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Martínez Sagi, a movie woman

On March 12, 2019, TV3's Sense Ficció program is dedicated to the memory of Anna Maria Martínez Sagi. The biography of this woman born in Barcelona in 1907 and died in Santpedor in 2000 is shocking. Among many other things, she was the first woman manager of FC Barcelona and for this reason we remembered her in a report published in La Vanguardia on January 23, 2000, very few days after her disappearance. Precisely in the title of the article (A woman in the film) we anticipated that it deserved a translation in images like the one they have made between TV3, Barça and the producer Minoria Absoluta. It's also worth retrieving that report ...

A movie woman

On the first Sunday of the year 2000, the first European woman director of a football club, Barcelona, ​​died at the Sant Francesc residence in Santpedor. Ana María Martínez Sagi (Barcelona, ​​1907) was, not only in this respect, ahead of her time.

Martínez Sagi, in Montjuïc

Poet, writer, forerunner of feminism, journalist and athlete. Praised by Machado and friend of Lorca, Margarida Xirgu and Durruti. "Recordwoman" Catalana de Lancamiento de Jabalina, founder of the advanced female club and sports during the Republic, Vuelo Correspondent of War for the Daily Mail and El Tiempo, from Bogotá, Painter de Calle in Paris de la Posgarra, Professor of Castellano of the writer André Maurois, collaborator with the French resistance ...

Friend of Lorca, Xirgu i Durruti, war correspondent, collaborator of the resistance ...

The haphazard life of Ana María Martínez Sagi, niece of the famous baritone Emili Sagi Barba and cousin of the Barça crack of the twenties Emili Sagi, can hardly be summed up in a few lines. His father, José Martínez Tatxé, was treasurer of Barcelona, ​​with Gamper, between 1917 and 1919. His brother wore the Barça colors between 1920 and 1925.

Born into an affluent family in Barcelona, ​​Ana María soon excelled in all the sports she practiced. Basketball, tennis, swimming, athletics and even skiing. In October 1931 she took part in the first Spanish Women's Athletics Championships (she was fourth in javelin) and the following year, in the Catalan Championships held at the Estadi de Montjuïc, she managed to win in the same specialty and break the Catalan record with a throw of 20.60 meters. The Club Femení i d'Esports, with which it collaborated in its creation and first impulse, was the first sports and cultural association for working women in Spain.

In 1934, with the help of Josep Sunyol, he became part of the Barcelona board of directors chaired by Esteve Sala. She held the cultural vocals for a year and thus became the first woman in Europe to have access to the management of a football club. Barcelona would take more than 50 years to have another woman among its leaders.

In 1929 he had already published his first book of poems, Caminos, which was well received by critics of the time. Antonio Machado went so far as to write that "Spanish female lyric poetry now has a poet of exceptional merit, of an expression uncommon in women" (sic). His second book of poems appeared in 1932 (Inquietud) and in 1969, the year of his return to Spain, he published his latest work, Laberinto de presencias.

During the Republic he worked on La Rambla, the newspaper published by Sunyol under the motto "Esport i Ciutadania", publishing opinion articles, interviews and theater reviews and during the Civil War he accompanied the Durruti column in his journalistic work. during the war I was so horrified that I decided to leave this country, whoever won would win ", he explained.

“What I saw during the war horrified me so much that I decided to leave this country, whoever won”

In French exile he met Claude, an engineer with whom he had a daughter, Patricia. But both died prematurely and Ana María never managed to recover from the double fatality. When she returns to Spain, an advertisement from La Vanguardia directs her to Moià, where she decides to settle down to spend her old age, until in 1998 she enters the residence where her heart full of vicissitudes stopped beating on the 2nd. Decorated by Moshé Dayan for saving Jews from the Holocaust; gifted with a Reynolds pen that came out of Durruti's pocket in person; defender of Françoise Sagan when preparing reports for publishers in Paris; defined by César González-Ruano as “poet, trade unionist and virgin of the‘ stadium ’” when she discovered it in 1929 ... Rebellious and innovative, Ana María Martínez Sagi liked to break down any barriers imposed on her because of her status as a woman. Juan Manuel de Prada, winner of the Planeta prize in 1997, is about to publish in the same publishing house an exciting biography, Las esquinas del aire, in which he recounts over almost five hundred pages the hectic existence of this unique woman who starred in its own way the century ending.

Published in La Vanguardia on January 23, 2000

Publicat a La Vanguardia el 23 de gener del 2000

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