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42 years with Joaquin

42 years with Joaquin

Joaquín Sánchez Rodríguez celebrates his 42nd birthday this Friday, the first as a former footballer. Just weeks after saying goodbye to the profession of his life, the portuense faces a new race on horseback between television and its new functions within Betis, which will include representation and being close to the team. It is likely that he will accompany the squad on the next tour of Mexico and the United States.

Joaquín is still on vacation in Marbella these days. Recently He was billed as a commentator for many of the matches of the Verdiblanco team for the campaign that begins in mid-August. You will have no problem working behind the cameras, as you have already demonstrated with several programs as the Rookie or in the recent and celebrated documentary that aired about his life.

But beyond his charisma for the show and his extreme quality as a player, Joaquín will go down in history as one of the emblems of Betis on the pitch. The footballer with the most matches for the Heliopolitan club, the only one in Villamarín who can also boast having won two titles, both Copa del Rey, as Verdiblanco, the last as captain last year.

And it will also be a symbol of LaLiga. His 622 matches in the Spanish championship will equal him with Andoni Zubizarreta in first place, with the added merit of being a field player. Only Raúl García, who has just renewed with Athletic, has that record within reach but he has to play almost all of it next season if he wants to reach it. The Navarrese He has acted in 589 league games, so he should add 33 more to match it.

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