Vela: “I played in the team I wanted, San Sebastián is my home”

first_imgVela was challenged by his partner to the game ‘Start, Bench and Cut’ (Holder, Alternate and Discarded), in which the Aztec had to decide which city would be his ‘holder’, which would be ‘substitute’ and which would be discarded between London, San Sebastian and Los Angeles. Without hesitation, he chose London as his discard.For the Aztec, the time he spent in the British capital were “hard times, very hard.” “The best day of the week was Thursdays, when I met Gio (Dos Santos) to go to a Mexican restaurant to eat tacos.“He declared. For a Mexican, the weather conditions in England are harsh, as Vela shows: “I woke up and it was dark, I came back from training and it was dark, I ate and it was dark. I could go on like this all day“ The Mexican Carlos Vela, Los Angeles franchise player and MLS MVP last season, He has participated in the podcast ‘Shootin’ The Shot ’together with his partner Jordan Harvey and the club’s Chief of Business, Larry Freedman. In this talk, the Cancun footballer spoke of his time at Arsenal and, of course, Real Sociedad. “It was a different culture, a different language, I had no friends,” he added. Cesc Fábregas, with whom he coincided at Arsenal, was his great support and a fundamental piece for his adaptation. “The one who was always with me the most was Fábregas; we shared the same language, he always told me the right things. It helped me introduce myself to life in London, to culture. He taught me many things, “confessed Vela. The Mexican arrived in England after the U-17 World Cup in 2005. “Before the World Cup, he was just a young man following his dreams trying to reach the First Division in Mexico and do something good in soccer.; but after that it was to go to London, sign for Arsenal. I was not ready for that; It was all too fast and I was very young, “he acknowledged.” Out of nowhere you start to be a recognized player, “he continued,”they start talking about you, you start making money and it starts to go to your head“After several transfers, he ended up in the Royal Society. Vela chooses, without hesitation, San Sebastián as its “titular” city. “San Sebastián is my home“He explained,” It is where I made my family, it is my place. ” At the txuri-urdin club he spent six and a half seasons, in which he became a legend of the Donostia club and one of the most loved players by the fans. Throughout those years, there were several “greats” who were interested in the talented Mexican attacker. Many, in fact, they assure that it had more quality than Antoine Griezmann, with whom he formed a wonderful duo that returned Real to the Champions League. Precisely, the fact of not going to a ‘bigger’ club has been the reason why many have attributed lack of ambition. Vela responded to those criticisms: “I played in the team that I wanted, in the place that I made my life. Where I met my wife, where my son arrived. I was very happy to stay in San Sebastián until I came to Los Angeles, because there I became a man and I became a family man. There was a Carlos before and another after San Sebastián“Now, he is living his best moment as a footballer in Los Angeles, a team he came to in 2016 as a franchise player. Upon arrival, he was “excited I felt like ‘I’m the first and I have to try to do something special’”, He declared. “I am Carlos Vela and I want to give everything to do something great,” he thought. And he achieve it. The Mexican broke Josef Martínez’s scoring record last season with 34 goals in 31 games. He also gave 15 assists, also surpassing Giovinco as the player who has participated in the most goals in an MLS season, a record to which Vela gives the most importance. “I give more importance to this”, since it shows that it is not only “a player who is there waiting for the ball to score, I like to help my teammates“last_img read more

UN reduces meetings on Kosovo under US and European pressure

first_imgKosovo declared independence in 2008 from Serbia, a close ally of Russia which has refused to recognise its decision and had insisted on holding open meetings every three months.Council members agreed ahead of a scheduled Thursday afternoon meeting on Kosovo to reduce the number of meetings to three gatherings this year and two in 2020, avoiding what would likely have been a contentious procedural vote.Britain’s UN Ambassador Karen Pierce said: “If you look at the amount of conflict actually on the ground in Kosovo, there isn’t anything like the level of the issues that are dealt with in places like Yemen, or (Congo) or Haiti.”“So four meetings a year was clearly too many,” she said.But the issue of the number of meetings was still raised by many speakers at Thursday’s council meeting.US deputy ambassador Jonathan Cohen said the Trump administration appreciated the agreement, saying “there is much better uses for this council’s limited time and resources than to maintain the past frequency of these … briefings.”“It is disappointing,” he added, “that at a moment when the atmosphere begs for improvement, these council meetings continue to be used to employ antagonistic language.”Russia’s UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said Moscow rejects the Western line, stressing that “behind this is an attempt to hide from the international community the truth on the real situation in the region and the meddling behind the scenes in Kosovo.”Kosovo came under UN and NATO administration after a 1999 NATO-led air war halted a crackdown on ethnic Albanian separatists. The Security Council resolution that established an interim UN administration left the final status of Kosovo in question, and Nebenzia said the council must remain “the main forum” to deal with the issue.“Kosovo remains the main cradle of instability and a source of conflict potential in the Balkan region,” Nebenzia warned. “The situation in the region is extremely unstable and at any moment it might spiral out of control,”Vlora Citaku, Kosovo’s ambassador to the United States, strongly disagreed saying: “It is astounding. Simply unbelievable, that this council has convened more sessions to talk about Kosovo, than it has for Syria, Yemen, or Venezuela.”“There are real problems out there, real challenges that require your valuable time and attention. Real people who need your help, as we in Kosovo once did,” she said.Citaku accused Serbia of using the Security Council as “a stage … to tell its fairytales to the world.”Serbia’s Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic told the council “we do not ask for meetings for the purpose of upmanship, but to make a contribution to the stabilization of the situation in Kosovo … and to the peace in the region.”He said “the most important thing is that the Security Council will go on” considering the Kosovo issue.Pierce, Cohen and Germany’s UN Ambassador Christoph Heusgen all stressed that what’s needed most is for Kosovo and Serbia to normalise relations, which would open a path to European Union membership.Source: AP Security Council members agree to reduce the number of meetings on Kosovo to three gatherings this year and two in 2020. Kosovo Albanian Limon Hajdini visits the commemorative wall dedicated to the victims of the Recak massacre in the village of Recak, Kosovo on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. (AP Archive)The UN Security Council agreed on Thursday to reduce the number of meetings it holds on Kosovo under pressure from the United States and its European allies who say the UN’s most powerful body has more important crises to discuss.center_img London best pest control last_img read more