Aitor Egurrola will continue to defend one more season the goal of the hockey team on skates of the Futbol Club Barcelona. In this way, the current captain of the Catalan team will add his twenty-third season in an entity that he arrived in 1995 from Horta. ' El Octopus', as he is known in the world of roller hockey, assures that this renewal for him is "a gift" because it enables "the dream of playing the entire sports career at Futbol Club Barcelona" to come true.
He will turn 40 on June 24 and he could hardly imagine when his parents emigrated from the Basque Country to Castelldefels for work reasons, and there he started with roller hockey, which was to make history at Barça. A career that started by chance, when in 1998 Carlos Figueroa summoned him urgently to replace the injured Carles Folguera and made his league debut in Riazor against the Liceo de la Coruña at just 18 years old.
The Barcelona goalkeeper has played a total of 37 matches this season unfinished, of which 18 as a starter, conceding 26 goals. This League was the 20th of its long history and the seventh in a row. The curious circumstance occurs that those 73 titles account for 58% of those conquered by the skate hockey section of Barça which accumulates 125 that this June 1 completed 78 years of history.
In fact, he is the most successful athlete in the history of Barça, surpassing the 71 titles of David Barrufet, the 69 of Víctor Tomás or the 58 of Beto Borregán. Still, as a good athlete, he does not satisfy his hunger to win more titles because "as long as health responds as before" and "the illusions remain intact" he wants to continue helping the team to achieve all the objectives next season.
Respected for injuries
Without a doubt, one of the keys to that successful and long career has been being able to maintain his good physical tone during these years. "I am feeling very well and have been lucky that the injuries have been respecting me in recent years thanks to the preventive work we have done with the physical trainers and the medical services of the club," Egurrola acknowledges.
The goalkeeper of Barça has 11 European Cups, 11 Continental Cups, 11 King's Cups and 10 Spanish Super Cups, among other titles of an unmatched record that only needs to include a World Championship with the Spanish team after having won two Europeans.