Our next player profile is with Luis F Mendez an international player based in Spain. Luis has been participating at Subbuteo Tournaments since 1981. Our exclusive interview includes video with a magical goal from Luis against Eric Verhagen.
1. When did you first start playing?
IN LONDON IN 1977 WHEN I WAS STUDING ENGLISH IN A SUMMER SCHOOL AND BOUGHT MY FIRST SUBBUTEO SET IN HARRODS
2. Which was your first ever big tournament?
SPANISH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP IN 1981
3. Which is the best tournament you have ever attended?
MAJOR OF BOLOGNA 2012
4. What was the best goal you have ever scored?
ONE TO ERIC VERHAEGEN IN PARIS TOURNAMENT 2009. IT IS IN YOUTUBE (see video below).
5. Who would you describe as being the toughest player you have faced in England?
English players are really gentlemen compared to others.., I like to play alwasys with English
6. Who would you describe as being the toughest player you have faced in the World?
The Toughest JOHNNY FIELD from Gibraltar
7. What has been the best match you have ever played in?
Veteran Final of 2012 GP DENMARK in Odense, I won Marcus Tilgner 4-1
8. What has been your best moment or achievement in the game?
May be IO ESTEPA (SEVILLE) this season in October 2012
9. What has been the funniest moment you have seen on a trip away to a tournament?
So many.. speeding LATE to Beuvois Airpot 90 km from Paris, and doing it in 25 minutes, NO SPEEDING FINES, and even taking the plane on time. INCREDIBLE ¡¡¡¡
10. Which football team do you support?
MALAGA C.F. my hometown club and leaving 1 mile from the Stadium I am a life supporter in any category, this year first time in Champions and doing really well.
11. What is your favourite food?
May be a really good VEAL STEAK
12. Do you have any other hobbies?
TRIATHLON, RUNNING AND CARROM (Indian Billiard is perfect for Subbuteo players, we can improve our skills with fingers)
13. What is your favourite holiday destination?
I AM IN SPAIN... HOLIDAYS ARE EXCELENT HERE ¡¡¡ I stay at home I like travel to Tournaments all around Europe.
14. What is the best movie you have ever seen?
A CULT FILM FOR ME: BLADE RUNNER
15. What is your favourite TV series?
Now: GAME OF THRONES
16. What is your favourite music?
I am old fashioned, I love Pink Floyd, Bryan Ferry and all the 80' British Rock Music
17. Which person do you have most respect for in life?
My MOTHER, an example and a character ¡¡¡¡