David Villa has been named the United States Sports Academy’s 2010 Male Athlete of the Year. As USSA’s website reports: “Villa’s five goals helped lead his country to its first FIFA World Cup title. He took 32 shots on goal and scored the winning goals in the first and second round of the…
In a FIFA interview Iker Casillas reminisces the achievement in South Africa and future objectives and ambitions.
Iker, the FIFA Ballon d’Or 2010 will be awarded shortly. Who’s your favourite to win it? I think it’s only fair that it should go to a Spanish player. They’ve been in vogue for the last two years now. World Cup performances always go a long way to deciding it and if a Spanish player doesn’t get it this year, then I just don’t know.
Your name was on the short list but no goalkeeper has ever won the award. Why do you think that is? An outfield player is always more likely to win awards than a goalkeeper, and I understand that in football it’s moves, passes, goals and interplay that counts. I don’t know, maybe we’re the black sheep of football (laughs). We’re the odd ones out.
In winning the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa, Spain conceded fewer goals than anyone. You’d be a deserving winner. Well, we all played our part, the men at the back too. It’s very important you stay solid and stop the opposition creating chances.
Spain’s midfielders and forwards have received a lot of praise but the defenders have just as much quality. They’ve got a lot of talent and they’re also a mix of younger and older players who combine really well. I think the important thing is that they all help each other.
In attack, David Villa came up just short in his bid to win the adidas Golden Shoe in South Africa… Yes, and mainly because he missed that penalty in the match against Honduras. He’s a great player, though. He scored five goals in all, some very important goals too, and made a big contribution for Spain. ElGuaje (The Kid) did a great job for La Roja and we have a lot to thank him for.
“People only see footballers wearing expensive watches, driving expensive cars and living in mansions. They don’t see all the effort that we do to get us to where we are. My parents earned 120,000 pesetas a month between them and they had to buy gloves, boots, pick me up and drop me off… Before I had a sports car, I went to the training sessions in my father’s Seat 124 and we lived in a house of 60 square meters. I’ve gotten here, but imagine how many didn’t make it. The majority of the kids who worked as hard as me and whose parents gave everything like mine didn’t make it as footballers.”—Iker Casillas to Elle Spain (via commanderspock)
“and during the national anthem, Sergio Ramos usually looks at the sky, looking for inspiration, and Joan will caress the ear of the players next to him. Silva: “Whoever is next to him is in danger. It’s hard to keep from laughing…”—Con La Roja from Los Secretos De La Roja (via wayoffside)