Lezama (Bizkaia), Jan 27th (EFE). – The Sports Club this Wednesday celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of the start of Lezama facilities, amassing a large part of its legends, among them many footballers from their quarry who are participating in the world championships.
José Angel Eribar (England 1966), who participated in the first training course held in Lisama on January 27, 1971, Santi Urquiaga (Spain 1982), Rafa Alcorta (Italy 1990, USA 1994 and France 1998), Julian Guerrero (USA 1994, Francia 1998) and Erika Vázquez (Canada 2015), along with Captain Iker Muniain, in his Olympic condition in London 2012, were the protagonists of those conversations in which they recalled their experiences at the Rojiblanca factory.
Previously, the captains of the men’s and women’s teams, Muniain and Erika himself, placed a bouquet of flowers on the bust of Telmo Zara in front of the new building of the men’s first team, although it had been in use for ten years. Days, it was officially opened today.
The president, Aitor Illizigi, coaches of the first teams, Marcelino García Torral and Iraia Itorigi, José María Ora, son of Felix Aura, the president who promoted the Lisama project, former physical trainer Manolo Delgado Meco or Andoni Guicotxia (Mexico 1986) was also present at the event.
“50 years ago, a groundbreaking decision was made, almost final in the history of the club. I never understood it as a weakness, but as our greatest strength, and many of us still believe it is still the way to the future,” said Elazigy at the opening of the talks. In the new press room.
Lezama facilities began operating on January 27, 1971 with three fields that respond to the need to protect the San Mames grass from first-team training sessions, to escape the pollution of Bilbao in search of a healthy environment and the idea of going one step further at the base.
Today, that infrastructure has given way to a modern high-performance center of 13 hectares with eight playgrounds, four natural grass and four artificial ones, which, in addition to the first team, has 17 training teams at its disposal. Four of them are female.
In these five decades, the “nearly 200 players” trained at Lezama made it to the first team, and Santi Urquiaga was the first to do so by climbing all the rungs of the coaching pyramid. The last of them, in the same season, are John Morcello, Inigo Vicente and Aoyer Zaraga.
Additionally, since inclusion in the women’s team structure in 2002, more than 50 players from lower elite teams have arrived, such as one of the current leaders, Garazzi Murua. EFE
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