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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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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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Gerard Piqué – El País Confecup Q&A

Spurs fan Gerard Piqué is the next one to answer the random, obscure questions that make up the El País Q&A.

Gerard Piqué jokes around as he answers the Q&A.  He says time is crawling along because he hasn’t been able to see his son Milan, and that concentraciones bore him extremely, but he’s resigned to them because he knows that’s the price he has to pay to play in the elite.

What is Pelé called?  Edson Arantes do Nascimento.  Are all of the questions this easy?  Let’s do it.  

What is a folha seca?  It’s what Alves tries to do and never can do.  No, seriously, it’s a way to strike the ball.    

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all set for Tahiti!

I won’t get around to La Rojita’s campeones post until later this week, so in the meantime, here’s one on La Roja, who takes on Tahiti today (21h) at the legendary Maracanã in Rio in their second game of the Confederations Cup.

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all set for Uruguay!

Spain takes on Uruguay tonight, or rather, early early tomorrow morning (00h Spain time), in the opening game for La Roja in the Confederations Cup, which as we’re reminded every five minutes, is the only cup we don’t have in our trophy cabinet.  So let’s go and win this cup!

Do you think Pepe said yes?  And how was Iker planning on getting the ring over the glove?

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like little kids in a candy store

It was so fun seeing many of the players of La Roja like little kids when they attended what was for most of them their first ever NBA game!  They talked about how excited they were, they posed for pictures with everything from trophies and rings to players, the stadium and each other, and they watched with rapt attention as the Spurs beat Miami 92-88 to go up 1-0 in the series.  I think they had a good time, even the Heat fans!

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