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Mario González is a 26-year-old Spanish participant who has represented golf equipment reminiscent of Villareal CF, SC Braga, CD Tondela, and Clermont all through his skilled profession.
On this unique interview with Soccer HUB, the present CD Tenerife striker explores his first steps in soccer, his experiences in dissimilar aggressive contexts, and divulges his short-term profession plans.
Ardour for soccer
“It began with my father. He was at all times a giant fan of soccer and the one who instilled in me these values. I believe it’s for him that I’m right here now, combating for one of the best”.
“I don’t suppose I’ve ever had a giant idol. I appreciated Zinedine Zidane and Raúl González lots once I was little, however they weren’t idols. Then, once I grew up, Fernando Torres was a fantastic reference for me as a result of his fashion of play was similar to mine”.
Youth groups in Spain
“I’ve performed for Atlético Madrid earlier than shifting to Villareal CF after which went by way of all of the levels that Villareal CF’s youth groups have till I reached the primary workforce. Logically, competitors is larger in these groups, however I had my second. Sadly, I had an harm that made me decelerate a bit and never have the consistency I wished. I used to be delighted to have loved these fantastic moments, and I’m very grateful to Villareal CF for the whole lot they’ve achieved for me”.
Loans to Clermont and CD Tondela
“Firstly, I left for France as I didn’t have many extra choices. It went properly for me, nevertheless it was the COVID-19 yr, so they didn’t end the league. That hindered me a bit of in instantly discovering a workforce in the summertime switch window, and I nonetheless had a contract with Villareal CF. After speaking to Unai Emery, he mentioned he didn’t rely on me. I had a number of proposals on the desk, and I accepted the one from Tondela. At first, I used to be not very satisfied, however after speaking to my household and brokers, we thought it was a great possibility. One of many elements that caught my consideration was the league’s visibility. Liga Portugal is a very fashionable league worldwide. It was one of many key facets for which I most popular to go to the primary division of Portugal than to the second in Spain”.
Aggressive variations within the French, Spanish and Portuguese leagues
“In Spain, soccer is way more technical and tactical. I’ve discovered very excessive bodily and technical ranges in France. Nonetheless, groups weren’t as organized as in Spain tactically. Portugal is a mixture of each”.
Switch to SC Braga
“I had a number of provides, however the one which happy me essentially the most was from SC Braga. I spent six months there, and I nonetheless have a contract. If I don’t obtain the promotion to LaLiga with CD Tenerife, I’ve to come back again to Portugal. I used to be blissful and felt good on the membership, however I obtained a fantastic supply from CD Tenerife that was good for all events. I’m grateful for the way in which SC Braga handled me”.
Taking part in within the UEFA Europa League with SC Braga
“I believe it was a implausible yr in UEFA Europa League. It’s true that possibly, within the group stage, we had extra doubts, however we did properly within the knock-out stage, and the extent of play was very excessive. I’m very blissful for them as a result of I understand how they work. It’s a younger workforce. Many gamers nonetheless need to mature, however they’ve already been at a really excessive degree this yr. SC Braga’s future is in protected fingers”.
Expertise in Tenerife
“Since I arrived, I felt very snug. It’s a historic membership in Spain that has sadly not been within the elite of Spanish soccer for a few years. This yr we have now a golden alternative. We’re within the play-off spots to attain the promotion to LaLiga. Luis Ramis is a good coach who has lived what it’s prefer to be a participant on the highest degree. On account of his expertise, the workforce is on the high of the desk”.
Villareal CF’s 2021-2022 UEFA Champions League marketing campaign
“I belonged to Villareal for 9 years. It’s one in every of my golf equipment. I really feel pleasure and happiness for them. A lot of these enjoying are mates of mine who performed with me. Seeing them succeed and face crucial groups in Europe makes me extraordinarily proud to have represented the membership for therefore a few years”.
CD Tondela within the Portuguese Cup finals
“CD Tondela had an unimaginable efficiency. They’d, maybe, a bit of luck with the golf equipment they confronted, however they defeated them and achieved a historic closing. Everyone knows it’s troublesome [for them to win], however the risk is there. We are going to see if they’re able to undertaking it”.
Quick-term profession plans
“My purpose is to do my greatest to be promoted to LaLiga with CD Tenerife. It is a chance to do one thing lovely. Experiencing the promotion from the second division to the primary is one thing unimaginable. It will likely be troublesome. There are robust groups, and we are going to see what occurs subsequent”.
The significance of schooling
“I’ve not completed the bodily coach course but. For me, schooling is essential. I’ve at all times tried to study and domesticate myself, as a result of, sadly, soccer ends at 35 or 40 and there’s a lot of life forward. Many can proceed to be linked to soccer, both as a coach or director, however not everybody has that risk. Subsequently, it’s essential to have a plan b. I believe it’s needed and I’m doing issues at my very own tempo. I should not have as a lot time as I would love, however inside the time I’ve, I attempt to take advantage of it”.