Daniel Cruz and José Valencia are regulars for Ajax 2 this year. Last season they made it to the semifinal of the national cup, although Cruz missed a big part due to injuries. They hope to repeat last year's success with Ajax 2.
How do you celebrate Christmas and/or New Year's Eve?
Valencia: ,,I celebrate Christmas with my family in Equador. We go to church on Christmas Eve and we eat afterwards. We spend the whole Christmas Day opening presents, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. we eat sweets. We go to church at the end of the afternoon. And then we eat, turkey. On New Year's Eve we gather with the whole family and chat for the entire evening.''
Cruz: ,,We celebrate Christmas in Colombia with lots of presents under the Christmas tree. We also have turkey for dinner on Christmas Day. I do basically the same as Jose on New Year's Eve. We stay indoors with the whole family during the holidays.''
What was the most important in 2002?
Valencia: ,,That we got so far in the Dutch cup with Ajax 2. It was a good year for me. Apart from doing well in the cup, we also won the championship with Ajax 2. It was a bit frustrating at the same time, because I hoped to get further than the second team. In my personal life not much important happened.''
Cruz: ,For me, the operation I had in March was the most important. It was a bad year. A friend of mine was killed in an accident. The only good thing is, that I learned that family is the most important thing of all. My mother and father are always there for me.''
Expectations for 2003?
Valencia: ,,I want to become a better football player. Maybe I can make the first team, or find another club. Above all, I hope to stay healthy and free of injuries. That is my goal for next year.''
Cruz: ,,The only thing I hope, is that I remain healthy. That's all.''
With whom would you like to drink champagne?
Valencia: ,,With Daniel Cruz.''
Cruz: ,,Oh my, what's that? Now I have to name you too, I guess. With Jose!''