Fernando Torres – El País 2014 World Cup Q&A

The always delightful Fernando Torres was the next person subjected to the El País Q&A.

I’m sad that Spain’s early elimination means we won’t get around to all of the players before the team goes home.

Who scored the first goal of the World Cup competition?  A Frenchman, Laurent.

Which player has scored the most goals in the history of the World Cup?  Ronaldo.

Why is the cat sad and blue?  It’s an Italian song that was badly translated; the cat was dead, in heaven.

Why did Del Bosque decide to grow a moustache?  I don’t know.

Sushi or sashimi?  Neither, maki.

Do you know who Peppa Pig is?  I’ve seen the entire series in English and in Spanish.  Twice.

What does maracanã mean?  It’s the name of the neighborhood, whose name comes from that of a parrot.

Who scored the goal of the Maracanazo?  Ghiggia.

Who painted the painting Sunflowers?  Van Gogh.

What is the patella?  I thought it was the name of a bone, but I realized that it’s a tendon because it’s called patellar ligament in English.

What is the name of Australia’s goalkeeper?  It’s no longer my teammate Mark [Schwarzer], now it’s Matthew someone, the one from Club Brugge.

And the coach of Chile?  Sampaoli.

Which European country does the national anthem of the Netherlands speak badly about?  I don’t know, I have no idea.

What brings you luck?  Hard work.

Why did the king abdicate?  Because the time came for a generational change.

What is your favorite restaurant?  Nozomi, in London.

Who drew Cuttlas?  I don’t know.

What is Cialis?  A little pill.

Where does Manu Chao live?  In Barcelona?  

How long does the copulation period of a stick insect last?  What did you do, search on the Internet for these questions?

Who is Lula?  The former president of Brazil.

How many goals did Villa score in the 2010 World Cup?  He scored two against Honduras, Chile… five.

Where is Wladyslawowo?  I don’t know.

What sport does Jennifer Pareja play?  Water polo.

What book are you reading at the moment?  The biography of Steve Jobs.

Who is Raymond Reddington?  I don’t know.

Why is Eibar not allowed to be promoted if it isn’t in debt?  Because what matters the least in football is what happens on the field.

What is Pedrito’s birthplace?  In Abades, Tenerife.

Who broke your heart for the first time?  It hasn’t been broken in love, but in life, the death of my grandparents.

When was the last time you got drunk?  Two New Year’s Eves ago.

Is there a more pathetic way to celebrate a goal than Cristiano in Lisbon?  Unfortunately, there is.  I’ve seen worse things.

Why are the Catalans not allowed to vote on the issue of independence?  They would have to change the constitution.

What is the title of Shakira’s new album?  I don’t know.

How many of your friends are unemployed?  My three friends are all working.  I have few friends.

Why are we not allowed to use Twitter to insult politicians?  There are people who insult others, and they’re the ones that should be banned.

What was Pichichi’s name?  Rafael Moreno.

How did Sid Vicious die?  From an overdose.

How many loads of laundry do you do a week?  None.

Why is there no Wi-Fi on the AVE?  I didn’t know that.

What are gañafones?  I have no idea.

What did Jorge Sanz do in 1986?  Many things, I suppose.

In Brazil, who was Dunga?  A great player, a great captain, a coach, a legend.

When was the last time you lied?  During this interview.

Posted on June 22, 2014, in q&a and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. HAH reading this just made my Sunday, especially since anything World Cup-related still hurts. Really funny. “What did you do, search on the Internet for these questions?” Also, best last-liner ever!

    Thanks so much for this, Una! I hope you continue to share and translate these great articles and updates. It’s tough to read through the media spins of the local tabloids!

    PS- I managed to see the lads play when they were in Washington DC, and also when they left their hotel (I was in the Vine video!). VERY exciting!!! And the closest I’ve ever gotten to Torres, Mata, and Azpi, though I live in London!

  2. Haahhahah, I laughed out loud at that Cristiano Ronaldo question.
    I am equally sad that we won’t get to read everyone’s Q&A

  3. By the way, Una, I want to wrap up your entire blog and take it home with me to never forget about all those beautiful moments (and your comments) with La Roja!

  4. He is delightful! I love how many of them say they lied during the interview! I find it touching the number of people thanking this team for their contribution to the beautiful game, including their rivals. I hope the fans are so generous when they arrive home in Spain.

  5. Haha, Nando has a great sense of humour!:) and he is so smart, really! And knows everything about football! How can anyone not love him?!?!:)

    Una, do they stop publishing these interviews once the team is out of the Cup?:( I need to see Ramos’s answers!!!! :D

  6. lol nando. I love his answers, wit and always a treat to read! Thank you for this Una!

  7. He is literally the smartest, wittiest footballer I’ve seen, and he’s such an articulate and intelligence speaker!

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