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Apr 26, 2013

André Rieu Discusses Sports

The Limburger April 24, 2013: In this section of the news paper a famous sports follower is allowed to shed light on current developments. He is all about everything and anything involved in the field of sports. He in turn has passed the baton on to someone who can give his views next week. But today André Rieu.
The Relay 
ANDRÉ RIEU 
Violinist and Orchestra Leader
You have received the relay baton from René Meulensteen, assistant coach of Manchester United. Manager Alex Ferguson, who together with United grabbed the Premier League title on Monday, raves about your music. Don’t you think it is about time for a concert in "Old Trafford" commonly known as the "Theater of Dreams"?
"Who knows what all will still happen in England. In December we completed a totally sold out concert tour throughout England and Ireland. Manchester was one of the cities on the tour. In December we will return, and again the tour is almost sold out again. So, who knows whether Old Trafford is a good idea or not."
Your popularity rose enormously after you played the "Second Waltz" at the Ajax-Bavaria Munich game in 1995, the year in which the Amsterdam team won the Champions League. Is Ajax’s title in danger this year?
"Back then Ajax was very important to me. I played the "Second Waltz" during the rest period of that match. And since Ajax was in the lead with a 2-0 score, the entire stadium sang deliriously along and waved flags with joy. These images are still seen all over the world. And yes, they will win the title again."  
You and your orchestra have just returned from Brazil. Have you noticed that the people there are already under the spell of impending World Cup Soccer?
There is no nation that is so involved with soccer as the Brazilians. They are really soccer fanatics. In Rio de Janeiro I called out the four names of the city’s soccer clubs to see which club would receive the loudest applause. In Rio Flamingo won hands down. I did the same in Sao Paulo and there Corinthians won. It was nice to be able to do that every evening. The audience who still had tears in their eyes from listening to the "Ave Maria", beautifully sung by our wonderful soprano Kimmie Skote from South Africa, jumped the next second on their chairs in order to cheer for their beloved soccer club. Just because I called out that club’s name. Wonderful."
And will they give team "Orange" a chance at the World Cup?
"They do not speak about team "Orange" at all. Only about Brazilian soccer."
Do you during you travels follow the performances of MVV (Maastricht Soccer Club), the club from your hometown?
"I think that MVV does alright. As long as they work out and practice a lot, and focus. Then everything will fall into place."
The play-offs threaten to become a small Limburg championship. MVV, Fortuna Sittard, VVV and RODA JC will more than likely become the four in the play-offs. Who will be victorious?
"All four."
Do you still watch bicycle races after the deluge of doping stories?
"Occasionally I watch. Yes. Unfortunately I do not have an abundance of time."
In the Spring classics, the leading Dutch cyclists have not played a major in many years. And not again this year. Is the Netherlands still a cycling country?"
"Of Course. It will happen again. Shortly there will be a wave of young talents, who will not want to relinquish anything. Just believe me."
Who would be more popular in Gemany? Sebastian Vettel, three time world champion Formula 1, and last weekend’s winner of Bahrein’s Grand Prix, or the "King of the Waltz" André Rieu?
"Haha, Vettel in car sports and I in music, I think. I like to watch Formula 1. If I was not a violinist, racing would appeal to me. Marjorie, my wife, is happy I am a violinist."
Back to soccer: would you be willing to play the roof off the Geusselt (Maastricht’s Soccer Stadium), should MVV be able to fill the stadium?"
"Seems like an exciting prospect! When will it take place? I’ll mark it in my calendar."
In closing, to whom will you pass the baton on?
"I would very much like to pass the baton on to my personal trainer, Ruud Gransier. He has helped to ensure that I returned to tip-top condition. The last years I had neglected my body and did not work out anymore. No time for working out, that does not happen again. I plan my schedule around my workout, and not the other way around. According to Ruud, this profession is also like a top sport. You need assistance with that. And according to me, he is the best." By Roel Wiche
Thanks To John for this and Translating it

1 comment:

Ei37 said...

Some interesting insights.
Eileen. :)

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