Marcos Luna, the final shine of the Actual Zaragoza quarry
The irruption of Marcos Luna, His official debut with the primary workforce in opposition to Villarreal B and his current renewal till 2026 together with his first skilled contract affirm the affluent well being of Actual Zaragoza’s academy soccer.
A quarry that, because the membership has entrenched itself within the Second Division over the past ten seasons, has ceased to be a testimonial anecdote to turn into yet another hallmark of its sporting tasks. Since relegation in 2013, with Marcos Luna because the final flash, as much as 44 gamers molded of their base or subsidiary soccer have debuted with the primary workforce. To them, we should add one other three cast within the Sports activities Metropolis who got here to the skilled Actual Zaragoza after a roughly lengthy bridge in different groups: Edu Garcia, Dorado and Linares.
Though throughout this time there was a season through which a youth squad made the leap to the primary workforce, on this course of, the 2016-2017 marketing campaign marks a turning level. Since then, the totally different youth squad debuts abandon their largely momentary nature to accumulate extra continuity, presence and relevance, thus consolidating themselves as promotions within the broad sense of the time period. On this interval, together with Marcos Luna, 28 homegrown gamers have made their debut as Zaragoza gamers, however probably the most important factor is the next: 15 of them established themselves as first workforce gamers, enjoying no less than ten official matches, within the Second Division or Copa del Rey. That’s, the puppies not solely arrive, but additionally keep.
Seven of them are actually a part of Juan Carlos Carcedo’s squad: Ratón, Lasure, Nieto (he truly made his debut briefly in 2014, however settled in 2018), Francés, Francho, Iván Azón, and Puche. Others, resembling Guti (Elche), Soro (Granada), Pombo (Racing), Delmás (Cartagena) and Clemente (Las Palmas), have earned their place in Spanish soccer. And Pep Biel (Olympiacos), within the worldwide. For his half, Raí (EC Bahía) needed to return to Brazil and Nick Buyla remains to be with out a workforce after terminating his contract in August. On this group, it is usually potential to incorporate Marc Aguado, an ephemeral debutant within the Cup three seasons in the past, however who now belongs to the primary workforce and has already established himself as an expert footballer within the Second Division in Andorra, the place he’s on mortgage.
As well as, a number of performed minutes within the league or cup: Xiscu, David Vicente, Zalaya, Torras, and Ahmed -these are already out of the club-, Borge, Javi Hernandez, Sola and Rubio -in the subsidiary-, along with Baselga, Carbonell or Ángel López -loaned to different teams-.
This coaching chain wouldn’t make sense with out its two key teams: a sports activities administration workforce that believes in it and a daring first-team coach. The elevator can go up, however the prime door – the vital one – somebody has to open. At Zaragoza, that essential function was performed by Lalo Arantegui together with his arrival in February 2017 on the sports activities administration. Throughout his administration till December 2020, the academy was consolidated as a basic precept of the membership’s sports activities venture: the alternatives within the first workforce grew in amount and high quality, with the promotion of a lot of the aforementioned gamers -all of them, besides Mouse and Puche-.
A couple of months earlier, Zaragoza had begun to regenerate their coaching venture. In June 2016, he had appointed Ramón Lozano director of the quarry. And that August, José Luis Arjol was appointed as head of a brand new space of methodology and information. These actions modernized and homogenized the totally different formative phases of the Sports activities Metropolis.
The quarry thus grew to become a structural component of the primary workforce venture. A transversal recreation information started to be developed, establishing a technique, a tactical thought and a mode that fostered a membership tradition. Between the totally different departments, they developed a soccer corpus that may strengthen the id of Actual Zaragoza and facilitate the processes of the longer term. Thus, a language was developed for the whole construction: from the primary workforce to the juniors. All of the groups within the pyramid started to play with a reference tactical format and its variants.
This unitary mannequin centered extra on coaching than on the outcomes of the bottom groups has worn out within the final two seasons.
Nevertheless, it permits, to a fantastic extent, to grasp why the gamers who step on the primary workforce discover it really easy to leap the step and adapt: not solely do they arrive educated, however they meet teammates who’ve grown up in the identical context. On this manner, profitable generations are defined, just like the one from 99 by Soro or Clemente, or the one from 2001-2002, by Francés, Azón or Francho.
They, like Marcos Luna, are the fruits of a tree that has been a manner of sporting and financial survival for Zaragoza in these occasions of want. Since 2015, the gross sales of Diego Rico, Jesús Vallejo, Pombo, Guti, Pep Biel and Alberto Soro have generated revenues of near 21 million euros for the membership. They’ve been a heritage of life. Important belongings for the viability of the sports activities company.
Jorge Mas, president, and Raúl Sanllehí, common supervisor, have reaffirmed their dedication alongside this line with the quarry. The long run is dependent upon it. Additionally of the frequent work between departments, successfully directed by the highest managers of the primary workforce. Time will inform us if Marcos Luna is the suspension factors of a stage, or the ultimate level.