Some of the main figures of the Old Continent will miss the fair either due to technical decision or injuries
Waiting for illustrious names that mark the development of the Eurocup and stand out as protagonists of the competition, notable absences label, from the start, the sixteenth edition of the continental tournament.
Players like Sergio Ramos, Jan Oblak, Erling haaland, Marc-André Ter Stegen or Virgil van Dijk, among others, they have been left out, for various reasons, of the European appointment.
Especially striking is the case of Sergio Ramos, the leader of the Spanish selection that at the last minute was discarded by Luis Enrique to head the mission of ‘The Red‘.
The captain, one of the best Spanish players in history, He was left out of the Hispanic squad due to his meager presence on the pitch so far this year. Weighed down by injuries and with a performance conditioned by apparent hasty reappearances, the Andalusian’s physique needed a break in search of a set-up for an appointment that did not arrive.
Five official matches with Real Madrid, and not complete ones, and symbolic more than effective presence with the national team, are the baggage of Sergio Ramos so far in 2021.
At 35 years old and with the future in the air, the spanish captain had to get off the train of, surely, his last Eurocup.
180 international matches illuminate the present of the madridista, who accumulated forced presences in the selection in his last calls in search of a historical record that, if he arrives, he will have to wait.
Nothing has gone well for Sergio Ramos in this 2021 where he has had to deal with a couple of injuries and a positive for COVID 2019. And stop. He did not manage to accumulate merits to strengthen the commitment to renewal with the club. And then it falls off the Eurocup with the record in sight.
Four World Cups (Germany 2006, South Africa 2010, Brazil 2014 and Russia 2018), three Euro Cups (Austria and Switzerland 2008, Poland and Ukraine 2012 and France 2016) and two Confederations Cups, support the captain’s baggage, this time off a new flashy appointment.
Sergio Ramos he recovered but did not find adequate physical shape in time. A different case is that of Marc André ter Stegen, who got off the hook Germany selection. The goal, one of the best in the Spanish LaLiga, chose to have the patellar tendon in his right knee operated.
The goal of Barcelona knows his substitute status with Germany, that the good level offered in recent seasons has not been enough to snatch the ownership from Manuel Neuer, the Bayern Munich goalkeeper, non-negotiable for Joachim Low.
A few days ago he went under the knife ter Stegen, twenty-nine years old and with twenty-four international matches behind him.
A personal option of the Monchengladbach goalkeeper who after playing time with discomfort and pain you have decided to bet on the interests of your club, Barcelona, with whom next year he will celebrate eight seasons.
Virgil van DijkFor his part, he prefers not to risk and finish recovering from the cruciate ligament injury that he suffered last October and that has made him miss the entire season.
The Liverpool player, considered one of the best center-backs in the world, basic for Jurgen Klopp who has missed him all year, is in the final stretch of recovering from this serious ailment.
It is the most sensitive loss of the Holland national team who will attend the Eurocup without his main asset behind him. van Dijk prioritizes its set-up. Assume that, at twenty-nine, course is lost. With his team and with his national team, the Breda center-back will complete his fifth season with the Reds, where he arrived after emerging from Southampton, his first destination in the English Premier League.
The Swedish AC Milan striker seemed retired from everything and, at 39, has proven to be in full force. In the club Rossonero has returned, with success and performance, to high competition. And that led him to dust off his boots for the national team of his country, Sweden, to which he agreed to return, five years later, demanded by the public and by the technician.
The best Scandinavian footballer in recent times announced his return to the national team last March. He was summoned then, did not clash and became a firm asset for the Eurocup.
A sprained left knee weeks ago clouded his competitive outlook. The anticipated recovery went beyond a month and a half, without time to expand his 118 games with Sweden.
It was the end of the season. Ibrahimovic could not finish the season with his team and neither go to his fifth final phase in a European championship. They have not missed any since Portugal 2004, when they reached the Quarterfinals. He was also in Austria Switzerland 2008, Poland and Ukraine 2012 and France 2016.
From being one of the claims to becoming one of the absences.
Delayed injuries, operations or recoveries have left out of the Eurocup several regulars with their respective selections. It is not the case of the Slovenian Jan Oblak, Atlético de Madrid goalkeeper, or Erling haaland, Borussia Dortmund forward, penalized by the elimination in qualifying of their respective teams.
Oblak, the best goalkeeper in the world was not able to win the ticket for the Final phase. Slovenia has never accessed one Eurocup and only twice did he become part of the poster of a World Cup, in Korea and Japan 2002 and in South Africa 2010.
The Slovenian team did not pass fourth place in their group in the qualifying round, behind Poland, Austria and North Macedonia. He did not even agree to the play-off.
The Atlético Madrid goalkeeper, key in the achievement of the league title, and the least beaten once again in the competition, is on the sidelines of the European showcase with his national team, almost always outside of the big dates.
One of the great absentees from the competition. The Eurocup will miss the moment of the Norwegian and the player the impact generated by the tournament.
Haaland, like his compatriot Martin Ødegaard, will have rest in summer. He’s almost a newcomer to the Norway national team, with which he debuted in September 2019, in the qualifying phase precisely for the Eurocup.
His brutal irruption in the high competition and his goals have not been enough to change the destiny of Norway, out of the tournament in the repechage.
The team led by Stale Solbakken was third in the group behind Spain Y Sweden who accessed the Final Phase. Still, he had a new chance. He played the repechage from which he was felled by Serbia.
There will be no goals from Haaland in the competition. The Borussia Dortmund forward closed the season with his team with 41 goals in as many games, an average of one per game. In the year of his explosion, of his consolidation in the high competition, he will not be able to debut or be seen in a great event.