more on Xavi’s absence & two awards

More on why Xavi was not called up yesterday for the next two Euro 2012 qualifiers, according to Vicente del Bosque:

On Xavi’s absence: the boy is suffering a lot, and he made us see that he wouldn’t be able to come.  We have a relationship based on confidence that allows us to listen to the player.  The important thing is for him to recover.

On Xavi’s injury: he’s had the injury to his Achilles tendon for some time, and yesterday he told me that he suffered a lot during the game, and that he considered it necessary to stop for a while in this moment and not risk anything.  I think that’s the best thing to do, and what he needs to recover.

On the players and the national team: this is a close-knit group, and if you ask each one if they want to form part of the national team, you’ll find that all of them really want to come, even those that are close to being called up.  We can’t afford to lose this union.  There are players that have put in many years with the team, and have numerous caps, but are still eager to form part of the team.

Besides the list, the coach also spent yesterday receiving awards.  One of the stops was the headquarters of the Spanish Air Force, where VDB received the Extraordinary Award for Human and Sporting Values, while the RFEF received the Extraordinary Award for Excellence in Sports.  Spain’s Minister of Defense Carme Chacón stressed that the values of the best athletes are the same as those of the military: effort, discipline, team work.  She also thanked VDB for collaborating with the armed forces whenever he and the team were asked to.

Then it was on to the city hall of Madrid, where Madrid mayor Alberto Ruíz Gallardón presented the national team with a plaque recognizing their contributions to promoting and spreading the image of the city of Madrid around the world with their celebration there after winning the World Cup.  Gallardón also announced that a new sports center in the Pilar neighborhood (in the north of Madrid) would be named after Vicente del Bosque, who lives around there.

And head over here if you want to read some of Xabi Alonso’s comments on the De Jong kick, half-naked Puyol in the locker room and making good on a Xavi promise.

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Posted on October 1, 2010, in team and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. I feel sad for Xavi and hope he gets well soon.
    I watch Barça games and I did notice that Xavi wasn’t quite like he used to and now I know why.

  2. Oh, Xavi, PLEASE take care of yourself! We need you! This means he won’t be playing with Barca on Sunday either. :(

    Theer are just too many fixtures being played these days and no time for players to recover in between. Something has got to be done or we are going to lose our best players to injuries like this where they haven’t had time to heal.

  3. You are right re there being too many fixtures (league fixtures, champions league, euro qualfiiers and some just coming off the WC etc etc) . I saw a stat somewhere yesterday that Xavi has played over 200 matches in the last 36 months. Hate to see Xavi out, he is so wonderful to watch – but if they feel he needs the time to recover I am glad he is getting it! Guess that means Barca will be without he and Villa this week end against Mallorca?

  4. I hope Xavi gets better! It won’t be the same without him and Cesc!
    Also, I found a very late but funny video of the NT celebrating on the plane, it’s not the one you already have and I was wondering if you could translate it as my Spanish is terrible, but I’m learning!
    Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxCm-vvyJL8&feature=related

  5. Poor Xavi. We’ll miss him so much! but better to recover so we can have him longer.
    I love this team and how eager they are to play.

  6. I hope Xavi gets better soon!

    On a slightly different note, have you seen this? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2simVIQwVw Bono likens U2’s band members to some of our Spain NT favorites. :)

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