La Roja news round-up
Ten of our players are on the short list for the FIFA FIFPro World XI 2010! The ideal starting 11 of the year will be announced at the FIFA Ballon d’Or gala in Zurich on Jan. 10.
Our ten players are: Iker, Piqué, Puyol, Sergio, Cesc, Iniesta, Xabi, Xavi, Villa and Torres.
Meanwhile, Vicente del Bosque is continuing his tour of Spain, as he’s very much in demand with radio programs, TV programs and the printed media! In addition, there are no more La Roja games this year, so he has a bit of time to relax. Yesterday, he told Com Ràdio’s Qué has dinat? program that the national team will be his last team: “surely the national team will be my last team. It’s been a lot of years in football with different responsibilities, and since it’s been a long journey, I imagine the moment will come when others who are younger and with better ideas will try to bring Spain to the highest point possible.” He also admitted that it’s difficult to return to coaching a club after his experience with the national team: “I can’t guarantee anything, but I don’t think I’ll return to coaching a club…. it’s impossible to return to Real Madrid, that I’m sure of.” VDB also revealed what the keys to winning the World Cup were: “this generation of players, the Euro 2008 championship, and a bit of luck.” This generation of course includes three great goalkeepers: “we have a starting goalkeeper, which is Iker Casillas, and two more – Víctor Valdés and Pepe Reina – that are in the shadows, but who are extraordinary. But neither of them is considered the number two or the number three. They’re extraordinary goalkeepers who deserve to be on the national team.” We also find out that VDB’ll watch el clásico at home.
And then he spoke to the program SER Deportivos about the style of the national team: “Barcelona is playing very well, the same as the national team. The national team has a lot of similarities with Barça but also with Madrid. Alonso is a big influence on our style.”
He also touched upon the Portugal game: “I was upset, no one likes losing and we have an added responsibility after winning the World Cup. Although it was a friendly, we have to give it our everything. No one likes the impression we gave and we can’t only point fingers at those on the field, but also those on the bench.”