Thanks kem_viva for pointing out the video. I translated it!
EL MAESTRO TABAREZ (coach): "Uruguayans, we're surprised, astonished, shocked, touched, but above all, very grateful. These boys deserved to be recognized, but this is above our expectations. There are no words to describe what we've seen today. Besides, it's ok to celebrate when you win a match, but what you're showing, the message that this is giving, is that we don't have to think only of the final result (of a game) to appreciate the effort someone makes. Success is not only measured by the final results. It is measured by the difficulties we have to face in order to achieve something, the constancy, the spirit of facing challenges and the courage to overcome them. The path is the reward itself. Thanks a lot, go Uruguay!"
DIEGO LUGANO: "We knew the people were happy, but we never imagined we would find this. We were talking with the boys and saying that this present that you're giving us is surely much more than what we deserve.
We did what any player of this country that wears the shirt of La Celeste would do: to give everything for our shirt, our history, and for the people's happiness. We went to South Africa with a dream supported by hard work and team work, the dream of bringing the World Cup as a present for you.
We were close to achieve that glory, but we couldn't make it. But now we're back and we find that we got another Cup, one that goes beyond all the things we had imagined. This is seeing all the country united, showing the pride they feel inside, the pride of having been born in this country. And this award (seeing all the people together) is the greatest thing ever, no one can take this away from me.
We're grateful for this moment that we're living. We want this day to be remembered, and we hope that the illusion of the people will not die. We hope that in the future, being among the four best teams of the world will not seen as an heroic deed but as a duty. That we can all give to football and sports the importance that it has always had in this country. Only Uruguay has such a strong football-based culture, so this deserves that we all work together so that all the Forlans, Suarez, Fuciles that exist among the children have the right opportunities so they can give joy to this country (in the future). Thanks a lot, go Uruguay!"
DIEGO FORLÁN: "I want to thank everybody because when we left we never imagined this would happen. Uruguay is a country that has very a rich history, and it's amazing to see everyone celebrating together.
This award (the Golden Ball) took me by surprise, and I was even more surprised to see the way my team mates celebrated it. But it's an award that I won thanks to them, to the whole group, the coaching team, and thanks the way everyone worked. This didn't start just now, it started 4 years ago. We worked in a serious, humble and respectful way.
So the message to everyone is that it is possible to go very far by working humbly and with respect, doing things the right way. We had the chance to play the semi-finals, we were really close to the final. It was just a match, but for the children (it was very important?), and even though we're a very small country with only 3 million people, we have a lot of wonderful professionals, lawyers, doctors, businessmen and workers that achieve world recognition. And it's the same with football (football players), so we have to believe in ourselves and enjoy this moment, thanks a lot".
DIEGO PÉREZ: "El Loco said it before me, but I wanted to say that we started to work to achieve this victory 4 years ago, and there were lots of players who played in the team who unfortunately are not here today with us (because they got discarded).
But it was also thanks to those players that we're the 4th team in the world. I just wanted to say that. Thanks a lot people, and thanks to all the ones that made this possible". (Here Lugano interrupts him and starts singing: Olé, olé olé, Ruso, Ruso - Ruso is Spanish for "Russian", his nickname)
I may have missed/adapted some stuff, but I tried my best XD
The comments are hers too, she posted these on this same post here: http://community.livejournal.com/ontd_football/2494287.html?thread=272455759#t272455759 (you can go thank her there!)
(suarez' hand cardboard cutouts lmfao)
(people on the tree!)
THE DUCK. LMFAO.
(THAT CARDBOARD CUTOUT SAYS "SUAREZ GIVES YOU A HAND" LMFAO)
I THINK THAT'S LODEIRO?
More pics, found by kem_viva, on page 2: http://community.livejournal.com/ontd_football/2494287.html?page=2#comments
Videos from earlier today and yesterday:
LIVE STREAMING OF THE WELCOME CEREMONY:
(thanks sundust17 & inti8!)
The celebration continues but the boys have now left, I will add more videos for those who couldn't see them when I find them... you can also let me know if you see more stuff around!
This one has terrible quality but you can see the players from closer:
The boys are heading now towards a ceremony in downtown Montevideo.
Yesterday at night the boys arrived in the airport:
El Loco Abreu and El Ruso Pérez playing the drums!
More videos here: http://www.teledoce.com/home/
Pics here: http://www.montevideo.com.uy/galeria_114292_1.html
Uruguay was the first country to host the FIFA World Cup and won the title twice (1930 and 1950), so Uruguayans are passionate about football. We are grateful because the boys gave everything.
Uruguay's current coach, Oscar Washington Tabárez, is known as "EL MAESTRO" (Spanish for "the teacher"). This is because he used to work as a school teacher, for real XD