Goalkeeper 2005/06

Matchworn by "Koldo" ├ülvarez 04.06.05 CZE ­čçĘ­čç┐ : AND ­č玭čçę 8 - 1

Manufacturer: Diadora

Source: Collector

I already talked extensively about June 4th 2005, the day that Andorra conceived their highest defeat to date, in my article about my matchworn Gabi Riera shirt. While Riera might have kept the date in good memory, as he scored his only goal for the national team, goalkeeper ÔÇťKoldoÔÇŁ ├ülvarez begs to differ.

Jes├║s Luis ├ülvarez de Eulate G├╝ergue, known as ÔÇťKoldoÔÇŁ, is considered one of the finest players Andorra has ever yielded and was even selected as Andorra's ÔÇťGolden PlayerÔÇŁ by the Andorran Football Federation as their most outstanding player of the past 50 years. The former Atl├ętico Madrid keeper (unfortunately, he never played a game for ÔÇťLos ColchonerosÔÇŁ) has made 78 appearances for his team, whereby his final international match against England in 2009 is widely regarded as his finest performance. Despite trailing 0-6, Koldo saved his team from an even higher defeat and was awarded with standing ovations from the opposing fans.

Since 2010, Koldo serves as the national teamÔÇÖs head coach. In his 75 games as a coach, Koldo has led his team to two competitive victories, namely against Hungary and Moldova, as well as two victories in exhibition matches (against San Marino and Liechtenstein).

The Diadora shirt that Koldo supposedly wore during AndorraÔÇÖs 8-1 defeat against the Czech Republic is made out of the same strange fabric as the players version. It also features ten shiny circles on top of which the number is printed. Like my other matchworn Diadora shirt, the 2006 World Cup patch has come off ÔÇô probably because of the questionable quality of the fabric.

While the shirt certainly doesnÔÇÖt hold many good memories for Koldo, it is without a doubt a fantastic addition to my Andorra collection.

Andorra's goalkeeper Koldo Álvarez right before a penalty against the Czech Republic

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