Athletic – Barcelona (22.00)
The worldwide goalkeeper’s holidays have facilitated the rojiblanca goalkeeper’s earliest debut in three many years. At this time it should premiere within the ‘Cathedral’, a number of meters from its college
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“The day seemed long, but that always happens when a game is played at ten o’clock at night. But he was not nervous, at all, just excited. A lot. And in the game you already saw him, like a veteran. that this boy sometimes looks like ice. ” Somebody very near Julen Agirrezabala (Rentera, 2000), who final Monday nervous concerning the boy’s emotional state hours earlier than marking a historic milestone, being the youngest goalkeeper to defend the Athletic goalkeeper in three many years, since Kike Burgos in 1991.
Later, “you already saw it”, the boy corresponded in a outstanding manner within the Martnez Valero de Elche to the belief granted by Marcelino. Within the first minute I saved a point-blank shot from Bigas and within the remaining stretch he stretched virtually touching the crossbar to stop Tete Morente gave the victory to the individuals of Elche, being probably the most excellent man of the grey premiere (0-0) of Athletic on this League. It was good, very centered. It’s not simple to debut on the primary match, particularly in case you are a younger goalkeeper. I’m very glad with him, the reality is, Marcelino praised him, who has wager on him to the detriment of Jokin Ezkieta Whereas Unai Simn get pleasure from your trip after chaining the Eurocup and the Olympic Video games.
When the beginning goalkeeper of the choice returns, maybe subsequent week, Agirrezabala is named to return to the subsidiary, which performs within the First RFEF, however in the meantime the Athletic goalkeeper is his. And in the present day will probably be launched in San Mams, within the first sport with the general public since earlier than the pandemic. He’s conscious of that circumstance, he has mentioned it with the coach and it’s not going to go to his head, in any respect. In a subsidiary there are at all times gamers who consider that, as they’ve been advised from childhood that they’re superb, they already know every little thing. Julen is the other, analyze Dani Aranzubia, former Athletic goalkeeper and present Bilbao Athletic goalkeeper coach.
Those that know the boy agree to explain him as discreet, calm, easy and humble. On the private aspect, virtually a carbon copy of Simn, his predecessor in that infinite manufacturing facility of goalkeepers that Lezama has been in recent times: Aitor, Kepa, Remiro… And it’s a sponge, it absorbs every little thing you say to it and asks you particular features to attempt to enhance. Apart from being superb, he has a rare predisposition to study and a capability for work, praises Aranzubia, the coach who has labored with him for the final three seasons. The previous Athletic, Deportivo and Atltico goalkeeper defines him as a goalkeeper with a really excessive degree of focus that makes him commit only a few errors, very quick and secure within the air sport. The best room for enchancment, says his trainer, is within the sport along with his toes.
Agirrezabala arrived comparatively late in Lezama, already within the youth class, after coaching on the Antiguoko San Sebastian, from the place he signed Jos Mari Amorrortu. A lot earlier, his father Juanjo already presumed as a goalkeeper son within the corridors of the Basque Parliament, the place he served as a member of parliament for Eusko Alkartasuna -party in the present day built-in into EH Bildu- between 2010 and 2016 earlier than resuming his publish as an Schooling official and leaving the lively politics.
A shared flat
The boy has been burning phases in a short time, producing nice expectations in Athletic and in addition within the RFEF, which has him on their radar for the following sub’21 listing. It is not like Kepa, Remiro or Simon, which they pointed to as stars since childhood, level from their surroundings. I’ve not had the luck to coach these three, however I have no idea if they’d a efficiency with the subsidiary on the degree that Julen had final yr, replies Aranzubia. Astounding since his debut in Florida towards Portugalete, overlaying the loss as a result of covid of the till then headline Ander Iru -his father Aitor, goalkeeping coach of the primary workforce, examined positive-, though he solely ended up enjoying 14 video games, partly attributable to a muscle damage that stored him from the final month and a half of competitors.
The boy lived in Athletic’s residence for soccer gamers in Derio till a yr in the past, when he moved to an house close to Lezama along with his teammates from the subsidiary. Jaso, Diarra and Prados, who has additionally completed the preseason with the primary workforce. She combines her incipient skilled profession in soccer -renewed in March till 2025- with research in Industrial Engineering -he is within the second year- on the San Mams campus of the College of the Basque Nation, a number of meters from the sphere the place tonight , towards Bara, enjoying for the primary time.