“Drum Manolo” is also struck by the coronavirus crisis.
The emblematic supporter of the Spanish selection plans to sell one of his bass drums that has thrilled fans of La Roja since 1979, he told AFP. “Times are tough, for me as for all Spaniards”, says moved Manuel Caceres Artesero, alias “Manolo el del Bombo” (“Manolo du tambour”, in French), who, at 71, had to close his bar in Valencia because of the effects of the new coronavirus crisis.
“I bought this deal because we were waiting for the Fallas (big parties in the Valencia region which take place in March, editor’s note), and La Liga matches. But the matches are suspended, the Fallas have been canceled and everything has become complicated, “says Manolo. “I decided to resell (its bar-museum, called” El Bombo “), because I have accumulated a lot of debt,” he regrets.
“Manolo el del bombo” will therefore retire. But with a pension which “does not reach 1000 euros”, he confides that he plans to sell one of the drums with which he has thrilled the supporters of La Roja since 1979. “They often wanted to buy my instrument , but I always said that I would not sell it for anything in the world. Now, I may have to do it … “, says the supporter no. 1 of Spain and Valencia.
Four drums have a particular value in his eyes: those of the Euros 2008 and 2012, won by Spain, that of the 2010 World Cup, also won by La Roja … as well as a last one, which had been stolen from him during of a friendly match between Spain and Colombia, in Murcia. “The press around the world had taken up the matter, everyone was looking for my drum. It had ended up being found by soldiers in Madrid,” he recalls.
“Drum Manolo” has been following Roja since 1979 and a Euro qualifying match between Spain and Cyprus. Became famous at the 1982 World Cup in Spain, the 12th man on the Spanish team now totals ten World Cups, seven Euros, 40 years of loyalty and almost 400 matches with La Roja … But he would like to bring his drum to 12 World Cups, like the number flocked on the back of his red jersey.