Admittedly it was after 2 in the morning when Real Madrid's open-top bus arrived at the Cibeles, where thousands waited for the Copa del Rey-winning team to arrive, but...watch here and you'll see Sergio Ramos drop the Copa del Rey, and the bus driver promptly runs over it. Oopsy.
And if you'd like to see what a ticket to the Copa del Rey costs (and looks like), Jefferson Montero has a picture for you! Our friends at Barca Blaugranes may not have enjoyed the result, but I think we all can agree it was superlative entertainment--well worth the price on that ticket in my book.
Meanwhile in Portugal, the Cup semifinal took place, and Porto overcame a 2-0 deficit from the home leg to move on to the final, defeating Benfica 3-1 with three goals in the space of 10 minutes. Yeah, they're pretty good.
Over the past two days more than 11,000 people visited the World Cup trophy in the new Vila-real library, and as far as we know none of them did a Sergio Ramos and dropped it. Vicente del Bosque was in town yesterday and had some very complimentary things to say about Villarreal. Wouldn't it be great if Bruno and Borja made the trip to the US in June?
Marcos Senna has returned to training--he might play in the home leg against Porto, but for now he's just concentrating on trying to get back to 100% and convince the team to offer him a contract for next year; he and Oliva are the only two players out of contract over the summer. Look, maddi, another picture of Cicinho!
Villarreal plays at Sevilla on Sunday--Kanouté is just returning to training for Sevilla, doesn't look likely to play. Navas is out for the season of course, and Gary Medel is suspended. Martin Cáceres says Sevilla is playing for fifth place now. Not exactly brimming with confidence.
And finally, Villarreal is hosting a youth tournament this weekend, the Villarreal Yellow Cup. More than 8000 children (!) will be on hand for the tournament over Easter weekend--it's sure to be a nice shot in the arm for the local economy, as well as a great experience for the children concerned. Who knows, maybe in a few years we'll be combing the picture archives of this tournament for photos of future stars. Best of luck to everyone competing in it!