Spain coach Luis Enrique will ask his team to give everything they can and not stop running for 90 minutes at the European Championship (2020).
The 51-year-old, who was once associated with a move to the Premier League with Chelsea, has shown tremendous stamina in the past, finishing one of the toughest races of all time. Read also 27 years after the strangest football accident.. A player was imprisoned for violent interference during a match Learn about the strangest and worst tricks in the history of sports Watch 6 of the strangest goals in football fields Learn about the strangest purchases of football players
A report published by the British newspaper “The Sun” stated that Enrique – crowned in the Spanish league as a player and coach – ran the 2008 “De Sable” marathon, an endurance race equivalent to participating in 6 marathons. Overall, this marathon is known for its tough conditions.
The Marathon “De Sable” is held in the vicinity of the Sahara Desert, where temperatures can exceed 50 degrees Celsius. Over the course of 6 days, competitors must complete 156 miles (about 265 km) to win the marathon, the longest stage includes a distance of 57 miles (about 91 km), and competitors must carry all their supplies in a backpack.
The Marathon des Sables was founded by French concert promoter Patrick Pouille in 1986. Since then, it has become an annual event that attracts thousands of runners.
Enrique was famous for being a diligent and active player during his time with both Barcelona and Real Madrid, and it was not surprising that he maintained his fitness even after he announced his retirement in 2004.
The report stated that Enrique’s love of challenging himself to the extreme has become more impressive than his football career. In 2005, Enrique ran the New York City Marathon in just 3 hours, 14 minutes and 9 seconds. The following year, the Spanish coach completed the Amsterdam Marathon in 3 hours and 19 seconds. In 2007, Enrique finished the Florence Marathon in two hours, 58 minutes and 8 seconds.
That same year, Enrique competed in the 2007 Ironman competition in Germany, a 140-mile (225 kilometer) triathlon that has been dubbed the world’s toughest endurance race.
The Spaniard is not only addicted to running, but also loves surfing when he was living in Australia, not to mention his passion for cycling.
In a previous interview with Four Four Two, Enrique talked about his fitness regime, and said, “When I left football I wanted to run, my feet swollen after 45 minutes, because I was used to playing football. “.
“In football, you run 50 metres, then you stop before you go back to the 10 metres, and you stop. I’ve been used to this kind of running for a long time, but it’s football. Marathons were the same all the time. It was difficult to adapt to that, but I succeeded after a lot of training.”
“Cycling and swimming are completely different from running. Training is much more fun. When I train, I run in the morning and swim in the afternoon for 3 days, after that I cycle every 3 or 4 days,” the Spaniard explained.
If we look at the high standards that Luis has set himself, training must be tough for the Spanish players.