In some previous World Cups and Euro Cups, the selection has experienced injuries, controversies, dismissals and even police investigations. The positive of Busquets is the last episode of the black legend

Santi Caizares, after his injury in 2002.

“In La Martona everything we say about the suffering we went through is little. Very cold and a disastrous meal. They gave us an impossible to eat meat or spaghetti that were bad noodles. There was no planting of the true miracle players,” he narrated Juanito on the days before the 1978 World Cup in Argentina in a hotel under construction in the middle of nowhere and thus inaugurated a tradition that multiplied in the 90s and reached our times unstoppable: before a great championship, Spain always suffers an earthquake. Injuries, controversies, dismissals and even police investigations have surrounded the team on the way to World Cups and Euro Cups and perhaps that is why the positive for coronavirus of Sergio Busquets This Sunday it didn’t seem so, so serious. Because of the precedents, many other things could happen.

Against journalists

A decade to the great. The 1990s and, especially, the six Javier Clemente As coach, they turned each concentration of Spain into a powder indoors and, above all, outdoors. Especially outside doors. Specifically against those who were waiting at the door. After the first game of the 1990 World Cup in Italy – a 0-0 draw against Uruguay – the players met with journalists to recriminate their reports and in the first phase of the 1996 Euro Cup in England, Clemente quarreled – literally – with a radio announcer. The war between Garca Y De La Morena, now fictionalized in a series, did not help the tranquility, although years later, in the 2006 World Cup in Germany, the waters of the nights in the airwaves already calmed, Luis Aragons also had them with the press after ruling out Ral Gonzlez.

The colony of Caizares

“I understand that there are crazy theories, because it was not a normal accident, but what happened happened: I fell, broke and cut me. There is nothing else, just bad luck. Even today, to insult me, they yell at me” colonies! ” or “idiot, you cut yourself with a bottle!”, and just losing that World Cup was painful, but they are things that happen and it is not so important, “he commented recently Santiago Caizares to EL MUNDO about the accident that marked his international career. Before the 2002 World Cup in Korea, in a room at the Hotel Montecastillo in Jerez, the doorman, who was going to be the starter, went to put on cologne, lost control of the bottle and cushioned his fall with his right foot. A disaster. The total section of the extensor tendon of the first toe of Caizares’ right foot confirmed that the selection would no longer live quietly the days before a great championship.

The Torbe case

Although everything can get worse. During the happiest years of the national team (2008-2012) any previous incident was buried by the victories, but afterwards the black legend returned stronger than ever. “I am the first surprised by this that has come out and nothing, only to deny it, because it is a lie and a falsehood,” he declared David De Gea when everything around him, before Euro 2016 in France, was reeling. In the days leading up to the tournament, a witness implicated the goalkeeper, Iker Muniain already Isco Alarcn In the investigation of the porn entrepreneur Torbe for human trafficking and sexual exploitation of minors and the selection lived from everything except a concentration. Then the Police found no evidence of crimes and De Gea played the games, but in those circumstances the defeat in the second round seemed logical.

The dismissal of Lopetegui

Something similar happened with the elimination two years later, in the World Cup in Russia, also in the round of 16. Three days before the start of the championship, the coach, Julen Lopetegui, announced his signing for Real Madrid and the president of the Spanish Federation, Luis Rubiales, I fired him in a withering way. “This, over time, will make us stronger,” proclaimed Rubiales, but no. Of course not. The interim of the sports director, Fernando ironAs a coach, I ended up with a regular group stage and an early goodbye. The selection sought serenity by hiring Luis Enrique, inflexible coach like few others, and even a few days ago the controversy over the absence of Sergio Ramos, but the crooked PCR of Sergio Busquets I showed up to continue with la tradicin.


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