Today we leave you with and interview with goalkeeper Rui Silva from Granada C.F. We thank him for his generosity and time spent with us.
How did you start playing soccer? Tell us about your sports career until you reached Granada C.F
I started playing futsal when I was 7/8 years old in a team in my home town. At the beginning I started playing forward because what I wanted was to score goals but I got very tired because I didn’t like running. There was this one time we needed a goalkeeper and maybe because of my size (I was the biggest in my team) my teammates talked to the coach and told him that I would be a good option. And from there I never looked back. I played futsal for 5 years but the club I played at closed its doors. I then had the opportunity to start playing soccer when I was 12 years old or so at FC Maia, a small club in the city of Porto. I played in the lower categories until I reached the first team of that club at the age of 17 and from there I had the opportunity to demonstrate my level and I gained the interest of a Portuguese first division team. I went to the Madeira National team when I was 18 years old with a professional contract and remained there for 4 and a half years until I arrived in Granada.
How is the Granada C.F. inside?
Granada from inside is a spectacular club. The working conditions are top level. The installations are relatively new and provide us with incredible facilities. We have everything we need to work, a nutritionist and a great gym. On a personal level the club is very professional and has many dedicated people within. All this helps you be a better professional, keeps you motivated to work and helps you grow.
Did you expect things to be going the way they are?
The truth is that the life of a professional soccer player is very difficult and often is not what it seems. I have always believed in my potential but there are moments that you don’t play and you start to have doubts. You doubt everything and nothing. But you have to persist, keep working to the fullest every day so that when you have the opportunity you are prepared. And that is what happened to me. I waited for my moment, I have matured a lot and I have seized every opportunity. A professional soccer player lives for that and I think in that sense things are going well for me now.
What does it feel like when you debut in La Liga?
You feel a lot of things. Pride for being able to play in one of the best leagues in the world and to be able to compete against the best teams and the best players in the world. Fulfilling a child’s dream because when I watched the games on TV I thought a lot about one day being there. And in this case the prize for the hard work, the sacrifice of the team that helped us achieve the step up to first division last year, I think this all is an amazing merit.
How would you define yourself as a goalkeeper?
I am a goalkeeper with a good wingspan, agile under the net, with command of the air game, great footwork and with a good ability to go out in balls behind the defense.
Which rival has impressed you the most?
A very difficult question but I think Sevilla up to now has been the team that has impressed me the most.
What model of gloves do you wear?
I started with HO SOCCER in Portugal when I was 19 years old and always used the Protek roll finger model. I have always liked having the round cut because I felt very comfortable. I like to have the glove fit tight around the hand.
And how many gloves do you usually wear a year?
Between 25/30 pairs
What advice would you give to a those who are starting to play soccer?
The advice I give is that they can´t become obsessed with becoming a professional soccer player. Opportunities come naturally when there is talent and work. Hard work, sacrifice, dedication, the ability to learn and not give up are important elements to become a professional keeper.
And the hardest thing for a goalkeeper?
The goalkeeper for me is a key piece in a team and the least valued. Goalkeepers need permanent concentration and a great mental strength because a small mistake penalizes them even if they are playing a great game. In those moments it is necessary to be very strong mentally so as not to make mistakes again.