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SEASON 2014/15: LIGA ADELANTE

10 Jun 2015
Real Betis and Sporting Gijón are back at Primera. The third promoted club will be decided in the next two weeks. UE Llagostera and Girona were the big surprises, RC Recreativo and Racing Santander are among the relegated clubs.

 Once again the Liga Adelante kept the excitement until the last day, with one of the promotion spots and one of the relegation places defined in the stoppage time of the last game. It’s a new demonstration of the equality in a league with teams having a very similar budget.

The exception was Real Betis. The Andalusians had a budget of €21.1 million, even bigger than some Primera clubs, and clinched the promotion back to Primera ending as the league champions. But even they had problems during the campaign. By November the team was out of the promotion zone and Pepe Mel had to return to the club in order to bring stability. The team only lost once with him on board and clinched the promotion two matchdays before the end.

More dramatic was the promotion of Sporting Gijón. The Asturians were the only club at Primera and Segunda that didn’t make any signing during the summer, but still were the ones with the most regular performance after only losing twice in the whole season. The problem was that they were also the team with more draws (19), so they had to wait until the final matchday in order to clinch the goal.



Sporting Gijón celebrating the promotion in the last game visiting Betis


And they weren’t even involved in the late drama. Girona FC arrived to the last matchday as the runners-up and kept the spot for 90 minutes, but a late goal from CD Lugo pushed them back from an historic promotion to Primera. Sporting and Girona ended the season tied in points and also tied in their particular series, so the promotion was decided by the narrow goal difference (+30 for Sporting and +28 for Girona).

Girona can be considered as the biggest miracle in the league, their budget is only €4.7 million (the sixth lowest in the league) and stay alive in the battle for promotion after been close to suffer the relegation one year before, though they face a tough challenge as in the first round of the playoffs they face Real Zaragoza.

Los Maños are another club that had to wait until the end in order to secure something important.  They had an irregular end season and only won one of their last five games; in their final match they barely drew visiting CD Leganés (2-2) and only the draw of SD Ponferradina hosting AD Alcorcón allowed them to reach the playoffs.



Borja Bastón was a key player for Zaragoza

UD Las Palmas and Real Valladolid are the other two clubs that will dispute the playoffs. The Canarians spent a large part of the season as the leaders, but the bad results in the second round pulled them down, though they won the last five games in a row.

Three of the four clubs that were promoted from Segunda B clinched the permanence, UE Llagostera was one of the Cinderella stories in the league. They had the lowest budget (€3.08 million), but managed to end 9th at the standings after an impressive second round in which they only lost four games.

CD Mirandés is another team that shone; in the previous season they should have been demoted, but the problems of Real Murcia allowed them to stay in the league, now they made a solid job and ended 8th, their highest position ever.

The battle to avoid demotion had historic clubs fighting until the end, like CD Tenerife and RCD Mallorca, but it was CA Osasuna the side that suffered the most. The Navarrans were involved in a match-fixing scandal and were in Segunda B for the major part of the last matchday after been down 0-2 visiting CE Sabadell in only 15 minutes, but managed to comeback (2-2) and in the end the side demoted was Racing Santander.



Munitis feeling sorry for the relegation, he’s the second coach of Racing


The Cantabrians are the only recently promoted club that’s going back to Segunda B after only one year at Liga Adelante. The other clubs going down are RC Recreativo, CE Sabadell and Barcelona B.

Finally, to mention that the two best scorers in the league were players of Deportivo in the past. The Pichichi in the season was Rubén Castro, who netted 32 goals for Real Betis, while the second best scorer was Borja Bastón, who left the club during the summer in order to join Real Zaragoza. He scored 23 goals, same mark of Sergio Araujo with UD Las Palmas.

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