football all over the world

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To one of my favourite football players,Luis Suarez,from girls all over the world,who want to become a football player,who have same passion as you,who have same dream as you,who have more difficulties than you to do the job,they have always dreamt about.

I love,respect,adore you because of the way you help MY team.I believe (and hope) that you didn’t mean it this way,you didn’t want to insult anyone and it seems that we are making drama out of it.Maybe you don’t even remember what you said and i feel little guilty to make my footballer look like a sexist.But the real problem is that it’s not just you.There are millions,millions of people who think that you have to be man,to be a footballer.They are around us,they can be people that we love (like you) and we can’t change them.But you have more responsibilities in that case.There are girls sitting in from of TV,watching your fantastic goals and dreaming that maybe one day,the hero of the match would be them.And yes they CAN be.However they feel that the whole world is against them.No one is there to support the decision and dream-Woman footballer.And you,the one who makes their dream,who is their idol,example and hope, are saying that Football is for men,it’s a pick of dissapointment.I understand,it was “mean comment” for Filipe Luis,but it hurt many hearts of young woman,who sleep at night,dreaming about the deciding goal that they score at the last second of the world cup final…

So next time when Felipe luis will whine about
the injury,or Neymar will fell down,remind them that football is for braves and the braves are NOT just men.

I don’t feel there is any injustice when people expand beyond my music and speculate on who certain songs might be about. I’ve never named names, so I feel like I still have a sense of power over what people say—even if that isn’t true, and even if I don’t have any power over what people say about me. The fact that I’ve never confirmed who those songs are about makes me feel like there is still one card I’m holding. So if you’re going to look at your life and say, “I get to play sold-out football stadiums all over the world. I get to call up my favorite artists and ask them to perform with me, and most of the time they say yes. I get to be on the cover of this magazine”—this is all because I write songs about my own life. So I would feel a little strange complaining about how it’s covered.

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FERNANDO TORRES ON THE SPANISH TV SHOW “YA VEREMOS”

On being back home: “It couldn’t be better. I’m happy to be exactly where I want to be, where I feel loved, respected, where I feel I can genuinely bring joy to people. They keep saying, “thank you for coming”… no, thank you for taking me back. It’s been such an unforgettable experience, I could have never imagined it. I always dreamed of coming back, but it wasn’t until I was really back that I realized just how much I’d missed it.”

On English football: “I think the english were the first who realized just how important marketing is in football, and global branding, and they figured out how to make people from all over the world follow football on a daily basis, which is significant because of how fickle and ever changing this sport is. They realized how important it was so they started capitalizing from it. I think that’s what gave all those clubs such magnitude. I remember going to Asia with Liverpool and being so blown away by the fact there were over fifty or sixty thousand people at the stadium during a training session. Football doesn’t begin or end in spain, there’s so much more happening elsewhere, so many great clubs from all over the world, and playing abroad made me appreciate that a lot and start seeing things differently.”

On playing in England again: Now? No way. I’m where I’m meant to be.

Interviewer: But I’m speaking in a general sense… emotionally, if you will. Would you play there again? Was the experience a positive one?

“There are two sides of it. On one hand… take Gerrard for instance, who’s leaving Liverpool this season…”

Interviewer: Did you speak to him?

“Yes. I also was there during his charity match and it was so sad for all of us who know what he represents and what he means for Liverpool, for both the city and the club, and the way he feels towards them… it must be an incredibly hard time for him. He feared the day would come, and it finally did. So, the whole experience made me think, “I would have loved to play for Atlético my entire life, and be that kind of player for Atlético”. I think a lot of people see me that way still, even though I left and I came back, it doesn’t matter to them, but sometimes I think, “what if I had been there all along?”. But it wasn’t meant to be, the circumstances didn’t allow it, On the other hand, if I’d done that, I wouldn’t have had the experience of playing in England, which is one of the most wonderful things that have happened to me.”

On Xavi leaving Barcelona: “Those of us who have been lucky enough to play alongside Xavi, and to have witnessed the moment Luis Aragonés handed him control of the national team, the new style of play and the new generation of players… we feel honored that we got to experience so many things by his side, the good and bad. We’ve been together since the 2004 Euros, where he didn’t even play, he didn’t even get a chance to make his debut. Then there was the 2006 World Cup, where things slowly started to improve, but not enough. Ever since, it was Xavi who lead the way. I feel so incredibly lucky to have scored two goals in two finals, both assisted by him. I will be able to tell that story someday.”

On his heroes: “Football heroes? I’ve been very lucky to have played alongside many great players, but the ones who have left the biggest mark in me are… Xavi might be one of them, Iniesta too, we’ve been playing together since we were fifteen years old, we’ve been through so much together. But above all, there’s Gerrard. He was a turning point for me. There is a before and after Gerrard. He made me see things differently, he made me realize that I could go further, I could be better, I could reach more goals… just by being with him. And when I wasn’t with him, I missed him a lot.”

On the type of team Atlético are now: “It’s the real Atlético de Madrid, the one I’ve known my whole life. Those who were familiar with the club before it started going through all those issues, the relegation, the intervention, etc., know what I’m talking about. Atleti are champions, who always fight, never give up. That’s Atleti, and that’s what I’ve found upon my return. After so many years of difficulties during my first stint, I only got to experience the good times from the outside, but now I can finally do it as one of them.”

On the role the fans play: “When I was younger I tried to shut it all down, I was very easily distracted so that was my only choice. But as I grew older I learned how to take in the fans’ energy and make it a part of me during games, and it nurtured me and made me better. I let myself be filled by their love and support. That’s why I love playing home games so much, and I’ve been very lucky to have great fan bases everywhere I’ve played. Loyal and optimistic like Atlético’s and Liverpool’s for example. They make you better. Atlético and Liverpool are similar in many ways, specially when it comes to the relationship between fans and players. Whether you win or lose, it doesn’t matter much, it’s all about the joy and pride you get when you see your team play. It was really important for me to find that kinda of club when I first left Madrid. As soon as I got there, it felt like home. I left Atlético solely because I wanted to win and I wasn’t able to do it here the first time around. That was it, that’s why I left home. Titles. Everything else, I already had it.”

On playing against Liverpool and Atlético with Chelsea: “That’s where it gets hard. It’s all down to professionally in the end, I think. You need to learn how to disassociate yourself from all of it, for a moment. Going back to Anfield was extremely hard, because of the fans’ reaction to my departure. It was very hard for me to come to terms with it. With Atleti, it’s always been the opposite. They always made sure they got to sing my song, greet me in any way they could, even as a rival. In that sense, the two situations were very different. One was very hard for me to deal with and the other one made it all easier. But the circumstances were different. I completely understand why the fans took it to heart. What they were told, what they read… it warranted that reaction. There were contaminated by the media and by many people in Liverpool who are experts when it comes to that sort of thing, and they were made to believe that I was the only one to blame, the only one responsible for what had happened, with little regards for the truth in order to free themselves from the fans’ wrath. Someday I’ll go deeper into it, I won’t think it’s worth it to dwell in it too much at the moment.”

On his parents’ upbringing: “I’m the youngest in my family. I was lucky like that… when my parents were too busy, my sister always put her homework on hold and offered herself to take me to training. I never felt the pressure of having to compensate all they did for me. I remember something my mother told me time and time again: “If you ever feel like any of this isn’t worth it, then don’t even bother. We can go back to the local team and be as happy as ever”. If I had ever felt like giving up, like it wasn’t making me happy anymore, I would’ve simply go back home. Football was never my greatest ambition, I never thought I was meant to be a footballer like so many kids do, like they don’t see themselves as anything else but footballers from such a young age. I only ever did it because I had fun doing it.”

On retiring at Atlético (many years from now): “I would love to close the cycle here. I’m a big believer in cycles. I started here, I was made here, which I’m incredibly proud of, and now that I’ve come back home, there would be nothing better than being able to say goodbye to football in front of my people.”

On the music he listens to: “I’m a big rock and roll fan. Always. I love the Foo Fighters, and now I’m going through an Incubus phase, I love them. And also of course the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Rock and roll no matter what.”

‘’ I prefer to win titles with the team ahead of individual awards or scoring more goals than anyone else. I’m more worried about being a good person than being the best football player in the world. When all this is over, what are you left with? When I retire, I hope I am remembered for being a decent guy. I have fun like a child in the street. When the day comes when I’m not enjoying it, I will leave football.’’ 

 Happy 28th birthday Lionel Andres Messi.

I don’t feel there is any injustice when people expand beyond my music and speculate on who certain songs might be about. I’ve never named names, so I feel like I still have a sense of power over what people say—even if that isn’t true, and even if I don’t have any power over what people say about me. The fact that I’ve never confirmed who those songs are about makes me feel like there is still one card I’m holding. So if you’re going to look at your life and say, “I get to play sold-out football stadiums all over the world. I get to call up my favorite artists and ask them to perform with me, and most of the time they say yes. I get to be on the cover of this magazine”—this is all because I write songs about my own life. So I would feel a little strange complaining about how it’s covered.
—  Taylor Swift when asked “does the fact that you write about yourself in such a confessional style require intelligent people to look at your music through that lens?” for GQ Magazine
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“I prefer to win titles with the team ahead of individual awards or scoring more goals than anyone else. I’m more worried about being a good person than being the best footballer in the world. When all this is over, what are you left with? When I retire, I hope I am remembered for being a decent guy.” - Lionel Messi

Happy Birthday King!

I don’t feel there is any injustice when people expand beyond my music and speculate on who certain songs might be about. I’ve never named names, so I feel like I still have a sense of power over what people say—even if that isn’t true, and even if I don’t have any power over what people say about me. The fact that I’ve never confirmed who those songs are about makes me feel like there is still one card I’m holding. So if you’re going to look at your life and say, “I get to play sold-out football stadiums all over the world. I get to call up my favorite artists and ask them to perform with me, and most of the time they say yes. I get to be on the cover of this magazine”—this is all because I write songs about my own life. So I would feel a little strange complaining about how it’s covered.

I don’t feel there is any injustice when people expand beyond my music and speculate on who certain songs might be about. I’ve never named names, so I feel like I still have a sense of power over what people say—even if that isn’t true, and even if I don’t have any power over what people say about me. The fact that I’ve never confirmed who those songs are about makes me feel like there is still one card I’m holding. So if you’re going to look at your life and say, “I get to play sold-out football stadiums all over the world. I get to call up my favorite artists and ask them to perform with me, and most of the time they say yes. I get to be on the cover of this magazine”—this is all because I write songs about my own life. So I would feel a little strange complaining about how it’s covered

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Lionel Messi - 400 - ♛  

“I prefer to win titles with the team ahead of individual awards or scoring more goals than anyone else. I’m more worried about being a good person than being the best football player in the world. When all this is over, what are you left with? When I retire, I hope I am remembered for being a decent guy. I like to score goals but I also like to have friends among the people I have played with.” Lionel Messi

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“Leo simply goes one way with his body and another with the ball. You have to either guess right or foul him.” ― Gerard Pique

"We're watching, a football genius. He does things that nobody has ever seen before. He does things that nobody understands, how he produces them.”Graham Hunter, 60 Minutes Sports: Lionel Messi