It seems a lie that the play-off between Murcia and Racing de Santander is the first round of Copa del Rey between a member of LaLiga SmartBank and another of Second Division B. By history and by name, although years ago both have lived agonizing situations. The Cantabrian team came down from the elite to the suburbs and the murciano has already become accustomed to living on the edge. On November 4th, the Shareholders’ Meeting resulted in a strong victory by Francisco Tornel’s board, after neutralizing a serious economic crisis. However, the club must pay a bankruptcy debt of 17 million euros, although Daniel Moreno, his advisor, works against the clock negotiating part of it.
In advance, we apologize if the previous lines have not piqued your interest. In the first round of Copa there are also numbers and money, but above all there is football. Murcia rides in half a table in Group IV and wants to gradually climb to Second Division. It will do so as always with the hand of ‘his’ New Condomina, from already recalled Enrique Roca de Murcia, for sponsorship issues. Before i looked at Racing, there was a priority: in the final of the Federation Cup, with about 100,000 euros at stake, the team coached by Adrián Hernández prevailed on the tudelano penalties. It has not transcended if it was celebrated at the rate of “When love sails“Camela’s, but it would probably sound like a “we’re going to win the Cup.” Precisely his coach took care of AS before you attended to you with Racing.
Adrián Hernández, in the AS test:
1. The new Copa del Rey is…
Fantastic. The new Copa del Rey makes it closer and possible for Second B, Third and Preferred teams. It humanizes it and makes it reach all of Spain and not just the big clubs.
2. Who do you dream of facing in this new format?
We would like a large team that can solve the financial problems that the club may have. Obviously we have to go through more playoffs.
3. Which Spanish football player would you sign for your team?
Hazard or, as usual Messi. Both of us would solve some of the problems that our team may have (Laugh).
4. Choose: reach the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey or move up this season.
It’s choosing between Mom and Dad. The idyllic thing would be to win the Copa del Rey because it would be very big, but between reaching the semi-finals or ascending I would stay with ascending, although it would also be a great achievement.
5. Define your club in three words.
Passion, history and illusion.
6. Define the location your club represents in three words.
A sleeping lion.
7. What does your team play?
We haven’t been subject to any scheme: we’ve gone from three to four defense, or from playing with three, two or four midfielders… We are a team with the ability to adapt.
8. What is the best memory you keep from the Copa del Rey?
The play-off between Deportivo de La Coruña and Real Murcia in La Condomina in 2003. We couldn’t get through, but he was very remembered for the atmosphere and for being about to eliminate the Super Depor.
9. Eliminating your opponent would be a gestation, which is the biggest you remember in football?
The Copa del Rey del Numancia. Nationally it was very eye-catching.
10. Does the new Copa del Rey invite you to dream, do you dare to make a challenge if you win the trophy?
Oh, my God (Laugh). I cut my hair to zero and sing all over the region of Murcia.
The Real Murcia, in data
Full name: Real Murcia Football Club.
Locality it represents: Murcia (447.182 inhabitants).
Regular stadium: Enrique Roca de Murcia, formerly Nueva Condomina (31,179 spectators).
Category: Group IV Of Second Division B.
First-round rival: Racing de Santander.