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Unrepentant and indomitable till the tip, José María Caneda assured that the most cancers he suffered was not going to lock him at house. He lived with ardour and died on the age of 77 within the early morning of San Juan whereas half of Galicia burned amongst legends, spells and purifying fireplace. He was the good builder of Compostela who deserted irrelevance to climb to the winter runners-up of the best class. Caneda presided over the membership with inimitable methods and types for nearly 24 years and in 4 of these campaigns (1994-1998) he was seen within the elite, the place he left an unforgettable mark. Then every thing fell aside, the membership ended up in liquidation as a result of money owed it had incurred and needed to be refounded within the soccer catacombs.

“In five years we will return to First Division,” he cried in 2009, nonetheless optimistic and unleashed. But two years later he offered the Compostela that he had refounded and went to his home. “You may think I'm a loudmouth or crazy, but all I am is a proud guy,” he launched himself. With his verbosity, and a direct fashion with little affection for diplomacy and protocols, he litigated with the treasury, with coaches and gamers, along with his brokers, with tv, with the League and, above all, with politicians. He instructed Manuel Fraga that he was not the one to demand something from him. “You are not my confessor,” he stopped him.

“I know more about physical preparation than you,” he even blurted out to Vicente del Bosque when he was negotiating the signing of the Nigerian Ohen. Caneda had skilled within the topic and never solely made his first steps as a soccer participant at a modest stage however even placed on boxing gloves. He was actually a distance runner. In 1963 he was runner-up in Spain in cross nation and even then he performed soccer video games along with his neighborhood crew, Amio, of which he ended up being president. There he confirmed indicators of his audacity in administration and opened the doorways of the SD Compostela, which was not even historic (it was based in 1962) and had a lukewarm impression in a busy and college metropolis that emptied on weekends and which, in any case, veered extra in the direction of basketball than soccer.

Since 1988 Caneda gave muscle to Compostela. The crew alternated between Second B and Third Division till the president teamed up with Fernando Castro Santos, the coach with whom between 1990 and 1994 he moved from Third to First. “I have seen few leaders so sharp and intuitive,” displays Santos, who had a tough time with him greater than as soon as. Those had been occasions when contracts had been signed in bars on paper napkins and bonuses had been introduced out loud in entrance of tv cameras. Caneda burst into Spanish soccer like a cyclone, untamed sufficient to battle Jesús Gil (and his bodyguard) in entrance of the League headquarters. “Over the years, the one who treated me the best of all the presidents was Gil,” Caneda acknowledged years later, who at all times defined that what occurred that day behind closed doorways was even worse than the brawl that might be seen outdoors. “Gil was a brute, but he was not a bad person. We were very similar,” mentioned Caneda, who cast surprising friendships in soccer, reminiscent of that of María de las Mercedes de Borbón, the mom of King Juan Carlos, and a passionate Betis fan with whom he turned associates within the Villamarín field. “At half-time of the game they took her in the wheelchair to the antebox and at the start of the second half everyone ran to watch the football and there were not enough hands to lift the chair. So I rolled up my sleeves and we pulled up,” Caneda recalled about an episode that reached the ears of Queen Sofía, who thanked her a while later.

Caneda leaves and with him that unrepeatable time additionally dies a bit of extra, the one which served to coin the canedismos, phrases and expressions through which the years have helped to confuse the unique with the apocryphal. Caneda demanded the cash singer and sonant once they wished to signal a participant. In these conditions he didn’t like that they cherished the tablet and if vital, he demanded that the termination capsule. He requested his folks to imagine him toes collectivelybut in addition that nobody tear the garments in entrance of issues. She had a riff with Fernando Vázquez, he even reproached his gamers for going out onto the sphere frightened and he didn’t maintain again in in search of a expiatory chinese language if it was vital. He tried, lastly, to rise from his ashes like Felix the cat. Nothing was duck minutes with Caneda, who was conscious of his idiosyncrasy and he dealt with himself sarcastically within the character he had generated. “Why can't I say that I'm between your back and the wall Is it true that there is space between the back and the wall?” he requested. And she did that train to point out that in that area he nonetheless had a loophole to deal with himself just like the lynx that he at all times was.

“I say many of those expressions on purpose,” he confessed in a low voice. But he was not fascinated by many individuals figuring out: Caneda was the obvious instance that the neatest and most clever Galician is the one who doesn’t appear that manner.

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