first_imgSMITH BACK AT SANTA ANITA & IS LOOKING FORWARD TO RIDING BAFFERT’S IMPROBABLE IN THE GRADE I PREAKNESS STAKES AT PIMLICO ON MAY 18 VICTORIOUS WITH JUSTIFY LAST YEAR, SMITH ‘HAS SOME IDEAS’ ABOUT WINNING THIS YEAR’S PREAKNESS ARCADIA, Calif. (May 9, 2019)–With an “Aw shucks” demeanor that belies an intensely competitive nature, superstar jockey Mike Smith is anxiously awaiting his opportunity to ride Bob Baffert’s talented Improbable in the 144th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday, May 18.Following an extensive taped interview with NBC Sports that also included Baffert in Santa Anita’s Chandelier Room late Thursday morning, Smith, who won his first Preakness Stakes with Prairie Bayou in 1993 and his second with eventual undefeated Triple Crown Champion Justify last year, was happy to take additional time to address this year’s Preakness and more in Santa Anita’s East Paddock Gardens area.Q.     You’ve never ridden Improbable, but you’ve seen him run a number of times. What are your thoughts about riding him for the first time in the Preakness?A.     “I’m extremely excited to get back there, especially to ride this colt. I still think there’s talent there that we haven’t seen.To be back riding in this year’s Preakness, with Bob, (owners) WinStar, all the connections, back together again, it kinda means a little more.  We’ll see if we can pull it off, he’s definitely got the ability to do so.”Q.     He got beat about 3 ½ lengths in the Derby. What about his running style and how do you approach this race with him, based upon what you’ve seen?A.     “Depending upon who’s actually going to run and where we draw, I could see him running a big race and I could see this playing out with two different scenarios. I’ve got some ideas about him, hopefully I can pull a race out of him that he hasn’t quite run before.  I try to figure out some ways to do that…Instead of just doing the same old thing.”Q.     You’re known as “Big Money” Mike, and it’s for good reason. You’ve often said that even very early in your career, you liked the pressure that goes with being in big-race situations. Why?A.     “When you’re in a big race and you’re the one to beat, it just kind of takes me to a different level, a different kind of focus. I really like to try to figure out why the horse I’m riding is so good and what makes him so good, and really use those tactics to try and beat the competition. I’ve been blessed to have pulled it off a few times and we’re gonna try again.”Q.     It sure sounds like you believe Improbable has quite a bit of upside over what he’s already shown?A.     “I certainly believe he has better races in him and the fact that Bob’s running him back gives me confidence, because he’s not running the other two (Game Winner and Roadster). So, this horse must’ve come out of the race in really good shape. And I’m sure that’s why he’s running…He should have a really good foundation now and be really, really ready for a race like this.”Q.     As you know, there’s been a great deal of controversy surrounding the disqualification of the winner, Maximum Security. You finished mid-pack with Cutting Humor, but what is your take on the incident at the top of the stretch?A.     “In this situation, I don’t think Luis Saez (aboard Maximum Security) was trying to be unsafe. I don’t think it was something he did on his own. The horse saw something and went out for whatever reason…Whether he saw something, or somebody hit him from behind, whatever it was, he certainly veered out and it wasn’t the rider’s fault…The horse took him there.”Q.     Following the race, a good friend of yours, Jon Court, who lodged a claim of foul against Maximum Security, said that he thought all jockeys, regardless of whether they’re riding stakes or claiming horses, need to be safety-conscious.A.      “We all need to understand we’re on some extremely delicate and extremely valuable horses and we need to take care of each one of them as best we can. This was just a situation where no one was looking to do anything crazy, it just happened.”last_img read more


first_img0 38% Kent Desormeaux38 56% 5 11 Andrew Lerner9 22% 6 Ruben Fuentes77 7 Joseph Talamo72 26% 10 $312,910 $759,957 9 Flavien Prat62 13 ON-LINE PROVIDER XBTV EARNS TWO TELLY AWARDS Rafael Bejarano80 10 $376,339 21% TrainerMts 10 Martin Garcia37 56% $728,498 17% 18 13 Tiago Pereira80 7 56% JockeyMts 2 10 $183,014 4 29% 0 $515,702 16% 12 55% 2nd 15% 14 3 45% 11 EURTON SEEKS GAMELY UPSET, STATUS WITH AHIMSA 12 6 5 JACKPOT IS $673,893 AT THE END OF RAINBOW PICK SIX $554,296 12 7 Win% $441,692 4 $551,171 29% 10 47% 1st Drayden Van Dyke59 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS 15 30% Philip D’Amato43 8 $405,230center_img $778,499 2 55% 8 $801,015 10 16% 8 Money Won 8 9 1st 65% 30% 2nd 14 4 Edwin Maldonado47 Mark Glatt47 43% J. Keith Desormeaux20 10 19% 3 51% $423,405 8 3rd SUMMERTIME OAKS ROUTE COULD AID SNEAKING OUT $402,358 $616,892 John Sadler34 3 23% 63% 8 65% $563,175 18 16% 2 ITM% 13 6 ITM% Victor Espinoza33 Richard Baltas42 (Current  from April 12 through Friday, May 24) 21% 54% McCARTHY STATES GRADE I CASE FOR SURGING OHIO Money Won 15 8 BARGAIN CLAIM OHIO FACES TOUGHER IN SHOEMAKERA Grade I is a Grade I is a Grade I, and although Ohio captured the Grade I FrankE. Kilroe Mile by a desperate nose on March 30, trainer Michael McCarthy takes little if anything for granted when the bargain claim runs in the Grade I Shoemaker Mile on Monday.“Obviously, he’s in a little deeper water in the Shoemaker,” McCarthy allowed, speaking of the eight-year-old gelded son of Elusive Quality who was haltered for $50,000 last June and has earned $351,920 since. “But you can’t fault the horse.“I’m looking forward to leading him over there . . . It seems like he’s training just as well as he had before the Kilroe.”The Shoemaker is the first Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Challenge Race run in the U.S. this year, providing the winner with a fees-paid berth to the Nov. 2 Breeders’ Cup Mile to be run here at Santa Anita.It also is one of three attractive Grade I races offering a total of $1.5 million in purses on Memorial Day, the others being the Gold Cup at Santa Anita and the Gamely.The Shoemaker is race nine of 10 with a 1 p.m. first post time: Ohio, Ruben Fuentes, 6-1; Sharp Samurai, John Velazquez, 4-1; Le Ken, Tiago Pereira, 20-1; River Boyne, Flavien Prat, 6-1; Catapult, Drayden Van Dyke, 3-1; Bolo, Florent Geroux, 20-1; Desert Stone, Geovanni Franco, 12-1; Delta Prince, Joel Rosario, 5-2; and Bowies Hero, Irad Ortiz Jr., 8-1.The Gold Cup, race eight: Blitzkrieg, Rafael Bejarano, 6-1; Mongolian Groom, Martin Garcia, 20-1; Higher Power, Irad Ortiz Jr., 20-1; Lone Sailor, Flavien Prat, 4-1; Gift Box, Joel Rosario, 8-5; Core Beliefs, Florent Geroux, 4-1; and Vino Rosso, John Velazquez, 5-2.The Gamely, which goes as race seven: Rymska, Irad Ortiz Jr., 5-2; Ollie’s Candy, Joel Rosario, 4-1; Meal Ticket, Florent Geroux, 20-1; Vasilika, Flavien Prat, 8-5; Ahimsa, Brice Blanc, 12-1; Streak of Luck, Mike Smith, 15-1; Elysea’s World, Drayden Van Dyke, 6-1; and$10,000 supplemental nominee Causeforcommotion, Geovanni Franco, 8-1.EURTON SEEKS GRADE I BLACK TYPE IN GAMELYAhimsa steps up from a 3 ¼-length triumph against softer competition April 14 to Monday’s Grade I Gamely Stakes. Peter Eurton looks forward to the opportunity.‘We’re looking to get some (black) type in a Grade I,” the trainer said. “She’s doing very well and she won easily the other day. Of course, she had everything her own way (leading throughout) but was impressive enough for us to enter.”Eurton also has Core Beliefs entered in Monday’s Grade I Gold Cup at Santa Anita. The four-year-old Quality Road colt owned by Gary Broad won the Grade II New Orleans Handicap at 9-1 March 23 under Florent Geroux, who is back aboard in the Gold Cup.“We’re giving him a good 60 days since that race,” pointed out Eurton, who sent out Core Beliefs to win the New Orleans Handicap after a six-month absence. “He’ll be going a mile and a quarter, which I think is right up his alley . . . He deserves the chance.”SNEAKING OUT STRETCHES OUT IN SUMMERTIME OAKSSneaking Out moves from seven furlongs to a mile and one sixteenth in Sunday’s Grade II Summertime Oaks. Jerry Hollendorfer fancies her chances in the $200,000 race.A bay California-bred daughter by the Indian Charlie stallion Indian Evening, Sneaking Out crossed the wire three-quarters of a length in front in the restricted Angels Flight at seven furlongs on May 4 but was disqualified to second for a bumping incident in late stretch.“In the race she got disqualified, it looked like she was trying to draw off a little, so we think the extra distance might help her,” the Hall of Fame trainer said.The Summertime Oaks: My Majestic Rose, Flavien Prat, 4-1; Bizwhacks, Mario Gutierrez, 7-2; Sneaking Out, Drayden Van Dyke, 2-1; Colonial Creed, Victor Espinoza, 7-2; and Flor de La Mar, Mike Smith, 5-2.SINGLE TICKET RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT CARRYOVER IS $673,893For the 20th consecutive racing day, Santa Anita’s popular 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot remained elusive on Friday, resulting in a Jackpot carryover of $673,893 into Saturday.With $160,443 in “new” money wagered, Friday’s Jackpot pool reached $797,606 and although there was one “live” Single Ticket Jackpot ticket represented by number five, Forbidden Command, in Friday’s eighth and final race, she never threatened and finished last.As a result, there were 10 consolation tickets with six winners, each worth $8,579.Saturday’s Rainbow Six begins with race five with approximate post time 3:03 p.m. PT.XBTV WINS TWO TELLYS AT THE 40TH ANNUAL TELLY AWARDSXBTV, The Stronach Group’s premier digital on-line content provider, was awarded two 2019 Telly Awards in an announcement earlier this week. XBTV joined a diverse range of winners, from established traditional to on-line network winners, including ESPN, NBC Sports, CBS / Viacom, A&E, PBS and HBO. This year marks the Telly Awards’ 40thanniversary as the world’s largest honor for video and television content across all screens.XBTV won a Silver Telly for “A Candid Conversation with Victor Espinoza (Part 1)” in the category of Online General – Sports. In the piece, XBTV reporter Zoe Cadman and the Triple Crown-winning jockey discussed the accident that left him with a broken neck and his riding career at a crossroads.XBTV won a Bronze Telly for a 30 promo for the website’s coverage of “Morning Workouts” in the category of Promotional Video General – Sports. These were the second Silver and sixth Bronze Telly Awards bestowed on XBTV since 2016.Founded in 1979, the Telly Awards honor video and television made for all screens. The more than 12,000 entries from all 50 states and 5 continents are judged by the Telly Awards Judging Council, an industry body of over 200 leading experts including advertising agencies, production companies and major television networks, reflective of the multi-screen industry.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:Pretty Point works 4 furlongs. (Gallagher) 5-24-19Kazan works 5 furlongs. (Baltas) 5-24-19Juggles worked 5 furlongs. (O’Neill) 5-24-19Bella Luma works 4 furlongs. (Koriner) 5-24-19Weekend Watch: Highlighting weekend action at Santa Anita Park Starting May 25th, 2019Polity worked 5 furlongs (Hofmans) 5-22-19Nevermissesabeat worked 4 furlongs (Gaines) 5-22-19Withholding Info worked 5 furlongs (Baffert) 5-22-19Golden Goddess worked 3 furlongs (Sherlock) 5-22-19Gift Box works 6 furlongs. (Sadler) 5-18-19Paradise Woods works 5 furlongs. (Shierriffs) 5-18-19FINISH LINES: Congratulations to the connections of Kittyhawk Lass on winning Friday’s first race, a maiden event for fillies and mares at the $50,000 claiming level. The winning owners were former trainer Mark Tsagalakis and partner Terry Nichols, who race as Endeavor Farm. “They started that farm in Lexington,” said Mike Puype, who trains the three-year-old filly, winner by a half-length at a $7.80 payoff. The winner’s share of the $42,000 purse was $25,200. “I don’t know how it works out in ownership, but the farm is near Three Chimneys, and it’s beautiful–super-nice, big-time stuff. I’d say it’s very close to 200 acres.” . . . Calling all canines as adorable Corgis will compete during the first annual SoCal Corgi Nationals Sunday at Santa Anita. For more info, visit . . . Monday is Dollar Day, with soda and beer on sale for a buck and hot dogs for $2. 3rd Jerry Hollendorfer28 46% Win% 8 8 2 Doug O’Neill60 25% 6 $609,927 40% 68% 48% 14 53% 15% $137,171last_img read more

Bielsa to bolster squad after Jack Clarke returns to Tottenham

first_imgThe England Under-21 star, currently on loan from Spurs’ fierce rivals Arsenal, has been a hit with fans since scoring on his debut.Nketiah has netted four times in six appearances including a goal in Leeds away game against Barnsley last month.The Yorkshire club will take on Millwall at The Den on Saturday. Clarke made 25 appearances in his breakthrough 2018/19 season as the Whites lost to Derby in the play-off semi-final.But fellow loanees Jack Harrison and Helder Costa moved above him in the pecking order at Elland Road.Clarke’s impact at the club this season is in stark contrast to fellow loan player Eddie Nketiah. And Marcelo Bielsa will have £10,000-a-week off the wage bill and a place in his squad when Clarke’s season-long deal is cut short.Bielsa is set to look for a loan signing to add competition for his first team for the second half of the season as the club battle for promotion.They moved back into the top two in midweek after their win against West Brom – and Bielsa will freshen his squad in January to keep their momentum for the final four months of the season. 2 Arsenal loanee Eddie Nketiah has been on target for Leeds four times so far this seasonCredit: PA:Press Association LEEDS will bolster their squad after sending Jack Clarke back to Tottenham.The 18-year-old was loaned back to Elland Road after his £10million move to Spurs – but has not made a Championship appearance.2 Jack Clarke returns to parent club Tottenham after Leeds loan is cut short. Clarke has not played in a single Championship game for the Elland Road side this season.Credit: Getty – Contributorlast_img read more

Mead’s emotional PNG homecoming

first_imgWhether playing for the Hunters or Kumuls the PNG players are mobbed wherever they go and Mead says the challenge for the entire team will be channelling that energy and expectation into a win against Wales.”The bus ride in is going to be pretty crazy but all the players are expecting that,” Mead told”There’s no doubt the crowd’s going to be loud. It’s going to be a guaranteed sell-out that’s for sure.”People are going to miss out on buying tickets and there are going to be a lot of people waiting outside as well.”It will be pretty emotional running out so it’s going to be a matter of controlling those emotions.”You can play on emotion but you’ve got to try and control it a bit.”You can never really control the butterflies in the stomach – I get them every game in first grade –but this is slightly different.”The boys can get pretty fired up and pretty excited so it’s just about controlling our emotions.”It’s going to be pretty emotional the first time we run out so it’s just about controlling that and making sure we go out and do our best.”All my family lives there and they’re all going to the game so to run out and know that I’m representing them will give me some extra energy and make it a bit more extra special not just for me but all the PNG players.”Mead was given a taste of what to expect on Saturday having played for Wynnum in their Round 24 clash with the Hunters in Moresby, the game that saw the Hunters wrap up the Intrust Super Cup minor premiership and secure a home final.He also returned during the NRL season to visit with family and distribute some Broncos merchandise at the Port Moresby Hospital, acutely aware of how the nation’s footy teams affect the people of PNG.”The Hunters provided a lot of happiness for the country,” said Mead, who has played just five games previously in PNG during his career.”Obviously they won a lot of games this year and went on to win the Queensland Cup and a lot of the people just get so much joy from not just the Hunters but a lot of the local rugby league as well.”Rugby league is kind of like a religion over there, people praise it, they are so passionate and every time the team bus drives past people on the way to training, the people get out of their seats and jump up and down.”It’s a pretty amazing experience but I’m also excited for the other teams that will come to PNG to experience it.”There’s no doubt it’s going to be in their memories forever.” A passionate Papua New Guinean who at one time in his career was disillusioned with the state of the game in PNG, Mead will have the honour of leading the Kumuls out for the first World Cup game ever played in PNG in front of a crowd that may be just as big outside the ground as the 25,000 who will create a deafening atmosphere from within.Hosting all three of their pool matches in Port Moresby against Wales, USA and Ireland is such an advantage for the Kumuls that they are daring to look as far as a semi-final showdown with one of the game’s superpowers.That would represent a monumental achievement for a team that hasn’t won a single World Cup fixture since the 2000 tournament played in England and France but one that both Mead and coach Michael Marum believe is well within reach.Given the PNG Hunters’ historic Intrust Super Cup premiership this season the passion that the PNG people have for rugby league is on the brink of overflowing, Marum joking at the World Cup launch in Brisbane that the local constabulary would be wise to call for back-up to assist with crowd control.Experienced Queensland Rugby League officials say the noise generated by the crowd during the Hunters’ win over Redcliffe in the grand final qualifier was greater than anything they had experienced either at Origin or Test level yet it will pale in comparison to what happens this Saturday.last_img read more

Pakistan-Zimbabwe game to proceed despite suicide bombing

first_imgZimbabwe will go ahead with their third and final one-day international against Pakistan on Sunday at the Gaddafi Stadium despite security concerns after a suicide bomber blew himself up close to the stadium on Friday night during the second ODI.”The incident hasn’t affected the tour and Zimbabwe will play its last match of the tour as planned,” PCB spokesman Agha Akbar told The Associated Press on Saturday.Akbar also said that all the tickets for Sunday’s game have been sold out and a crowd of around 27,000 is expected.Zimbabwe team spokesman Lovemore Banda confirmed the team would go ahead with the game.He said in a statement that “capital city police officer Amin Vaince said what occurred was a cylinder blast which killed two people and their forensics experts are examining remains from the explosion to ascertain the cause.”Information minister Pervez Rashid told Geo TV that a police officer was killed and six were wounded when a suicide bomber blew himself up, nearly one kilometer from the stadium.PCB’s chief operating officer Subhan Ahmed accompanied Vaince for a meeting with Zimbabwe officials and players at the team hotel on Saturday, reassuring them that efficient security measures would be in place.”He (Vaince) assured the travelling party of continued safety on the tour, and said the fact that the blast occurred outside their red zone means that the security measures put in place for the tour were not breached,” Banda said.A loud explosion was heard inside the stadium, but the game didn’t stop as Pakistan won it by six wickets and took an unassailable 2-0 lead.Initially, police claimed the explosion was caused by electric transformer, in an apparent bid to avoid panic inside the stadium where at least 20,000 spectators were watching the game.Thousands of policemen had been deployed outside the stadium and spectators had to endure several checkpoints while waiting in long queues hours before the start of the day/night matches at 4:00 p.m. local time (1100 GMT).Zimbabwe is the first test-playing nation to tour Pakistan in six years since gunmen attacked on Sri Lanka team bus — also in Lahore — in 2009.Seven police officials and a van driver were killed during the ambush while wounding several Sri Lanka players.Eager to avoid a repeat of that incident and push the case for a full return of international cricket to the country, Pakistan’s government has provided VIP-level security to Zimbabwe’s team.A fleet of security vans with armed gunmen shield the team buses during their travel from hotel to the stadium. Zimbabwe arrived on May 19 to play two Twenty20s and three ODIs.The International Cricket Council has given official status to the series, but declined to send its match officials to Pakistan due to security concerns.last_img read more

Gasperini, to the tifosi of the ‘Fiore’: “They are the children of p …”

first_imgFiorentina conquered the pass to the quarterfinals of the Italian Cup beating Atalanta 2-1. The Viola managed to win the Nerazzurri thanks to the first goal of the newly signed Patrick Cutrone and another of the Spanish Pol Lirola, who canceled the tie signed by Josip Ilicic despite the numerical inferiority of the Tuscans for the red card that Pezzella saw. Throughout the confrontation, Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini received many insults from the stands of Franchi. His response to the attitude of the fan viola at a press conference is causing a stir in Italy: “I never insulted anyone, but they told me several times ‘son of a bitch’: my mother lived the war to give these idiots the right to speak. “ The coach was even more blunt shortly after: “They really are ‘motherfuckers’. This lack of education cannot be accepted”.last_img read more

Belgium and Holland consider a single joint league

first_imgWhy earn 80 million euros and can earn 400? Teams from the Netherlands and Belgium have raised that issue to their respective federations with a proposal that, if carried out, will revolutionize European football from 2025. Six clubs of the Eredivisie (Ajax, PSV, AZ Alkmaar, Utrecht, Feyenoord and Vitesse) and five of the Jupiler Pro League (Genk, Bruges, Gent, Anderlecht and Standard Liege) have commissioned the consultant Deloitte a report to calculate the impact economic that would unify both leagues in a single competition and the conclusion is that a future Beneliga would generate about 400 million euros for television rights. Currently, both do not reach 80 million in revenue from the retransmissions of their parties.This merger would make the new competition the sixth most economically powerful league in the continent, behind LaLiga, Premier, Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue 1, something that, in theory, would cause a level rise in Dutch and Belgian football that, in turn, would have an impact on the participation of clubs from both countries in continental tournaments. Ajax and Bruges, for example, have asked several times in recent years for more prominence in the Champions League for minor league clubs since today, the Eredivisie and Jupiler Pro champions have to play the previous one. In fact, the Dutch champion is one of the most positioned clubs in favor of the creation of a new Super League or, failing that, the reform of the European Cup. “We cannot ignore the new reality. Sooner or later, there will be a European Super League with matches between Bayern and Madrid on Sundays.”, Said Bart Verhaeghe, sports director of Bruges to the newspaper Kicker. The proposed project consists of a league of 18 teams (ten from the Netherlands and eight from Belgium) with an independent ascent and descent system, in which each country would have its own Second Division, being the champions of these those who replaced the last classified of each country in First the following season.For Beneliga to come true, the agreement of all First and Second clubs of both countries is needed, something that seems difficult since teams like Sparta Rotterdam and Twente, among others, have already positioned themselves against. Even so, the approach of the eleven clubs involved in the project is that the new competition begins to be played from 2025, so there is room to maneuver and reach possible agreements in the future.last_img read more

Kings for a day: minutes of glory

first_imgIto, to the right of Fernando Hierro, in training with the Selection.SVEN NACKSTRAND (EPA) At the time both were considered official, but 27 years later, in 1954, the Federation considered that the match against the Portuguese would become part of those classified as Selection B and since then only the one contested in Italy is counted as a match of the absolute , with the consequent damage to all the footballers who had played in what would eventually become known as the Metropolitan stadium. Seven men debuted that day and as in some cases they were not re-selected, their name is not on the official list.(embed) (/ embed) Ito was the first. Against Russia in Granada. Camacho’s first game as coach. Friendly. 9-23-1998. “I entered in the 86th or 87th minute. Raúl told me to enjoy it and to be myself. Sergi had been sent off in the first half and we were with 10. Camacho and Carcelén told me to control in the middle. The truth is that I touched several balls. Balls always pass through the midfielder position. That season I had arrived at Betis and I was surprised by the call because we had a turbulent summer at the club. There was talk of revolution with the arrival of the new coach. It was impressive. The Almendralejo City Council put a bus for my relatives and those in town who wanted to go. Zamora and Acuña pose together before a National Team match. Acuña, goalkeeper for 15 minutesEspecially striking is the case of Juan Acuña, Deportivo goalkeeper between, from 1939 to 1955, whom Ricardo Zamora himself considered his natural replacement. In four seasons he was the least goalscored goalkeeper in the League and yet he only played one game and not even complete. It was at Mestalla, 12-28-1941, against Switzerland (3-2). He entered in the 75th minute replacing Martorell. He was then called up for three more games without playing, before being called up for the 1950 World Cup. It did not open in Brazil. Ignacio Eizaguirre and Ramallets blocked his path. Siverio, 75 ‘end and 15′ goalkeeperAmong the handful of footballers who have only worn the National Team jersey in one game is Silverio Izaguirre Sorzabalbere, (08/31/1897 – 11/18/1935), left winger of Real Sociedad, who is part of the team that plays the Antwerp Olympics. Silveiro is not a starter in the first three games, but he has his chance in the fourth, against Italy (2-9-1920). Ito, with 6, lifts the cup of the European Under-21 Championship after Spain’s victory over Greece 1-0 in the Bucharest final. Marcos Vales also won that title.OLEG POPOV (REUTERS) Silverio, the last on the right, wearing a beret, poses with the Spanish expedition in Antwerp. It does not matter that almost 22 years have passed since that, both Ito and Marcos Valés, in addition to keeping the souvenir shirts, have those exciting moments well in mind. Nothing better than reading his chronicle of events. By Sergio Ramos’ 170 international matches or the hundred to which only 13 players have had the privilege of reaching in these 100 years of life, have their counterpoint in those who have only once worn the National Team jersey. Internationals for a day. In some very particular cases, no more than five minutes. An honor that those interested have well engraved in their respective memories and that they value in their fair measure. About a quarter of the footballers who have played for Spain only met that first time. Almost two hundred. The exact number varies depending on the sources and the documentation that is collated. On May 29, 1927, the National Team played two friendlies on the same day. One against Italy in Bologna (1-0) and the other against Portugal in Madrid, at the Stadium (2-0). Illustrious of a single dayA review of the long list of players, almost 200, with a single international match presents us with contradictory situations. Men established in their clubs and with a long history did not have their place in the National Team. Aji are the cases of Miera, De Felipe and Serena, European champions with Real Madrid; or Lopetegui himself, who replaced Zubizarreta in the 26th minute of a friendly against Croatia before the 94 World Cup, to which he went as the third goalkeeper without playing.Ernesto Valverde is also a man of a single encounter. Against Iceland, on October 10, 1990, qualifying for Euro 92. Luis Suárez was the coach and played 20 minutes. Entered by Carlos.Manchón (Barcelona), Santos (Zaragoza), Landáburu (Barcelona and Atlético), Diego Rodríguez (Betis-Sevilla), Ricardo Arias (Valencia) … are also part of the club’s debut and farewell on the same day. Once the circumstance has been commented, among the footballers with a single participation are important names with a generous and remarkable career in their respective clubs, but for different reasons they only had that first and last time. It was a friendly but we won 1-0 with a goal from Alkiza. I played with ‘12’, the one they left me and delighted in life. Then he called me up for the next match in Israel, but I didn’t play. And they didn’t call me again. I was a little victim of the reality of my team. We were almost last. All year long fighting not to descend with three coaches. Over time I met Camacho in Ibiza and he told me that he wanted to call me but that the situation did not occur. A pity that I could not take advantage of that moment, but those little minutes are no longer taken from me by anyone. ” Standing, and from left to right, pose Lemmel (masseuse), Carulla, Óscar, Eizaguirre, Perelló, Moraleda, Molina, Polo and Pedro Regueiro. On his knees, and in the same order, Alfonso Martínez (substitute goalkeeper), Garrobé, Gonzalo, Matías, Pablito Calvo and Sagi Barba. The eleven that defeats Portugal at the Madrid Metropolitan Stadium. Marcos Vales appeared out of nowhere. He had not been called up for the match against Russia, but appeared in the next. Gallego de La Coruña played that season at Zaragoza. Camacho explained his call. “He is playing well and can contribute many things both in the band and in the center.”The interested party passes balance. “I entered at the last minute. The game was not closed, we won only 2-1 and it is appreciated that even if it was for a few minutes, the coach trusted me. Another in his place would have gotten a more veteran player, but I think he wanted him to debut. I don’t remember what Raúl told me, he wished me luck. I remember that the day before we were able to do some tourism and they explained to us how people lived in that country. There were a lot of police and Army near us. From the stadium I have the image of not being very full. There was no atmosphere. Much silence.I can’t complain about just playing four or five minutes. Many professionals with a career longer than mine, including captains in their teams, have not had that opportunity to play even for a day with the national team. Also playing in Zaragoza you do not have as many opportunities as in Madrid or Barça. I keep the shirt. It was 16 ”. Almost five decades later there is another curious case with a double protagonist: Antonio Álvarez Pérez, Ito and Marcos Vales. Both can perfectly be two of the players with the fewest minutes played in that one time they were international. His casuistry has many points in common. They were both midfielders and were proclaimed European champions that summer with the U21s. Both debuted with Camacho as coach in two consecutive games, Russia and Israel, with a three-week interval, and both replaced Raúl in the last five minutes. A luxury cicerone to welcome them to the Selection. After 78 minutes, Ricardo Zamora was sent off for slapping an opponent, the Italian-Argentine Badini, who had previously kicked him in the knee. The goalkeeper was fed up with the innings made by the Italian forwards and he reacted badly. I was 19 years old. Expelled. Moments of tension. Who gets in the goal? The contingency is not foreseen. And there the Donostiarra appears from the band to accept the challenge.He acts almost a quarter of an hour as a goalkeeper with the same Zamora jersey and keeps his door to zero and even according to some chronicles he performs a good intervention. The expelled goalkeeper did not leave him alone in the face of danger. Until the end of the game he stood by the goal to advise his partner.Sesúmaga’s two goals, the second just before the aforementioned set, give the pass to Spain, who would play the silver medal against the Netherlands in the next match. Silveiro would no longer play. Neither in Antwerp nor later. In his only meeting with La Roja he fulfilled a double mission: extreme-goalkeeper. It has never happened again.last_img read more