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Sergio at El Mundo’s La Liga preview

August 27, 2010

Sergio Ramos is interviewed in the special supplement El Mundo prepared for the opening on the 2010-11 La Liga season this weekend.  And by special supplement, I mean 10 pages dedicated to Real Madrid, 10 pages dedicated to Barcelona, 10 pages dedicated to COMPARING Real Madrid and Barcelona, and five pages dedicated to the rest of the teams in the first division.  Sergio is only one of two players interviewed (the other is from Barcelona of course – Gerard Piqué).

Highlights of the interview are below.  Reading Sergio’s interview makes me wonder why Crackòvia parodies him as an idiot, because, as you can see for yourself, he gives very thoughtful, articulate answers, which I’ve tried to convey in my translations.

Q: Do you have the feeling that you’ve lost a lot of time in these last few years?

A:  It’s true that we should have won more things.  As a group, Real Madrid has lost a a bit of time, but it has so much potential that it can make up for lost time in no time.  Only the great teams, and there aren’t many, have this ability.  From an individual point of view, I’ve not only not lost time, but I’ve also learned and progressed a lot more than any other player of my age.  Madrid is one of the most important universities in the world.

Q:  Are you looking at Barcelona from a distance?

A:  They’ve been the best in the two last seasons, and there’s no doubt about that.  But Madrid has always been there with them.  We would have taken advantage of any small mistake that they could have made.  There’s a strength in Real Madrid that is impossible to find in any other club.  I think it comes from the escudo.

Q:  What are you first conclusions about Mourinho?

A:  I realized when I spoke to him and looked him in the eyes for the first time that I was speaking to a champion, one of the greats.  People can criticize him for being egocentric or his way of being, but I believe that’s precisely what makes him so strong.  This coach has a lot of self confidence, because he respects his profession.  He knows that dedication to football requires professionalism and seriousness.  He took a different road than many of his colleagues.  He’s a student of football and of footballers.  He’s the best thing that could have come to Madrid.  Mourinho is like that famous drink, the one that gives you wings [Sergio is referring to Red Bull].

Q:  Is it worth it to have paid so much for a coach, when you could have signed a Cesc or a Silva instead?

A:  I think the big decisions of clubs is this: they put their money on one thing or another.  There comes a moment when a choice needs to be made.  A coach like Mourinho, to me, is priceless.  I don’t know what will happen, although I can imagine it, but I know that Madrid needs Mourinho.

Q:  Do you like how Real Madrid is playing?

A:  I’m sure this will be something that will be talked about the entire year.  From as far as I can remember, people have talked about if Madrid plays well or not.  It doesn’t matter if they’re winning titles because how they play is important.  Being able to win and play beautiful football is something very complicated, and something that needs time.  Barcelona and the national team are special cases in the history of football.

Q:  So?

A:  So we all have two options: one is to criticize the style of Madrid from the very first moment, and the other is to accept that good things take time.  Every one is free to think how they like, but I’m one of the positive ones.  I think that we’ll not only be competing for the big titles, but also providing fans with afternoons of great football.

Q:  What does Mourinho have that sets him apart?

A:  I respect all the coaches I’ve had, and I’m convinced that they all did whatever was in their power to make Madrid triumph.  But I think Mourinho has a sixth sense not only for the aspects of his profession, but also for the aspects of each game.  For him, the 90 minutes of each game are another day of work, and he doesn’t rest during them.  There are coaches that say “games are for the players.”  But Mourinho understands that they’re also for him.

Q:  Your thoughts on playing more as a central defender than a fullback?

A:  Well, at the beginning of the season, the coach wasn’t planning on this.  But now circumstances have changed.  It’s a shame that so many of the central defenders have gotten injured.

Q:  Does a player feel more important if they’re a world champion?

A:  That also gives you wings.  Winning a World Cup is the most important thing for any professional.  For a Spaniard, I can’t even begin to say what it means, because Spain had never done well in this tournament.  It’s not that I feel more important, but it has made me more mature, and I think that this will come out in games.

19 Comments leave one →
  1. Jennifer permalink
    August 27, 2010 13:02

    Ugh, I love Crackovia but so many of their Ramos imitations just… make me foam at the mouth with andalucista rage. They portray him as an idiot because he’s Andalusian, full stop. They can be funny without resorting to stereotype, like the fashion duel between Guti and Ramos, or the “rebajas” one, but I guess it’s easier to have him go “aaah… no” five times and be done with it.

    Ahem. Sorry for the rant.

    Anyway, I always enjoy Sergio’s interviews, because he manages to knock down the dumb footballer stereotype at the same time. Some of his answers – uf. He should go into diplomacy when he’s done with football!

    • HermosaChica permalink
      August 27, 2010 21:31

      It’s true that Crackovia exaggerate things to a point where it’s either nauseating or offensive, but I assure you that shows like that all over the world behave the same way. It’s also true that athletes in general frequently happen to fall into the “bird brain” category, that’s just a worldwide impression probably induced by unathletic eggheads. So what I’m trying to say is that they could have labelled any of the footballers as the idiot of the show, but they chose Sergio, and it just so happens that you can trace back to the fact that he’s Andalussian. I’m not very familiar with Spanish culture but I understand why this would offend you. Over here there are certain families that originate from “dumb” tribes, and they are, unfortunately the butt of many many jokes.

      • Jennifer permalink
        August 27, 2010 23:36

        Oh, I know it’s not only him – it just gets old after a while, you know?

        And things like this interview, or his one on Punto Pelota a while back, just serve to show how clever he actually is.

  2. reggaeballgirl permalink
    August 27, 2010 13:05

    The media keeps pressing as if they want Madrid’s players to say they are afraid of Barca. Give it a rest already. They all know what they have to do and they will get the job done. I know Madrid will do well this season. Forgive those who think Sergio is ‘not so smart’. It is usually difficult for mere mortals to accept that there can be so many good things in one package – looks, talent, charm/charisma, good heart, plus a brain? They feel the need to find something wrong with him.
    Sergio, unlike a few Barca players, knows that the media is a trap waiting to be sprung. They are always looking for ammunition. There are two Jamaican sayings that apply:
    ‘A nuh everting good fi eat good fi talk’ – not all views and knowledge should be made known to others.
    ‘Cock mout kill cock’ – your own words come back to haunt you.
    I love how Sergio has seemed more settled and mature these last few weeks or months. Keep it up!

    • HermosaChica permalink
      August 27, 2010 21:41

      A very few percentage of people are willing to accept anyone who has “the whole package”, the media knows this, that’s why they exploit people like CRon. I just think that it’s very sad how in this day and age, athletes have become celebrities. And these days a “celebrity” is someone either involved in numerous scandals, a nobody who likes to engulf every single ounce of fame they can get, or someone who happens to be very good looking but sucks at what they do. I still like to think of athletes as incredibly talented people that are fortunate to do what they love every single day, and I refuse to think of them as celebrities.
      Loving the sayings! I will definitely use those one day 😀

  3. August 27, 2010 14:00

    Agree with both Jennifer and reggaeballgirl 🙂

    Love Sergio even more…

    And love your blog, too!


  4. michelle permalink
    August 27, 2010 15:55

    god, i love his answers. i love his perspective and diplomacy and maturity and class while he still manages to be honest. he represents our club perfectly and i love him for it in ways i can’t even express.

  5. August 27, 2010 16:17

    Re-posted it in, thank you for your amazing work.♥

    I posted some videos of the Bayern vs. RM friendly, maybe you want to see?


  6. Gilly B permalink
    August 27, 2010 17:42

    Reggaegirl- I nearly spat my tea out when I read those sayings. As an British born Jamaican whose family drop sayings all the time, I approve! The meaning is very true for Sergio’s interview, too. He is very aware and as Una says, gives thoughtful answers. Bless him:-)

    Jennifer- Get your rant on, chica! Crakovia is funny, but they do labour on the ‘dumb Sergio’ imitation quite a bit.

    Lovely post today, Una. Thanks x

  7. Maisoun permalink
    August 27, 2010 17:45

    This is such a great interview, if it was possible for me to love Sergio even more this did it. His words prove his intelligence and you can tell that he is a genuinely GOOD person, you get the “nice guy” vibe from him…and its obvious he’s come a long way and matured so much recently, which is why i hate when people make comments about him just being a “party boy” or “manwhore.” This interview shows that he lives and breathes his sport and team, which is extremely admirable. The RAMOS knows his stuff!!! The red bull comments were very cute too 😉

  8. lulu permalink
    August 27, 2010 18:54

    Great article!
    Do you know where I can find the original thing? I wanted to show this to a friend that doesn’t speak English… 😦

    • August 28, 2010 11:31

      I haven’t seen it online, but I can type it out for you if what you want to show is just a few questions.

      • lulu permalink
        September 2, 2010 20:15

        Oh, that’s okay… Thanks so much, though! Keep up the amazing work!

  9. LaBlanca permalink
    August 27, 2010 20:59

    whats the fuss about Ramos & Chelsea? His management called them? Ehhh? Contract poker gets ugly!

  10. yuyutein permalink
    August 27, 2010 22:41

    I love him even more after reading his smart&honest answers. I don’t know if every interview that’s from the Barcelona players are true, because sometimes they can be very rude and just too much that I have my doubts. But I certainly like Sergio’s answers and the fact that he is careful to answer the questions with respect! As reggaeballgirl above, so many good things in one package!

  11. suzanne permalink
    August 28, 2010 03:08

    i love my gitano!! so caring, intellegent, talented and beautiful.

    very mad if they are being stereotypical at crackovia. i hate it when people just assume b/c others are talented and beautiful they must be idiotic. he seems like a genuinely great person. ::fallsinlovealittledeeper::

    can not wait til sunday you guys!!! HALA MADRID!!!

  12. JamilaRamos permalink
    August 28, 2010 10:18

    I really love Sergio’s interviews, he’s really sufficient and utters pure honestly. And he’s already made clear himself, that he does not like liars, so that is a good virtue!

    Yes, I have only started to notice that Crackovia are constantly potraying Sergio as a dumb caveman like person, but I thought it was perhaps due to the fact that he’s a footballer, and lets be honest, most footballers are not the sharpest tools in the toolbox. But then I started to notice that they only did this to him. But now I have just learned that it’s due to the fact that he’s Andalussian…I am currently learning Spanish culture out of my own personal interest, but I never knew that people from the South of Spain are being stereotyped.

    But what the hell, Sergio is a graduate.

  13. lukacy permalink
    August 28, 2010 10:21

    I think Mourinho is just the person that Sergio said so,I can’t agree with him any more.Sergio’s answers are appropriate,that make me love him even more!

    PS:forgive my poor English~~:(

    PPS:I love your blog!!:)

  14. JulieFromParis permalink
    August 29, 2010 00:47

    Hey, U know how it works: when you want a young person to mature, just give him/her responsabilities. That’s why 2d captaincy suits The Ramos so much. He may look very self-confident but Im pretty sure he needs recognition (we all do) .

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