Potential ElClasico debutants

ElClasico is the game with the most and the best stars ever in football history. Both Real Madrid and FC Barcelona reinforced their squads over the summer, and up to six new players may well make their debuts in the legendary ElClasico

From their very first kick of a ball, every professional footballer dreams of playing in the biggest matches. There’s no doubt that the LaLiga Santander ElClasico is one of those, and one which all lovers of the beautiful game eagerly anticipate. Throughout history, some of the best players of all time have had the opportunity to represent FC Barcelona, Real Madrid – or both – in a match that never ceases to excite and compel.

Both Los Merengues and Los Cules made signings in the summer, and on October 24 several of them will have the opportunity and the honour of being able to make their ElClasico debuts. Up to six players could make their debut:

Memphis Depay:

The Dutch star came to LaLiga Santander with the intention of making his mark at Barcelona. He’d always dreamt of representing the club and soon he’ll get the chance to shine in ElClasico. The 27-year-old has hit the ground running and is one of the league’s most in-form attackers. He’s known for his exceptional talent, goalscoring ability, assist providing, plus the ability to conjure something out of thin air. There’s no doubt that FC Barcelona’s acquisition of Memphis could be decisive in what will be a showstopping afternoon at the Camp Nou, at 4:15PM on October 24.

Eric García:

Eric Garcia is a Barcelona boy through and through. The young centre-back from Martorell came through the club’s academy where he did in fact play against Real Madrid. He impressed at every stage of his development, captaining every La Masia side he featured in. He re-joined Barcelona this summer after the club saw in him a player that not only already possessed great quality as a youngster but could go on to form the heart of the club’s defence for years to come. It seems more than likely that Garcia will be making his ElClasico bow this season.

Luuk De Jong:

Luuk De Jong was a last-minute acquisition by Barcelona, joining on loan following a successful stint at Sevilla FC. The Dutch striker has come in to bolster the Barça attack, and will be keen to be among the goals for his new club. But will he manage to make it onto the scoresheet in his LaLiga Santander ElClasico debut?

Sergio Aguero:

Sergio Aguero, one of the best strikers in the history of the game, signed for FC Barcelona this summer. The Argentine is back in LaLiga Santander, where he’d already shone with Atletico Madrid. Bad luck with injuries is about to end, so he may well get his first chance to impress for FC Barcelona on October 24 in ElClasico.

Eduardo Camavinga:

Youth, self-confidence, quality, and power are just some of the hallmarks of Eduardo Camavinga. Real Madrid signed the midfielder with the aim that after bedding into the side he would go on to be a fixture in Los Blancos’ midfield in the coming seasons. Despite his tender years, the 18-year-old has already made quite the impact at his new club. He not only scored on his first appearance but has regularly pulled fans onto the edge of their seats with his class. There’s no doubt that this ElClasico will be the first of many for Camavinga

David Alaba:

29-year-old David Alaba joined Real Madrid during the last transfer window. The versatile Austrian footballer is keen to bring his experiences in elite football to the heart of Los Blancos’ back four. His performances so far this season for Carlo Ancelotti’s men have been of considerable merit. The next LaLiga Santander ElClasico will be a very special occasion for Alaba, as he’ll likely be making his maiden bow in this iconic clash. He’s a top-drawer player who his team will need in this kind of game.

Don’t miss ElClasico on October 24 at 10:15pm on the usual broadcaster: BeINSports

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Five things you may not know about Eduardo Camavinga



Real Madrid’s deadline day signing is the latest top prospect to emerge from France.
 
Several of Europe’s top clubs have been trying to sign Eduardo Camavinga over the last couple of years, ever since the teenager emerged at Rennes and proved he is likely to become one of the best midfielders of the next decade. Real Madrid won the race for his signature, signing the 18-year-old on deadline day. Here comes a look at five facts you may not know about him.
His Champions League experience
Even though Camavinga is still only 18 years of age, he has already featured in the Champions League. After becoming Rennes’ youngest ever debutant as a 16-year-old at the end of the 2018/19 campaign, it was in the 2019/20 season that he started more and more frequently, helping Rennes reach the Champions League spots before the coronavirus pandemic ended that Ligue 1 season. That saw them qualify for Europe’s premier club competition and the youngster faced Chelsea, Sevilla FC and Krasnodar last term.
His France national team debut
Camavinga is still very much a member of France’s U21s side, but he has already featured for the senior Les Bleus team too. The midfielder has three senior France appearances to his name, the first of them coming in a Nations League clash with Croatia on September 8th 2020, when he was still just 17 years, nine months and 29 days old. That made him the youngest France debutant in over 100 years.
His positional evolution  
Already in his career, the Frenchman has played in all of the midfield positions. He has been trusted at defensive midfield, but also in more advanced and wider roles. This has allowed Camavinga to demonstrate his ball-winning abilities and his skill at advancing the ball, whether through his passing or his dribbling. He is still young and still trying to find his best position. Carlo Ancelotti will surely help him with this task.
His start in an Angolan refugee camp
Camavinga was born in 2002 in an Angolan refugee camp to Congolese parents. The family moved to the north of France to escape war the following year, so Camavinga has spent almost his entire life in the European country. His childhood wasn’t always easy, with the family house even burning down when he was a child, but he has always shown great resilience. 
His judo past
It wasn’t only football that Camavinga practiced as a child. He also spent time as a youngster learning the art of judo. Although he loved learning the martial art, which his father had practiced too, the footballer decided to focus on his first love. By giving his all to football, he has already come so far.
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