flashback: 1999 U-20 World Cup
Before the 2010 World Cup, this, the U-20 World Cup, was the only big “world” title Spain had ever won. On that team 11 years ago were three members of this year’s World Cup winning team, Iker Casillas, Carlos Marchena and Xavi Hernández. I thought it would be interesting to take a look back at them, when they were practically babies!
Apologies for the quality of the video, but hey, it was 1999!
I loved that Iker used to be “Iker” rather than Casillas. I kind of wish he still was “Iker!” And Xavi, as you can see, has always worn the number eight.
Several pictures of all three of these winners. I really can’t get over how young they look! (In the picture on the right, that’s the back of Carlos’ head in the center of the picture.)
Carlos and Xavi receiving their medals… Look at Xavi’s hair!!!!
Meanwhile, Iker has done a full circle, because he’s currently wearing this baby blue color with Madrid this season once again. And Carlos looks the same – back then, I don’t think even he imagined that the rest of his team would one day call him padre!
And of course, the obligatory foto de familia. It starts off all nice and orderly, but then just disintegrates… because this is a group of teenagers!