Wednesday, December 07, 2022

Edu Navarro, Deportivo Aragon’s goalkeeping coach, dies

Edu Navarro, Deportivo Aragon's goalkeeping coach, dies

Eduardo Navarro, goalkeeping coach of Deportivo Aragon He died this Thursday at the age of 43 after battling a prolonged illness, As a player, he made about 350 appearances in Second Division and Second Division B, and played his best years at Sociedad Deportiva Huesca and Numania. Navarro was married and had two children, Marcos and Jaime, ages 11 and 8.

The goalkeeper belonged to the fertile generation of 79 in Aragonese football and shared teams with teammates such as Fernando Ponz, Jaime Amat, Dani Bernal or Luza Hualde. He began playing at the Miraflores School. Then it passed through Stadium Venecia and later through Stadium Casablanca., where he completed his initial phase up to the Junior Honors Division. In an interview with the Heraldo, he explained that he began to become a goalkeeper because his brother Javier was also a goalkeeper, who encouraged him to get under stick.

From a young age he jumped straight into second B with Paco Rua’s Figueruelas. He was instrumental in Spanish football’s promotion to the Bronze Division. Penalty save at the end of the decider. He defended the Binfer goal, a step before his stay at Lleida, where he cemented his qualifications as a goalkeeper for four seasons.

He returned to Aragon at the hands of David Navarro at Barbastro, and from there he went to Huesca. Huesca played 33 games in the promotion season to the second division, and 37, in the silver division. From there he went to Numania, where he played for three years until completing 125 games in the second division., His last team was Utebo, where he retired.

However, he never gave up football. He entered Ciudad Deportiva to coach Deportivo Aragon’s goalkeepers along with Iván Martínez and Emilio Laraz. Sharing the dressing room with him highlights his undeniable career as a goalkeeper, but above all his personal merit.

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