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Toni Calvo

Full name: Antonio Calvo Arandes

Date of birth: 03/28/1987 (Age 25)

Place of birth: Barcelona

Nationality: Spain

Height: 171 cm.

Weight: 65 Kg

Position: Midfielder

Current team: Anarthosis-Cyprus

Hi Toni, I will start this interview by asking about the situation in Cyprus at a social level, after some complicated days as we could see through media

Hi Simon. Well, the truth is that these are difficult days for the Cypriot people, there is a crisis, but I hope it comes to a good end, because in this situation we are all affected. Perhaps foreigners really know the severity of the problem, but I personally always read the Spanish press and every day ask teammates about new developments in the negotiations between Cyprus and the EU.

 Well, after this brief introduction of the Cypriot situation I think it would be interesting to you to tell us how did  a player with such an extensive experience as yours came to that league?

I´ve been away from my country for 6 years , I’ve played in leagues such as the Greek, Italian, Bulgarian, and now I’m in Cyprus. A player is a globetrotter, few people are fortunate enough to play his entire career with one club. And though I’m still young (25 years), I still hope to return to play in my country, I don’t know when but I wish it a lot.

 After having experienced other European leagues, how do you see football so far from home? Tell us how this Cypriot league is in terms of infrastructure, football level, economic .. etc, compared to the Spanish league.

 The football abroad is very different from what I was used to, but I quickly adapted .. The Cyprus League is a good league, can not compare with the Spanish but is a good league, this year we are struggling to win the championship so next season we can play Champions League … The level of football is good, there are 6 or 7 teams that have quite a good level … in an economic level it’s ok so far, in my team we are a month and a half late on payments but they are paying. There are other teams here in Cyprus that have very big problems financially, but in my club there are not many problems

 Focusing in Blindaxe Sport shin guards, How did you come to know of our existence?

Well, it was an afternoon watching reruns of Punto Pelota on Youtube, and I saw the report they made about you and I loved the idea. Then I went on your website and I found a very good job … I had been thinking for a while about getting a good shin and when I saw your article, I had no doubt.

 Do you think football players  give importance to the protection of their legs when it comes to shin pads?

 I think sometimes we are not aware of having a good shin. It also depends on the tastes of each player, some players feel more comfortable with very small shins, some players have soft plastic shin. It depends on each player, but in my case, I prefer a good shin guard, I feel more secure and if I can customize it and put up a photo of my wife and my son, even better! J

 We know sometimes players are superstitious with their material, but it was easy for you to know how you wanted to customize your new shin guards?

 It was clear for me, my wife left her home when she was only 18 years to live with me in Greece and a few years later gave me the best gift you can give a man, being a father, I have a wonderful 3 years old son. Well, the truth is that both my wife and my son are the most important people in my life and I wanted to somehow take them with me when I’m playing a football game, and with your help I could get it.

 How do you see the future? Returning to our football or playind around the world for some more time?

The future? Nobody knows what will happen … I have one more year of contract in Anorthosis, I’m comfortable here, but it is true that the greatest illusion that I have, is to return to Spain to play in 1st Division.

 Finally, something more to say?

 Finally I would like to thank you for the magnificent shins you have done for me, and the treat you have given me. I encourage everyone to try Blindaxe shins. Many greetings and thanks.

We continue our interview section with Blindaxe players. We have decided to focus on a great goalkeeper, and a friend of us too, who has helped us from the beginning and we owe a lot.

Diego Rivas Rego, known as Diego Rivas (Narón, May 27, 1987) is a 25-year-old goalkeeper currently in Elche Football Club after passing through several major teams in recent years, as the RCD Coruña and CD Lugo.

When does your passion for football begins? Tell us about your sports career.

Since childhood, both at school and in the park with my friends. I was always near a ball because that was one of the things that amused me. My first “serious” team is a football school that was established in Ferrol for lower grades, some kind of academy, because they are not compete. My first team was San Pablo in Ferrol, now non existing club, moving in junior age to Narón Balompé. I later signed to Racing de Ferrol, where I passed through all lower categories up to the first team. Because of the lack of opportunities, I decided to go to Narón Balompé again, which at that time was active in 3rd Division (and where I shared team with the great architect of this company, Simon). After two good years I signed to Deportivo La Coruña to play in their second team, and two years later left to CD Lugo. Finally, this summer came to Elche.

In the last years you have lived an upward trend, which gradually puts you in the elite but a goalkeeper evolves or stalls its progression?

Evolves, of course. Being a goalkeeper is not something apart from personal life or sports. I think you always learn new things, every day is an opportunity to do it and as a goalkeeper I approach it. The closer you get to the elite means the resources, material an professionals, are supposed to be better and that helps even more to recycle and improve.

In your experience after playing in many categories of national football, how would you describe the differences between them from the goal line?

Yes I have learned in all of them, each one has its own characteristics, but from what I have seen, the intensity is higher as you get closer to the elite. And mistakes are more expensive, even more in the case of the goalkeeper. A small error in a tight, escaping a couple of feet away from your body: in some categories, nothing happens, and in higher ones it means a goal.

Contact injuries or blows to the tibia are common in goalkeepers?

Maybe not as common as in a field player, but can you be beaten and it is important to be well protected. For example in a save to intercept a pass inside the area.

Do you think wearing carbon fiber shinpads Blindaxe sport increases your safety in games?

Yes, you know that any blow to that area will be almost negligible. I’d like to highlight the lightweight comfort you feel wearing them

We know you have a barely customized model, but tell us what you wear in your  shin guards and why?

I just put my name and a Galician flag. I like to feel my land and everything it represents near (family, friends, memories …).

After having weared two models in past years, do you dare to think about a new design for next year? haha

That’s something I have been thinking about, and if this year we manage to reach the target and promote, I’ll have to make a new design for next season

 Finally, thank you for trusting Blindaxe sport since the beginning and good luck in promoting to First Division, it is becoming closer!

Thank you very much for those good wishes and for the wonderful treatment that I know you give to your customers.