Lloseta – Camp Municipal Es Puig
Deep in the middle of Mallorca, a footballing revolution is occurring. Granted, it’s a small one, but a revolution all the same. Over the past few seasons, three clubs within 9 miles of each other have reached the third tier of Spanish football. Not bad for a combined population of 35,000. The latest club to try its luck in Segunda B is Club Deportivo Llosetense, who will be trying to better the efforts of its neighbours CE Constancia & CD Binissalem.
The first football club to emerge from the town was Lloseta Foot-ball Club. Founded in 1923, it established the town’s first football ground, clearing a field of prickly pears to create the Camp de Son Batle. Lloseta FC never played higher than the regional third division and was dissolved in 1930. Church and youth teams represented the town either side of the Civil War before the current club was formed on 2 September 1944. Taking up residence at the Camp de Son Batle, the new club made light work of the lower reaches of the Mallorcan regional leagues, reaching the top flight in 1949. Remarkably, Llosetense won the Campeonato de la Liga de Mallorca at its first attempt. A further title followed in 1952, which also saw the club win Campeonato de Baleares, beating CD Menorca 8-1 on aggregate. This earned Llosetense a place in the Tercera, but the additional cost of travel and upgrading the Camp de son Batle, led to the club declining promotion. There followed a period of diminishing returns, which eventually saw the club fail to register with the federation in 1960 and remain inactive until 1964.
Llosetense re-established itself as a leading team in the Mallorcan regional leagues during the sixties, but the step up the the Tercera proved elusive. On the 8 September 1974, the club moved to a new home. The Camp Municipal Es Puig was built by the local council just to the north of the town, on land donated by the Servera family. The Tercera was eventually reached in 1987 and Llosetense played at that level for five of the next six campaigns. Following relegation from the Tercera in 1993, the club suffered a calamitous drop in status over the next decade or so, which saw it play as low as the Mallorcan Regional Third Division in 2006. The club was essentially rebuilt and by 2009 it had earned a place by in the Tercera. Gradual progress, including a third place finish in 2011-12, saw Llosetense establish itself as one of the leading teams in Tercera Group XI, and this culminated with promotion to Segunda B thanks to play-off victories over Union Adarve, Real Murcia Imperia & UD San Pedro.
The Camp Municipal Es Puig can be found sandwiched between the northern edge of Lloseta and the foothills of the Serra de Tramuntana. It is part of an impressive sports complex that also includes a swimming pool, indoor sports hall and tennis courts. Its design is simple, but effective, with practically all spectators accommodated on two reasonably sized terraces; one behind the west goal and the other on the northern side of the ground. Narrow hard standing makes up the remaining two sides. The changing rooms and club facilities are located in the south west corner of the ground. This was re-roofed in 2009 and now includes a deep veranda, from where you can watch the game whilst having a drink and a bite to eat. Very civilized!