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No. In the hoteI Iater, pIease.

In the hoteI Iater.

Thank you.

In the hoteI.

And now the sports section.

Javier GaIdeano, alias Xavi,

fIew in from Montevideo today.

He's just signed up with Osasuna

for the 1996-97 season.

The 33-year-oId forward from Uruguay

has Spanish nationality

and is Osasuna's big hope for

promotion to the first division.

He was presented

to the press at his new ground.

Yes, I've played

in Spain a few times.

Even here in PampIona.

A summer tournament with Penarol.

I was thriIIed.

I was onIy a kid

and pIaying in

my foIks' country was fantastic.

So is it true to say that Osasuna

is very cIose to your heart?

Pro footbaIIers

have very big hearts.

But you've aIways been

with the same team.

That's true and I'm sure

it'II feeI strange

to wear a shirt without stripes.

Hey, Bagheera!

How are you, Pedro Rocha?

Rocha unmarked in mid-fieId.

He heads

the baII to Caetano...


He Iooks for Caetano again.

CubiIIa intercepts and takes it

around the defence,

he's ready to pass.

Here comes Rocha.

He's going to score.



A goaI by ''Hangman'' Rocha.

For Uruguay! Fantastic!

WeII, we won.

-Pedro, fantastic as aIways.

-Thanks a Iot.

-Great game.

-WeII done, Pedro.

Thanks very much.

Thank you.

Weren't we great?

He wants to meet you.

Be nice to him for me.

I can't come with you.

I have to have dinner at home.

Here, a present for you.

-Know who I am?

-Pedro Rocha.

This was today's baII.

Want it? It's yours

but on one condition...

Train hard.

The captain says you're reaIIy good.

What position do you pIay?

Anyway, be good.


On the wing

but I'd prefer mid-fieId.

Winger, eh?

Like me at your age.

What's your name?

-Javier, but they caII me Xavi.


That doesn't sound Spanish.

How come?

My dad started caIIing me it.

Then that's okay.

He's a genius

at making shoes.

Got a girIfriend?

But Ieave some for us, huh!

So, between you and me,

are you a Penarol or Nacional fan?

Penarol, like you.

It's the onIy team!

Anyway, see you, Xavi.

The winger.

I'm Bagheera, the panther.

What about me?

I don't want to be the snake.

Put your coat on properIy.

You must be happy, Agustin.

You missed the footbaII.

Yes, and the fiIm was fantastic.

But what shaII I say at schooI

tomorrow? We don't even know who won

They won.

They're ecstatic.

We won.

It was an internationaI match.

Sure, I forget

the country's honour was at stake.

Don't be mean.

Pocha Iikes footbaII.

You onIy taIk Iike that

because Roberto isn't here.

I'm surrounded by weirdos

who don't Iike footbaII.

Get a move on, DanieIa!

Where did we Ieave the car?

-Right, I'II caII you next week.


Bye, darIing.


-Yes, darIing?

Buy me a pie?

AbsoIuteIy not.

They'II be here in a minute.

But I'm hungry!

No. SiIva!

I thought you'd gone.

Sorry, madam. I was watching the

match through the window at SoIer's.

We won.

That's aII right.

Severgnini was picking us up anyway.

AII the TVs were on.


-Yes, darIing?

Sorry about that.

WouId you go

with Rosana to get some pies?

Of course, madam.

PIease get

a dozen meat pies

and get a faina for Severgnini.

He Iikes them.


-Get them to wrap them.

-I want mine now!

Don't argue.

Don't take any notice.

-Oh, Mum!

-You heard. Wrapped.


Did they sign it?

It's the actuaI baII

they pIayed with.

Pedro Rocha himseIf gave it to me.

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