It may be, yes, that Luis Enrique’s squad list for this European Championship, more European than any other, had, for some Spanish fans, some notable absences such as a right-back like Navas or, for example, the second great scorer Spaniard who, above all, is the No. 1 in assists in LaLiga, the Galician Aspar .
But the loudest thing about that list was the total absence, for the first time in the history of the two great national team competitions, the European Championship and the World Cup , of Real Madrid players . The striking thing about the call was not so much, that also, the absence of the ‘great captain’ Sergio Ramos , but that, in a list of 24, which could have been 26, Luis Enrique did not summon Nacho and Asensio .
One at least
Never before had an event of such repercussion occurred, although it is true that in the long injury of Ramos, it is added that, for the first time in 10 years (2009-2010, with Manuel Pellegrini on the bench), the merengue team ended the 2020-2021 season without winning a single title. Some believe that the low credibility that many critics and fans had in this team was due to the fact that there was not a single white player.
It so happens that, according to statistics published by Pedro Martín , the COPE Network’s data expert (@pedritonumeros), the Spanish team has achieved better numbers and more titles the fewer Real Madrid players it had in its ranks. It is still curious that, in the World Cup-50 in Brazil , this surprising fact was about to occur but, finally, Luis Molowny was called up .
Better without meringues
If we discard the competitions where the number of Real Madrid contributions ranged between three and five (for example, the World Cup won in South Africa: Casillas , Arbeloa , Albiol , Alonso and Ramos ) and we divide the events between those competitions in which two or more participated fewer meringues players and / or six or more white footballers, the truth is that the balance that comes out is that Spain did much better the fewer white footballers it had in its ranks.
With six or more white players, Spain was eliminated in the group stage of the 1962 World Cup , in Chile, with 7 white players; The same fate ran the national team in England-1966 , with 6 whites; in the 1986 World Cup in Mexico , with 7 Real Madrid players, Spain was eliminated in the quarterfinals; in Euro-1988 , from Germany, with up to 8 whites, a record for merengue participation (Camacho, Gallego, Gordillo, Sanchís, Michel, Martín Vázquez, Butragueño and Buyo), also fell in the group stage; In the 1990 World Cup , in Italy, with 6 whites, the team was eliminated in the round of 16, as happened, more recently, in Russia-2018, with 6 stars meringues.
However, in some of the big competitions where the coach on duty only called up one or two Real Madrid players, the results were better. In the aforementioned World Cup-1950 , in Brazil, with the solitary contribution of Molowny, Spain finished fourth; Spain was champion in the Eurocup-1964 , which was played in our country, with 2 white players; title that he repeated, in 2008, at the European Championship held in Austria and Switzerland, with only two white players; in Euro-2016 , with 2 Real Madrid players, Spain was eliminated in the second round and, now, in the current EurocupWithout a single Real Madrid player, Spain will fight tomorrow, at Wembley, for a spot in the final against Italy.