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One man advantage, fail to make it count, again! And it pi**ed down B team win group. Int. de Madrid stand in the way of promotion Enthusiasm for coach Etxeberria seems to be on the wain
CD Tenerife vs Sporting Gijรณn Issue 137 Friday 18th May 2018 40a Jornada
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The Etxeberria question with Lemming After a big impact arrival in February, the honeymoon is over for coach Etxeberria (now divorced from Bilbao), and doubts are being expressed about keeping him at the club. Let's weigh up the pros and cons. Pros - The February arrival meant no chance to use the transfer window, he inherited an injury prone squad lacking in depth. The renewal of contracts for older players was also out of his hands, either pre signed or with an appearance trigger like Raul had for a years extension. Pep Marti was criticised as a little weak with players and management, Etxeberria quickly altered the training regime, adding informal discussions over snacks after training, and he pushed President Concepcion to move to a different training pitch that was in better condition. As for not picking certain players, maybe some needed to be shown who was in charge. If Joseba puts a few players noses out of placeby staying, they know where the door is. Best they go in the summer rather than stay and go through the motions. Cons - Seven wins, one draw, and one loss kick started play off hopes but was it just the new broom affect. Joseba soon showed he didn't rate some players, Vitolo, Jorge, Juan Carlos. But given our wafer thin squad with injuries and suspensions, should he have
spread the burden more? Substitutions became predictable, in name and even time (63 minutes first one on) was that misplaced loyalty or stubbornness? The coach kept talking about fighting until play off hopes were gone, but the players didn’t show that. Was he not reaching them? On balance, Joseba deserves a chance to influence summer signings, put his own systems in place, and be judged long term with a full squad. Continuity is important, why waste a few weeks of the break looking for a replacement, and a decent one at that. As Magnus Magnusson might have said ‘He’s started, so he can finish.’
The season can be split into four different sections, good start (we were l a r actually top for seven minutes in September), then the normal pre-xmas lull e n e G followed by the new manager bounce which was fantastic (six wins out of l E seven) and now the ‘running out of steam’ period. Oh well, there is always next year. Best home game for me, putting aside the 5-1 whipping of Cordoba, was that Friday night match against Real Oviedo when we won 3-1 and all the goals were top quality. The most solid pleasing result must have been the 0-1 away victory at Osasuna. Thoughts after that even turned to direct promotion, which seems ridiculous now. One month ago it appeared a dead cert that our manager Etxeberria would continue into next season. He had turned the team around and with La Liga sides sniffing about most thought we needed to tie him to a long term contract. Things can change quickly in football and after the recent drop in form the club are looking at alternatives. Anyway, despite the highs and lows I hope that most have enjoyed the season, although I’d like to think that Armada Sur is much more than results (good job really). The price of the season ticket at our end of the stadium is likely to remain the same at 110€, and you have to say it is good value for money, in spite of the awful refereeing we have faced. A few dates for your diaries, Sunday July 1st Annual BBQ, July 9th(ish) fixtures released, and late July renewal of season tickets. Tonight Sporting have to win to keep up the pressure on the top two promotion places. We will either raise our game and produce a performance to be proud of or get thrashed due to our rivals intensity. We will find out in the next couple of hours, bring it on!
Cadiz vs CD Tenerife Sunday 27th May 19.30
Fixtures 2017-2018 W 1-0 W 0-3 L 2-0 D 2-2 L 2-0 W 4-0 L 1-0 W 2-0 D 1-1 D 1-1 D 2-2 D 0-0 D 1-1 W 2-0 L 3-0 D 2-2 L 2-1 W 2-0 L 3-0 D 1-1 W 1-2
H A A H A H A H A H A H A H A H A H A H A
Zaragoza Barcelona B Valladolid Granada Córdoba Alcorcón Lugo Gimnàstic Real Oviedo Numancia Lorca Osasuna Sevilla At. CyD Leonesa Huesca Rayo Vallecano Almería Reus Deportiu Sporting Gijón Cádiz Albacete
A L 1-0 H L 1-3 H D 0-0 A L 2-1 H W 5-1 A D 1-1 H W 3-1 A W 1-2 H W 3-1 A L 2-0 H W 2-0 A W 0-1 H W 2-0 A L 3-2 H L 2-4 A L 3-1 H D 0-0 A D 1-1 H*18/05 A*27/05 H 03/06
The times for the B team play off games have been confirmed as 11.00 am, Saturday 19th at Boadilla del Monte (he say yes!). This is being broadcast live on TVC. The home leg is at 12.00 noon at Ciudad Deportiva Javier Pérez on Sunday 27th with free entry until the ground is full. There may be a coach for this game. Luis Milla was awarded the April club player of the month award. Probably our best signing of the season and worth the half million euros we paid to release him from his contract at Fuenlabrada. Well, we may not have the best team this year, but we do have the best fans, according to La Federacion de Penas, and La Liga. The last time we were awarded this was in 2009, in our year of promotion to the Primera and undoubtedly was a very happy time. The away following gathered pace throughout the year, and it is even rumoured that El General witnessed an away win. We weren’t received well by everybody of course, especially an Argentinian who was sleeping in a cashpoint unit in Zaragoza. Enter Antonio, who drew some money out and wished everybody ‘Buenos Noches’ in the loudest possible manner. The rest is legendary.
Round Up A few stutters from the top three this week as they only mustered up one point between them. Rayo were beaten at home by Cordoba and Sporting at home to Barca B. This does put us on the spot a bit, as another loss for Sporting, combined with a win for Huesca and at least a draw for Rayo, will mean Sporting missing out on auto promotion. There are still a few teams that could be considered in danger as we go into the last three games. Any team from Albacete in 14th and downwards are probably still a bit close for comfort, but Gimnastic are looking to be the most vulnerable. They play Cultural Leonesa this weekend, and just two points separate them. Cordoba play in another relegation dogfight against Almeria. The last three play off spots are still up for grabs, as Cadiz shot up to fourth after a win against Zaragoza. Just two points between Oviedo in ninth and Numancia in sixth. Granada and the rest of us can twiddle our thumbs thinking about what could have been, but ultimately wasn’t.
Next Home Game: 3rd June (probably)
Final game of the season
CD Tenerife 1 GK 3 LB 4 LB 5 MF 6 MF 7 FW 8 MF 9 FW 10 MF 11 MF 12 FW 14 CB 16 MF 17 MF 18 FW 193 CB 20 MF 21 CB 22 MF 23 FB 25 GK 277RB 31 GK 37 LW
CARLOS Javier Abad Hernández-Trujillo IÑAKI Sáenz Arenzana Samuel Geoffroy CAMILLE ALBERTO Jiménez Benítez Víctor José Añino Bermúdez VITOLO JUAN VILLAR Vázquez Bryan Josué ACOSTA Ramos Filip Jesús Manuel Santana Abreu, SUSO N.T Tyronne Gustavo del Pino Ramos TAYRON Samuele LONGO CARLOS RUIZ Aránaga AITOR SANZ Martín JUAN CARLOS Real Ruiz Víctor Manuel CASADESÚS Castaño Lucas Elio AVELDAÑO PACO Francisco MONTAÑÉS Claverías JORGE SÁENZ de Miera Colmeiro Luis MILLA Manzanares RAÚL Miguel CÁMARA DANI Hernández Santos Luis Jesús PÉREZ Maqueda ÁNGEL Jesús GALVÁN River Alejandro Miguel MULA Sánchez
Coach Joseba Etxeberría
Founded 1912 Ground Heliodoro Rodríguez López, Santa Cruz, Tenerife Capacity 24,000
Full name Real Sporting de Gijón Nickname(s) Rojiblancos (Red-and-Whites) Founded 1905 Ground El Molinón-Enrique Castro "Quini" Capacity 29,029 President Javier Fernández Coach Rubén Baraja Current position 3rd
Tenerife B clinch group title and prepare for play offs A Bryan Martin double strike at Guimar gave the b team the best of opportunities to reach the third tier of Spanish football. They will play Internacional de Madrid on Sunday (away) in the first leg of two, the aggregate winner being promoted to Segunda B. The loser gets a second chance in the next round of play offs. Congratulations to them for getting this far, and the best of luck. Remember, this is the division the first team was in just five years ago. It is still classed as a non professional division, although league rules state that at least six of the squad should be signed professionals.
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