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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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Lack of character and motivation as Barcelona collapse

Barcelona’s defeat to Roma in the Champions League on Tuesday evening may have happened for several reasons, but a lack of motivation and character is to blame. What happened? Kostas Manolas scored a late header to complete a remarkable comeback victory for Roma over Barcelona and send the Italians into their first European Cup semi-final in 34 years. Barcelona, who led 4-1 after the first leg, conceded first when striker Edin Džeko poked home, and went further behind after captain Danielle De Rossi’s converted penalty, before defender Manolas flicked home…

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Barcelona B face fight for survival in Segunda

While Barcelona look set to become La Liga champions for the 25th time, the Spanish giants’ reserve team face a fight for survival in Spain’s second division. With just two points from their last five games, Barcelona B find themselves 18th in the Segunda Division, just one point from the drop zone. Defeats to relegation rivals Sevilla B, and Cultural Leonesa, along with two wins on the bounce for 20th placed Cordoba, mean just three points separate 17th and 20th. Managed by former player Gerard Lopez, the team achieved promotion…

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Lionel Messi could win a record fifth golden boot

After Saturday’s win over Leganes, Lionel Messi has drawn level with Liverpool’s Mo Salah in the Golden Boot rankings with 29 goals apiece. If the Argentine continues in his current form, he will soon be adding a record fifth golden boot to his trophy collection. Messi now has the incredible total of 40 hat-tricks in all competitions. All these hat-tricks significantly help to boost another one of his statistics, an unbelievable rate of 0.86 goals per game. Meanwhile, the bargain of the summer transfer window – Mo Salah – continues to make headlines. The surprise of…

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When will Barcelona win La Liga?

Barcelona is currently 11 points ahead of nearest rivals Atlético Madrid in the La Liga standings. With seven games to go, it is all but inevitable that the Blaugrana will be lifting the trophy. But, when will they officially be crowned the La Liga champions? Their next La Liga fixtures see them facing Valencia, Celta Vigo, and then Deportivo. However, most fans have a wistful gaze fixed on the upcoming El Clásico on May 6th. Could Barça really lift the trophy after a victory over their biggest rivals? It’s possible. Mathematically, considering there are only…

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Why Juventus supporters were right to applaud Ronaldo

Ronaldo twisted and turned, approaching the edge of the penalty area with a kind of steady menace. Defenders backing off. Then he let fly. The ball swiveling and arrowing in the air until it hit the top corner of the net. At that point the home fans knew that their team was going out of the Champions League at the quarter final stage. But they also knew that they’d just witnessed something of beauty from a world class player. It was as if they felt privileged to have been there…

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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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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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