Spain is moving along nicely in the Confederations Cup, giving Iker Casillas a much-needed respite from an emotional end to the Real Madrid season, as well as some invigorating sunshine for his girlfriend, Sara Carbonero.
As Spain readies for a mammoth test against Italy in the 2013 Confederations Cup semifinal Thursday, Carbonero—a reporter covering the tournament for Spain's Telecinco—used some free time to explore the Brazilian beaches.
As Antena3.com reported, Carbonero's images splashed across the pages of Hola! Magazine after she was spotted using what little down time she had to enjoy all that Brazil has to offer.
The reporter has been dating the Spanish goalkeeper for some time and even covered the national side at the 2010 World Cup played in South Africa.
As BBC reported at the time, Spanish outlets blamed her presence on a Swiss goal that took place in the opening fixture for Spain.
Casillas had rushed out to tackle a Swiss forward, but failed to grab the ball, which fell luckily for (Gelson) Fernandes.
Later, Spanish football websites carried comments suggesting that the presence of 25-year-old Carbonero could have affected Casillas's performance.
Of course, all was fine when Spain won the World Cup, which led to this very famous kiss the two shared on live TV.
As for Casillas, a win in Brazil would help shed some bitter feelings he had following a trying end to the Real Madrid season, and one that saw manager Jose Mourinho leave to helm his former side in Chelsea.
On your return [from injury], however, you found yourself in the unusual position of having to sit on the bench at Real Madrid. How did you deal with that period?
By thinking of the team and wanting what's best for Real Madrid. I cried, suffered, felt bad and had nights where I slept little, if at all. I'm a Madridista through and through, and before everyone else – coaches, presidents, directors of football, even myself – the club always comes first.
There is no worry of a benching in an upcoming critical match. As ESPN reports, Casillas was "named by (Vincente) Del Bosque as 'the most first-choice' after both Victor Valdes and Pepe Reina enjoyed rare starts between the sticks in the group stage."
For now, both Carbonero and Casillas seem to be enjoying their time in South America. Although, I have to believe life would be that much sweeter with two more victories.