Eli Pinedo, the farewell of the Guerrera
Playing handball in Spain is difficult, especially if you are a woman and more so if you intend to live it professionally. Hence, the nickname Guerreras come painted them or that group of Spanish women who, despite the marginal conditions of Spanish women’s handball, have achieved successes that fancied unimaginable.
One of those Guerreras is Eli Pinedo. Born in Amurrio 35 years ago, Eli Pinedo has become one of the best known faces of Spanish sport and one of the standard bearers of women’s sports, not in vain talk about a woman who, in what the Spanish balonnmano, it has reached legendary status and more now that he has decided to retire.
Basque lived in his own skin what was the rise and subsequent fall of the national handball at club level. He made his debut very young in the Bera Bera, San Sebastian club, then play in Sagunto and then the Itxako, teams fighting the most powerful in Europe by winning continental titles. The two teams would eventually drowned by debt, when the money tap the boom years was closed.
By then, Eli Pinedo was already trying their luck abroad, to immigrate to Denmark. Other Guerreras followed in his footsteps and looked outside Spain and the possibility to play and live handball, players who in 2008 had achieved the first major success of the national women’s handball teams level, a silver in the 2008 European.
To this, we must add its perennial presence in the team; participating in all the successes, he has achieved this equipment. It was in the aforementioned European 2008 in the World 2011 in which he scratched his bronze, the London Olympics to win another bronze, and the European 2014, where they were runners – up. In total, more than two hundred games and more than four goals, sandwiching joys and sorrows, which is what has the sport.
A sport that, as she put it, had given it everything. Now also receives the unanimous recognition and huge amount of tokens of affection, once announced his retirement. All deserved for someone who symbolized inside and outside the track, in sports and in life, the spirit of a warrior.