Four Four Two Cover, Training, Sami & Lena And Guti Is On A Slippery Slope

15 Feb

Yeah, not much more to say. I’m loving the March cover of Four Four Two. Going to have to head out and buy that one. May it all come true (sorry bi-team-ual and cule watishistas, I do have a bias in regards to this!).

The boys trained again today to prepare for Saturday’s match and Lass was back with them, which is a good sign. We really need to get everyone healthy!

I love Sergio trying to look all badass! And seriously, Arbeloa? If you don’t start bromancing with Albiol again IMMEDIATELY, I am going to fly to Madrid and give you a very stern talking to and possibly a spanking. On second thought, I’m definitely giving you a spanking no matter what. But what’s the problem? He cut his hair! It’s time to get back to the love that made you two legendary. This has been going on much too long.

Watishista Jenny Jenkins kindly translated the whole Lena/Sami interview over on the sami-khedira LJ and here it is, along with some gifs by andriy_7. Thanks you two!

GQ Meets Up With Sami Khedira & Lena Gercke

The photographer calls out: “Pay Attention, it’s time!” But Lena and Sami don’t care about him. They go on kissing and cuddling as though he isn’t there, as though the 15 other people aren’t there either, as though in the whole wide world it’s just the two of them.

Dearest Lena, dearest Sami, unfortunately we are going to start off with a smarmy tabloid-newspaper sort of question. How do you become such a perfect couple?

Lena Gercke: I don’t think we’re perfect. We have a very nice, but very normal relationship. Happily that is what we were both looking for.

The boulevard press calls you the German Beckhams, but until now you have avoided being open about it. Why is that?

Sami Khedira: We are both open people and were clear from the beginning that we’d have to deal with it. On the other hand the beginning of a relationship is a delicate phase that we didn’t want to risk. We didn’t want to share with everyone.

Lena: Besides that there’s nothing to reveal. As we said, there’s nothing spectacular about it. We met through aquaintances, fell in love, ‘that’s it’.

Sami, you are normally in Madrid. Lena has to jet around for work. Does one require something special for this type of long-distance relationship?

Sami: If both of us want something, then it works out. Of course it’s different when you work in the same city and meet up in the evenings on the sofa. But if you want something from the heart, then it works out. I think it’s a lovely thing, when we don’t see each other for a week and look forward to the moment when we are together again.

Lena: We do thing ordinary couples do too. Sometimes [when we are out] people want Sami’s photograph but that’s to be expected. I have my house in Berlin and another in New York. I needed, after the helter-skelter of the past few years a home-base where I can unwind. And that is here with Sami in Madrid. We live rather quietly when I come here because I have no interest in going out, just being together.

What does it mean to you that Lena is no typical player’s wife – that she already has her own very successful career.

Sami: We were equals from the beginning. Both understood some of the complications of the other’s life. For example – that kids do sometimes follow me around and want their shirts signed.

Is there fall-out when one of you gives autographs and the other isn’t asked?

Lena: Our relationship isn’t a competition in giving out autographs. That would be absurd. It would also be rather sobering in Germany, for me, if it was.

Sami: It also goes the other way around, that Lena is in the spotlight and I’m the one who’s asked to take photographs.

You have both followed your goals very ambitiously. Sami was an elite athlete, Lena tried out in one competition after another.

Sami: Today it can’t be any other way. You have to have a clear idea of what you want early on and then work for it. If you want to be one of the best then you have to take initiative and not chatter on about it too much. You have to plan it all yourself, and also that you have fun at it.

Lena: I had no plan to become a model. I took part in two castings, but didn’t count on having a chance. I thought it was funny. I didn’t believe it could happen.

You both talk a great deal about performance, overcoming obstacles, ambitiousness. Why are these qualities considered objectionable by so many people?

Lena: We are both very self-critical and expect a great deal. Perhaps it has to do with the fact that we sought these things out ourselves.

Sami: If you want to be at the highest level then one must take criticism as it comes. Talent is nothing without self-discipline.

Lena: I’m not very disciplined.

Sami: You are, definitely.

Lena: In my job maybe, privately not.

Sami: Everyone has their weaknesses and everyone needs their time off. But when it comes to one’s job it has to work out. I first realized, through Lena, that it was like that in other professions too.

How do you cope with the often harsh criticism? When a German cabinet minister, for example, ridicules his press-spokesman in public he has to apologize. The tone with which Heidi Klum criticized you, for example, was extremely harsh. And the press, when it criticizes Sami, is even harsher.

Sami: I have a very thick skin. Occasionally though I do sit in front of a newspaper article and wonder to myself why they bother going to such lengths. But one must never forget: we live in a very public world. And in football, emotions play a huge role and one must consider that these things are written for effect.

Lena: I marched into “Germany’s Next Topmodel” quite unprepared and didn’t think about it much. The critique I had to put up with [from moderator Heidi Klum] was never anything I took personally. Sometimes I wonder why the press would be so unfair sometimes. There’s little concern over the individual. I try to consider it psychologically – that so much interest is taken in our failures.

Do you criticize yourselves?

Sami: I can say absolutely that we trust each other 100%. We can talk about anything at all – even things that might be uncomfortable.

Lena: I’ve been away from my family for years, always travelling alone. Naturally Sami is the most important person I talk to. Nearness and trust are the most important things.

Sami, you are one of those football players who actively fights back against criticism. Is it something in your masculinity that causes you to resist swallowing it? [This is a reference to a press conference Sami called in October and an interview he gave a day later when he was with the National Team during which he hit back at the German media for “lacking respect”]

Sami: As a man perhaps, but above all as a person. If someone brings someone else down simply to make the newspapers then I don’t like it. I give very few interivews. When I do it is because I have something to say.

With Mesut Özil or David Odonkor there’s constantly a discussion about integration in the background. How is it with you Sami? Does your Tunisian background influence you?

Sami: Sometimes I was eyed critically, because I didn’t look typically German. But we identified from the beginning as entirely German – my entire family. Discipline, punctuality – these were grounded into me as values. My father in particular put a great weight on these things. I think it is important to make an effort to fit into the environment you have chosen to live in. And not just to do your own thing. It was a good school for me to experience these things. I understand how to appreciate small things – but we’re both like that.

A successful footballer and a model have something in common: they earn a great deal of money at a very young age. How difficult is it to resist buying 5 Ferraris at once?

Lena: Not in the least bit difficult. I was brought up to be thrifty and Sami was too. We have that in common.

Sami: I always knew how much I was earning, how much I had, and how much I needed. One shouldn’t be too critical of someone who buys a Ferrari when he can afford it. The relationships between these things simply have to work out.

How did you experience the revolution in Tunisia from a distance?

Sami: I was very moved by it. I often asked my father what was going on, most especially in his old neighbourhood. Unfortunately there were many tragedies. People that we knew lost a great deal, some of them their lives. When we were last there on a visit it was still nice though to see how people were enjoying their freedom.

Lena: We were there together. It made a huge impression: the happiness and thankfulness with which people were experiencing it.

You live and work in different countries at the same time. What can you learn about Europe – or our continent?

Sami: That one must respect other mentalities and that one has to adjust to them. These are simple truths that you simply learn – that one can be at home anywhere. For me it was curious that it was in Madrid that I first became aware of my “German virtues”. Mesut Özil and I are “the Germans”. The Spanish are the way they are. One has to accept it. They appreciate our virtues in our work a great deal, but when you have an appointment with a Spaniard at half past seven then it really means half past nine. Half an hour late, that’s really very punctual here.

You both represent Germany abroad in different ways. How do you perceive the role the country is taken. What reactions do you get personally.

Lena: To be quite honest, it’s not a theme in my business. I work every day with people from all over the place and where they are from doesn’t play a role.

Sami: The picture that we as a national team have shown to the world has changed entirely. We were always seen as hard (Wir galten frueher immer als Holzer), in the meantime we’ve come to represent other things. We also represent a picture of a multi-cultural Germany and that is noticed. There was only one difficult moment during a national team trip to Israel when we were greeted by children with a Nazi salute. In that moment one feels thoughtful, even as a German with an immigrant background.

Finally – one more smarmy boulevard-press question. How is your relationship going to develop. Do you have plans?

Sami: We’ve been together for a year and everything is wonderful.

Lena: We’re young, we’re happy to have each other. Plans are unnecessary.

Wow. Just when I think that I couldn’t love these two more. They come off as grounded, intelligent and well spoken. What a great couple! I’m totally on Team Sami/Lena!

And finally, Guti continues his life as a gentleman of leisure. He tweeted this picture of him skiing today.

I have to admit, I was kinda hoping for some neon colored hideous ski togs. Sigh.

– Lozil

13 Responses to “Four Four Two Cover, Training, Sami & Lena And Guti Is On A Slippery Slope”

  1. sweethearthalo February 15, 2012 at 1:01 pm #

    They are so adorable 😀 All my friends watch the German NT and even if they don’t really know all the players, when I’m talking about “Lena’s boyfriend, the football player” they are all like: “Oh yes, we know him, Sami!” Then they put in the part I always laugh about
    “He’s wearing a headband, only gay boys do so”.
    Do I have to say anything about the last comment of them and my reaction/ defending of our boys?! 😀

  2. conflictedinspain February 15, 2012 at 1:42 pm #

    Never need to apologize to me! I expect you to say it loud and say it proud. I am extremely happy for them… They’ve worked so hard and they clearly deserve to be on top (significantly, may I add).

  3. maisoun February 15, 2012 at 4:03 pm #

    I’m gonna need a copy of the March issue too, such an awesome cover. I love that they got an interview with Messi’s cousin..what a feat!!!!!! 😛 Maybe they’ll snag an interview with Sergio’s neighbor for the April issue…which would be pretty cool since they’d be talking to Ozi 🙂

  4. Laurean February 15, 2012 at 5:57 pm #

    Oh wow! I really wish I could find a place in Allentown or Scranton that sells football magazines. I would love to own that copy and keep it as a memory of this past year and the struggles that the team has gone through to come out on top 🙂
    Just a side note, does anyone ever think that Sami looks like Adam Sandler when he played the Zohan? lol

    • GinaM February 15, 2012 at 6:03 pm #

      hahah I didn’t think that before but now that you mentioned it, you’re right he kinda does resemble the Zohan hahaha

    • maisoun February 15, 2012 at 6:08 pm #

      If there’s a Barnes & Noble near you they should sell the mag, I was looking at some today.

      • Laurean February 15, 2012 at 6:32 pm #

        Thanks Maisoun. If you found some it gives me hope. Last time I checked there I found nothing 😦

    • Tania February 15, 2012 at 6:59 pm #

      I know how you feel girl the closest bookstore is like one hour and a half away. I really love this magazine I had the World Cup edition that had an interview from one player from each nation and in the Messi interview they asked him since his nickname was “la pulga” what was his favorite insect. He answered Monkeys they are so cheeky. Laughed my butt off sadly I lent it to my friend and she lost it.
      This couple is so adorable I used to not like her but she seems like such a down to earth person and if she makes Sami happy she has my vote. 🙂

      • Mais February 15, 2012 at 7:08 pm #

        hahahahah that’s freaking hilarious! Totally made my day.

  5. Dia February 15, 2012 at 7:16 pm #

    Sergio looks like he’s doing “air quotes”. LOL.

  6. mygypsyspirit February 15, 2012 at 7:35 pm #

    I find it interesting that Four Four Two would make that their cover when it seems they are constantly slagging Mourinho’s tactics and Cristiano’s talents…

    But I hope they’re right this time!

  7. em February 16, 2012 at 11:20 am #

    Iker’s smile lines ❤

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