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Two Venezuelan minors, possible source of FIFA investigation

The two under-age players were brought to Real Madrid by Miguel Ángel Coira.

Two Venezuelan minors, possible source of FIFA investigation
The two Venezuelan players signed for Madrid's youth set-up.

FIFA’s investigation into Real Madrid’s under-age signings may have started in relation to the case of two Venezuelan youngsters: Manuel Godoy (21-1-2000) and Fernando Macías (21-5-1999). Both came to Madrid directly from the Latin American country, brought by Miguel Ángel Coira, ex-Argentinean footballer who lives in Spain and has a football school for youngsters in Madrid.

Godoy is a striker and signed for Madrid in 2012 when he was 12 (he joined the Infantil B squad). He was brought in after just two days of trials at the club’s Valdebebas training ground and at the time he had agreed to go for trials with River Plate and Inter Milan. At the end of 2013 Real Madrid began to suspect that his signing could lead to problems with FIFA and so took the decision to temporarily suspend their relationship with him.

The other player, Macías, signed in the summer of 2013, when he was 14. He joined the Infantil A squad at Real Madrid and became known as the Venezuelan Kun. The club decided to terminate their relationship with him at the end of last season and he currently plays with Rayo Vallecano’s Cadete B side.

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