End of loneliness in Cuba’s national football team

End of loneliness in Cuba's national football team

IThe volcano and bad air almost halted the start of German-Cuban Onel Hernandez in the dress of the Cuban national football team. Following the eruption of the Pachaya volcano south of Guatemala City, ash rains on Tuesday covered the international airport of the capital of Guatemalan. The soldiers tried to clear the runway with a broom and some machines. But flight operations could be started only on Wednesday. Hernández arrived in the Central American country shortly before the start of the World Cup qualifiers between Guatemala and Cuba on Wednesday evening – and initially sat on the bench – via Mexico City.

Hernández, who was trained in Germany and who has played at least U-18 international matches for the DFB, is one of four football players who play abroad regardless of Cuban federation, whom the World Cup The winner has been appointed to the national team which is due this week. So far, the path of the national team has been blocked for such players. Your first time enrollment is a small but important step that others can follow.

In addition to Hernández, Atletico Madrid-trained defender Carlos Vezquez, currently playing in Segunda División, Spain, Joel Apteguya, who is active in San Marino, and Bastian Schwensteiger’s former teammate at the Joust Luis Corrist at Chicago Fire . has been appointed. While Corrales played for the Cuban national team sometime between 2011 and 2015, the other three are here for the first time. They all have one thing in common – and this is important for Cuban Association officials: They either left the island with their parents as children or received permission from the government to go abroad. For example, Corales was allowed to visit his father in Miami after the 2015 Gold Cup, North and Central American Championships. With a five-year US visa in his pocket, he decided to stay.


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On the other hand, 28-year-old Hernández came to Ritberg at the age of six with his mother in the northeastern corner of North Rhine-Westphalia. His stepfather, the coach of TuS Westfalia Neuenkirchen, said that football would help the boy with integration. Via FC Gütersloh and Rot Weiss Ahlen, he landed at Arminia Bielefeld, where he played in the second division for the first time. Along with Eintracht Braunschweig, Hernández was on the verge of promotion in the Bundesliga – but VfL failed to charge at Wolfsburg. Daniel Farc brought him to Norwich City in January 2018. Last season, he was the first Cuban to play in the Premier League.

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