Who was going to tell Manu Lareo (Vitoria-Gasteiz, 5-29-92) that at 29 he was going to make his debut as an absolute international and it was not going to be with La Roja. What began as a joke has ended with the Basque defending the Dominican Republic team’s sheepskin. Manu made his debut as a starter in the friendly against Nicaragua in the triangle they are playing in Panama. But he could not debut with a victory (he fell 1-0) although he did with good feelings at the beginning of a new era for women’s soccer in the Caribbean country. With the help of a Spanish coach, Beni Rubido, the Federation tries to give new impetus to women’s football and for this it is looking around the world for players who can defend their colors. Manu Lareo is one of them and the Spanish with dual nationality did not hesitate to bet on the Dominican Republic.
“I am very happy, I think they have a very nice project ahead of them, expectations are very high, things are very clear and in these days that we have been here we have worked very well and I am very comfortable”He said on the website of the Dominican federation before his debut last morning. With a Spanish father and a Dominican mother, Manu never thought he could play for the Caribbean team until a few months agos, when they contacted her with the intention of promoting the sport. She, with good taste, accepted the proposal and this new adventure after a lifetime in Spanish football. “The group has people from different places, but very polite and friendly, it is very easy to join the group and that is important for what comes to us. We have a lot of desire and enthusiasm and we are working a lot every day to be able to get the games and what is coming, ”he said.
Lareo, who announced his goodbye to Real Sociedad just a few weeks ago after ending his contract with the San Sebastian team, is still without a team. After passing through Aurrera Vitoria, Athletic and Valencia before landing in the Txuri-Urdín team in 2015, he will also begin a new sporting stage in a new destination yet to be revealed. He is not in a hurry, the first thing is to enjoy this experience with which he still has one match in the triangle that he plays in Panama against the host team.