UPDATED: They train, they chat, they bromance

25 Jun


Sometimes they multitask! Trainin’ and bromancin’ at the same time, we lurve it! There was a lack of Sernandoliciousness at the start of this tournament, but now the bromance is flowin’. Maybe Nando just needed to score in order to make all things right with his boo….I’m sure the goals helped too. 😉

The boys had the morning & afternoon off after the win against Nigeria. Those who played went through a recovery session and finished training off with a scrimmage. Cesc and Soldado trained apart from the group, after experiencing discomfort during the match, though they haven’t been ruled out for the semifinal against Italy. Ok now, we’ve gotten the updates out of the way, so that means it’s time for a big hunk of Sernando goodness! They told secrets, whispered sweet nothings to each other while cooling off, and Sergio demonstrated, for his boo boo, just how strong his upper body & core are.

I love how he takes a little peek to see if Nando is looking! Sadly, he wasn’t….we appreciate the push ups though!

Spain Training and Press Conference - FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013

Finally, some Sex Beard face time! (beard time?) Sergio and Jordi Alba were paired up for the day’s presser. So, so, so much pretty.

Spain Training and Press Conference - FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013

Spain Training and Press Conference - FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013


On Italy – “They practically have the same philosophy and the same players, just like us. They have a mix of veteran and young people and will try to go for it. They have the bonus of a rematch and we have the bonus of getting this title .”

Faults – “We make very few mistakes and that’s a merit, but it’s not only of the defense, it’s of the whole group. The secret is to be very focused to steal without fault.”

On Balotelli – “He was very important, but he is not the Italian team, they have other players with as much or more than him, and will have to be very focused.”

Jordi Alba:

On defensive training – “It is the merit of the eleven players here,  in a tournament like this is important not to concede goals and here we a balance of both defense and attack.”

On Italy – “We have a style of play, in the final (Euros) we perhaps had rather more space than we expected, but this sure to be a different game.”

“There are many young people in the senior team and those upcoming are of high quality, we offer a great present and a promising future.”


The daily Sefutbol interview that I always fail to translate for y’all *sigh* Here comes the Pique.

Yeah….sorry, but here’s another interview I don’t have a translation for. Nando spoke with Adidas, for something called El Reto Definitivo (The Ultimate Challenge). I’ll keep a look out for a translation, because I know I’d love to hear what Nando has to say. I love all the attention he’s getting. For now, please enjoy the pretty.

Update: Watishista Madridista14 found the translation for this interview. Thank you!



Translation via en-prosa.

Are you upset by everything that has been said about you, in England and Spain alike? Have you been affected by the critics?

“No. I’m aware that there has been a disproportionate avalanche of criticism coming from all fronts, but none of the people or media outlets that have taken part in it posses the faculty to make me care, or upset me in any way.  I don’t see why I should give any importance to such monotonous opinions, void of all insight.”

Speaking of critics, the other day against Nigeria, Soldado missed a couple of chances, and then you came in and scored right away…

“That’s not how it works and I think it’s very simplistic outlook on the matter. It’s sadly the outlook most people prefer to go by, but I can assure you it’s not real. You cannot say that a striker who’s had a couple of chances and didn’t score has had a bad game. If you’ve been on the pitch for 70 minutes and you haven’t had a single opportunity to score and you’ve barely touched the ball, then it’s clear you could’ve done more. But Soldado played a good game, he was generous to his teammates and put great amounts of effort into his actions, especially when it came to defensive duties. He worked hard, in a similar way he did against Uruguay, with the only difference that he wasn’t rewarded with a goal, and that makes it seem as if he didn’t do too well. I’ve been through that situation countless of times with the National Team: you play a good game, you miss a couple of chances and suddenly you’re a failure to everyone, but it’s far from being true.”

Do you see yourself starting against Italy?

“I see myself starting every game, always, with the National Team and at my club. But if I don’t, I’m not eighteen years old anymore to be that easily upset or disappointed or angry at the world. I accept things as they come, as normally and calmly as possible, with the hope of getting playing time at some point, and if that point never comes, to start over again next match, to make that change.”

You weren’t called up twice in a row right before the Confederations Cup, did it ever cross your mind you wouldn’t be here?

“Yes, of course.”

How did you deal with that?

“It’s part of the life of every footballer, the cycle. At the beginning of it, you do everything in your power to earn a place. Once you earn it, you try your best to keep it and to progressively become more and more important for the team. Once you are, you enjoy the moment as much as possible and you assume the responsibility that has been given to you, and the burden to be in the spotlight at all times. In time, as you grow older, that moment fades. I refused to accept that that moment had come for me, that I was fading, that it was someone else’s time to shine, and instead I chose to believe that there’s still many years of success ahead of me, that I still have plenty to give to this team, plenty of trophies to win. It is tough when you see yourself out of two consecutive call ups, particularly when said call ups happen right before an important tournament, but the only thing that can get you out of that situation and that turmoil is hard work, sacrifice and confidence.”

Are you aware of your fans?


How do you feel about them?

“I am incredibly grateful for all those people who in one way or another, are able to identify with me in a deeply personal level, a level that goes beyond the team I play for or the way things are going for me at any given time. They identify with certain aspects of my personality and the way I am, with certain values and principles that we all consider important, with a particular outlook and perspective on things, with a very defined way of reaching our goals and our objectives, always fighting against the odds, always with a clear head and with the capacity of seeing and recognizing the truth as it is. I’ve come across many people on the street… they’ve come up to me and told me how they feel, and it’s so beautiful to see that they don’t support me for the club I play for, but for who I am.”

Pics, Gifs, & Video via gfsports, sefutbol, en-prosa, ferrnandotorres, fuckyeahsernando, football-hqs, & alinnyderis.


18 Responses to “UPDATED: They train, they chat, they bromance”

  1. Allison June 26, 2013 at 12:38 am #

    From what I can tell, most of the Sefutbol interviews are your standard sports cliches – We’re happy to be here, Brazil is great, the Maracana stadium is legendary, we will try our best to win, etc.

    • maisoun June 26, 2013 at 2:58 pm #

      Oh good. So really, the most important takeaway is the pretty? 😉

      • Allison June 26, 2013 at 3:02 pm #

        Exactly. 😉

  2. Utd Girl June 26, 2013 at 3:23 am #

    Next to Cory and Shawn, SERNANDO is my other favorite bromance!

  3. Nalicia June 26, 2013 at 5:49 am #

    What a lovely scenary to wake up to. I wish they’d hug me like that.

  4. Jorzil June 26, 2013 at 10:23 am #

    About Fernando’s prettiness; when he’s wearing an normal/neutral face expression I’m like; ‘not a bad looking dude’ but when he smiles it like:
    ‘BAM!’ Most glorious face you’ve ever seen! ‘
    His smile really does light up his whole face and appearance.
    It is a wonderful phenomenon 😀

  5. SR 4 June 26, 2013 at 10:33 am #

    Awww that´s what I´ve been waiting for. I love that it´s not a short typical man hug but a holding each other tight with both arms hug. So adorable!

    • maisoun June 26, 2013 at 3:00 pm #

      Totally agree! Wait til you see the Sernando shots from the Nigeria match. They give the best hugs, had me thinking when the last time I was hugged that way *tear* haha

      • SR 4 June 26, 2013 at 5:04 pm #

        I did 🙂 and they really do. Tell me about it ;). Sergio really is such a warm person. Not everyone can give hugs like that. And they both look so happy to boot!

  6. Jana June 26, 2013 at 10:52 am #

    Is Ramos bitchfacing Alba like, “What did you just say?” You know he probably was. Gotta love that face.

  7. Dr Heidi June 26, 2013 at 10:57 am #

    ahhhhhhh, my Sernando fix for the day……yummy

    • Dr Heidi June 26, 2013 at 11:01 am #

      but that manhug in the opening photo is a *little* disturbing….

      • Allison June 26, 2013 at 11:34 am #

        But it’s so sweet! Sergio is all, “Look everybody! He DOES love me!!” And Nando is all, “I may be having a torrid affair with Juanin but you’re my bestie.” 😀

        • Dr Heidi June 26, 2013 at 11:45 am #

          maybe I just fantasize that he’ll hold me that way 🙂

      • maisoun June 26, 2013 at 3:01 pm #

        Huh?? Wha?? *scratches head*

        • Dr Heidi June 26, 2013 at 3:57 pm #

          FANTASY FANTASY FANTASY……. it’s what gets me through….

  8. Madridista14 June 26, 2013 at 6:20 pm #

    I found a translated Nando interview on tumblr. I’m not positive on the source, but I think this person translated it themselves. http://en-prosa.tumblr.com/post/53922338661/are-you-upset-by-everything-that-has-been-said

    • maisoun June 26, 2013 at 7:36 pm #

      Thank you for finding this! Just updated the post & credited you. 🙂

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