Javi Martínez – El País Q&A
I look forward to having Javi Martínez around on la selección for a long, long time, because he seems to be genuinely nice and funny. And because he has asked Fernando Torres for an autograph! Our team is in good hands.
Q: Can you recommend to me a food shack on the beach?
A: That on the beach of Arrigunaga, below my house, but I don’t know the name.
Q: Would you ban bullfighting?
Q: What gets on your nerves?
A: When I have to wait.
Q: Do you know what a scrum is?
A: No. [Boooo. My bet was on Javi knowing. We only have four more of these Q&A. Will this question ever be answered correctly?]
[Q: Do you remember what was your first kiss like?
A: This one was not asked!]
Q: What do you play on Play?
A: Football and GTA.
Q: Nesquik or Cola Cao?
A: Cola Cao.
Q: How many watches do you own?
A: I don’t own any. I don’t even have Puyi’s! But I like yours. Where did you buy it? [Jajaja! C’mon Puyi, give Javi one!]
Q: What were your first boots like?
A: Very ugly.
Q: How long has it been since you went to the circus?
A: Eight months. I like the circus. I go every year to the one in Bilbao.
Q: How long does the pregnancy of a whale last?
A: It depends on the size of the whale.
Q: Do you know who Katalinski was?
Q: Where was Iribar born?
A: In Zarautz, Bilbao.
Q: Who did you ask for an autograph when you were a kid?
A: Fernando Torres. [Oh, this must make Fernando feel OLD! And he’s only 26!!!! It must amaze Javi that Fernando’s now his teammate.]
Q: Do you know who wrote Saber perder?
A: No, I don’t know.
Q: What is your dog’s name?
A: Marta. It’s a girl.
Q: Why have shows with midgets in the bullfighting ring in Zaragoza been prohibited?
A: No idea.
Q: Which player has kicked you the most?
A: Amore, I mean Amorebieta, in the training sessions. I suppose Llorente told you the same thing… [Yes, he did.]
[Q: Why hasn’t the Constitutional Court passed the Estatut [the Statute of Autonomy of Cataluña]?
A: This one wasn’t asked either, perhaps because just yesterday the Court agreed to uphold most of the Estatut?]
Q: What year did apartheid end?
A: In 1996. Did I get that right? [No.]
Q: What was the name of Pippi Longstocking’s horse?
Q: Have you been able to get a reservation at elBulli?
A: I don’t know what that is.
Q: What’s the last TV series you’ve become addicted to?
A: The Mentalist.
Q: If it weren’t for the World Cup, why would you go to South Africa?
A: For vacation. I travel a lot.
Q: What does your town have that Johannesburg doesn’t?
A: My town is very small, but it’s the best [es la hostia were his exact words.]
Q: How many years was Mandela imprisoned?
A: I just read John Carlin’s book but I don’t remember. 20 years? [No. Now I see why you didn’t get the scrum question.]
Q: Do you know what an Afrikaner is?
A: During apartheid, there were two classes: the Afrikaners, who were the white racists, and the blacks, who lived like slaves in the 20th century.
Q: How many diapers have you changed in your life?
Q: What is the name of Portugal’s captain?
A: Cristiano Ronaldo. [Much easier than when it was about Chile, no?]
Q: Does a lion or a hippo kill more people?
A: The hippo.
Q: To be a Spanish international, do you have to know how to play pocha (a card game)?
A: No, but I know how to play.
Q: Do you know where Del Bosque was born?
A: In Salamanca.
Q: What position did Xabi Alonso’s father play?
A: I don’t know, tío!