Coloccini’s letter to San Lorenzo translated

Posted on January 26th, 2013 | 23 Comments |

Fabricio Coloccini.
Captain Colo: Emotional letter to San Lorenzo.
Dear Reader, below is my own personal translation of the letter Fabricio Coloccini allegedly sent to his old Argentinian club San Lorenzo, who have of course been trying to exploit Coloccini’s personal problems to their own ends over the last few weeks.

There is another English translation floating around on the Interweb, however they can be somewhat misleading sometimes so I thought I would check for myself and do my own translation of el Capitano’s original Spanish missive just to be sure.

So, here’s what I came up with, but please bear in mind that my Spanish has become rather rusty in recent years!

24th January 2013.

To the San Lorenzo family,

I write these lines from afar, missing to my country, to my family and to my affections; and with the sadness to know – after a series of meetings held here in Newcastle that my return to Argentina is halted for the moment.

Unfortunately in life not everything goes as you want or need, and many times the third party’s lack of understanding and the inflexibility of the contracts, they are stronger than the reasons of the heart.

Nevertheless, I am convinced that this moment of disillusionment should not be an obstacle to declare my deeper gratitude to each and every one of you, by the affection and by the support you have offered me and that you have sent to me during these last months, in all imaginable ways.

Likewise, I wish to recognize the patience and the respect of the press and the seriousness with which they conducted themselves in all this time with me and my family.

I am sure that they have known to measure the personal situation I am going through and to understand that the silence kept by me and by my Representative, Marcelo Lombilla, in this time, has not been capricious but beause of the need to keep certain matters private.

Finally, I wish to thank to the authorities of the club San Lorenzo of Almagro and very especially to declare my gratitude to their President, Dr. Matías Lammens and to their vice President, Mr. Marcelo Tinelli, for all the affection, the support, and the accompaniment, who since the first moment and without any type of objections or conditions, were interested for my family and personal situation, and were available as much as was needed.

Essentially I wish to thank them for the enormous effort accomplished and involved, from every point of view and that is certainly evident to me – to smooth out the difficulties of any road that I have travelled.

In these times, in which the leadership of the Argentine clubs appears at the very least questioned by diverse motives, with deep pride as the member of the San Lorenzo family – I wish to recognize the professional qualities of the gentlemen Matías Lammens and Marcelo Tinelli, the excellent management they conducted which is evident to me – true to their words, honest in their work, and serious in their commitment in placing the human being above any another interest, all of which is a clear guide from the chosen path for our club; and from a distance, certainly, I am filled with satisfaction.

Sincere thanks and affections,

Fabricio Coloccini.

So basically, he loves his wife, his family, San Lorenzo, it’s Directors and it’s fans, though not quite enough to spend the millions he has earned in football buying himself out of his contract to go and join them.

Coloccini’s original letter.

Meanwhile, before I sign off, here’s what Alan Pardew had to say to the media on the kerfuffle:

“His reaction on the training ground has been brilliant – almost like he’s accepted it himself. Perhaps he was questioning himself but maybe now he’s answered it.

“I thought I could lose him. The personal issue he had, it’s delicate. It’s not nice and I wouldn’t want anybody to be in that position. He’s such a brilliant guy and man, and now he’s going to help us.”


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23 Responses

  1. Sorry but I made a bit of a boo boo when I first posted this piece. I pasted in the wrong translation to this piece, just a very rough draft and not the final one that is there now.

    My apologies but we (mostly Hugh who runs the server) are wrestling with some fairly severe difficulties keeping the site online at the moment and I was distracted by those for a moment.

  2. Interesting reading, talking bout the Guardian article on tactics, as a result of the offside change in the mid twenties.
    Going from a short passing to more of a long ball game, plus the additional tactical effects as far as lieups were concerned.
    Which in fact lasted well into the late 50’s and early 60’s
    Though a paper line up showed a 2-3-5 lineup, it was anything but, more like a 3-2-2-3, being the center half was purely a defesive role and few FB’s crossed the halfway line.
    The other two halfbacks, playing a more defensive role, but selectively going forward in support of the attack.
    Both wingers and the CF played up front, the wingers creating space and supplying crosses.
    Of course the inside forwards had the most difficult role, fetch and carrying the ball, constantly on the move both supporting the attack and dropping back to defend.
    All in all, things have not changed that much, a tweak here and there, by astute managers, but the lineups and job descriptions on the field remain very similar.
    Sure a four man back line is a modern must , attacking wingbacks a requirement, with the redeployment of midfielders and diamond shapes up front.
    The W formation mentioned, was in fact the two wingers and the CF, in front, with both inside forwards playing behind.
    Whereas we have the 4-3-3, which is actually a 4-2-1-2-1,
    with the striker the leading player in a triangle, two wingers then a playmaker at the back of the triangle.
    And of course there are horses for courses, one would i expect, provide a different look depending on who the competition was.
    Yes it would be nice to have the luxury of a manager who could adapt and change, in a tactical sense, as opposed to what we are stuck with.
    Especially with the quality that has been signed, be a shame to see them hoofing it upfield.

  3. chuck says:
    January 26, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    “Sure a four man back line is a modern must”

    Not quite Chuck, there are formations with three at the back, or the 5-3-2 / 3-5-2 with the wing backs you write of. Didn’t Dowie and Shearer send out a 5-3-2 wingback formation which didn’t work in the season we were relegated?

    Personally my own favourite is the highly attacking Cruyffian 3-4-3 which Wigan used to hammer us last season, and which your mate Roberto Martinez seems to be a big fan of too.

  4. chuck says:
    January 26, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    “Prefer the original translation !”

    Chuck, you’re just being a twat again. It was my first quick draft and it was a bloody mess.

  5. chuck says:
    January 26, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    “All in all, things have not changed that much, a tweak here and there,”

    They have changed quite alot Chuck, not just in tactics and formations but also in training too.

    Training used to be like Army training. In the UK and quite a few countries at least there was too much emphasis on physical conditioning, ie running and jumping over things, and not enough time working with the ball itself.

    As I’ve commented already in another post, modern tactics are far more effective, and great teams from before the 1960s at least would do more than just struggle in the current football paradigm.

  6. sammy d says:
    January 26, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    “dont believe this one bit”

    Sammy, Do you think that San Lorenzo would knowingly publish a bogus letter on ther Twitter claiming it to be from Coloccini when they still hope to get him after the current season, and doing something as bad as that would almost certainly blow that completely?

    Or do think that San Lorenzo have been fooled, even though Colo’s own father, Osvaldo, is the youth coach of the club?

    They would be the two options.

  7. Worky

    You were right first time, when you came out with the,
    “With chuck i just dont get it”

    Dont take everything so serious or in a strictly literal sense and i dont expect smiley faces.

    The reason i prefered the rough translation was.
    A number of years ago i spent some time in Puerto Rico, where there was an English language paper, named “The San Juan Star”
    My first read was always, the letters to the editor section.
    Where cetain letters were translated by obvious non English speakers, quite literally using an english/spanish dictionary.
    The results could be highly entertaining as i’m sure you can imagine.
    This changed after a period of time, which led me to ask a friend who wrote for the paper, as to why?
    She replied the fellow who selected the letters, had retired and was replaced by a humorless replacement, who understood he had been hired, to only print boring letters from mostly English speaking ex-pats.
    Unfortunately the paper never had the same meaning after that.

  8. Worky
    Ye, Yes Yes.
    I understand to-days levels of physical fitness have changed a lot, i thought that was understood and yes the game has changed.

    FFS some players had outside jobs as late as the fifties.

    My point which you obviously missed, is that the game is
    different to an extent, but not all that different.

    The equipment has changed, so has the Tour de France bikes since louis Bobet’s day, resulting in an improvement of performance.

    But most changes result because of changes to the rules, tactics come and go.

    And as of this time how many sides play with a three man defence, you mention only exceptions to the rule,
    not that i have anything against it, if you are successfull with it.
    God forbid we see Pardew try it though.

  9. Looking at the six year old photo of AP, i’m left wondering is this AP or Dorian Grey.
    He cetainly looks better in recent photo’s and i recollect somewhere a mention of him using botox ?

    And oh ! we really dont have to worry too much about him communicating with our French speaking contingent as a scenario of him being around for much longer is unlikely if i’m honest .

  10. chuck says:
    January 26, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    “Looking at the six year old photo of AP, i’m left wondering is this AP or Dorian Grey.
    He cetainly looks better in recent photo’s and i recollect somewhere a mention of him using botox ?”

    Ah bejeezus I give up!

    I’m pretty sure that six year old photo of Pardew you’re referring to was taken whan he was having his awful losing run at West Ham before he was sacked. In some of his press conferences after recent awful Toon performances he’s looked as rough as bear’s arse too. However his new French toys from Uncle Mike, not to mention a bit of break in the schedule seems to have perked him up a bit very recently. Take a look at this picture of him after the Stoke defeat.

    I’m not saying you’re wrong about the botox mind. I wouldn’t put it past him.

  11. chuck says:
    January 26, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    Ye, Yes Yes.”

    Were you having an orgasm there because I mentioned Iain Dowie in a previous comment Chuck?

  12. Just emphasis on the YES.

    Thing is i realise you have prepared a blog about Colo.
    But i now doubt , having signed Wanga-Mbiwa, whether anyone gives a shit, as to, should he stay or he should go.
    What have you done for us lately Colo ?
    Other than tell us you want to FO to “The Argentine” as the English sometimes refer to Argentina.
    An unforgiveable thing to say to Geordies, taken usually as some sort of rejection and betrayal.

    Actually next time you have to translate a statement, from whatever language, try and just do it literally word for word from whatever dictionry you use.
    Sometimes the results are hilarious, try it!
    Could be more interesting and funny than many comments found here, including this one.

  13. what i find stupid is the club have no money but expect us to terminate a argentinian internationals contract and get him for free! football don’t work that way and they are just trying to exploit the situation in my opinion!

    also worky what do u think of hooper? i have watched loads of times as always liked celtic but for 7 mill i think he would be a great asset

  14. also i checked the .com version earlier some of the bull them guys are saying is laughable!

    praising pardew again like he actually set all this up! and going on like we defo safe now!

    if we lose to villa we go in bottom three and have spurs and chelsea the next 2 games! will be in real trouble!

    also i looked up on metalist earlier they seem to be in real form

  15. worky sorry it has taken so long to reply I have just got back in. In response to your questions yes i think san lorenzo would publish something untrue cos they have tried to play all sorts of games to get colo for nowt.
    And yes they are capable of being duped cause they were thick enough to think cashley was just going to give them his biggest assett for nowt. Now make your own mind up but i still dont believe it.

  16. sammy d says:
    January 26, 2013 at 11:52 pm

    “worky sorry it has taken so long to reply I have just got back in. In response to your questions yes i think san lorenzo would publish something untrue cos they have tried to play all sorts of games to get colo for nowt.”

    Aye Sammy, but they would have been mad to publish it without Coloccini knowing about it. They would be shooting themselves in the foot. This thing has probably just been kicked down the road until the Summer.

  17. Why is everyone getting so upset about Colo, apparently it’s a personal (family) matter, nothing to do with a rejection of NUFC.
    Unless of course you all have money invested in his staying, cant think of any other reason, so can someone please explain.

  18. One more thing on Colo, he can manage to thank the Argentinian media for their discretion and understanding, and is almost apologising for not washing his dirty laundry in front of them, yet there isn’t a word for Newcastle United’s fans.

    That’s a big mistake.

  19. APT says:
    January 27, 2013 at 10:00 am

    “why would he mention newcastle at all in a “private” letter to San Lorenzo. just a thought”

    I don’t understand your point APT? It was an “open” letter and no-one wrote that he should mention Newcastle in it.