Writer: Mike Field
Date:Tuesday November 17 2009
I wondered if we'd here the tones of Benjamin Siegrist after his World Cup joy, and the official site haven't disappointed.
The young goalkeeper, all 6ft 5in of him apparently, has received almost unparalleled coverage on our official site this week but that merely reflects his achievements whilst away on international World Cup duty with Switzerland.
You get the impression he's rather 'chuffed' and whilst at points he obviously comes over as still being in awe at the experience, he does sound like he has his feet on the ground when at this moment in time I doubt anybody could blame him for getting carried away.
'I am absolutely delighted. It is just a terrific feeling to win the World Cup. I am so, so happy.
'It was an amazing experience from first moment to last. To win the World Cup is the best thing I can possibly achieve at this level - so I am thrilled.'
He goes on to admit that he was nervous before the final, because everybody expected Nigeria to walk it again and take their 4th tournament - the fact the match took place in front of a hostile 60,000 (mostly Nigerian's I believe who travelled in their masses expecting victory) - didn't help matters stangely.
'I was nervous before the final because it was in front of 60,000 fans in a hostile environment. They had a lot of fans shouting for them and it was an incredible atmosphere and I was a little nervous.'
Siegrist also comes over as modest, being full of praise for the Nigerian team and given their wins over Germany and Argentina describing them as 'impressive'. Which is one way to talk of their record at that level admittedly.
Many of their players over the coming years should become household names and be playing at the top levels.
For himself though, he was just as insistent on praising the defenders in front of him after his Golden Gloves award:
'I am very proud. It is an honour to win it - but I don't deserve all the credit. The defenders were absolutely magnificent.
'They gave everything in every game they played. They deserve a lot of credit.
'I made some saves, don't get me wrong, but that's why I am there in the first place. That's my job.'
If anyone knows if, when or where the Final may be repeated on the TV can you please post up. Wouldn't mind seeing this lad in action.
Date:Tuesday November 17 2009
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