Xabi the Ball Magnet, His Gamedayplus Interview, and Shoelace Tying

1 Oct

Ball magnet. That’s how the German media are referring to Xabi, especially following Bayern’s 2-0 win over FC Köln on the weekend. He managed to set two Bundesliga records in that game: number of touches (204, though some outlets are reporting 206) and number of completed passes (175). Plus he’s already won two Man of the Match awards as well. I knew he’d be successful in Germany but damn.

And what did Xabi make of his feats? “I wasn’t counting, but it’s nice to know.” Ever the understating. Thomas Müller had a fabulous response though: “200-plus touches?! I’d need a whole season to do that.” Hahaha, again with the humour Müller. But stop trying to make me like you. It will only end badly for both of us.

Here’s an interview with Xabi for Adidas’ Gamedayplus program from mid-September.

Adidas also has this weird “My Laces” promotion thingy going on. Xabi participated back in August, as did his ex-teammate Arbeloa. I feel Adidas missed a prime opportunity here by not having them both in the same video.


2 Responses to “Xabi the Ball Magnet, His Gamedayplus Interview, and Shoelace Tying”

  1. drea October 10, 2014 at 3:45 am #

    My heart is still bleeding. Those 204 touches could have been for us! I know that doesn’t really make too much sense, but I’m still not rational when it comes to him.

    • headbandsandheartbreak October 12, 2014 at 11:15 pm #

      You and me both, girl. Every time I see him, it’s like a knife to the heart.

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