There is nothing like looking for motivation to follow the World Cup. Real fans dropped a few when Luis en Enrique did not include any txuri urdin in the list of 26 in Spain and left the Japanese Take Kubo as the only realistic representative in the planetary event in Qatar. However, viewing the matches does allow us to verify that there is a group of World Cup participants who had a link with the San Sebastián squad, either because they were part of it or its subsidiary or because at one or more moments they were in its orbit to be incorporated, although in the end their advent to Anoeta did not materialize.
In the group of exes, a youth squad player and world champion like Antoine Griezmann. ) 202 matches for Real, 52 goals, a participation in the Champions League and the main culprit for the rebirth of a sunken team paints his txuri urdin resume. The Frenchman, starter in the victory against Australia, also left 54 million euros in the coffers. respect.
gero rulli (170 games at Real) was saved from burning Argentina against Saudi Arabia because the chosen one was ‘I drew‘ Martinez. Surprised ownership at 34 years of a Hector Moreno who passed through the txuri urdin entity without pain or glory. Something similar can be said of Theo Hernandez in the 2018/19 campaign. The Frenchman started at the premiere in Qatar and signed a great game.
Matty Ryan -9 games at Real last year- could not avoid the defeat against France at the ‘aussie’ goal and Seferovic -gray campaign throwing black in Anoeta in 2013/14- he participated at the end in the Swiss victory against Canada.
The two World Cup players in Qatar who went through Sanse, but did not make their debut with the first team, are Moses ‘the spider‘ RamirezEcuador goalkeeper, and Srdjan BabicSerbia’s left-footed centre-back.
the ones that could be
It is impossible to hear the names of players like the Costa Rican Joel Campbell or the danish Andreas Skov Olsen and not remember summer afternoons of calls and offers. The ‘tico’ preferred Betis first and then Villarreal before Real (now he doesn’t usually do that) and the Dane went to Bologna for six million euros in 2019, but he had one foot in Anoeta.
Another who was close was the scorer with Spain Ferran Torres, on loan from Valencia, in 2018, when he was only 18 years old. It was not done, it arrived Sandro and the end of the story was not very happy. Carlos Soler this summer and Pablo Sarabia They are two other ‘red’ players who were on the realistic agenda.
There are surely others that did not transcend, but shaqiri from Switzerland, tagliafico from Argentina, estupinán from Ecuador, jahanbakhsh from Iran or Zitkovic from Serbia could have been txuri urdin in their day. But they weren’t. Today they play the World Cup.