Onwards & Upwards…

Real Mallorca ended their season with a 2-2 draw against Osasuna. They played a mixture of squad players and normal starters and ironically they got a point. They have given it a go which was good to see but their relegation was down to a few factors.
Conceding 65 goals made them the worst in the league.
Collecting just 6 points away from home.
Hardly any top flight experience in the squad.
Playing behind closed doors definitely affected the team.
On Tuesday the club held a press conference which everybody believed would reveal the future of coach Vincente Moreno. Instead all we got was “we want him to stay”. He is contracted to 2022 and has a one million euro release clause that his suitors Espanyol and Alaves do not want to pay. If Mallorca fire him they would have to pay up his contract and forfeit the release clause so they’re hanging on. Not an ideal scenario as the club plan to return from their break on August 12th, with the La Liga 2 beginning on September 12th.
Of the first 11 that played in the penultimate game against Granada here’s my assessment of what they will do next season.
Reina: Has a contract until the end of next season. Will probably stay.
Lumor: End of loan, returning to parent club Sporting CP.
Valjent: Just signed a new contract to the end of the 2022. Possible move.
Raillo: Just signed a new contract to the end of the 2024. Will probably stay.
Pozo: End of loan, returning to parent club Sevilla.
Baba: Has a contract until the end of 2024. Possible move.
Sevilla: Has a contract to the end of next season. Will probably stay.
Rodriguez: Has a contract until the end of 2023. Will probably stay.
Take: End of loan, returning to parent club Real Madrid.
Budimir: Has a contract until the end of next season. Possible move.
Hernandez: End of loan, returning to his parent club Watford.
Four of the team Lumor, Pozo, Take Kubo and Cucho Hernández have gone back to their parent clubs after their loan deals expired and I don’t see any returning. Of the remaining seven players I’d say Budimir, Baba and possibly Valjent could be the only players to move if a bid came in for them. There is still a good core of players that were part of the consecutive promotions and it remains to be seen what happens to the rest of the squad and who they bring in. The club said they were keen to keep investing in the youth system which is good to see. It’s good for local football and the club know that it could be where future money in transfer fees will come. Two players in particular have been promoted to the first team squad from their Juvenil team. 15 year old attacking midfielder Luka Romero and 16 year old left back Rafael Obrador. Both look good prospects and are under long term contracts.
If you look at the relegated teams from last season all have finished in the top half of La Liga 2. Rayo Vallecano finished 7th, Girona 5th and Huesca finished Champions. In fact Huesca also conceded 65 goals in their relegation from La Liga, so Real Mallorca have a good chance to bounce straight back.
Atlético Baleares blew their chances of automatic promotion against Cartagena. In a game of few chances both teams cancelled each other out and it was no surprise that it ended 0-0 after extra time. After 3 penalties each were successfully scored, both Sam Shashoua and Jorge Ortiz missed theirs, so they lost 4-3. Such is how the play-offs work here they do have another opportunity as they now join the teams who finished second,third and fourth in their respective leagues. They will now have to win three games to claim the final play-off promotion place. Starting this Thursday at 20.00 v Cornelia. The team that surprisingly beat UD Ibiza 2-1 at the weekend. I saw UD Ibiza play and beat Atlético Baleares just before the lockdown and thought they looked really strong. Better news for Ibiza’s other team Pena Deportivo who beat Marbella 2-0 and now go on to play CD Castellón also on Thursday at 22.00.
Real Mallorca B who were relegated from Segunda B to Tercera when the first team were relegated to Segunda B three years ago, have the chance to return this weekend when they play Poblense in Santanyi on Saturday at 21.00. It’s a great opportunity for the younger players to get greater experience at a higher level earlier in their career.
Finally this week, me and the Man in San An, Martin Makepeace have decided to do a Balearic Football zoom/podcast. It will take into account Real Mallorca, Atlético Baleares, Ud Ibiza, Pena Deportivo, plus all local football too.
We need a name so feel free to make a suggestion.
Take care everyone, I’m back at the Weekend.
Richie presents the Radio One Mallorca Breakfast show Monday to Friday07.30-11.00am on 93.8fm in Mallorca and 102fm in Calvià, online atwww.radioonemallorca.com on mobile through their free App for IPhone & Android, The Tunein Radio App, iTunes, the Spanish TDT TV service and all smart speakers. If you can’t hear him on the radio then you’ll find him working at Pirates Adventure the islands number one night out and every now and again he may make an understudy appearance!
Follow him on Twitter @DadTaxi1 & Instagram @dad.taxi or feel free to email him at rprior@globobalear.com

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