So after his awesome (but all-too-brief) debut with the senior national team on Wednesday, Iker Muniain went on the MarcaTV program "Futboleros" (last night, I think?), and was his usual hilarious and charming self. At the request of txorakeriak, I've transcribed and translated the interview, which also includes the comedian Dani Martínez, who can often be seen tweeting with the Athletic boys.
Our leones are in high demand these days! With four Athletic players on Spain’s senior national team, four on the Olympic squad, and one with Venezuela’s national team, there has been a ton of hype around the leones, and as a result, lots of things written about them! Some of the highlights:
1. The preliminary Olympic squad played a friendly against Egypt last night, winning 3-1. Óscar de Marcos and Ander Herrera started, with Ander playing all 90 minutes and Óscar being subbed at the half. Mikel San José was subbed on at the beginning of the second half, and Ander Iturraspe got to make his debut with the national team when he was subbed on in the 59th minute. According to the report from AS, our midfielders were especially crucial to keeping the Egyptians from scoring a second time, and there’s been lots of praise for the connections between them.
2. Mundo Deportivo published an interview with Javi Martínez, about the Copa, national team duty, and his prospects for the future.
Javi Martínez: "I’m not worth 40 million"
The Athletic centerback, wanted by FC Barcelona, doesn’t think there’s “anyone who’d want to pay so much for me!”
Javi Martínez (Ayegui, Navarra, September 2, 1988) is one of the most popular Spanish football stars, shining with his own light as part of Bielsa’s Athletic. Logically, his great season has not gone unnoticed by FC Barcelona, who have their eye on him, for his quality and his versatility, as he can play in the midfield or at centerback. His high buyout clause, 40 million euros, makes signing him difficult, but the possible sale of Keita to Milan could ease Javi Martínez’s arrival at Barça. ( Keep your hands off our Javi! Interview this way...Collapse )
3. Muniain: "Casillas told me that he loves having a namesake on the national team”
It's that time again! International break, and this time, our leones are everywhere, doing everything! I've got lots of goodies to share, the first of which is this interview that the RFEF posted today with Ander Iturraspe and Óscar de Marcos, who have been called up as part of a preliminary squad for the Summer Olympics in London.
Iturraspe: “It Would Be Incredible to Play in the Olympics”
Luis Milla has brought two new faces to Torrelavega for the match against Egypt (28 February at 8:30 CET). Ander Iturraspe and Óscar de Marcos have joined the twelve U21 European Champions and many others who are regulars with the youth teams this season. Iturraspe would make his debut with Spain, although he has been called up before, and De Marcos hasn’t worn the national shirt since the U21 World Cup in Egypt.( Read more...Collapse )
There's tons of other things - including an interview with Amorebieta, who'll be playing against his Athletic teammates with Venezuela - and there will probably be more leones in the spotlight very soon, so I'll try to get to them as soon as possible! And if you see anything you think I should translate, don't hesitate to send it my way.
Well. That was a disappointing match, so the less said, the better. Instead, I'm here to cheer you all up with everyone's favorite ray of rojiblanco sunshine, Iker Muniain! And his equally loveable teammates, naturally. El Desmarque Bizkaia ran this great piece a few days ago, after the victory over Mirandés.