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Spain's family atmosphere

Published: Thursday 10 May 2007, 8.36CET
Spain pair Sergio Rodríguez and Daniel Aquino are among the many players at this tournament with footballing relations and have been receiving family advice.
by Paul Saffer
from Nazareth
Spain's family atmosphere
Spain's Sergio Rodríguez ©Sportsfile
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Published: Thursday 10 May 2007, 8.36CET

Spain's family atmosphere

Spain pair Sergio Rodríguez and Daniel Aquino are among the many players at this tournament with footballing relations and have been receiving family advice.

The UEFA European Under-17 Championship has been something of a family affair. Every other player seems to be related to a footballer past or present, be it the younger brothers of Justin Hoyte and Anthony Le Tallec or Danny Blind's son Daley. And Spain have more than their fair share of chips off old footballing blocks.

Famous footsteps
Famously, Bojan Krkić is the son of an FK Crvena Zvezda player of the same name while Ignacio Camacho's father and brother have both been professionals. Meanwhile, Sergio Rodríguez's elder sibling David was the leading scorer in these finals four years ago and Daniel Aquino is the son of Daniel Toribio Aquino, the former Argentinian international known by adoring Real Murcia CF fans as 'El Toro'. That latter pair have both been receiving family advice as they prepare in their new Nazareth base for today's semi-final with hosts Belgium in Tournai.

'Have fun'
The advice to Sergio from David, who struck six goals for the runners-up in 2003 including four in the semi-final against Austria, was "be calm, play as normal open your mind and learn - this is a great experience". Meanwhile, Aquino senior told his son, also a striker: "Have fun, play your football, you know how to play well."

Different characters
That said, Aquino - who has followed in his father's footsteps at Murcia - is eager to step out of his shadow. "People try to compare with my father but I don't just want to be the son of 'El Toro'," he said. "I believe we are quite different, with a different way of playing football." Defender Sergio, however, is aiming to emulate the more attacking David. "I would like to reach his level," the teenage Rodríguez said. "He is a strong character - I am trying to learn from him."

Belgium rematch
Sergio has already learned about Belgium playing them in Verviers in October. "I was impressed by that team. We won 6-1 but I think it will be difficult to play them at home with their support," he said. Aquino, meanwhile, did not play in that game but is just enjoying being here. "It is a beautiful experience," he said. "It is a special opportunity that you have to appreciate."

To read more about David's 2003 exploits, click here.

Last updated: 10/05/07 19.37CET

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