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Andres Iniesta
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Ethnic Catalan
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Org Spain National Team
Club as Player Vissel Kobe
  Barcelona FC

2009 08 09 Retrieve

[Barcelona’s stars have been stunned by the news of Espanyol captain Daniel Jarque’s sudden death at the weekend, with his close friend Andres Iniesta being particularly affected] It has been a very big shock. I will miss you, my friend.

2010 11 12 Retrieve

[Andres Iniesta’s t-shirt that revealed his support for his deceased friend Daniel Jarque after his winning goal for Spain against the Netherlands in the 2010 World Cup final will be housed at Espanyol’s Cornella-El Prat stadium] It’s hard to control my emotions. I didn’t want to give up this shirt, but I think this is the best place for it

2012 03 13 Retrieve

[on Michael Laudrup] Who is the best player in history? Laudrup

2015 03 13 Retrieve

[Andres Iniesta on him and eternal team-mate Xavi] Sometimes I get the feeling that we can’t play together

2015 12 05 Retrieve

[Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta complimented team-mate Neymar] He’s a vital player for us. He’s grown an awful lot since he arrived, both on an individual and team level. Some of the things he does sometimes might seem surprising, but the fact is that he’s so talented he makes them seem absolutely normal

2015 12 20 Retrieve

[on Messi, Suarez, and Neymar] I have been lucky to play behind some of the greatest strikers at this club and in the world. Having those three (Messi, Suarez, and Neymar), there’s no doubt, it’s something you can’t compare with. So, I think at this current moment we have the best strikers in the world. I think the future can only get better because they’re relatively young with plenty of potential. The real winners are Barca. I played with [Thierry] Henry, [Samuel] Eto’o - great strikers - but let’s say right now the threesome we have now are unique

2015 12 21 Retrieve

[on Messi, Suarez, and Neymar] Without belittling Henry and Eto’o, for me Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez are the three best players I’ve ever seen

2016 01 Retrieve

[The Artist: Being Iniesta] Cruyff, the great ideologue of the Catalan club, its philosopher king

2016 09 09 Retrieve

[Barcelona playmaker Andres Iniesta believes his former coach Pep Guardiola will be a success at Manchester City] Pep knows how to adapt and I’m sure he’ll do so in England. He’s also got staff like Mikel Arteta who’ll help that process, who know the league. City have signed well and have a very competitive squad. I know Nolito well because he was a team-mate here at Barcelona and with Spain. He’s had a great start and hopefully can continue. I’ve admired David Silva for years: I think he’s exceptional. Players learn day-to-day, from experience, team-mates and managers. I learnt a lot with Pep; he helped me to improve and he’ll do the same at City

2016 09 14 Retrieve

[Quotes on Luis Suarez] What makes players different is their talent. Luis Suarez has arrived at the ideal team to showcase his abilities. His talent is undoubtable. He’s a complete forward and Barcelona have goals for many years to come

2016 12 17 Retrieve

[Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta talks about the club’s philosophy] We have to continue believing in the Barcelona philosophy. It is not enough to just win but how you do it, and how often you do it. It is not winning in any way possible. The Barcelona philosophy has to be there and survive

2017 03 06 Retrieve

[Missing five games in three weeks, how well Iniesta looks in the opening stages could be key if the Catalans are going to mount an improbable comeback] It isn’t easy to come back from a muscle injury, but each week I am trying to get closer to being back at my best

2017 04 29 Retrieve

[Andres Iniesta gives his praise for Lionel Messi after the Argentinian scored his 500th goal for the club in a 3-2 win against rivals Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu] The great thing about Leo is that he never stops surprising you. After so many years, he continues to be the difference. For us, it is an honour and a blessing for the club

2017 12 23 Retrieve

[Andres Iniesta speaks ahead of Saturday’s El Clasico] I don’t look at the table before a Clasico. These games are different and have nothing to do with the way in which one team or the other is playing beforehand. We know what is at stake and we will try to take an important step to win La Liga

2018 05 05 Retrieve

[Andres Iniesta talks about his departure from Barcelona after helping bring the club the 2017/18 La Liga title] I’m making the most honest decision for me and for my club. I want to finish with good feelings, then go to the World Cup and now to another adventure. I wish this was eternal. I’m the first one who would like this not to end, but all this has its beginning and its end

2018 05 19 Retrieve

[Andres Iniesta tells that he will likely retire from the national team after the World Cup in Russia] If nothing strange happens, this World Cup will be my last participation with the Spanish national team

2018 05 26 Retrieve

[Andres Iniesta says ‘farewell’ to his boyhood club Barcelona] It’s been a pleasure and an honour to defend the badge. I will miss you very much. I came here as a boy and I leave at 34 years of age a man. Thanks to everyone who asked me to stay, you will always be in my heart

2018 06 09 Retrieve

[Andres Iniesta is planning to make Russia 2018 a memorable moment in his illustrious career] That it’s my last one makes it special and different. I try not to have the last World Cup in my head, but to face it as if I were the first - or what it is: a very nice challenge. I do not get tired from the goodbyes, I just try to enjoy every moment. I try to taste it because, after so much time, it is still exciting to live these moments

: 2019 07 01 Legendary duo Andres Iniesta and David Villa have combined to devastating effect in Japan’s J-League, scoring four goals between them in Vissel Kobe’s stunning 5-3 win over Nagoya Grampus on Sunday

2019 07 25 Retrieve

[Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta thinks it is an exciting time for the club following the big-money signings of Frenkie de Jong and Antoine Griezmann] De Jong is an exceptional signing. He is a step up for the club, young, very talented and, if all goes well, will be a leader in the centre of midfield, because he is also surrounded by the best [players] to continue growing. Every year, Barça has to improve the team and those who come must be even better. I have said it before, Griezmann is an exceptional player, who knows the league and the teammates he is going to have at Barça, so everything indicates that his career as a culé will be positive

Last season was looking magnificent and one game put them out of a Champions League that they could have won. I don’t know if anyone else will come, but Barca will compete for everything

[Speculation has been rife throughout the summer and Iniesta would clearly love to see his former teammate Neymar back at Camp Nou] As a player, for me, he is one of the best there is. It’s a matter of sports management, for the coach, but as a player, for me, he’s one of the best

2019 07 25b Retrieve

[Andres Iniesta is adamant his former Barcelona team-mate Ivan Rakitic wants to stay at Camp Nou despite links with Paris Saint-Germain, Intermilan and Manchester United] I don’t know if he is untransferable, but I know he is happy and wants to stay at Barca. I hope he can [stay at the club] and continue to perform as before. I would be happy for him

[One player strongly linked with a move to Barcelona this summer is Neymar] I have said it many times, for me, as a player he is one of the best there is. If his signing is going well or badly, that is something the club must conclude. They are considerations of the sports management. But as a player, he is one of the best

2019 07 26 Retrieve

[Andres Iniesta is anticipating a special game between Vissel Kobe and his former club Barcelona, and feels privileged to be involved] For us it is a privilege to play Barcelona. It will be a very special game. Personally, it will be special to play against some former colleagues. We will try to compete at our best, also in order to get prepared for our next [J1 League] game, which is the important one. We expect all the fans can have some fun with this match. Hopefully it will be a special day for all our fans, Barcelona fans and also for all the Japanese people

2019 07 27 Retrieve

[Vissel Kobe vs Barcelona. Andres Iniesta has given his verdict on new additions Frenkie de Jong and Antoine Griezmann] De Jong is an exceptional signing, an upward leap for the club, young, very talented and, if all goes well, will be a benchmark for the Barcelona midfield. I have said it before, Griezmann is an exceptional player, who knows La Liga and the team-mates he is going to have at Barca, so everything indicates that his career as a cule will be positive

On a personal level, it will be a very special match for me, facing former team-mates. For us, as a club and as a team, it’s a privilege to be able to play against Barcelona. It’s a very special game that we will all try and savour; we will try to do things that will help us for our next game, which is the most important one

We always try to play football that is attractive and to have our own identity. We all want to play well and win. It’s the most difficult thing to do; it requires a process but the club is working on it, working to change results and to gain confidence with good results

2019 07 28 Retrieve

[Vissel Kobe midfielder Andres Iniesta has no regrets his departure from Barcelona after facing his former team in a friendly] No, no regrets. It’s a very strong word to label it as that. I’ve always said it. If I had felt the desire or the strength to continue playing in Barcelona I would’ve loved to come here a year later playing for Barca against Vissel, but my moment ended. Now, I’m in another place enjoying it in another way. I enjoyed the game, seeing my team-mates, it makes me very happy and I have a nice memory of it

[Asked about facing his former club] It has been a bit strange. Instead of having them as partners, I had to face them. But the truth is that I enjoyed and savoured it. In general the team hasn’t performed badly. I’m happy for such a day, it’s a special day

2019 08 23 Retrieve

[Andres Iniesta has penned an emotional farewell message to long-term international team-mate Fernando Torres] It’s very strange, I’d say beautifully strange. Here we both are, about to play your last game as a professional. I still have some left. Here we are, on the other side of the world. It’s as if life, funny as she is, had brought us all the way to Japan to say goodbye. Football brought us together more than 20 years ago, when we were children. Well, you will always be El Nino. And it will never separate us. We met when we had utopian dreams. That goal you scored us at the U16 European Championship with the national team in England. I’ll never forget the gesture you made to dedicate that goal to me. I saw it on TV because I had to go home with an injury

[Ahead of the match, Iniesta also recalled a gesture made by Torres when the pair were young] Someday, you and I will win the World Cup together […] We began away from spotlights and cameras until we came to share thousands of experiences before winning a World Cup for our country. When we meet in Spain, I’ll show you that shirt, that treasure that nobody else discovered. Although, it is true, there is no greater treasure than your friendship, Fernando. It’s been a wonderful journey. It has taken us to every corner of the world. And look where we are today. In Tosu, you and I playing a football match. One more. But it’s not just another one, it’s your last game, who knew? You face David Villa and I. Then you’ll go home. Yours are waiting for you, although you have to know that the ball will be sadder today than yesterday. Enjoy everything that comes to you now and be happy. But how strange, Fernando. You haven’t left yet and I miss you already

2019 08 24 Retrieve

[Andres Iniesta writes a farewell letter to the retiring Fernando Torres] Football brought us together more than 20 years ago, when we were children. Well, you will always be ‘El Nino’. And it will never separate us

2019 08 30 Retrieve

[Amid his numerous collective and individual titles, Barcelona great Andres Iniesta has said that his debut was his top La Liga moment] I had the opportunity to play for many years, to experience unique moments, winning La Liga titles, winning important games, Clasicos and others. There were difficult moments, but in general it was great. To be so long at such a high level, in the best league, was a real source of pride for me. As I like beginnings, my most iconic moment was my La Liga debut against Mallorca, and then playing at the Camp Nou against Recreativo de Huelva

[He also holds fond memories of playing alongside a series of top Spain internationals during his Camp Nou days] Sergio Busquets, Jordi Alba, Xavi, Carles Puyol, David Villa … the good thing about football is that you meet great people and you share many things with them over many years. Some of them you stay in touch with, others you don’t, but there are always great memories

[Iniesta does admit it is important to hold interests outside of football] You never have that much spare time as a footballer, and even less these days. You try and have some hobbies or pastimes, things that fill your time away from the game. The bodega [winery] that our family have had since 2010 is a very nice project. There is also the ‘Mikakus’ range of trainers. We try and do different social projects, things that keep you excited and interested

[Iniesta has also revealed how his father has been the biggest influence on his professional career] My father was the most important figure for my career. He was not my coach, not at all, but from very small I was always with him, he was the first who gave me a plastic football out on the patio of our house. I always listened to him. He has given me his advice. Above all, he would always tell me that the most important opinion was that of my coach. I had to do what the coach told me, and that has always been very important

I’ve always been very clear about what I wanted to do, that has always been the most important for me. The principal objective has always been to learn things to become a better player, respect those around me always. That has been my path. Maybe I would have done some things differently, I don’t know. There are things I did well, others not so well, but that’s life. When you make mistakes, you can correct them, and move forward

2019 10 03 Tweet

[Former Juventus and Italy star Claudio Marchisio has retired at the age of 33] I enjoyed watching you play but competing against you even more. Today, football is a little less football

2019 10 26 Retrieve

[Iniesta reveals plans to get into coaching after retiring from playing career] The idea of becoming a coach is on my mind. For a long time I didn’t think about it because right now the thing I think about the most is playing football. But in the not too distant future I think the desire to coach will be stronger. I would like to continue playing football. There is no greater joy than going out onto the field and training every day. If you’re happy, you can do that for longer. Hopefully it continues like this. We’ll see how far I can go

To tell you the truth, Japan is not a place to come to retire. The demand is high and it’s brutal at all levels but I still enjoy football, which is what motivates me to continue

[Iniesta, though, believes that his old side are stronger than they were last season - a campaign in which they won the Primera Division] It’s true that [Messi] spent a long time without any injuries, whether it be muscular or trauma, but in the end injuries are a part of football. Sometimes you get a streak of injuries but that doesn’t mean anything. The important thing is to recover well and return stronger. That’s the key. I don’t know if I’m bias but Barca, after being there for so long, knowing how to play and how to reach their goals, I still see them as different from the rest. The results may be better or worse, but I think they’re better than last year because of the signings they’ve made. They’ll fight for everything again, just as they always do

2019 11 01 Retrieve

[Andres Iniesta wonders where Neymar would fit into Barcelona’s team] I don’t know how the negotiations went or if Ney will arrive in the future, but he’ll be an important piece. I don’t know how they’d fit so many high-level players together

I’m not in the know on whether Mourinho could go to Madrid or not. To Barca, I see it as complicated

[Asked if Messi’s exit would see Barca encounter the same difficulties Madrid did following Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure] It’ll be difficult. But the clubs are above the players or coaches. That’s how it is. Obviously, it’ll be a shame, but it’ll come

2019 12 24 Retrieve

[Iniesta confirmed earlier this year his intention to move into coaching once he hangs up his boots, but stressed he’s not quite ready to stop playing] The idea of becoming a coach is on my mind. For a long time I didn’t think about it because right now the thing I think about the most is playing football. But in the not too distant future I think the desire to coach will be stronger. I would like to continue playing football. There is no greater joy than going out onto the field and training every day. If you’re happy, you can do that for longer. Hopefully it continues like this. We’ll see how far I can go

2020 01 03 Retrieve

[Guardiola narrowly misses out as Iniesta names his three best midfielders] Michael Laudrup is my idol from childhood. His technique and his beatiful play style, the way he attacked as a midfielder; I’ve been trying to be like him since I was a kid. I played with Xavi for a long time and I’ve watched him a lot on television. He is my ideal player because of how he can control games. He has the ability to provide quality passes in the right places and he is also a leader. He really is an ideal midfielder for me. Just like Xavi, I played with Sergio Busquets for a long time too, both with Barcelon and in the Spanish national team. He plays a very important role, the supporting midfielder - he can read football matches so well. He’s a good passer but he also creates passing lanes for the centre-backs as well. His role is very important to make the Barcelona system work

Pep should also be on the list because he was a childhood hero alongside Laudrup

2020 01 04 Retrieve

[Andres Iniesta gives his opinion on who he thinks are the top three midfielders] Michael Laudrup is my idol from childhood. His technique and his beautiful playing style, the way he attacked as a midfielder; I’ve been trying to be like him since I was a kid. I played with Xavi for a long time and I’ve watched him a lot on television. He is my ideal player because of how he can control games. He has the ability to provide quality passes in the right places and he is also a leader. He really is an ideal midfielder for me. Just like Xavi, I played with Sergio Busquets for a long time too, both with Barcelona and in the Spanish national team. He plays a very important role, the supporting midfielder - he can read football matches so well. He’s a good passer but he also creates passing lanes for the centre-backs as well. His role is very important to make the Barcelona system work

2020 01 09 Retrieve

[Iniesta unsure whether Neymar would fit at Barcelona if PSG star returns] He is one of the best players in the world and would be a great signing. But it’s another thing if it [signing Neymar] is necessary or if he will fit

[Iniesta also addressed his own future] I have two years left on my contract and I don’t know if I will have the enthusiasm or strength to continue for another year. I could see myself being a coach. [After retiring from football] I would love to return to Barca at some point in my life because it’s my home, but we are talking hypothetically. I still feel like a footballer and I love it

[Iniesta offered Riqui Puig some advice] Keep playing for Barca B and take advantage of every game you have. If he goes up to the first team then he needs to take advantage of each game. He has to trust his talent and learn from those next to him

2020 01 13 Retrieve

[Andres Iniesta says Barcelona’s treatment of Ernesto Valverde has been a little ugly] Barcelona’s behaviour has been a little ugly. You have to have respect for your current coach. The way things are done is what can hurt the most […] Valverde’s situation has been weakened. [he hopes] the situation at the club is solved because it’s not nice what’s going on, not for the coach, the players or the fans.

2020 01 17 Retrieve

[Xavi recently turned down the top job at Camp Nou before Quique Setien eventually replaced the sacked Ernesto Valverde earlier this week] A partnership of Xavi and Iniesta doesn’t sound bad at all, but it’s not possible at the moment. I haven’t said that I would like to train a certain team, but as time passes the idea of becoming a coach is becoming more appealing. I would like Xavi to coach Barca at any time, but you have to consider how he feels or what he has planned. I think Xavi will be back at Barca sooner or later, but I don’t know when

[whether he could see Gerard Pique and club legend Carles Puyol taking up presidential or sporting director roles at Camp Nou] I sincerely believe that someday those players have to be back at the club, although I don’t know in what positions. It depends on their capabilities, what they stand for and how good a job they can do at the club they have been at all their lives

[Iniesta is in no hurry to follow in the footsteps of peers who have gone into coaching] I don’t know [when I’ll retire]. But right now I feel really good, hungry and excited. I enjoyed this year a lot and I think it’ll be a matter of taking it year by year. I still have the desire to train, play and have fun. The motivation is still there and that’s the most important thing. I’m totally fine the way things are and how things are going

2020 03 06 Retrieve

[Andres Iniesta - The Unexpected Hero Documentary] My story is the story of a person who tries to overcome any obstacle to be the best version of himself. It is a story about difficulties from an optimistic perspective and I hope people find inspiration in it

2020 04 03 Retrieve

[As revealed in the book ‘The Artist: Being Iniesta’ on Pep Guardiola] Don’t worry, Mister. We’ll win it all. We’re on the right path. Carry on like this, OK? We’re playing brilliantly, we’re enjoying training. Please, don’t change anything

2020 04 17 Retrieve

[Iniesta: Barcelona’s golden generation will never be repeated] That generation will never be repeated but what follows does not have to necessarily be worse in terms of how the club fares. It will never be same but it doesn’t have to be worse. There have been all sorts of eras in the club’s history: young players used to get a chance in the first team when results were bad and they had to turn to the youth team. That happened in my era. But then you have the period when you have 10, 11, 12 players from the youth team in the first-team squad. It depends on who the coach is, the situation of the club, but I always think that a player in the youth system who is good enough to play in the first team reaches the first team, in one situation or the other. It was many years living this club, growing up here since we were very young, getting into the first team and staying there for 10, 12, 15 years, becoming captains. We were all formed here as people. It’s difficult for something like that to happen. It’s very difficult. We’re talking about Barcelona, a club with the best players. Víctor, Puyol, Xavi, me: we came up in a scenario to Busi, Pique, and Leo. We’re people who have been at the club our whole lives and we have that ‘plus’ that others don’t have.

Right now, I’m trying to extend my playing career as much as possible, I want to kick a ball for as long as I can because that’s what makes me happy. I’ve got a contact until next year, 2021, but I’m looking at things at the end of every season and I feel good, motivated. I want to keep playing and we’re delighted to be here. When it does end, I have always said that I would love to go back to Barca. It all depends on how? In what role? What situation? Who is at the club? That’s some way off. But with everything I experienced there, all the feelings I have, I would love to go back

2020 04 18 Retrieve

[Andres Iniesta speaks about his time at Barcelona] It was many years living this club, growing up here since we were very young, getting into the first team and staying there for 10, 12, 15 years, becoming captains. We were all formed here as people. It’s difficult for something like that to happen. It’s very difficult. We’re talking about Barcelona, a club with the best players. Víctor, Puyol, Xavi, me: we came up in a scenario to Busi [Sergio Busquets], Piqué, and Leo [Messi]. We’re people who have been at the club our whole lives and we have that ‘plus’ that others don’t have. The moment could come when all of those players coincide at the club [again]. Without doubt, the likes of Víctor, Xavi, Puyol, have to go back because it wouldn’t make sense for them not to

2020 04 18b Retrieve

[Barcelona legend Iniesta says Xavi encourages me to become a coach] I still talk a lot with him, also about being a coach. And obviously he has encouraged me to test it out and see if I like it. He is delighted that he is going to be a coach. For those of us who like football and think about it, in the end, it is a situation that pleases and seduces me in some way. I am glad for him in this new stage in his career, perhaps I may be in a similar situation in the future

The idea is still there but until I stop playing football it will be difficult for me to try to get my licence. Meanwhile, one tries to continue learning and to experience situations that one can use to learn. As for reference points, I have a small idea of the game that I want [my team to play], which is the one that I have always played at the same club. But we’ll see. There is still plenty of time for me to sit on a bench. When I am a coach, I will definitely see different things than what I see today as a player. Let’s see what is going to happen. For the moment we have to wait

We want to play again and make everyone happy again. We will see later. This break gives me some strength to try to extend my professional career, but now the only thing we are all thinking about is getting over this complicated situation. Football has been relegated to the background, but I try to stay physically strong for the time when we have to play again. We don’t know exactly when it will be

2020 04 18c Retrieve

[Andres Iniesta says Griezmann & De Jong will ‘definitely triumph’ at Barca despite inconsistent start] I don’t know. Comparisons are usually tedious. They are difficult to compare. I have always said that everything is going to be different from what the Catalans have in their head, but it does not have to be worse than what they have experienced. They are very good players and all Barcelona have to do is be clear about their playing style and, from there, look for players of their profile like those in the squad. De Jong has just arrived, he needs that adaptation period

[Pressed on why Griezmann has also found it difficult to settle] It is a case similar to that of De Jong. Griezmann and the rest of the new players that arrive every year need time. They have enormous talent and will definitely end up triumphing and making a place for themselves in this team where it is not easy to play

2020 05 20 Retrieve

[Andres Iniesta believes Barcelona should have won several more Champions League titles with Lionel Messi in the side] It surprises me in the sense that Argentina has had great footballers, a team with spectacular players and having, for me, the player who is number one. So they haven’t succeeded, but what happened against Germany (1-0 loss in 2014 World Cup final), for example, are small details. Small moments tip the balance for one team or another. If they played another game maybe it would turn out differently. I also feel that Barca are at their level because they’ve had Leo for so long. Four Champions Leagues have been won, but having the team we had and being able to count on Leo, surely we should have won it more. But this is football. Rivals play, they are also very good and the important thing is to savour the moment when you do win things.

In the end, when the results don’t come, this type of situation happens, looking for someone to blame. For me, it’s very difficult to say that Leo has played a bad game because that’s practically impossible. But hey, there are times when things turn out better, others turn out worse. Also, you can’t compare the environment or the Argentine team with one like Barca, which works every day to play in a certain way

2020 05 24 Retrieve

[Iniesta: Winning goal in 2010 World Cup final helped save me from depression] Unfortunately, I had to experience several misfortunes in a row, even though I was really successful at the time. But then my friend Dani Jarque died in August 2009, which really put me in such a fragile situation that I needed professional help. It was certainly the hardest phase of my life. It was very good for me to have the support of Anna, my then girlfriend and current wife, and of course that of my parents. Fortunately, this phase is a thing of the past. A phase that made me stronger and better

You feel that it’s not you, that you don’t enjoy things, that the people around you are just people. You have no feelings or passion. You end up feeling empty inside and there is a moment that you realise that you cannot take it anymore. I had the ability to see that I needed to see someone to get out of that situation. The important thing is that in that period I never lost the spark

2020 06 05 Retrieve

[Since arriving from Atletico Madrid, the France international has come under some criticism for his performances but Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta has backed him to step up] Griezmann and the rest of the new players that arrive every year need time. They have enormous talent and will definitely end up triumphing and making a place for themselves in this team where it is not easy to play