La Roja, Day Two: Awards

5 Sep

Lots of awards to tell you about! First up, Marca presented La Roja with a series of awards today. The first being their Platinum Award. The group pictures either look like mug shots or attempting to wrangle cats, what with everyone looking in opposite directions.

There were also individual awards to be had. Iker received the Zamora Trophy for being the top goalkeeper at the Euros.

Nando was presented with the Pichichi for being the top goalscorer at the Euros (with 3 goals).

And Iniesta received the award for the best player at the Euros. I’m pleased for all three of them.

David Villa posted a shot with Pepe Reina on Twitter showing off their platinum medals.

Iker and Xavi also were jointly presented with the Prince of Asturias Award for Sport.


Joint Casillas-Xavi candidature wins Prince of Asturias Award for Sport 2012

The Real Madrid captain and his international team-mate were picked over the International Paralympic Committee after receiving by 11 votes to the IPC’s 7 in the final round of voting

Iker Casillas won the Prince of Asturias Award for Sport as part of a joint candidature with his Spain team-mate and Barcelona player Xavi Hernández. The two Spanish players, champions of the last European Championship in the Ukraine and Poland, won the vote against the other finalist, the International Paralympic Committee, by 11 votes to 7 and follow in footsteps of the athlete Haile Gebrselassie, who won in 2011. The award will be presented at the Teatro Campoamor in Oviedo on Friday 26th October. The jury found that both players “symbolise the values of friendship and camaraderie that go far beyond the rivalry of their respective teams” and that “their sporting conduct is an example to young people.”

The Prince of Asturias Award honours Iker Casillas’ career and personal values and is further recognition of his successful career. At 31 years old and after 13 years in goal for Real Madrid, the captain has won, among other accolades, two Champions Leagues, two Intercontinental Cups, five leagues titles and a Copa del Rey. On top of that he has led the Euros-World Cup-Euros triple crown winning Spain team.

Casillas and Xavi’s joint candidature was presented by FIFA president Sepp Blatter. Both had already collected the award two years ago as part of the Spanish World Cups winning team who won the award in 2010, something that has never previously happened in the history of the prestigious award. Now, the jury chaired by former tennis player Arantxa Sánchez Vicario ruled in favour of the Real Madrid goalkeeper and the Barcelona midfielder.

The jury said that “both have achieved the top titles with clubs and with the Spanish national team, they are an example of fair play which is admired by everyone and, together, they have shown a conciliatory attitude that has broken down the traditional barriers between players and fans.” It further indicates that “Iker and Xavi have maintained a close friendship since they won the u-20s World Cup with the national team in Nigeria in 1999 and over time this relationship has out grown the on-pitch rivalry and passion.”

David Villa also tweeted a picture with the two winners, congratulating them on the honor.

There was also a feature on the mothership with Iker talking about what the award means to him.


Casillas: “Living a life of sporting effort can make this award possible”

“There are lots of people behind this, and who appreciate the good work of Spanish football at both club and international level during recent years” added Whites’ captain

Today Iker Casillas and Xavi Hernández have been awarded with the Prince of Asturias Award for Sport and Real Madrid’s captain was pleased to receive the award: “The truth is that all happened very quickly from the proposal made by Sepp Blatter to today, but I’m very happy. They are some awards that seem unachievable and that you never think you could get to winning them. But the work that you do throughout your sporting career could mean that you get to be nominated and to get this award which I think is a great thing that gives me a lot of personal satisfaction” said Real Madrid’s captain.

The Real Madrid player has won the award for being part of a joint candidature with his Spanish team-mate and Barcelona player Xavi. “It’s been a few years in which the Real Madrid – Barcelona rivalry has grown a lot, which I think is good for football, the sport and the fans, always in moderation of course. But that has also contributed to the Spanish national team. These have been the golden years hopefully it will be repeated, although it will be very difficult. It is an award for which we are the two prominent faces from each team, and from the national team because of being the captains. But it is a prize that there are many people behind: team-mates at our clubs and the national team, fans … it’s a very nice award to win and great to be receiving it” he said.

Iker and Xavi have known each other for many years and goalkeeper recognised the good relationship that bonds them. “Football is a team sport that is always difficult to stand out individually, but there have been a lot of prizes and recognition. It’s a professional and personal relationship more than 15 years long. We have grown from being children to teenagers and now we have become men together. It is a reward I look at with a lot love and with many memories and many experiences and I think it’s a cause for happiness.”

Casillas has been with the Spanish team at Las Rozas Football City since Monday, which is where he learned the news. “We congratulated each other and our teammates have also received the news very well. I think that we are living in a very good point in history and a glorious period for Spanish clubs and the national team and I think this is award is also for the good work that Spanish football has done at both club level and national level in recent years.”

Iker has always stood out for his saves on the field, but has never neglected the more personal side of things that happens off of the pitch: “I’ve always said. I would like to be remembered as Iker the person rather than Iker the good or bad goalkeeper. I think I have a very privileged life in general, I do what I like doing and a lot of people enjoy watching and you see that they are happy every time you win a title. It is an opportunity we have to take to be a role model for the fans and to give something back working in children’s training camps, working with NGOs and worthy causes. That’s why I set up my foundation a few months so that I can be more aware of things. As a society we are in debt and what better way than to give back than in this way using what we have got through football”.

“I understand that it is difficult for people to understand the situation that we face as players. But we are people just like everyone else and all have our own worries. We have family and friends and they are all important” said Casillas about how to live with the problems of being a footballer as well as the worries of society. Finally, he joked about moment that he’ll receive the award, which will be the second time after the national team was also honoured for its development: “It’s different. Xavi and I have spoken about it. Now we have give a speech, give words of thanks, the last time the coach Vicente del Bosque did that part and we were spectators. This time it will be different” he said.

Grande Iker! I’m proud of him (as always) and he’s a great representative for both La Roja & Real Madrid.

7 Responses to “La Roja, Day Two: Awards”

  1. PMom_GA September 5, 2012 at 6:53 pm #

    Interesting placement, ahem, of the award betwixt Torres legs. Will let the rest of the crew around here ponder the implications…I’m sure that the ladies can…

    • Rose September 6, 2012 at 12:51 pm #

      Haha I thought the exact same thing!

  2. Lola September 5, 2012 at 7:10 pm #

    I like to think that Sergio is looking at Nando is some of these pictures and is upset that they aren’t standing next to each other!

  3. CinematiqueChic September 5, 2012 at 7:25 pm #

    I will never stop loving the fact that despite Spain playing much of the Euros sans forwards, a Spanish player STILL had the most goals. Increíble!

    Also, this Iker interview soothes my soul, as I’m still SMH at the clusterf*!@ of the past few days.

  4. Katie Ann September 5, 2012 at 11:35 pm #

    I was gonna make the comment about Torres and the trophy, but someone beat me to it, heh.

    Iker and Xavi are awesome, and I love Iker’s smiling, geeky, thumbs-upping self.

    • PMom_GA September 6, 2012 at 12:04 am #

      Slowpoke! 🙂

  5. jellyace September 6, 2012 at 9:50 am #

    Aw how thrilling for them to receive more awards and honors! Bravo!

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