a foto, an award and more on the shirt!
The other events of the big celebration at Las Rozas today included the foto de familia, the AEFI award and the presentation of the new camiseta. Plus, some other things of interest…
One. First, the photo. The theme was, “thanks to everyone, our dream came true.”
That’s a lot of players, no? The World Cup looks so minuscule!
The World Cup winning team is clustered in the center of the third and fourth rows. I like how most of them wore red ties! And why was Raúl Albiol wearing a very pale tie? Sergio and Javi opted for dark shirts, and yay, Jesús is there! And now, I have to go rest my eyes because I’ve been squinting at the picture for about five minutes, trying to see who else I can recognize (Madrid fans, can you spot Aitor Karanka?). I hope the RFEF provides a bigger version of this picture.
Here’s a photo of the current players (not all; the photo should have been wider) but we get to see our favorites a bit clearer. I said I loved the red ties, and I also love Cesc’ purple one! And of course, Albiol has his eyes closed at the moment the photo was taken. It doesn’t surprise me at all! Meanwhile, David Villa looks the same. His expression never changes, no matter the event, though he might have smiled a little, for a brief instant, when he was holding the World Cup, on Fernando Llorente’s shoulders. Plus, it looks like Iker’s back in his favorite gray suit again, the one he wore to Oviedo for the Prince of Asturias awards and to the Real Madrid Foundation gala.
Two. Then, Iker Casillas picked up the AEFI (Spanish Association of International Footballers) award on behalf of the 23 champions, which he said is shared with “all those who came before us.” The president of the association, one Alfredo Di Stéfano (maybe you’ve heard of him), said “it’s extraordinary. It’s a spectacular success for a country so into football like Spain. I congratulate everyone and we’re very happy with their achievement.”
Three. Then there was the presentation of the new shirt! Unfortunately, the players didn’t strip like they did in the commercial, but they were very good models (really, there isn’t anything they’re not good at, no?). It’s just too bad that only those players endorsed by Adidas got to be models.
We’ve already talked a lot about the new shirt, so let’s hear what the players have to say (there was nothing unexpected).
Xavi said it was “comfortable, pretty and very important, since it has the star and the escudo.” Meanwhile, Santi declared, “it’s an honor to wear it.” Xabi Alonso added, “we hope to have a good debut with the shirt.” Javi Martínez was a bit more philosophical, saying, “there are no friendlies when you wear this shirt.” Silva
mumbled expressed his hopes that “it will bring us the same luck.” And Fernando Llorente and Carlos Marchena echoed Santi and each other in saying, “wearing this shirt is an honor.” And finally, David Villa expressed, “our goal is to wear it with pride.”
Love the matching shoes! Poor Silvi; he really looked like an enano between the giants Javi and Fernando (who – ¡¡¡sí!!! – were wearing the tight shirts). Another observation: Santi was the only one to tuck his shirt in.
Four. Earlier, FIFA president Joseph Blatter presented Spain with the new escudo that they can now wear on their shirts (as seen above) as world champions. In his speech, he said, “I’m proud to present the team with the emblem. It’s not a gift, it’s a responsibility… Spain was the best team in South Africa and it was a team that clearly showed it knew how to play football. It wasn’t a surprise to me that Spain became the champion, because they’ve done great work over the years with the youth teams. As president of FIFA, I’ll say that for the next four years, we have a just champion of the world.”
Five. In injury news, Fernando Torres will continue on with the team after getting checked out by doctors – he had strained a ligament in his ankle while playing against Stoke City. The doctors believe he’s recovering enough to stay on. And Juan Mata will also be examined by doctors to see how he’s doing.