Mikel Merino emulates his father at the Stuttgart flag: “It was a rush”

Mikel Merino emulates his father at the Stuttgart flag: “It was a rush”
Mikel Merino emulates his father at the Stuttgart flag: “It was a rush”

Mikel Merino (Pamplona, ​​22/6/1996) scored with an acrobatic header from a cross by Dani Olmo the goal that qualified Spain for the semi-finals of the European Championship against the host Germany in Stuttgart. Curiously, in the same stadium where his father, Miguel Merino, 57 years old, ex of Leganés, UD Las Palmas, Burgos and Celta, scored he scored 33 goals in Osasuna’s 2-3 win over Stuttgart in the UEFA Cup. That day, the red midfielder He celebrated with glee, surrounding the corner flag with his fists clenched. Mikel, con The Redrepeated the same pattern this Friday, aware of what had happened to his father, heading like lightning towards the flag. An extra motivation to mark and imitate your role model.

“I’m coming down from the clouds. Until I saw the shot go in, I didn’t know it was going to be a goal. It was a terrible high,” Miguel Merino comments in The SER Crossbar. “Teary eyes, it was your son who scored the goal and it was impossible not to get emotional,” he added before turning off his phone when it ran out of battery from all the congratulations. “After the match, after they shower, we have the chance to be with them and he told me that we had already talked about that goal. If we wrote the script it couldn’t have turned out so well, how could I have thought it, it’s a terrible coincidence”.

He explains the plasticity of the goal of the Real midfielder: “He has a great facility for finishing with his head, he achieves balance by opening his legs and stabilizing his upper three to create strength, The foreshortening he does with his body is spectacular,” he describes and values ​​the merit of the action. “It is within the reach of professional footballers.” The rest of the parents congratulated him effusively, although Oyarzabal’s mother had a rise in blood pressure from which she has recovered. “Everything was perfect, the goal, the moment, the minute, everything was great,” says Miguel Merino.

That 5th of November 1991 at Stuttgart’s Neckarstadion was the day Osasuna won the tie against Stuttgart, then leaders of the Bundesliga. The first leg played at the Sadar on 22nd October had ended 0-0. Now, Spain will face France in the semi-finals on Tuesday, who beat Portugal on penalties. Miguel Merino avoids commenting on the future of his son, who has been negotiating with Real Sociedad for months his renewal of a contract that expires in June 2025: “I don’t know anything, Mikel won’t comment on his future until after the Euros”diverts the interest of other clubs such as the Atlético“He has family in Madrid,” he warns.

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