Conexión Samanta, part II
And in part two of your Dec. 8 advent gift, we continue with the Conexión Samanta translation! In these segments, she goes to the province of Valencia to hang out with Carlos Marchena, Joan Capdevila and Juan Mata. And lucky girl, she gets to spend some time in the homes of the latter two!
Doesn’t Joan appear to be super sweet? And what a sense of humor! And of course, Gerard is the cutest little thing, no? Juanín also comes off as extremely nice and cuddly, and Carlos is, well, el padre.
Villarreal fan: Villarreal is the best team in Europe. We’re a town of 50,000 people. Twelve years in the first division. Three Champions League appearances. And seven UEFA Leagues. Who’s better than we are?
And what do you think of Marchena? He’s playing better than when he was with Valencia. He’s a good signing.
And Capdevila? He’s the indisputable left fullback for the national team.
Carlos Marchena and Joan Capdevila
JC: I think that’s the dream of any kid, to be a footballer, to do what he likes and wants. And you get paid for it! It’s great, no?
CM: You have to have good people surrounding you, to keep a good head on your shoulders, to not think you’re more than you are.
SV: What is the trick?
JC: Marchena’s better at it.
CM: When you want to kick it a long way, use your instep.
SV: Instep for a long kick. I should have known this.
When the World Cup started, did any of you think that you would end as champions?
JC: When you participate in something, you think about winning, because if not, why are you even there? The group that we have is so strong and so great, and they help you out in difficult situations.
SV: What do you have there?
CM: Someone stepped on me during a game, that’s all.
SV: Does it hurt?
CM: It’s a wound from the game… it wasn’t done in bad faith, so it’s nothing.
SV: What is the schedule of a footballer like?
JC: We usually all have breakfast together at nine, then we have free time to prepare for the training session, and at 10:30h we train.
SV: So you’re out from nine to twelve, more or less, no?
Here we have Joan Capdevila’s wife. With their baby. What would you do if he signed for a foreign club?
María: I would go. Learning another language would be nice, no?
SV: He’s woken up. Hello. He’s used to cameras already, no?
SV: Footballers don’t always live in chalets and mansions, no?
JC: People have that idea of footballers, that they’re not normal, but I tell you, apart from the superstars, everyone else is normal people.
SV: How old is he? (It could mean that, or what’s the weather like?).
JC: Sunny. Eight months now.
SV: How old was he when you had to leave for South Africa?
JC: Three months. [He cried when he had to leave his newborn son to go to the World Cup.] I missed him a lot, since he was far away, but we were in contact.
SV: Where’s Mommy? Mommmy. Look, there’s Mommy.
SV: Oh, and he was just changed! That always happens.
JC: Today we wanted to watch Valencia and we’re not going to be able to watch, no? Do we want to?
It’s an embarrassment when he opens his mouth.
Goal for Valencia. You see it? Are we going to celebrate?
We’re going to try to get him to sleep, and if not, oh well.
SV: Is it true that you’re very superstitious?
JC: I always enter the field on my left foot, I try to step the lines between the fields with my left foot… [This is the first time that he’s watching the final of the World Cup on TV.]
SV: You made some promises if you won the World Cup… you remember? You said you would kiss the king on the lips , is that true?
JC: No, I said that if I got that opportunity… I said I would get a tattoo of the Cup, but I never said when…
JC: The only thing I regret about the final was that we couldn’t play in red.
SV: You came running, is that you?
JC: I was literally on the bottom, we couldn’t even see those who arrived last. I think it’s a record, to have 23 guys on top of him.
SV: You were all suffering, weren’t you?
JC: It was the longest four minutes of my career, no? I think he blew the whistle here, we were hoping Iker wouldn’t take the kick.
SV: Where were you?
JC: There I am.
SV: That’s you!!! Let’s see that again. Look! Press play! That’s you! You were crying like a little kid.
JC: It was normal!
SV: You were super emotional.
JC: The one who cried the most was Casillas. A couple of hours later, he was still crying.
SV: Look how happy you were there.
JC: The first thing that came to mind when I saw the Cup was to kiss it. I thought, why not? It’s here and we just won it. Why not kiss it?
Sergio Ramos always has to be in the front of the photos. I don’t understand.
SV: Look, it’s true!
JC: You see? Sergio Ramos is always the first one. It’s a lost cause competing against him because he elbows you and kicks you so you say, fine we’ll respect him.
SV: Anyway, you’re one of the tall ones, and they’re in the back.
JC: I put myself on the side, and I said, it would be really bad if you didn’t get into the photo…
Manolo el del Bombo
MB: After 32 years of following the national team, winning the World Cup was the maximum. I can die happy.
Everyone said I was crazy, and it’s true, because carrying a drum around the world is. The World Cup is not mine, it’s not the players, it’s for all of Spain.
My heart is divided between the national team, Valencia and Real Zaragoza.
I’m preparing for the trip to Portugal, for the friendly.
Juan Mata Sr. Hello Manolo, how are you?
MB: Your son was phenomenal tonight.
JMS: He was great! Give me a beer.
Juan Mata Sr.
JMS: I’m now known as “the father of…” even by my friends, my ex-teammates, and I love it.
We saw the World Cup there, in South Africa, and the only thing I said to him was son, you just entered into history. Right now you all still don’t know what you all achieved.
SV: Are you a dog or a hamster? It’s so cute. What’s its name?
Is this you?
JM: Yes. Does it look like me?
SV: What are your first football-related memories?
JM: Going with my father to his training sessions and games.
Here I have a lot of things, mostly things that were given to me. Photos, awards…
SV: Did someone make this for you?
SV: And where did they give it to you?
JM: In Paterna.
This is the shirt from my debut with the first team of the national team.
SV: And the strangest gift you’ve been given?
JM: My face carved from wood. And also posters.
SV: “Never stop us from dreaming.” “I fell in love with your eyes, I fell in love with your smile, I fell in love with your glances and your little face, which I can never FORGET!!” Porrrr fa-vor Juan Má-ta!
Is it easier to hook up when you play for the national team?
JM: When we arrived in Spain, there were hopes, but… calmness.
SV: What do the girls say to you?
JM: They always say the same things, a photo, can you sign this, and from that some of them start trying… not all of them but some of them. But I suppose you have to be more or less famous.
SV: Do you cook?
JM: Very little. My mother leaves me food in the freezer when she comes.
SV: She comes with an armful of Tupperware?
JM: Yes… Salads, juice… [He loves natillas and cheesecake].
JM: These are shirts that I’ve gotten in exchange during games. This one is David’s. One from Croatia, from the U-21 team.
SV: How did you feel when you began to play with the national team?
JM: It’s a dream that all Spanish footballers have, and mine came true when I was 20.
JM: This is for the Christmas lottery, and they used the date of my birthday.
SV: Do you have the feeling that “I haven’t done anything that special, why does everyone follow me?”
JM: The last time I thought that was when we received the Príncipe de Asturias award.
SV: The last times that you were in the Teatro Campoamor was when?
JM: To watch a play with my school, and also with the choir from my school. [He was born in Asturias 22 years ago.] (That’s actually wrong, because Juanín was born in Burgos).
SV: Look at him, in his suit.
JM: The prince or me?
JM: Look, I was saying hi to my family there.
SV: Did your mother give you Tupperware containers so that you could bring…
JM: No, no!
SV: You’re thrilled, no?
JM: The happiest moment. Then…
SV: This was the other moment of the World Cup with everyone waiting for the kiss between Iker and Sara…
JM: I didn’t see that moment, because we were in the locker room, and I only found out about it once we were back in Spain but I think it was the one with the most audience. More than the goal of Iniesta!
JM: Can I film you?
SV: If it goes out of focus, tell me.
What do you want to drink?
JM: Pineapple juice.
SV: Do you ever drink alcohol?
JM: Very rarely.
SV: And what happens if one day you’re here having a few drinks and they find you half drunk in a corner? Would there be problems?
JM: If I don’t make it to the training session or I arrive not in the right state, yes.
I was going to ask you, what do you know about football? What is the name of the coach of my club?
SV: Idounai, Nai…
JM: Unai Eme…
SV: Eme… Managari, Menerguini, Emerini…
JM: Emery. Which team do you support?
JM: And if I take away your camera? Would you know how to continue living?
SV: If you take away my camera?
JM: Without the camera.
SV: Ohhhh. Hold on, I’m going to show you I can keep living.
JM: Cut, cut.