- CD Guadalajara goalkeeper was an U-17 World Cup runner-up in 2013
- Has performed in Cyprus and Portugal since
- Chivas play their opening Membership World Cup match on 15 December
CD Guadalajara goalkeeper Raul Gudino might solely be 22, however that doesn’t imply to say he has not already had an unforgettable expertise on the sphere of play: showing on the FIFA U-17 World Cup UAE 2013 and ending a runner-up, after Mexico misplaced out within the closing to Nigeria. His second of glory got here towards Brazil within the quarter-finals, the place he saved two penalties and scored one himself in a shoot-out.
So pleasurable was the expertise and so necessary to his profession growth that the Mexican has all the time considered returning to United Arab Emirates. What he by no means imagined was that he could be doing it at one other World Cup – the membership model this time – with Guadalajara.
“I’ve unbelievable recollections of that World Cup, the place we had an amazing match. They’re going to stick with me for the remainder of my life,” mentioned Gudino. “I keep in mind each second, from the primary recreation to the final. We’re going with the identical mindset now, with the idea that we will make historical past and obtain huge issues.”
Gudino spent 4 of the 5 years separating his two World Cup experiences in Cyprus after which Portugal, the place he shared a dressing room with Iker Casillas at Porto.
“I really feel older now,” he mentioned with a smile, earlier than including: “Because the years go by you grow to be extra mature and extra skilled. The time I spent in Europe, the place I performed with nice gamers – and never simply Iker – taught me to be as aggressive as them and to keep up that degree, to maintain pushing on, combat the entire time and by no means quit.”
Earlier this yr the keeper was given the prospect to return to Mexican soccer with Guadalajara, the group the place he began out and took his first steps as a youth participant.
“Going again was one thing I’d been dreaming about,” he defined. “It’s a dream to be enjoying within the membership the place I realized my commerce, the place I began enjoying and dwelling out a ardour that I take pleasure in to the total. I’m taking a look at this complete interval as if it have been the final and I wish to give my all in defending this jersey.”
Gudino is now getting ready to expire on the FIFA Membership World Cup UAE 2018 and is seeking to apply all the teachings he realized in his earlier World Cup journey.
“It’s necessary to pay attention all through the entire 90 minutes,” he defined. “That’s the essential half, figuring out that the match lasts these 94 or 95 minutes and that you just all the time have to provide it your all, put plenty of depth and keenness into it and contest each ball. Chivas are a younger aspect however we’ve acquired expertise too, which you don’t all the time see. We wish to kick on and make historical past.”
In the interim, Gudino’s thoughts is targeted on Kashima Antlers, his membership’s first opponents. If Guadalajara are to fulfil their dream, they should see off the Japanese aspect in what is an important opening recreation: “Each side are beneath stress, us and them. That’s what makes soccer nice, although: it provides you these sorts of challenges and targets.”
Inevitably, Gudino can also be considering the potential for dealing with the mighty Actual Madrid: “The prospect to tackle gamers like that and learn how good we’re could be unbelievable, and never only for me however for everybody. However on the finish of the day they’re the identical as us: they’re human identical to us. They’re not from a unique planet.”
Each keeper and membership know what they should do, and their targets are clear: to make historical past and attain the ultimate, one thing no different Mexican aspect has accomplished earlier than. Gudino would possibly even make up for what occurred 5 years in the past and raise the trophy this time round.
“We’ve got to dream, imagine in it after which make it occur,” he added. “We wish this so badly and we’ll be doing all we will to make our dream a actuality.”