United through Football: Team Spain

United through Football: Team Spain

In celebration of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, we asked some of our community ambassadors to talk to us about their national teams. Despite Spain having been knocked out of this year’s tournament, Maximo Perez-Torres from Radio 3ZZZ answered a few of our questions about football in his country of heritage. Read more about Spain and football from Maximo below.

What is your role in the community?
I am a broadcaster/producer at Radio 3zzz, the largest Community Ethnic Radio in Australia (we are currently producing programs in more than 65 languages). From that position my main role is the promotion of Sports (in many different ways) within the Latin Community and Footy (running an AFL and NEMBC program) among old the ‘non-Anglosaxon’ communities. Also i am a member of the ‘Melbourne White Sharks” committee, a Real Madrid fan club in Australia.

What do you love most about your role?
The permanent opportunity to make the difference in the Community. My position allows me to be in contact with lots of people interested in sports in all levels (Local, State, National, International). Please let me put an example: when I get that a group of Rugby fans can attend a private training session of the Jaguares or Pumas (Argentinians) and meet their idols … the feeling is amazing.

What does the FIFA World Cup mean to Spain?
A lot!!!. After winning the Euro 2008, World Cup 2010 and Euro 2012 in a row the positive feeling about our National Team grew exponentially. Until that moment Spain was well known by its clubs, such as Real Madrid, Barcelona or Atletico de Madrid, and after those consecutive wins every single country in the ‘Football Planet’ wanted to become ‘the next Spain. Very proud of that!!!’

How did you feel when Spain qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup?
Job done!!! From Argentina 1978 we have been participating in all the World Cups 🙂

How passionate are football fans from Spain?
When you have the Best Club in History (Real Madrid) and your National competition (La liga) have the best players, the fans base is huge. Football is the no. 1 sport in Spain by far.

Who is your favourite Spanish player and why?
Sergio Ramos. His competitiveness, his consistency, his leadership, his courage … he is a role model for the new generations.

Where does the expat community gather for huge games like this?
‘Melbourne White Sharks’ have been organising events at ‘La Bodega de Andres’ to watch the games of our National Team … Around 50 people per game could enjoy “a typical Spanish gathering” with football, Tapas and, of course, ‘Chocolate con Churros’.

If there was only one destination in Spain to visit, what would it be and why?
Sorry, but I can’t give you just one place. Spain is the country with more ‘World Heritage’ sites in the World, so it’s up to the person’s likes the best spot to be visited.

Vegemite is the food Australians love. What is Spain’s “Vegemite”?
Jamon (ham), tortilla de patatas (Spanish omelette), paella (rice), empanada … Our gastronomy is a reference worldwide with the Spanish cooks at the forefront.

What is your favourite festival from Spain and why?
Las procesiones de Semana Santa (Easter Processions). It’s the moment of the year to reflect about your life, praying and being close to God. Spain is a catholic country.

What do you love most about Australia?
My family!!!. 😉 The nature, the people, the ‘Aussie’ way of life .. and being a sports broadcaster ALL the events we can enjoy in Melbourne!!!

Who’s your tip to win the 2018 FIFA World Cup?
I’d like to see Croatia at the top spot in the Planet Football. This Croatian generation deserves all the success for many reasons.

Anisha Mistry

As the Editor of CulturalPulse, Anisha is passionate about listening to, writing and sharing stories of Australia's multicultural achievement. Got a story to tell? Get in touch: editor@culturalpulse.com.au