Guzmán, Koke’s former teammate who plays for Cornellá

Ivan Guzman will be one of the protagonists of the meeting between Cornellá and the Atlético de Madrid of Copa del Rey. The 29-year-old footballer from Badalona trained in the mattress quarry and this afternoon could have a few minutes against the team in which he was formed. A footballer who already knows what it is to measure himself against the Simeone in Copa del Rey because he already did it when he was active in the Sant Andreu….

Iván Guzmán in his last match of the Copa del Rey against Atlético de Madrid.

He arrived at the Atletico Academy when he was 15 years old. “I played in the Gramenet. Being in a tournament with the Catalan Under-16 National Team in Albacete Atlético noticed me, contacted my parents and from there they convinced me to sign, ”he explained in his day for MD. A few years in which he coincided with the current captain of the Athletic, Koke although he will not be able to see him this afternoon on the field of play because he will stay in Madrid resting. His best year was in the Juvenil del Atlético Madrid in which in addition to Koke there were players like From Gea (Manchester United) or Polished (current captain of the Huesca). “We had a great team, playing with those people was incredible.”

That team was led by Salvador Suay, a technician who now works in the quarry of the Guangzhou Evergrande and that recalls that “Iván was a starter in our youth team, he always stood out for his technical quality and his overflow in reduced space. He is a boy who I think could have reached First as some of his teammates have arrived ”, to which he added that“ he was a person loved by everyone. In fact we have a group of youth whatsapp At. From Madrid 2007/08 where we all keep in touch ”.

Iván Guzmán in his time at Atlético de Madrid
Iván Guzmán in his time at Atlético de Madrid

After leaving the Atlético de Madrid, Iván Guzmán started a team race of Third and Second B without reaching professional football. It started in the Sant Rafael from Ibiza; from there he was in several Catalan teams such as Manlleu, Sant Andreu, Hospitalet, Badalona and Olot. In 2019 he signed for Birmingham although he was loaned a few days later to Cornellá in which he plays right now.