Santiago "Santi" Freixa i Escudé (born 13 February 1983) is a Spanish field hockey coach and former player who played for the Spain national team as a forward.

Santi Freixa
Personal information
Full name Santiago Freixa Escudé
Born (1983-02-13) 13 February 1983 (age 36)
Terrassa, Spain
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current club Kampong women (coach)
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
0000–2006 Atlètic Terrassa
2006–2015 Amsterdam
National team
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2014 Spain 193 (126)
Teams managed
2016– Kampong women

He earned his first cap in 2000 against The Netherlands. In 2004, Freixa was named Talent of the Year by the International Hockey Federation and won the Champions Trophy with Spain in Lahore. At the 2012 Summer Olympics, he competed for the national team in the men's tournament, captaining the side. He played for the Spanish national team until 2014.

In November 2015, Freixa received the Athletes in Excellence Award from The Foundation for Global Sports Development, in recognition of his community service efforts and work with youth.[1]

Club careerEdit

Freixa played in Spain for his local club Atètic Terrassa until 2006, when he joined Dutch club Amsterdam in Amstelveen. In 2015 he announced his retirement from professional field hockey.[2] He still played a few matches for the first team of Amsterdam the nex season because of an injury crisis.[3] He currently is the head coach of the first women's team of SV Kampong.[4] In April 2019, he agreed to be the head coach of the first men's team of his former club Amsterdam from the 2019–20 season onwards.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Santi Freixa wins 2015 Athletes in Excellence Award | FIH". www.fih.ch. Retrieved 2017-02-08.
  2. ^ van Nugteren, Marco (13 August 2015). "Santi Freixa stopt met tophockey". hockey.nl (in Dutch). Retrieved 28 November 2018.
  3. ^ van Nugteren, Marco (29 March 2016). "Gestopte Santi Freixa pikt EHL mee: 'Waarom niet?'". hockey.nl (in Dutch). Retrieved 28 November 2018.
  4. ^ Scholte, Jolien (17 March 2016). "Santi Freixa volgend seizoen aan het roer bij Kampong Dames 1". hockey.nl (in Dutch). Retrieved 28 November 2018.
  5. ^ "Santi Freixa wordt de nieuwe hoofdcoach van Amsterdam Heren 1". hockey.nl (in Dutch). 16 April 2019. Retrieved 16 April 2019.

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