Competition news


07 Jun 2016
As it happened in past editions, the Segunda season was entertaining, because it was an equal tournament; with two clubs unexpectedly clinching the promotion, while other more consecrated clubs suffered to avoid demotion.

In recent years it has been common to see a Segunda tournament full of surprises and, this season, things weren’t different. Starting with the fact of the two clubs that clinched the direct promotion: Deportivo Alavés and CD Leganés.

Alavés return to the elite after eleven years, frame of time in which they even played at Segunda B. The Basques are the champions, but didn’t give the impression of been a strong contender until the final stretch of the first round (they were the winter champions); after all they lost 6 of the first 12 games and it wasn’t until they clinched five straight wins in May that they secured the gold.

In the case of Leganés, they will play at Primera for the first time. The Madrilenians were the best offense (59 goals in favour) and neither give the impression of been a strong contender for the direct promotion (they were only fifth by matchday 21)

The city of Vitoria celebrating the promotion of Alavés

Gimnástic Tarrragona was another pleasant surprise. The Basques battled until the final matchday in order to get the direct promotion and ended third, all thanks to their performance in the second round. They only lost once in the period and the prize is to have the advantage in the promotion playoff.

The other three clubs that will dispute the playoff are Girona CF, Córdoba CF and CA Osasuna. Girona is bouncing back after the dramatic events that left them without the promotion on last year, they were the best defence in the league (only 28 goals allowed) and will have a new chance to reach the elite.

Córdoba should fell a little disappointed for how their season evolved. They had a strong start and by matchday 17 were the leaders having a five-point mattress over the third place, but ended fifth and only securing the spot in the playoff until the final matchday (1-1 draw Vs. Almería).

Cordoba’s Andone was the second best scorer in the league (21)

At least the Andalusians still have a last chance to get the promotion, something that AD Alcorcón and Real Zaragoza are missing. Both clubs made the same points than Osasuna and are missing the playoff only by the goal difference rule. It’s catastrophic for Zaragoza, club that only needed a point in the last game before already relegated UE Llagostera, but ended trashed 6-2 in what has been described as one of the worst games in their history.

Another disappointment is Real Oviedo. Truly the Asturians are evolving ending 9th in their first season at Segunda in almost two decades, the problem is that they were aspiring to more according to what they did in the first part of the league. They had the longer unbeaten streak in the league (12) and were third by matchday 21, but the internal problem, crowned by the resign of former coach Sergio Egea, sunk a team that lost 10 of the last 15 games.

Then there was a frame of five teams that never aspired to promotion and that neither had problems with relegation: CD Numancia, Elche CF, CD Tenerife, CD Lugo and CD Mirandés. The best thing among these teams was too see Elche’s Sergio León ending as the top-scorer in the league (22).

SD Huesca starred the resurrection story in the league- By matchday 34 the Aragonians were in relegation, but later won 6 of the last 8 games and ended 12th, eight points above demotion and only nine points below the promotion zone.

Huesca thanking the fans for their support after clinching the salvation

Then the story of three club with a recent story at Primera that lived a hard time to achieve the permanence: Real Valladolid, UD Almeria and RCD Mallorca. The last two only secured the safety until the last matchday, the Andalusians were the bottom club by matchday 18 despite having the larger salary cap in the league (€9.7 million), but reacted in the last stretch winning 4 of the last 9 games. Also dramatic was the survival of Mallorca, side that, with Fernando Vázquez on board, clinched the permanence coming from behind in the last game visiting Valladolid (1-3).

About the four relegated clubs, they paid the price for their inexperience. An it’s that three of them were clubs coming from Segunda B within the last two years: Albacete Balompié, UE LLagostera and Athletic Club B. The three of them were already relegated at the start of the last matchday. SD Ponferradina was the one that fought until the end, but suffered the demotion after failing to win the last game (0-1 Vs. Girona). They spent four years at Liga Adelante.



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