German kissing at unveiling in Spain

1 08 2013


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Isco kisses Malaga’s badge after agreeing 5 year extension

15 04 2013


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Mesut Özil kisses badge of club he couldn’t refuse

10 08 2012

After playing for various youth teams Mesut Özil joined Schalke 04 when he was 16-years-old. He spent a year and a half in their first team before falling out with club management and being sold to Werder Bremen for €4.3 million.

After two and a half seasons at Bremen, Özil became one of the most desirable signings in Europe after great performances for Germany in the World Cup. Barcelona, Manchester United and Arsenal were all keen to sign him but he opted for a move to Real Madrid.

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Alba returns to boyhood club for badge kisses

6 07 2012

Jordi Alba joined Barcelona when he was just 9-years-old and stayed there for seven years before he was released. He signed for neighbouring UE Cornellà when he was 16-years-old and was soon called up to the Spain U-19 squad. Valencia paid €6,000 for the teenager where he went from strength to strength. He got his first call up to the national team last September and then made his début in October.

At Euro 2012, Alba made 226 successful passes in the opposition half, which was 48 more than any other defender, according to Opta. He assisted Alonso’s goal against France in the quarter-finals and scored a goal for himself in the final, rounding off a brilliant tournament.

Even before Euro 2012 kicked off, Alba was highly sought after both in Spain and the Premier League, with the likes of Manchester United reportedly interested in Jordi Alba to help them replace Patrice Evra. A move to Manchester could well have cemented the Premier League betting title odds firmly in Manchester’s favour again.

However, once Alba knew Barcelona were interested, he wouldn’t hear anything else. Eventually an agreement between Barcelona and Valencia was reached whilst he was on International duty which will see him return to his former club for €14 million.

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Villa kisses after breaking record

14 06 2012

David Villa kissed the badge on his shirt after becoming the first Spanish player to score in six consecutive games for his country. He scored the first in a 2-0 win over England in a friendly in February 2009.

“I am very happy with the goal,” he said. “Truth is, I really want to see it on TV. The record is very nice. I would never have imagined in years that I would be able to obtain it. I am very proud and I hope I can continue breaking records”

Villa has an incredible record for Spain, scoring 50 goals in 82 games.

Alves gets over Sevilla with Barca kiss

14 06 2012

Dani Alves was seen kissing the Barcelona badge following his team’s 3-1 win over Manchester United in 2011 Champions League final.

Alves joined Barcelona in 2008 after spending six years with Sevilla. At the press conference where his departure was announced, he burst in to tears. “I am what I am thanks to Sevilla,” he said. “What I have experienced here will be impossible to experience anywhere else. I give a heartfelt thanks to a club that is marked in my heart.”

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Casillas kisses at Cibeles

3 05 2012

During Real Madrid’s celebrations at Cibeles Square for their first league title since 2008, Iker Casillas kisses his team’s shield

He has previous.

Shunsuke saves kisses for Spain after Scotland stint

26 04 2012

Shunsuke Nakamura spent four years at Celtic and dismissed any transfer rumours linking him with other clubs, claiming that he would leave when his contract expired to return to his boyhood club, Yokohama F. Marinos.

However, after his contract ran out, he joined Espanyol on a free and kissed their badge at his unveiling.

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Casillas kisses boyhood badge against Barcelona

27 03 2012

Iker Casillas was just nine-years-old when he joined boyhood team Real Madrid and became their number one when he was eighteen. In 2008 he signed a nine-year contract extension which would keep him at the club for the rest of his career…

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Ronaldo with a one off

24 03 2012

Cristiano Ronaldo spent six years at Manchester United but it was always clear his end goal was to move to Real Madrid. He was constantly linked with moves away from England, particularly in his last season, but he was always quick to deny it.

“I am happy at the club and I want to stay here,” he said in January 2009. “I feel at home here and I feel very happy here.”

Six months later he was kissing Real Madrid’s badge after being unveiled as their player at the Bernabeu…

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Barcelona’s badge kissers

2 03 2012

Cesc Fabregas, Alexis Sanchez, Lionel Messi, Adriano, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Samuel Eto’o and Alexander Hleb all showing the love.

We’ve got Robinho

2 03 2012

Robinho left his boyhood club in Brazil, Santos, for Real Madrid and was soon captured kissing their badge. After three years there, he decided he’d had enough and wanted to move to Chelsea…

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Garcia – Left the club but still kisses the crest

12 02 2012

Luis Garcia spent six years at Espanyol before leaving for Zaragoza on the final day of the transfer window. Three weeks later he faced his former club and scored both goals in a 2-1 win…

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Kissed the badge… and made them cry – Boy from Barcelona

1 01 2012

Cesc Fabregas spent eight years at Arsenal, three of them as captain. The day after leaving the Gunners for his boyhood club he was pictured kissing the Barcelona badge for the cameras…

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Ibra forced to kiss the badge

27 07 2009

The fans at his former club were angry to see him kissing the badge of his new club so soon but this wasn’t the case for his former team mates. “He was not here for 10 years and so I think it’s something normal,” said Ivan Cordoba.

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Benzema ditches boyhood club

9 07 2009

Karim Benzema was born in Lyon and joined the club when he was just 9-years-old and was a ballboy when he was a teenager.

In 2008, Benzema started looking for a move away from the club. “Milan makes me dream,” he said in January. “But I also love Juventus, Inter and Manchester United – the big clubs.”

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