“I am a sports freak, since I was a child I dreamed of the Games”

Pau Torres, in the match against Poland in the group stage of Euro 2020 .

The soccer ball is the first to roll at the Tokyo Games. This Wednesday the competition started with the women’s tournament and this Thursday, Thursday, July 22, the men’s take the baton, where the Spanish team has three players from the Valencian Community. Pau Torres (Vila-real, 1997) Carlos Soler (Valencia, 1997) and Óscar Gil (Elche, 1998), Or what is the same, one representative for each of the three provinces.

Spain debuts in Sapporo versus Egypt (09:30 am), and the center of the defense, with the elegance of his left leg, will be the leader of Villarreal Pau Torres. At 24 years old, the illusion of the Olympic dream is the remedy with which the ‘4’ of the national team counteracts a period of practically twelve months in which he could only rest for four days after the end of Euro 2020. «I am extremely excited to participate in the Olympic Games with the National Team jersey. The truth is that since I was a child I have been crazy about sports and I dreamed of being one day where we are now, in an Olympiad, “he commented days ago to SUPER.

The marathon year of Pau Torres puts his endurance and his competitive ability. From August to August he will not stop playing games. Throughout this time the Castellón has established himself as a pillar of the Grogueta defense next to Raul Albiol, Basic piece of the Red by Luis Enrique -participated in the six games an average of 62 minutes, in three as a starter and scored a goal against Slovakia- and now benchmark of the Olympic team that will chase gold at Tokyo 2020.

Pau Torres, in the only friendly against Japan a few days ago (1-1) SEFUTBOL

Pau is one of six full internationals to reach the Euro semi-finals against Italy at Wembley and that, with hardly any rest, they joined the Olympians in the concentration of Benidorm. The other five are Pedri, Oyarzabal, Dani Olmo, Unai Simón and Eric García, his dance partner in the center of defense, as in many moments of the European Championship. «It has been an unforgettable year for me. First, the Europa League title won with Villarreal. Then summer has brought me the Eurocup, enjoy the experience until the semifinals, and now Tokyo 2020 with the Olympic. Honestly, I am very proud to represent my country, and also the Community and Vila-real in an event of the magnitude of some Games “, adds the defender of 1.91 meters.

I feel great pride for representing my country, the Community and Vila-real in an event of the magnitude of some Games

Pau Torres – Footballer for the Spanish national team and Villarreal CF

For just over a week, the Spanish team has been concentrated in Japan, where days ago it was tested with a friendly against the hosts in Kobe (1-1) in which Pau played the 90 minutes and Carlos Soler, who entered the second half, scored the final tie. Apart from Egypt, the other travel companions of Spain in the group C They are Australia, against which is measured on Sunday 25, and Argentina, next Wednesday, July 28. The Olympic Red is a contender for gold.


«We spend a lot of time together, some of us come from the Euro, but we all know each other perfectly. We have grown up with group experiences. That Union, the team, is one of our arguments to be among the favorites. We are a strong team, with quality, but we saw against Japan that nobody is going to make it easy. An Olympic medal is not given away, we are going to compete for everything, but with humility and daily work ”, warns the Vila-real player, fan ‘groguet’ since he could remember.

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