Between 46 and 47, the San Lorenzo de Almagro (flaming Argentine champion) made a tour of Spain that was a legend. Of eight games he only lost one. He struck with ease, with a touch and pause football, exquisite, unknown here. Two sequels remained from that: the first, that the Federation forced, by circular route, all teams to play the WM, such as San Lorenzo; the second, that in San Mamés they stopped attacking Panizo’s scientific and calm game, because when San Lorenzo passed there the public saw in admiration that everyone played like him.
Of that team was captain Ángel Zubieta, who left Spain 10 years ago. Despite such a long absence, he was well remembered for his precocious appearance in Athletic, to whose league title in 35-36, the last before the war, he contributed. Born in Galdácano, he made his debut for Athletic on 10-27-35, at the age of 17, in San Sebastián against Real (0-2) in the Regional Championship. Debuting at that age was an exceptional thing then. In the League he already played the first day, 3-3 in Oviedo, on 11-10-35, and was a starter throughout the course. He was a big, strong, tireless medium with a great ball hitting. The coach Amadeo García Salazar made his debut against Czechoslovakia at the Letna Stadium in Prague on 04/16/35. He was born on 07-17-18, so he made his debut at 17 years and 284 days. A record of precocity that has survived until the emergence of Gavi in San Siro (17 years and 62 days). He repeated as an international eight days later, against Switzerland at the Neufels in Bern, the team’s last match before the war.
During it he was part of the famous Euskadi National Team that toured Europe to collect funds and propagandize for the Republic. A famous and successful tour at the end of which, back in Paris, they learned of the fall of Bilbao. Gorostiza and Roberto Etxebarría returned to Spain, the others went to America, where the Euskadi had new contracts and even played a season in the Mexican League, of which they were runners-up. Then they dispersed. Some retired, the most hired by teams from Mexico or Argentina.
Zubieta chose the San Lorenzo. It was difficult for him to adapt to the calm and dribbling football there, but he soon established himself and became a legend. It was the lynchpin of the game when that tour, in which he was applauded in all fields, rivaling in popularity with the central hat trick of the attack, Farro-Martino-Pontoni, who did wonders. He was 29 years old, he was in his prime.
In 1952, already a veteran, he decided to return to Spain. Five years before, Iraragorri, Athletic, and Lángara, Oviedo, their clubs from before the war, had already done it. They were not disturbed. Zubieta chose Depor (Riazor had been one of the stages of the tour), leaving behind 13 years and 352 games in San Lorenzo. Athletic tried to assert its rights over the player, but the Federation rejected it. He reached the end of the League 52-53, of which he played the last seven games. In the next one he played them all. It was in that 53-54 that a promising youth, Luis Suárez, was promoted, who at the end of it would go to Barça, for whom he already played the Cup. Suárez has great memories of him: “He was a magnificent player; It helped me a lot, it filled me with good advice ”.
Zubieta’s last game, now 37 years old, was precisely against Barça, a tremendous 0-7 in Riazor, on 02-05-56. Since its appearance in First until that day, 20 years and 87 days had passed. That is the other record that Zubieta has held for so long, and that Joaquín now threatens. The winger’s first game with Betis in Primera dates from 08/26-01 (Málaga, 3; Betis, 2). More than 20 years have passed. According to the accounts of Mister Chip, as soon as Joaquín intervenes in a game from matchday 14 on, he will have broken that record.
In that 0-7, Pahíño had been the coach-player, as the coach, García Vizoso, had just fallen. Pahíño worked for three days and spent the Brown to Zubieta, who decided not to align himself. Then he trained in Portugal and in 62-63 he came to Athletic. His return was taken very well, but things went by halves. The generation of the Eleven Villagers And he had a renewal that he faced well, making their debut for Iribar, Aranguren, Iñaki Sáez and Uriarte, but the team was tenth, in the Cup they fell against Zaragoza de Los Magníficos and that knew little. He also trained at Valladolid and Jaén, then in Mexico and Argentina, where he died with 67 years of ELA.
There the classics still remember him as one of the best foreigners who played the Argentine championship.
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