After a week where Katie Price asked Newcastle United if they wanted the points from her driver’s license! – Real Mallorca put an end to an excellent football year Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. when they play Granada in their Los Carmenes stadium.
The Andalusian part is four points behind us in 15th place on 16 points and won three home games. They lost to modest Mancha Real 1-0 in the Copa del Rey on Thursday night, and aren’t the strength they were last season.
You have to go back 11 years to find Mallorca with as many points (20) at this point in the season and that means we’re more or less halfway to our ultimate goal of 40 points. This figure is usually enough to stay one more season in top Spanish football, although there are exceptions such as the 2010/11 campaign where 45 points were needed. A week after Friday, Hurricane Barra whistled around and through Son Moix as we played a 0-0 draw against Celta Vigo.
The game showed the huge gaps we have it in the offensive department and the need to bring in a proven quality center forward next month is now clearer than ever.
Kang In Lee is an exceptional talent but he has only scored once. Take Kubo scored against Atletico Madrid but he’s not a prolific cleaner, and between them Angel, Abdon, Fer Niño and Matthew Hoppe, our proven strike force, have only scored five La Liga goals. Despite our lack of ammunition, I take Mallorca to leave Los Carmenes with the three points.
We come back after a festive two-week break with our biggest home test of the season among the “sick giants” Barcelona are visitors on Sunday January 2 at 9 p.m.. The club have confirmed ticket prices for the match and they are tempting, ranging from € 140 to € 250. The price hike for games against Barcelona and Real Madrid was once called a ‘club day’ when season ticket holders had to line up and buy a ticket for an additional fee.
It is now common practice for matches against the so-called “Two bigTo see ticket prices skyrocket, but these latter fees are on a worrying trend. The fees cause an attendance problem in Spain due to the current subscription scenario.
Many teams, including Real Mallorca, offer season tickets at an affordable price which, when you see the prices of the individual matches against Barcelona and Real Madrid (here March 13) makes the subscription a no-brainer.
As a result, we see a plethora of empty seats on the La Liga pitches with many fans having no intention of going to games against less attractive teams. Fans who have not purchased season tickets, preferring to attend singles matches, are then excluded from the most important matches.
If you are planning to come to Barca game I suggest you go to Moix son well before the 9pm kick-off. Parking will be a nightmare, as will trying to get home afterwards. Ground entry will be significantly blocked due to the new digital ticketing system (QR codes) on mobile devices being processed at the turnstiles.
MAJORCA BEAT LLANERA 0-6
Mallorca had a 0-6 goalfest on Thursday night when they beat Asturian fourth division team Llanera to secure their place in the last 16 of the Copa del Rey.
All our goals came in the second half from Sedlar (2), Mboula, Gaya, Llabres and Angel Rodriguez. Coach Luis Garcia Plaza has selected a team full of benchwarmers leaving the regulars wrapped up for today’s match. Against modest opposition, Mallorca waited until the partial times ran out before finishing them in the second half. In this type of match where the higher category team is forced to play on regional pitches with an artificial surface, the important thing is to move on to the next round with as little hassle as possible. The 0-6 was our biggest margin of away wins in the club’s 105-year history in all competitions.
On a negative rating, there are still players who are far from the minimum level that must be required of a Mallorcan player. Aleix Febas falls into this bracket after another lackluster performance. The young Catalan appears to be set to be loaned out next month.
In the next round, Mallorca pulled the short straw and got the only team they didn’t want – the Basque team of Eibar. They occupy the second common place in La Segunda with a very prominent promotion to La Liga.
Their top scorer is the Mallorcan lender Stoichkov, who has scored 10 goals this season and will be “super motivated” to add to that tally against us – it’s definitely a “banana peel” for the Islanders. The match is scheduled to start in Ipurua on Wednesday January 5 (Three Kings Eve at 4:00 p.m.).
There was a superb cup victory for AT. Balearic Islands who hammered the wrestlers of La Liga, Getafe to 10 5-0. The Via Cintura team now face Celta Vigo in Palma. Two thousand crammed into the tiny Sa Plana pitch to see Andratx gallantly fall 5-6 on penalties to La Liga giants Sevilla after the 1-1 AET game ended.
the The Andritxol team, made up of young people from the city who do various chores in the morning and train in the afternoon, held out as hard as they could in what was a valiant effort in a game that the city and its people did. will never forget.
AND FINALLY, a Christmas stocking filler. I see there’s a new Christmas album, that’s what I call. This is the Ultimate Tory Party album and some of the top tracks include: Do They Know It’s A Christmas Crime? Stop these conservative gentlemen; Last Christmas I gave you my word; It’s my birthday and I’ll lie if I want to and The Most Wonderful Crime of the Year!