Football: a Spaniard who went to the World Cup on foot has disappeared
A Spaniard, who had challenged himself to walk to Qatar to attend the World Cup, has been missing for more than a fortnight as he was about to cross the border between Kurdistan and Turkey. ‘Iran.
His family has not heard from him since the beginning of the month. Left on foot from Spain last January to join Qatar, with the aim of attending the World Cup (November 20-December 18), the Spaniard Santiago Sanchez mysteriously disappeared as he was about to cross the border between Kurdistan and Iran, reported AS. Since 1er October, he has given no sign of life and his whereabouts are unknown.
In total, he should travel 11,000 kilometers to reach his destination after having notably crossed France, Italy, Albania, Greece and Turkey. And he only had to take a boat to cross the Persian Gulf and reach Qatar. In his last post on his Instagram account, where he recounts his entire adventure since his departure to his 32,000 subscribers, this 40-year-old Real Madrid supporter said he was near Iran and posted photos in the company of children and families who had welcomed him. The Spanish Embassy and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have been informed of his disappearance and are doing what is necessary to try to find him as soon as possible.
This is not the first time that this former soldier has embarked on this kind of adventure for his passion which is football. In 2019, he traveled to Saudi Arabia by bicycle to attend the Spanish Super Cup in Jeddah between Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid. Upon his arrival, Santiago Sanchez was welcomed by several players such as Sergio Ramos, Luka Modric and Dani Carvajal.