The most personal side of Mario Arqués

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FutbolJobs, has had the pleasure of being able to chat and interview the Spanish footballer, Mario Arqués.

Mario Arqués was born in Alicante but was trained as a midfielder in the youth ranks of Villarreal CF. In the summer of 2011 he went on loan to Orihuela, a club with which he made his debut in Segunda División B at the age of 19, on August 21, 2011, against Mestalla. He played 30 games with the Alicante side and on September 8, 2012 he signed with Valencia CF to reinforce their reserve team, with which he made his debut on September 9 against Hospitalet. Mario completed 57 league games with Mestalla in Segunda B in two seasons. During his stay he made his debut with the first team on March 21, 2013, in a friendly match played in Castalia in commemoration of Castellón’s 90th anniversary. He made two more appearances for Valencia during the following season, against Karlsruhe in preseason and in a friendly against Burjassot.

In July 2014, looking for more opportunities, he signed a two-season contract with Elche CF. Initially he played with the subsidiary, Elche Ilicitano, playing a total of 35 games in Segunda B in which he scored 7 goals. He had the opportunity to debut with the first team in the First Division under coach Fran Escribá on April 25, 2015 at the Vicente Calderón against Atlético de Madrid. At the end of the season, he left Elche to join Sporting de Gijón B, with whom he played 34 games in Segunda B. The following season he played with Alcoyano, completing 17 league games. In the summer of 2017, when he was released, he emigrated to Ukraine to form with Karpaty Lviv, a club in that country’s First Division.

Thanks to the following interview, it has been possible to know Mario’s most personal side.

  • How are you feeling physically at the moment? And mental?

-I feel very well. I have learned to control my efforts and to improve the deficiencies I had at a physical level. The experience has helped me to understand my body better and above all to control my mind to improve my decision making both on and off the field.

  • What are your goals today?

-Right now my goal is very different than it was a year ago. I have been away for many years and am considering returning to be close to family and friends. I believe I have experienced everything I dreamed of and more and now it is time to give back to the people who have supported me throughout this journey.

  • What can you tell us about soccer in Malaysia? What are the main differences with respect to soccer in Spain?

It’s a very vertical, back-and-forth game. The games are very open and most teams want to play the ball. From the 60th minute onwards, the tactical deficiencies of the league and, above all, of the local players, began to get out of control. But overall it is a very competitive league.

With respect to Spain, I would say that there are many differences, especially at the tactical level. But on a technical and speed level I was very surprised. There is a lack of order but at the same time it makes the games more open.

  • How would you describe, in three words, your time in Australia at Newcastle?

-Elite, learning and unforgettable.

  • If you had to define yourself as a player, in just one adjective, what would it be?

-Equilibrium.

  • When did you start playing soccer?

-I started when I was 5 years old and signed my first professional contract when I was 17.

  • Dream club?

-Real Madrid.

  • Who has been the teammate you have connected with the most on the field, from your entire career?

Fede Cartabia.

  • Do you have any hobbies before jumping into the field?

-Enter with the right leg.

  • How did you live your experience in India? Would you come back?

-It was one of the best experiences of my life. One of the best decisions I have made in soccer and it opened the door to all the adventures that have followed. I am in love with their culture, their people and the way they live soccer. I would definitely come back and I am sure I will come back sooner or later with another role.

  • What would you have liked to do if you hadn’t been involved in soccer?

-I always dreamed of being a soccer player, it’s hard for me to see myself any other way. If he had not played soccer, he would surely have tried his hand at some other sport of the highest level and demand.

  • Of all the countries where you have played, which country surprised you the most in terms of soccer level?

-India and Australia.

  • Did you find it difficult to adapt after leaving Spain?

-No. I consider myself a person who adapts quickly to situations and I try to squeeze the positive part of each experience.

  • How long do you plan to continue playing?

-Well, it’s something I’m beginning to appreciate. I want to dedicate time to my family and I am starting other projects related to soccer but from a different perspective.

Having trained and continuing to do so gives me the peace of mind to be able to decide.

  • Are you satisfied with the progress you have made?

-Very satisfied and proud. Sometimes life closes doors you were obsessed with and opens others you never imagined. I am satisfied because since I left home at the age of 15 I have given everything to pursue my dream.

  • Childhood idol?

-Zidane and Busquets.

  • Happiest moment in your career?

-First division debut with Elche at the Vicente Calderón.

  • What advice would you give to a soccer player who wants to live other experiences outside his country?

-Not to be afraid to live other experiences. Thanks to soccer and the decision to go out, I have made friends all over the world, I have known different cultures and I have played in full fields with 60,000 people. There are many opportunities out there and we are fortunate that we live in a globally connected world, we have to take advantage of it and lose that fear.

  • Finally, what do you think of the work done by FutbolJobs over the years?

-They do an incredible job. I want to personally thank you for all the help you have given me and the information you provide to the players, coaches and soccer people who are so far from home and who want to continue looking for opportunities abroad. They have a very wide contact network and they have personally helped me a lot with the transfer market. I would definitely recommend them for their professionalism and personalized attention.

From FutbolJobs, we would like to thank Mario Arqués for giving us this opportunity and allowing us to get to know the Spaniard better.