– a total of 239 men who have worn the shirt of Spain turned out for the event yesterday. And 74 years separated the oldest player, Gabriel Sosa (94) from the youngest, Bojan (20).
– there were some big names missing, including Raúl, who didn’t have permission from Schalke to attend; Guti; Guardiola (who was in Oviedo giving a talk); Luis Enrique, Gento…
– there were 46 tables at the lunch. Santi sat at the table with the 23 champions.
– for the photo, the players were called up by decade, and made to stand on a sticker.
– Jesús Navas was still on crutches.
– Sergio and Arbeloa were seen taking pictures of each other kissing the trophy. They don’t have enough?
And some pictures I liked. Iker, while placing the trophy on the stand, looked a bit like he was making a save instead. Meanwhile, Miguel Reina proudly posed by a picture of his son in the museum of the national team. Unfortunately, there was no sign of Xabi Alonso’s father, who had appeared 20 times for Spain. And David and Iker looked quite cute together at the AFE’s press conference.
Plus, a super high res copy of the foto de familia, via SportYou. Now we can see everyone’s cute little faces (some cuter than others)!
And Pepe Reina was on El Larguero last night! Among the things he said was that it was a very nice event, that it’s always good to see his teammates and idols (whose cards he collected as a kid) and that he has taken a picture with that many people before, the last time the RFEF gathered everyone together, right before the World Cup. Pepe also said it was nice to share the experience with his father.
When asked about the Ballon d’Or, he said he hoped Xavi or Iniesta would take the prize home. He called the new shirts “bonitas” and said they would wear it with a lot of pride. When the host said it would be even better in four years time when it has two stars, Pepe said he would put one on the front and the other on the back.
And of course, he talked about the book, saying that people would laugh at the experiences in the book, and he hoped they would enjoy it. The people at the show got an advance copy, and said it talks about his teammates, the road to the World Cup and the World Cup experience itself. There are also a lot of photos! Pepe will present the book in Madrid on Nov. 22.
And one more picture of our wonderful team yesterday. Is the red tie a Barcelona thing (with the exception of VDB)? And what a great accessory that World Cup is, no?
Juanín says, “now I have to recover quickly and of course I wish my teammates a lot of luck in the game… let’s end this great year of 2010 on a good note for the national team!