Nearly 100 years of history honor the gift of the Yugo UD Socuéllamos. Born in 1924 in a small city of Ciudad Real, the team has gained ground and respect in the most modest categories of the national scene. Recently added to its name the "Yugo" for the cooperative wine brand of the entity. Everything is with the family and it is rare to walk the streets of Socuéllamos and come across someone who has never visited Paquito Giménez or seen his team in the thousand games behind him. The stadium has a capacity of 2,500 spectators, although there are 1,200 unconditional partners who never fail to meet their goal commitments. 1,200, yes, of the more than 12,000 inhabitants that the city has. One tenth carries the shield in the heart. Almost anything.
Socuéllamos successfully lives its experience in the Third Division. He is regular at the top of the table, although in the playoff the reps are repeated. Last season he fell in the penalty shootout against Merida. Previously, an eleven-meter throw sentenced the team in Salamanca. For now, without the VAR, it will be the board that will indicate the maximum penalty for disrupting this project. The collegiate or an ambitious Zaragoza. Hands should be careful as your rival will play the first game in his history against a professional team and the statistics support him: last season was the under-scored club in Spanish football with just 16 goals conceded in 38 games relevant. Jordi Lopez, chairman of the organization for the ninth consecutive year, answers questions from AS's co-operation.
Jordi López, in the AS test:
1. The new Copa del Rey is …
Very important and exciting for modest teams. It helps us economically and institutionally and is a joy for hobbies like ours.
2. Who do you dream of facing in this new format?
The team that touched us. To the Real Zaragoza. It is a team with a lot of history, it won several Copa del Rey, a Cup Winners Cup and we would have chosen it before the draw.
3. Which Spanish soccer player have you signed up for on your team?
To Zaragoza striker Luis Suárez or Joaquín Betis for giving the team some art. Although I keep everything we have.
4. Choose: Reach the Copa del Rey semifinals or climb this season.
Climb to Second Division B without any doubt.
5. Define your club in three words.
Humility, growth and family.
6. Define the place your club represents in three words.
We put Socuéllamos on the map of Spain, one of the biggest values people have is football.
7. What does your team play?
It is a team that likes to play, does not draw the ball and leaves playing from behind.
8. What is your best memory of Copa del Rey?
As Castilian-Manchego, I remember a lot when Toledo eliminated Real Madrid (season 2000-01) or Albacete at Atletico Madrid (2011-12).
9. Eliminating the rival would be a feat, which is the biggest thing he remembers in football?
The biggest memory I have is when Spain put Malta 12-1.
10. The new Copa del Rey invites you to dream, do you dare to challenge if you win the trophy?
At the moment, I don't dare anyone because I find that impossible.
The Socuéllamos, in data
Full name: Yugo-Unión Deportiva Socuéllamos Club de Fútbol.
Locality representing: Socuéllamos (12,268 inhabitants).
Province: Real city.
Usual stage: Paquito Giménez (2,500 spectators).
Category: Group XVIII of the Third Division.