a busy day for Pepe Reina
Pepe Reina had a busy day on Monday in Madrid, moving from event to event. During the day, he went to promote the Gillette Fusion Proglide razor, of which he is the image, and at night, he was on Cuatro’s “El Hormiguero” show, where he sang, bounced up and down on a bed and scored a goal against himself.
And congratulations are in order for Pepe and Yolanda, because Luca Reina was born yesterday in Córdoba!!!! ¡¡Enhorabuena!! UPDATE: pictures below…
By the way, Pepe will provide commentary for the Champions League final on TVE.
First up was the Gillette presentation, where Pepe presented the Fusion Proglide razor and challenge. The grand prize is a chance to spend the day with Pepe himself! Watch a video of the introduction here. During the presentation, Pepe also spoke with TV program “Punto Pelota,” and did their little test.
Not a big fan of the outfit… let’s hope he wears something else on Tuesday.
The best team in the Premier: right now, Manchester.
The best team in the Liga: Barça.
Your idol: Zubizarreta as well as Buyo, and then later on, when times had changed and football became more organized, Molina.
Will you play soon in Spain? I don’t think so.
Later on then? It’s possible.
Where? Not very far from here.
So somewhere in Madrid? Where we are.
The Champions League final: I think the two teams are evenly matched, but I hope Barça wins. I can’t lie.
Mourinho: he’s a good coach. He just arrived in Spain, so he needs time.
Will the clásicos affect the national team? No, I really don’t think it will be affected.
What happens on the field… should stay on the field.
A movie: Ufff, The Green Mile.
Your soundtrack: “A mi manera” by Siempre Así.
What you miss the most from Spain: the sun. I’m not Iniesta. The food, the weather, but especially my friends and family.
Then it was onto “El Hormiguero.” In the first segment, Pepe is interviewed by Pablo Motos, and after Pablo says the last time I saw you was on your birthday, Pepe decides to tell an anecdote. He says, “The last time we went out to eat was on my birthday, on Aug. 31 last year. He (Pablo) was at my side, and shortly before midnight, I began receiving a lot of messages. A lot of the players from the selección were there. I got a lot of messages, and he began to cry, and he said, Pepe, did you know that it’s my birthday too?”
Then they talk about the child he and Yolanda are expecting, and Pepe says the baby will be born in Córdoba. Pablo says, it’s your third child, so you’re quite a pichichi for being a goalkeeper, and then asks, “will you let Sergio Ramos hold your baby?” Jajaja!!!
Pepe then talks about the birth of his two older children: Grecia was born ahead of time (15 days), and we had everything ready for her to be born in Córdoba, but she refused, and so she was born in Liverpool. With Alma, there was a scare, because we were playing in the Eurocopa, and one day before the final, Yolanda began having contractions. She called El Guaje Villa, who was playing a game of cards with me, and said, don’t tell Pepe anything, but his wife is in the hospital and she’s having contractions. I noticed El Guaje beginning to act differently, and then he said, Pepe, I can’t stand it anymore, I have to tell you, your wife is going to have a baby (love the way Pepe imitates Villa’s panicky face). But she held on, and one month after the final, Alma was born, on July 29.
The talk then shifts to Villa, with Pepe affirming that they are very good friends, since they’ve known each other for a long time and their wives are also good friends. He’s asked if there will be any problems in the locker room after the clásicos, but he says no, because if there’s anything that reigns in the locker room, its compañerismo, humility and a good atmosphere, and he sees no reason why that should change. Pepe also says there are no friends on the field, and if you have to step on someone, you’ll step on them, it’s just like that, you’re defending your team for 90 minutes.
Pablo then asks Pepe about “El mundo en nuestras manos ” and Pepe talks about lucky croissants and stealing the ball from the final (the picture the program shows, however, is from the Euro). Luckily, they move on from that pretty fast, when Pablo informs Pepe, “there’s a rumor that you sing very well and that you recorded a version of “A mi manera” with Carmen Flores providing the back-up vocals for you.” Pepe says it’s true, that it was recorded it in the studio of his good friend José Flores in Valencia, and that they were lucky enough to get Carmen Flores to participate, and that “they made a lot of adjustments to my voice.”
Pablo then asks Pepe to sing, which he does, with Pablo accompanying him on the guitar (Pepe makes the same face when he’s singing as when Bisbal made him sing during the World Cup celebrations). Pepe’s really good!!! Then they do it again, because Pablo complains that the cue cards with the lyrics and chords weren’t placed correctly. When will we get to see David Villa, Pepe and Sergio Ramos release a song together?
Pepe then returns to the desk, where the puppets subject him to a Q&A, composed of many of strange questions, such as have you every signed a female’s chest? Then Pablo says he wants to see if Pepe is capable of stopping his own penalty, so they bring out the “autopenalty” machine. After that, it’s onto the science experiments – “the genie in the bottle,” “plaster against fire.”
Pablo then starts talking about the Cirque du Soleil, and their tour in Spain, and so they come out and give a performance. After that, Pepe is asked by Pablo to translate (he says “that was awesome, very good, congratulations”), and then Pepe and Pablo try their hand at the stunts. I don’t think Liverpool or Spain will be too happy with this segment.
To end, they listen to songs, including ones in English, with “hidden messages.” Pepe says he doesn’t dream in English yet, so he’s not truly bilingual yet.
From Pepe’s Facebook: