Saturday, January 22

Andoni Iraola’s masterpiece

El Rayo Vallecano by Andoni Iraola Sagarna is a miracle. But a very worked miracle. The holy club and it is the largest neighborhood in Europe, has become after almost a third of the League the best venue in the championship ahead of transatlantic ships such as Seville or Real Madrid. Despite the institutional collapse, of a field half reformed and another half in ruins, no one is capable of winning at VallekAnfield without wearing the strip; the most uncontrolled fans are once again on everyone’s lips.


In this Gipuzkoan municipality of barely 6,000 inhabitants, Iraola was born. The Athletic Bilbao legend went to Cyprus, he stood out in Miranda and in the post-Jmez period he appeared to shine in Vallecas. In just a year and a half – promoted by -, the youngest coach in La Liga is already respected by each and every one of the rival benches. His humility, professionalism and closeness highlight this Basque who is sculpting his best building in the Madrid club: it is already the best historical start since 2000/01 with Juande Ramos. “With 23 points we only have one thing guaranteed: relegation“; Andoni has a plan.


It is impossible to understand this team without the leadership, on and off the court, of Chocota. In his second stage wearing the Rayo Vallecano shirt, the one from Santiago del Estero is experiencing his best moment as a professional footballer. His way of understanding the trade found his reason for life in Vallecas. Three promotions and a bracelet, that of the Santa Ins, which is almost tattooed on the Argentine’s skin. Top assistant with Benzem in this campaign, and a renewal that is already late.


Tiger. It went from being a summer courtship, to a reality from the first goal. Radamel Falcao has broken the schemes of the most international rayismo. The strip is already located in Colombia and every ‘coffee grower’ is a little bit from Vallecas. Santa Marta and Calle Payaso Fof attend astonished a striker who in fourteen games and at 35 years of age has already embraced the best scoring average with a goal per game hour and five blows in the cage. lvaro Garca and Isi Palazn are already waiting for his return.


Almost from memory, from a group: Balliu, Saveljich, Catena and Fran Garca. With Dimitriesvki at the door. You have to go far back on the calendar to find such a reliable Lightning in rearguard work.. First with the Macedonian goalkeeper – unquestionable in his selection – who wins the personal battle against Luca Zidane and is located near the high positions of the ‘Zamora award’. And to continue with the rest of a rear where Cate mostoleo is among the best centrals on the continent at a statistical level. Only three goals against in 630 minutes of football on the grass of the neighborhood.


Here’s to sample a button: of the eleven type, at least nine players were already starters last year getting promotion. And the new ones have been soaked since before arriving in mechanisms anchored in simple guidelines that, if they work, ensure success. High pressure looking for theft in the opposite field, exit of the ball from behind but without giving up the vertical, fast ends looking for the opposite back and footballers with a good foot on the inside. For the goal, Falcao-Nteka-Guardiola Destroy and build is laughed at? Ask for Santi Comesaa and Scar Valentn. SUVs.


The most special hobby in Spain. The difference, for the good and the bad. Being able to celebrate that his team is signing an unparalleled start, the banners against Mallorca were for Rayo Femenino and for the shipyards of Cdiz. The securities are not traded. But that is not bice for, during ninety minutes, to forget about the thousand problems that unfortunately flood the club without a nearby remedy and to dream again. To dream of her. Vallecas sighs for Europe.

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