Sant Francesc Xavier de Formentera – Estadio Municipal

by Chris Clements | Posted on Sunday, March 8th, 2015

Formentera – That idyllic island off the Southern tip of Ibiza. Renowned for its pristine beaches and easy-going lifestyle. Throw-in a spot of naturism and some historic links to the 1960’s music scene (Pink Floyd, King Crimson & Joni Mitchell have all recorded albums there) and you can see why tourists continue to flock there. If only there was a decent football team to watch? Well, things are stirring on the football front in the shape of Sociedad Deportiva Formentera, who in recent seasons have become one of the top teams in the Balearic section of the Tercera, and bloodied a few noses in the Copa del Rey.

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Estadio Municipal Sant Francesc Xavier de Formentera – Big name, little ground

SD Formentera was founded in 1969 and joined the local federation in 1971. The regional leagues were home until they reached the Tercera for the first time in 1979. Unfortunately, their first season at this level proved to be a difficult affair, winning only 7 of their 38 matches and finishing one off the bottom of the table. Relegation back to the regional leagues followed, and the club remained there for the next 32 seasons. Not that this area of the Balearics was bereft of decent football during this period. Both SD Ibiza & UD Eivissa reached Segunda B during this era, however both flattered to deceive and ran up huge debts in the process. Maybe it was the demise of UD Eivissa in 2010 that triggered SD Formentera’s resurgence. The Regional Preferente Pitiusas section was won in 2011-12 in emphatic style, with 21 of the 22 fixtures won and 87 goals scored and just 4 conceded. Victory in the play-offs earned the club a place back in the Tercera for the first time in over three decades.

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The Estadio Municipal maintains Formentera’s laid-back approach

The club’s return to the Tercera has been very impressive, with third place finishes in 2012-13 & 13-14. However, this was the forerunner to a historic 2014-15 season, that saw SD Formentera clinch their first ever Tercera title with a 1-2 victory at CD Manacor of the final day of  the season. The Play-offs have proved to be a more difficult opponent, with first round exits in 2012-13 & 2015-16, whilst their championship season ended with defeats to Pena Sport & Atlético Sanluqueno. 2013-14 season also ended in heartache, but only after defeat to Eldense in the final round. The 2016-17 season saw SD Formentera making a name for itself in the Copa del Rey. Atletico Sanguntino, Lorca FC & Tudelano were all been dispatched, albeit on penalties,  before La Liga’s heavyweights Sevilla bought an end to the run with a 14-2 aggregate win. After the cup exit, the club’s priority became securing the the Tercera title and then promotion to Segunda B. The title was won with a total of 86 points, before Deportivo Alavés B where beaten 3-0 on aggregate to secure football in the third flight for the first time.

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Keeping it simple – The Estadio Municipal

The Estadio Municipal dates from around 1960, but remained unenclosed until the club’s promotion to the Tercera in 1979. It is situated around a kilomete east of the centre of  Sant Francesc Xavier, and now features two raised decks on the west side, which sit either side of a media booth. Beneath the media booth sits a bar. These banks consist of five rows of black & red seats and have a combined capacity of 500. Hard standing can be found at the northern & southern ends, whilst the teams change in the municipal facilities also at the southern end of the ground. To emphasize the fact that these are public facilities, the structure at the southern end also includes a nursery/pre-school. The entire east side of the enclosure is occupied by a 100 metre sprint track. All told, 2,000 can squeeze into the Estadio Municipal, but capacity doubled with the addition of temporary stands on three sides of the ground when Sevilla paid a visit. Another sign of the SD Formentera’s growth is the a plot of land to the south of the Estadio Municipal which has been earmarked for a new Camp de Futbol. Exciting times indeed!

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