26 seasons, 44 years and a new contract with SD Logroñés

Jorge Abizanda



Since making his debut at the age of 17 wearing the Aurrerá shirt (1995-96 season), César Caneda He has not stopped accumulating matches in statistics that have ended up making him a unique footballer, the one with the most matches (847) among the first three categories of Spanish football. No one has jumped onto a field of play as many times as the Vitorian, a tireless defender who next season will once again defend the shield of the SD Logrones, the club in which he has played for the last two seasons. The La Rioja entity has officially announced this Wednesday the continuity of the 44-year-old center-back, at least one more year.

The passage of time does not wear down the spirit or the enthusiasm for playing football César Caneda.

Based in Vitoria, his hometown, where he is a member of a well-known gym, the defender will travel to Logroño every day next year to train with SD Logroñés, the team he joined in the summer of 2020 from the other team in the capital of La Rioja, UD Logroñés. His list of clubs, however, is almost as long as his career in a sport in which he walks towards his season number 27. A lifetime in changing rooms such as those of Athletic, Salamanca, Seville, Cádiz, Alavés, Racing de Santander, Eibar, Guijuelo and Mirandés. A footballer loved by his teammates and who in 1998 came to play the Champions League with the Bilbao team.

“Everyone needs a motivation to get up every day. Being able to continue enjoying the atmosphere of a locker room, training sessions, matches, is what motivates me every morning. A visit to a factory belonging to a team sponsor, in which they showed us a shoe production chain, opened my eyes and I thought how lucky we footballers are,” Cesar Caneda explained to ABC in 2018 when he was a UD player. Logrones. Four years after that interview, his enthusiasm and his desire for football remain intact.

In May 2023, Caneda will celebrate his 45th birthday as a member of the SD Logroñés squad, who today announced the extension of the contract of a player who this season has been a key player in the defensive network of Raúl Llona. Throughout the last season he has played in 34 games (2959 minutes), 33 of them appearing in the photo of the starting eleven. “The Sociedad Deportiva Logroñés values ​​the commitment that Caneda has always shown and is proud to have another year with someone who is already an example for generations to come”, explained the rojiblanco club in the statement in which they reported on the continuity of the veteran defender .

A footballer who, far from it, responds to the profile of a forceful and tough central defender because throughout his career he has only been sent off seven times. A player who never tires of football and lives each game as if it were the first. That is why his coaches have always trusted him.

Throughout history, only two footballers have played in the first three categories older than César Caneda: the Englishman Harry Lowe (48 years old) and Spanish Urquizu (46).

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