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Pepe Reina – El País 2014 World Cup Q&A

The always hilarious Pepe Reina was the next player subjected to the Q&A.

Who scored the first goal of the World Cup competition?  I don’t know.

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

Why is the cat sad and blue?  Because it’s sleepy.

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

Sushi or sashimi?  Sashimi.

Do you know who Peppa Pig is?  How am I not going to know!

What does maracanã mean?  I didn’t know it had a meaning.

Who scored the goal of the Maracanazo?  A Uruguayan with big balls.

Who painted Sunflowers?  Van Gogh.

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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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gracias Luis

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.

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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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Pepe Reina – El País Confecup Q&A

Thank goodness that after Jordi Alba and Pedro’s slightly dry responses to the questionnaire, along comes the one and only Pepe Reina to liven things up…

Pepe Reina was born in Madrid in 1982, although he considers himself cordobés.  He is crazy about flamenco, and those who know him well say he’s a greater person than he is a goalkeeper.

What is Pelé called?  Edson Arantes do Nascimento.  

What is a folha seca?  In football, a way to strike the ball so that it does 45,000 bad bounces [I love the different perspective from the goalkeeper!].    

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