The survival instinct is also part of football. Let them say Deportivo Linares, from ten years of history. Growing up is learning to reinvent yourself, and the Jienense city club has had to be reborn several times to stay afloat. The last time was in 2009, adopting the current denomination, but starting from scratch. The club started at First Provincial, although the project raised dreams of a near future for professional football. Like this quickly moved to Preferente and Primera Andaluza and by 2012-13 he was already part of the Third Division. Three seasons later, they achieved a heroic rise to Second B, a competition in which they failed to settle. Back in the fourth category, Linares is a high end regular and its return is closer than far.
Indeed, this journey through the Copa del Rey is a second chance to shine. The first one broke last season when the team scored 90 points in Group IX do Terceiro but failed to end the heroism of the climb. He was second in the regular season despite having one of the best scores in the entire category. Real things Jaén. In recent days, the club has returned to media focus for a viral scene of the goalkeeper Razak, who made a sexual gesture in the team photo. A week later, no partner dared to move forward. Chascarrillos aside, the Linares will have the opportunity to cover covers if they beat Girona. This dream pursues Jesús Medina, president of the entity. He was in charge of participating in the AS and answering the Copa del Rey questionnaire:
Jesus Medina, in the AS test:
1. The new Copa del Rey is …
A cup designed for the first time for modest football.
2. Who do you dream of facing in this new format?
As we played once, I stay at Athletic Club Bilbao.
3. Which Spanish soccer player have you signed up for on your team?
Any player who was in the First Division. Any of them would be spectacular for Linares Deportivo.
4. Choose: Reach the Copa del Rey semifinals or climb this season.
5. Define your club in three words.
Work, family and hobby.
6. Define the place your club represents in three words.
It is complicated by the current situation. Now, I would say unemployment, illusion and struggle.
7. What does your team play?
The game system is variable, the coach likes to change a lot, even on different occasions throughout a match. Sometimes we go out with a line of three, sometimes with four behind … We're changing, but we like to have the ball. Maybe last season more, but we still have it. Sometimes we wait for our opponent and leave with quick transitions.
8. What is your best memory of Copa del Rey?
Our last World Cup appearance was not against any First or Second team. I keep the previous one, in which I was studying at university and eliminated us here in Linarejos Sevilla. I remember we lost 1-2, Gallardo scored … He was our last big rival in the Copa del Rey.
9. Eliminating the rival would be a feat, which is the biggest thing he remembers in football?
I keep the example we had recently here at home. It is not something worldwide, it is ours, homemade. We had the draw with Moralo. We lost 2-0 and here we drew 2-2 in the last second of the 94th minute and it was spectacular. It was in the last playoff. It was a long time since this environment was not remembered, as it was, it was anger, passion … It was spectacular and we will always remember it. Also, we were the last, it was Sunday night's game.
10. The new Copa del Rey invites you to dream, do you dare to challenge if you win the trophy?
I will leave you in many days and nights celebrating. We deserve it (laughs).
El Linares, in data
Full name: Linares Deportivo.
Locality representing: Linares (57,811 inhabitants).
Usual stage: Municipal of Linarejos (10,000 spectators).
Category: Group IX of the Third Division.
Rival in the first round: Girona.