The Dream Of The Stadium Itself And The Fight To Get Out Of The D

Centro Español trains in the Hurricane club of San Justo, before the eyes of the children who attend the holiday colony “This room is our Bernabéu”, Matías Modolo is proud, one of the two coaches that integrates the technical center duo Spanish -that militates in the D of Argentine soccer-, referring to the disorderly props that the Hurricane club of San Justo lends him on the days he trains on that site. While preparing together with Sergio Orsini the groups of eight players for the practice of that day, the DT serves some mates and distributes them among those who enter and leave the small room full of balls, cones, hoops and cheeks. Ascent is very different from the first. Centro, as the club is kindly called, trains between a vacation colony and the PAMI retiree group that spends the day doing aquagym in the pool. The team, based in Villa Sarmiento, Morón, waits for its premiere at the Clausura 2019/2020 and dreams of reaching its first ascent. Centro Español is one of the three teams – together with Atlas and Yupanqui- that never ascended. “We believe that the next constitutive step as an institution is going to be to have our own property, where the lower ones and the first train in the same place and there at side can also be played on weekends, “Modolo explains to LA NACION to refer to the reality they live each time they play at home. The club does not have a court and rents a stadium in Ituzaingó.Matías Modolo, one of the coaches that makes up the technical pair of Spanish Center, reaches his mate Sergio Orsini while they finalize details of the practice in the props that lend him in the hurricane club of San Justo “Already three times we lost the field. We had a property in Ciudad Evita and we gave it up for the Procrear Plan. The municipality promised to relocate and we are still waiting to be assigned a place,” says the club president Daniel Ledesma and regrets that the field itself is “the karma of the Spanish Center”. The reggaeton sounds strong in the pool and, therefore, coaches have to raise their voices even more to stop the practice and give directions. Orsini notes that the players are not triangulating. He asks them to order themselves. To the side, a group of boys interrupts their activity of the colony to sit in a guard and watch the soccer players. Under them, the players left their backpacks because they don’t have a safe space to do it inside the locker room. The one who earns the most in Spanish Center is around 5,000 pesos. Daniel Ledesma “It’s hard not to have a place for us,” Orsini says while Smoke another cigarette. The team alternates between the Hurricane Club of San Justo and the municipal property of Morón “Gorki Grana” to schedule the practices. “We have a little room, pseudo props, that we can use with the coaching staff to adjust things between us, but when we train in the Gorky it is all open. There came a point where it bothered me that I couldn’t sit down for a minute to take some mates,” says Orsini. The category is amateur, so the players and the coaching staff must have a main economic activity and accommodate their schedules to train with the team. “The one who earns the most in Centro Español is around 5,000 pesos,” says Ledesma. Professions are varied among athletes: delivery, physical education teachers and newsagents are some of the most common. The average age of the squad is 21 years and the players are from 18 to 33. Among them is the Colombian Edwin Palacios, he is 21 years old, he makes a living as a model and thanks to that he came to the big screen. He joined Centro Español six months ago, after being free in Boca. He had to get a job to pay for his expenses since in the category you can’t live football. Edwin Palacios came to Centro Español after making inferiors in Boca. He is married to an Argentinean and they live together in Buenos Aires, near the Congress area. . A friend of his wife contacted him with a modeling agency and since then Palacios acts in advertising. “The opportunity appeared, I did not look for it,” he acknowledges while rejoicing to have appeared in advertisements of international scope: “I made several stores during the past year and some for the United States. They were underwear, it was fun.” perfumes, he wore a brand of underpants and was even a supporting actor in a movie that will be released in March: “I asked the technicians for permission to miss training for a few days. I didn’t know anything about acting, there was a coach in the set that helped me and gave me some advice, but I didn’t take classes or anything like that. If they call me to make another movie I would do it, “Palacios acknowledges. But while he tells LA NACION about his activities beyond sport, he bows his head and with notorious discomfort, he says: “I am a soccer player, acting and doing publicity allowed me not to worry about economics, but I want to succeed in football and be recognized for that, not to appear in a movie.” I ran out of a club, my representative abandoned me. I had offers from other top teams but no one took me for the quota of foreigners Edwin PalaciosPacios came from his native Quibdó in 2016 to play in the Xeneize and had continuity in the reserve, with Rolando Schiavi as coach. Luck played a trick on him: his hip fractured and, due to the number of foreigners, the institution set him free. “It was strong to go from Boca to play in D, I had to start from scratch. When I ran out of a club, my representative left me. I had offers from other top teams but nobody took me for the quota of foreigners,” he recalls. Colombian brought him many professional problems since he arrived in the country. In 2020 he turns five years living in Argentina, so he could soon process citizenship. However, he prefers to avoid the issue: “Yes, I don’t know how the situation is. I think I could also obtain Argentine nationality through my wife, but I didn’t find out.” Players must leave their backpacks on the side of the court , not far from them, because they do not have a safe place to place them while they train today, it is focused on Centro Español and believes they have the opportunity to ascend. For that to happen, the team should win the championship that begins on February 8. Thus he would enter a final against Liniers, the champion of the first wheel, to fight for a place in the C. In this season, Centro incorporated three reinforcements: Diego Juárez and Alexis Wilson from Cáceres FC and Luciano Orzo, of Atlas. The team will debut before the Brown on the first date of the Clausura Tournament, this Saturday from 17. Player and shareholder Leonardo Espinoza is one of the referents of the squad and ten years ago he plays in the D. In addition to working as a teacher in three schools, he dreams of being a DT of Lower, but prefers to postpone it for when he is no longer part of the Center: “From the structural point of view I am in one of the best teams in the category,” says the defender and acknowledges that despite not having an own property “We play at a very good pitch.” Take advantage of school vacations to devote time to training. “I leave here and go home. Lunch and take a nap. At night, I do gym,” Espinoza describes. Unlike the history of the club he defends, he achieved two promotions in the D: when he wore the colors of Juventud Unida (2006/2007) and Ituzaingó (2012/2013). He hopes that the third, with Centro, will be the charm before thinking about retirement. In addition to earning a living as a teacher, he recently discovered a new hobby: he has been investing in the stock market: “Since October I was getting into on the subject and now I’m doing better, “says Espinoza while recalling the old days of the D:” Before there was a lot of friction and the young people had no patience. Now there is a greater understanding of the game. Football is nice, but the environment is cruel, “he acknowledges. The work of the coaches and their team. The technical staff of Centro Español is made up of six people who coordinate the activities of the team. Many times they also manage the transfer of players to practice, they look for an extra sports job, they get fruits for after training and help with the props: “When we are going to buy a car we have to think about it based on how many things we can put in the trunk. We always go with the balls everywhere because we don’t know if they have to reschedule the training, “says Orsini. Orsini and Modolo head the technical staff of Centro Español; Ezequiel Galarza and Marcelo Herrera are assistants; Jonathan Subies is the coach of archers and Diego Herrero, manager Before the team of coaches took over the team two and a half years ago, Centro Español came from suffering their last disaffiliation of the First D, in 2015, of the five totals in his story. The previous ones were in 1989, 1995, 2005 and 2007. “The club does not have a football commission, nor a tradition with roots in a stadium or a consolidated fan, added to the course of the last years of disaffiliations and poorly included players. All this caused the accompaniment to be lost. We tried to transform, refound, give it a twist and make people excited, “Modolo details. By not having a prop, players must take care of the shirt and pants equipment. After training they take the clothing home to wash and bring it the next day. They have a uniform for each player. The coaching staff is also responsible for ensuring the commitment of the players to attend the practices with the appropriate clothing.The boys of the colony cross the path that passes behind the synthetic grass court where the players train if one day they They forget the clothes, Modolo explains that they cannot be penalized economically because most of the staff does not charge: “We kill them if we fine them, so we encourage the offender to submit to a ‘passageway’ among the rest of his classmates and that ‘Get in.’ Out there when the boys see one who has a darker shorts (from the previous season) they throw him in front and assemble the line to go through the middle. We laugh together with that. “It’s one morning sunny. The technical team is happy because they can use the Hurricane facilities, despite the heavy rains of the previous day. There were still some water stains on the synthetic of the field where they practice. “We always say that the day of the game is our moment, but we get tired because we have to take care of everything. Many times I play as a prop. It doesn’t bother me, I don’t lose my nails for doing it, but if we had one or two collaborators would be very good for us. That’s why we would be relieved of the work, “Orsini adds. In general, they are satisfied with the preseason despite not having gone to train on the coast like other teams in the category. During the summer, they were able to make a two-day campus in Pontevedra to strengthen coexistence. “Our priority is to arrive on the 12th, when they charge, and be able to pay them,” says President Ledesma to refer to what they consider more important to be up to date with the payment of the per diem of the team. The Spanish Center players at the warm-up prior to the pre-season training But the conditions are far from optimal and the differences with the preseason of the first teams is notorious. “We are light years away. To begin, look at the amount of people we have around, the noise there is, all that affects the concentration,” says Orsini while the incessant reggaeton sounds in the background throughout the talk, and completes: “We have the complexity of the boys working. Today we had a very good morning of training, but now everyone leaves and, there, they eat a sandwich at lunch and then spend six or seven hours standing in their laburo. adequate. “For Modolo, the problems in the methodological work have a direct impact on the football sector and, where appropriate, generate that they cannot secure a locality:” We were the team that scored the most points as a visitor but as a local, statistically, we have gone very bad, although they have been matches where we have deployed our best game. “During the field work, archer training took place on a piece of grass next to the synthetic field where they mixed with the families. Lees on the grounds that they enjoyed in the morning Before renting the stadium in Ituzaingó, since the arrival of this coaching staff, Centro made two years of premises in Lugano on a court in very bad conditions and, although they now play in a field where the coaches consider that it is apt to display their style of play better, the team earns more than visitors than locals. “Not being able to train on the same court where you are going to play the weekend creates a disadvantage and affects the confidence of the players. It is not the same if today we come to train San Justo in a very comfortable place with a synthetic court , but tomorrow we go to the Gorki that has grass and a complicated surface, “says Modolo, referring to the glasses among which they often practice. In any case, the DT believes that they have more possibilities than other clubs in the category. Not having their own property adds several inconveniences. As Gorki Grana is municipal, if there is any social activity that promotes the Municipality of Morón, it is no longer available to them, just as if it rains because the field is flooded. In Hurricane of San Justo the availability is greater, but when there is a tournament inside the club they run out of that option. During 2019 it happened repeatedly that events were crossed and they should turn to another side to train, so technicians take into consideration three or four places to turn to in order to be prepared for any emergency. “Sometimes it’s 12 o’clock at night and we still don’t quote the boys because I’m waiting for them to confirm the field,” Orsini points out. The schedule of the games Beyond these imponderants, both Modolo and Orsini agree that What most affects your organization of the week is the AFA programming, which they describe as “bad.” They argue that more than once they trained for 15 days in a row with no free days in between. “Things are accumulating, there are many disadvantages and sometimes you understand why we cannot achieve everything we want with the team. We plan three or four future trainings to get ahead of the problems but the complications appear the same and they change all the diagramming, “explains Modolo.Orsini adds that the conditioning they suffer is not only for them, but also affects the players:” The boys have to work and if you put a game on a Tuesday afternoon you kill them. put it in the morning that everyone already has that schedule to train, because they already planned it. We had players who defected because, otherwise, they lost their laburo and of course we understand them. They do not think of the kid who really does the handle elsewhere and not football, because they are starving but “. The players train on a synthetic court while a group of retirees prepares to enjoy a sunny day at the club pool. relationship between the coaching staff and the leadership is good and there is trust between them, the latter seems to disagree about the position of the technical team regarding the programming of the matches in the D. “We already know when we are going to play a week before , everything is more coordinated now. The teams of the category can not play all the weekend, which is what we would like. That has been improving since the last tournament, “says Ledesma, the highest authority of the club, who is also president of the corresponding AFA division. The social commitment of Centro EspañolThe club has a tradition in basketball, based in Morón, but the activity within it is mainly social.The disciplines that are practiced, in addition to basketball, are swimming, baby football, futsal, taekwondo, skate and paddle.According to Ledesma, the number of members is between 1,000 and 1,100, of which approximately 600 They are minors.The president tells what an institution like Centro Español means for the area, they provide containment to the neighborhood boys and function as a meeting point.The club is already part of the tradition of Villa Sarmiento and is a place for Families: For Ledesma, that is more important than sports results: “Whoever went to a neighborhood club knows what it means to be in there when you have a problem. Center contains many boys who would otherwise be in the street. They are a responsibility for us. “The players must take care of their uniform: take it to their house to wash, bring it to the next practice and the game day.” Imagine assembling a building club, with a beautiful headquarters in Morón that It has many activities and a great social life, “describes the coach Modolo about the club’s facilities, but he is not satisfied and believes that he can promote professional football if it is more accessible to the members. On the contrary, Ledesma states that they have contact permanent with the players, in fact, reveals that the times they go to the venue before a game they all have lunch together and relax there until the time of the meeting. “If they have to play at 17, they come at 11. Have lunch, They relax and then concentrate. My lady loves being there too, we are going to buy the noodles ourselves or whatever it takes. Then, together we serve the team food, “he says. This year, Centro Español hopes to fulfill at least one of its two dreams: if they don’t get promoted at the end of the season, they aim to finally finalize the idea of an own property and leave karma behind.