Xabi Alonso – El País Q&A
Finally, it’s Xabi’s turn! Who else feels like they’ve been waiting forever? And especially waiting to see how he answers the question about what position his father plays!
And por fin, an intelligent player – check out the scrum question and Afrikaner questions! And the details given in the Katalinksi question…
Note: he answered this via email, instead of face to face, due to the blow to the face that he received from Fábio Coentrão. Too bad for the interviewer then, who was deprived of hearing Xabi answer in that sexy voice of his.
Q: Can you recommend to me a food shack on the beach?
A: One on the beach of La Barrosa, in Cádiz.
Q: Would you ban bullfighting?
A: I’m not a fan.
Q: What gets on your nerves?
A: Bad manners. [Oh, me too Xabi!]
Q: Do you know what a scrum is?
A: Something to do with rugby? [Yes!!! And that’s why I love Xabi, he’s so smart!]
Q: Do you remember what was your first kiss like?
A: Yes, but that’s something too personal to talk about publicly.
Q: What do you play on Play?
A: I don’t play a lot.
Q: Nesquik or Cola Cao?
Q: How many watches do you own?
A: About 10.
Q: What were your first boots like?
A: Adidas Beckenbauer.
Q: How long has it been since you went to the circus?
A: I don’t even remember.
Q: How long does the pregnancy of a whale last?
A: A year.
Q: Do you know who Katalinski was?
A: A Yugoslavian player that scored the goal that eliminated Spain in the classification for the 1974 World Cup.
Q: Where was Iribar born?
A: In Zarautz. [Of course the Basque knows!]
Q: Who did you ask for an autograph when you were a kid?
A: Julián Retegi, pelota player.
Q: Do you know who wrote Saber perder?
A: David Trueba.
Q: What is your dog’s name?
A: Lagun and Goku.
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?
Q: What do you think about the decision of the Constitutional Court on the Estatut [the Statute of Autonomy of Cataluña]?
A: There are a lot of opposing interests.
Q: What year did apartheid end?
A: In 1991.
Q: What was the name of Pippi Longstocking’s horse?
A: I don’t know.
Q: Have you been able to get a reservation at elBulli?
A: Yes, last summer. It was exceptional. [But what about your teammates?]
Q: What’s the last TV series you’ve become addicted to?
A: Dexter. [Of course.]
Q: If it weren’t for the World Cup, why would you go to South Africa?
A: To visit Cape Town.
Q: What does your town have that Johannesburg doesn’t?
A: The beach, everything just five minutes away, the txokos…
Q: How many years was Mandela imprisoned?
A: 27 years.
Q: Do you know what an Afrikaner is?
A: The Dutch colonists that came to South Africa.
Q: How many diapers have you changed in your life?
A: A lot.
Q: Does a lion or a hippo kill more people?
A: The hippo.
Q: Where is Ellis Park?
A: In Johannesburg.
Q: What is the World Cup ball called?
Q: Why didn’t you win the porra of the team?
A: Because I take too many risks.
Q: Do you know where Del Bosque was born?
A: In Salamanca.
Q: What position did Xabi Alonso’s father play?
A: I think I know this one. Midfielder.