Madrid once again has two Hispanics at the same time

In the first great Spanish success in handball, the gold medal at the World Cup in Tunisia (2005), two people from Madrid appear in the photo on the podium: Hombrados (president of the Madrid Federation, and third player in Spanish caps), and Demetrio Lozano, the man from Alcala who is now a university professor. In the 2012 European Championship, two other men from Madrid, Hombrados and García Parrondo (Egypt coach and club coach in Germany) they won the continental bronze medal. Since then, only once in a while, like Juan del Arco or Chema Marquez.

This weekend in Denmark, in the two duels of the Golden League played by the Hispanics, the return of Chema (he was in the silver of the recent European) and the debut of Jaime Gallego, a pivot of 20 years, recovers the Madrid tradition in the National Team.

Chema is in his second season at Granollers; he was the top scorer for Asobal in Guadalajara, and has announced that next season he will leave the team, like his brother Alejandro, with whom he has shared a dressing room in the last two campaigns. Jaime, however, arrives for the first time in the National Teamand he is not in a big hurry to change his Torrelavega shirt.

“I am 20 years old and I have a long way to go”, comments the 1.99 meter pivot from Moratalaz, trained at SAFA, one of the most prolific quarries in Madrid: “I started late in handball, because until I was 15 years old I practiced basketball, judo, other disciplines. In my school there were no handball teams, and the father of a colleague from Santa María told us that in SAFA we could play”.

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But Jaime has been abroad more than in Madrid, because he left at the age of 18 to go to Zamora, in the Silver Division. “In Madrid, Alcobendas was not interested, and I left to start my career”, exposes. But everything fell apart with the pandemic: “We didn’t finish that season. Then Álex Mozas, coach of Torrelavega from Madrid, proposed the project to me”.

Gallego, when he lines up tomorrow (16:00) atagainst Denmark and on Sunday (13:30) against Norway, he will fulfill his dream of defending Spain. “I have not played in lower categories; I only trained with the Spanish juniors, but like everything that happened in 2020, the championship was suspended”, he acknowledges. That is why this call is important both for him and for Madrid handball, which may have a pivot of reference in this great body.

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