La Roja news roundup
Not much going on in the world of La Roja lately, but here is a bit of news!
One. The Madrid Football Federation held its awards gala last night, and several members of La Roja were honored.
Seven members of the World Cup-winning team with ties to Madrid received gold insignias – Iker, Sergio, Xabi, Álvaro, Raúl Albiol, Fernando Torres and Pepe (the ties come from either playing for a team in Madrid or for being from Madrid, and in the case of one, both). Iker accepted the insignias on behalf of his six absent teammates.
Meanwhile, La Rojita and Atleti keeper David de Gea received a Puma golden boot award for being the best player in the community of Madrid last season, and Vicente del Bosque received the gold and diamond insignia. David presented Iker with his award (the pobrecito was so nervous with the pinning that in the end, the president of the federation had to finish the job for him), and VDB presented David with his award. Iker, meanwhile, had received the golden boot award 10 years ago.
Iker said, “it’s a very nice award and I thank the Federation for it; they’ve always treated me very well.” Poor Iker, at the rate he’s receiving awards, he’s going to have holes in all his blazers/jackets soon!
Two. Jesús Navas was operated on his left ankle on Thursday and discharged on Friday. His period of recovery is expected to be six weeks. Go here to see a video of Jesús taking a “lift” down the stairs and leaving the hospital in the worst outfit ever – yes, even worse than his outfit to the Sevilla gala. It really is incredibly bad in so many ways (my favorite part is how the two “sevens” don’t even match in the way they’re written).
Three. An update on the bonuses the players are expected to receive for winning the World Cup. As reported earlier, each player is supposed to take home €600,000, which has not been paid out yet. The Federation is at the moment considering paying the players in South Africa, since that’s where they “earned” the money. Spain and South Africa have a double taxation agreement, and if the money is paid out in South Africa, taxes on it will be lower than if it were paid out in Spain, 21% vs. 43%. In other words, the players will receive €474,000 for South Africa, €342,000 for Spain.
The players will in addition receive a gift from the Federation, a watch worth €18,000, which they’ll receive the next time they get together. In previous years, the gifts included televisions and computers.
Four. VDB will announce his list for the Portugal friendly on Friday, Nov. 12. The game, on Nov. 17, will be the last national team game this year, and we’ll have to wait until March 2011 to see La Roja again, when they resume qualifying for the 2012 Eurocopa on March 25 against the Czech Republic.