The image of the hug between Unai Simon Y Mikel Oyarzabal after the victory of Spain in the penalty shootout against Swiss it has been one of the most repeated snapshots. Because they became decisive protagonists and because the goalkeeper defends the colors of the Athletic and the attacker, those of the Real society. Rivals a few kilometers apart throughout the season, now colleagues and, above all, friends.
“TO Unai I’ve known him for a long time. We have played against many times in the lower categories. Me with the Real and he with him Athletic. We have also agreed on the selection of Euskadi when there was Spain Championship of regional teams “, explained Oyarzabal in the press room of Las Rozas.
The two players are from the generation of ’97 and they are united by something more than the pitch. “I have a very good relationship with him. Apart from being a colleague, I consider him a friend ”, added the txuri urdin about Unai Simon, which he sees as “qualified, as he is showing, to defend the national team’s goal.”
The rojiblanco stopped two penalties in St. Petersburg Y Oyarzabal became the final one to give him the pass to the semifinals of the Eurocup those of Luis Enrique. Now wait Italy on Wembley and they want to continue making history hand in hand: “It is a pleasure to share moments and experiences like this with him.”