first_imgBy World Cup 82. Spain for the first and only time assumes responsibility for organizing the World Soccer Championship. Expectations are maximum. José Emilio Santamaría (7/31-1929) is the technician chosen to drive the boat. The Selection barely passes the first league and is eliminated in the second. Tremendous disappointment and a pointed and crucified man. The maximum responsibility is imputed to him. That man, now 90 years old, confesses for the first time after that debacle. Break their silence. Human, sore and tremendously sincere. All that can be when you do not want to stir history up a lot and refuse to give your own names.-Let’s get into the background. When you arrived in Spain, at Real Madrid, you had already been international with Uruguay, you had played the 1954 World Cup and you had even been about to play the ’50 in Brazil with your ‘maracanazo’.-So is. In 1950 I was very young and played in midfield and the owner was Obdulio Varela. In my team, Nacional, I went to play central and my coach, Enrique Fernández, told me that since I was not going to play in the national team, he would not let me go and just the day before I had to resign. I lost the title of world champion for that reason.-And they take revenge at 54 in Switzerland.-Yes, I already started there. The mud prevented us from playing the final. We played against the great Hungary that was playing crazy football and in the play that should have been 3-2 for us, the ball stopped on the same goal line. Then in overtime they beat us.-And that World Cup opens the doors of Real Madrid.-Yes. We did a training at the Bernabéu and the president, Don Santiago asked me if I was descendants of Spaniards. I said yes and the procedures began, which took two years. For me it was a new world. My wife and I came with a child and then we reached seven, although unfortunately one of us left.-Triumphs fully at Real Madrid and the doors of his second team are opened.-A satisfaction that gave my parents, playing with Spain. I debuted in 1958 against Northern Ireland and we won. 6-2. Then I played the World Cup in Chile in 62, which played a trick on us with a goal annulled Adelardo against Brazil.-He retires from football and in 1968 signs for the Federation.-When I retired from Real Madrid I kept working in the quarry and the Federation called me to take charge of the youth and amateur teams. We won a match against France in the Parc des Princes with Santillana and Guisasola, who then played for Athletic, in the midfield. That victory gave belief to managers to support grassroots football. We did the 68 Mexico Olympics and the 1970 European Amateur in Italy, which we won. Espanyol called me in 1971 and I spent seven years there. -That team was good: six Real Sociedad players who had been the league champion those two years, five from Real Madrid, four from Barcelona, ​​three from Sporting, who were a good team… They were a team to have done something else.-It all depended on the classification, if we had been first in the group you were practically in the semifinals.-The team formed it without any pressure, they were what you wanted.-Those who were were the ones who were standing out the best. Then, the temperament of each one is missing when he is in a final and the responsibility he acquires. Sometimes you risk doing things that do not tell you confident that you are doing well, but there are other things you do that are not sent to you by anyone and you do them the same on your own … and of course.– Everything starts badly from the first match against Honduras (1-1).-There was a lack of confidence to win Honduras who was not an enemy. There the team was affected. That tie didn’t have to have happened and it did. I told them that we had not played enough, but that we had two games to qualify. What happens is that later the things that come come and I do not want to say because they were very unpleasant.-In what sense?-In his performance in the field. There is a time when you are playing and you make a determination without thinking about what you were doing. They risked. The risk led us to lose the papers when we least should have lost them. And that left us hanging.-You suffered a lot, I could verify it live.-Yes. The truth is, I shouldn’t have “grabbed” him. He had already passed a stage in the Federation at the youth, Olympic and professional levels and the professional was not shot for more demanding matches. I was convinced of what we were doing.-But being a coach when your country is the organizer is the maximum illusion that a coach can have.-I’m not the only one. There have been more coaches who did not win at home. What we lacked was continuity before the World Cup and seeing that more important than the results was the performance of the players. There was no activity before arriving with four or five games that put you in tune.– What influence did the environment, the press, everything that involved the team, have the poor performance of the team? You in public always defended your players. (embed) (/ embed) “I just hadn’t achieved a goal. The word failure for me does not exist ” -It means that there begins the ordeal that had to happen later during the World Cup.-The mistrust was total. I couldn’t trust anyone, who I was going to trust. There was only one in Madrid who told me: “Pepe, what lesson did you give us?” And I said, “No lesson, it’s my job.” I had no one with me, what was I going to do? The processes began, then the World Cup comes, there are strange things in the matches … At the London hotel I should have told Porta that I was leaving.-One year before the World Cup, the National Team toured South America with six friendlies. A good idea that went wrong because it was a failure.– To that tour already it was a little bitten by the subject. I did not like it very much. In depths I do not want to enter. I talked to the players about normal and gave them some freedom to take off the weight of being all day thinking about the game. I don’t know if it was poorly done. I do not know. INMA FLORES (DAILY AS) INMA FLORES (DAILY AS) A set pieceYour football or current football? I liked mine. Now South American and European soccer has been mixed for good.Pablo Porta. A man with future views.Quini. Honesty on the field and off the field.Juanito. The picaresque.Arconada. I do not answer.Saporta. An engine based on Don Santiago.Mestalla. Nice.Santiago Bernabeu. Glorious. When he arrived chewing the cigar, we left because there was anger for someone.Football. Something adorable that will remain adorable for all the years to come. INMA FLORES (DAILY AS) “Things were done in games that I had not scored. Risks were taken ” – That has always been so because the one who is in the field is the one who must demonstrate eighty percent of his possibilities, the one who is outside, writes or speaks according to his own criteria. There was little communication with me. You know that too well. And I was where I had to be. Since we arrived in Valencia. The Press shouldn’t have been a problem. With the Press there must be a dialogue of understanding. I cannot say if the Press influenced or not because with me there was little deal. I cannot consider her as my enemy. The big disappointment was that after Wembley no one came to talk to me.– The pressure experienced during that World Cup has been unmatched in the history of the National Team.-After the game against England, I doubted the support for myself by the person who was on the play who was the public and the informants. I felt touched because they did not talk about what I had announced to them.-The issue of Security surrounding the team could also influence the group. They were with a policeman behind until the rest days.-The issue of security is sometimes given more importance and hierarchy than it should have. The time comes when you feel uncomfortable. You are continuously controlled. The picaresque enters the player. All the bullshit you can do, you do. “I disappeared because I had not achieved something that was essential for the entire country” INMA FLORES (DAILY AS) – I have a phrase of his from the few times he spoke of the World Cup. “They taught me to have a grudge.”– I said that? Never. I never spoke of rancor. I speak of mistrust to people why you ‘do’ things in the field that you have never done before. You start to doubt if they are with you or against you.– In his case, the coach was blamed more than the players. There were moments when you seemed to have lost yourself.-I repeat. All that comes from the England match. If 34 people don’t talk to you at all, you have to think that they are against it. I don’t know if it was political, nor did I want to know. I retired from football and out.-In the end, he got into a mania for what had been his life until then, soccer.-I didn’t get into a hobby. Then I joined the veterans of Real Madrid and with that I was drowning … Little by little uncovering my way of thinking that they were all enemies and I began to see friendly and reasonable people.-Do you accept that the World Cup changed your life? It was six years that he did not want to see anyone.-Yes Yes. I totally left. I didn’t want to know anything. From no one. I didn’t go to stadiums. I started going when I was going back to the veterans, with that help work. What is clear to me is that things happened before the World Cup and things happened along the way and then others. As I did not see it, I cannot say it, but I know that on the bus when I was no longer there there was a great … no fight, a confrontation between two players. After the game that left us out.– and how it is explained that a man who had dedicated his whole life to soccer could live without soccer. You were 53 years old and had lived soccer since before the age of 20. It seemed that you went to the moon.-There comes a time when bitterness deprives you of having confidence about the people you are going to speak to. As what failed you at the time failed you, you begin to doubt everyone. Which is not correct either. But at that time it was that. Little by little I started to do things again. I also have satisfactions of that time.-He did not call people to encourage him …-No, people didn’t call me to talk about it, no. My friends were always with me and since I have a large family, with positive sons-in-law, I have continued living. – And it comes back in 1978.– Porta calls me to move people because that did not work. I suggest you make selections of all ages, from under-15 to under-21. There was only the sub-18. Also an Olympian with three seniors up to 25 years old. I plan with the future in mind. They liked it and so we started playing games with all the teams and the girl was delighted. We begin to know the world.(embed) (/ embed) – In 1980 they convince him to take over the absolute … that two years later he has to play no more and no less than the World Cup as host.– I did not want Kubala to be fired, who was in office. It was working fine. But he wanted to go. We plan one game a month. We had no filming. In March ’81 we played at Wembley against England who had only lost a home game against Hungary in 1953 (3-6) and won (1-2). That day something happened to me that marked me for later. 34 Spanish informants went to that trip. Pablo Porta asks me to have a coffee with the journalists and the managers after lunch and before the game. He asks me to say how we were going to play. The gada gallegada ’came in and I wanted to eat them, but I did. I ‘rotten’ because I already wanted to leave. I said I had never done it but that I was going to. I explained to them who were going to play, how we were going to play, our faults and that of the English, our virtues and that of the English. At least thirty of them had that little smile, as if to say this one who is going to cheat. I’m not messing with journalists. It was what happened.The game ends, we win and we go to the hotel. I arrive and do not see anyone. Only Porta and Havelange, (FIFA President), speaking. I was with Alejandro Vogel and I told him, this is over, it’s over now. Three quarters of an hour waiting and from time to time Porta looked at me and thought this is going to put the dagger in me, for me. My idea was to tell him I was leaving.-But why you wanted to go with a World Cup ahead and above in Spain.– Because I didn’t have the support I had to have. ‘You want to’ believe that we arrived on the plane the next day, we arrived in Madrid and not a conversation with any journalist. What was happening, something had to happen there. We had won in England…! After explaining everything as I explained it to him and then it happened as is, nobody came to ask me anything, nor did they speak to me. I did not have the support of his peers then. I thought there was something strange there. INMA FLORES (DAILY AS) – The World Cup arrives. Is it noticeable that the team, being classified ex officio, has been without competition matches for two years?-What I noticed is that things were done in the games that I had not scored and things that are very profound and I don’t want to say but that really … You heard family phone conversations with players. I do not. Team people. Things had happened in games that are not normal. That was the big problem there was.(embed) (/ embed) “Until ’82 I had achieved everything in football” “I do not speak of rancor, I speak of mistrust. If they are with you or against you ” -You are now 90 years old, in your life there is a before and after the World Cup.-My life does not change. I withdraw from something that I have not achieved. Until then he had achieved everything. I disappear because I had not achieved something that was essential for the entire country. You can emphasize that as a son of Galician I feel as Spanish as the most. That World Cup hurt my soul, it was so that I had not stepped on a playing field anymore. I do not seek justifications. None. I was responsible, I did not get the team … although the goals are made by the players, that my mandate did not reach the players and it is possible that this was the mistake. -While constantly reading and listening to the word failure, what did you think?-I did not read the Press, nor did I listen to Radio or Television for a year after the World Cup. But the word failure for me does not exist. Today you get one thing wrong and the next day you get five good ones. I have been successful in this or I have not been successful. There were three positions that could have gotten them differently. I will not give names. I did an examination of conscience where I could be wrong. Not wanting to know anything about anything helped me recover. I was going to the stadium. And I only trusted what I saw.– He always bragged about always keeping his head high.– Yes, I had not killed, I had not stolen, I had not cheated … I had told what I was doing. He had 34 people who could testify, none did at the time. No one. But it does not matter. I do not know how to lie. You can tell right away if I’m lying. They didn’t teach me to lie when I was little.(embed) (/ embed) INMA FLORES (DAILY AS) – What part of the blame was the result of the World Cup?– Only one thing, that I did not succeed in the preparation before the World Cup. Why? Because we lacked contact. Why? Because there was the doubt …-He never tried to defend himself, speak, give his reasons.– I retired because I did not fulfill the objective that I had. Why did those who heard me not come near me? Was there a slogan? It makes me think. Can not be. There was something strange.– We crucified you for the 82nd World Cup, but then 26 years passed before Spain won a title. Santamaría was not the only one who had not won.– This i do not know. If there was any special order, any special command, there was a policy … What do you want me to say?-How did you experience the triumphs of the National Team from 2008 to 2012?-Very good. I have felt one more. The mere fact of having defended the colors of Uruguay and Spain and seeing that what I had in mind and could not resurface. I had precisely that in mind, to move people to give them maturity and seniority. They did it with another coach, well, and with a different mindset. But the root was sown there. I feel part of those successes. All the selections we create have been shot and matured. Today the Spanish player goes outside and comes out with his chest open, before only those who left after the Civil War went to South America and Mexico. I am a participant even if nobody tells me.I have seen that the things that I had programmed then began to work, the selections were phenomenal and one day I saw the president (Villar) and said to him, do you know who was the one who invented all this? And he said yes, you. Well, you’ve never invited me to any final, I said. I, everything that has been achieved afterwards, I give as my thing, although nobody praised me at all. “That World Cup hurt my soul. I didn’t want to know anything about anything or anyone ” FOOTBALL 19/20INMA FLORES (DAILY AS) (embed) (/ embed)last_img

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