Fernando Torres – El País Q&A
I’ve always like Fernando Torres, but this Q&A makes me really love him. Look at the questions and answers highlighted in blue to see why.
Q: Can you recommend me a food shack on the beach?
A: That on the beach of Estorde, on the Costa da Morte (Galicia), next to Finisterre.
Q: Would you ban bullfighting?
A: No, no I don’t go.
Q: What gets on your nerves?
A: People who talk about things they don’t know anything about.
Q: Do you know what a scrum is?
A: No idea.
Q: Do you remember what was your first kiss like?
A: Yes, and I’ll leave it at that.
Q: What do you play on Play?
Q: Nesquik or Cola Cao?
A: Cola Cao.
Q: How many watches do you own?
A: A lot, and all were gifts.
Q: What were your first boots like?
A: Joma Toledos.
Q: How long has it been since you went to the circus?
A: Since my last year at Atlético, when I went to see Cirque du Soleil.
Q: How long does the pregnancy of a whale last?
A: I don’t know.
Q: Do you know who Katalinski was?
Q: Where was Iribar born?
A: In País Vasco? Yes, in País Vasco.
Q: Who did you ask for an autograph when you were a kid?
A: It embarrassed me to do so.
Q: Do you know who wrote Saber perder?
A: No, I don’t know.
Q: What is your dog’s name?
A: Pomo and Llanta.
Q: Why have shows with midgets in the bullfighting ring in Zaragoza been prohibited?
A: They’ve been prohibited? It should be because it’s not ethical.
Q: Which player has kicked you the most?
A: (Thinks about it a lot) I don’t know, to tell you the truth. I don’t remember anyone in particular.
Q: Why hasn’t the Constitutional Court passed the Estatut [the Statute of Autonomy of Cataluña]?
A: It’s very complicated. I’ve said before that I don’t like it when people talk about things they don’t know, so I won’t give my opinion on what I don’t know.
Q: What year did apartheid end?
A: It was sometime during the 1990s, but I don’t know when exactly.
Q: What was the name of Pippi Longstocking’s horse?
A: I’ve been reading the tests [done by his teammates] hoping that someone would know the answer before me! I don’t know! Jolly Jumper was Lucky Luke’s house, and Imperioso was that of [Jesús] Gil… I know a lot about horses, but I can’t remember the name of Pippi’s horse!
Q: Have you been able to get a reservation at elBulli?
Q: What’s the last TV series you’ve become addicted to?
Q: If it weren’t for the World Cup, why would you go to South Africa?
A: To get to know the culture.
Q: How many years was Mandela imprisoned?
A: I don’t know, a lot, more than 20.
Q: What does your town have that Johannesburg doesn’t?
A: I can’t compare, I don’t know much about Johannesburg.
Q: Do you know what an Afrikaner is?
A: I think an Afrikaner is a person that speaks Afrikaans, one of the many languages in South Africa.
Q: How many diapers have you changed in your life?
A: Uf, a lot.
Q: What is the name of Chile’s captain?
A: I don’t know, I saw the game the other day but I don’t know.
Q: Does a lion or a hippo kill more people?
A: The hippo. They explained that to us during the safari. They’re very fast and crush the people who enter into their territory.
Q: Where is Ellis Park?
A: In Johannesburg.
Q: How are you doing in the porra of the team?
A: Horrible, I’m one of the last ones. A disaster.
Q: To be a Spanish international, do you have to know how to play pocha?
A: No, not necessarily.
Q: Do you know where del Bosque was born?
A: In Salamanca.
Q: What position did Xabi Alonso’s father play?
A: Periko Alonso, in the midfield, like his son.