The three Pérez Morato sisters have been going to the pitch for 35 years to watch Atlético de Madrid play. Sara, the youngest of the three, was only six when Susana’s boyfriend, Fernando Díez, the oldest, climbed the stairs to the north end of the Vicente Calderón. Nephews, grandchildren, couples, grandparents and children have gone crazy for Atlético de Madrid thanks to Fernando. “Like the family that decides to go to the museum or the theater, we go to football,” says Sara, 41, who works at a logistics center. “It has always been a very great meeting point. We are a working family and the payment that the fertilizer entails is significant, but we endure everything, cold, rain… It is a very big compensation for us ”, he says. The pandemic has changed their plans. They no longer share Fernando’s sandwiches at the Wanda Metropolitano, but one of his nephews, Juanjo, son of Fernando and Susana and a sports journalist, encouraged them to download the Santander Football Quiz app to play a contest together, presenting by the ex-footballer and commentator Raúl Ruiz, who distributes 5,000 euros every Monday at 9:00 p.m. and to which more than 20,000 people connect.
How do you play? Just download the free application and start participating from any location, with a single challenge: answer eleven questions correctly, with four possible answers, with a maximum time of 11 seconds for each one. The € 5,000 jackpot will be shared among the winners. This year there are also questions with slogans with images and a wild card to reduce the options to two just by confirming the email address.
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Los Pérez Morato before playing the Santander Football Quiz on a Monday night. Top left, Yolanda; on the right, María and Juanjo. Below, to the left, Daniel, Sara and Paula and to the right, Fernando Díez. Nights like this Monday are a must for Pérez Morato and Díez. Juanjo, the sports expert of the family and his guide in the game, heats up the WhatsApp group from the morning, very early. “He warns us: Let’s go, today is Santander Football Quiz Monday!”, Says Sara. Each one has its user name and competes individually, but through a Skype video call they quickly debate — there is only 11 seconds to answer — the correct answer. “Sometimes we pull Google, but in such a short time it is difficult.” If the connection is bad or gets stuck, Susana, 54, writes the answers on a piece of paper, a, b, c, or d, and shows them to the rest of the family, each from their homes, respecting the restrictions caused by the pandemic.
Some advance in the contest throughout the night and others fall with incorrect answers, but they all support each other to get as far as possible. It was Sara who won the most succulent jackpot a few months ago when she pocketed almost 180 euros. “We distribute it. We help us. It seems wrong to me to stay with more than the others, “he says. To move forward, when they don’t know an answer, each one puts a different option and sacrifices for the team. Sara is the one who benefited from the ‘cast’ of responses. He got the right one and continued to advance on one of the Monday nights. That is why it is also the one that is raising the most money.
Los Pérez Morato, on May 17, 2014, during Paula’s communion when Atlético de Madrid faced FC Barcelona at the Camp Nou to define the league champion.
Everything about the Pérez Morato, and the Díez, is crossed by Atlético de Madrid. Since 1995 they have seven fertilizers in the field. Fernando, who worked all his life at Renfe and Susana, a bank administrator, the pillars of this passion, prepare the sandwiches, at the request of each rojiblanco, to go to the stadium. “Here he asks what is wanted today,” says Sara. There are chicken fillets, loin tape, and sausages. “They are very rich and we also take care of the family economy,” he adds. Now, although they all live quite close, the dinners are virtual, but they take the opportunity to connect 10 minutes before the contest to catch up. Silvia, daughter of Fernando and Susana, has just had a child with her partner Jesús. They called him Saúl, after the athletic midfielder and, after two months of life, he is already a mattress partner.
Raúl Ruiz, host of the Santander Football Quiz.
Almost all those who were also there on May 17, 2014, when Paula, Sara’s daughter, celebrated her first communion at an inopportune date joined the call. It was the day that Godin jumped higher than anyone at the Camp Nou and Simeone’s men snatched the league championship from FC Barcelona. “We took a TV to watch it there, it became a double celebration and we all went to Neptune,” recalls Sara.
They miss the stadium and Fernando’s snacks, but they found a way to keep in touch. The answers, many, the expert Juanjo has, but each one finds their role to have a good time with the family. Together they help each other and stay close to football, something that has been joining them for 35 years and that the pandemic has not been able to stop.
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