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24,769 SOCIOS FOR DEPORTIVO

02 Jan 2012
Deportivo wasn’t able to reach the mark of 25,000 socios ahead of the first day in 2012, but still is a great mark for the club as is superior to the number of socios of the half of clubs at Primera División.

President Lendoiro was wishing to end the year 2011 with 25,000 socios and he even promised gifts for everyone, but the fact is that the club only had 24,769 socios by December 31. Still, the mark is great for a Segunda club, even for a Deportivo that grazed the 32,000 socios on its best years. And it’s that Depor had 15,500 socios exactly one year ago, just when the team was still at Primera División, which means an increase of 55%.

The increase is the bigger one among the clubs at Primera and Segunda División; this sudden enthusiasm may look bizarre, especially for a recently relegated club, but it’s the response of the fans before the crisis that meant the relegation to Segunda División. Everybody knows that the promotion back to the elite is a vital thing to guarantee the financial future of the club and people are putting their grain of sand.

And Depor’s situation is more impressive taking in mind the current scenario in Spain, a country immersed in a deep financial crisis. The public has less money to spend and one of the first sacrificed expenses is the annual fee paid in order to belong to a club, which in some cases can surpass the €1,000.

At Primera División, only five clubs were able to increase their number of socios compared to the past season, while other five are keeping a similar mark; ten clubs at the elite, meanwhile, have lost socios within the last twelve months.

Granada FC is one of the five Primera clubs that have increased the number of socios, and is the side with the biggest increase (25%, from 12,000 to 16,000); which is normal since the Andalusian club achieved the promotion to the elite at the middle of the year. 

The second Primera club with the biggest increase was Málaga CF, The Andalusians are excited with the new project of Abdullah Bin Nasser Al-Thani and pushed the number of socios from 22,500 to 26,500 (increase of 15%). The other three clubs that have increased their number of socios are Real Betis (11%), Villarreal (10%) and Real Sociedad (4%).

The five Primera clubs that are keeping a similar number of socios are Levante UD, RCD Espanyol, Athletic Bilbao and Getafe, although this last club continues to be one of the two clubs with the lesser number of socios (10,000).

About the remaining ten clubs, they are losing support, even giants Real Madrid and Barcelona FC; the biggest loser is Racing Santander, club that has lost the 30% of its socios not only for the crisis, but also for the poor results of the team. Other clubs losing socios are Sevilla FC and Valencia FC, this last one have lost 4,000 socios in one year.

Of course the number of socios at Deportivo is the highest at Segunda División, actually is almost the double of the other big teams in the league like Real Valladolid (18,600), RC Celta (13,700) and Real Murcia (10,000). The interesting thing is the comparison between Deportivo and the twenty clubs at Primera, because the Galician club has more socios than the half of the clubs at the elite of Spanish football.

Comparison between the number of socios at Deportivo and the twenty clubs at Primera:

No

Club

Socios

1

Barcelona

86,314

2

Real Madrid

70,000

3

Atletico

48,897

4

Valencia

44,950

5

Betis

40,000

6

Sevilla

39,000

7

Athletic

35,320

8

RCD Espanyol

29,502

9

Malaga

26,500

10

Real Sociedad

26,200

*

Deportivo

24,769

11

Sporting

22,500

12

Zaragoza

22,000

13

Villarreal

20,400

14

Granada

16,000

15

Osasuna

15,500

16

Racing

15,500

17

RCD Mallorca

13,000

18

Levante

11,000

19

Getafe

10,000

20

Rayo Vallecano

9,050

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