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Juan Mata, César Azpilicueta and David de Gea at XL Semanal

And I also have some PF Juan Mata, César “Dave” Azpilicueta and David (not Dave) de Gea for you, from their appearance in today’s XL Semanal.  They’re looking good, no?

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Iker Casillas at GQ España

Apologies for the lack of posts as Spain starts its defense of the World Cup, but I’ve been super busy with other things (including cheering on (along with Gerard Piqué) my (San Francisco) Spurs – Go Spurs Go!).  I hope to post more often shortly, but in the meantime, here is Iker Casillas talking about the national team in the June issue of GQ España.

Spain is facing Australia, Chile and the Netherlands in the group stage.  What do you think about the group?  Is it doable?

It’s a difficult group.  In addition, the first two games are against rivals that in theory are going to compete with Spain to get to the next round.  And if we needed more, we’re debuting against the Netherlands, which should be the other favorite.  In any case, I believe that starting off strong will be a stimulant, it made the team begin preparing mentally from the day of the draw.  If we manage to get positive results in the first two games, it will be very important for our morale to continue growing in the competition.

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Javi Martínez at Minuto 116

Javi Martínez is the cover story of the February issue of magazine Minuto 116.  The interview with him is quite amusing, especially when the talk shifts to those famous “ratones,” video game tournaments and the fate of his World Cup medal.  There are also a piece written by his brother Álvaro – complete with childhood photos! – and a farewell letter from Javi to Luis Aragonés.

Managing to avoid the new player hazing ritual of singing in front of the entire Bayern team is a sign of genius, no?

Yes, when new players arrive or are promoted from the youth team, they normally have to sing, well make a speech and sing.  But since I could not speak German, I told them I couldn’t because I didn’t know how to say anything (laughs).  I got out of it and didn’t have to do it.

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Gerard Piqué at Jot Down

Gerard Piqué was recently interviewed by Jot Down magazine (the favorite of Xabi Alonso), and the result was quite interesting.  Here is the translation (I’ve left out the parts where he speaks about his club, so if you’re interested in them, you can read the original interview).

Gerard Piqué says, “I’m always optimist, positive.  Shaki, on the other hand, sometimes believes that since we’re so happy, something bad is going to happen.  I simply don’t see it in that way.”  He’s a bit worried about his mother, since she has been experiencing back pains recently.  He’s very close to his family.  He has the same friends as he did when he was a kid, and he goes on a trip with them once a year.  He pays, since he can.  He likes to tell the story about how his grandmother Lina had no idea who Shakira was when he introduced her.  He laughs loudly, with his mouth wide open.  He fiddles with his hair and he readjusts it when photos are taken.  He uses that weary tone footballers have when they’re asked about something that bores them and he tries to put on the autopilot, he conceals what he has to and he measures his words, although he appears to be relaxed.  He does what he wants and says what he wants.  For the moment, it has worked for him.  He’s Gerard Piqué.  A happy guy.

Do you always get what you want?

Right now, yes.

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Juan Mata at Fuera de Serie

El Mundo’s Fuera de Serie magazine had Xabi Alonso on the cover for its inaugural issue, and several weeks later it has followed that stellar appearance with Juan Mata!  The piece is very much along the lines of every other interview of Juanín in recent years (at least the ones you can find here; I think the journalists need to come up with a new angle), but more PF is always welcome, no?

Juan Mata is an atypical footballer: he’s studying two subjects (physical education and marketing) while playing for his club and country; he reads Murakami and Enrique Vila-Matas; he writes during his free time; he’s a gourmand and a cinephile; and he’s decided to learn how to play the guitar this year (he would like to have been a musician if he weren’t a footballer).  He tells us all this during an interview in London, a few days before his transfer to Manchester United was confirmed.

Chelsea’s fans have shown you how much they love you…

Yes, that’s what they show me, both on the street and via social networks.  I feel very fortunate to receive this affection, which really is difficult to describe with words.  From the first day, they’ve shown me their appreciation, and they even chose me as the best player for two years in a row.  They are really fantastic fans.

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memories of South Africa

Spain has returned to Soccer City (now FNB Stadium) for the first time since winning the World Cup there on July 11, 2010.  La Roja will play South Africa in a friendly tonight at 20h.  Of the 23 players who were crowned champions with Spain on that unforgettable night, 15 have traveled with the team for this trip, and according to prognostics, VDB will try and play as many of them tonight as possible.  There are six more (Puyol, Piqué, Xavi, Cesc, Torres, Silva) who could make the final list for Brazil.  Only two (Capdevila, Marchena) no longer figure in VDB’s plans.

Just being back in South Africa brought back many memories for our team.

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all set for Brazil!

Spain will be taking on Brazil in the final of the Confecup (Monday, 00h) after beating Italy following an agonizing penalty shootout that luckily had a happy ending.

Hopefully we’ll be able to pull off another Maracanazo and add to our trophy collection the only one that has resisted us so far!

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all set for Italy!

Our opponent tonight in the semifinal of the Confecup (21h) is Italy, who is only in the tournament because we won the World Cup, and then beat them in the final of the Euro last year.  Let’s do it again!  At stake is a place in the final, where Brazil is waiting after having avoided a repeat of the “Maracanazo.”

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