“A” for Álvaro and adorable
I mentioned Álvaro del Bosque’s epilogue to the book La Futbolería here (item four), but here is the text, in his extremely neat handwriting! It says:
I’m Álvaro, my father is Vicente del Bosque, Spain’s national team coach, I think he is the best in Spain because he won the World Cup, but for me he’s also the best in everything. He’s very good to me, and loves me a lot, and I him. I like football a lot, I play for a team of children with problems and my father always comes to see us and I score many goals.
I like Raúl a lot, but my father didn’t heed me and didn’t call him up. I also like Xavi, Casillas, Xabi Alonso, Ramos and Güiza, whom papa didn’t call up even though I wanted him on the national team.
I want to be a coach like my father but mama tells me that I can’t and that I have to study a lot to work in an office.