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Leila Guerriero: "I would do the wave to Stephen King"

2022-11-24T11:27:37.682Z

The journalist and writer remembers her first game on the field: "We almost died trying to get out" The journalist and writer Leila Guerriero. Mariana Eliano Leila Guerriero (Junín, Argentina, 55 years old) explains that she wakes up from the lethargy of soccer during the World Cups and this seems the last of her compatriot Messi. She is a journalist and writer, she publishes a weekly column in EL PAÍS. Ask. What are your favorite teams this World Cup? Response. Since I ignore almost everythi



The journalist and writer Leila Guerriero. Mariana Eliano

Leila Guerriero (Junín, Argentina, 55 years old) explains that she wakes up from the lethargy of soccer during the World Cups and this seems the last of her compatriot Messi.

She is a journalist and writer, she publishes a weekly column in EL PAÍS.

Ask.

What are your favorite teams this World Cup?

Response.

Since I ignore almost everything about this sport, I am commonplace: I only watch the World Cups, and only the matches in which the team of my country, Argentina, plays.

So I must answer, despite being a militant of anti-chauvinism, that my favorite is the Argentine team.

P.

Bring out the coach that we all have inside.

Who do you miss?

R.

I don't miss anyone because I don't know who is here or who left.

Q.

Have you ever asked for an autograph?

R.

I suppose so, but in prehistory, no soccer player anymore.

Q.

Whose would you have liked to have it from?

R.

If I dared, I would ask for an autograph from Lorrie Moore, an American writer who is a starter on my dream team.

Q.

Messi or Maradona?

R.

Marcelo Bielsa.

Q.

Three things you know about Qatar.

R.

Which is the headquarters of the World Cup.

That its choice as the venue arose from a very dubious and contested vote that ended with Sepp Blatter resigning from his position at FIFA, although no one remembers that anymore and the entire planet is preparing to devour the World Cup without question.

That homosexuality is considered a crime.

P.

Last time you scored a goal.

R.

In soccer, none because I don't play.

In life, although I suppose that a goal is something that one does not want to be scored against, I like to consider as goals all the texts by authors I do not know and that, when reading them, dazzle me.

Q.

An own goal, something you regret.

A.

I don't use repentance.

Piece touched, piece moved, as in chess.

Q.

And a goal in 1990: your great stroke of luck.

R.

My great stroke of luck was that someone, in those years, realized, before me, that I was a journalist and offered me a job in his newspaper.

Afterwards, I worked that good luck as much as I could.

Q.

Your first game on the field.

Where did he go?

Who took him or who did he take?

R.

A game on the Boca field, to which I took a foreign acquaintance.

That day Boca lost 6-0, and we almost died trying to leave the field.

In other words: we live a typical soccer day in Argentina.

Q.

What is the best game you have seen?

R.

I cannot answer this question, because they all seem undifferentiated to me.

I only wake up from lethargy in the World Cups, and it is too limited an exercise to generate memory.

Q.

Have you ever shunned any commitment because of soccer?

A.

No. Yes, because I stayed writing or went to the movies.

Q.

Any superstitions before going out into the field?

Rituals for big occasions?

A.

I don't use superstitions of any kind, not even before getting on planes, but when the Argentine team plays I clench my fists a lot.

Q.

I would wave to…

R.

Stephen King.

Q.

I ask the referee for the time when…

R.

When on very rare occasions, because I never go to the theater, I have -is the right verb- to see a play and it seems endless and boring.

P.

Three moments that you remember from the World Cups.

R.

A World Cup that I saw in my house with my Chilean friend Matías Rivas, who revealed things to me about the game that I had never seen before and that, of course, I already forgot.

The day when, coming out of the subway entrance, I came across the news on a bar television that Diego Maradona's anti-doping test had come back positive.

The 78 World Cup final, for sad reasons.

Q.

Complete the sentence: "If there were no football..."

R.

I would not have understood as many things about successes, failures and human nature placed in a state of competition as I have understood them by listening to and reading the things that Marcelo Bielsa says.

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