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Juni Calafat: The brain behind Real Madrid’s scouting.

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For every successful team in any sport, there is one piece that is as important as the final minute in a championship final. This is its scouting system. A team generally consists of several players from different parts of the world with a common goal and different talents. At Real Madrid, one man is the biggest brain behind its scouting system; Juni Calafat.

Juni Calafat is a heavily respected name in world football, and especially within Real Madrid who owe a huge part of its recent success to the Brazilian. Juni’s ability is to see “diamonds in the rough” that are raw, and pure talent.

Calafat was born in Spain, Madrid but he grew up and watched most of his early football in Brazil, born to a Brazilian mother he probably didn’t get the gift to kick the ball, but he got to gift to see people who can before anybody else.

Thanks to this gift, Real Madrid appointed Juni Calafat as a scout in 2014, he advised the club to bring in players like Lucas Silva, Martin Odegaard, Sergio Diaz, Casemiro and Neymar.

Real Madrid got all but the main player Calafat Recommended, Neymar jr. And after Neymar’s brilliance at the home of eternal rivals Barcelona, Calafat was appointed as chief scout in 2017 and his mission was to never let another Neymar slip.

Juni Calafat went on to bring in, Fede Valverde, Andriy Lunin, Brahim Diaz, Camavinga, Tchouameni, Renier Jesus, Luka Jović, Eder Militão and then his two most popular success stories from Brazil Rodrygo and Vinicius jr.

And with the immense rise in progression of Valverde, Militão, Vinicius jr and Rodrygo. The trust Real Madrid has in Juni Calafat was also doubled seeing how this summer, club president Florentino Perez approved a £100m transfer fee for 19-year-old Jude Bellingham, £60m for 16 year old Endrick Felipe and £20m for the 18-year-old Turkish midfielder Arda Güler, all under the recommendation of chief scout Juni Calafat.

There is not much known about how he scouts or the process and steps he takes in filtering out these gems from dust. Calafat is not social about his work and he prefers to do everything in silence, a reason for that maybe because other clubs will start to try and sign players he is closely watching before he gets the chance to fully access these players for Real Madrid.

In the end Real Madrid are definitely lucky to have a man like Juni Calafat in the system, and with the rise of more of the players he scouts, Madrid will continue to conquer Europe for many many more years to come.

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