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Álvaro Arbeloa does “Small Talk”

April 1, 2011

We were promised more Álvaro Arbeloa by Sid Lowe, and so we get the “Small Talk” interview!  Go here the read the full thing; highlights below.

on music in the locker room: When Sergio is with us, he’s not allowed to put flamenco on – we’ve banned him. The other pain in the arse is Marcelo. I think even Sergio is better than him. I’m stuck between the devil and deep blue sea. You’ve got to choose between two terrible options. And if you try to put your iPod on they kill you, hahaha! But flamenco? Uh-uh. Banned.  [I LOVE IT!!]

on the CL draw: I really wanted an English team, so I was delighted. I have great memories of my time there – the atmosphere is unbeatable. I sent messages to Xabi [Alonso], to [Raúl] Albiol, to Sergio [Ramos], excited.  [Four Musketeers!!]

And everyone in the picture above is mentioned in the interview!

on England making an impact on him: Yes, a hell of an impact. When you get to April and May and you don’t see the sun, ¡madre mía! But I loved it and the football is everything. England helped me grow and made me a better player. I love the way fans live their football there, with such intensity. I know it’s a cliché but it’s true: everyone who goes to play there loves it. It was a wonderful experience and I would recommend it to everyone.

on still being loved in Liverpool: Much more than I deserve, much more than I earned. I look at Xabi Alonso: he was there for five years, he was a reference for the team, the focal point. In that last year, he was Liverpool’s best player. When he was out the team missed him more than they missed Gerrard or Torres; he was the center of gravity. It’s normal for him to be so loved by the fans. But for them to have so much affection for me … [shrugs, blows out his cheeks]. I was only here for two and a half years. I appreciate it so much.

on his Scouse: Uf! That was hard. Carra and Stevie, wow. In the end, though, you pick it up: that’s one of the other great things about going abroad. And now when we talk to Lass at Madrid, me and Xabi talk in Scouse … la! I loved Liverpool. London too: whenever I got a few days off, I’d go down there. Mind you, I said to Fernando you must be loving it in London and he just said: mucho tráfico, muuucho tráfico. He had to get out the city, haha!  [I NEED TO HEAR LASS, ÁLVARO AND XABI TALKING IN SCOUSE!!]

on the last book he read: I’m reading a saga which they’re going to make into a series on HBO, I think. A Song of Ice and Fire. It’s a series of books and I’m on the third one.

on TV series: I think we all are; we’re all hooked. You’d think we were stupid but you can’t help it. My favorite was probably The Sopranos. As well as being a great series the ending is brilliant. I’m not going to say anything in case you haven’t seen it, but it was brilliant – and that contrasts with others. I didn’t like the way Lost went, the same goes for Prison Break … Heroes, I didn’t like. I haven’t seen The Wire but people have told me to watch that.

on whether he watched Torrente 4 just because Cesc was in it: Hey, I was in it too! With Sergio Ramos and [Gonzalo] Higuaín. We just played football; they didn’t give us any lines. I’m a big cinema fan: it was a shame that in England I couldn’t watch it because of the language. My English wasn’t quite good enough without subtitles.

Yes, finally something in English that does not require translation from me!!!

21 Comments leave one →
  1. superfan permalink
    April 1, 2011 15:31

    Heeeee. Could he possibly be more perfect? 🙂 I just love and adore him!!! 🙂 This interview made me smile. 😀 And the bit about the music in the locker room had me laughing. Of course, he’d laugh at their music choices. Hahaha

  2. Jennifer permalink
    April 1, 2011 15:50

    Poor maligned Sergio. Álvaro doesn’t know what he’s missing…

    Although in fairness, flamenco is really not locker-room music unless it’s heavily mixed with pop or reggaetón. So maybe they have the right idea after all.

  3. ebrahim permalink
    April 1, 2011 15:52


  4. Nurul permalink
    April 1, 2011 15:53

    I’m constantly being amazed by how awesome he is. I loved every single bit of the interview!

  5. Didi permalink
    April 1, 2011 16:00

    “on still being loved in Liverpool: Much more than I deserve, much more than I earned.”

    He is so humble and so sweet!!

  6. mickymacky permalink
    April 1, 2011 16:06

    *squeeee* A Song of Ice and Fire???! great great saga!! oh arby i luff you…

  7. Annee permalink
    April 1, 2011 16:13

    It’s so nice to see him getting this media attention. He seems like such a nice guy and he’s so great with his fans and uses social media to connect with them. He’s also hysterical and seems like a great interview for a reporter. Plus he’s cute as a button, which also helps. 🙂

    “And if you try to put your iPod on they kill you, hahaha! But flamenco? Uh-uh. Banned”

    Hahahaha. I wish there was video of this. I’m sure it sounded adorable.

  8. April 1, 2011 16:16

    AHAHAHAH i love what he said about music choices 🙂
    he’s so blunt about open about his teammates, the other RM players need to learn!

  9. amy permalink
    April 1, 2011 16:31

    wow hahah that was an awesome interview. i love all the references to teammates

  10. April 1, 2011 17:22

    If anyone finds a video of Xabi and Alvaro talking Scouse, please share it! I can’t wait to see that!… And, by the way, was this interview in Spanish or in English? If it’s the latter, I am very impressed with Alvaro’s English! If it’s the former, then I am impressed with Sid’s translation.

    I think my love for Alvaro is growing more and more. I love how he’s so humble about the love the Liverpool fans have for him.

  11. mar permalink
    April 1, 2011 18:00

    oh we like the same type of books!
    that last question was a bit of “oups, i forgot about you”

  12. IsaBella permalink
    April 1, 2011 20:03

    Una, you make my day posting about Alvaro 🙂 thank you 🙂

  13. Mel permalink
    April 1, 2011 20:34

    When I first saw that pic, I thought who’s the guy in the back, then I realise it’s Torres. I did not recognize himj at first with the brown not so long hair. But it looks good.

  14. Ange permalink
    April 1, 2011 22:59

    I love that song Danza Kuduro …. even though I don’t like the artist … Don Omar ….

    Alvaro I love you even more!!!! great interview!!!

    THANX UNA!!!!! 🙂

  15. Zparklemotion permalink
    April 1, 2011 23:55

    Song of Ice and Fire – oh lawd, he’s perfect :’)

  16. black widow permalink
    April 2, 2011 02:48

    after iker, arbeola’s my favourite. he’s adorable! and i would tear off my own limbs to hear him speak “scouse”! (and yes alvaro, watch the wire, it’s fantastic!)

  17. DebS permalink
    April 2, 2011 03:29

    “I’m stuck between the devil and deep blue sea. You’ve got to choose between two terrible options. And if you try to put your iPod on they kill you, hahaha! But flamenco? Uh-uh. Banned. ”

    hahaha….looks like El Pirata isn’t the only one who isn’t fond of the music choices.

    Alvaro gets it when it comes to twitter; that the fans want to know about the players…not football. I wish more of his teammates would follow suit!

  18. Sayu permalink
    April 2, 2011 05:36

    im a big Arbeloa fan!!! he’s like the boy next door type of guy..

  19. cisarovna permalink
    April 2, 2011 16:41

    Loving the new layout. Looked great before, but now really nice to read on my iPad during my commute! A++

  20. mila_casillas permalink
    April 3, 2011 05:04

    Song of ice and fire????? Just when I thought I couldn’t love him any more.

  21. fatii permalink
    April 4, 2011 22:57

    Love him and that interview is just the top!!:D:D

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