Iraola, to assault the Bernabéu with tape and a vertical beam

Andoni Iraola (Usurbil, Guipúzcoa, 1982) is the quiet man. Always humble and discreet. Thus, without making noise, it is how he has turned his Lightning on the revelation team. All this being the youngest coach of First and in its premiere in the category. This team has its own stamp and among the qualities that locals and strangers fall in love with are verticality, high pressure, the game for the bands … An ideology that embraces its squad and works even better than in Second. They all know what they have to do and they do it wonderfully. For this reason, they have been in European positions for five days.

Andoni it was one of the children who played tag, racing down the sidewalks, as if they were the cyclists of those days. And when I exchanged them for the ball, I thought about Laudrup, his idol. He spent practically his entire life on the right side of the Athletic —And that they tempted him Juve and Liverpool-, becoming one of its most legendary footballers, and hung up his boots on the New York City.

He soon made the leap to the bench, where he has had a meteoric trajectory. In front of the AEK Larnaca got the Cyprus Super Cup and managed to qualify the team for the group stage of the Europa League for the second time in its history. Already on the bench of a newly promoted Mirandés He hit the bell again, reaping a comfortable salvation (he finished eleventh) and taking him to the semifinals of the Copa del Rey, after leaving on the way to Celtic, Seville and Villarreal.

Iraola landed in Vallecas in the summer of 2020, together with his second Unai mendia and the physical trainer Pablo de la Torre. There he became the architect of an unexpected promotion. El Rayo slipped into the playoff as sixth and, after eliminating in the first round Leganes, had to go back in Montilivi. His approach was fundamental and his continuity, a blessing.

He likes to travel, also to read and watch series. He writes down the corrections during the games with paper and pen and wears tape on his fingers, as he began to do as a youth. Superstitions on the sidelines is a tireless worker and an impeccable professional. Able to give up Eurocup of 2012 to have surgery and his honeymoon trip to the Selection.

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