Humble while historical. Alavés faces Real Jaén, a club that once played three seasons in the First Division and that has been regular in the second category of our football. Almost centenary (was founded in 1922), has suffered several critical episodes in its history. Same In the summer of 2010, it was almost disappearing due to standard problems.. This year seems to be living a dark time again. As reported by the SER Chain, the Commercial Court requested its dissolution due to problems in the payment of debts. For a while, the club works to find a solution (must pay just over half a million euros), follow up and wait for the return with the best. In the field, yes, things work: the team occupies positions in the playoffs, although it is far from the leader: Linares Deportivo.
In Jaén, the World Cup is seen as a great second chance. After several years of anchoring in the Third Division, last season seemed to be the end of all trouble. The Viennese team was the best of its kind with 101 points and 99 goals in your closet, spectacular figures that were finally unusable. The playoff beat the team, surpassed by Algeciras on the second chance. Previously, he had lost the first front of the Ferrol Racing. It was a match for New Victory Stadium, which has no more and no less than 12,569 spectators. They will all witness a new attempt by players to do great things. Juan Carlos Hidalgo, spokesperson and liaison with the team, is responsible for answering the AS questionnaire.
Juan Carlos Hidalgo, in the AS test:
1. The new Copa del Rey is …
More interesting than before, especially for small teams. For the big ones, maybe not (laughs), but for the little ones it's much more interesting.
2. Who do you dream of facing in this new format?
There were two or three teams in mind: Betis, Seville, Granada … Even the Athletic Club of Bilbao, because in Jaén and the province there are many clubs.
3. Which Spanish soccer player have you signed up for on your team?
There are so many … (laughs) German, the center of Granada.
4. Choose: Reach the Copa del Rey semifinals or climb this season.
I choose to ascend.
5. Define your club in three words.
A team that is always on the brink of death and is redone and reborn.
6. Define the place your club represents in three words.
Cozy, especially with outsiders.
7. What does your team play?
This year, with the new coach, we are playing more directly to the goal.
8. What is your best memory of Copa del Rey?
I came back now, but I was president for many years and then vice president. My best memory is when we played a draw against Atletico Madrid (season 2012-13), which was very beautiful.
9. Eliminating the rival would be a feat, which is the biggest thing he remembers in football?
There are teams that have gone from Third to First in three years. This action is very important.
10. The new Copa del Rey invites you to dream, do you dare to challenge if you win the trophy?
I could die in peace (laughs) would be tremendous. It is an impossible dream to achieve, although Manzano has already won a Copa del Rey with Mallorca. I do not know, I do not know.
El Real Jaén, in data
Full name: Real Jaén Football Club.
Locality representing: Jaén (113,457 inhabitants).
Usual stage: New Victory Stadium (12,569 spectators).
Category: Group IX of the Third Division.
Rival in the first round: Deportivo Alavés.