Black players who played for Spain
The last matches played by the Spanish team in the Nations League against Germany and Ukraine have left their own name: Ansu fati. One of the pearls of Barcelona for the future It has been the highlight of the two games, leading a very young team called up by Luis Enrique and who still has a lot to mature to be able to become among the best in the world again. Even so, Ansu broke another record for precocity, be the youngest player in the history of the red to score, with 17 years and 311 days. The brand that Juan Erraquin had maintained during 95 years, beat.
Against Germany he was already the second youngest to make his debut with the national team and he scored, but they canceled their goal. Against Ukraine he caused a penalty in the second minute of the game and scored the third of the national account. "Only has 17 years and has already dared to do the things he has done ", Luis Enrique said after the duel against the Ukrainians. Barça rubs their hands and more seeing how the team's situation is. Fati points to star player in LaLiga this year, although if we see the bets it is not considered as such. In fact, He doesn't even appear among the favorites to top scorers of this campaign, list that of course his companion Leo Messi leads.
The appearance of a talent of this caliber calls for calm and tranquility, but it also reminds us of other purebred players who have participated for the national team, some of them being very important in their respective times. Surely the one that comes to mind is Marcos Senna. The Brazilian footballer, born in Rio de Janeiro but nationalized Spanish, was decisive so that the best time in the history of Spanish football could take place. He was a key player in the midfield in achieving the European Championship title 2008.
Senna played eleven seasons at Villarreal and 28 red matches throughout the World Cup 2006, the mentioned Euro and the qualifying phase for the World Cup 2010. One of the disciples of Luis Aragonés and who initiated the transition towards the "tiki-taka". Now his relief could be taken by Thiago Alcántara. Another Hispanic-Brazilian who was born in Italy, of Brazilian parents, but who decided to play with Spain. After a long journey at Barcelona where it never became important, His change to Bayern Munich has made him mature and has made him the best option for Luis Enrique's core.
European Champion this season, He has won one European Under-17 and two Euro Under-21s. With the absolute, their time has come before the decline of the great pillars of the center of the field. Has already played more than Senna, 37 matches, and in this one 2020 is when he is showing his best level. It can be a great complement for gamers who focus more on attack than defense, although it will be difficult for him to lead the new team alone.
More current are Iñaki Williams or Adama Traoré. The Athletic club footballer has only played 31 minutes with the national team in a friendly match against Bosnia. With the U-21 yes he has had more participation, but with the first team it can be a great alternative seeing their last campaigns carried out in Lezama. Meanwhile, Traoré has not even made his debut, but your case is curious. The Wolves player was unable to debut in his first call-up at the end of 2019 from a previous muscle injury, and for these last two crashes he tested positive in the PCR tests and had to leave the team. Pure curse.
If we go further back in history we also find illustrious names. Surely the fans of Deportivo de la Coruña will not forget Donato, member of the "Superdepor"Who played friendlies, qualifying matches for the European Championship 1996 and the first match of the group phase of this tournament against Bulgaria. The national team fell on penalties to England in the quarterfinals in that round and the Brazilian never played with the red again.. yes, he was left without losing a single match that he played: 6 victories and 6 draws.
Something similar happened to Vicente Engonga, player born in Barcelona, of a natural father from Equatorial Guinea and a Spanish mother. The midfielder made a career in the Spanish league having his best years at Mallorca, with which he won a Spanish Super Cup. With the national team he played fourteen games of which he won 10 and tied 4, However, their participation in the final stages was reduced to the Eurocup of the 2000 where he had minutes against Slovenia in the group stage. After another fall in the quarterfinals, never returned with the Hispanics.
And in this section we close with Catanha, Brazilian footballer from Recife who played for Málaga and Celta in the highest category. On the way from Spain to the World Cup 2002 participated in two qualifying matches and a friendly against the Netherlands. The forward won an Intertoto with those of Vigo. We will see if Fati is capable of surpassing all of them and having a broader career in the national team. Good feelings gives plenty, but then you have to materialize it on the field. The black race to power.