Ángel Sertucha

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Full nameAngel Sertucha Ereñozaga
Date of birth(1931-01-27)27 January 1931
Place of birth Gatika, Spain
Date of death 6 April 2019(2019-04-06) (aged 88)
Height 175 cm (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
1944–1945 C.D Mungia

Angel Sertucha Ereñozaga (27 January 1931 [1] – 6 April 2019 [2] ), simply known as Sertu, was a Spanish footballer. Mainly a central defender, he could also operate as a defensive midfielder.

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Football career

Born in Gatika in 1931, Province of Biscay, Basque Country, since he was a child he knew that he wanted to be a professional footballer. He started his football career with 14 years in the modest team "C.D Begoña" of Bilbao. Then, he went to C.D Mungia, to continue his formation and in the 1954–55 season he signed up by the Sestao Football Club. Then he played in first Division teams like Athletic Club of Bilbao, C.E Sabadell, C.D Osasuna, Azcoyen of Peralta, etc., due to a severe Achilles heel injury when 39 years old.

Gatika Municipality in Basque Country, Spain

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Angel Sertucha resumed his career in the First División and in the Second division of then Spanish league, being the captain CE Sabadell FC, being an undisputed starter during most of his stay and eventually gaining club captaincy. Due to constant physical ailments, now in the ankle, he was forced to retire in late 2005. [3]

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Personal life

Angel Sertucha’s retirement was not his last moment in football; after his retirement in 1969, he worked as a football coach in his first team, C.D Mungia. When he was in his third season, he decided this was not his place and his choice of professional career, so he decided to give up completely the life around football to open a tavern in the same city, "Mungia", and to spend time with his wife and his son and daughters.

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  1. "Fallece el exjugador Ángel Sertucha". www.athletic-club.eus (in Spanish). 2019-04-06. Retrieved 2019-04-06.
  2. Genís Garcia Junyent es retira del futbol per una lesió al turmell (Genís García Junyent retires from football due to an ankle injury); 324, 14 October 2005 (in Catalan)