your last advent gift
A hodgepodge of players for today’s advent gift! I’ll try and translate a bit more of Pepe’s book as well!
Iker, Busi & Llorente
All three of them were in Madrid last night, participating in Iker and Luis Figo’s football 7 “hope” game for various charities. Iker captained one side, which was coached by Luis Aragonés, and Busi was one of Iker’s players. Fernando was originally scheduled to participate, but his hip injury relegated him to watching from the stands.
Here are some parts from his GQ interview where he’s not being controversial/insulting, but rather the fun and quirky Xavi that I like. Watch the video here.
– I have strange passions. I like to go mushroom hunting. I love it. I have the same passion for it as I do for a goal.
– With my first salary of 4,000 pesetas, I bought a toaster for my mother. I’m very generous because that’s the way I feel. If I have anything, I feel the need to share it with my loved ones.
– I only like being the protagonist on the field, not in front of the camera with the lights, action…
– I’m the happiest at home. My friends know that. They say, hey let’s go have dinner, and I say, come to my house and we’ll get Japanese food delivered.
– I watch a lot of TV. I like Aída, it makes me laugh a lot. I watch the news, the Manolos on Cuatro where you (Juanma Castaño, the interviewer) are, everything with football, such as El Día Después, El Día de Fútbol on Sundays, which I love. I rest and sleep a lot (mucho, mucho, mucho), three hours is the minimum length for a siesta.
David is in Asturias for his vacation, and he took the time to unveil a commemorative plaque for Tuilla’s sports center, which is now named after him. He thanked the town for the honor, saying it meant a lot to him because that’s where he began to play football.
I’m sorry, but that is one ugly belt buckle. And I’ve seen a lot of them, since I support the team that Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos play for, but this one takes the cake. It almost looks like a football crest, no?
Andrés is one of the stars, along with Rafa Nadal and (the in need of some grooming) Pau Gasol, in Nike’s new ad, with the tagline “shine, and make your country better.” They list all the achievements of Spanish athletes over the past year, and the list is extremely long. The list of course includes Nike’s football world champions: Carles Puyol, Sergio Ramos, Gerard Piqué, Fernando Torres, Sergio Busquets, Cesc Fàbregas and Andrés Iniesta himself. The ad is a message of hope in response to the crisis that the country is going through right now.
Out now is the book The Bible of the Spanish National Team, which consists of historical data, graphics, statistics, line-ups, results, fun facts and anecdotes that will give you a better understanding of the history of the team. The prologue was written by Vicente del Bosque and the presentation by Iker Casillas. (For Madrid fans, The Bible of Real Madrid is also out, with José Mourinho’s prologue and Alfredo di Stéfano’s presentation).