Dibu Martínez received an ovation on his return to the Monumental with the Argentine team
In the preview of the friendly match against Panama at the Monumental Stadium that served to celebrate the third star achieved in the Qatar 2022 World Cup, it was Emiliano “Dibu” Martínez who stole the attention of the 83,000 people who filled the River Plate field. . The goalkeeper who was key in the conquests in the era in charge of Lionel Scaloni was one of the first to enter the field of play along with the other two goalkeepers, Franco Armani and Gerónimo Rulli.
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First, Dibu stood in front of his two teammates with a ball in hand. He did a special stretching exercise, something rarely seen. He crouched down and stretched out his legs in ritual yoga style, a practice he often does in preparation.
Once inside the field, the stadium exploded and from the stands the “olé, olé, olé, DIbu, Dibu” came down. With his usual charisma, the Aston Villa goalkeeper was immediately infected and began to kiss the shield and the three stars. He greeted the people who continued to applaud him and while he began to perform the pre-competitive exercises he even did his typical dance, a repertoire that was all the rage at the last World Cup after some of his saves in penalty shootouts.
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Then Martínez looked towards the four sectors of the World Cup venue in 1978. Once in one of the arches, he was excited. It was not for less, an unforgettable celebration for the conquest of the World Cup and the well-deserved recognition of the people towards the players.
While Dibu and his teammates continued with the warm-up on the giant screen, the players began to parade and the voice of the stadium was naming one by one, once again the goalkeeper was one of the most recognized by the public.
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Martínez made his debut in the National Team in 2021, in the run-up to the Copa América played in Brazil and replaced Armani who was complicated by having COVID-19. Dibu responded immediately and earned the title. He restored Scaloni’s confidence and saved his three penalties in the definition against Colombia in the semifinal.
Then he stood out in the Qualifiers and already in the World Cup he became a figure again. His saves against Australia in the round of 16, in the penalties against the Netherlands and in the final against France, were the signature of a remarkable job. In the last game, his reaction to Kolo Muani, avoiding the French goal in stoppage time, will also be remembered forever.
His charisma, personality, freshness and spontaneity when making statements made him one of the most chosen by fans. His defiant attitude in the face of a complicated situation transmits confidence in his colleagues and generates fury in people.
After the musical shows and other acts that stole the attention of the public, the world champions prepared to play the match against Panama that served as an excuse for the unforgettable party.
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