"The sport of flag, surpassed, is the desire, as a rule the nobility, the union of the ideal people ". It's a great way to define the values of a team that already has almost 100 years of history. And what better way to celebrate a centenary than with a new format for the Copa del Rey, which has changed everything and gives the opportunity to all who are dedicated to football and have never had a day to prove it before the world. Faced with the same situation was the Fuenlabrada, his rival in the first round, but with his promotion he is already recognized by everyone. Who knows if Peña Sport de Tafalla (Navarre city with more than 10,000 inhabitants) will complete the first stage of Fuenlabren's script in the KO tournament. It will not be your turn to travel to Madrid as the parameters of the tournament give conditions favorable to the humble.. Anyway, if he did, it wouldn't be his least expensive journey.
In 2006, the team reached the 16th World Cup and was awarded a trip to China thanks to Mao Ching, an entrepreneur at Unitec Europe, who installed solar panels in Tafalla. Right after celebrating the climb, with the champagne still in mind and maybe in the head, they had to face the Beijing Gouan, which now has its ranks with Bakambu or Jonathan Viera (given in Las Palmas). How things change in football. La Peña Sport lost 2-1 and their coach justified the following: "We still notice some jet lag, in the second part we can't even walk"Of course, after all, the" Peña Sport, yes sir, "which his president sang Juan Antonio Cabrero at the stunned thought on the other end of the phone. Don't panic, guilt is taken and your hymn is heard without objection as compensation. Go to the cup, yes sir.
Juan Antonio Cabrero, in the AS test:
1. The new Copa del Rey is …
A great format We totally agree with it and we want to thank the Federation and its president for making it happen.
2. Who do you dream of facing in this new format?
We would like to face a First Division team: Real Sociedad, Osasuna, Real Madrid, Barcelona … Although what touched us, Fuenlabrada, is a revelation team and almost the level of a Prime.
3. Which Spanish soccer player have you signed up for on your team?
We couldn't hire any First Division players financially, but we welcome anyone who wants to play on our team (laughs). In fact, we have Ion Vélez, who played for Primera and we thank him for his commitment to Peña Sport.
4. Choose: Reach the Copa del Rey semifinals or climb this season.
Still playing the Copa del Rey semifinals, it would be our club's greatest success in its history since 1925. We have climbed nine times and will have more opportunities for sure.
5. Define your club in three words.
Peña Sport, yes sir.
6. Define the place your club represents in three words.
Distinguished city of Tafalla.
7. What does your team play?
We are a brave team and we usually play with a 4-4-2.
8. What is your best memory of Copa del Rey?
The best memory I have is January 9, 1980. Peña Sport played against Real Sociedad and defeated us 0-1. The fans of the team still have this great memory of the World Cup. We also played once against Osasuna. It was October 24, at home, and we tied at 0.
9. Eliminating the rival would be a feat, which is the biggest thing he remembers in football?
The biggest would undoubtedly eliminate Fuenlabrada, would be a very important achievement for Peña Sport. I remember many others, but I want to highlight the last one, which went against our friends in Castellón. It was in the playoff, we came with a score against 4-2 and in the 87th minute we were 0-0. At 92 & # 39; we scored 2-0 and got promotion to Second Division B. This game will be on our retinas like a big win in just five minutes. Anything is possible in football.
10. The new Copa del Rey invites you to dream, do you dare to challenge if you win the trophy?
My greatest hope is to keep dreaming illusions. Being able to have Barcelona in Tafalla … Messi has played once against Peña Sport and was sent off, I think this is the first time in his career. Seeing you again in San Francisco is the illusion of many people. But I say no challenge, because winning the trophy is just a dream and a great illusion.
La Peña Sport, in data
Full name: Peña Sport Fútbol Club.
Locality representing: Tafalla (10,605 inhabitants).
Usual stage: San Francisco Stadium (4,000 spectators).
Category: Group XV of the Third Division.
Rival in the first round: Fuenlabrada.