There's not really been a lot of news today so i just wanted to share this with you all :)
It's really nice and informative and we get to learn quite a bit about Xabi too <3
I really hope this has not already been posted but if it has feel free to tell me so i can delete it or the mods can do the honour.
Q: What are you values as a professional athlete?
A: I like to be honest and respectful of others, and I think how you behave on the field is very important.
Q: So, you don’t believe that the end justifies the means?
A: No. The end is to win, and the means are to be honest.
Q: Your career has been brilliant…
A: Yes, I’m satisfied, but I’m still ambitious.
Q: Your best game?
A: I have two: the final of the World Cup this year, and the final of the Champions League in 2005 with Liverpool.
Q: And the worst?
A: There have been a lot of deceptions, but I remember especially the 2006 World Cup, when France eliminated us.
Q: Which athlete do you admire?
A: Michael Jordan.
Q: Can we talk about coaches?
A: Yes, without any problems.
Q: The best?
A: Vicente del Bosque, because he’s a great coach and a great person.
Q: Very different from Luis Aragonés?
A: Aragonés was more impulsive.
Q: And José Mourinho?
A: He has a very elaborate way of working, and he knows what he has to do in each moment.
Q: And how was Benítez?
A: He focused more on technical aspects than psychological or personal.
Q: And how do you prepare for a game?
A: I try to anticipate and visualize what could happen. And later, I always get a bit nervous before, but I think that’s necessary.
Q: What is your strong point on this team?
A: I think it’s my ability to analyze and organize… I like to be organized both on and off the field.
Q: It’s been said that you’re quite an elegant man…
A: I don’t know, maybe it’s from my way of being… I’m very interested in new things: fashion, accessories, watches, gadgets…
Q: Can you live without technology?
A: Let’s just say that you shouldn’t deprive me of it: I have a Blackberry, and then from Apple I have everything; the latest is the iPad.
Q: Your favorite web sites?
A: www.nationalgeographic.com and www.ebay.es.
A: When I was younger, Nirvana. Now, Calamaro, Coldplay, Quique González…
A: I didn’t like The American with George Clooney, but I did like the latest from Woody Allen.
A: I always read newspapers, and now I’m reading Octopus by Daniel Estulin and El Palestino by Antonio Salas.
Q: Vacation spots?
A: European capitals, with London on top of the list.
Q: Where do you like to get lost?
A: In the barrio viejo (old town) of San Sebastián.
Q: And when you’re done with football?
A: I don’t know, sometimes I fantasize about dedicating myself to something completely different… But it’s a fantasy.
Eating – like a good Basque, Xabi likes to eat. “Luckily, I can eat everything since I don’t have any weight problems, and I don’t even have a set diet.” There’s always fresh fish in his refrigerator, and his favorite restaurant, Elkano in Getaria, “never lets me down.”
Personal care - “in addition to basic hygiene, I use gel, shampoo, deodorant, cream for the hair, a moisturizer and cologne daily.”
Exercise – Xabi does the four exercises shown above.
All credits for the translation goes to Unamadrista: http://unamadridista.wordpress.com/2010/11/08/xabi-alonso-at-fhm-bionic/#more-7059
You can find a couple of more pictures there too :)