Atletico Antoniano had the & # 39; fat & # 39 ;. Representative of the municipality of Lebrija (in Seville, with 27,432 registered inhabitants), will play against Betis in the first round. Both have a great relationship and, in fact, Pepelu, who debuted with the Verdiblanco team in the Europa League, is one of the club's biggest stars in the Third Division. Regardless of, the match will be played at Benito VillamarínUnderstand the humble entity that can earn much more revenue for its box office and that stadium conditions will be better. Some disagree, as that would break the magic of playing on a small field, although it is the resolution finally adopted.
The Antonian, who started his adventure in Group X of the Third Division with great level, He was born in 1964. He owes his name to the Peña Antoniana Youth, whose name points to Antonio de Nebrija, who is a native of the city. A curiosity: its subsidiary is known as Lebrija Football Veloz Clubsimply and simply because it was the first team created in the county. Juan Antonio Romero, president of the club, has passed the AS test and acknowledged that for the first time in his life he wants Betis to lose a match.
We also want to thank the support of our hobby, which yesterday filled the Municipal 🏟🔥
We knew you wouldn't let us down and support the team until the end, but there are no words to describe what you made us feel yesterday … Together we are unstoppable 🔴⚪ #LiveLaCopa pic.twitter.com/iybIt1fz4f
– Club Atlético Antoniano (@CAAntoniano) November 14, 2019
Juan Antonio Romero, in the AS test:
1. The new Copa del Rey is …
A great opportunity to help modest clubs, which are the nurseries of the big stars. It is a totally successful model of the Federation and we hope not to waste our time because we understand that First Clubs may not agree with the new format. I think it's a very good opportunity for clubs that have a hard time surviving daily.
2. Who do you dream of facing in this new format?
The board and the fans made it clear that the preferences were Betis or Sevilla, very close teams. Here in Lebrija, I guarantee there is an important hobby of both clubs. We touch fat in advance. Personally, I also had a lot of empathy because we played at Athletic Club Bilbao because we identified with them by the quarry philosophy, the way we understand this sport. We give the quarry plenty of opportunities on the first team and preferably work with native players. I am a betic by birth and very pleased, although for the first time in my life I want to lose Betis (laughs). It was an early prize.
3. Which Spanish soccer player have you signed up for on your team?
The prototype player would be one of the quarry who had entrenched the colors of the team he defends. This is what our team identifies. There are a lot of players like that in Primera, we would sign anyone like that to defend the shield on economic issues. Let him know that wearing a football shirt is much more than money. It's feeling, passion, identify with it.
4. Choose: Reach the Copa del Rey semifinals or climb this season.
Get to the Copa del Rey semifinals. That would give us more grandeur. We are a very humble club that keeps our feet on the ground, even though we started in the league with expectations far above expectations. Every week we line up six or seven players from our quarry Lebrija, and that's a source of pride. We are aware of the difficulties of the rising category and more in a city like Lebrija, with 28,000 inhabitants, and cohabiting with another team. It would be complicated, so I chose the semifinals of the Cup. It would be a dream come true, not for me, but for all of Lebrija. Carrying Lebrija's name all over Spain, with the "glamor" he gives and in the dean of Spanish football competition would be a great thing.
5. Define your club in three words.
A family with very solidary principles. We knew of the opportunity presented to us and wanted to share it with the city through the Alzheimer's Association, with which we created a fundraising solidarity campaign, taking advantage of the media force involved in the World Cup dispute. I define Atlético Antoniano as a club whose quarry is our heart.
6. Define the place your club represents in three words.
It is a city open to the world, which welcomes with much love. Committed to her ways, a city that everyone who passes her doesn't plan to return to.
7. What does your team play?
Atletico Antoniano tries to play a leading role in the match. It has a combined game, but it is also very vertical. When we lose the ball, we try to get it back as soon as possible and close to the goal. When the opponent stands and waits for you back, we also enjoy playing static and touching the ball.
8. What is your best memory of Copa del Rey?
I have to go back many years when Betis won the first World Cup (in 1977) in Vicente Calderón against Athletic Club Bilbao. He was very small, and when someone is so small, the first memories of something he is in love with, such as football and Betis, are recorded. If it was a more recent memory associated with my club, I would definitely stay that day when we passed against Atlético Porcuna, with so many people supporting us. It was an unforgettable night.
9. Eliminating the rival would be a feat, which is the biggest thing he remembers in football?
There are several. Maracanazo at the World Cup in Brazil when the champion Uruguay leaves. The famous Bernabeu Centenariazo, which Madrid asked to play in the Bernabeu Cup del Rey final and lost it to the public against Deportivo. Another when Denmark was on vacation, on vacation and rescued to play in the European Championship due to the conflict in the Balkans. She ended up being European champion against all odds. Staying with one would be tricky.
10. The new Copa del Rey invites you to dream, do you dare to challenge if you win the trophy?
If Atletico Antoniano wins the Copa del Rey, I promise to be the happiest person in the world. It would be unimaginable, I can no longer think about it. Daydreaming … I would commit to ending the thirst we have in mind, which would be very good for a team of our kind.
Atletico Antoniano, in data
Full name: Club Atlético Antoniano.
Locality representing: Lebrija (27,432 inhabitants).
Usual stage: Municipal of Lebrija (3,500 spectators).
Category: Group X of the Third Division.