reunited (and it feels so good?) Plus, the fashion review!
The 23 players called up to play for Spain in the upcoming friendlies against the U.S and Venezuela gathered at Las Rozas this afternoon, with 13h as the deadline. The first to show up was newlywed Andoni Iraola, who arrived at noon, followed by Joan Capdevila and David Silva. All of the Barcelona players arrived about an hour late, as their flight was delayed, with the exception of David Villa, as he was already in Madrid to film a commercial. Vicente del Bosque greeted his boys with a vuvuzela…
Was he trying to remind them of the good times they had in South Africa? In any case, it’s adorable! The team will train at 19h today, before flying to Boston tomorrow afternoon. Read on for declarations at the Ciudad de Fútbol, as well as fashion observations!!
Upon arrival, of course the players were asked about the effects of the four clásicos, as well as their own impressions on what it means to wear the shirt of Spain.
Sergio Ramos (the only one out of all the Madrid and Barcelona players to speak to the press): it’s going to be a natural reunion, like they’ve always been, there won’t be any problems. There were confrontations and rivalry on the field, but here there’s a common and collective goal. We have to forget all that because there’s a good atmosphere on the team. Above all, we have to be honest and behave like gentlemen with our national team teammates (referring to the congratulatory message he sent to Barcelona on winning the Champions League).
Joan Capdevila: everything will be resolved in a minute, I think the press made a big deal out of it, and I believe everything has been forgotten. Each one is fighting for his interests, this is football and sports, and once the game ends, all the problems also end… It’s a source of pride to wear this shirt during any date on the calendar, and we’re going in with a lot of hope. It’s true that many people are starting their vacation, but coming to these games is a privilege as well.
Pepe Reina: there’s no need to mediate because there aren’t any problems.
Manu del Moral: I was on vacation with my girl when I received the call from a journalist. He told me that Del Bosque had said my name and I’m very happy because it’s a dream come true. I hope that every summer I’ll get to interrupt my vacation for something like this.
Fernando Llorente: for me, the national team is the greatest thing there is. These two games are going to be great, the trip will be wonderful and I’m here with a desire to do well. Each time we come, we do it happily and with a lot of desire to do well… I’m sure these things will resolve themselves, I’m sure it’s already forgotten.
Iker Casillas (during a promotional event): right now, we all have to think about Spanish national team, which represents you, which represents all of you, which represents me, my friends and the entire country. When we see each other, we’ll look each other in the face, remember things and that’s it. Too much has been said about the confrontation and we have to move on.
Tees, jeans and white sneakers were the order of the day for most of the team.
These three boys kept things simple, with t-shirts and jeans. Víctor Valdés was sporting a purse, by the way, a very Iker-esque one. Between Pedro and David Villa, I don’t think there are any pink clothes left for men in the entire city of Barcelona. It’s a good thing that David was in Madrid yesterday, so he could buy up the stock in the capital, beating Pedro in the pink face-off and keeping them out of the hands of Iker and Sergio at the same time.
First off, Álvaro gets style points for driving a Mini convertible. I love it!!! He also gets bonus points for looking so great in sunglasses, and for teasing us by wearing a shirt with the word “sex” on it.
These two former Valencia players also kept things simple. I love that blue color on David, but those ripped jeans aren’t the best choice for Raúl. And the rip is going to be so high on the leg, why can’t it be just a bit higher and just a bit to the right (if you’re looking at it) so we can decide for ourselves whether El Chori is a proper nickname for Raúl.
More simple styles, from Álvaro Negredo and Borja Valero, with both opting for polo shirts. But once again, I have a small problem with the jeans – what is that patch on Negredo’s jeans? Why is it necessary?
David Villa looks good from the waist up. From the waist down is a whole other story. El Guaje once again shows his love for cuffed shorts (and the cuffs have to have a pattern or Villa’s not wearing them). I’m sorry, but these are just “no.” But at least they aren’t these, right (notice the pink)? And I thought the ones Bojan wore to the Shakira concert were bad… Meanwhile, Fernando Llorente once again showed up holding a jacket in one hand, and it wouldn’t surprise me if Adidas is the one responsible for the tee. I like how he looks, minus the Gucci logo belt. As for Fernando Torres, I predict in about 11 years time, Leo Torres will be arguing with his father to “stop dressing like me!” And the suitcase is the only thing that prevents Fernando from looking like a computer repairman, once again. As for hairstyles, Fernando Torres’ looks like a used mop, and while I love the lion’s mane, the shorter style suits Fernando Llorente as well.
More tees and jeans. I’m liking how tight Joan’s jeans are (look at how much the thing in his pocket is bulging out, no not that thing…) but I’m not too sure about the reinforced knees. As for Sergio’s tee, I can imagine him and Jesús fighting over it. And it looks like Sergio has been spending too much time with one Iker Casillas, because he showed up with a purse. Now you all know that I hate it when Iker carries a purse around. But at least he never sports a designer one. That’s why Sergio’s is worse, because his is from Louis Vuitton.
I never thought I’d see the day when Iker’s purse would be pushed back to second place on the “no” list.
Xabi keeps it simple and looks fantastic. Plus, he probably has some intellectual magazines tucked away there in his suitcase, and that just ups the elegance/classiness factor. Meanwhile, Pepe opted for a welcome touch of color, his lovely Pepe bag, and some cool sunglasses. How hard must it have been for him to separate himself from his little Luca?
Considering this was his first call-up, Manu del Moral did pretty well. In fact, I can totally see Fernando Llorente wearing that outfit. I love that shade of blue! Meanwhile, Andoni Iraola went for the classic sweater over a collared shirt look, though that sweater is a bit questionable between the pattern and that strip across the chest. Meanwhile, Gerard Piqué put zero effort into his look, unless you count painting the house (to suit Shakira’s taste for sparkly things?) before flying to Madrid – how else would you explain the paint splatters? – effort.
I can’t wait to see the training session! I’ll try and update things tonight, but if I don’t get around to it, tomorrow won’t be too late, will it?
Posted on May 31, 2011, in players and tagged albiol, arbeloa, borja valero, capdevila, del bosque, del moral, iker, iraola, llorente, negredo, pedro, pepe, piqué, sergio, silva, torres, valdés, villa, xabi. Bookmark the permalink. 32 Comments.