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It is not a country for old people: the veteran of Spain accuses her of age discrimination

Date: March 22, 2023 Time: 13:18:21

From that historical one – without exaggeration! – The team that won the gold medal of the European Championship twice in a row (in 2008 and 2012) and became world champion in 2010 has almost nothing today. After the new mentor of the Red Fury, Luis de la Fuente, nevertheless decided to open the door to the last “living” legend of the old-fashioned national team, Sergio Ramos, theoretically only Jordi, 33, remained among the veterans. years. to have the opportunity to be summoned to the selection of the future. Albs.

The defender has been defending the colors of Barcelona for almost ten years and, by the way, he managed to run side by side in Furia Roja for several years with his current coach Xavi. Alba has been called up regularly by the national team since 2011 and knows the taste of victory: in the 2012 Euro Cup final, where the Spanish beat the Italians 4-0, Jordi was the author of one of the goals scored .

Another of the long-lived members of that very “golden” squad from Spain, and by the way, Jordi’s teammate -Sergio Busquets, 34, despite an impressive track record -four World Cups behind him- decided not to wait until he was asked to he left, but he left alone. Immediately after the World Cup in Qatar.

The global restructuring of the ‘red fury’, with emphasis on youth, began four years ago Luis Enrique. During this time, he managed to be repeatedly criticized, especially after he twice did not call his captain Sergio Ramos to the national team, at Euro 2020 and the World Cup in Qatar. But Enrique did not dare to completely leave the record holder of the national team in terms of the number of games played by her without hope. But the new mentor of the “Furies of the Red”, Luis de la Fuente, still managed. So you can understand the depth of disappointment for the 36-year-old Ramos. And his public accusations against the coach of the national team, too. Especially when before your eyes is the example of Leo Messi, who became world champion at the age of 35. “I got a call from the current head coach who told me that he doesn’t count on me now and he won’t count on me in the future, no matter what level of play I show and no matter how I continue my sports career. Unfortunately, this is the end of an adventure that I expected to be longer, ”wrote the PSG defender on his social media.

But the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) does not believe that anything out of the ordinary has happened. What’s more, its president, Luis Rubiales, is extremely outraged by Ramos’s behavior -according to the head of Spanish football, Sergio should not have made the words of the national team coach public-. The course of youth has long been set, but the fact that it was not possible to properly carry out the legend of the national team … Who is to blame for this?

Ramos, in his outrage at the rampant ageism at Red Fury, was supported by many former teammates. Thus, the former goalkeeper for Real Madrid and the Spanish team, Iker Casillas, published a photo of Ramos on his social networks, highlighting the World Cup and two European Cups alongside the defender. These trophies were won together by Iker and Sergio from 2008 to 2012. The legend of the coaching workshop Carlo Ancelotti could not remain silent either. “The age issue for veterans is the same as it is for young people. If the player meets the requirements, then there is no need to look at the passport,” said the Real Madrid coach. So it seems that De la Fuente will follow the path of his predecessor Luis Enrique: work more under great pressure. After all, you have to be able to say goodbye to the legends, especially since with the departure of Ramos an entire era for the Spanish team ends. Yes, until Alba was discounted, but with all due respect for his services to the national team, Sergio deserved a special farewell.

Puck Henry
Puck Henry
Puck Henry is an editor for ePrimefeed covering all types of news.

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