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Team Spotlight: Sporting Gijon and the extra pressure to gain promotion

Being in the mix to go up with the season coming to a close can have you pumped to get over that last hurdle, but also nervous not to slip up with teams around you ready to pounce. With two automatic promotion places on offer in La Liga 123, there is already pressure for teams still within a chance to fill one of those spaces. For Sporting Gijon, it is almost a requirement for them, as failure to earn a place in the top flight next season means that their…

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Team Spotlight: Racing Santander and their 1930 La Liga heartache

Only nine teams have ever won the La Liga division since its first season in 1928, with Real Madrid and Barcelona leading the way with 33 and 24 titles respectively. Yet for many, it is agony of becoming runners-up and falling short of what would be an historical moment for the clubs, and Racing Santander finished level on points with winners Athletic Bilbao, but lost out on goal difference. Their shortcomings are even more painful considering they have not placed as high since and now languish in the Segunda B…

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Team Spotlight: FC Cartagena and the multi-talented Paco Belmonte

Journalist, businessman and football club owner. Not the combination you expect to see on someone’s CV. Except for FC Cartagena’s Paco Belmonte. The 41-year-old hired himself as president of the Murcia-based side in May 2016, a year after spending €90,000 from his savings to buy the financial-stricken team. Just 16 months later, Belmonte was receiving offers of €6 million, a fee he would share with his partner, Leganes’ majority shareholder Felipe Moreno. Yet, his footballing pedigree has roots in the media, as well as, in England and Hungary. Journalist to…

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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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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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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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