Somos un equipo unido…

“We are united and committed as a team” – Fernando Torres

 “En la selección todo sigue como siempre, con un equipo junto, unido y con compromiso” – Fernando Torres

There has been a lot of hype surrounding the Spanish national team, specifically the Barça and Real Madrid players following the four Clásicos. Our boys have shown that they are the humble professionals we all got to know during the World Cup.  Here are a few highlights from my favorite articles from the past week…

Ha habido una gran cantidad de publicidad rodeando a la selección, específicamente para los jugadores del Barça y el Real Madrid después de los cuatro Clásicos de la última temporada. Nuestros muchachos han demostrado el profesionalismo y humildad que demostraron durante la Copa Mundial. Éstos son algunos puntos destacados de mis artículos favoritos de la semana pasada …

For starters. ‘Captains without the armband’ – Marca, June 4, 2011:

They have never worn the captain’s armband and probably never will. However, their role in the locker room has been irreplaceable. Reina and Capdevilla are two players that have helped make Spain more than just a group of the best players of the country, but instead, has made them a united group. The two of them are now here to help remedy any bad taste left by the Clásicos.  

Reina has been a central figure in helping change the situation around players that were out of sync. Reina’s charisma was key in the European Cup. Capdevilla’s role is less well-known, but those around him know how important he is within the team. “He’s a phenomenon,” says Del Bosque. With his ever-present mile, Capdevilla has never hidden the fact that he feels privileged to be part of the Spanish team. He jokes around with everyone, the players, the doctors, and anyone he runs into.  

Para empezar. ‘Capitanes sin brazalete de La Roja’ – Marca, 4 de junio.

“We have proven that this group is united.  I’m happy, because when you play for the national team, you have to give it your all.  Playing for Spain is a privilege.” – Santi Cazorla

“Se ha demostrado que el grupo sigue unido y los que jugamos menos intentamos sumar al equipo. Estoy muy satisfecho porque con España siempre hay que darlo todo. Jugar aquí es un privilegio” – Santi Cazorla

Oh, and also. Using the hashtag #noolvidéis (don’t ever forget) on Twitter, Marca has compiled the top 21 reasons for La Roja to stay united.

Ah, y también. Marca ha propuesto 21 motivos para que siga el buen rollo en La Roja, con el hashtag #noloolvidéis en Twitter…

1. Because you are World Cup champions. // Por ser campeones del Mundo.

2. Because you are Eurocup champions. // Por ser campeones de Europa.

3. Because Iker and Xavi were U-20 World Cup champions. // Porque Iker y Xavi fueron campeones del mundo sub 20.

4. Because Del Bosque wants to be like Busquets. // Porque Del Bosque quiere parecerse a Busquets.

5. Because of Iniesta’s goal. // Por el gol de Iniesta.

6. Because Iker’s right foot stopped Robben’s shot. // Por el pie derecho de Iker que evita el gol de Robben.

7. Because of Puyol’s goal. // Por el gol de Puyol.

8. Because of Villa’s 46 goals. // Por los 46 goles de Villa.

9.  Because of Iker’s Golden Glove award. // Por el guante de oro de Iker.

10. Because Busquets was the first person to protest De Jong’s foul against Xabi to Webb. // Porque el primero en protestar a Webb por la entrada de De Jong a Xabi es Busquets.

11. Because Busquets was the first person to hug Casillas when we won the World Cup. // Porque el primero con el que se abraza Casillas cuando ganamos el Mundial es Busquets.

12. Because of Xavi’s passes. // Por los pases de Xavi.

13. Because of Xabi’s passes. // Por los pases de Xabi.

14. Because of Iniesta’s passes. // Por los pases de Iniesta.

15. Because of the passes of Xavi, Xabi Alonso, and Iniesta. // Por los pases de Xavi, Xabi Alonso e Iniesta.

16. Because Hierro and Del Bosque convinced Puyol not to retire from the national team. // Porque Hierro y Del Bosque convencieron a Puyol que no abandonara la selección.

17. Because of the way Piqué split his face during the World Cup. // Por cómo se partió la cara Piqué en el Mundial.

18. Because Arbeloa kicked Villa more times in the national team than in los Clásicos. // Porque Arbeloa ha dado más patadas a Villa en la selección que en los Clásicos.

19. Because after Xabi missed the penalty against Paraguay, Villa scored the goal during the semi-finals. // Porque después de que Xabi fallara el penalti contra Paraguay, Villa metió el gol de las semis.

20. Because of the hug between Camacho and Guardiola after Alfonso’s goal in the Euroocup 2000.// Por el abrazo de Camacho y Guardiola tras el gol de Alfonso en la Eurocopa de 2000.

And my absolute favorite // Mi favorita:

21. Because you are the best. // Porque sois los mejores.


2 Comments on “Somos un equipo unido…”

  1. thediva says:

    Hello, I’m new to this blog. I read this post and after reading the list, I was wondering: what happened to #12?

    • losdelaroja says:

      Good catch, thediva! I was testing everyone and you’re the only one who caught the mistake… ok, ok… just kidding – I accidentally missed #11 but have now updated the post. Enjoy!

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