While football Europe is in full competition, Bojan Krkic Pérez (Linyola, August 28, 1990) is on vacation. Now play in the Montreal Impact, the eighth club of his career, and competes in the MLS, the American league. And where he has already scored goals, of course. Bojan, the globetrotter share with EL PERIÓDICO some memories of his life.
–Barça's are the most endearing. Barça is like the first time, the first girlfriend. He was very fond of and at 9 he was already playing at Barça. It is my house, with all that it means.
-¿The title of his book is still valid ‘I was born culé, I will die culé’? I'm so sorry When I left I had never imagined wearing another shirt, and look how many I have dressed. Barça's is like the second skin, colors that really feel yours.
–The pain of having gone into what has become? It is not the same feeling when you have something idealized than when you know reality. In dreams everything is fantastic; In reality, you discover things you did not know or are not so wonderful. But my feeling for the club, everything that encompasses Barça, is indisputable.
–He was only four years in the first team. What reading do you do? I have lived many positive things that if I had stayed I would not have lived, although I would have lived others. You open a door thinking that there is nothing behind and beyond Barça there is a fantastic world: other ways of living football, you know the feelings of other fans, languages …
"The Barça shirt is like the second skin, colors that really feel yours"
–But Italy is not a fantastic world for a striker. You are not Lukaku. It cost me. I am not a reference forward. My profile is for game styles and specific mentalities. Other players fit much more. Italy was a good challenge. A discovery. I came from 12 years of the best soccer school to a radically different place and where my process begins: with my learning and my way of playing I must adapt to this.
–Nothing to do with Barça. In Barça you run with the ball, in Italy without the ball. You have little. Possession is not 60%. And since it's only 30 or 40%, in defense it demands more. You go from making ten unchecks to two.
–What feelings did he have? When I leave Barça there is an elastic, imaginary umbilical cord with cessions. The first day in a locker room, a shirt, a club, a new field, misses you. You are not prepared for what you have not been taught, you have to experience it.
"I came from 12 years of the best soccer school to a radically different place and where my process begins: with my learning and my way of playing I must adapt to this"
–Differences between Rome and Milan? In Rome there was an enthusiasm for ambition and the need to win. Milan is a club with many more titles, their fans feel more rewarded. We were third, but the previous year they had been champions. On the shirt was an inscription that said the club più titolato al mondo. At a critical time, a group of fans came to tell us: 'We don't care about players, coaches, even we are passengers. The important thing is the club, the shield ’.
–In any match in Italy or elsewhere. he thought: mierda What a game shit, how do I get bored? Yes Yes. When a rival formed in 5-4-1, you mount a counterattack and mark you. Or matches that I had from the bench and I thought: 'It's normal that I don't play, what am I going to do there. My profile has conditioned me.
–Italy was not the most suitable place, but Holland was not? As if returning to Barcelona, to the base. Everything was familiar to me. The problem was communication.
–Do you sign Frank de Boer and Overmars? Why a year? At the end of the assignment in Italy, I only wanted to return to Barça if I thought I had made merits to return, not because the contract said so. I thought they weren't enough and I wanted to continue making progress. And I chose Ajax because I had sympathy since childhood, I wanted to live what Ajax is.
"Eb Barça you run with the ball and in Italy without it. You have little. My profile has conditioned me"
–And what did he live? What I expected: live with football people, go to a high level school.
–But… When I arrived the first day in the locker room something curious happened to me: they were all greeting each other after the holidays and I couldn't talk to anyone. No one spoke Spanish and my English was basic. The adaptation was complicated, and I could not enjoy what I saw because of the great communication barrier. That sparked me to study English.
–Without knowing that I would go to England. Is Dutch football more innocent, more offensive and relaxed? All teams try to play. It is a surprising league because of how competitive it is. There are unknown teams of the highest level that create many problems. You play against your mirror.
"When I arrived the first day in the locker room something curious happened to me: they were all greeting each other after the holidays and I could not speak with anyone. No one spoke Spanish and my English was basic. I could not enjoy what I saw because of the great barrier of communication"
–But he goes to England. Another radical change. He ends contract with Barça. I started the preseason with Luis Enrique but we had already talked with Barça about breaking that umbilical cord. I remember that I went to sign the termination and when I left Camp Nou, seeing the sign of ‘thank you for your visit’ … it was hard. When the Stoke called me I was very attracted to the Premier. Even if they said it wasn't for me. But if the coach calls you, he'll know what he loves me for.
–But the coach was Mark Hughes! The antithesis of Bojan! Yes (laughs). The first two months I didn't play, but then I did. Three seasons ending ninths, competing with those above. I reached my best level. Until I broke the crusader.
"I really enjoyed the Premier. It's where I reached my best level, until I broke the crusader. We achieved a mix of direct and combinative play. They called us 'Stokelona'!
–How would you define the Premier? I felt identified from the first moment. It wasn't the football he had learned, but the organization, the fields, everything was an extra motivation. So, if you moved intelligently you found spaces. I enjoyed it a lot. We achieve a mix of direct and combinative play. They call us Stokelona!
–But he went to Mainz. In the third year I was losing prominence, England was hard for me and options came out of Spain and going to Mainz. The challenge of a new country.
–He accepted because it was the Bundesliga. Yes. I reached midseason with the goal of saving the category. The sports director transmitted to me by phone that they were a family. And they were.
"I had reached a team of 4-4-2 and counterattack. After the first game, the coach congratulated me: 'In 60-70 minutes you have run 9 kilometers'. I saw it was another language"
–And he got the reward. A brutal reward. He had reached a 4-4-2 team and counterattack. After the first game the coach congratulated me: 'In 60-70 minutes you have run 9 kilometers'. I saw that it was another language and that I should adapt. Well, I will run the 9 kilometers! I am not a divided duel player, but I will have to go to the divided duel. With what it cost me and what I learned. They wanted to sign me!
–And return to England. And I wanted to return to Spain after six years out. At the end of August the Alavés appears. I had three trainers.
–The first was Luis Zubeldía. They lost the first two games before I arrived. We lost with Celta and Villarreal and they threw out the coach who had signed me. I spent two weeks with him. They brought an Italian. I played with a 5-4-1. It lasts two months and they sign the Pitu Abelardo. We return from the Christmas holidays, Pitu tells me that he would be a starter against Formentera in the Cup and the sports director calls me to say that I will not play because there was an offer from the United States for me.
"They lost the first two games before I arrived. We lost with Celta and Villarreal and they threw out the coach who had signed me. I spent two weeks with him"
–Y? I replied that I had no offer and did not want to leave. I did not play. When I returned to Vitoria, they told me that I was not going to play anymore because of the card I had and that a team was looking for me. But I couldn't leave because I had played the first day with Stoke and then with Alavés and you can't play in more than two teams. I could only go to the United States or China and at that time I didn't want one place or another. I told them that I would stay: things have gone like this and I will fight to play, I told them.
–Finish the campaign and return to the Stoke, which has descended. The Championship has nothing to do with the Premier. The English football of a lifetime. Pure British style I suffered a lot. I watched the games and thought: it is normal not to play. They put me right inside. In January I received an offer from a club that paid for me and Stoke didn't let me go.
"I did not have in mind to go to Canada, but they showed me that they loved me. There are many readings that can be done: one is going to retire to the MLS or you are going to give up. I want to be competitive again."
–Hence the jump to Canada. It came from two complicated years, of playing little. I was hurt, but it was a real situation and I had to make a decision: I have to find my place, my team. There was no point in lengthening the situation. I spent three months doing a particular preseason to be prepared physically and mentally. I didn't have the mind to go to Canada, but they showed me that they loved me.
–It meant going away. Away from home and European football. There are many readings that can be done: one is going to retire to the United States or you are going to give up. I want to be competitive again. These two months have gone very well.
-The MLS is in progression. Every year is more competitive. There are more and more Europeans. It is a very physical league and it is growing, the stadiums are filled. It is the new challenge.
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