The nightmares and ghosts of the past had to return to Malaga upon hearing the name of their rival in the Copa del Rey: União Montañesa Escobedo. The Andalusian team and the Cantabrian, who play in Group III of the Third Division, have a common past in the competition when they crossed the 91-92 season. Then, those from the small town of Escobedo (approximately 1,600 inhabitants in the municipality of Camargo) took the game 0-1 and blue and white, in the midst of a major crisis, eventually disappeared. A match that was played at Eusebio Arce de Escobedo, as well as in the first round of the KO tournament. He doubted thirst, not because of the spectator's problems, but in field dimensions.
After replacing natural grass with artificial grass two years ago, they ended up with a 100 meter long and 65 meter wide rug. Thus, they had to submit to their stadium the improvements requested by the Federation. They got it in time, so their usual fief will get Malaga. Otherwise, they would have to look for a new & # 39; hiding place & # 39 ;. One of the shuffled possibilities was The Malecon, usual corner of Torrelavega Gymnastics. If there is an action, the champagne will open until late at night or … until the boardwalk dries. Of course, this would happen anywhere. Anyway, on your Twitter will be celebrated with a viral GIF, as always. Luis Merino, the president, takes the AS test before the first round of the Copa del Rey and looks at how Spain's small clubs made history and won a place in everyone's heart.
Luis Merino, in the AS test:
1. The new Copa del Rey is …
Perfect, because you have the incentive to play in the First or Second Division and, for a small team, it's positive.
2. Who do you dream of facing in this new format?
If it had been a first, better. And from here Atlético or Real Sociedad. But, positions to choose from, as a priority race. Of course, it is the closest and is second. It would have been very positive for us to face them. They are the representatives of Cantabria.
3. Which Spanish soccer player have you signed up for on your team?
The million dollar question (laughs). Certainly we all have the same in mind, which is Messi. If I had to be a Spanish player, I can think of Lucas Vázquez, who is very unbalanced. Also Sergio Canales, who is from Cantabria. It would be a very good option.
4. Choose: Reach the Copa del Rey semifinals or climb this season.
Is this like who you love most, father or mother? (laughs) Both are very ambitious, but being realistic, reaching the Copa del Rey semifinals is a miracle. Although sometimes miracles are done … But come on, being realistic, the first thing is to qualify for the upswing, which this year is very competitive. If we can, go up to Second B. once
5. Define your club in three words.
Illusion, competitiveness and companionship.
6. Define the place your club represents in three words.
My location Escobedo is one of the seven districts that make up the city of Camargo. My people are the best in the world, I think no one has ever said otherwise. It is a very nice city to live in, beautiful and very cozy. We have the famous El Pendo Caves, which are a World Heritage Site. They always say they are in Camargo, but they are inside our city. Santander airport is in our municipality and we are 10 minutes drive from the city center. We have the tranquility of the villages and the comfort of the city, which we have nothing.
7. What does your team play?
He usually likes to have the ball and also tries to transition, but we'll have the ball, spoil it.
8. What is your best memory of Copa del Rey?
In the World Cup, we faced several big teams. Among them, to Malaga, in our previous time. The most pleasant memories are those of Malaga and those of Lleida. It represents a city like ours in two major fields, especially La Rosaleda. We play a very dignified role, they didn't pass us. Over time, it's curious how football puts a city as small as ours on the map. We are in a municipality with over 30,000 inhabitants, but our city has only 1,600. We are not aware at the moment, but over time we will realize that we are making history.
9. Eliminating the rival would be a feat, which is the biggest thing he remembers in football?
At the national level, we all have Alcorconazo in mind, or when the Real Unión de Irún eliminated Madrid, which also has more merit because it was for the double game. When it's a match, well, why not dream? As in our case. But a double game has even more merit, they were made. I also remember when Alavés reached the UEFA (current Europa League) final. I have always been very small teams, Pontevedra in his time, Elche when in a League that fought …
When the Compostela went up to Primera, del Merida, del Extremadura … Places that took place in football. Like Eibar is doing now. I am more of these teams than the big ones, they have a lot of merit. Eibar, for example, has fewer inhabitants than Camargo and they have a team based at LaLiga Santander. Unfortunately, it's not like Huesca last year. A hole has been made.
Let's not forget about Villarreal, a small town too. It's not our mirror, we took about fifteen promotions for Second B and we never got it, but we are a city with deep-seated football. We are something in the soccer world. The third one here is the most we have after the races. Some say "but if you were from Elche" and I answer "of course it is easy to be from Madrid, Barcelona, Seville or Atletico". I remember the alignments of that Pontevedra, where in his province he eats everything … I speak of history, of looking at small towns when there was no television, paying everything they pay now.
10. The new Copa del Rey invites you to dream, do you dare to challenge if you win the trophy?
I don't know, but it certainly would be historical. The first thing that comes to mind is donating something to an NGO, doing something in solidarity. I would propose to partners.
El Escobedo, in data
Full name: Montañesa Escobedo Union.
Locality representing: Camargo (30,263 inhabitants). Escobedo is a small city within the city with about 1,600 inhabitants.
Usual stage: Eusebio Arce (2,000 spectators).
Category: Group III of the Third Division.