The success model of the Real Society: from those Taxi trips of Oyarzabal to this locker room with six university students

Between the child who left the school La Salle de Eibar, aboard a chartered taxi by his club in the direction of Zubieta, and the striker who last Sunday scored

The success model of the Real Society: from those Taxi trips of Oyarzabal to this locker room with six university students

Between the child who left the school La Salle de Eibar, aboard a chartered taxi by his club in the direction of Zubieta, and the striker who last Sunday scored the 0-1 against France in San Siro, the way of Mikel Oyarzabal has Maintained such a tenacious rhythm and accompanied like that of Real Society, a team that 11 years ago wandered around the Second Division and now codes with Laliga's aristocracy. The obstacles never disturbed Mikel's mood, nor did they modify the model of the real, based on the care of the quarry and in the integral education of their soccer players. Oyarzabal today resides in Donosti, but who know him say they do not see him with another car that is not that utility with which he came to the University of Deusto, where in 2019 he obtained the Bachelor of Business Administration and Management. Meanwhile, in the sports city, hundreds of kids continue to fill the classrooms and training camps with the dream of dressing the colors of a team that the last course had the highest percentage of quarry (48.2%) and the less average Of age (25.4 years) of all Laliga.

"It is true that in Zubieta climbs more people to the first team, but at the same time we put a lot of energy in which the children follow their academic rhythm, when we talk to families and we tell them that we are going to sign their Son we find great enthusiasm, Although we also clarify that it is a long and difficult dream, "explains the world Luki Iriarte, director of the Cantera de la Real. To place the BLANQUIAZUL example - or that of any elite club, it is enough to remember that the federative sheets in our country amount to almost one million -more 200,000 of women- although the places reserved for first, obviously, remain stagnant in the middle Millar

"Clubs should worry about personal training, because it is most likely that their cantera do not come to live football," says Carlos Lago, professor of the Faculty of Education Sciences and Sports of Pontevedra. In the judgment of it, a club of "true elite" should be able to offer both very good training stimuli, based on the quality of training, as other academics even better routed. "Plan B should not be the study; Plan B should focus on what to do if something as little as success is achieved," adds lake in conversation with this newspaper.

Among the data that manages the real, example of so many things, we can highlight three: 1. Six players from the first template, with Oyarzabal to the front, have university training. 2. In the subsidiary, which militates in second, 16 of the 24 footballers attend some medium or higher grade. 3. In the C, third classified team of Group II of the second RFEF, all have enrolled, with 100% approved in baccalaureate and another full selectivity. "These figures are no coincidence, but respond to the strategy traced. Our challenge is to continue improving and compatible training with the training requirement," adds Iriarte. Now, how has the real managed to become a baseball reference?

The turning point, according to sources close to the club, arrived during the economic anguish of the exhausting crossing by second. From the rise, through a systematic and rigorous work, the current guidelines were established. One of the witnesses of this growth is Ibon Etxazarra, doctor in Physical Activity Science and Sports from the Basque Country University. "I have found that you have confidence and patience, with a continuity much above average. This factor is key because it stabilizes a work model," says Etxazarra, with broad and contrasted research work on training processes. "The most common in the competition is that who comes from the hand of a sports director between and comes out with him, so the model disappears in the short or medium term. However, in the real the projects are not only kept in the Time, but they are updated with incorporations of a very specific profile, "he analyzes.

The network woven by Iriarte extends from the Olarain Senior College, five minutes from the beach of Ondarreta, to the south of France or La Rioja Alavesa, a radio of action of its area coordinators. In any case, the heart of the framework continues to beating in Zubieta, where Maddi Torre, captain of the first female team, usually arrives at 11:00, from the Faculty of Medicine. The day of her has begun at 6:30, with classes from 8:00 to 10:00. From the classroom, to training and at 15:00, after showering and food, back to the faculty, if there is a free hole in her agenda.

"I can throw away half an hour staring at any calendar, my brain elaborates a logistics to know what dates should I take what themes or what subjects I am going to introduce myself in the ordinary call and what I am going to leave," Detail Tower, which since September alternates. and fifth course The example of her, also as for the formative, is felt inside the booth. "If you do not study it looks somehow apart, because many conversations go on class issues. Of course we also treat soccer things, but if you talk about college and you are not within that atmosphere, maybe you You can feel a bit out of place ", underlines the leader of a team that counts his six vigorous games. "I always try that my colleagues keep going on something that they like, if they have not given something attentive to stimulate them to try," she abounds on a wardrobe where even foreigners point to online courses and academies to learn Castilian.

I always contributed the maximum. It's nice to work with a student like that, with that attitude.

The tower authority with the bracelet is only comparable to that of Oyarzabal, great idol of txuri-urdin and essential piece in the Spanish national team. Jon Mikel Zabala, Tutor de Mikel during the stay of him in Deusto, recalls for this newspaper some of him with the striker. "The first time they summoned him into the sub-21 he wrote me from Las Rozas, talking to me from a pending job, he had not been able to contact the teacher to deliver him on the agreed date and asked me to give him a couple of days More. Even at that time of subidon, it was all on his part, "says Zabala, former tutor as well as Aritz Aldasoro, current capital of Real B.

The exchanges of notes, the constant participation in team works, the hours in the library or the tortilla pintxos in the cafeteria forged the university spirit of Oyarzabal. "How we were not going to help someone who took everything seriously and that it put so much illusion? From the club they told us that it was very professional and in Deusto we thought the same, because I always contributed the maximum. It's nice to work with a student like that , with that attitude, no matter how much needed a special coordination, "admits Zabala. During the first two years, Mikel lived on a shared apartment, next to a couple of friends from Eibarresa childhood. He still had a lot to learn from veterans like Asier Illarramendi, Xabi Prieto or Imanol Agirretxe.

Today is Oyarzabal who advises Martín Zubimenni (22 years old) and Air Barrenetxea (19), two young people who combine their talent on green with campus discipline. For those around him, he is still the same as always, he who comes out with the same girl with whom he began at age 13 and he who enjoys the ball games in the Frontón de Eibar. For these reasons, the future of it is drawn with a fairly defined profile. "I am sure that when you retire you will develop a career in the world of the company. It has a great ease for the organization of human groups and a head that structures everything very well", Preshaba Zabala, Doctor in Engineering and Innovation Projects.

Somehow, this innovative learning absorbed by Oyarzabal can be considered as another pillar in the realistic model. From this you know, almost better than anyone, Etxazarra, after many efforts used in resistance to change. "Science always goes faster than society and in this case, much more than football," says Club Technical Advisor Donostiarra. In Zubieta, today, resources and supports are arranged, designed to measure, out of reach of many of their rivals.

"It is a software that allows you to put number to what a coach does throughout the season. It rips what is done at every moment of training and what is translated, how long the player has had the opportunity to make decisions or How it was related to your colleagues and in what area of the field ... "By crumbling each level in detail you can specify very well the type of proposal for each age and for each team.

And this integral work in Zubieta, from the children to the vicinity of professionalism, is the one that has placed the real almost up to a reference as the Masia. And around them have germinated interesting projects, such as those directed by Luis Martínez and Marco Otero in Valencia, or the Granada, with Luis Fradua to the controls. The strength of these cases contrasts with a certain decline in Barcelona. "The recent declarations of Joan Arporta on the need for a Head of Performance offer signs of lack of scientific support in detection, selection and, above all, talent development," reveals Jullen Castellano, professor of physical activity and sports at university of the Basque Country. "Everything points to the formidable group of professionals from him, the most extensive Laliga, has been disconnected from the lawn", completes this professor, who for a decade for a decade the classrooms with a part-time work as a scientific advisor in El Alavés .

Now, so that any of these equations approach the success, at no time can the role of the coach be lost sight of. In this case, Imanol Sheriff, whom the pulse has not trembled when it comes to giving opportunities to young people. At the moment, 19 of the 27 footballers used this course by the Orio Preparator, come from the SANSE. And 16 were formed from children in Zubieta. "This factor causes any footballer from the subsidiary structure to know that well-done things can have a reward, it is an extraordinary stimulus to persevere in their commitment. As responsible for baseball base in other clubs I can tell you that when it breaks this rise Vertical, football players usually stop striving so much, "develops lake.

Finally, Professor Pontevedrés emphasizes the benefits of the activity in the classroom and in its correlate in the training camp. "A child must learn lessons for life through football. For example, that the effort is essential to improve or self-assessment will be a key aspect in its future. When you find a footballers with some training, you realize that they are capable To focus much better your efforts. On the other hand, those who do not have studies tend to disperse when things are twist. And if they do not have an environment that makes them easier for them, they can end very lost, "Ends Lake, which in the last Times has collaborated with Francisco Seirul-what, Barça's physical trainer between 1993 and 2014.

On October 31, 2018, Luca Sangalli wanted to travel with the first team to Vigo and play a Cup match. That's why he did not hesitate to lock himself alone in a classroom, at six in the morning, for one of his exams Engineering Master. There he himself suffered a mild stroke that would not leave him away, but he did cut a progression also compromised by a serious knee injury. These mishaps have not undermined the morale of the midfielder, which still combines football in the subsidiary with the doctorate of him. "From Little VI at home planes, and I loved pushing with them, the engineering was something vocational, I liked to do exercises and math exams, physical ... I never felt them as obligations," he recalls him.

Updated Date: 16 October 2021, 20:31

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