Sevilla Under 12's Are Not Your Average Sized Team

Back in the glory days of junior football, where 10 or more players would simultaneously chase the ball like an angry swarm of bees, a regular theme would include that person who would tower over everyone else.

You would try everything in your power to make an impact in the game but ultimately their sheer height and strength would nudge you off the ball or stop you from unleashing your inner Steven Gerrard.

It was so frustrating, so spare a thought for Villarreal's under 12 team, who came up against Sevilla earlier.

Image: La Liga
Image: La Liga

In a picture from the match that soon went viral, this number 10 appears to win the ball against a far smaller, more terrified looking opposition, crunching his ankle in the meantime.

Height isn't everything though. Villarreal went on to win the game and progress to the second round of Ciutat Esportiva tournament, where they will play Getafe later today.

But this moment in particular grabbed the headlines.

Twitter user Emilio even asked Sevilla's official Twitter account what they were feeding these kids; to which they soon responded.


Somebody who will know about having a height advantage at youth level is Romelu Lukaku.

In a remarkable interview with Mino Raiola, the super agent spoke about his client and the problems he had as a kid.

Speaking to Swedish paper Expressen, the 49-year-old gave us an incredible insight into Lukaku's struggles between the ages of 12 and 14.

It was revealed that people watching the Belgian didn't believe he was of the right age.

Raiola goes on to describe how Lukaku's mum eventually brought her son's birth certificate to matches to prove he was the right age.

Expressing his thoughts on whether his black clients suffer from racism, Raiola tells the story about Lukaku at youth level:

"Many people in sport think like that. I give a name, for example a Dutch player. Their first question is whether he is black or white. I ask what the hell does it matter? Do you think this happens in American sport? Scottie Pippen, is he black or white? Who in hell cares? Can he play basketball? Can he play soccer?

"For Lukaku, this has always been a problem.

"I was talking to his mother. Eventually she went to youth matches with birth certificate. She always ended up with other parents who did not think he was 12 or 14 years old. It was always a fuss that he scored three or four goals.

"He was bigger and physically strong, yes. But they screamed that it was not in the right age.

"So she took the birth certificate. He was born in Belgium, but they spread false reports he been born in Africa. 'Here it is', she said."

Image: Reddit
Image: Reddit

During his days at Anderlecht, the Belgian looked far older than his teammates and opposition, even towering above the referee during the game.

Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some huge names in the world of sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport, but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.

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