Villa’s HeartBy: Cesar | November 15th, 2008
A quick post before today’s match-up against Sporting Gijon.
Gijon aren’t a particularly sexy club. They finished 3rd in Spain’s Second Division last season and were promoted for the first time in 10 years.
They’re currently languishing in 14th place, eleven points behind Los Che.
The RojiBlancos were trashed 6-1 by Barcelona in El Molinón, their stadium in Gijón, Asturias and crushed 7-1 by Real Madrid at the Bernabeu the following week.
So why am I writing a post about this rugged club from the north of Spain?
David Villa used to play for Gijon. And he adores them.
Villa debuted with Gijon way back in 2000, an unknown striker playing for his hometown club.
Now, he’s one of the most recognizable players in the world.
Today marks his first time playing against his former employers since he left for Real Zaragoza in 2003.
“It fills me with great pride to finally be able to play against my old club, Sporting Gijón,” he said during a ceremony where he was honored for his achievements at Euro 2008.
“It will be a very special match for me but I will be playing as well as I can to help my current club, Valencia,” he affirmed.
So if we see El Guaje score and not celebrate, if we see Villa get emotional playing against his former club, just remember what Gijon means to him. And what Gijon did for a young lad who’s now the toast of the town.
Let’s thank Gijon … and let’s hope Villa celebrates by scoring 4 goals against his former club.
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