Poco has to do with the Fabinho that arrived at Castile almost eight years ago, a tall stranger who had barely seen professional football, with whom he now returns to play a few quarters of Champions, dressed in red and with a European cup won. A return precisely to the stadium that was his, the Alfredo di Stfano. When asked about him by Valdebebas, the answer is unanimous: “The one with the world cup!”.
But before we get to that summer of 2012, we must go back to the first time that his name was written down in a scout’s notebook from the Real Madrid. It was in the notebook Luis Campos, by then scouting of Mourinho, today one of the most renowned sports directors of European football and with good relationship with Madrid. The Portuguese travel until Brazil and there, on the recommendation of the brother of Deco, former player of the Only and today agent, he went to see him when he was still defending the jersey of his first team, the modest Paulinia FC. Was the Sao Paulo Cup.
Fields continue following him until he stands out in the U20 tournament of the Eight Nations in South Africa, won by Brazil with selections of the level of Argentina the Camern. We are talking about May. The Castile was going to amount to Second but Mourinho had the cross on Carvajal. The side was going to Bayer Leverkusen and the affiliate needed a ‘2’. There appeared Luis Campos to give the name of Fabinho. Represented by Deco, who was a partner of Mendes in different operations, the signing was simple. I was in Fluminense, it was just transferred to the Rio Ave and from there to Madrid, who paid for the assignment and secured purchase option.
All appeared Fabinho, fresh out of Brazil, a boy physically to do, 18 years old and almost 1.90 years old, who drew attention because of the boots he was wearing. “The poor man arrived with some boots … the world cups, which don’t even exist … A real old man!” Jokes one of the companions who welcomed him in those hard months of adaptation to Madrid, Toms Mejas (This model of boots attracted attention among the homegrown players as it was an old and classic model). The goalkeeper, today in the Ankaraspor Turkish, relates: “Very good boy, very shy at first but very very good uncle. I tried to welcome him, I went to look for him, I took him home to sleep in preseason, also to eat, so that he would not be so alone. Over time we have maintained the relationship, he invited me to Monaco and also to the end of the Champions at Wanda“.
Another of the friends I left in that locker room is lex Fernndez, the today player of the Cdiz. Other support for Fabinho, who on some occasion also went to eat at the home of the Fernndez, where was also Nacho, today rival. In fact, when the Brazilian debuted with the first team and signed a goal assist to Di Mara, Nacho was the one who congratulated him the most. It was May 9, 2013. As a souvenir, he took Kak’s shirt. Was the 18 youth squad who made his debut with Mourinho.
His campaign went from low to high, but he ended up convincing Toril. I ended up playing 30 of the 42 games of that Castile who signed a season in Second held to the Jes, Morata, Nacho, Cheryshev, Lex, Married… And also with two other rivals this Tuesday: Lucas and Casemiro, that arrived in January at Castile. However the Madrid did not want to exercise the purchase option (as published, 1.5 million) … and Luis CamposWhat did he leave? Real at the same time that Mourinho that spring, he took it with him to the Mnaco. He paid six million for him. garden repositioned him as a midfielder and after five seasons of unstoppable growth, he went to Liverpool by 45. Today he is champion of Europe, that boy who Luis Campos I discovered with him Paulinia (another discovery of Portuguese) … and that he will also always be grateful to those who welcomed him in Madrid, lex y Toms.
Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my email@example.com 1-800-268-7116