Sunday, May 28, 2023

Seville is rojilla: from the ‘Chupinazo’ in the Torre del Oro to the ‘Riau, riau’ in the Giralda

At the foot of the Seville Tower, one of the new architectural icons of the Seville city, Kepa and his friends Gorka and Pedro are photographed with a replica of the Copa del Rey in the fan zone of Osasuna which is arranged just over a kilometer from the stadium of The Charterhouse. María, a Sevillian who acts as guide for the organization, took their photograph while she confessed to them: “I prefer that you who are more humble win. You win the Cup and they win the Champions League.”

Chupinazo on May 6

“This year the chupinazo is brought forward to May 6!” yells a fan whose shirt bears the name of Patxi Puñal, one of the recent idols of the reds. In the streets that surround the Giralda, Osasuna fans are thrashing hours before the game is played. Almost 25,000 rojillo fans have traveled the almost 1,000 kilometers that separate Pamplona from Seville.

In ‘Sol y sombra’, one of the most classic taverns in Triana, a couple in their thirties wearing Osasuna shirts squeeze half a bottle of Tío Pepe while waiting for the crew. Half an hour later, when they had already squeezed a “finger licking” oxtail, the rest appear. “I was in the Calderón final”, Fernando tells us. “I went with my dad and I spent the whole way back crying inconsolably. But this time we are going to win. those of the real Madrid They are more aware of Haaland than of Chimy'”, says Ion between laughs, whose shirt reads a name that has achieved consensus among Osasunistas: Arrasate. “Jagoba is our particular Ancelotti. He has taken us there with common sense and a lot of knowledge. Be careful that Bayern or Chelsea don’t take him away from us, they are looking for a coach”.

Jagoba Arrasate, in training at La Cartuja. RFEF

From the chaos of Paris to the heat of Seville

Real Madrid fans move calmly through the streets of the Santa Cruz neighborhood. María is sitting on a terrace with Miguel, her boy, and two friends. “We were in Paris. It was chaos, but we managed to win it. Now I’m sure that whatever happens on the field, we’re going to have a better time. With this heat, all you need is a little beach nearby.” Manolo, the waiter, enters quite: “If the sun hasn’t started to shine yet, woman. We have nothing left to do.”

In ‘Las Columnas’, one of the most traditional bars at the foot of the Giralda, a group of Real Madrid fans discuss whether or not it is convenient to force Modric, with the Champions League semi-final with City just around the corner. “Carletto is intelligent and will make the right decision. I think he won’t take him out, but if he needs to use him, he will,” says Peri. They come from Albacete and hope to “win the Cup to close the circle. I heard it from Ancelotti and he is absolutely right. He has won everything possible in two seasons and they are looking for a replacement. If I am Carletto, when I win the Cup, I tell Florentino: ‘You stay there, I’m going to Ipanema’. It is that we are the milk! Now it is explained why Zidane ended up leaving both times.”

The atmosphere between both hobbies is very healthy. The madridistas praise “the courage and impetus they have given him to get to this point. They have played four overtimes”. And the rojillos speak of Madrid as “a noble team. They have won the Champions League by venting against PSG, Chelsea and Manchester City and now they are on their way to winning another one. That is the host.”

As always, the smartest have wanted to make a killing and the counterfeit ticket market has worked. But the Civil Guard has warned of a scam detected in the sale of tickets for the Copa del Rey final, which are being sold on the internet for between 130 and 250 euros. And a 37-year-old man, resident in Asturias, has been arrested in Alcorcón (Madrid) for selling false tickets. On the ground, in Seville, 1,800 troops are waiting for security for this final.

Felipe VI and the Infanta Sofía

The person who has confirmed his presence is Felipe VI who will attend together with the Infanta Sofía to preside over the final of the Cup at the Cartuja stadium in Seville. Some hope to see Benzema lift the Cup. Others dream of seeing how a rojillo with 20 years of history in the club does it: David García, that boy who was 11 years old in the Calderón stands with his parents when Osasuna played its only precedent. That will be tonight from 10:00 p.m. Before the Torre del Oro the red handkerchief was placed and at the foot of the Giralda the ‘Riau, riau’ was sung.


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