Unforgettable 14 years later

In the company of Cesc Fàbregas, Juan Mata posed with the cup won at the 2010 World Cup. The picture was taken at the FIFA Museum in Zurich. ‘It was great to be part of that legendary generation,’ said Mata.

Almost 14 years have passed, but standing next to the World Cup winner’s cup still evokes a special emotion in the protagonists of the unforgettable success in South Africa. Juan Mata and Cesc Fàbregas were two of the members of that legendary Spain team, and have had the opportunity to pose with the trophy at the FIFA Museum in Zurich.

The Asturian and the Catalan became the first members of the 2010 Spanish champions to be reunited with the most special trophy in the history of Spanish football. In addition, both received souvenir miniatures.

‘Each of us knew our role and we were friends, and the coach also played an important role. It was great to be part of that legendary generation and to win the best trophy you can aspire to,’ said Juan, whose list of honours includes the most important titles, both at club and international level. However, what happened on 11 July 2010 in Johannesburg occupies a privileged place in his professional career.

Signing at the ‘Wall of Champions’

He and Fàbregas signed the ‘Wall of Champions’ – the Museum’s permanent tribute to those who have lifted the greatest title in football – and added a gold badge to their names. Stars such as Miroslav Klose, Mario Kempes, Roger Hunt and Hope Solo have previously signed on the wall.

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