Andoni Zubizarreta was never a man of many words. The Basque-born former club goalkeeper may have spent the best years of his career playing for Barcelona’s Dream Team, lining up amongst superstars and playing for legendary coach Johan Cruyff, but it has never been easy to get him to talk at length about things. Even when he was sacked by Barcelona in January 2015 in a not-so-nice way, Zubi didn’t speak a word. That’s why his most recent interview to Madrid-based sports daily Marca is a very interesting piece, and one we deemed worthy of translating.
In modern football, it’s all about the players. That’s the way it should be. However, there are some people in football who never put on football boots and yet manage to make a name for themselves. Ramón Rodríguez Verdejo, known to the footballing world as Monchi, is modern football’s ultimate backstage mastermind. The man who brought in the resources for Sevilla’s four UEFA cups, two Copa del Rey wins, one Supercopa and one UEFA Super Cup sat down with Catalan sports daily Mundo Deportivo to analyse FC Barcelona to depth ahead of the UEFA Super Cup. The result was an ingenious analysis of the UEFA Super Cup final and many more issues that concern culés, which we bring to you today in yet another totalBarça exclusive translation.
We are now less than a week away from Barcelona’s official start to the preseason, and the first team players (apart from some Latin Americans of course) are trying to take part in as many holiday activities as possible before reporting for duty at the Ciutat Esportiva on July 13th. Some, like Andrés Iniesta, Sergio Busquets and Marc Bartra chose to spend some time with children of the Nike Camp in Andorra, and the most recent addition to the club’s list of illustrious guests was new Barça signing Aleix Vidal, who was put to the test by the little footballers.