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Javi Martínez – El País 2014 World Cup Q&A

If you need a nice distraction from Friday’s result, here is Javi Martínez’s El País Q&A!  If you’ve read his previous ones (here and here), then you should know that you are in for a real treat.

The test took eight minutes, because there were a lot of laughter and second answers, as some were unprintable.  [I really want to see the uncensored version!]

Who scored the first goal of the World Cup competition?  And we’re starting!  I have no idea.

Which player has scored the most goals in the history of the World Cup?  Klose is second and in first place is… first is Ronaldo!

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of effort, hearts and disguises

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.

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all set for Italy!

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!

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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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¡Feliz Año Nuevo!

During the last concentración back in November, the boys filmed their holiday messages.  With 2014 being a World Cup year, it was no surprise that the shiny gold trophy was mentioned time and again.

I do hope that 2014 will bring us many successes, including of course the World Cup.

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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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snapshots from Brazil

It’s never boring with La Roja!

From “put the ball into the trash can competitions” (Pepe said to Javi, “that one doesn’t count, you have to let the ball bounce!”)…

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