The Cantabrian forward Fernando San Emeterio, who turned 37 on January 1, announced on Thursday his retirement from professional basketball after a career of almost twenty years that has ended with seven titles and five medals with the Spanish team.
Saint Emeterio puts an end to his career with a final six-season leg in the Valencia Basket, with which he won the ACB League of 2017, the Super Cup of that same year and the Eurocup of 2019.
The Valencian club had an option to extend his contract for one more season, but finally the talks between both parties have led to his retirement, which he will face after recently becoming the fourteenth player in history with the most minutes in the ACB (14,807) in front of Arvydas sabonis (14,671).
Formed in the quarry of Marists of Valladolid and from Philatelic Forum of the Pucelana capital, he made his debut as a professional in the 2001-02 campaign in this team with Gustavo Aranzana placeholder image coach.
In the Valladolid team he completed five seasons before signing for him Akasvayu Girona in the summer of 2006. With the Catalan team he debuted his club record by winning the FIBA Eurocup that same year.
After two seasons, he signed for the TAU Ceramic, a club in which he spent seven seasons and with which he won the 2009 Copa del Rey, the Super Cup that same year and the ACB League in 2010.
Saint Emeterio He was one of the great protagonists of that third league for the Alava club, as a basket plus an additional free kick in the absence of a few seconds to finish extra time sealed the triumph of his team in the third match of that series at the Fernando Buesa Arena in Vitoria .
Finally, in the summer of 2015, Saint Emeterio terminated his contract with him Baskonia and signed for him Valencia Basket, with which a campaign later he was once again key in the conquest of what is the only league title of the Fonteta club so far. After that title in the summer of 2017, the Super Cup came a few months later and in 2019 the European Championship.
The successes were repeated with the Spanish team, with whose absolute team he debuted at the hands of Sergio Scariolo in the summer of 2010, in preparation for a World Cup in Turkey, which was its official premiere.
A year later, at the 2011 Eurobasket in Lithuania, he hung the first of his five medals. It was the gold, a metal that also collected in the European championships of 2015 and 2017. In 2013 it had hung the bronze and in the London Olympic Games in 2012 the silver.