Figures and anecdotes of Joaquín's 20 years playing against Atlético

October 1, 2000. Matchday 5 of the League in Second Division. He Atlético de Madrid received in the stadium Vicente Calderón yet Real Betis Balompié who had accompanied him to hell a few months earlier. The match ended tied at one and in the 88th minute a 19-year-old named Joaquín Sánchez came out. Few knew at that time that he would join in becoming an idol of the Verdibalanca fans, although it was to be expected….

20 years and 23 days have passed since that occasion that the player of the Santa Maria Port he played for the first time against the rojiblanco team. Since then, the colchoneros have been measured in 36 games (almost a complete league) with three different teams (Real Betis, Valencia Y Malaga) reaping nine wins, ten draws and 17 losses; He has scored four goals; He has faced 138 different players, he has measured a Athletics with nine different coaches on the bench and has played against the rojiblancos in up to five stadiums. A lifetime…

Joaquín has experienced many emotions in his matches against him Atlético de Madrid. His first game in the First Division against the rojiblancos came on November 24, 2002, he fell 1-0; his first goal on March 20, 2004 but the Betis fell 2-1; their first victory came a few months later they won 1-0 with a goal of Portuense. Although without a doubt his most memorable game came with Valencia. In February 2011, he scored both goals for his team to win the Vicente Calderón by 1-2 to the team of Quique Sánchez Flores.

7,328 days are enough for many anecdotes. It may be surprising that Joaquin Sanchez knows what it is to measure yourself Cholo Simeone as a player and as a coach. It happened in November 2003 and the rojiblancos won 1-2 in the Benito Villamarin thanks to two goals from Fernando Torres. And as a coach he has already had a few clashes with him Betis as with him Malaga.

Before nine coaches

He had previously seen mattresses on the bench Quique Sánchez Flores, Abel Resino, Javier Aguirre, Pepe Murcia, César Ferrando, Gregorio Manzano, Fernando Zambrano Y Luis Aragones. A few years later the 'Wise’Was the last coach who called him up with Spain. Something that made him feel so bad that he even said that “The Selection is a mess and chaos; not even Luis knows where to go. When people have talked about cleaning, the first to come out was me ”. Two years later 'The Red’Was proclaimed champion of Europe.

From parents to children

Another of the curiosities left by the matches that the Cádiz player has played against him Atlético de Madrid is that he has been able to play against a father and son who have worn the red and white shirt. This is the case of the Hernándezes. In his first game against Atleti he was measured at Jean Françoise Hernandez and a few years ago he found himself on the playing fields with his son Luke. Almost nothing. It is also curious that it was measured against two numbers 10 called Correa. One was the 'Petete ' at the beginning of the year 2000 and in recent years it has been measured at Angel. One Argentine and one Uruguayan but both were the “10” mattress.

Back and forth…

Without forgetting that there are several players that he has faced in his two stages in the Atlético de Madrid. As is the case with Fernando Torres, Gabi Fernández, Diego Costa, Luis García or Raul Garcia… And it is that in total 138 players from the Atlético de Madrid. Of which the only one who has ended up being his teammate is Ignacio Camacho with which he coincided in the Malaga.

This Saturday he faces another game against him Atlético de Madrid…. and he has new players to add to his list such as Luis Suarez Y Torreira.