Athletic and Elche are twinned in San Mamés

The Copa del 69, just 50 years ago, served as an excuse for Athletic and Elche to commemorate it in an attractive act in San Mamés, with legends such as Iribar, Asensi or Rojo.


The Cup of 69, just 50 years ago, served as an excuse for Athletic Elche to commemorate it in an attractive act in the bowels of the new San Mamés, with the presence of several of the players who performed in that final that won the lions 1- 0 with a goal from Arieta in the minute 82.

A polished act with the presence in the carpet of the Cathedral of Iribar, Ormaza, Zorriqueta, Rojo, Argoitia, Igartua and the ilicitanos Arakistain, who posed with Iribar in a photo for the memory of goalkeepers of legend and Asensi, that later triumphed on the back of Barça. The president of the Elche, Diego García, gave away a ball from that final cup that he welcomed Aitor Elizegi for the red-and-white museum: "Today there are more important things than that scoreboard, respect for values, history, these recognitions to all players". The rojiblanco president gave him a painting with the arch of San Mamés.

For his part, Diego García, said that Elche had "7 internationals that chanted the whole city." It is the greatest sporting achievement of the Elche with the Vava , Llompart, Asensi, Arakis, they all spoke wonders, we got promotion to the First Division and twelve years in a row, they put the people on the map, "he said, with a nod to the host club:" as an example of efficiency and management, you have your house in Elche, "he said. There were deliveries of bracelets and Elizegi recalled that his father already warned of that "dangerous Asensi", while delivering the present to the ex-player. Asensi recalled that packaging Elche that was close to knocking the lions: "Athletic took a ball from the line of Iribar. We had seven internationals, we did it in an extraordinary way and with the head very high", slipped the Alicante excentrocampista .

Araquistain, who continues to present an enviable plant, added that it was a "very contested match, very beautiful, Elche was better in many phases of the game." For his part, Zorriqueta, who could not play the final because he broke the Achilles heel, he remembered the "five deceased and two or three malitos, We were 21 on the roster and I have the pity, of the few of my life, of not being able to dispute it. "



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