Apenalties eight kilometers separate the Municipal Stadium of Santo Domingo, the fiefdom of the Sports Group alcorcón, of the Fernando Torres of Fuenlabrada. A distance, those five miles, that can be covered in just a few minutes by car, in half an hour by bicycle and in a matter of an hour and a half on foot. But also, a route marked this year by misfortune, which has led Alcor and Fuenla to be unceremoniously relegated to the RFEF First Division. And as last and penultimate classified, respectively, in the silver category of Spanish football.
The first to certify its descent was the Alcorcn. He did it on matchday 36, in mid-April, after losing 3-1 to Cartagena. He would still have six games left. “We have gone down very soon,” lamented the potter coach, Fran Fernndez. The technician from Almería had arrived in Santo Domingo in November, to try to refloat a ship that neither Juan Antonio Anquela nor Jorge Romero had been able to redirect and that, already in September, seemed doomed to decline.
And so it happened. The pottery club, which was the one that had been in the Second Division for the most years in a row (twelve) has barely added 29 points in the League and has finished 16 from the permanence. Although that is true: the sensations of the team in recent weeks have been very good. Moreover, if only the last 15 games of the competition were taken into account, Alcor would be in the middle of the table. And not only that, but the potters have also ended up being the true judge of promotion. On the penultimate day, they crushed him the ascent to an Almera that was seen in the First Division before playing against Alcor. And, in the last one, you know, they annoyed Eibar, with that goal from Gio Zarfino at the last minute that, in addition, gave the Almeria team the promotion and the title. What is football.
El Fuenla, from more… to very, very little
Fuenlabrada has ended much worse. The azuln team said goodbye to a season to forget with a scandalous win against Mirands, which swept the ‘kirikos’ with a resounding 5-1. A cruel epitaph to close a disastrous campaign for the azulones, who lost eleven of the last fourteen games, which is said soon. José Ramón Sandoval arrived in March to seek a salvation that seemed epic, but the team’s reaction was not even close and the team, which in October aimed to be in the race to play the ‘playoffs’ for promotion to First, leaves professional football after three seasons of happiness and disappointment.
Now, the challenge for both clubs is clear: return to the Second Division as soon as possible. For this, Fuenla has signed Mere Hermoso, the coach who promoted him four seasons ago and who, curiously, later went to Alcorcn. Everything remains in the south of Madrid, to try to rearm so that Alcor and Fuenla, Fuenla and Alcor, can return to the elite. Because, just as both have done many things wrong this year to be the way they are, they also did them in the past, to write their names on the map of professional football. And the goal is to repeat the feat. As soon as possible.