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.
Here are two more new spots starring our boys, courtesy of Movistar and Cruzcampo.
In the Movistar spot, which is titled “We will make as much as an effort as all of you,” the question “How to motivate stars who have already won everything?” is posed. Therefore, Xabi Alonso, Pepe Reina, Andrés Iniesta, Juanfran Torres and Santi Cazorla are sent undercover, in disguise, to get up close and personal with the fans.
They get wigs, mustaches or beards, and in some cases glasses. Santi ends up looking exactly like Mario of Super Mario (were they inspired by his Arsenal Christmas party outfit?), while Juanfran bears more than a passing resemblance to Luigi, complete with green hat and all.
The video for Maldita Nerea’s song “Buena energía” featuring (I use that word lightly) Xavi Hernández on the drums, Diego Costa on the bongo and Iker Casillas, Jordi Alba and César Azpilicueta on the tambourine is out!
And of course, the boys are adorable, and the song is catchy! I expect we’ll be hearing it a lot in the coming months (the song comes out today).
Spain takes on Italy tonight in a friendly at the Vicente Calderón (Madrid) at 22h. There are several things of note about this game. It is the last time La Roja is together before the concentración for the World Cup begins on May 26, the game will serve as a tribute to the late and great Luis Aragonés and as the stage for the debut of the new black jerseys, and of course this will be the first time we see Diego Costa in the shirt of Spain. All eyes have been on him the entire week, although I have to admit mine were focused on Azpi’s dimples instead!
Unsurprisingly, the tributes are pouring in for Luis Aragónes. Here, I’ve translated pieces written by Fernando Torres, Iker Casillas and Xavi Hernández, plus interviews with Álvaro Arbeloa and Pepe Reina, as well as a sampling of messages via Twitter from Luis’ players. There’s also a piece written by Luis himself, where he reflects on the Eurocopa. DEP Míster (y tal).
Luis Aragónes. 1938-2014.
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.