» Every day I imagine what it would be like to be a professional footballer. «Adrian Andrés, defender and captain
As the referee blows the whistle, Adrian and David remain lying on the pitch, crying. “Hola,” shouts an Italian player in their direction – his team is next up on the pitch – and, grinning broadly, he points at the boys’ hairstyles that are spiked with gel and shaved at the sides and then at his own, which closely resembles theirs. “Bello! Nice!”
Adrian grins. He remembers that afternoon in December when they won against Madrid and qualified for the tournament in Rome. Overcome with happiness, they swore to change their hairstyles before their trip. Most of them chose a cut like their idols – shaved at the sides, long and spiky in the middle. Adrian thinks of the anticipation that he always felt when he thought of Rome, the match, the trip with his team. He was more motivated than ever with his training – he practised three times a week, sometimes even four.
Adrian wipes the tears from his cheeks with the back of his hands, smiles at the Italian and gives him a high five. Then he and David run towards their fellow players. “Let’s go to our parents”, shouts Victor Quesada, the substitute goalkeeper, and everyone runs towards the sidelines where their parents are now standing. Just a few metres from them, they slip and slide towards them on their knees. “Now for Africa!” cries Joaquín Serra, attacking midfielder. And he dances with Sami, just as a few little Namibian players showed them on their first evening – hopping with his right sole on his left sole and his left on his right.
» Push forward aggressively. Don’t give up even if we go a goal down! «Jesús Montero, D Youth coach of FC Salgui
» Later on, we have to make sure we say goodbye to all the players! «Joaquín Serra, midfielder, on the final evening of the tournament