Informe Robinson: Campeones del Mundo – the translation, part VI
Sadly enough, we’ve come to the end of Informe Robinson: Campeones del Mundo. In this final part, the players reminisce about the final against the Netherlands, and provide their insights into the game.
Once again, a big thanks to Michelle and Jen who so kindly volunteered to translate this entire program – they did an excellent job, no? Even the serial mumblers that we have on La Roja were no match for them! And they also rendered the English so beautifully…
Clearly, Michelle is the Andrés and Jen the Iker of this series of translations.
Andrés Iniesta: I think the tunnel must be the absolute worst place to be in.
Gerard Piqué: You start to head down it, and you’re not even aware that you’re walking…
AI: I don’t know, the tunnel… it’s overwhelming. And in the distance, you could see the World Cup itself…
Joan Capdevila: You’re like, madre mía, there it is! And we’re just one step away from getting our hands on it!
GP: You have to hold the hand of the kid assigned to you, and he ends up pulling you along because you’re not reacting…
Sergio Busquets: They say that looking at the Cup will bring you bad luck, but… I looked at it. And I wanted it.
JC: I just can’t believe I’m right here, right now – it’s impossible, really – a guy like me, playing in a World Cup final! The emotion makes you want to cry, but you have no idea why!
[Sergio’s header is saved; then Sergio’s shot is cleared]
Sergio Ramos: That was the one thorn in my flesh, you know? It had been stuck fast in my side, bothering me throughout the tournament, up to and including the final, because in practically every match I had had many occasions to score, but hadn’t been able to make it happen.
[A Dutch player hoofs it from inside his own half; it comes very close to bouncing into Iker’s goal; he gets his fingertips to it and it goes wide for a corner.]
Iker Casillas: I thought to myself, if I had allowed let that in, how bad would that have been? Because conceding a goal at that point and in that way… I would have gone down in history for conceding an absolutely ridiculous goal.
[Scenes of the Spanish getting tackled by the Dutch; then De Jong’s karate kick on Xabi]
Xabi Alonso: It was a huge shock to me, a total surprise. I was thinking, “What just happened?! Where did that come from?!” It took me completely by surprise. Oof. What happened there?! I felt the bones crunch all through my back and my hips…
SB: You feel powerless, because you can’t do anything about it, that’s supposed to be the referee’s job…
Xavi Hernández: I spoke with Van Bommel about it, and with Gio (Giovanni van Bronckhorst) to tell them, “hey, what do you think you’re doing?! This isn’t how the Dutch play!”
Pepe Reina: No, it was definitely a message that had come down “from above”; that much was obvious. These particular players would never think to play like this unless someone had explicitly ordered them to do so. And Van Bommel in particular… he had it in for Iniesta the entire game.
AI: I don’t even know how to describe it… it wasn’t good. But what they did to me that day… well, I wasn’t expecting it.
PR: Iniesta got mad, really mad, and he even risked getting sent off.
AI: The truth is that I just… I’d just had it up to here, you know?
PR: It was the 70th minute, maybe the 72nd…
IC: The 61st.
[Sneijder threads a pass through to Robben, who is through clear on goal with only Iker to beat]
GP: You just freeze – at that moment, it’s like you’re completely petrified, until something happens, you know?
David Villa: I think it was the single longest moment I’ve ever had to suffer through on a football pitch…
IC: I don’t know, a thousand things were going through my head, you know? Just hang on, just wait for it….
GP: You’re just trying, trying to move your body to help Iker out, to stop the ball… [he means while watching from a distance]
IC: I was already more than halfway down to the ground (when Robben took the shot), and well, I got it with my foot…
[82nd minute: Van Persie dinks it on to Robben, who fights Puyol to get to it…]
IC: That play felt a lot worse to me than the previous one, because it seemed like Puyi would get there, that Piqué would get there, but no, no, no…
Carles Puyol: I tried to make it as difficult for Robben as I could…
IC: I don’t know, Puyi stuck out his foot, Robben instinctively jumped over it, and…
CP: If he had chosen to go down, it would’ve been a foul and a straight red.
IC: And I think, in the end, Robben basically wanted it too badly, let his nerves get the better of him, and lost his chance.
XH: I remember that Andrés shifted into more of a central position, and then towards the end, I remember Jesús Navas and Cesc both coming on, and one of the Dutch players getting sent off…
El Guaje had a clear-cut chance… Cesc missed a good opportunity too; he and Villa were two-on-one against the goalie, but Cesc couldn’t make the pass, so he ended up taking the shot himself, and it was blocked by Stekelenburg.
And at the halftime break in extra time, I remember telling the doctor, we’re going to win this.
Dr. Óscar Celada: It was… like a calm descended over us. Because he had said it with such confidence.
PR: I was scared shitless. Honestly. I mean, I thought the match was going to go into penalties.
Toni Grande: And Vicente said to me, start thinking about the penalties…
XH: Jesús Navas had the ball, and he made a 30-meter run up the wing…
Jesús Navas: When I got the ball, I ran up the pitch, I passed the halfway line, and then I tried to pass it, and it kind of took a bounce off someone…
AI: And just as the ball comes to me, I play the backheel to Cesc…
Cesc Fàbregas: I pass it to Jesús…
JN: And I see that Torres is wide open on the flank to receive it…
Fernando Torres: And I see that Andrés has slipped past one of their fullbacks… and I try to play it to him, but they intercept and clear it…
CF: It fell to me, and I saw Andrés there… and well, I’m not saying it was easy, but he was in a good position, diagonal to me, and I could make the pass to him…
AI: Everything stopped, and it was just me and the ball. You know how when you see a slow-motion replay of something? Well, that’s what it was like for me. It’s hard to hear silence, but at that moment, I listened to the silence, and I knew the ball was going in.
FT: And then he scored the goal to end all goals.
Raúl Martínez: And I asked, “Who was it???” And they told me, “Andresito! It was Andrés, it was Andrés!”
AI: In that moment, you have no idea what you’re even saying…
PR: I threw myself on top of Cesc, and Cesc was gasping, “Pepe, I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe!” But I didn’t give a crap!
AI: The only thing I could think of at the time was to spend as much time as possible celebrating so that the match would end sooner!
[Fernando Torres is clear through on goal, but suddenly pulls up short]
FT: I thought it had to be something serious, because I’ve had many muscle tears before, and none of them were quite like that… and I just couldn’t believe it, you know? I didn’t want to open my eyes. I could hear Raúl, and Dr. Cota, and when I finally opened my eyes, I was in the dressing room, on the treatment bed…
[The whistles blows for full time]
Dr. Juan Cota: And, with both of us in tears, I told him, “Fernando, you’re a world champion, you have to go out and celebrate with them.”
FT: And I wanted to, but I couldn’t walk…
Dr. JC: And I remember walking down the Soccer City tunnel with him, the two of us together, talking about being the champions of the world.
FT: And you think, “Was it really worth all of that to win the World Cup?” For me, yes it was.
AI: I turned my head to the sky and fell to my knees… and I was there on the ground, crying like I’d never cried before, when Víctor Valdés came up to me…
Víctor Valdés: And seeing Andrés as overcome with emotion as he had been that long-ago day in training, but this time overflowing with happiness instead – the contrast between the two filled me with emotion as well. And watching him cry tears of joy, after the year he’d had and all he’d suffered through… for me, it felt as good as if I’d scored the winning goal myself, or even better.
IC: Crying, just crying with happiness, crying because you’ve accomplished something you’ve dreamed about since you were a kid – after listening to all the naysayers, all the nonsense, all the garbage about how Spain could never win the World Cup, about how Spain could never succeed on the world stage… for everything we’d lived through, for everything I had gone through…
CP: The one thing I remember the míster saying that really surprised me was when we hugged each other and he said to me, “You can’t retire from the national team now, you have to at least reach the 100 game mark!” And I was really touched, because we had just won the World Cup, and for him to even think of my retirement at a time like that… it really touched me.
JC: What really made an impression on me was seeing my parents cry. I’d never actually seen them cry before, you know?… Just thinking about it makes me tear up a little right now…
CF: She said to me, “I’m your mother!” I saw my mother there, my grandfather, my sister too, and my father yelling, “Hey, I’m your father!”… and I was like, madre mía…
IC: And you see the Cup, and you say, “Uf, I can’t believe it!”
JC: And I remember, the first thing I did was kiss it and say, “You’re mine now!”
DV: It felt like we would never see the day when a Spaniard would hold the World Cup in his hands, you know?
IC: When I was a kid, I saw Matthäus lift it, I saw Dunga lift it, I saw Deschamps lift it, I saw Cafu lift it, then Cannavaro… and when Sepp Blatter handed me the World Cup, and I thrust it into the air… I could watch that moment again tomorrow, three years from now, ten years from now, and I’d still be completely overcome by emotion because, I’m telling you, there is absolutely nothing like that memory.
SR: To be able to kiss it, and raise it above your head, to know that you are a champion, I’m still not used to seeing the mini replica World Cup there on my nightstand… there’s nothing that can be compared with that.
XH: It’s the feeling of having changed football for the better. It’s not just that Spain won and made people happy. No, it’s the feeling of knowing that we embodied an era.
GP: It’s the feeling of knowing that we created a team, un grupo de amigos, who won a World Cup together. That feeling will always be with us, as the Spanish national team. Many people called it a “Barcelona victory,” but it was a Spanish victory. Sure, there were eight of us from Barça, but there were 15 other players who weren’t.
[In Madrid to celebrate with the country]
PR: I’ve never seen such a sea of people in my life. I don’t think I’ll ever see the likes of it again. I mean, an entire country united – I think the only thing that can accomplish that is football.
Vicente del Bosque: I was touched that people from so many different countries felt Spanish and wanted to celebrate the successes of the Spanish national team with us. [Michael Robinson gestures to himself] I think it’s such a great way to create a sense of belonging… and you first and foremost, no? It’s so true.
PR: That an entire country could, for two, three, four days, forget about everything else…
AI: For the year to start as it did, and then end in such a way… I could never have imagined it.
It makes me very happy to know that not only I will be remembered, but that Dani Jarque will, through me, be remembered as well.
Emili Ricart: He’s a giant amongst men. That’s all I can say.
AI: Everything that others see, really, is what my parents have taught me. Feeling happy as a person is far better than winning any trophy. That’s how I see it.
Michael Robinson: And thus ends the story of the unforgettable summer of 2010. Allow me to thank everyone who gave their best in order to make millions of Spaniards happy. This has been Informe Robinson, and it has been a pleasure. Until next time.
FT: What are we going to do now? We’ve accomplished everything. The next World Cup is in Brazil. Let’s see if we can beat Brazil in the final in Brazil.
During the credits, they air the outtakes. Look out for Javi Martínez imitating Michael Robinson (soy Michael Robinson, soy Michael Robinson); the light going off on Iker; Dr. Celada receiving a phone call in the middle (he says, Juan, I’ll be down in five minutes). Plus, we get to see some of the others who didn’t make it into this program: Antonio Fernández, Paco Jiménez, Paloma Antoranz…
And in the credits, you can see that included in the thank-yous are a lot of the behind the scenes people from the team, as well as journalists and René Ramos, Sergio’s brother.
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