The Amorebieta finalizes the landing in Second

Seven signings and three returns to the blue discipline. The first victory, and the only one so far, came this Saturday against Calahorra in La Planilla (1-3).


Two months after writing the most important page in its almost centennial history at the end of May, the heroic promotion to the Second Division by beating Badajoz in the Nuevo Vivero, the Amorebieta Sports Society is preparing its premiere in LaLiga SmartBank in depth. A major challenge for a club from a Biscayan town that barely exceeds 19,000 inhabitants and that this season will face historic LaLiga teams.

Just one piece of information to get an idea of the entity of the feat they must face: the entire population of Amorebieta would enter the stadiums of most of their rivals. Having overcome all the administrative and bureaucratic procedures involved in the leap to professional football, Amorebieta has been working for a few weeks to prepare for its premiere in the silver division.

At the staff level, the SDA maintains the block from last season, and a dozen additions have been made to provide the team with experience. A common denominator unites the dressing room: they are Basque players who return home to join the project headed by Iñigo Vélez de Mendizabal.

The most famous incorporation is, without a doubt, that of San José, former player of Athletic and Birmingham City. His experience may be key this season for Urritxe's team. It remains to be seen where the technician from Gasteiz will place him, who during this preseason is testing him in various positions, both in a rear with three centrals and in midfield. Along with Sanjo, the goalkeeper Roberto Santamaría (UD Logroñés), the central defender Óscar Gil (Racing de Santander), the winger Josu Ozkoidi (CE Sabadell), the midfielder Álvaro Peña (Albacete) or the attackers Lander Olaetxea (UD) have landed in Urritxe. Logroñés) and Gorka Guruzeta (CE Sabadell), Oier Luengo, Markel Lozano and Iker Amorrortu have also returned to the blue discipline after their stages in Bilbao Athletic, Celta B and Calahorra, respectively.

With all those pawns, Vélez de Mendizabal, who is facing his fourth season at the helm of the blue bench, and his technical team have designed a demanding preseason with which to get ready for his premiere on August 14 in Montilivi against Girona. Level rivals to try to grease the machinery as soon as possible.

The blue team has been showing a clear evolution in their game since they started with their summer bowling in mid-July against Burgos CF (1-1), another team recently promoted to the Second Division, in Urritxe. After the win conceded at the Ibaia facilities at the hands of Alavés (5-2), in which the Albiazules showed a lot of punch, Amorebieta lost against Racing de Santander (2-1), signed a draw against UD Logroñés (1 -1) and was defeated before Osasuna by the minimum (0-1) in an entertaining and balanced duel, in which the Biscayns planted a battle against those of Jagoba Arrasate, dominating them in many phases of the match.

The first victory, and the only one so far, came this Saturday against Calahorra in La Planilla (1-3). In this match, the zornotzarras confirmed with goals the good feelings they had shown in previous matches. A double from midfielder Iker Bilbao and a penalty converted by Guruzeta gave Amorebieta the victory in a match in which they enjoyed many opportunities to score. That is the 'must' of the team, it needs to generate many goal actions to finish scoring.

Iñigo Vélez has time to try to polish his team in that regard. Ahead, two high-level touchstones to continue calibrating the evolution of an Amorebieta that will be the 'cinderella' of LaLiga SmartBank. Next Wednesday (August 4) they receive at Urritxeal Eibar, and on Friday (August 6) they close their preseason against Valladolid in El Plantío.

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