Antonio Moreno Valverde, Churriana's resident, is better known as Kubala. He was a famous Barcelona player in the 1950s and has been a passionate football fan since childhood. He was raised in a family with five brothers in central Plaza del Matadero and can still remember his first kicks at the soccer ball near the Santa Lucia street tramway.
Antonio was 12 years old when he made his first contact with Churriana CF. He had previously played for Gabia. The nickname of the Hungarian football star comes from his love for football. Antonio recalls that Jose, his brother, was already known as Jose and that he gave me the nickname.
He sees football today with a new perspective and realizes how much has changed. Kubala says, "Now we see better players physically as well as technically." "They didn't train in their time, they just played every game."
A motorcycle accident ended his career. This caused him to spend more than a year in slow recovery and several months in hospital. He was able to recover from the serious injury and rejoin the Churriana CF veterans.
He has been a Churriana CF vice president for a few years and a delegate to the senior team. His special dedication is to grassroots football and the clubs schools which are the future of Churriana soccer.
Antonio says that he is very satisfied with the work done with the children. He also mentions that there are professional coaches at all schools and that they have achieved first place in all categories. The main goal of the competition is to make sport more enjoyable for the children.
However, this season ended in a bittersweet way. "After a fantastic year, in which the senior team moved higher in category, we had to end it." Antonio hopes to create a new team for the next course. He is "hungry to keep growing" and wants to return to the Division of Honor.
He is married with two children and two grandchildren. He enjoys his family, his motorcycles, his Vega, and his bicycle which he uses every day to get around Churriana.
He is generous and committed to his team. You will often find him at Municipal de Frascuelo, preparing the matches' kits or taking care of the needs of other categories. It's not an easy task, but it is a rewarding job that takes time and dedication.
Antonio invites us to join him in the next season of football in Churriana, while he bids farewell to his bicycle. He leaves us with a moment of reflection before he finishes. "Soccer" will remain a Churriana tradition no matter what the situation.