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Yesterday, the Spanish national football squad won its first World Cup semifinal. A distinguished supporter insisted on personally congratulating them in the locker room. (SLYT, but priceless. Watch in particular the hero of the match enter the frame around 1:16).
posted by Skeptic (83 comments total) 14 users marked this as a favorite

 
It's kind of cool how they scuttle about picking up laundry. In that way it is very similar to when my mother comes to visit. These things, they are not so different.
posted by kbanas at 1:52 PM on July 8, 2010 [9 favorites]


Kind of amazing how small the locker room is for a World Cup semi-final team.
posted by proj at 1:54 PM on July 8, 2010


aw, that was very cute!
posted by sio42 at 1:55 PM on July 8, 2010


Somebody should create a Tumblr feed consisting of photos of naked people with royalty.
posted by Faint of Butt at 1:55 PM on July 8, 2010 [9 favorites]


I had my doubts Spain would go the distance after the Swiss game... and am a bit surprised Netherlands has also made it to the finals. Having friends from NED I'll have to support the Orange. Am a bit bummed all the S. American teams bombed out though.
posted by edgeways at 1:55 PM on July 8, 2010


Funny how priceless potentially could have two opposing meanings.
posted by found missing at 2:01 PM on July 8, 2010


Aw, that poor guy. He's taking a shower, enjoying the moment after a hard fought victory, probably just chillin'. He's like, "hey, there's some shouting in the locker room, maybe somebody brought beer? I'll just put on a towel and check it out... Cripes, it's the Queen!" It's like that nightmare where you show up at school naked, except it's real and there's cameras everywhere.
posted by Kevin Street at 2:01 PM on July 8, 2010 [50 favorites]


The Queen of Spain! His groin! It works on so many levels!!
posted by drjimmy11 at 2:06 PM on July 8, 2010 [2 favorites]


Was there someone in the video I was supposed to notice besides the deliciously hot guy in the towel? 'Cause I'd gladly watch the video (or at least that part of it) again. >_>
posted by xedrik at 2:08 PM on July 8, 2010 [1 favorite]


Yep - The queen sure timed that visit about right.
posted by 2bucksplus at 2:11 PM on July 8, 2010 [1 favorite]


It's kind of cool how they scuttle about picking up laundry. In that way it is very similar to when my mother comes to visit. Right before I leave the World Cup Semifinal I just won, to go back to my extravagant penthouse suite with my supermodel girlfriend. These things, they are not so different.
posted by Threeway Handshake at 2:12 PM on July 8, 2010 [1 favorite]


Nobody seems to be particularly aghast here...
posted by Mister_A at 2:13 PM on July 8, 2010


She's as smiley on the wikipedia page as she is on the youtube video! I like this queen.
posted by doobiedoo at 2:13 PM on July 8, 2010


Puyol is gonna be dining out on that moment for the rest of his life. "So, let me tell you about that night I scored the winning goal in a World Cup semi-final and met the Queen wearing nothing but a towel..."
posted by afx237vi at 2:22 PM on July 8, 2010 [22 favorites]


I like the way the team chant his nickname (from the sounds of it "Puyi" for Carlos Puyol) as he does his mini-jog to the end of the changing room.

Lads.
posted by djgh at 2:23 PM on July 8, 2010 [2 favorites]


Bah.

While this was going on, a jockstrap-clad Bastian Schweinsteiger was weeping fat tears into the bosom of Angela Merkel.
posted by felix betachat at 2:27 PM on July 8, 2010 [50 favorites]


Yeah, that Queen is a pretty sharp cookie! I can see her mulling it over as the game ends...then telling her charge d'affairs what she wants...

"Your Majesty....you want to...now? Of course!"

A bit of merry wicked gleam in her eye I think I spotted as well.
posted by Xoebe at 2:30 PM on July 8, 2010 [2 favorites]


Kind of amazing how small the locker room is for a World Cup semi-final team.


I've been in the changing rooms at the Ricoh Arena where Coventry City (English 2nd-tier team) play and they're twice the size of those. But less world cup finalists...
posted by i_cola at 2:31 PM on July 8, 2010


That was extremely sweet! Thanks for posting.
posted by sveskemus at 2:31 PM on July 8, 2010


I'm laughing out loud, 'cause I'm the Queen of Spain...
posted by The corpse in the library at 2:34 PM on July 8, 2010 [1 favorite]


Puyol is such a dude. I loved how you barely even saw the guy during the whole match yesterday, and then just when it mattered he came literally flying out of nowhere.
Much like in this video for that matter. Guess that's just his style.
posted by Flashman at 2:35 PM on July 8, 2010 [5 favorites]


It felt weird for a me, as a Dutchman, to cheer for the Germans last night, but I would have loved to see an NL:DE final.
posted by atrazine at 2:38 PM on July 8, 2010 [1 favorite]


is there any reason that Puyol seems so built in comparison to the other players (or perhaps they look similarly with their clothes off). Asking as one still sadly ignorant of football/soccer.
posted by angrycat at 2:39 PM on July 8, 2010


That kind of made me wish we had a queen! Also, more footage of the World cup locker rooms.
posted by grapesaresour at 2:39 PM on July 8, 2010


Aw, that poor guy. He's taking a shower, enjoying the moment after a hard fought victory, probably just chillin'. He's like, "hey, there's some shouting in the locker room, maybe somebody brought beer? I'll just put on a towel and check it out... Cripes, it's the Queen!" It's like that nightmare where you show up at school naked, except it's real and there's cameras everywhere.
posted by Kevin Street at 2:01 PM on July 8


Maybe he was busy shaving his pubes in the shower - I don't think I have ever seen a man so completely smooth and hairless.
posted by helmutdog at 2:42 PM on July 8, 2010 [2 favorites]


Can anyone provide some translations? I know the Queen says something to the effect of "all of Spain is happy / proud." And I think she's saying "Fantastico" when she's shaking hands with each player.

I kind of hope she's saying something like, "Get some rest, because it ain't over yet."
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 2:47 PM on July 8, 2010


She's as smiley on the wikipedia page as she is on the youtube video! I like this queen.

She's a cousin of Prince Philip. She might be faking.
posted by Mayor Curley at 2:59 PM on July 8, 2010 [1 favorite]


Where was she when the other two countries she's royalty of were floundering? Probably with all the other fairweather fans who pretend to care about Spain just because the flag is pretty or they married its monarch or whatever.
posted by Copronymus at 3:01 PM on July 8, 2010 [1 favorite]


First the King asking Hugo Chavez "porque no te callas", now this. The current Borbóns are such excellent royalty, they're like the payoff for the Spanish patience through all the other hopeless Spanish monarchs. "See, compatriotas, we only had to wait eight hundred years for a decent lot".

But they do mumble.
posted by Fiasco da Gama at 3:05 PM on July 8, 2010 [3 favorites]


I just can't imagine HRH Brenda going into the England changing room after a semi-final win. then again, I can't imagine England winning a semi-final...
posted by marienbad at 3:06 PM on July 8, 2010 [8 favorites]


is there any reason that Puyol seems so built in comparison to the other players (or perhaps they look similarly with their clothes off).

He's a classic centre back, his job is to stop, tackle or obstruct his opponents. They're usually quite built. When he goes to his locker, the guy in blue next to him is Pique, the other starting centre back.
posted by valdesm at 3:16 PM on July 8, 2010


the deliciously hot guy in the towel

"Deliciously hot"? You must also be a fan of a certain soprano saxophonist.
posted by dersins at 3:17 PM on July 8, 2010 [1 favorite]


That was cute.

Also, I can't help myself: NOT SLYT!
posted by Salvor Hardin at 3:30 PM on July 8, 2010


Don't forget Clinton and Bocanegra after the US-Algeria game.
posted by inigo2 at 3:30 PM on July 8, 2010 [2 favorites]


I'd like to drop my trousers to the Queen
I am a man of means
of slender means
posted by Ratio at 3:44 PM on July 8, 2010 [2 favorites]


OK, am so not gonna leie, I LOOOOOOVE LA REINA SOFÍA. she always struck me as a really down to earth and humble person --and yes, i grew up reading ¡HOLA! magazines with her face plastered on them :D

love how they are all waiting in front of their lockers like schoolboys and how Puyol comes in "con el rabo entre las patas", half-embarrassed and humbled.

i couldnt hear well what she said at the end but i think it was something about partying in Johannesburg. the audio in my computer is pretty bad :P
posted by liza at 3:49 PM on July 8, 2010


Video: students hang miles of orange streamers between apartment blocks in Utrecht.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 4:05 PM on July 8, 2010


That was an extremely uninteresting video.
posted by Dr. Wu at 4:05 PM on July 8, 2010 [3 favorites]


Nice Lady. You say she's the Queen?

It's Good to be the Queen...
posted by djrock3k at 4:12 PM on July 8, 2010


That was an extremely uninteresting video.

That was an extremely uninteresting comment. But hey, thanks for playing.
posted by kbanas at 4:14 PM on July 8, 2010 [8 favorites]


It's kind of cool how they scuttle about picking up laundry. In that way it is very similar to when my mother comes to visit. Right before I leave the World Cup Semifinal I just won, to go back to my extravagant penthouse suite with my supermodel girlfriend. These things, they are not so different.

You know what, fuck you. I could be in the World Cup Semifinal if I wanted. I just don't want to.
posted by kbanas at 4:15 PM on July 8, 2010 [1 favorite]


While this was going on, a jockstrap-clad Bastian Schweinsteiger was weeping fat tears into the bosom of Angela Merkel.

...same as every Wednesday.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 4:36 PM on July 8, 2010 [6 favorites]


btw, the proper way to talk about Bocanegra is to call him EL SEXICAN.
posted by liza at 5:20 PM on July 8, 2010


I don't get it. Did I miss something? Old lady shakes some hands. Dude wears towel in locker room. Victorious team applauds triumphantly.

Um.
posted by Joseph Gurl at 5:28 PM on July 8, 2010


I liked the video, but I feel we could improve it if we would allow the Queen to move all the way past those last two defenders. That, and video replay. The Queen would shake some hands, then we immediately pause the action and take a look at video of the Queen shaking some hands, and the referee determines whether the hand-shaking was kosher. Oh, which reminds me: more referees. More referees in the locker room. Much better that way.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 5:32 PM on July 8, 2010 [2 favorites]


On which note: take a look at Kill the Referee, if you can get your hands on it. (I saw it on TV, if anyone can find it online I'd like to know where.)
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 5:32 PM on July 8, 2010


Thanks Skeptic, that made me feel better about Spains (well played) win. Like atrazine I was finding myself (conflicted but) rooting for Germany, just because an Oranje win against Germany in the world cup would mean epic party in the Netherlands and I would have been on the first flight down.
posted by dabitch at 5:50 PM on July 8, 2010 [1 favorite]


Damn, it's only the queen. I was hoping the distinguished guest was Paul the octopus.
posted by grounded at 6:20 PM on July 8, 2010 [2 favorites]


I was personally hoping for the guy who ran onto the pitch, but I think this was better.
posted by Johnny Assay at 7:15 PM on July 8, 2010


Yeah but Spain v the Netherlands? Plenty of historical significance there. I mean, older historical significance sure, but it's at least on the level of the England USA matchup.
posted by Grimgrin at 7:23 PM on July 8, 2010 [2 favorites]


Mario Ferri, the pitch-invading legend!
posted by dabitch at 7:23 PM on July 8, 2010


From the Onion:

World Cup Teams to Watch

Spain: If this talented team of handsome young playboys is able to keep from sleeping with beautiful women long enough to play full 90-minute matches, it should be considered a favorite
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 7:31 PM on July 8, 2010 [1 favorite]


I just want to state here that I think it's kind of shitty that you guys are all calling Puyol a queen. He won the freakin' game man!
posted by From Bklyn at 8:04 PM on July 8, 2010


Don't forget Clinton and Bocanegra after the US-Algeria game.
Yes, but it's not like an unexpected opportunity to be naked in the vicinity of Bill Clinton is a rare occurrence.
posted by Dr. Zira at 8:16 PM on July 8, 2010 [2 favorites]


First the King asking Hugo Chavez "porque no te callas",

My spanish is rusty, but is this basically "Why don't you shut up?"
posted by Devils Rancher at 8:20 PM on July 8, 2010 [1 favorite]


You know what they say about Carles Puyol? He wasn't born, he was quarried.

Anyway, a cute video. Having supported Spain since I was a kid I'm so happy that Spain are in the final and even happier that the goal was scored by a Catalan. La Furia Roja ¡Sí, podemos!
posted by ob at 8:24 PM on July 8, 2010


For Dr. Wu and Joseph Gurl.
posted by yhbc at 8:34 PM on July 8, 2010 [1 favorite]


Yes, Devils Rancher, your translation is correct. It was lolz, as far as I'm concerned.
As for the last bit, I believe the Queen said something along the lines of "we'll see each other in Johannesburg."
posted by Gilbert at 8:37 PM on July 8, 2010


Yeah, Devil's Rancher, that the King didn't mumble. It was excellent. He's a bit of a grumpy old guy, and I'm not really a pro-monarchist kind of person in general, but anyone who tells Hugo Chavez to shut up to his face gets a thumbs up from me.

I also give a lot of credit to Alfonso XIII for the general monarchical interest in football; the Queen's following a long line of Spanish regal football-backers. When it comes to soccer the British royals are newcomers.
posted by Fiasco da Gama at 8:38 PM on July 8, 2010


Devils Rancher, here is a bit of background on the porque no te callas incident (Wikipedia Link)
posted by bitteroldman at 8:47 PM on July 8, 2010


Ah, excellent. Now I like this king guy, too.
posted by Devils Rancher at 8:57 PM on July 8, 2010


Spain v the Netherlands? Plenty of historical significance there.
Yeah, but most Dutch don't experience it that way. For us it's the Germans who are our nemesis.
I'm not sure WWII really comes into that. Maybe it's more the similarity of language and geographical closeness that makes the internecine strife more visceral.
posted by joost de vries at 9:15 PM on July 8, 2010


Grimgrin, joost de vries, after Spain's victory on the 7th, one of my fellow history grad students changed his Facebook status to "It's 1581 all over again!" (see here).
posted by dhens at 9:43 PM on July 8, 2010 [4 favorites]


Can anyone provide some translations? I know the Queen says something to the effect of "all of Spain is happy / proud." And I think she's saying "Fantastico" when she's shaking hands with each player.

The audio is not good, but I think she was saying "Enhorabuena!" to the players while shaking their hand.

That roughly translates to "in good times" but mostly, I would translate that from Spain's spanish to Mexican spanish as a regular "felicidades" which is just a regular "congratulations".
posted by CrazyLemonade at 9:58 PM on July 8, 2010


Well, there's another one to add to my list of things the Spanish do exactly right.

So let's see. Now it goes: ham, religious festivals, parties and celebrations generally, red wine, avant-garde architecture, town squares, olives, the logistics of evening meals, sardines, high-speed rail and royalty.

I'm sure I've missed a few, but that's more than enough to earn my lifelong support. Looking forward to Sunday. Vamos Espana!
posted by gompa at 10:05 PM on July 8, 2010


i hope netherlands wins [cuh utrecht] because they have been practising their soccer.
posted by talaitha at 10:41 PM on July 8, 2010 [2 favorites]


Oh, Queen eh? Very nice. And how'd you get that, eh? By exploiting the workers. By hanging on to outdated imperialist dogma which perpetuates the economic and social differences in our society.
posted by spock at 10:55 PM on July 8, 2010 [3 favorites]


Oh my goodness, the video is great and all, but that picture of Clinton and Bocanegra is a true gem.

Mostly for Clinton, who looks a bit amiably soused - a bit red-faced and puffier-eyed than usual. He seems to have been caught at the exact moment before he started to sing "Rock and Roll (Part Two)."

"Come on, Carlos! Nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh HEY! Nuh nuh nuh!"
posted by palindromic at 12:06 AM on July 9, 2010


I don't think I have ever seen a man so completely smooth and hairless

I think you mean aerodynamic. Less wind shear allows for better and stronger headers.

(Also, I currently live in Madrid and am having a rather excellent time with all of this. I was in Holland when Spain won the euro, so I'm not entirely sure what this means for the final. Also, Paul the octopus better be careful lest he end up Paul a la gallega...)
posted by slimepuppy at 12:07 AM on July 9, 2010


She says "Congratulations on behalf of the king, the prince and princess […], my grandchildren and the whole [royal] family, and from everyone in Spain".
posted by fonso at 12:55 AM on July 9, 2010


i wish people would stop threatening paul.

also: although i whole-heartedly accept the fact that spain=awesome.hams, i must politely disagree with the concept that spain does royalty.exactly.right.
i do think that the spanish inquisition, my favourite breakfast, and a veritable cornucopia of good films, were all done most brilliantly though.
posted by talaitha at 1:32 AM on July 9, 2010


What do you call an Englishman in the World Cup Final?

Referee.
posted by Electric Dragon at 2:28 AM on July 9, 2010 [1 favorite]


Personally I'm in favour of the king of Spain and the crown prince of the Netherlands duking it out in parallel to the match. The 80 yr war of their ancestors 400 yrs ago redux.

I'm inspired by the USA where everyday political decisions are measured by the intentions of politicians at the creation of the country; WWTJD. Suddenly I realise that we've let the religious strife that was the genesis of our country fall by the wayside. We've squandered our Dutchness. William the Silent would seeth with anger in his marble tomb if he knew.
So I propose that all protestants chose the side of the Netherlands in this match and all catholics the side of Spain.
posted by joost de vries at 3:51 AM on July 9, 2010


What do you call an Englishman in the World Cup Final?

Referee.


That story is huge today - splashed over the entire back page of The Times.

It's like people think it compensates for the actual football team being crap.

ENGLAND IN FINAL!!!!
(As referee)
posted by djgh at 5:51 AM on July 9, 2010


Personally I'm in favour of the king of Spain and the crown prince of the Netherlands duking it out in parallel to the match. The 80 yr war of their ancestors 400 yrs ago redux.

That's not really the Dutch way though. We're like that guy who, when he plays CivII, everyone is all "Why is he wasting all his time researching stockmarkets, fiat currency, and religious tolerance" and then 10 minutes later it's "Ay Caramba, Alguien ha robado mi flota de la plata!"
posted by atrazine at 6:39 AM on July 9, 2010 [2 favorites]


it's not like an unexpected opportunity to be naked in the vicinity of Bill Clinton is a rare occurrence.

No, but that's not why it was a special moment. It was the opportunity to drink a beer with him.
posted by nickmark at 7:10 AM on July 9, 2010


Here's an English explanation of what atrazine was referring to.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 8:41 AM on July 9, 2010


According to Wikipedia, she's 71.
posted by sour cream at 8:48 AM on July 9, 2010


atrazine What does religious tolerance (except with Catholics) have to do with being a bunch of filthy thieving pirates).
posted by Skeptic at 3:19 PM on July 9, 2010


Skeptic, this was being a pirate in state service. Which was a common practice in those days as part of waging war.
So these pirates were filthy thieving just as much as soldiers were filthy murdering.

But I do agree that the religious tolerance wrt catholics was less. They couldn't officially have churches until +/- 1880.
posted by joost de vries at 8:47 PM on July 9, 2010


As much as I love watching Spain pass the ball, I think I'm siding with Team Oranje, mainly because I'd like to see a team of guys with receding hairlines win.
posted by Dr. Zira at 9:30 AM on July 10, 2010


I'd like to see a team of guys with receding hairlines win.

Landon Donovan's doing the best he can!
posted by inigo2 at 12:07 PM on July 10, 2010


What is with the pitch invaders recently? In the Netherlands vs Spain game we had Jimmy Jump.
posted by dabitch at 6:39 AM on July 12, 2010


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