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Basque striker Chinchourreta, who scored a goal for Real Murcia


Today is the fiftieth anniversary of an episode that is still remembered by fans of Grana and it didn’t hurt the footballer

Joseph Otto

It was pine wood from Canada, without grains or lumps, but it could not withstand the attack of Esteban Chinchoureta, the striker of Zumaraga (Gipuzkoa, 1946), who defended the Real Murcia shirt on September 7, 1972. Today marks fifty years since the unusual event that did not happen to adults, but which for many decades caused jokes and laughter among fans of Grana.

This was in a training session and everything was triggered by a lateral cross that Chinchourreta insisted on finishing. He did it with his head down and with such confidence that his body later ended up against the Sector A target of La Condomina, which could not withstand the blow. The striker broke a post with his body about 50 cm off the ground, causing the round crossbar to “hang” according to those present.

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best; That the Real Murcia striker suffered almost no physical damage and was able to finish training normally. In fact, the footballer, who according to journalists at the time “became so calm”, met applause from fans present at the training session led by Felipe Massons, a coach who had achieved promotion to the First Division at the end of that season. , and as the head of a team in which Ojeda, Canito, Ponce, Marciano, Casco, Vera Palms, Juárez or Anil were active, among other historical Grana football players.

Chinchoretta was a footballer who, after passing through Beasan, was part of Sens, a subsidiary of Real Sociedad and the next rival of the Grana team. He reached the first team of the Realist club, but was transferred to Eibar shortly after. He also went through the Racing de Santander, until in the 1972–73 campaign he reached Real Murcia to gain promotion to the First Division.

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only one season

He was not the undisputed starter (he appeared in 23 games, but started only ten) and was transferred to the Racing de Santander for one million pesetas at the start of the 1973–74 campaign. The Cantabrians also reached the highest rank. He retired at Real Union d’Irun and died in San Sebastian in April 2021. He will not be remembered for scoring many goals at Murcia, but he will be remembered for his strength and ability to take away.

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