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Socuéllamos – Estadio Paquito Jiménez

I really want Socuéllamos to be the sort of town where you could find a Charles Bronson-type character, just sat playing his harmonica as you arrive at the railway station. In reality it is just another small town on the La Mancha plain, where years will pass and not a great deal will happen. 90 years have passed since Unión Deportiva Socuéllamos More...

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By Chris Clements On Monday, May 26th, 2014

Leioa – Campo de Sarriena

It’s been a long time coming. 89 years to be precise, but in September 2014, Sociedad Deportiva Leioa will become the latest, in what seems to be a never-ending line of small Basque clubs to reach Segunda B. Founded More...

By Chris Clements On Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

Zamudio – Gazituaga

Sociedad Deportivo Zamudio was formed in early 1943, the brainchild of the local mayor Mateo Romero. Vicente Rufino Perez Elcoro was elected as the club’s first president. SD Zamudio’s initial foray into organised More...

By Chris Clements On Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Fuenlabrada – Estadio Fernando Torres

Fuenlabrada lies around 14 miles south west of the Spanish capital and over the past 35 years, it has witnessed an astonishing growth from a rural back-water of 18,000 inhabitants, to the region’s fourth largest More...

By Chris Clements On Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Gernika – Urbieta

Gernika will forever be associated with the terrible atrocities of one day in April 1937 and Picasso’s striking depiction of the horror of that Luftwaffe bombing raid. I must confess that I knew little More...

By Chris Clements On Saturday, February 18th, 2012

Getxo – Nuevo Gobela

Arenas Club de Getxo is etched into the history of Spanish football. You may wonder what this little club from the distinctly middle class district in northern Bilbao has done to earn such recognition? Well not More...

By Chris Clements On Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Bilbao – Ciudad Deportiva de Lezama

Just over forty five years ago, Athletic Club de Bilbao moved their training facilities away from the then grey and industrialised environs of Bilbao, to the lush, green pastures of Lezama, a small village some More...

By Chris Clements On Saturday, January 28th, 2012

Majadahonda – Miniestadio Cerro del Espino

Those of you familiar with the nomadic lifestyle of Club Atlético de Madrid, will not be too surprised to learn that their reserve side, Club Atlético de Madrid B has also, if you’ll excuse the expression, played More...

By Chris Clements On Friday, January 27th, 2012

Madrid – Estadio Alfredo Di Stéfano

As you are probably aware, many European leagues allow the reserve teams of the larger clubs to compete in all but the top divisions. Spain is no exception and over the years this has thrown up many intriguing accounts More...

By Chris Clements On Sunday, September 18th, 2011

Barakaldo – Campo de Lasesarre

On the bank of the Rio Galindo, just a few miles north west of central Bilbao, sits the distinctive home of Barakaldo Club de Futbol. The new Campo de Lasesarre opened in 2003 and occupies a site some 100 metres More...