Informe Robinson: Campeones del Mundo – the translation, part II
And we continue with the translation of Informe Robinson…
Narrator: On June 16, Spain began their journey at the World Cup in South Africa.
Álvaro Arbeloa: Eleven minutes into the game, I said to Albiol, “Raúl, we’re going to win the World Cup, we’re playing so well that if we keep this up, nobody will be able to beat us.”
Iker Casillas: I think that the whole match can be summed up in that play. It was bad luck: I hit it, he got the rebound, it hit Piqué, then the ball stopped rolling…
Óscar Celada: I go out onto the pitch, and he tells me, “I felt a strange sensation in my hamstring.” And I said, madre mía, madre mía, we’ll sub you out.
Andrés Iniesta: I injured myself more than I thought.
Juan Mata: Right after the match, the important players, the captains, started trying to cheer people up, telling us that we could still win the rest of the games.
Fernando Torres: I remember Xavi, Xabi Alonso, Arbeloa…
AA: I think I was one of the ones who tried the hardest to raise morale, telling them to be calm, that we had played phenomenally.
FT: Their serenity, the sense of confidence even though we had lost, raised our spirits, including those of Vicente, who had been silent, along with a lot of the rest of us.
Luis Aragonés: In the first matches, you have to go out with 110% from the very beginning. And today, in my opinion, that’s not how they came out. They came out as though they were convinced they would win easily. And in football, that doesn’t happen.
FT: I spoke to Xabi, to Xavi, and I said, you know, with Luis, you have to read between the lines, we know him and how to read between the lines, we should listen to him. It’s not just anyone’s opinion, we should listen to him, we’re going to listen carefully and pay attention to what he’s trying to tell us. We’ve spent so much time with him that we know how to interpret what he says. And I think, in a way, it helped us, it motivated us, that our coach asked more of us, demanded more of us… [corrects himself] our former coach.
Xavi Hernández: And that was when Fernando Hierro really stepped up. He gathered those of us who had been with the team the longest, the captains, and he told us that he had no doubt that this team could do something great at the World Cup…
Xabi Alonso: … that we had such an amazing opportunity, with such a good group, that for many of us it was probably going to be an opportunity that we wouldn’t have again.
OC: The day after the game against Switzerland… the day after the game against Switzerland, I think we all doubted everything. I was even doubting the menus that I had changed.
Gerard Piqué: That’s when the doubts creep in, when you start to say, “and what if we really aren’t that good?”
Newspaper headline: “Spain’s defeat? Blame the girlfriend.”
IC: I’ve heard all types of comments about my personal life, because there’s always ones that I’m expected to respond to. They can arrive at any moment, and I don’t believe that I’m always playing at the highest level, but the important thing is that I never started doubting myself.
XH: I spoke with Vicente and we talked a lot about football, we discussed what happened, but really the only thing that had happened was one of those freak footballing misfortunes that we just couldn’t explain.
FT: We didn’t know why we had lost. You don’t know why you lost? And if you had to go back and do it again, you’d do everything the same? Well, that’s because you’re on the right path.
VDB: I think that was the most critical moment. We received a lot of news from Spain. As the coach, you have to know how to listen, but you also have to have a firm sense of judgment, and at that time, I think we were working with a solid style of play that we couldn’t just cast aside, and also the players themselves.
N: Andrés Iniesta was definitely ruled out for the second game.
AI: I had a really hard time between the Switzerland game and the Honduras game.
Raúl Martínez: The ghosts of the past season began to haunt him again.
AI: I met up with a fenómeno named Raúl.
RM: And that’s when I reminded him of Fernando and said to him, “Andrés, this is how it’s going to end.” And he got up from the couch, gave me a high-five, and said, “Venga, yes it is!”
AI: If I had to say that it’s thanks to him that I played in the World Cup, well… that’s how I feel.
The night before the match against Honduras, that day was key, because he pushed exactly the right buttons.
RM: When you realign many different body parts – e.g. parts of the cranium – that are far from the injury site – parts of the thorax and even the visceral areas – when all the various parts are brought into alignment, then everything can start to function again.
AI: And I remember that day, I went to bed very happy.
N: Against Honduras, Del Bosque brought in Jesús Navas and Fernando Torres for Andrés Iniesta and David Silva.
Michael Robinson: And that was the last we would see of Silva…
VDB: Well, yes. He’s a player I appreciate greatly for his footballing abilities, because he’s very good…
David Silva: The coach told me I should be playing more, and he felt bad about it, but as I’ve said before, at times like that, you have to consider everyone, and put the group first.
VDB: And that’s a sacrifice we made… surely too much of a sacrifice.
David Villa: I ran at both of them, I tried to get between them, then another player came forward, but I was already concentrating on the goal, and so I was still able to kick the ball hard as I was falling.
Carles Puyol: I walked away from the match in a bad mood, because the team had broken…
RM: I don’t know, he took his shirt, and threw it on the ground. He was furious.
CP: A single goal could have made it difficult for us to qualify, no? So that’s why I left a little bit angry.
GP: The worst thing, which nobody knows about, is that the next day in training, Andrés put a cross into the box and I tried to clear it, but the ball hit me full-on in the face and all of my cuts reopened again. I said all the bad words I could think of, I left training and I remember Vicente saying to me, “What bad luck!”
PR: And that day, he was quieter than he’d ever been. We were joking around with him, and he was like [mumbles, imitating Piqué] “Haha, guys, I can’t laugh…” We couldn’t understand him, he couldn’t talk with his mouth all swollen, and he was having a really bad time of it.
XH: I saw that Busi was having a really hard time. Even though you try hard not to listen to the critics, people were saying that we didn’t need Busquets.
Sergio Busquets: It’s clear that the most important thing is to be aware of everything, no? Of your job, of the fact that you’re the youngest, and perhaps that you’re the one who hasn’t made a name for himself yet.
AI: The most important thing is that the people around you have faith in you. So, in that sense…
VDB: If I were a football player in this moment, I would like to be like Busquets.
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