Canarian Rocasa and Málaga start this Sunday in Telde (1:00 p.m., Pabellón Rita Hernández; DAZN) the round-trip final of the EHF European Cup that for the first time in eleven years it is played by two teams from the same country, and also they have won the last two editions: Rocasa (2019) and Málaga (2021) who defends the title); in 2020 it was discontinued. This season, Rocasa has won both league games, but a week ago in San Sebastián, in the quarterfinals of the Copa de la Reina, they won the team from Malaga: 26-23.
In the ranks of the Rocasa Mizuke Hosoe (29 years old) is in his second season at the club, where he came from Japan: “In my country, handball is not professional. I, who am international, told my representative that I wanted to improve, play in Europe, have that experience. And Rocasa appeared”. This was the arrival of Mizuke to the Canary Islands, the first Japanese on the team, a 1.66 meter center back who knew practically nothing about Spain.
He studied physical education in Japan, and before coming to Rocasa He had worked “in many things, especially in the market in my city, selling fruit, fish, everything.” Without much knowledge of English was “two months studying Spanish before coming to be able to communicate even if it was very basic”, recognize. Now she is facing her first final, and she has a wish: “I think I am the first Japanese player to fight for a European title. It would be very nice and historic to get this Cup”.
Besides, andIt’s Mizuke’s farewell because he won’t continue at Rocasa: “They have treated me very well and people have been very kind to me. I don’t want to return to Japan for now, and I intend to continue in Europe, perhaps in Spain. I only have one regret, that I only know the Canary Islands and Barcelona; I haven’t had much time for sightseeing.”