I have here two of the books that came out this week and last about La Roja, “Más Secretos de La Roja” and “La Roja Por Dentro.” The question now is, which one would you all like to read first?
“Más Secretos de La Roja” is a continuation of “Los Secretos de La Roja,” meaning it covers the World Cup period in 100 or so new pages (in two additional chapters), and has a new epilogue written by David Villa. I’ve skimmed the pages, and it appears to be a retelling of what happened prior to and during the World Cup.
According to the description of the book, it answers these questions: what was hung on the walls of the residence in Potchefstroom to motivate the players? What premonitory message did Torres write on a shirt belonging to Iniesta in the U-17 World Cup in 2001? What did Casillas tell his teammates before games? How many “historic” balls does Arbeloa have in his home? How did the team celebrate La Noche de San Juan in South Africa? Who did Del Bosque reveal to his intention to surprise Germany by putting Pedro in the line-up? What souvenir did Piqué take from the stadium after the final? Did Álvaro del Bosque tell his father about his conversation with Zapatero in La Moncloa? All these questions and more will be answered by the players, the coaches, the staff through confessions, jokes and memories.
(By the way, this book will be translated to Polish for the upcoming Eurocopa, and it will also be published in Japan.)
As for “La Roja Por Dentro,” this is a new book written by TVE journalist Silvia Barba. The book is about 250 pages long, with a prologue by Carles Puyol and an epilogue by Pepe Reina (God help us all; luckily it’s only two pages long). The six main chapters speak about the team’s achievements, the staff of La Roja, what goes on during concentraciones, the players who have been called up recently, what happens on game days and how Spain is preparing for the upcoming Eurocopa.
This book answers the questions: what goes on during the day to day of the team? What are the players really like? What do they do during trips, what kind of music do they listen to and what books do they read? How do they amuse themselves during the concentraciones? What do they eat? Who likes parchís and who prefers poker or pocha?
So, which one sounds more interesting to you all? Leave a comment and let me know, and I’ll start translating excerpts from the books!