first_imgThe game was played in a rare environment, just six days after the attacks of Atocha on 11-M, in Madrid.I remember. It was a strange week, he threatened not to play it, people were sad about what had happened. In my case, my brother had arrived two days before in Spain and had passed through Atocha. It was strange, maybe that’s why there were no big celebrations either. But I remember the joy it meant for us, how the fans accompanied us from Zaragoza, waking up and seeing the crowded square, singing … It was a beautiful experience.His father, who was also a player, was taken to Boca Juniors by Alfredo di Stéfano.My first official match in Zaragoza was against Madrid (in August 2001), in the Spanish Super Cup. The first leg was in our house (1-1), I remember that I changed the shirt with Raul, without a doubt a reference and an idol for us. And on the way back at the Bernabéu (3-0), after finishing the game, a delegate came to the locker room to tell me they wanted to meet me. When I asked who, he said Di Stefano. And I thought: Alfredo di Stéfano wants to meet me? I could’nt believe it. He remembered how he took my dad to Boca, my father started playing late, with 20 years. They are things that remain forever, that reach your soul. A person like him, who has the respect and affection to come to introduce himself, to greet and send a hug to my father … It was very, very exciting. I was angry at losing the final, but he told me the story just as my father had told me before. It was a great joy.Returning to the game: there is an extension and you appear, with that whip from the front. Do I remember it well, crisp?As soon as I receive the ball, I am clear that I will finish. We knew that ball moved a little if you hit your instep. It was a time when the game was back and forth, there were few minutes left and I had a lot of faith that I was going to make a goal. I don’t even know why, but as soon as I received I had decided that I was going to look for the goal. I hit him, I see how the ball moves, it just entered … It was amazing. At first it seemed that he was going outside, then he made the curve and César did not expect it, he was surprised. I had dreamed it, we had all done it. And it was happening. When the ball came in, imagine what I felt, with all the people shouting, I didn’t even know what to do, I took off my shirt … The joy was immense because the game was very difficult and I was being very disputed. Madrid stalking more, we more looking for the cons. And everyone’s dream was fulfilled.That became known as Galacticide. That Madrid was thrown for all the titles and ended up disfigured, falling in Champions quarters and giving up a League that had won. What does Galletti do today?I am a player representative, I am with Ascacíbar (a midfielder who plays for Hertha in Berlin) and with other players in Argentina. Traveling a lot, always on the side of football, since I have reason I have been related to it. My father was a player, I was a player and I have always been linked to football.Didn’t he call being a technician?Not much, no. I didn’t want routine after so long, I wasn’t interested. While I did the first year of the coach course, I preferred not to continue because I did not want to continue with the life of going to train every day. A friend and I went to representatives and we are very happy, working hard and traveling, traveling the world.What do you remember about that Copa del Rey final in 2004?It seems like yesterday, but many years passed. If you think about it, you can’t believe it. The memories are great, that Zaragoza was a young, talented team, very hungry and several selection players. It was something very important, for all of us and for the club.That was the Galactic Madrid, his favoritism was evident. Did it motivate the locker room that, that Zaragoza be killed before playing?Undoubtedly, Madrid was a favorite, he had all the figures, he was a leader in LaLiga, he didn’t lose a match … But we knew we had a chance, a single match, that we had to make a perfect, or almost perfect, match, and Madrid not so much . We mentalized, the preparation was good, but it is true that we had it very difficult. We made a spectacular game, the level of all players was very regular. And I do not forget how the field was, how he encouraged the fans of Zaragoza, it was impressive how he accompanied us. It was a very big push. As much as we have won titles in other teams, it is a match that, for the quality of the rival, will always remain in our memories.Carlos Mira ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Galletti, at Real Madrid-Zaragoza.Carlos Mira It was an important blow for them, and for us too, we were fighting in the lower area of ​​the table and that triumph returned our confidence, we were able to save ourselves quickly and the next course we played the Super Cup against Valencia, which we also won. A very hungry, young and winning group had formed. They were the last two titles of the club. Very important moments for everyone and that they also threw us, we were young, we had the selection in the head and that strengthened us.That Zaragoza was fighting for the titles, now he is in Second Division.I follow the team quite a bit, this year it is firmer, it feels important. Hopefully it will continue like this until the end of the season to return to Primera because it is a team that, by hobby, by quality of players, must be there. I have a lot of love, hopefully it will be the Zaragoza we all expect.Does that goal open the doors to sign a year later for Atlético?We talked with Atleti in the summer of 2004, but we decided, for how the team and I were, to continue another year. But without a doubt that goal and that victory against Madrid accelerated everything a bit, also for the people. I received a lot of messages from Atlético fans telling me to go, to play there. In 2005 I already felt mature to make the leap, it was important for my career.How do you remember that passage through the Calderón?The team was being assembled, Bianchi arrived on the bench and I had the illusion of playing because I was the World Cup the following year. I had a pubalgia, I was until December playing almost nothing. Then I started to play something else, but I had no chance to go to the World Cup, I had lost six months. The following year, with Aguirre on the bench, I felt better and played a lot. But I did not feel the player who had been in Zaragoza and when the opportunity came to go to Olympiacos, to play Champions with a team that was putting together very well, I made the decision. It was a change in my career.He met three coaches in two years at Atleti, the first year just finished tenth and the second, seventh. Are you surprised to see the jump made by the club with Simeone?That was a very unstable Atleti, it didn’t go well for us. The first year was difficult, more in a large team. I already knew that Cholo, because he had already demonstrated it in Estudiantes de La Plata, is a very hardworking person, he organizes not only the costumes, but also the club. I knew that with his help the Atleti was going to make a great quality leap, now it’s another team and it fills me with pride. I follow all my exequipos, I want them to always win, more for Cholo, with whom I shared a match in the national team.In his second year at Atleti he met Agüero, with whom he joins a good friendship.I just was with him in Manchester. He is an incredible person, very humble, he maintains that humility with which he came very small to Atlético. You could tell what conditions he had, as a young man. I needed to adapt, I was young. I was convinced that, where I played, I was going to take a magnificent level. In Atleti he played very well, in Manchester he has finished training and in the Argentine national team he has been a star. He is demonstrating everything he hinted as a young man.He leaves Atleti and leaves for Greece, where his game was most stable.They were impressive years for me, I have a beautiful memory for how people treated me, for how I gave up, for the team that assembled, for the titles won … They were three spectacular years, I found the football that I wanted and with the love of the people, they adopted me and until I had kidney problems, I was being my best year, the most regular.He had kidney failure (the result of a bacterium that had entered his body more than a decade earlier, on a trip to Mexico) and was stopped for three years, his father’s kidney was transplanted and he was afraid he would not play again. Are those six games that you could enjoy with the Crete OFI your biggest success, after all that had happened to you?Yes, the disease surprised me when I was better, I was happy and had renewed four more years of contract. It was a very hard blow, but I am quite strong in the head and I overcame it, with the help of family and friends. I wanted to play at least one more game, retire on a court. Greece reappeared, two or three teams called me and in Crete I was going to play a couple of games, but when I did I felt very good and decided to continue. Until the day we visited the Olympiakos court, there were my family and my friends. They received me in a spectacular way and I felt it was the perfect ending. It was a very nice closing, I needed to end up like this. I felt later that I no longer wanted to play, I haven’t missed him. It was the best thing that could happen to me, because I didn’t feel it before.A forecast for tonight’s game?Uff … I wish Zaragoza wins, I hope it’s a good game and that people enjoy. And if you can win the team for a mood boost, the better.And the weekend, the derby.I will see it too. That I won the Atleti and see if that is how the team gets up.last_img

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