A Night In Johannesburg
This was one of the best nights of my life. Who knew a gamble on such a (presumably) unwinnable TV competition would have me in Soccer City watching the World Cup Final of 2010 unfold right in front of me - Watching my home nation bring home the World Cup. Never has Spain experienced such glory...Not even the 2008 European Championships came close to this.
At the start of this competition everyone knew Spain's quality on the field. Xavi, Iniesta, Silva and many more all graced us with beautiful, quick, sharp passing moves that we had become accustomed to over the last couple of years. Those moves rounded off by the likes of Torres and Villa who both helped everyone onto that plane to South Africa.
We were among the favorites to win the tournament and rightly so. The only teams given hope against ourselves were Germany, Brazil, the Netherlands and Argentina maybe - So you can imagine how broken we were after a loss in our first game to Switzerland.
The loss proved to serve no purpose as we blasted our way out of the group with wins against Honduras and Chile. Days later, a series of narrow wins over Portugal, Paraguay and Germany saw us into the final against Holland where we would play out the dirtiest, most brutal World Cup there ever has been.
We pulled through though, and Iniesta was the one who allowed us the rights to our celebrations that lasted all through the night. I watched most of the competition hungover a bar in the hotel I was staying at, I knew then I'd be going to the final but I didn't know I'd be celebrating my own country's success. The aftermath was quite something. We sang, cheered, drank all through night until we just couldn't go on any longer. Most people even went on through the day and the evening after that.
I however woke up two days on from the match with a drive and passion that I had never felt before in my life brought on by the inspirational performance from Spain. A fire had awoken in my belly; I felt as though I'd achieved nothing in my life thus far and that it was time to do something about that. it was too late to be thinking about a footballing career. I may have once been good it enough - potentially - but I'd wasted my opportunities, and at 39 years old I'd be mad to even think about it. But it wasn't too late...A managerial career? I thought to myself.