A Third Division Classic. Don't fail: year after year, diving into the rankings leads to finding Segovia Gymnastics at the top of the Castilla y León group. Sometimes you need to go up to Second B to find out, though Segovia team has not yet managed to stay in the bronze division. It will not be your first participation in the 'Biggest' Cup. In the 2006-07 season, he reached sixteenwhere it came to the ground facing the Seville, but ended up losing by four goals to zero. Elche now travels to La Albuera to tackle a club with a hobby of ten (fans are called Segovirras) that touches one hundred years of history, although there is no official version of its opening season.
Not even on the club website, which includes three different alternatives, all in the second decade of the twentieth century. A 1925 speech; another one from 1928, as a union of representatives of segoviano football; and another one in 1930, by Francisco del Barrio, the club's first president. In any case, the centenary is not far away, although it may face the foundations that have maintained the entity for so many years. LSegovian Gymnastics studies possible conversion at Sports Public Limited Company and indeed the extraordinary assembly voted in favor. Before the first round of the Cup, Agustin Cuenca, the entity's president, was the protagonist of the AS test.
Agustín Cuenca, in the AS test:
1. The new Copa del Rey is …
2. Who do you dream of facing in this new format?
On a personal level, I would have liked Athletic or Sevilla. I don't have a particular preference, but I think they are the most. Also Real Sociedad, Betis … They are the rivals that most public would have attracted.
3. Which Spanish soccer player have you signed up for on your team?
Messi I'm very unoriginal (laughs), I'm with Messi.
4. Choose: Reach the Copa del Rey semifinals or climb this season.
5. Define your club in three words.
A great family club.
6. Define the place your club represents in three words.
A small big city.
7. What does your team play?
We like to touch the ball more, we usually play nice.
8. What is your best memory of Copa del Rey?
When Athletic (in 2004-05) and Sevilla (2006-07) came to play Segovia and when gymnastics played in Sánchez Pizjuán.
9. Eliminating the rival would be a feat, which is the biggest thing he remembers in football?
The oldest major … I don't know. I remember Centenariazo, Depor and Real Madrid, even though they are two First Division teams. I remember that when Toledo or Alcorcón also eliminated Madrid, there was an important difference in the categories.
10. The new Copa del Rey invites you to dream, do you dare to challenge if you win the trophy?
Pouf … I don't smoke or I think I shave my head (laughs), but if we win the Copa del Rey … I just don't think about it, but we would certainly win the Europa League next year.
Segovia Gymnastics, in data
Full name: Segovian Gymnastics Football Club.
Locality representing: Segovia (51,683 inhabitants).
Usual stage: La Albuera (6,000 spectators).
Category: Group VIII of the Third Division.