Ahh my fellow Spaniards/ Wannabe Spainiards.
We have our three teams from La Liga Segunda Division. They are teams you have definitely heard of and it was done in some very dramatic fashion. With the relegated teams decided: Rayo Vallecano, Huseca, and Girona it was only a matter of time until we found the chosen 3 to rise.
How promotion works in the Segunda (That is what I will be referring to it as now) is the teams that place 1st and 2nd earn automatic promotion to La Liga the following year. While 3rd-6th play in a 2 leg playoff to decide who claims the third spot.
So this year Osasuna won the league by a solid amount finishing 26-9-7, 8 points clear from second place. I remember Osasuna mostly from either getting a result against Barca or getting the shit kicked out of them. They are always a team that could come into a big name team and put up a fight. I look forward to seeing them once again in the top tier. Ruben Garcia being their main man we will see what he does in the top league.
Next we had Granada finish in 2nd 22-13-7 so the same amount of loses as Osasuna, and they finished 5 points clear of 3rd. They are another team that can come in and finish mid table. They have been known to be hard to get points off of and with some young blood leading their attack in Pozo and Emeterio I am ready to see Granada make some moves.
Finally we had our 3rd-6th, Malaga(3), Albacete(4), RCD Mallorca(5), and Deportivo(6). Now if you are like me and have been watching la liga for atleast the last decade you have heard of Deportivo, Malaga, and Mallorca, so you can prolly tell this is about to come down to the wire.
Malaga(3) played Deportivo(6) in the first playoff game, while Albacete(4) played Mallorca(5). Now this is a very rare time because the two lower seeds did advance. Deportivo defeated Malaga the 3 seed 5-2 on aggregate (4-2,1-0), While Mallorca squeezed pass the 4 seed 2-1 on aggregate(2-0,0-1). Now I was always more of a Malaga fan, but when I saw the two lower seeds advance, and that it would be Deportivo against Mallorca I definitely got excited.
The final was played over 2 legs with Deportivo, the first being hosted by Deportivo. An early goal for Deportivo, and a red card for Mallorca made the 2-0 victory in the first leg seem like it would be enough.
BUT apparently that was not the case, we head back to Iberostar Estasi in Mallorca where we see it all happen. An early goal from Budimir gave the glimmer of hope, the 2nd from Salva Sevilla in the 62 brought a wave of hope, and in the 82nd minute Abdon Prats get the go ahead goal, 10 more minute of absolute chaos as Deportivo try to find a goal. They don’t find it Mallorca over comes the 2-0 deficit and find themselves on their way to the top division in Spanish football.
Osasuna, Granada, Mallorca…. Welcome back to the big leagues. Viva Espana.
Written by: Anthony “Young Leg” Shopa (@shopaaj)