The Bilbao Athletic exporter, Jabi Mandaluniz paladea the less friendly side of football. Face the January market looking for equipment, training hard with Urduliz de Tercera, and in the gym on your own, and with a lot of football in your gloves awaiting a custom-made destination.
A Mandaluniz that was runner-up in Europe and the U-17 World, with Antonio Adán as partner, Piqué, Silva and Fábregas integrated in the Spanish team. It sprang from that generation of Athletic 87 with which he climbed in Lezama to the branch with people with a lot of predicament like Beñat, Susaeta, Etxeita, Arbilla and Agirretxe. Now he is without a team training with Urduliz for a series of life’s caroms after finishing contract with Ponferradina two summers ago. He played some games with the Third Division Somorrostro in the second round of last year, unable to go out for work reasons. Already released, in November he had the option of a team from Eastern Europe that did not finish convincing him and declined.
Diploma in Teaching Physical Education and Foreign Language, and graduated in ADE, the goal of Maruri He has played for Bilbao Athletic, Lleida, Sanse, SD Logroñés, Gimnástica, Somozas, Mérida, Jumilla and Ponferradina, where he started 36 games in the Bierzo team in the 2017-18 campaign. «There was a change of coach in Ponferrada and at the beginning of June they told me that they had to study the preparation of the workforce. In mid-June they tell me that they pass me the renewal proposal, they already urged me to continue, my priority was that. The surprise is that the day they were going to spend it they asked me for ten more days. They ended up signing another goalkeeper. I was left with nothing, ”says the goalkeeper, who you don’t finish finding your site since then.
“I’m here to play now and with a huge desire,” confesses the Maruri goalkeeper. Mandaluniz left Athletic eleven years ago, where he competed with Herrerín and Raúl Fernández-Cavada, and all his career I have done outside Bilbao. Since leaving Sanse he had not lived at home again. He believes that he is in the best age to be a goalkeeper, without serious injuries in his career and methodical in his personal and sports life. Markel Areitio has enrolled in the Izarra of Segunda B with the start of 2020 and Jon Ander Felipe in the Ejea, so Mandaluniz must take his wake. An experience abroad would be pleased to continue her career.