The Rambla de Girona still has Sant Jordi confined in silence and emptiness

The Rambla de Girona rose this Thursday with a sepulchral silence which has already become commonplace since the beginning of confinement. Usually, this walk is filled with books and roses, while thousands of people walk up and down. This year, however, there is no trace of the books, nor of the roses, much less of the people. On the other hand, the Diada has moved to the networks, where most Girona city councils and also cultural facilities and entities have proposed telematic activities. Workshops to make paper roses, virtual visits or storytelling on the networks are some of the proposals.

The day has risen partly cloudy in the city of Girona. A bad omen that would have brought the concern of florists and booksellers if this 2020 had been one Saint George normal. A start to the day that would have taken everyone by surprise if the rain would stop and if people would go out to buy the book and the rose anyway. But that feeling has been quite different this year, due to the state of alarm caused by the coronavirus.

The Rambla de Girona has risen calm, humid and silent. Without the usual hustle and bustle of a Sant Jordi in which florists and booksellers set up their stalls against the clock to get everything ready and start selling. Without the comings and goings of boxes full of books and buckets stuffed with roses. This year, the only activity there was the four drops of rain that were still left that night that were slowly draining down the drains.

Meanwhile, the shutters of bookstores, florists, bars, restaurants and other shops were still down. And is that this 2020, the Day has moved in the virtual world to survive the coronavirus pandemic.

Literary proposals and rose workshops

In Girona, the municipal libraries have posted some forty reading proposals which have been made by several well-known people of the city. These are videos that can be viewed on the town hall’s Youtube channel. At 11 in the morning, the libraries have also organized the activity Word box where they try to recover sayings, words, sayings and riddles. In the afternoon, a reading of stories has been scheduled in which Meritxell Yanes has explained ‘Cecilia is looking for the dragon!’.

For its part, the Girona Art Museum has proposed a paper roses workshop and he has also hung some of his paintings where dragons appear so that children can paint them. Everyone who sends them photos of their creations will win a children’s story. In addition, they propose that children look for all the dragons, roses, Saint George and princesses in the museum’s works from a virtual gallery.

In Salt, the Iu Bohigas library proposes the writing of micro-stories and for participants to post it with the hashtag # quinahistòria_salt. They also ask the little ones to upload photos by handing a rose to their favorite story characters and tag them in the library profile.

A Roses, 24 artists from the municipality have recorded a video with different artistic creations. Each of them performs a piece of music, reads a fragment of a play or reads a poem. The video will be available from 6 p.m. At noon, the Library of Roses has organized a reading of a story through the networks.

One of the most active municipalities for this Day is that of la Bisbal d’Empordà. Throughout this week he has asked his neighbors to participate in a bookface contest and today will announce the winners. There will also be several concerts (Miquel Abras from noon and Mazoni from seven in the evening), as well as a virtual musical vermouth. In the afternoon, those who wish can visit the Castle of the municipality through a virtual guided tour.

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Home delivery of roses so as not to lose the tradition of Sant Jordi despite the covid-19

Some 200 florists from all over Catalonia have delivered roses at home Sant Jordand not to lose the tradition in spite of the coronavirus. The Guild of Florists has named the initiative #rosadesantjordiacasa and earlier this week it was announced that a “technical collapse “by the number of lawsuits. This is the case of Flors Català de Tàrrega, which on Wednesday did not take any more orders and this Day they distribute 400 roses, 10% of which would be sold in a normal Sant Jordi. The head of the florist, Magda Pedrós, said that although the situation is “complicated” they did not want to miss the opportunity to send a message of “light and energy” with the roses at home.

About 200 florists from all over Catalonia have been involved in the #rosadesantjordiacasa campaign which he has sent to the houses of those who have commissioned the roses for St. George’s Day. Already on Tuesday, the president of the Guild of Florists of Catalonia, Joan Guillén, explained that they had reached a “technical collapse” due to the number of orders they were receiving across the country and the difficulties of working and distributing the flower in the current conditions of lack of staff. This has caused many of the florists to have already closed orders the day before yesterday. The goal set by the Guild was toget to sell about 300,000 roses (5% of the usual), in this Sant Jordi “of minimums”.

Magda Pedrós, from Flors Català in Tàrrega, explained that they had to act quickly to prepare the roses as the stock was quite small and they did not work as in a normal Sant Jordi. In this regard, he noted that in their case they had to prepare a website to manage orders and that this has meant working for them online for the first time. However, in a normal St. George’s Day they usually sell about 4,000 roses from their establishment and this year they will only reach 10% of this figure, with about 400 roses at home, which is the maximum that has been done.

And this Wednesday they had to stop taking orders. According to Pedrós, people’s response has been “correct and good” but late, as many of those who were used to going to the store have not been in time to order the rose, and instead those who have thought of doing it online, if they could.

The need for strengthen security measures for covid-19 nor has he made things easy for this florist, as working with the mask, gloves, and safety distances “is not at all agile.” In addition, only 20% of the staff is available, as the rest are in an ERTO. Pedrós explained that they have enabled the customer service area to be able to work more comfortably when preparing roses.

The price of the rose has not risen despite home delivery in the case of this florist and a basic rose costs 7 euros. Flors Català has not been able to sell all the roses it would have wanted because they have been sold out in Catalonia and its suppliers have not been able to buy more because very few imports have arrived.

“the tradition of giving the rose must be maintained”

Oriol Sala is a resident of Tàrrega who has placed an order for three roses from Flors Català. At quarter past eleven Xavier rang the doorbell and Oriol went down with his young daughter to pick up the three roses. He explained that St. George is a “very important day” and that the tradition of giving the rose “to the women we love cannot be missed“. He has three at home and every year he went to the store to look for them but this year he has opted for home delivery, to continue the tradition without having to leave home and thus ensure safety to curb the coronavirus.

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A Saint George sold by the calendar

No books or roses or people filling towns and cities, but the calendar continues to mark that it is April 23, St. George’s Day. The strangest day in recent years, without the usual gathering of readers, authors and booksellers on the street, comes with shops closed and online sales as the only possibility to maintain the tradition. There are many bookshops in the Girona region that sell at a distance these days, but, despite assuring that the level of orders is good, it does not reach “by far” that of a normal Sant Jordi.

“We are receiving a lot of orders on the web, and they are all very welcome, but nothing to do with Sant Jordi, it is a minimum percentage compared to the usual sales of the day”, explains Pere Rodeja, from the Geli bookshop in Girona. The establishment is selling “all kinds of books, but especially novels” and distributes them throughout Catalonia, and with a higher proportion of non-regular customers than buyers who regularly visit the bookstore.

“At the beginning of the confinement we decided not to make shipments, because the first thing is health, but the courier company guaranteed us all the sanitary measures and that’s why we decided to go ahead,” explains Rodeja.

The Girona bookseller points out that they are basically serving the books they have in stock, although now publishers are starting to distribute some books. “We ask for patience from the customer and people are being very understanding. In addition, we are also finding a lot of people who are in charge now, but to pick up the book when we reopen, ”he explains.

The same has been found in the L’Altell bookshop in Banyoles, which details that in recent days online sales have gained momentum, but that “it has nothing to do with Sant Jordi”, explains the bookseller Irene Tortós-Sala. “We are selling many books for children, because children are great consumers are running out of books and reading, but also a lot of fiction in Catalan and Spanish. It’s a very strange year, the people celebrating Sant Jordi are getting together with those who have already finished everything they had left to read ».

“90% of buyers are regular customers, you can see the solidarity of those who want to continue helping us, because we receive many messages of encouragement,” says the bookseller from Banyoles, who in addition to shipments, is also managing the collection point with the reserves you save for when you can raise the shutter again.

He also serves books – and in his case, also roses – at home Les Voltes de Girona. Speaking to the ACN, its owner, Joan Matamala, explains that they have been celebrating the day for 56 years: “Not even the dictatorship was able to ban us on a St. George’s Day, we will not allow a virus to do so now.” They limit shipments to the municipality of Girona, and a company linked to Caritas is in charge of it, which sprays the envelopes with disinfectant and avoids contacts with the recipients, for prevention.

The reunion with readers

As for the alternative Saint George’s Day, which the Book Chamber and the flower sector have set for July 23, Rodeja has “little hope” and it is not clear if it can be celebrated, “because maybe it’s too soon.” “And if so, under what conditions?” It will have nothing to do with April, it remains to be seen how the distances and queues are articulated, but Sant Jordi is a day to bathe and stir, it’s grace ». “Still, we will be there and give it our all,” he said.

Tortós-Sala sees the new date as “a day to try to get the bookseller out with the news that have remained on the bench and that are many, because now we are selling only what we had in stock.” “It’s worth the effort. It must be a welcome celebration to normalcy, I don’t know how it will be done, but it’s a day to say bookstores are back here, he says.

“Better two Sant Jordis than none,” says Girona-based writer and journalist Rafel Nadal, a regular on the bestseller lists every day. “We have to make the most of the summer Sant Jordi, which serves to reconnect with the bookshops and books entrusted to us. We have to make it a beautiful party back to normal, we don’t know what it will be, but it will surely be better than now “, points out the author of The son of the Italian.

“Sant Jordi is the most popular festival on the calendar, the reunion with the open air, a festival of civilization and conversation. Now, on the other hand, it is that of confinement, but I also hope that it is that of the pending books, to savor them calmly “, he assures.

In his case, the epidemic has taken him with a new book, Summer sea, which he was to present just when the state of alarm was decreed. “It’s a pity for the publishing house Univers, which had made a major commitment to start a collection and now there are 35,000 copies in the warehouse,” he laments.


When Fontajau touched the sky

On February 23, 2015, the shock came. It was impossible for the Spar Citylift Girona to maintain the cruising speed it had imposed for months. Sooner or later it would be time to slow down. Beyond the how, the amazing thing was what. Built on a fairly low budget compared to the numbers that have been moving lately in Fontajau, that squad had climbed to the top spot in the league. Good basketball and great results. But in February, the mess. The elimination in the Cup at the hands of the Conquero de Huelva was a blow. Mostly from inside doors; the title had never been won and was not a goal of the entity, but victory escaped when it looked like it wouldn’t. Then the defeat with Rivas Ecópolis. Enough to end the patience of the coach, Ramon Jordana, who resigned. He left the team third (16-3) and the bench orphaned, with the competition entering the hot phase. What would have sunk other teams was a point and a go for Uni. Only two months later, the first Women’s League title of the two that the entity has won so far would be lifted. It was April 23, today five years ago, and in front of more than 5,000 spectators in Fontajau. It touched the sky defeating the almighty Perfumerías Avenue, resigned and sunk in the track (72-54). A real turning point for the club, which started an obvious growth that has led it to join another league and compete head to head in Europe.

“It was very special.” Roberto Íñiguez has no problem talking about that milestone. The then coach of Uni, now without a team and confined to Alicante, keeping company with his son Pablo, who plays for Hercules, has no trouble remembering the blows it takes to pass through Girona. A short stage, of a few months, but that captivated him and that he will never take out of his backpack of memories. “People and clubs do it. After all, that’s what I’m left with. I lived and worked with extraordinary people, making friends that I still maintain. I stay with that, ”he says. He came from a major “wear and tear” in Turkey and this led him to live in Girona. His son, a footballer, played there and decided to spend some time there. Jordana’s resignation made him the main candidate to replace him and he accepted. “I talked to Pablo and he told me to accept. Also my agent, convinced that Uni had a very good team. The thing went well. I was lucky and I was also smart in continuing Ramon’s good work. You just have to play a couple of keys and just don’t make a revolution. ” Íñiguez has the final match etched in his mind. The last victory. “We achieved something historic and in front of a lot of people, on a very special day. What worried me most was controlling the emotional state of my players, they weren’t used to living in a situation like that. They did very well. The title was in the bag and since then, nothing has been done in Girona other than to look up, with ambition: “The club has grown a lot thanks to a very good job. He is becoming more and more professional and this has been noticed. I’ve faced it once and it’s always a pleasure to do so.

“It wasn’t our goal”

Few imagined, months ago, that Uni would end up winning that title. The squad had not been built with this idea, but to continue to improve while consolidating itself in the elite of state women’s basketball. If the final could be reached, better; if it was possible to qualify for the Cup, perfect. But the title? “It simply came to our notice then. The budget was very low compared to today. What happens is that we got it right with the signings and the pieces worked very well “, recalls Pere Puig, the still sporting director of the entity. The best scorer of last season had signed, a Brittany Chambers still very young. Also to the Lithuanian Vita Kuktiene, an experienced triplet player who was key to the truth. They were joined by Nigerian Ify Ibekwe, who came from South Korea, and Vanessa Gidden, who would end up brilliant. “They all worked perfectly with the Catalans in the dressing room, such as (Anna) Carbó, Jael (Freixanet), (Eva) Bou, (Èlia) Ros, Noemí (Jordana) …”.

Success was a fact. The title, in the pocket, ending the Perfumerías dynasty. “I have very fond memories of it. Then we were not aware of what we had achieved. We were overwhelmed by the crowd and the victory. Over time we have realized that this meant a change of cycle that has allowed us to aspire to more things, to have more recognition. It was a turning point. It was a team that with the passing of the days hooked people and would end up aspiring to win the league. We had a small crisis in February, but we got out.

And now what?

Taking a look at the past and having braved the memory of that feat, reaping the benefits of what the title meant, Fontajau is now looking forward. It is done with prudence by flag, not yet quite clear how things will go. The coronavirus pandemic has virtually paralyzed him, although basketball has not escaped. The Endesa Women’s League, with four days still undisputed and the play-off for the unreleased title, it was postponed. Knowing one hundred percent what its outcome will be too much adventure, but next Monday, April 27 the Spanish Basketball Federation (FEB) meets with all the clubs involved to reach certain conclusions. There are many chances that the competition will be canceled and even the qualifiers to decide the champion team may not be contested, leaving the prizes end. It remains to be seen, however, what the position of the body and also of the clubs will be, but many of them would bet on this path. The only thing that needs to be agreed is what happens with promotions and relegations. Europe is something else. The possibility of moving the Eurocup to a final eight in the autumn between the surviving teams remains, although it is not a definitive route.

In Girona, the focus is on the next season. Impossible to focus one hundred percent on it. The wish is for the bulk of the current staff to continue, but there are plenty of questions. It is not known if it will be possible to play with the public when the competition starts next year, nor what will happen to the season tickets. Income is written with question mark. We need to talk to the institutions and also to the sponsors, but given the current times and that tomorrow is very uncertain, this is far from concrete. The club has been doing the job as best it could. He has spoken to each and every one of the players, a few of them for a few weeks now in their respective countries. An agreement has been reached with almost all of them – only one of the situations remains to be closed – to decide how to close this course. Once that’s done, it’s time to get the gear up and running to plan for next year. Only three players have a contract. Helena Oma, María Araujo and Marta Xargay. The latter case, with certain exceptions because the Girona woman could leave if a proposal arrives that makes her patxoca to change her mind. It has all three and also other pieces, but all of it is still green and is gripped with tweezers. What is clear is that the budget will be reduced, although the general interest in the entity is that much of the staff will remain.


Jordina and the blue-throated gourd

Text: Jaume Prat i Pons | Illustrations: Quim Paredes and Baulida

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The legend says that the inhabitants of a small town built a high tower that dominated the whole region to prevent the attacks of a fierce beast: a winged dragon, who was said to inhabit the blue throats, and who, from time to time he would get out of his den, fly to the village, and take a cow, a sheep, or a pig from some poor farmer to satiate his hunger.

This was one of the reasons why no one in the village dared approach the mysterious blue puddle, a name entirely suited to the deep blue of sea in its deep waters. The same legend also says that, many years ago, one day, a poor clueless farmer went to the blue puddle with a cart pulled by two cows, and when he encountered the dragon, he and his cart fell into their deep waters and nothing was ever heard of either the farmer, the wagon, or the cows.

Jordina, the naughty daughter of one of the village’s cow and pig ranchers, had heard this story many times in the mouth of her grandfather, and because of her curiosity for the blue-throated gorilla, she had never dared to approach. -she Every day after school, he would help his parents on the farm and at home. Most of all he liked to milk the cows and, moreover, to take care of the newborn calves and piglets. It wasn’t the job of her life. As a grown-up she wanted to be an aviator, nothing to do with cows and pigs, but since she was so fond of animals, her farm work was effortless.

April had arrived and Jordina was looking forward to St. George’s Day so she could buy a bunch of books about dragons and princesses, her favorite reading subject. But a few days earlier, one night, a loud noise and the desperate “muuuuuuuuuuu” of a cow woke her up. He looked out the window and saw nothing. In the morning, however, his father noticed that two cows were missing. When he reported the robbery to the Civil Guard, the latter told him that in recent days other farmers had also stolen cows, sheep and pigs, and despite proper investigations found no clue who the thief or thieves could be.

It was then that Jordina remembered the legend of the blue gorg dragon, so often told by his grandfather. “What if the dragon is back and it’s him?” He wondered. And without saying anything to anyone, he set off for the pool. Although the carriageway that was on it was badly damaged for so many years, it didn’t take long for anyone to get there. And he saw her, a few feet below, a large pool of clear blue water like the sea. The whole place seemed to come out of a fairy tale. He hid behind some branches, and he waited and waited.

“Chof! Chof! Chof!” Suddenly, Jordina saw him. He rubbed his eyes because he couldn’t believe it, but there he was, it was real: a big dragon bathing in the pool. Without thinking, he got out of his hiding place, grabbed a pole, ran low, and planted himself by the water.

– Hey dragon !!!! Where are my cows? She asked, shouting loudly as he threatened her with the long pole of his spear, “You must have already swallowed them.” Bad beast!

– Your cows? – answered her a feminine and honeyed voice – I do not know. And by the way, I’m not a beast, I’m a viper, a dragon nut. And I don’t eat meat, I’m vegan, I only eat fruits and vegetables from my vegetable garden. What do you think, I’m like the dragons of stories?

– Well … if you didn’t steal our cows, who was it?

– Ah! Well, look at the cows, I can help you the same way – the viper answered as he came out of the water and fluttered his wings – For several days now I have heard cows’ noises in the cave behind this little hill. , pigs and sheep. Do you want us to look at it? Get on my back!

Jordina, determined, mounted on the back of the vitreous one, it was gotten strong where it could beautifully as it unfolded its wings, and they flew to the other side of the hill. They had not yet landed when they saw it. Two men unloaded a couple of pigs from a truck and pulled them into a dark cave where the mixed shouts of a bunch of animals came from.

When the men left the cave, the viper, with Jordina on his neck, plummeted in the direction of the two thieves before he could get on the truck. He opened his mouth wide and made a frightening shriek as he let out a few small fireballs that hit one of the wheels of the vehicle, busting the tire. The two men, terrified, rushed off to help me abandoning animals and trucks.

Jordina descended from the ridge on the ridge and ran to the cave to release all the animals to her home. He thought his father would already know what to do with them.

– Thank you very much, dear! And don’t worry, I’ll never talk to you about anyone. It will be our secret – Jordina told the wizard.

When her father saw her coming with that herd of cows, sheep, and pigs, he hurried to give her a big hug. He then warned the Civil Guard to search for all the stolen livestock and return it to their owners. Of course, Jordina didn’t say a word in the glass.

On St. George’s Day, in the afternoon, Jordina went to the Blue Bowl to visit her new friend, the witch, and show her the three books she had bought. The water of the pool had its characteristic blue color, but the glass was nowhere. Shouted and shouted at her, but nothing.

When he was leaving, he saw her. Near the water was a gorgeous red rose, the prettiest she had ever seen, and next to her was a small note that said, “Happy saint’s day.”

Now Jordina is old, she is flying planes and she is the mother of a beautiful girl, but every year, for Saint George, she goes back to the blue pool and every year she finds a beautiful rose next to the water. red, the nicest thing there is, with the same note on the side. This year 2020, however, was a little different, Jordina couldn’t go to the blue pool to find her rose because of the confinement we all suffer from a very bad virus, and she had to settle for staying go home and read the tale of the blue gorg with its daughter.

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Michael Robinson denies his death

Michael Robinson became a trending topic this Tuesday night. Alerts were triggered by a tweet giving condolences to the family of the former football player and presenter, mourning his sad death. Twitter was revolutionizing and Robinson himself was tweeting in his own hand, “For all of you who are asking to tell you I’m still in a fight,” commented the Englishman.

“Thank you so much for your interest and your affection. I see that I will never walk alone, I hear you in Anfield, ‘You’ll never walk alone.’ Thank you very much for the heart and for the encouragement in the confinement, “said the former Osasuna footballer.

The tweet disappeared shortly afterwards, without apology or anything like that, supposing that waiting for anyone or almost no one to read it. The author was sports journalist Pipi Estrada, a former Terelu Campos spouse who was likely to receive the wrong information. At the moment, the journalist has not made reference to this tweet that revolutionized the network.


Pere Colldecarrera, one of the last great landscape painters in Olot, dies

The artist from Girona, Pere Colldecarrera, died on Monday at the age of 87. Born in Olot in June 1932, Colldecarrera was one of the last great representatives of Olot landscaping, recognized especially for his mountain landscapes, both in the Garrotxa and Ripollès areas, but also in other parts of the region. gironines; a type of painting with which he exhibited not only in Girona, but also in Barcelona or Madrid.

A characteristic representative of the so-called Olot School, Colldecarrera stood out for the constant search for sensations in his landscapes, with a painting marked by twilight light and the dominance of the low ranges of greens and ocher.

With a significant amount of exhibitions and artistic production, his pieces explain in great detail a multitude of scenic themes of scenarios in La Garrotxa, such as Olot, Moixina, the lighthouse or Sant Privat d’en Bas, but also of Banyoles, for example; all a rural geography where elements like the mountain, the trees, the sky and sometimes the man, like farmer or shepherd, are the main protagonists.

One of the usual art galleries was El Claustre, based in the city of Girona and also in Figueres.

“He was the first artist to exhibit in the gallery, more than three decades ago, and had a continuous presence, both in Girona and in Figueres, but especially in the capital,” recalled yesterday Marià Mascort, of the gallery ‘art. “With him disappears one of the last exponents of the landscape school of Olot, which always enjoyed the favor of critics and the public,” he said. “He is especially remembered for the mountain atmosphere, but he was also a lover of Girona, whom he portrayed from the Devesa or Montjuïc, seeking other approaches,” he said.


Diari de Girona publishes a story of Saint George for the youngest

Jordina and the Blue Gorg Viper is the title of the tale he publishes tomorrow Diary of Girona, written specifically for this year’s Saint George’s Day, in full confinement by the coronavirus, by Jaume Prat i Pons and with illustrations by Quim Paredes i Baulida, with the intention that the youngest may access a work original despite the health crisis. The story will be published in the paper newspaper in a version adapted to this medium, although the original may be found at, where you will also provide a link to download the story in PDF.


“The best thing that can happen to us is that the League can be ended; it would be a very good signal »

It prioritizes everyone’s health and wants the pandemic to go down in history. At the same time, he misses football. It is believed that the competition should resume and it has a downside that if this is possible, Girona will have to reinvent itself, playing behind closed doors and in conditions different from those that have been known so far. Delfí Geli, President of Girona FC, turns 51 today. An odd, different birthday. He will spend it confined at home, where he accumulates days and days. There he has time to get bored but also to work. Although telematically the great resource in the current scenario, he always meets with club people to keep up with the day to day contact. He is confident that everything will be fixed very soon and his neck is down first. But he misses football. Very many. He compares it, saving the distances, with the months after his retirement as a footballer. For the sudden change of routine. Pending the events, it is in the view that the League must be over. As long as everyone’s safety is guaranteed. He also believes that the club has come up with the best solution by agreeing to reduce some of their employees’ salaries.

Delfí Geli, President of Girona FC, turns 51 today. An odd, different birthday. He will spend it confined at home, where he accumulates days and days. There he has time to get bored but also to work. Although telematically the great resource in the current scenario, he always meets with club people to keep up with the day to day contact. He is confident that everything will be fixed very soon and his neck is down first. But he misses football. Very many. He compares it, saving the distances, with the months after his retirement as a footballer. For the sudden change of routine. Pending the events, it is in the view that the League must be over. As long as everyone’s safety is guaranteed. He also believes that the club has come up with the best solution by agreeing to reduce some of their employees’ salaries.

The first question is a must. How does the confinement carry it?

Well, although it is also true that the days are accumulating and this is noticeable. Obviously, as is the case with most, it is getting long. The most important thing is that health is there. I look forward to regaining normality. Let me and everyone do it. And that it should be as soon as possible, always following the precautions that are indicated to us.

Do you miss football more now or right after you hang up your boots?

Wow! It’s a similar situation, except for some major difference. It is similar because suddenly you leave everything, you leave your day to day. Then I stopped training and lost contact with my teammates, the weekend competition. I missed him. Now the feeling is similar. The thing is, the reason is another and not only does it not touch you personally or you live in Girona, but it is worldwide, due to different and more complicated circumstances. I hope all this happens soon and the people who are sick can recover.

How do you see the short-term future of the competition right now?

What we all hope is that the competition will resume. It’s very difficult for this to happen behind the scenes, so it’s best to play it without an audience. We are what we want. Or all, apparently. I think that football can also be an incentive for those people who want to entertain themselves. Health is sure to come first, but football can help as entertainment in a delicate situation like this.

Is this what organizations like LaLliga, RFEF or the Higher Sports Council convey to you?

Yes. Oops, LaLliga has said it from the outset, that it intends to finish its competitions. We want to resume, however, with all the precautions and guarantees. Health commands. Then we will try to return to normal in the best possible way.

Is Delfí Geli also a supporter of finishing the competition on the field?

Yeah yeah. I think the best thing that can happen is this league to resume and finish it. However, something quite different is the scenario, and the authorities, too. We need to be able to overcome this pandemic and there is less risk of infection than it is now. If you can live within relative normality, much better.

Even if it’s summer?

We are in a very extraordinary situation! And as all this is going on, it must be assumed and understood that things may not be as usual. We all have to do our part to help. The best thing, I repeat, is that it can be done.

Do you have a neck down that, if so, will Montilivi be orphaned for a while?

Yes. One of the many approaches on the table is this, and it is very likely that the coming football, in the short term, will be without a crowd in the stands. If this happens we can say that a step has been taken and that the situation is controlled.

Is it too far away for Montilivi to refuel?

I’d like to see this happen very soon, but we need to be realistic and realistic about what the priorities are. Like I said, the first one on the list is health. Let the people have patience because everything will come. We must wait for the situation to settle.

Have you ever played in an empty stadium or suffered a long stop from the competition?

Remembering, I’d say I’ve never played behind closed doors. I did in fields that had some of the sectors closed by some type of remodeling. Anecdotes comparable to what is happening now I have none. Never had a break like this before. Maybe because of a strike or so I had missed a weekend, but not anymore.

If the competition ends in the stands without a public, will Girona pay its subscribers money back?

Yes, of course. We are looking at the best way to reward our subscribers. Anyway, we are waiting to know what the final scenario will be. If that arrives, everything will be reported, and no one will suffer.

So, predicting if there will be any downgrades or the main lines of the next season of fertilizers is to venture out?

It’s still early. You have to go step by step, seeing how it all evolves. It’s not just about football, it’s about the health of the whole world. Right now it’s a little bit in quotes and we have a lot of different scenarios. When the time comes, we will already face the challenges ahead.

The competition was stopped and he did so with a Girona that did not lose matches but did not fall in love either. If the competition resumes, do you think the team will benefit or be harmed?

I think we were on a good run so we didn’t lose games. The thing is, everyone gets the last game or the last two and those weren’t too good. It is the impression that has been left. We are experiencing a very long shutdown and all teams will start from scratch. We will face the competition under different circumstances, because we will surely play without an audience. It will be a matter of adapting well and booting better than the rest. I’m convinced we have some surprises. It can be a little unexpected, all in all. This is what happens when you suddenly stop day by day.

How is it affecting all first-team players?

The technical staff maintains permanent and daily contact with the workforce. They’re fine, so we’ve been able to talk to them and the captains. They are really looking forward to meeting again and being able to train. The illusion of struggling to reach your maximum stays intact.

The club announced last Saturday the pay cut for its employees, including football players. Is it the best solution?

Given the circumstances, we have understood from the outset that it was up to us to talk to everyone to find the best solution. The property has always put people ahead of them and he was aware that he had to take care of them. I talk about the people who live the club everyday. One had to be sensitive to everyone. We talked to everyone about the situation. They understood her perfectly. Then everyone had to agree. But we have come up with a good solution and that is positive for all of us. The workers are calm, an important step has been taken in their bonding. It makes us happy and we are proud of our people.

Has it been difficult to understand?

No, it was easy. We’ve talked about it and it’s normal, with so many people involved, this has taken time. To discuss and to reflect. It is normal. The thing is, everything went well. We are really grateful for the willingness of all footballers and also for their understanding.

We said that the property was very clear that their priority was the people. Was ERTO a discarded path from the outset?

As an entity we have considered all the scenarios, always thinking of the best solution. Like I said before, we all understood that we had to stand with our people trying to come to an agreement to affect as little as possible for people.

Still tough times football?

This is a very good question because right now this is a big question. We have to see how it all evolves. The current scenario, what is happening to us, will surely affect the future of this sport. We need to be alert to events and know how to adapt to everything that happens.

The club has not stood still and in the face of the coronavirus pandemic has opted for a solidarity side.

Yes, of course. We always try to be integrated into the Girona society, we want to be with our people. At such a time we wanted to give a helping hand within our possibilities. We have given up the facilities of Les Hortes and have bet to raise money for the Trueta. Everything to help.

Have you raised a lot of money?

We made a first donation of € 24,000 that helped us to acquire the basic instruments for opening an ICU. To this day I don’t know exactly how the revenue is, but let’s move forward with the possibility of people collaborating for a good cause.

We’ve talked about the first team before, but we overlooked the affiliate situation. The Girona B is the undisputed leader of Primera Catalana and has almost ascent in its pocket. Do you know what will happen?

We are waiting to know what is decided in this regard. The truth is that its season is very good. They are leaders on their own merits and very prominent. It’s a shame they can’t enjoy what’s left of the season on the field, to be all together. We have to wait and see what the Catalan Football Federation says. I suppose they are also waiting to see how the pandemic and the attitude of the states, both health and official authorities, are evolving.

On March 26, it was known that a player in the first team of Girona had tested positive for coronavirus. How do you find it?

She is well and everything is back to normal. Failed to retrieve. He has had the usual symptoms of the disease but has already overcome it.


valery fernndez The injury has been hard because it has helped me to grow as a person

? Another Tuesday, a player from the first team of Girona answered the questions of the fans through the Instagram account of the club. The chosen one, yesterday, was Valery Fernández from Escala. While admitting that the confimanet is being “hardened”, he explained that he spends his time “reading mystery novels, watching series, playing FIFA or playing board games with my brothers”. He encouraged everyone to be “strong and responsible” in the face of the current scenario of the coronavirus pandemic, although he showed his desire to return to the field “soon”. Right where it shone last season. He played more than 20 official matches in his first experience in the elite. “It was a very important season and I had a lot of happy moments. I wanted to take this opportunity to settle down for good, “he said, recalling the serious injury he suffered in the summer:” It was a very hard and difficult time. ” The months that have passed without being able to help “have helped me to grow as a person and to be stronger mentally, while I have valued many other aspects of life.”