FC Bayern Munich’s Thiago Alcantara was born in Italy to a Brazilian World Cup-winning father, Mazinho, and spent large spells of his childhood at an Anglo-American school in Rio de Janeiro, before moving to Spain as a teenager.
In this week’s video interview, the cosmopolitan FC Bayern star midfielder shares with us the key to his team’s successful comeback this season, his favourite German word, and how he remembers the moment of his great goal against 1. FSV Mainz 05.
What was the key for FC Bayern´s strong comeback and start into the second half of the season?
Thiago: When you stop in December, you have time to look back with a lot of perspective at the things you did wrong, but also the things you did good. So, I think we had that time to prepare ourselves for the start of the league, refresh ourselves and start from zero. I think that was the point. We started from zero with no regrets from before. I think it was awesome.
Do you have a favourite German word?
“ Tor’ [goal] maybe….. It’s very exciting because it’s a small word but powerful and we hear it a lot at the Allianz, so it’s a nice one.”
Can you describe your great goal against Mainz 05 for us?
It was a really nice one – I think one of the most beautiful ones I scored in my life, but in the moment when
you’re playing, you’re so focussed, so into it that you just try to do the things that in the moment, in less than one second, you think you have to do.