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Iker’s interview with Reebok, Piqué’s interview with Sara, fun facts about Xavi, the my coach ad and boys shopping!
Iker and Zigtech
Watch Iker answer questions and promote the Zigtech line of shoes here and here (I’ve skipped the club-related and Zigtech questions). Fun game: take a shot each time Iker starts his response with “Bueno…”
He had to think very hard about his answers.
What’s missing from your trophy cabinet? I think what any athlete always wants is to continue winning trophies, you always want more.
Did you ever dream that one day you’d be the world champion? Well, I think it’s easy to dream, obviously they just stay as dreams, but I’ve always dreamed of winning something with my country on the national team. We’ve had so many failures and bad luck in finals, so winning a World Cup is a huge success.
What would you tell kids who now dream of becoming a world champion? I think kids are kids, and they have to have the dream of one day becoming a football player, but right now they should learn about the sport and enjoy it, as well as know what it’s like to play football without it being your profession, which is much more emotional. I’ve rambled a bit, but I think people understand me.
What are Spain’s chances in the Eurocopa? Well, right now, the same as the others, though we’re the reigning European champions and we hope to defend the title.
A captain should know how to unite a team. Do you think there was a special magic in South Africa between all of you? There was magic, because this was a young team, and the heavyweights of the team have known each other for a long time, such as Xavi, Puyi, Marchena. We played together in all the lower categories and that helped us to create a good group, which also bore fruit on the field.
What is your training routine? Well, my routine is based on exercises designed for goalkeepers: working on agility, reaction, reflexes.
What is your secret to concentrating before each game? Before each game, I like to be calm, alone, thinking about how the game will go, “sofronizar” (jajaja, he used Luis Aragonés’ word!!).
Sara Carbonero interviews Piqué
Yes, the big news is that Geri answered “Waka Waka” when asked to name a song and “Shakira” when asked to name a female singer.
What motivations does a player who has won the World Cup have? I get motivated when I see images of the past, such as the World Cup, and remembering all those moments, which make you want to win more and demonstrate that you’re the best.
You participated in an anti-racism campaign. When do you think racism will no longer be a problem? It’s very difficult to control, and we try to participate in campaigns like this one to educate people, and it will take time, but we can only move forward.
What are your thoughts on the catastrophe in Japan? When you see things like this, you get goosebumps, but sometimes people need a reminder that what they have in their day-to-day life is enough to make them happy.
You did the ads with Príncipe cookies for the cookies, or because you are one? Yes, I suppose I am.
Do you have a beard now to intimidate your rivals? Well… people grow beards because they look good in them, I think.
You’re addicted to twitter. One of your last tweets was about drug testing. I’m not going to comment on that because I don’t think it’s needed.
Now, not only the sports press is focused on you. When you’re only used to receiving criticism about how you play, it’s clear that you have another way of looking at things, but I accept it with tranquility and naturalness.
The best memory associated with the national team. I think Iniesta’s goal is unforgettable for everyone.
What does “moc moc” mean? Nothing, it’s a stupid thing that I have with Cesc and Puyi.
Facebook or twitter? Both. I think they’re different ways of communicating.
Serrat or Sabina? Serrat.
A city: Barcelona.
Camp Nou or Bernabéu? Camp Nou [if Sara came up with these questions, she’s a worst journalist than I thought].
Florentino or Pablo Motos (host of “El Hormiguero”)? Pablo Motos.
A song: “Waka Waka.”
A book: The Shadow of the Wind.
An achievement: the World Cup.
A male Spanish singer: Alejandro Sanz (yay!).
A female singer (notice the Spanish part has been left out): Shakira.
Best coach you’ve had: Pep Guardiola. Without a doubt? Yes. I would say Vicente del Bosque as well, but the national team isn’t together as much and so we don’t have so much of a day-to-day relationship, like I do with Pep, from whom I’ve learned a lot.
A dish: Arroz a la cubana.
Do you cook? Very little.
Who is Spain’s top goalscorer in the qualifying round for the Eurocopa? Let me think a bit. It’s a little tricky. I would say Villa, but if it’s tricky, it can’t be Villa. Ehhh… Xabi Alonso. Llorente. Llorente? No one has answered correctly.
Since you’re a bit of an expert in fashion, what color is more in this season? Dark red-blue or white? Sara, this… I don’t know. I would have do some research.
Then they ask Piqué to draw his hand and write five wishes for this season, one for each finger. [Very nice, making Piqué draw a manita.] He writes: Liga, Copa, Champions, seeing Abidal back on the field soon and qualifying for the Euro.
Even the gossip sites have sat up and taken notice of Xavi’s 100 games with La Roja, even though he’s usually not one of the players to get a lot of attention from the prensa rosa as he’s quite low-key and doesn’t have a famous girlfriend. This article from Divinity has some fun facts about Xavi that longtime fans will already know, but are good trivia for new fans, so here they are.
Life in Terrassa… unlike some of his teammates, he doesn’t have a house with ocean views or a luxury apartment in a posh section of Barcelona. Instead (I type “In…” and my hands automatically fill in “iesta” for me…), Xavi has opted to maintain his residence in his hometown.
100% family oriented… “I’m very much into my people, of being with my family, at home,” Xavi told GQ. His family is the most important thing for him and “I’m a good person because of them.” The first thing he ever bought with his salary was a toaster for his mother.
Family man in the future… Xavi said, “I hope to be the father of a family and be how my parents are, a happy couple, and still linked to football, but not as a coach.”
Joking around… Xavi likes to joke around in the locker room, especially teasing his teammates about the clothes they wear, as he told Michael Robinson.
Passions… football is his life, but he has other hobbies. Sleeping is one of them, as well as mushroom picking, and navigating his boat, “Pelopina” (loving the name!). “Aida” and “Buenafuente” are two of his favorite TV shows.
Retirement: he has set up a family business in real estate with the money he’s made from football. He doesn’t have a computer in his office.
The article also linked to this interview published two years ago, which also has some interesting things.
His biography… it took him two to three days to read his biography, and he is very happy with the result, though he doesn’t think it would win any prizes, such as the Sant Jordi award. He would give that to Ruiz Zafón (a favorite of many footballers, no? See above!) And on the day of Sant Jordi, he gives roses to his mother, grandmother and sister because “I like to see the looks of surprise on their faces.”
On orgasms… Xavi had described the Eurocopa as “an orgasm of continuous sensations.” When asked if he’s had better ones, he replied, “outside of football, for sure. But that experience was one orgasm after another: everything went well!”
Life with Van Gaal… “he would rate us with stars in his notebook and not let us see it. He was the cause of the two worst weeks of my life when he made me return to Barça B.”
Pelopo or Máquina? Máquina shows a level of complicity, and Pelopo was what my friend Miguel Ángel called me and it stuck.
This is from last May, but I never got around to it. It’s an ad for the new “coach” of the national team, Adidas’ “My coach” personal training and coaching system (or “mi coach” in Spanish). David Villa says it’s made him stronger, and Xavi says it understands how important recovery is. I think my favorite part is when Javier Miñano says their work is made much easier because of it and they’re shown playing Mus while the guys are running around. And VDB says he even lets it decide on the starting XI, although he starts having doubts when it picks number “42.”
42 Barquillo is a men’s clothing store in Madrid (located on – you guessed it – C/Barquillo 42) which is apparently owned by Pepe’s brother Javi. Xavi, Llorente, Villa, Busi and Pepe were all there last week for an event. Thank you westcoastcule for the tip! Pictures from the store’s FB page.
How gorgeous are they all?
Apparently, some of our players have been wearing the store’s stock for some time. Those are some odd places to pose though, no?