Until five years ago the highest category had just received two debutants in what was of the century, the Getafe and the ephemeral Xerez, which collapsed until the disappearance. In the first five years of this decade there were no premieres, in the last nothing less than four. Eibar, Leganés, Girona and Huesca tasted the elite for the first time. But the arrival of these new guests means that the set of the great modest, languishing classics is engulfed, cities that put the football counter to zero. Among nine provincial capitals (Santander, Alicante, Murcia, Salamanca, Castellón, Logroño, Huelva, Burgos and Pontevedra) they have 134 campaigns and 4,381 games in the First Division. The nine see today Second B football, some of them after passing several campaigns even lower.
Debts, deficient management and a situation that favors and favors those who do their homework well have generated that change of guard in Spanish football. They know it in Santander because there is no one who is shorter and with more history than Racing, 44 campaigns among the greats, the last one in 2012, after the operettas of Piterman and Ali Syed. The year just won paid 1.2 million euros of bankruptcy debt, amount that is a third of your budget. All in charge of a loan with a business group of Cantabrian capital that two years ago took control of the club and that grants a line of credit at 4% interest. The viability plan happens because on the fourth attempt the team leaves Segunda B, category in which it leads its group with five points of advantage in the second. And there is social support, with more than 10,000 subscribers in El Sardinero.
The city of Huelva approved last week a rescue plan for Recreativo, almost four million euros that will immediately avoid the risk of disappearance of the dean of Spanish football. The decision did not provoke unanimity precisely in the municipality of the Andalusian city, but the club is municipal property since three years ago came to his aid to expropriate when it was on the verge of liquidation. He owed then 20 million euros, 13.5 of them to the Treasury. Now it is invoked that the Recreativo is an asset of Cultural Interest for the city and it is destined to its sanitation a money that if not used would have ended in the amortization of the debt with the banks maintained by the city council.
The money will allow to immediately update the payroll of all club workers, including technicians and footballers. In 2018 the municipality of Huelva tried to sell the club twice after setting a list of conditions, but the operations did not close. The team is seventh in its Second B group, five points behind promotion spots.
The popular support is essential to get out of the well. Sometimes it takes time to articulate. "Logroño repeats a lot of what to see if someone comes to put money," explains Tato Abadía, glory of the Club Deportivo Logroñés. "There is a culture of take us and the fan thinks that if there is an economic problem, the institutions will solve it ", abounds. The Murcia suffered four years ago an administrative decline to Second B and, on the verge of dissolution, launched this autumn the opportunity to buy shares to inject capital to the club. The "Hazlo tuyo" campaign promoted the sale of shares at 0.12 euros each with a ceiling of 12,000 euros and generated a mobilization similar to the one that once saved Oviedo, now a platform made up of small shareholders managed from the beginning of The companies in the area have entered with small, but meaningful participation, "The Murcians have difficulty in owning our destiny," claimed the new president José María Almela upon arriving at the club, Murcia, which owes thirteen million euros to the Treasury and three to the Social Security, now has more than 20,000 small owners, a recovered popular self-esteem and begins to take significant steps: it has paid several payrolls to the players to avoid unilateral rescissions and, for the first time in ten years, fulfilled in the last quarter with VAT payments and Income withholding income tax, the team is sixth in a group of Segunda B that leads the UCAM, another team of the city that came to be a category above, but never aroused the same popular fervor.
Because they do not always combine efforts against football crises. The Logroñés Club de Fútbol was born to replace the historic Club Deportivo, which was nine seasons in First. But he did not even survive. With the two already in the grave took a double track in the capital of La Rioja, the Sports Union and the Sports Society. Both coincided in Second B a couple of campaigns at the beginning of this decade. Abadía piloted from the bench that transit of seconds, which again play in Third, a category below his rival, with the same colors and similar name. Before they even shared a stadium, a gibberish. "It seems that people now prefer the Union because it is higher and they play in Las Gaunas", explains Abadía, who believes that the biggest problem in Logroño has to do with the feeling of the people. "There is no identification between a club and a city. The division tires and serves as a pretext for not going to football or find solutions, "he laments.
Disintegrating efforts and illusions does not help, but there are divorces without solution. "When there is blood, reconciliation is difficult", ditch Abadía. In Salamanca they do not even think about it. Unionists and Salamanca Football Club UDS, a new name that replaces that of Salmantino, rose this summer to the bronze division. Both dispute the legacy of the Union, disappeared in 2013 after ninety years of experience, more than half in one of the first two steps of national football. Miguel Ángel Sandoval, president of Unionistas, has the coat of arms of the old team tattooed on his arm, which is now used by the other team in the city. The right to use it together with the brand, trophies and historical documentation of the Union cost 150,000 euros to Salmantino after a legal dispute. "We fought and suffered for the Union and when they liquidated it out of respect for its history, we opposed a refoundation or supplanting it," explains Sandoval. Unionists has 2,700 members, all with the right to vote and exposes that value to the rival citizen, who barely has three, the essentials. The rest are subscribers. But they double in that concept to their neighbor because they have a value, the Helmántico stadium property, bought in its day by the Mexican ownership of the club for just one million euros.
Unionists play in the annexed athletics field and negotiates with the city council the construction of a small stadium, a home. "The merger is impossible. They are two different ideas, a tribute to the Union and the other wants to pass for the Union ", explains Jesus Hernandez" Piojo ", one of the players who was in the last campus of the UD Salamanca. "I played in the club of my city and my life and I had to go out and get the beans," he recalls. After passing through Huesca, Tarragona, UCAM Murcia and Guijuelo has been enlisting for a year and a half in Unionists. "It can happen that one of the two projects is imposed on the other, but now the important thing is that the city has regained the illusion for football," abounds Louse.
The responses of a city to the sinking or sinking of its most representative soccer team are varied. Also traumatic. It happened in Malaga or Almeria. And there they came back from nothing. Also in Burgos, Jerez, Ourense, Cartagena, Palencia, Mérida, Badajoz or Almendralejo, where a new Extremadura has just returned to professional football. In the end lies the idea that, no matter how hard they try to kill him, football does not die.