"I was the goose that lays golden eggs for the Portuguese press

"I was the goose that lays golden eggs for the Portuguese press

Zaragoza : Spain | Oct 23, 2011 at 7:37 AM PDT
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Valencia's forward Roberto Soldado (R) clashes with Zaragoza's goalkeeper Toni Doblas

At 25 her career is a roller coaster, transfers, injuries, covers, travel, investment funds ...

Well, yes. One should feel comfortable and find stability. Changes in football a lot and there is a certain loneliness. Furthermore, the goal is where competition is more pronounced with the partner and we must help more. But I have not bored, no.They say that every person has a place in the world. Does yours is Zaragoza?Without a doubt. For me Zaragoza is continuity and stability. In my first step here I grew up and gained confidence that the end is what you are looking for a goalkeeper.

He left cheered and even shedding tears.Yes got to stay in the last game and when people started chanting my name I was excited.In his next team almost cry, but with rage ...I say that because I wanted to stay in Zaragoza at Atletico would have no role, but there was the option of Benfica. Awaiting news of negotiations between Atletico and Zaragoza when my agent told me one morning that Atletico had it closed with Benfica and signed in the afternoon.

His arrival at Benfica not the nightmare that was predicted.As champions was qualified for the Champions League group stage and thought, 'good place to prove to myself that I can be anyone in the world of football'.

Is it true that you advised Cristiano Ronaldo?I guess you like the game I played against him in the Romareda in 2010 and spoke well of me. Honors him.But in the end was hell.No man, no. I did not start well, to deceive. Raises doubts in the preseason and that triggered a direct attack of the press against me. At first I was surprised that aggressiveness towards me, but then I realized that are extreme in the good and bad. It was the goose that lays golden eggs for the Portuguese press. Was not used to seeing me on the cover. And that was also good, but bad first arrived in Spain.

What effect did their peers? ¿Weighed?It is edifying to see your mistakes on the news. In the field I remember the look of a co ... But we are professionals and must endure the praise and criticism. I had a hard on my family, I was away and worried. Now I know we all learned from that experience. Shield them and I know how to handle the pressure.

What do you think of when you sent to the bench to be a star signing of the team?

That part is the worst. It happened on the third day. I jumped into the field and headed off the bench. I was sitting there thinking 'now start from scratch, to work until it stops raining' when the referee awarded a penalty and kicked my partner. One thing I have learned over the years is that things happen for a reason. I left, I stopped the penalty and that was a turning point. It changed my luck.

Their fate and the covers ...

And the covers, lol.

Do you believe in luck?

A janitor with no luck is like a goalkeeper with no defense. The lot is there. The work day does not make you sit on the bench expel your partner, you piten a penalty and peers. There is luck and you use them.

Was it also a lucky debut with Atletico goalkeeper being young?

Never want to have a partner is injured, but to get up are needed windfall. When you are in the lower end is a funnel through which passed just to the first team.

What do you remember that day?

First debuted at the Reyno de Navarra, with the ice field, the day of the Lottery.

However, Atlético played or not stoning.

In Atletico no luck. The season that I fought in the first team, got injured just when I had my chance in Champions League with Porto. And there appeared De Gea. But as I like to see the glass half full tend to say that thanks to what I could get to Zaragoza.

What can you tell me of the famous investment fund that has led to Zaragoza?

That we should ask my agent. I said I wanted to join Real Zaragoza and that everything was OK. Imagine, I loved it.

Is not it strange that 8.5 million paid by you to be in bankruptcy?

I tell you that is up to my agent. I am a goalie.

At least tell me what you think about the matter of the Insolvency Act and the status of delinquencies in football?

One sign a contract with the intention of enforcing, right? Does not seem right.

We talked Atletico. Do you have a thorn?

Who me? Why? On the contrary, I am very grateful. I am the goalkeeper thanks to Atletico. I was there from 10 to 24 years. Not had a chance to stabilize in the first team is because of the circumstances. I like to win Atletico. I made great friends there.

Is it true that Sergio Asenjo called him to encourage him when he was in Portugal?

Yes I met him in the Under-21 and one year spent with him at Atletico. It is a porterazo, great person and a good friend.

Are we living the best generation of goalkeepers in the history of Spanish football?

If not the best, at least we're in good time. Are Iker, Victor Lopez Reina and Diego, Javi Varas ... but has also been pushing hard the new generation with De Gea, Guaita ... Fortunately, it recognizes the Spanish goalkeeper. In these times would not make sense to sign foreign veterans as happened in the past with Hesp, Illgner, Rustu ...

So Adam has chosen Madrid rather than Dudek.

It's what I say. Spain has talent in goal. You have to use it. The clubs have realized that goalkeepers are 20 or 21 years competing in the elite.

Who is your benchmark?

Palop and Victor Valdes for his dramatic evolution as a janitor. In fact, I am convinced that the explosion of Barcelona should be explained from the evolution of Victor. How to play further from the goal, how it has improved the game of foot ... From before I liked Molina for their height and safety, and Canizares, with whom I identify in the way they move.

There has been talk of Iker Casillas. I wonder.

Iker is beyond that, it's a global icon. And it was Curran. For my generation is a benchmark. Let's face it The Red goalkeeper, said generations of goalkeepers in the future. For us it is a major symptom.

What virtue Madrid goalkeeper point to as?

His leg power. It's huge.

As a goalkeeper, is of those who attach great importance to feelings on the first play in which it acts?

The first play is important, not critical. These feelings are vital. As you walk, how you live, how you get ... Moreover the porters have the task of building trust in the defense. The more focused player must leave the field is the goalkeeper. For him and for his defenses.

How do you explain that in recent times many goalkeepers appear so high?

The gatekeeper concept has changed. Now height and agility are not incompatible. It should not be Ablanedo, Arconada or Contreras to be agile. Children work for porters from small and tall guys are influences the agility drills. So we went Guaita, Diego Lopez, De Gea, Courtouis or me.

Who is the more complicated front end?

When you pick door, shots of Cristiano Ronaldo are complicated by the path so rare that it takes the ball. But I make more parties in mind the type of game the opponent.


The Madrid for his style of attack generates hand in hand, first shots, distant shots ... With the club should be focused because at any moment pass filter to the back of the defense. That style has caught on and there are teams that play and Villarreal, Valencia, Malaga ...

Has the office?

Being a goalie now requires you to be more complete. Play with your feet, have control of the ball, reading the game tactically ... The workouts have been globalized and the porters working in rounds, hit the ball, kicking a door ... Everything evolves in football but one.

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Spanish goalkeeper Roberto Jimenez Gago, pictured in March 2011, signed for Primera Liga side Real Zaragoza
Spanish goalkeeper Roberto Jimenez Gago, pictured in March 2011, signed for Primera Liga side Real Zaragoza
Shaziakhan is based in Kahror Pakka, Punjab, Pakistan, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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