Marcelino García Toral

Bath of affection in the Big Week

Marcelino visited Bilbao during its festivities and verified the mark left on the Athletic fans

In a year and a half as coach of Athletic Club, Marcelino García Toral had time to play four finals (although one of them derived from the work of Gaizka Garitano) and to win a title (the Spanish Super Cup in 2021). A great soccer harvest that, however, has been overwhelmed by the affection with which it is remembered at ‘la villa’.

The affection of the ‘athleticzale’ fans was evident during Bilbao’s Big Week, Aste Nagusia. Invited by some of the friends he left behind in the Biscayan capital, Marcelino visited the city in the midst of its festivals and received continuous expressions of affection from the people.

  “Football, beyond the professional field, can also affect the personal side of one,” said the Asturian coach in an interview with José Manuel Monje for the Onda Vasca program ‘La Movida Deportiva’. Marcelino participated in a recording in the street, in which Aitor Elizegi also entered. With the former president and with some of his collaborators, he maintains an excellent relationship. “I was very comfortable with the ‘presi’, with his entire board and with the rest of the people who worked in Lezama and with whom I lived daily,” he acknowledged at the Onda Vasca radio show.