Five seasons later, the Center d’Esports Sabadell returns to professional football. East history of Spanish football, the third in terms of importance by record in Catalonia, lived the bitter face of the sport in the 2014-2015 season with relegation to Second B. One of the components of that relegation squad was Antonio Hidalgo. Five years later and with Hidalgo now on the bench, the harlequins will debut this Saturday (9pm) in the SmartBank League in the field of Vallecano Ray.
They already say that football, like life, takes many turns, but little could Canovellas imagine that in his season plus five games in front of Sabadell he would more than return the illusion to a city and a hobby, which he had seen cry years ago with the descent.
On the edge of Third
Hidalgo reached the Harlequinado bench in an extreme situation. Five games from the end of the 2018-2019 League with the team in decline and watching the Third Division very close. The former player, who at this stage as coach of Sabadell has surrounded himself with a benchmark of the club and of Catalan football as Juvenal Edjogo not only saved the team from relegation with a final win in Olot, but also, last season they got the precious promotion after beating Atlético de Madrid B, Cultural y Deportiva Leonesa and in the express play-off Barcelona B.
Jose Manzanera, the youngest sports director in the league at only 29 years old, leads the project
There are many coaches who think that when one thing works, better not touch anything or as little as possible. And that is what Sabadell has done for this return to the Second Division. Jose Manzanera, the youngest sporting director in the league at just 29 years old, demonstrated his talent and ability by building a compensated squad that achieved promotion.
This summer he has also led the sporting project that aims to establish the club in professional football. Most of the players from last season have been renewed and so far, sand they have incorporated seven players, all of them young but with quality and contrasted.
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Ian Mackay, one of the architects of the promotion, will have competition in the harlequin goal with the arrival of Diego Fuoli (22 years old), from Villarreal B. Jaime Sanchez (25) will live the second harlequinade experience after a first in which he could not play due to a serious injury. The central arrives from the Valladolid subsidiary.
The French complete the defensive line Pierre Cornud (22), left back signed for Mallorca. One of the reinforcements with more experience in Second is Iker Undabarrena (25). He comes from Tenerife, where he could not settle and now he will seek that consolidation by wearing a harlequin.
Three in attack
The remaining three reinforcements have come from the offensive line. Victor Garcia (23) and Juan Fernandez (25) have experience in First. García even already knows what it is to score wearing the Valladolid shirt at Mestalla. The second comes from Celta de Vigo and both stand out for their technical quality.
The latest signing is Gorka Gurucet (2. 3). He has signed for three seasons with Sabadell from Athletic and, for the moment, is the reference in attack together with the veteran Edgar Hernandez, that was key in the ascent and that also has experience in Second.
For the 5,000 members
The Center d’Esports seems to live one of the Best moments of the last few years. The arrival to the presidency of Esteve Calzada and his people prevented their disappearance and later they have given stability to the club. From the property now they want wake up the city and businesses from the area to consolidate Sabadell in professional football.
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With the promotion in its pocket, the club launched a membership campaign with the goal of reaching 5,000 subscribers. Today it is very close to reaching 3,000. There is still a long way to go to get closer to that desired figure, since the Harlequin set will not debut in a New High Cross also renewed for the occasion until Fourth matchday against Espanyol.