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THE TRICKY SEGUNDA DIVISIÓN

30 May 2011
Frequently referred as hell, Segunda División is a tricky league where anything can happen; the favourites rarely achieve the promotion and some of them even ended at Segunda B, so Depor must be really careful.

RCDLC.com makes the first analysis on Segunda División, also known as Liga Adelante, the new “home” of Deportivo La Coruña. There are two big differences compared to Primera División, or liga BBVA, the first one is that 22 teams compete on the second league of Spain, which means a longer season as there are 42 matchdays instead of the 38 played at Primera. In order to not extend the tournament the Segunda clubs never rest during the FIFA dates, this means that any club having international players lost them for some specific moments on the season.

The second difference is more interesting: at Liga BBVA the big clubs rarely fail to clinch the first spots, at Liga Adelante it’s the opposite as the favourites rarely end between the three promoted clubs to Primera. This statistical fact must be a warning for Depor, because the Galicians will be the favourite side on season 2011/12, this due to its history and especially for its budget.

Despite the full 22 spots at Segunda aren’t defined yet, it is clear that Deportivo will be the only club in the division that has clinched an important title (a liga and two Copa Del Rey tournaments), besides and despite Lendoiro already announced a cut of 20% in the budget, the Galicians will present a budget around the €40 million, which is the double of the current largest budget at Segunda (Real Betis with €20 million).

These two facts convert Depor into the favourite side to achieve the promotion, because Real Betis is already at Primera, while the other two relegated clubs are having their own issues; Hercules FC was declared in bankruptcy and owes €9 million in unpaid wages to the players plus €6 million to the Spanish treasury, while Almeria will lose the major part of its players and still trying to decide the name of the coach for the new season.

But the condition of “favourite” is a burden at Segunda, a league that nicknamed “hell” due to its special characteristics. And it’s that Liga Adelante is considered as ‘tricky’ league due to the unexpected things that may occur. A good example is what happened on the season 2008/09; on that campaign CD Alavés was considered as the favourite to achieve the promotion as it had the strongest team and the biggest budget, while Xérez CD was in bankruptcy and three weeks before the start it only had 15 players.

But the roles were exchanged throughout the regular season and Xérez not only clinched the promotion, but also conquered the title ending at the first position, while Alavés was a disaster that ended relegated to Segunda B after only adding eleven wins in forty-two matches. Another example is what’s happening on the current season with Tenerife CD.

The Canarians were one of the three relegated team from Primera on the past season, and in the current championship they were the favourites alongside Real Betis, but the tournament at Segunda has been a real nightmare for them. They had the second biggest budget at Segunda (€12 million) and hired important players like Julio Álvarez, Natalio and David Prieto, but the unexpected results forced Tenerife to have five different coaches, and by matchday 39 they were already relegated to Segunda B.

Segunda is especially hard for the teams relegated from Primera in the previous campaign; within the last five years only Real Zaragoza was able to achieve the promotion in the first year at Liga Adelante (2008/09), but at the same time, in those five years, four recently relegated clubs went directly to Segunda B after just one year at Segunda A: Cádiz (2007/08), CD Alavés (2008/09), Real Murcia (2009/10), and CD Tenerife (2010/11).

The explanation for this phenomenon is the fact that recent relegated teams are vulnerable in an economic sense after enjoying the juice television incomes at Primera, and later they only have three months to make the adjustments and start competing in a league that’s harder as the rivals are less predictable and more uncomfortable. This should be a warning for the people that expect to see Depor passing through this division without experiencing any problem. Another factor to have in mind are the referees, because the referees at Segunda are precisely the ones ‘relegated’ from Primera after committing big mistakes at the elite, frequently they are blamed for some of the results in the matches.

RCDLC.com will make a further analysis of the rivals that Depor will meet on this league as soon as the full 22 spots are defined, for the moment the only thing left to decide is the third promoted team to Primera, which will be decided in a playoff that will be played in June. Another thing to decide is two of the four teams that will be promoted from Segunda B, during the weekend Real Murcia and Sabadell clinched the permanence.

In resume, fourteen clubs have a secured spot at this point: Depor, Hércules, Almeria, Barcelona B, Cartagena, Recreativo, Girona, Numancia, Huesca, Las Palmas, Villarreal B, Gimnástic Tarragona, Sabadell and Real Murcia.

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