Ignacio Camacho lifted the UEFA European Under-17 Championship trophy last night and the Spain captain was thrilled with the experience.
The win added to Spain's six titles in the previous U16 event and among the players to have been part of those past triumphs are Iker Casillas and Fernando Torres, a fact not lost on the Club Atlético de Madrid midfielder. "It's a great step to follow the great players that have won this before, who are now in the Primera División," Camacho told uefa.com. "I hope I will also play there in the future."
Spain beat England 1-0 with a goal from Bojan Krkić, the talented striker who hit form in the knockout stages of these finals, equalising in the last four against hosts Belgium before his heroics in Tournai on Sunday. Bojan had struggled earlier after a tiring season, but Camacho says the squad always backed him to come good. "It is true he is one of the most important players in the team and all his team-mates are looking to him," Camacho said. "His strength is always there and the team supported him until the end to get him to this stage, and then he managed to score the two most important goals of the tournament."
Camacho, who idolises Claude Makelele and shares something of the Frenchman's midfield style, also had praise for the coach Juan Santisteban, having led yet another Spanish success in his 20 years in charge of the team. The captain said: "It is clear Juan Santisteban is one of the most important coaches with a lot of experience, I learn from him every day. It is incredible how much experience this man has, it is really great to work with him."
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