Aitor Sanz will be the first captain of Tenerife. After the departure of Suso Santana, the Madrilenian picks up the baton. “For me, he will continue to be the captain of this team,” admitted the midfielder. “This year, he will not be with us on the field, but he will be outside. It will have an important role for the club ”.
“Now”, Aitor continued, “I have to be the first captain and it is a pride for me. I would not have imagined that I would arrive in this situation when I came in 2013. I am proud, delighted and with that extra point of responsibility ”, he assured.
In its ninth season, it will therefore be one of the benchmarks in the Centennial year.. “I am very happy to be here one more season, starting an exciting year, special and important for everyone, for the club, the city and the players. There are many incentives, “the footballer listed. “For a historical entity like Tenerife, it deserves that we measure up. Those of us who have been here for so long know what year we are going to live ”.
Knowing how football is lived, Tenerife, Aitor confided that the main objective is to go match by match because “putting them in the long term would not make sense, but to look at the day to day to arrive well against Fuenlabrada and add three to see where the classification places us. That is the way, giving the maximum ».
He also positively appreciated the presence of the fans after so long absent. “Playing at the Heliodoro with an audience should be experienced by many people,” he stressed. It is a special feeling because people cover you from the first minute. When the team is well, the games end up practically alone, since that support of the people is fundamental and key for us ”, he commented.
Nino, the last great scorer
A decade has passed since the departure of Nino from Tenerife, possibly the last great scorer to defend the blue and white jersey. On July 8, 2011, the striker rescinded his one-year contract, which was also giving up a lot of money. He was one of the few who escaped burning in that disastrous season that ended the club in Second B.
Fortunately, Nino’s memories go beyond that sad ending. Vera’s is still an idol for the island fans who enjoyed his 80 goals, distributed in the 163 games he played with the Tenerife jersey in four seasons. In one of his last visits with Elche, he was applauded and received a gift shirt from Ricardo and Cristo Marrero, two of his former colleagues.
“It is always nice to return to a place where you felt cared for, valued and so loved,” he said on January 5, 2019. “Returning to this Stadium and to this Island will always be very beautiful and very special. tip”, assured.
The story of Nino with Tenerife began to be written in the summer of 2007 when he came on loan from Levante. And it could not debut better as it scored against Sevilla Atlético (1-1). That great first campaign (he scored 18 times) earned him so that the technical secretary took over his services.
In the 2008/09 academic year he experienced possibly one of the best moments of his career since, not only did he ascend with the team to the First Division, but he also finished as the top scorer in the Second Division with 29 goals, one more than Ewerthon, from Real Zaragoza . The duo he made with Alejandro Alfaro is a reason for constant memory on the part of the fans.
In the highest category, he also made the grade, scoring 14 goals, but could not avoid relegation. Despite this, the forward stayed to try to return the club to the elite, but everything went the other way around and what happened was the relegation to Second B. His 17 goals were insufficient.
On May 28, 2011, against Ponferradina (1-1), he played his last game with his beloved Tenerife, saying goodbye, of course, with a goal. His high profile made it unfeasible for him to continue in the Bronze category, so after several meetings he separated from the entity to sign for Osasuna.
In addition, the Almeria is among the four top scorers in the club’s history and has only been surpassed by Julito (112 goals), Juan Antonio Pizzi (89) and Antonio (82). Ten years after his departure, Niño’s goals are still remembered.