The return of the prodigal daughter Marta Mangu to Spanish handball
Two decades ago a young Marta Mangu left the Remudas Forestthe club in which she had trained while combining handball with athletics -Spanish champion in discus throw and javelin in lower categories-. In the Peninsula she pursued a sports career that made her an outstanding international player and the Spanish with the highest number of games with the national team (301), of which she is also the top scorer (1034). After passing the last fifteen seasons abroad, Mangu has returned to Telde, to his first club, to face the last stage of his career at the age of 39. His return is the great claim of the Warrior League starting tomorrow and coincides with that of another Canarian international to Remudas Rocasa, Almudena Rodríguez.
“A great signing for the club and for the League. It is the return of a standard”, describes his new trainer Robert Cuesta. That return of the ‘Guerrera’ responds to a personal desire rather than a sporting one. after playing the last two years at Bourg de Page Drème, his last team in the French LNHF, He contacted Remudas Rocasa to find out if they would be interested in making him an offer to continue his career at home.
A great signing for the club and for the League. It is the return of a banner
“It was my second sports option, but I was already considering coming with my family. It was time to settle down, to think more about my wife and our son, that he enjoy his cousins and grow up with his grandmothers. My wife wore following me around France for nine years and if I went somewhere else we were going to have to separate,” explains Marta, who also had the intention of opening a second restaurant in that country, a project that has now been postponed. The first, Spanish homemade food, was sold the day before the pandemic was declared in France in 2020.
I was already considering coming with my family. It was time to settle down, to think more about my wife and our son
Marta, who didn’t play many minutes in her last season at Bourg de Page Drème, has arrived “physically very well”, says Robert Cuesta. “In preseason games she goes down in the defensive retreat and doesn’t give up a lost ball,” he adds. She agrees with the technician’s assessment, although her greatest contribution to Remudas Rocasa is of a different nature. “Her character, leadership, veteran, experience, her knowledge of being on the track and a long list of positive situations that are manifested in how she helps young women, how she addresses them. A role that she is assuming to perfection,” he underlines Cost.
“Apart from Sylvia [Navarro]who is 43 years old, I am 39 and some other player in her thirties, 75 percent are under 25”, adds Marta. “We have a mixed squad. I want to help Robert, bring my experience and instill in young girls what I have experienced and the handball culture acquired everywhere I have been.”
Black left in 2007 a Spanish championship that a decade ago had experienced a fleeting bonanza, with continental titles such as the European Cup for Osito L’Eliana (1997) and the EHF Cup for Amadeo Tortajada (2000). Then came a slow but cconstant economic and sports depreciation that placed him in very secondary positions according to the ranking of the European Federation.
“The level of our handball is better than that ranking indicates,” defends Cuesta, who this season will have a very strong team not only with the two Canarian internationals, but also with the Swedish Sabina Jacobsem, also an international for her country, and the Danish Naja Nissen Kristensen, among other additions. He is a clear contender for national titles. In addition, playing the EHF European League after having won a European Cup for the third time last season that it was too small for him.
“For me it was a surprise to know that we would play that competition. It is very motivating, beyond fighting for the League and the Queen’s Cup, trying to go as far as possible in Europe,” says Marta, who marks herself as “a challenge” win some of the national titles with Remudas Rocasa, something unthinkable for her and her club before leaving in 2002.
I want you to enjoy me in the Spanish League; After all, I only played here for five years. I would like to say goodbye at Remudas Rocasa, but the date will be set by the body
The player She has the title of national coach and is currently studying the Master Coachrequirement that the European Federation requires technicians to be able to work in any country. His concept of the French league, fully professionalized and surely the one that has made the most progress in Europe in the last two decades, is unbeatable. Consequently, does not rule out training in the future there, “if I have the opportunity to return to one of the clubs I’ve been through,” he admits. “But first I want you to enjoy me in the Spanish League; after all, I only played here for five years. I would like to say goodbye at Remudas Rocasa, but the date will be set by the body, that the two parties agree and the objectives that we achieve. I have always considered my career year by year”.
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