Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Real Betis had strong season – not only winning Copa del Rey, but also finishing 5th in the championship. Sevilla FC ended way down, at 10th place, but it was nothing like the misery at the bottom of the table: Real Zaragoza, RC Celta, and CD Malaga finished at the last three spots and were relegated.

Misery in Vigo – Celta going down. No wonder even he picture is ugly.

The unfortunates were to be replaced by happy winners, promoted from the 2nd Division:

Sporting (Gijon), the winners of Segunda Division, returning to Primera. They had a star, a real one: Quini – a natural goalscorer, tough, big, fearless. Here he is in the middle with the ball, but he was destined for bigger clubs and bigger success than promotions from 2nd Division.

Cadiz CF finished at second place in Segunda and went up – like Gijon, returning to Primera, but Cadiz were likely just to stay near the bottom of the table, fighting to survive.

The same was the case of third promoted club: Rayo Vallecano. They are the third club from Madrid, dwarfed by Real and Atletico, and generally a novelty – rarely playing top level football, Rayo Vallecano were not expected even to survive in Primera, let alone challenging the big neighbours.

And that was the bottom, where movements happened, but hardly the relegated were to be missed and the newcomers were not exactly clubs to disturb the status quo.