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Name Juan Mata
Gender Male
Ethnic Spanish
Job Spanish Footballer


Org Spain National Team
Club as Player Manchester United

2016 03 Retrieve

[Juan Mata, in his weekly blog for] I consider him [Cruyff] the ideological father of the football; the one I try to play like and the one I look to learn from as a spectator whenever I watch a game. The intelligent use of the ball and the spaces, the importance of talent over the physical condition and the understanding of football as a team sport are concepts that I definitely endorse

2016 04 30 Retrieve

[Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata on business side of football] I don’t enjoy the business side of football. I love the game. I love training and competing. I’d take a pay cut if there was less business involvement in the sport. Football is very well remunerated at this level. It’s like we live in a bubble. Compared to the rest of society, we earn a ridiculous amount. It’s unfathomable. With respect to the world of football, I earn a normal wage. But compared to 99.9 per cent of Spain and the rest of the world, I earn a silly amount

2017 02 18 Retrieve

[Juan Mata writes about his unique goal celebration in a 2-0 win over Watford in his blog] It was a nice collective play that I was able to finish with my left foot, while my right boot was coming off. When I run to celebrate the goal with my team-mates, the boot was already off … so I just took it and threw it in the air. You don’t really know what you’re doing when you score

2017 04 08 Retrieve

[Juan Mata tells about his eating habits] When I first arrived in England, I didn’t have very high expectations about English food because everyone told me that it’s not so good, or whatever. English people and English food is very English, they feel very proud of their food and routines. On Sundays, I like to try Sunday roast and I really like pie - beef pie. The one thing I didn’t like that is very famous is the fish and chips. It’s very famous but it’s a bit oily. I like to go to English countryside pubs, where they have homemade food and I really enjoy it – so I cannot complain about English food. And that’s not a fake answer, it’s a real one!

2017 08 05 Retrieve

[Juan Mata speaks about Common Goal, an initiative he’s leading to encourage the football community to donate 1 per cent of their earnings to charity] One of the first lessons I learned in football is that it takes a team to accomplish your dreams. We live by this mantra on the pitch, yet we don’t see it enough in the social space. Common Goal is creating a collaborative way for football to give back to society. It’s the most effective and sustainable way that football can deliver long-term social impact on a global scale. Football has the power to do this, but we need to act together

2017 10 26 Retrieve

[Kagawa the latest to join Mata’s Common Goal] Shinji knows a thing or two about being first. He was the first player from Japan to play at Manchester United and then the first to win the Premier League