europa.
eso si yo iba por el villareal...
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Real Madrid will play again Santa fe Of Bogota in colombia on august 7 this year.
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