Two days without sleep, calls to all his trusted people, and twists and turns in bed. Three days of sleeplessness cost him David Davis (Santa Maria de Palautordera, Barcelona, 1976) to accept four and a half years ago the offer of his friend Raul Gonzalez to go as the second coach of the Macedonian Vardar team. That initiatory adventure ended at the top of the Champions League and convinced him that the benches were his future after retiring from the courts. Since last May anda does not exercise as a crutch of anyone, is the Egypt coach. This Saturday (17.30, Teledeporte) is crossed on the road to Spain in the World Cup, with which he won the 2005 title, in the fight for the seventh position, the last one that gives access to the Olympic Qualification. Much more than a matter of honor.
"It is one of the symbols of Spanish handball," proclaimed the Egyptian Federation when he hired him in 2018. As a player – for his three medals with Hispanics and for being part of the historic Ciudad Real with which he won three Leagues of Champions and four leagues– but, above all, because of his influences as a technician. Raised under the mantle ideological by Juan Carlos Pastor, with whom he coincided first in Valladolid and then in the national team, Davis is a good example of the boom of the Spanish coach in the world (there are seven in this championship), leaders of a trend that bet on the blackboard above the physical. "I know that Egypt and the Veszprem were looking for a Spaniard for their benches," said Toni Gerona, preparer of Tunisia a few days ago. And the chosen one was, for both cases, David Davis. The Hungarian team arrived last October as an emergency solution.
"It belongs to the third generation of Spanish coaches. First he was Pastor. Then, Talant [Dujshebaev], Raúl González and Mariano Ortega. And now we have David Davis and García Parrondo, "explains Joan Cañellas, who was his teammate in Ciudad Real, Atlético and the national team. This Barcelona native of Guinean, fond of battered breasts and any dessert that carries chocolate, is so at the root of Spanish handball, with a past on the track so recent, that with many of the current summoned has shared costumes: Raúl Entrerríos, Julen Aginagalde, Viran Morros and Alex Dujshebaev, in addition to Cañellas.
He started in handball at age 13 and was soon signed by Granollers, the great club of his region, Vallès Oriental. "We entered the first year of cadets together," recalls Vicente Álamo, a close friend of his, and current coach of goalkeepers for the women's team and Granollers. "In his beginnings he was very athletic and, coincidentally, he played more as a right winger than a left winger, his natural position. I had to rectify the movements. As a professional, he stood out as the best advanced defender, "he says. In Division of Honor their paths separated because Davis went to Oviedo, the beginning of a race that took him to Teucro, Altea, Valladolid, Ciudad Real, Atlético de Madrid and Oporto. In the capital of Pucelana and, above all, in the Quijote Arena he lived his days of glory. However, the abrupt end of the club led by the real estate entrepreneur Domingo Díaz de Mera and his heir Atlético precipitated his retirement in 2013. Months later, he tested with the benches. "There are things that you do not have prepared and you are adapting," affirms Álamo. "Now he likes it, he enjoys it."
For four years she was an assistant in the Vardar, she also led her women's team and had experience as an assistant coach in the Russian team. Until last May he made the jump with Egypt to first coach. Nobody counted on the African team as a contender for seventh place in the World Cup, but their convincing victory against Tunisia and the bulky defeat of Hungary against Norway on the last day of the Main Round put them in this pre-Olympic final. The last opportunity of Jordi Ribera's group in this championship to catch a place in the tournament that gives them access to the Games has a Spanish name.