let’s win here again*
Happy National Day Spain! Hoy es el Día de la Hispanidad!
Well, Spain trained in Hampden Park last night, and it looks like they had a great time!
(So cute I put it in twice. They remind me of an amusement park ride.)
Well, everyone except Sergio Ramos – check out that pout! – and David Villa’s mortal enemy, the goalpost. Hope they make up before tonight! ¡Mucha suerte David!
* With Hampden Park being the stadium where Real Madrid won its ninth (and unfortunately last) Champions League trophy, everyone on the national team who was part of that Madrid team got special attention. They were even asked to pose together, so here are Toni, Vicente, Iker and Javi.
The twitter update:
The tweet says, “I sent you all a photo with Iker… we’re going to have dinner… a hug.”
Meanwhile, Borja Valero gave an interview to EFE. Here are the national team parts of the interview; if you’re interested in reading the rest, go to the Madrid blog! Of his time at Madrid’s youth academy, he says that Vicente del Bosque knew the name of every single boy that played there when he was director, and that he called Borja by name from the first day. That just shows how great VDB is.
Q: Hortaleza has a new representative on the national team. [Hortaleza is a neighborhood in Madrid. Luis Aragonés was also from there, giving rise to his nickname, “the wise man of Hortaleza.”]
A: Yes, and I still can’t believe it. I look at my teammates and I start laughing. It’s incredible. I’m very much enjoying this experience, and I hope it won’t be the last time. I was always a “chico del barrio.” The road that I took to get here was not easy. It makes you even more humble and you try not to change.
Q: It’s said that the quality of the group can be measured by how fast the ball goes in the rondos.
A: Being next to Iniesta is incredible. It’s true that no one makes any bad passes in those rondos. Arbeloa [they played together in the cantera of Real Madrid] and my four teammates from Villarreal were important in helping me to enter into the group. Capdevila had told me it was a family.
Q: Your debut brings back good memories from your time in the youth teams of the national team.
A: I’m conscious of the fact that it’s very difficult to get playing time, but debuting would be great. I spent a lot of time in the youth teams, from the U-15 team, and the most special moment was in the U-19 Euro when I scored the game winning goal in the final. It’s unforgettable. Repeating it with the first team would be magnificent.
Q: Is it difficult to secure a spot in this group of world champions?
A: It’s very complicated because they all have played together for a long time and won the most important things. I work hard every day for that and for Del Bosque to notice me.
He also called Borja Valero “his good friend, a wonderful footballer and a better person!”