The ‘Zurdo’ López underwent a catheterization and it is studied if they should operate

The former Junior Technician Miguel Ángel López was hospitalized last Monday morning at the Clínica del Caribe, after feeling discomfort and abnormal pressure.

The news was known through social networks, after one of his pupils in the rojiblanco team, former striker Martín Arzuaga, reported his health status through Twitter.

“Let us put in our prayers Professor Miguel Ángel López, who suffered an acute myocardial infarction,” wrote the ‘Toro’.

Until the closing of this edition, no official medical report was known about the state of health of the ‘Zurdo’.

The Argentine, champion with the Sharks in 2004, has been based in Barranquilla for several years.

Francisco Arias, who works as López’s assistant, assures that the 78-year-old veteran helmsman “is stable, calm and in good spirits”, waiting for what the doctors decide.

“Still under observation. They’ve already had a catheterization that resulted in a clogged artery. The possibility of open heart surgery or another type of intervention is being studied, ”Arias told EL HERALDO.

The former technician, according to Arias, remains in constant communication with those closest to him. His relatives in Argentina have already been informed and are aware of his health, like many of Junior’s fans who have a feeling of admiration and gratitude for the star he helped embroider on the shield in 2004.

In dialogue with EL HERALDO, a few months ago, ‘El Zurdo’ had sent a message of affection and gratitude to the rojiblanca fans, in the midst of confinement due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“I want to thank you for the affection that I always receive. I miss you. Thank you for making my days happy, ”said the historic Argentine coach at the time.

Miguel Ángel López was the coach of Junior’s fifth star in the second half of 2004, in that remembered final against Atlético Nacional, where the rojiblancos won 3-0 in the first leg, in Barranquilla, and then fell 5-2 in Medellín , saving himself in the last minutes with the remembered goal of Argentine defender Walter Ribonetto. The Sharks prevailed on penalties 5-4.

He directed the Barranquilla team on seven occasions. Without a doubt, he is a character that is 100% linked to junior history.

‘El Zurdo’ made his debut as a professional footballer at the University of Córdoba in 1962 and retired in 1975 at Atlético Nacional, a club where he made his debut as a coach a year later.

During his long coaching career, he has twice managed América de México, with whom he won two league titles in 1985 and a Concacaf Champions League in 1992.

He was also in the Independiente de Avellaneda, with which he raised the title of the South American Super Cup in 1995, and also in the Argentine Boca Juniors, Rosario Central, Ferro Carril Oeste and Arsenal.

He also went through the Mexican Chivas de Guadalajara, Santos Laguna, Toluca, León, Atlético Celaya and Puebla, as well as Al-Ahli from Saudi Arabia and Badajoz from Spain.

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The ‘Zurdo’ López underwent a catheterization and it is studied if they should operate

The former Junior Technician Miguel Ángel López was hospitalized last Monday morning at the Clínica del Caribe, after feeling discomfort and abnormal pressure.

The news was known through social networks, after one of his pupils in the rojiblanco team, former striker Martín Arzuaga, reported his health status through Twitter.

“Let us put in our prayers Professor Miguel Ángel López, who suffered an acute myocardial infarction,” wrote the ‘Toro’.

Until the closing of this edition, no official medical report was known about the state of health of the ‘Zurdo’.

The Argentine, champion with the Sharks in 2004, has been based in Barranquilla for several years.

Francisco Arias, who works as López’s assistant, assures that the 78-year-old veteran helmsman “is stable, calm and in good spirits”, waiting for what the doctors decide.

“Still under observation. They’ve already had a catheterization that resulted in a clogged artery. The possibility of open heart surgery or another type of intervention is being studied, ”Arias told EL HERALDO.

The former technician, according to Arias, remains in constant communication with those closest to him. His relatives in Argentina have already been informed and are aware of his health, like many of Junior’s fans who have a feeling of admiration and gratitude for the star he helped embroider on the shield in 2004.

In dialogue with EL HERALDO, a few months ago, ‘El Zurdo’ had sent a message of affection and gratitude to the rojiblanca fans, in the midst of confinement due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“I want to thank you for the affection that I always receive. I miss you. Thank you for making my days happy, ”said the historic Argentine coach at the time.

Miguel Ángel López was the coach of Junior’s fifth star in the second half of 2004, in that remembered final against Atlético Nacional, where the rojiblancos won 3-0 in the first leg, in Barranquilla, and then fell 5-2 in Medellín , saving himself in the last minutes with the remembered goal of Argentine defender Walter Ribonetto. The Sharks prevailed on penalties 5-4.

He directed the Barranquilla team on seven occasions. Without a doubt, he is a character that is 100% linked to junior history.

‘El Zurdo’ made his debut as a professional footballer at the University of Córdoba in 1962 and retired in 1975 at Atlético Nacional, a club where he made his debut as a coach a year later.

During his long coaching career, he has twice managed América de México, with whom he won two league titles in 1985 and a Concacaf Champions League in 1992.

He was also in the Independiente de Avellaneda, with which he raised the title of the South American Super Cup in 1995, and also in the Argentine Boca Juniors, Rosario Central, Ferro Carril Oeste and Arsenal.

He also went through the Mexican Chivas de Guadalajara, Santos Laguna, Toluca, León, Atlético Celaya and Puebla, as well as Al-Ahli from Saudi Arabia and Badajoz from Spain.

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From ETB’s Teleberri to CNN +, Calleja’s television trip

He was not born in the Basque Country, but it was his years in a region suffocated by the unreason of terrorism that forged his commitment to journalism, rigor and information, and a bravery that was proof of blackmail and extortion. José María Calleja, who died today at the age of 64 as a result of the coronavirus, began reporting in the early eighties in San Sebastián, in the newspaper, then from the delegation that Agencia Efe had in the autonomous community. They were not easy years for the fight against the terrorist group ETA, which at that time, in the so-called ‘lead years’, murdered in cold blood almost a hundred people a year. Calleja never fell silent.

Always highly critical of the nationalist left, the Leonese journalist endured incalculable pressure and threats from the terrorist organization when he began presenting the Teleberri, the daily news from ETB 2, the Basque public television. He did it between 1989 and 1995 and without police protection. At that time, the gang imposed a clear message: that the murdered be killed and that terrorism be called an armed struggle. Honest and committed, Calleja never relented, despite to be on target for years that the terrorist band drew day by day.

The murder on January 23, 1995 of Gregorio Ordóñez, deputy of the Basque Parliament by the PP and deputy mayor of the San Sebastián City Council, changed things. The State Security Forces and Corps informed him that he was a target of the ETA members and he left his job at ETB to exercise his profession, with the honesty of always, in different general media from Madrid. From then until the end of terrorism, he lived under the protection of escorts.

From 1999 to 2010, he directed and presented on CNN + the space ‘The CNN + debate’, but beyond his work as a program host, it is worth mentioning his participation in all kinds of political gatherings and debates throughout the radio and television spectrum. Thus, he opined in spaces such as ‘The answer’ or ‘Iberian roll’, from Antena 3; in ’59 seconds’, from La 1; in ‘Red Hot’, from La Sexta; in ‘The mornings of Four’, in the homonymous chain, or in ‘The great debate’by Telecinco.

On radio he collaborated between 2010 and 2015, on Onda Cero programs ‘The compass’, ‘Herrera on the wave’ and ‘Julia on the wave’. And since 2015, he was a member of the program ‘Day by day’, of the chain SER. All this without leaving aside their work as columnist and columnist in Colpisa, the Vocento news agency that distributes content for its regional media (El Correo, Diario Vasco, Sur, Hoy, El Comercio, Las Provincias, El Norte de Castilla, La Verdad, Ideal, El Diario Montañés, La Rioja, Burgosconecta, Leonoticias), and other media such as ‘El País’, ‘El Mundo’, ‘Diario de León’ or ‘Eldiario.es’.

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Journalist José María Calleja dies of coronavirus

José Mari Calleja, a San Sebastian journalist, died this morning in Madrid, a victim of the coronavirus. He too Columnist of the Colpisa Agency and writer, 64, had been admitted to the ICU of the Hospital Clínico de Madrid since March 29.

Doctor in Information Sciences from the Complutense University of Madrid and Bachelor of History from the University of Valladolid, between 1973 and 1974, at just 18 years old, he was in prison for opposition to the Franco regime.

Soon after, in the early 1980s, he would begin his career in the EFE Agency delegation in the Basque Country. After his time at the news agency, José María Calleja became one of the best-known faces of Euskal Telebista, a channel in which for seven years he was the face of the news programs at the head of ‘Teleberri’. It was at that time when began to receive threats from ETA.

Calleja's last opinion piece: Diary of fever

«I was in prison in the dictatorship and Franco told those of the opposition that we were not Spanish. Then, at the time of terrorism in the Basque Country, those who wanted to assassinate me called me the Spaniard. I have always felt Spanish … », commented the journalist in one of his last interviews.

Already in the nineties, he became a regular contributor to political gatherings on television and radio in Madrid. On the small screen he went through all the networks and, between 1999 and 2010, he directed and presented the program ‘The CNN + debate’. He continued his collaborations in the press, as in the Colpisa Agency.

«An exceptional journalist and an extraordinary man»

On radio, he collaborated between 2010 and 2015, on the Onda Cero programs ‘La brújula’, ‘Herrera en la onda’ and ‘Julia en la Onda’. Since 2015, he was a member of Cadena Ser’s ‘Hoy por hoy’ program.

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