Interview With

MARTIN DEMICHELIS

He debuted at the River Plate in 2001. From then on he made an interesting football career that would take him to Germany, England and Spain. Martin was born in Cordoba (Argentina) 39 years ago, he was characterized by his tactical order and aerial skill game. He announced his withdrawal with tears at the age of 36. He is currently the Ambassador of Bayern Munich and he is finishing his studies to become a football coach. He is married to Evangelina Anderson, a media model with whom he has three children. With this brief presentation, we are going to start this interview which I hope you enjoy.

Who is really Martin Demichelis?

I consider myself a modest and persevering person, that despite having been born in a small town in Argentina, Córdoba, I achieved my goal of becoming a Professional Player. All this is due to the education I received from my parents and grandparents, which is essentially based on the sense of sacrifice.

Years later and thanks to my experience living in Germany and working in a team like Bayern, I ended up my training as a player and as a person. In Germany I understood that there is no success without discipline. Discipline, punctuality and organization for me are the basis of everything and I have instilled this in my children.

The tragic death of your parents changed your way of facing life?

Yes, it is a lesson that life gave me. Losing my mother at fourteen and my father in a serious accident, have made me harder, stronger, but at the same time this has made me rethink what are real problems and which ones have no relevance in life. Everything that happened in my life reminds me the relevance of embracing my children and my wife every day.

It is always admirable to see how a football star like you got excited and even cried in the announcement of his withdrawal. Do you consider that, besides being a self-demanding man with yourself, you are a sensitive man?

To retire it was a blow to me. I was always hard on the football ground, with a very high pain threshold, but yes, I am sensitive. I have lived difficult things, that’s why I was filled with emotion, as well as because I stopped doing something that I loved and will go on loving the rest of my life, football. But let’s say yes, I consider myself a sensitive man.

How was the end of your career as a footballer?

After a semester in the Español team, where I had disagreements with the coach who proposed my signing, Quique Fernandez Flores, who was annoyed because Bauza required my participation in the matches of the Argentinian Selection and I could not go. For this reason I cancelled my contract with the club.

It was January 2017 and I realized that my career had ended. After 10 days the Málaga F.C coach called me and asked to lend him a hand. I had not trained for 20 days but I got ready and started playing again. I played for two months until I made a mistake on a pass and we tied the match. I went into the locker room and told to Michel: “I don’t play more, it is over” This mistake was unacceptable for me. The more adult you are, the more intolerant with errors.

Tell us Martin, what are you doing after your retirement?

I am currently the Ambassador of Bayern Munich and I am preparing to be a football coach. After 8 years of fidelity to the club, apart from the 11 titles won, I have been rewarded with this position, accompanying the president and the executives in lunches, meetings and events with the fans.

How was the end of your career as a footballer?

After a semester in the Español team, where I had disagreements with the coach who proposed my signing, Quique Fernandez Flores, who was annoyed because

Bauza required my participation in the matches of the Argentinian Selection and I could not go. For this reason I cancelled my contract with the club.

It was January 2017 and I realized that my career had ended. After 10 days the Málaga F.C coach called me and asked to lend him a hand. I had not trained for 20 days but I got ready and started playing again. I played for two months until I made a mistake on a pass and we tied the match. I went into the locker room and told to Michel: “I don’t play more, it is over” This mistake was unacceptable for me. The more adult you are, the more intolerant with errors.

On another subject, Martin, now you live in Marbella, you are used to seeing the world and you have lived in such different places, how is your life here? Actually, would like to go on living here in the future?

Football gave us the chance to travel around the world, but since we arrived in Marbella we immediately felt that it was the place where we wanted to stay. Eight years in Munich, wonderful city but with hard winters, three years in Manchester where we were very happy but cold and rainy during all year. Here the 300 days of sun are unbeatable, we enjoy a lot the combination of mountain and sea and here you have also the possibility of feeling the Love and the Affection of the people, because since the beginning of the day, you can see them with a smile. Here we will be until the destination invites us to leave.

Tell us about a dream or pending goal?

Dreams or pending goals as a professional player will surely be more than one but I will not be a professional player anymore, there are no more regrets. Speaking of sport, now I dream of being a great coach, for that I am preparing and concerning the family, go on growing together with my wife and my three children. Marbella allows me to enjoy all of them and accompany them in their activities.

Eva and you are one of the most attractive couples in the world. Besides having three wonderful children whom I see are following your steps … Some more personal questions: Do you consider yourself a jealous man?

My wife says that I am not jealous, but deep inside, I feel something different. Anyway, Iappreciate and trust my wife’s work.

And Eva, is she jealous?

That question should be answered by her…

Are you happy that your 5-year-old daughter Lola has an Instagram with 90,000 followers?

I do not have any social network and really as a future football coach, it bothers me that up to 5 minutes before going to the field, players are with their mobile phone. My wife has a different career, as a model she needs to approach people. My daughter Lola, in this, is very similar to my wife. I am very shy. But they enjoy posing, taking pictures … However, Lola does not feel confortable with television.

Interview by: Ana Pavon

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