Title: CD Tenerife v SS Los Reyes
Location: Heliodoro Stadium, Santa Cruz
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Description: Blimey a night game, pretty rare this season. CD Tenerife are well placed for the promotion play offs and crowds are now above 10,000. Kick off at 8.30 pm.
Start Time: 20.30
Not even a dodgy referee could crush the Carnaval spirit as CD Tenerife set the terraces dancing with a 1-0 win over Getafe B in Santa Cruz. Newly elected Carnaval Queen Carmen Gil was guest of honour, hopefully she won’t always expect six sendings off, two disallowed goals and a late penalty winner.
The game was a slow burner, maybe just as well as hangovers and lack of sleep had to be overcome by the party crowd of 9,424. Chechu should have opened the home scoring in the first minute but hit a post, setting the tone for a half of missed chances. Confidence was high after new coach Garcia Tebar had seen his charges win their first three games under his command. The referee was lost from the start, Getafe players were allowed to roll around at the slightest touch, even the widows at the sardine funeral would struggle to be so dramatic. As gentlemen clicked their high heels in frustration at the spoiling tactics of the visitors, Tenerife forward Kiko wasted free headers in front of goal.
Life in Segunda B has not been as easy as some thought Spain’s third tier would be but after two successive relegations expectations of recovery were high and coach Calderon paid the price just into the new year. The club brought in some new faces in the January window and new coach Tebar has encouraged free flowing play but the goals weren’t coming by half time.
Pop stars, superheroes, and cross-dressers were all a little frustrated at the break. Security staff tried to look menacing but it’s not easy when three hairy men in dresses are using glove puppets to fire sweets into the crowd from a very intimate launch zone.
Back at the game Getafe were starting to threaten. Tenerife brought on Aridane, one of the new forwards, and he put the ball in the net only to see it ruled offside. Then a hammer blow as midfielder Kitoko had to go off injured and with the subs used Tenerife were down to 10 men. Tarantino followed up a booking with a ill judged tackle and was also off ““ nine men.
Local hero Pablo Sicilia urged the crowd to raise the noise and they responded giving their all. Meanwhile anger at the ref from the benches brought red cards for both coaches and Tenerife’s back up goalie. The roar from the crowd swept Tenerife forward and a penalty with just two minutes left was crashed home by Loro amid wild scenes from the home fans.
There was more drama even as the sound of Chicharrero de Corazon echoed through the stadium. The ref added six injury minutes on. Getafe thought they had scored and when it was ruled out their complaints reduced them to nine men. The tension was unbearable as the last minute ticked away before the final whistle unleashed a cauldron of noise, even the men in high heels were dancing. The party has another week to run in Santa Cruz and this sweet victory will fuel plenty of celebrations. The CD Tenerife players were promised two free days to enjoy Carnaval if they won ““ the city is all yours boys.
Two relegations in two seasons, five coaches through the revolving door and buckets full of despair, things could surely only get better. That’s what we thought as CD Tenerife fell into Segunda B, the third tier of Spanish football but the summer brought new dramas that had the club fighting for survival.
The club debt of 30 million euros plus has long been a dark cloud hovering over Santa Cruz but the last whistle had barely sounded before news seeped out that the players hadn’t been paid for months. Players slapped in denuncias against the club, the biggest playing let downs were at the front of the queue. Segunda B wage limits and vastly reduced crowd expectations meant the club had to clear out pretty well all the players and those with time left on their contracts dug in for a war of attrition.
The most heart breaking departure was iconic striker and fans” legend Nino. We knew it was inevitable but that didn’t make it any easier. Finally he took his scoring boots to Osasuna in La Primera. Worse was to come, the final coach David Amaral was sacked after just 10 games and the club’s insensitive handling of the home grown former captain’s departure had him also pressing for a full financial settlement. The upshot of all this was 4 million euros of contested payments to be sorted out before 1st August or a further relegation as punishment.
Amid much crying into our Dorada the club ploughed on with plans for the new season. Pedro Cordero came in as Director of Football and started bringing in new blood. The targets were all experienced in Segunda B, horses for courses but hopefully no donkeys this time. An initial batch of 11 of the promising local reserve players were named as possible squad members and a new coach Antonio Calderon was appointed. Calderon may be from mainland Spain but the Tenerife flag was familiar to him after playing in Scotland for Airdrie and Kilmarnock before moving combining playing with a first manager’s job at Raith Rovers.
Gradually most of the rebel players were sorted out with a mix of compromise and sacrifice and popular old guard players Sicilia, Aragoneses and Luna took a sizeable pay cut to stay with Tenerife. Much juggling of promises and fishing down the back of the sofa enabled the club to meet the league demands and the fixtures arrived with a sigh of relief. In the meantime 14 new players had stacked up including Puerto de la Cruz born former player Kiko Raton (below) now 34 but still a fearsome target man to lead the attack.
The friendly results have not been convincing, five losses and two wins but mixing together a new team from scratch was never going to be easy. New heroes will soon emerge, the last few pay rebels have been blasted by the fans in the warm up games and there may yet be some more additions to the squad. Playing in one of four sections, CD Tenerife are aiming for the drawn out promotion play offs, no team goes up automatically. It promises to be a tough season but we wouldn’t expect it any other way.
CD Tenerife ““ Heliodoro Stadium, Santa Cruz
Home Games ““ mostly Sundays at Noon
Supporters ““ Armada Sur www.armadasur.com
Replica kit – Soy Del Tete, CC Fañabe Plaza www.tenerifefanshop.com
Opening home games
21st August v Vecindario, 5pm
4th September v Conquense
18th September Curuxo
The finger tips of Sergio Aragoneses the CD Tenerife goalkeeper will be stinging for weeks after he pulled off a string of stunning saves to keep the end of season defeat at dealy rivals Las Palmas down to 1-0. This was not a typical blood and thunder derby, Tenerife, already relegated, gave more B team players their chance, the squad that travelled included 10 Canarian born players. Las Palmas were just relieved to have escaped the relegation trap door and the 20,032 crowd was well down on previous match ups.
Nino sat out his game and within 20 minutes regulars Sicilia and Omar were off injured, Jesus and Bruno made their debuts and showed promise for next season. Las Palmas got the benefit of the doubt when Ricardo looked to have fouled just outside the box and Suarez converted the penalty after 26 minutes. Tenerife had lots of chances but their finishing was poor, Juanlu’s free kick at the end of the first half was crying out for a header but it sailed by with a touch from the home keeper pushing it wide of the post.
Sergio opened the second half with a great tip over, Luna let Suarez through for a shot but again Sergio was there to turn it aside. The second penalty was a clear cut case as Prieto made a crude challenge, Josico struck it well but Sergio defied him. More goals seemed inevitable but Sergio kept showing why the club should do all they can to hang on to him, a double save in the 84 th minute included an unsighted stop from an overhead kick – quite superb. Juanlu had the last touch of the game scuffing his shot at the Las Palmas keeper but wounded pride is the least that Tenerife have to reflect on after a disasterous season.
It was all about Nino, the small striker with a big heart had announced he would be leaving CD Tenerife for next season. The home game with Ponferradina was a chance to say thanks and farewell to our hero, the dour 1-1 draw wasn’t a classic game but we were graced with a classic gutsy, never give up performance from Nino including a goal after 15 minutes.
Mikel Alonso another of the better players from this nightmare relegation season won the ball and laid it on to Nino he drew the keeper, took the ball wide and slotted it into the corner of the net for his 17th of the season. The first half was pretty poor, goalkeeper Sergio Aragoneses made a couple of decent saves, he also has plenty of credit with the fans after saving the day so many times and his name was sung with pride and affection.
Omar is one of the home grown players of recent years that hasn’t progressed as well as hoped, he went close with Pablo Sicilia in a rare attacking blitz that saw the woodwork deny a 2-0 lead. Ricardo is in a similar vein but his decline has been more dramatic and along with injured captain Bertran he received stinging abuse including a banner naming them as being the first rats to leave the relegated ship.
The club and the league did their best between them to ruin the last home game by picking a 5 pm kick off, just a few hours before the Champions League final, the 5,960 crowd should have been more for Nino’s swansong. The second half was a mass homage to the popular striker, both sides had a player sent off, first Ponferradina’s Prieto for a second yellow and 20 minutes into the half a similar fate befell Bellvis.
The B team youngsters again showed they will give us a fighting chance in Segunda B next season, German unlocked the visiting defence with a brilliant cross pitch ball that deserved a better finish from Omar. Josmar came on for his usual cameo, it will be good to see him doing 90 minutes in future. The talented Venezuelan excited the crowd with his dazzling late charge at goal leaving defenders trailing in his wake.
Acoran tied the game after Sergio’s ill timed clearance but the score was of little importance to either team.The chants for Nino were growing louder and more prolonged and with 3 minutes of play left he was taken off so he could milk the applause that he has earned during his time at the club. The end of an era, Nino goes with the best wishes of the fans and our eternal gratitude and we will always remember his goals.
It’s never too late to show pride, CD Tenerife are finishing their relegation season with a flourish, even throwing in an away victory at Albacete by 2-1. The list of players missing through injury and suspension was a long one but coach Amaral has shown he has faith in the talented local youngsters from the high flying B team. This time Ayoze and Moreno made full debuts and both did themselves and the club proud.
Sadly the drop to semi professional football means it’s shop window time for most of the senior players, Omar is one tipped to move on, he had an early chance but hit the post. Nino is a national Tenerife treasure and won’t be allowed to leave without major protests and pledges, again he was in inspiring form and won a penalty after 29 minutes and calmly stepped up to make it 1-0 to Tenerife.
Holding a lead has been a problem this season, a home break after 40 minutes stretched the CDT defence and Tato grabbed a leveller. Nino could have restored the advantage but found the woodwork against him just before the break. Tenerife came back out charged up, Bertran and Prieto (above) went close but with the pressure off the team there was always a chance of something special.
Julio Alvarez has discovered some form at last, too late to save him from the list of shame among fans but it was still good to see him convert a Omar pass after 75 minutes to make it 2-1 to Tenerife. German came on for Omar and gave the side even more of a youthful feel but it was still old hand Nino with 2 more raids on goal and experienced goalie Aragoneses with a super save that made sure Tenerife finished on top.
King Canute couldn’t hold back the sea and CD Tenerife couldn’t keep postponing relegation from the Segunda Division, that wall was breached so many times throughout the season and the damage was done. There are still 3 games to go but this 3-2 home win over Valladolid was full of fighting spirit and some good football but the next morning a win for rivals Nastic opened the trap door.
Tenerife took the lead after 15 minutes via a Dubarbier chip on the left, Nino could have already opened the scoring just before but the rebound from his shot eluded Iriome. There were again big gaps on the terraces, 6,150 is way down on the 16,000 that were turning up for most of the season. The lead was soon surrendered as Valladolid exploited the weakness on the right of defence that is known as captain Marc Bertran, Jofre set up Guerra who finished well.
One of the constant problems this season has been the alarming number of yellow and red cards accumulated by CDT, Luna was off after 20 minutes but can feel very hard done by, the referee made a pretty savage call. It was going to be tough with 10 men and 5 minutes before half time a loose ball hit Bertrans hand and Sisi flighted a measured free kick to beat Sergio and make it 2-1 for the visitors. There was half time doom and gloom in the welcome shade at the back of the main stand but Omar and Josmar came on for the second half and changed the course and mood of the game. Nino is a little fire cracker up front for CD Tenerife, he had been smouldering slowly in the first half but ignited with the fresh young legs to help him and when the ball broke to him he charged at the goal and lashed his shot into the net. There was an air of defiance and relish about that shot that didn’t go unnoticed by the crowd and as his name rang out around the stadium his God like status increased by another few notches.
Another young gun, German, a big scorer with the B team came on soon after and added to the growing feeling of confidence. The latest home grown talent will be a key player in next seasons vastly changed line up but showed that he is ready to impress now. As another wave was launched at Valladolid German conjured the ball in the goal area and popped a cool pass back to Nino who banged in his 15th goal of the season.
Relegation was again on hold and the crowd had plenty to cheer about, all we have yearned for in these dark times is a show of spirit and hunger from our fallen heroes and this was it. Next season is going to be tough but at least the local young players offer hope for the future.
Fired up by the fans protests ringing in their ears the CD Tenerife players came out hungry to tear Recreativo apart, well that was the idea but it was another half hearted display in a dour midfield battle. A generous last minute penalty allowed Nino to grab the first win in 2 months and Sundays defeat for Nastic kept the gap to safety at 11 points with 5 games to go.
The frustration and anger of the fans came to a head with a pre match demonstration outside the dressing room side of the stadium. Around 300 fans turned out with banners and chants aimed at the board and the players for the way they have dragged the club to the brink of semi professional football down in Segunda B, the third tier of Spanish football. Some of the fans boycotted the first 10 minutes of the game but many more voted with their feet, the open spaces on the terraces told their own story in a 6,872 crowd.
The game itself was devoid of passion, Recreativo in a comfortable 10th place had nothing to play for but showed more urgency, Tenerife goalie Sergio Aragoneses was on top form and rescued his team mates several times in the first half. Dani tested him after 10 minutes and Asen forced another great stop after 34 minutes but most of the action was in the centre of the park.
Mikel Alonso started for Tenerife and bossed the midfield, he’s the sort of experienced head next seasons young home grown team might need. Ricardo alongside him had a poor game, he could be one of many heading for the exit when the dust settles on this letdown of a season.
Nino was the only real offensive threat for the home side, he picked up a 5th yellow card of the season during the first half and will miss the Wednesday game at table topping Betis, as if that wasn’t a hard enough game. Hidalgo battled well just behind Nino but there was no real end product and at half time we all feared the worst.
The second half opened with a good chance for Ricardo but the CD Tenerife midfielder shot high of the target. Coach Amaral took off young gun Omar for Juanlu, a slightly puzzling call but his next change was to bring on B team goal scorer German for Durbarbier. The young forward looked promising even though he was playing rather deep. Former home defender Martinez nearly made a dream return early in the second half with a header that went close.
It looked like a certain draw but in the last minute the Recreativo keeper Fabricio charged out with German bearing down on him. The stopper cleared the ball but clattered the young striker in the process, it could have gone either way but the ref blew for a Tenerife penalty and Nino coolly stroked the ball wide of the keepers dive.
The escape hatch is still slightly open but with the league title in their sights Betis are odds on to slam the door shut on Wednesday night. The plummeting crowds are a major worry and a taster of what life could well be like for the hard core fans next season.
The noose is tightening, a 2-1 defeat at Granada leaves CD Tenerife 14 points away from safety with just 6 games to go and 18 points to play for, and that’s assuming that our rivals don’t pick up any more points. It was the old story, a tease early on, a promise of better things then bang – reality.
Pablo Sicilia headed an early lead finishing off a tempting free kick cross from Julio Alvarez, Iriome spurned a welcoming goalmouth and then Granada started to play. Ighalo was a constant danger for the home side and should have done better than shooting into the side netting after 30 minutes. The first half ended with the same player having his goal ruled out for offside although Melli was playing him onside.
Sergio Aragoneses kept Granada at bay in the second half with some fine saves but once Melli had been sent off for a second yellow card after 59 minutes,the game was slipping away. Ighalo finished coolly with little pressure from the Tenerife defence, that levelled the game and with just over 10 minutes left sub Prieto lunged at the ball and put it in his own net.
It was good to see free scoring B team player German get 5 minutes of action at the end, his time will come next season but most of this side will be long gone by then.
How low is low? For CD Tenerife fans it seems that as soon as we think it can’t get any worse it does, this 1-0 home defeat to Villareal B drew just 8,600 fans, half of what we were getting a month ago. In the week leading up to the game there were calls for fans to boycott the first 10 minutes in protest but many didn’t show at all and another inept display left the rest of us wondering why we bothered.
It’s two months since the last win and relegation looks certain. The mood of the hard core fans has changed, they came not to praise the players but to bury them. Normally Tenerife make a bright start before fading but this time they looked poor from the off; sloppy passes, half hearted tackles, no ideas, and not much effort. Villareal arrived on a downward trend but the Heliodoro stadium is no longer a fortress, more like a gift shop. Teams know they can sit back and bide their time and grab goals on the break. Falque nearly took the lead after 10 minutes but couldn’t punish the slow home defence.
It’s got so bad that central defender Luna was replaced after just 22 minutes, he had an early booking and we can’t trust our players not to get sent off, his replacement Melli experienced the same tactical withdrawal in the last home game. Villareal stepped up a gear after 32 minutes and scored on the break through crisp passing and an eye for goal that saw Falque grab the lead. Nino, home captain for the day, went close just before the break but saw his shot drift wide with no one on hand to tap it in.
The normally animated Grada Popular end of the ground was seated in near silence for the second half. Natalio came on for Omar but made little difference. Iriome (top pic) created a few chances but his last touch let him down and his penalty appeal after going down in the box was more hopeful than confident.
The only bright spot these days comes in small bursts from emerging Venezuelan player Josmar (below), he took to the field after 66 minutes and immediately caused the visitors problems. The tricky forward is a breath of fresh air among the foul stench of defeat and decay that hangs over the Santa Cruz ground, he is a bit light weight and bundled off the ball easily but he can beef up a bit, the raw talent is clearly there and has already been noticed by several Primera spies.
Even Nino is getting ground down by the constant defeats, he squared up to Dutra after the Villareal man bundled him over. There was no sign of salvaging the day. Nino set up Natalio with 10 minutes left but he couldn’t finish and Julio’s injury time shot hardly troubled the visiting keeper. As chants of abuse were directed at the Tenerife players the rain came and the match fizzled out. When relegation is confirmed it will be almost a relief to us long suffering fans, they shoot horses don’t they?