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Saturday, May 13, 2006

Andres Iniesta

Andrés Iniesta



Everyone knows the story of when Iniesta became a well known player amongst Barcelona fans the one were the Catalan legend told Xavi: you will make me retire, but this guy (Iniesta) will retire both of us. Some very big words at a young age. It has taken Iniesta some time to establish himself into the first team. Last year he was one of the few players to take part in all of the games in la Liga (apart from the last one), where he became known as the twelfth player, filling in for suspensions and injuries and being the first substitution to come on. Iniesta shown great maturity and often played like a veteran player at such a young age. This year everyone was expecting him to step up a gear, especially after Xavi got a long time injury. However filling Xavi's boots proved more difficult than Guardiola's words. Iniesta seemed more a player of 30 minutes rather than 90 and received some if not a lot of criticism for not living up to expectations. He was thought not to be a player of enough qualities to play for Barcelona, but someone for the second half or even harsher someone of qualities for a Espanyol or Atletico Madrid. Rijkaard started to play him in Guardiola's old position, rather than the one of Xavi. Xavi himself had difficulties making people forget Guardiola, where he started in the classical 4 position, but only when he was moved forward did he become the recognised player he is today. Iniesta excelled in the position of 4, where his small physic did not hinder him to orchestrate the team into attack. He was simply more intelligent than his opposition. Then came the Benfica games were he once again excelled, but his graduation came against Milan, were he was simply wonderful. In that game he tackled like Deco and guided his team into the necessary tempo like Xavi or Guardiola. We will see if the final against Arsenal will be his master and the if he will postgraduate in the World Cup where he expected to go.



Well done to a boy who plays like a man. He is someone your grandmother would be happy if you brought him home, as he is a modest, polite a generally seen as a good boy, rather than a flamboyant or a dangerous one for your grandchild.

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1 Comments:

Anonymous Odysséus said...

Ya se merecía el bueno de Iniesta que le llegara el éxito y el reconocimiento. Siempre ha sido un excelente jugador al que no se le ha valorado con justicia.
Siempre he tenido debilidad por este tímido chico pero grandísimo futbolista.
Como aficionado asiduo al Mini Estadi pude disfrutar del fútbol de Andrés durante toda su estancia en el Barça B.
Pocos recuerdan quién y cómo dio la posibilidad de jugar a Iniesta en el primer equipo del FC Barcelona. Fue en la temporada 2002-03, Louis Van Gaal harto de que Riquelme no cogiera la "manija" del equipo, le dio las riendas a un joven Iniesta que con 18 años empequeñeció al argentino. La prensa barcelonesa en su afán de atacar a Van Gaal publicó que "Van Gaal humilla a Riquelme", sólo porque le dejo en el banquillo y de dio la titularidad a un desconocido de 18 años. Pero quien realmente humilló a Riquelme fue Iniesta con su fútbol. El tiempo ha puesto a cada uno en su lugar.
Como anécdota apunto que mucho antes de que Andrés diera sus primeros pasos (y pases) en el filial blaugrana, ya había tenido la oportunidad de verle jugar y marcar un gol muy decisivo para el Barça.
Fue en 1999. El FC Barcelona celebraba su centenario. Pocas semanas después de que por primera -y de momento única- vez en su historia el club ganara la liga en sus cuatro deportes profesionales (fútbol, baloncesto, balonmano y hockey sobre patines), se celebraba en las instalaciones del FC Barcelona la Nike Premier Cup (el oficioso campeonato del mundo de clubs en categoría cadete). La final se jugó en el Camp Nou entre el Barça y el Rosario Central de Argentina. El tiempo reglamentario acabó con empate a uno, y en la prórroga Andrés Iniesta, que entonces tenía 15 años, marcó el gol de oro que dio el título al Barça con un gran chut desde la frontal del área. Tal fue el zapatazo que le pegó Iniesta al balón que su bota saltó por los aires.
Iniesta siempre me ha dado alegrías y buen fútbol, por eso le aprecio tanto.

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