Conexión Samanta – part IV
Here is your second advent gift of the day, the last part of the translation of Conexión Samanta! It was a great show, no, even if the audio quality was horrible! When can we expect to see the sequel? Please tell me there will be a sequel! Or better yet, an entire TV program dedicated to following the players around. I’ll even pay Cuatro (or any other channel) if they let me be the host!
My conclusions after watching this program: Capdevila, Llorente, Javi, Mata and Cazorla come across very, very well. If you didn’t love them before, you’d definitely love them now. Iker came off as a bit grumpy and argumentative, Piqué as slightly immature, and Raúl Albiol needs to enunciate!!!
Iker & Sergio
Waiter: Two Cokes.
Iker Casillas: Is it cold?
SV: When did you starting playing this?
IC: Not too long ago, I still didn’t know how to play.
SV: And who showed you how?
IC: Some friends.
SV: Do you have the same friends as before? Or is it not easy?
IC: In my case, it’s easier than with Sergio, because he’s from Sevilla. I’m in Madrid every day.
Sergio Ramos: They come up to Madrid, I go to Sevilla when I can, it depends on my football schedule, and I have less time now, but I have the same friendships that I’ve always had.
IC: Look at what cards you have.
SV: Let’s go.
How much do you usually bet?
IC: One euro.
SV: Just one euro? With all that you earn?
IC: Hold on one second. You’re not poor either, are you?
SV: More than you, I bet!
IC: I’m not talking about that, I’m just saying that you’re not poor.
SV: Well, I don’t have anything to complain about.
IC: I’m tired of always hearing about how much footballers earn… what can I say.
SR: It’s what football generates.
IC: Football generates that money and the principal actors in football are the footballers. That’s what it is. I’m not going to expand on this, but what can we do? I think you can play for one euro.
SV: Ok, I’ll bet one euro.
I raise you five euros.
IC: I’ll see your five euros, because I think you’re a bit of a bluffer.
IC: I don’t know if the previous reports you did were the truth or not…
SV: Hey, you can’t say that!
IC: Ok, whatever you want, but I have doubts!
SV: I’m here with you, yes or no? It’s true, isn’t it?
IC: I’m sorry but I have my doubts.
SV: Are you a hologram?
IC: I get criticized when I mess up, so I can criticize too, no? Everyone has that right.
SR: I wouldn’t do that, for example.
SV: Does it upset you when people criticize you?
IC: No, who doesn’t mess up? But then when they start talking about the [private] life of someone… if he’s doing that, doing this… you can have 10 games and one bad game, but they focus on the bad game. The country is like this, always. When you’re at the very top, everyone, in this case especially journalists, have it in for you.
SV: I got very indignant when they suddenly started talking about Sara and said it was her fault that you messed up, you remember? That seemed to me…
IC: I’m not going to say anything about that, because if I say anything…
SV: Because whatever you say…
IC: Whatever I say will be misconstrued. In the end, I think that with time everyone will get what they deserve and I think silence is the best way to respond to all of this.
SV: So what do you do to not get angry? Because you have feelings too…
SR: It’s inevitable, because it bothers you when someone speaks badly of you. And more so if they talk about personal things. But you have to learn to live with that…
IC: I don’t think that people realize that we have mothers, fathers, families, friends…
SV: And do they suffer? Are they hurt by this?
IC: More than us.
SR: Of course.
IC: A lot more than us. Think about it, my mother in the stands, or his mother, or anyone’s mother, having to put up with everything they say about us.
SV: Two pairs.
IC: Joder, you learned fast!
IC: Goal, no. Whoever wins this pays for the Cokes.
SV: No one told me that.
IC: You have to be smarter.
SV: Good luck tomorrow!
JC: It’s game day. Today we’re going to play Portugal. I can’t believe this is how I make a living. Let’s see what the room is like. I think the TV’s a bit too small. That’s Sporting Lisboa’s stadium, but that’s not where we’re going to play.
Manolo el del Bombo
MB: I always wear a sweatsuit in the colors of Spain, from the bottom to the top. This is not a sweatsuit, this is a suit. I have the jacket as well. If I go anywhere where the national team is, I have to wear the uniform.
I’ve been to eight World Cups, six Eurocopas, almost 400 games, but the most important thing is that the people love you.
I have various hats…
This is the drum I brought to the World Cup. The RFEF wants to put it in the museum… because this is not my drum, it belongs to all Spaniards. Each Spaniard owns a piece of this.
SV: It’s going to be like this the entire day, no?
Do you want to take a look around, see if we can bring something back from Portugal?
I’m going to buy this for my bar.
SV: What’s the best thing about all of this?
MB: The affection of the people, that’s the best.
SV: Your ringtone couldn’t be more Spanish…. answer the phone!
Joan & Sergio
JC: Now, we’re going to go see Sergio Ramos.
JC: Sergio! Open the door!
CF: Joan, I have to speak to you about one thing.
JC: About what?
CF: You have to bring me something…
Someone: Explain that you’re pro-independence.
SR: What’s up with you?
JC: Tell us what you do in the hours before the game.
SR: Here we are in the room, we just finished eating and now I’m preparing the bed to sleep a couple of hours before the afternoon snack.
JC: And are you one of the ones who rests, sleeps or listens to music before the game?
SR: Now I’m going to rest for two hours, and I’ll turn off the music, turn off everything, and we’ll put on a bit of music before the game.
JC: And who is this?
SR: Nolasco. From Sevilla. A flamenquito singer.
JC: What a bed, no?
SR: Yes, we’ll rest well since we have to perform well later. And you? Now I’ll tape you.
JC: Me? But I didn’t even comb my hair!
SR: So, about you. Are you one of those who rest or…
JC: Well, now after doing Samanta’s work , I have to sleep a bit, because…
SR: You’re putting in overtime, no?
JC: I’m looking for my second job, for when I retire.
SR: I think we should send her a greeting. How does this go? Like this? Ok, now.
Well Samanta, I send you a big kiss and I hope the report comes out very well like the ones you usually do. A kiss.
JC: What words!
To the stadium
SV: The players are now leaving the hotel now, on their way to the Estadio da Luz. Are you leaving now?
PR: We’re leaving.
SV: There’s Iker, with Sergio behind him. Good luck Sergio! See you later!
SV: One more hour until the game. The journalists are all already in their seats. All the newspaper journalists are in this row. And here, those from radio. And the ones furthest down are the ones from television.
Journalist: I’m writing down some data, such as if Iker plays today, and he will, he’ll be 10 games away from tying Zubi as the most capped player in history of Spanish football. And if Villa scores today, he’ll have 45 goals, the record for Spain, beating out Raúl.
After the game
SV: Fernando, what happened?
FL: You brought us bad luck.
SV: You think it was me? But I wasn’t at the Argentina game. How are you?
FL Sad. It hurts.
JC: It’s a deception for everyone, fans and players, but we can’t always win. Today we lacked a lot of things, and we can only improve, we can’t get worse.
SV: A kiss. Have a good trip… this boy never loses his sense of humor.
Samanta on her report
After the program aired, Samanta took the time to answer some viewer questions.
What did you think of Piqué? I wasn’t able to get to know him enough. But from our interaction, he appeared to me to be a young kid with a lot of desire to have fun. And he plays football very well.
What did you think of Llorente? Llorente was charming. He’s serious, responsible and has a great sense of humor.
How is Sergio Ramos off-camera? Very much like you saw. He’s down to earth and friendly.
What was your favorite moment and which player was the nicest? Joan Capdevila made everything easy for us. He was so tender with his eight-month-old son. Thanks to him, we captured great moments.
Are there groups in the national team? There are groups: the Madrid players, the Barcelona players, those from Athletic… it’s logical, because they spend a lot of time together with their clubs, but they all get along very well.
Which player caught your eye, and why? I was very surprised by Juan Mata’s maturity. He had to grow up very fast. And I liked that Iker Casillas was a very ordinary guy. He has a lot of reasons to be full of himself, but he’s very humble.
Are Fernando Llorente and Javi Martínez as nice as they came across? Yes, they’re as nice as you see in the report.
What did you think of the players? I realized that the majority of them are very young boys who slap each other on the neck as they pass by in the hallway of the hotel. When they come out on television, they’re very responsible, but in reality, although they earn millions of euros, what motivates them to go onto the field is toe play, to have a good time. And win.