Memory sometimes keeps false memories. Meho Kodro is seen in Bilbao as the whip of the red-and-white goalies, a relentless scorer when he faced Athletic, but in reality, in his nine seasons in the First Division, wearing the colors of Real Sociedad, Barcelona, Tenerife and the Alavés, only got four goals in their clashes with the rojiblanco team. Three of them, yes, in a Real Sociedad-Athletic (5-0), which is still celebrated in Anoeta. The other was with Tenerife, in a three-way tie at Heliodoro Rodriguez.
But Kodro was an icon of the Real, and now his son Kenan, who trained two seasons in the San Sebastian branch, has just signed for the eternal rival, just two days before the derby to ensure they could be called, but perhaps only as a psychological maneuver. Kodro, born in San Sebastian 25 years ago, international with the Bosnia national team and who played in the Danish FC Copenhagen, signed until 2022, with a clause of rescission of 80 million euros.
"Both the club and I expected things to be different, but we have always had an honest and clear dialogue about the situation, and now we have found a satisfactory solution," says Kenan Kodro in his farewell to the club in Copenhagen, with whom he had played eight SuperLiga matches, two of Cup and eight in the Europa League, and scored eight goals.
Kodro was not comfortable in Denmark, and in his club they were looking for a way out. "Things do not always succeed as fast as we want, and therefore it is a good solution for both Kenan to return to a great club in Spain," says Copenhagen manager Ståle Solbakken. "He has not played as much as he wanted because of the competition with N'Doye, Wind, Pieros and Fischer."
Before playing in Denmark, Kodro tried in Germany with Mainz and in Switzerland with Grasshoper. His experience in Spain came with Osasuna. He played three seasons, with 52 games, 28 of them in the First Division. He scored 12 goals.
Like his father Meho, Kenan plays center forward and comes to cover the increasingly frequent absences of Aritz Aduriz, currently injured and with no return date.