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Team Spotlight: FC Cartagena and their predecessors

FC Cartagena are enjoying a brilliant season in the Segunda B Group 4, where they are level on points with Marbella for top spot and the sole place in the winners’ play-offs. Promotion would lift them to the second tier for the first time in six years and their fourth term at that level in their history. But for Efesé, their records only stretch back to 1995. For their predecessors, it is a lot longer. Cartagena’s original club The Murcia city has footballing roots starting in 1919, when Cartagena CF…

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Team Spotlight: CD Numancia and its historical name

Most football clubs are named after the location they are based in, with Real Madrid situated in the Spanish capital, while FC Barcelona play in the Catalan city. Yet, CD Numancia is a different story, as if they were to follow their fellow Spanish teams, they would be called CD Soria. Instead, the origins of their name derive from the ancient town of Numantia (Numancia in Spanish), which was burned down in 133 BC when the Romans invaded. The Numantine War and Final Siege Unlike many towns in during that…

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Team Spotlight: CD Numancia and their incredible Copa del Rey run

CD Numancia had never reached the La Liga prior to 1999, having spent the majority of their history in the fourth tier, the Tercera Division. That makes their run to the Copa del Rey quarter-finals in the 1995-96 season much more special, where a Johan Cruyff-inspired Barcelona eventually conquered the Segunda B side. Numancia did reach the same stage in the competition nine years later but were a top-flight side at the time after gaining promotion the season before. Stuck in Segunda B Segunda B award 20 Copa del Rey…

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Team Spotlight: CCD Cerceda and how they earned Segunda B promotion

CCD Cerceda are a rather unknown Galician side, but were able to buy a place in the Segunda B Division, thanks to the financial troubles of Boiro. Having spent 23 consecutive seasons in the fourth tier, 12 of which they failed to get through the play-offs, they were finally given a reprieve in 2017. With fellow Galician side Boiro unable to pay its debts, Cerceda could take their place in the league above if they covered their debts of €133,000. Cerceda finally reach Segunda B The Estadio O Roxo outfit…

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Athletic Bilbao vs Celta Vigo: Euro-chasing Galicians visit San Mames fortress

Celta Vigo head to the Basque Country in the hope of turning around their recent form to revive their hopes of getting into the European places for next season. They take on Athletic Bilbao at San Mames, but were held to a goalless draw by bottom side Malaga last time out, which followed two defeats in three La Liga games. Celta now sit four points behind Girona in fourth, which secures a spot in the second qualifying round of the Europa League, but will be taking on a Los Leones…

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Team Spotlight: Hercules CF and their Englishman, Connor Ruane

While Spanish players are frequent on the English shores, it is not the same vice versa. Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale and Barcelona’s new wonderkid Marcus McGuane are the only British footballers plying their trade at La Liga teams or their second sides. Yet, in the Segunda B Division, there is Connor Ruane, who was a part of the Everton academy and had trials at Manchester City, but is now chasing promotion with Hercules in the Spanish coastal city of Alicante. From Everton to Spain Ruane was on the books at…

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Team Spotlight: Valencia and their other sporting interests

Most Spanish football clubs are also invested in other sports, for example Real Madrid and Barcelona both have basketball and handball teams. However, Valencia have taken a slightly different route to expand, taking on an eSports team and have previously held partnerships with motorsport teams. From MotoGP bikes sporting the Los Che’s crest to becoming a ground breaker in online gaming, we take a look at the football side’s other interests. Valencia’s other sports While it is uncommon for English clubs to dip their hand into other sports, in Europe,…

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Raul to become a coach with Real Madrid role lined up

Real Madrid legend Raul is set to become a coach and is in line for a position among the technical staff at his former club, according to Marca. The Los Blancos appearance record holder has been in limbo since retiring completely from football in 2015. Raul has been studying the youth teams at Real Madrid and with shuffle in personnel, he will have a job there in the near future to add to his fellow ex-players already leading the next generation. Club legend returns After racking up over 740 appearances…

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Team Spotlight: Valencia CF and the bat logo

Valencia is one of the most recognisable football teams in Spain, outside of the so-called ‘Big Three’ of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid. Producing world-class players and reaching the Champions League final in 2000 and 2001 have only helped extend their global reach, yet their famous bat logo has also become highly noticeable to fans all over the world. Since the club’s inception, they have featured the animal symbol, as a nod to the city’s heritage and despite pressure to remove it by DC Comics, it continues to be…

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Floyd Mayweather wants Cristiano Ronaldo at Newcastle United

Former boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather has made a sensational claim that he could attract Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo to Newcastle United. This follows the American’s interest in buying the Premier League club, with current owner Mike Ashley still on the lookout for a new owner. Meanwhile, Ronaldo has been in unstoppable form of late, with his four goals at the weekend against Girona taking his tally up to 17 in all competitions in his last eight matches. Pretty Boy’s friend Ronaldo Mayweather, also known as Pretty Boy, has won world…

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