Finally Real Mallorca scored a goal and went on to win their first game of the season last Sunday. A goal from Dani Rodriguez in the 85th minute over a 10 man Sabadell team was pretty much the only highlight of a very dull game. In a way I’m glad we haven’t been allowed in the ground for the past two games as let’s face it the games have been like a dog with fleas. Nevertheless it’s gets them off the mark and hopefully a bit of confidence going forward. I talked about the lack of goals last week without Budimir playing. Alegría played in the first game and Abdón has started the last two but neither have troubled the onion bag. I noticed this week Alex Lopez is back at the club after a years loan with Extremadura. Why not put him in or at least on the bench? He did ok when he was with us in Segunda B and Segunda last time out. The really strange thing is that we’ve loaned out Pablo Valcarce to SD Ponferradina who are in the same league and guess what, he’s scored 2 goals in 3 games! Another name in the frame is Angel Rodado, who’s currently playing at UD Ibiza. He was a Mallorca B player scoring 17 goals in Segunda B in the 2016/17 season. In 2018 he was given a free transfer to UD Ibiza where he’s been banging in goals for fun, scoring 68 goals in 2 seasons. There’s no news of what will happen with Budimir right now. We’re less than a week away from the transfer window closing with as far as I know no movement yet. But Mallorca have been busy in the market.
This past week they’ve signed Argentinian left back Braian Cufre from Velez Sarsfield on a 4 year deal for 1.2 million euros. Spanish winger Jordi Mboula has arrived in a 1.7 million euros 4 year deal from Monaco. And Brazilian winger Murilo de Souza has arrived on a 1 year loan deal from Braga with an option to buy.
Going out is Pablo Chavarría who has left on a free transfer to Malaga. Also Yannis Salibur has gone on a free to Turkish club Fatih Karagumruk.
After this Saturday’s game against Tenerife at 18.15, Lago Junior (Ivory Coast), Martin Valjent (Slovakia), Ante Budimir (Croatia), Aleksandar Trajkovski (Macedonia) and Iddrisu Baba (Ghana) will go and join their respective countries squads.
Atlético Baleares have built a temporary stand at the North End of their stadium to match the one at the South end. The Club has 1,900 season ticket holders currently and with the new stand, there’s capacity for 4,000 people. They’ve signed Ferran Corominas from the Indian Super League on a free transfer. “Coro” has played 241 games in La Liga for Espanyol, Elche and Osasuna.
UD Poblense have currently just over 700 season ticket holders. They are preparing for the XLVIII Trofeu Agricultura on the 10th of October against Real Mallorca B.
Ud Ibiza won their latest friendly in La Manga against UCAM Murcia by 2-1. They’ve released a new video campaign for season ticket holders.
Peña Deportiva will travel to UD Ibiza this coming Sunday the 4th at 12 Midday behind closed doors. In their last 2 friendlies they lost to Villareal B 2-0 and drew 1-1 against CD Roda.
In local football I tweeted the Balearic football federation (FFIB) this week to ask why the younger age groups of Alevin, Benjamin and Pre-Benjamin have been told that they won’t start their football matches until January. It seems a strange decision that they’ve allowed them to go training this week but won’t allow them to play games for another 3 months. With schools having gone back with seemingly little problems so far and other countries like the UK have allowed kids of all ages to return to football. I checked with a few people back home who manage kids teams and they say they do have protocols in place but they are playing games. Over here the ban seems a bit extreme to me.
So I tweeted the Federation to find out why. They said they wanted to protect the younger ones and they were being guided by the Health Administration.
Cata Coll was born in Portol, Mallorca. She’s played for Sant Marcel, Cide, Marratxí and Collerense, here in Mallorca. She was bought by Barcelona last year and sent out on loan to Sevilla. She’s now back in Barcelona and looking to break into their first team. Whilst here on the island she was training at the Pablo Roca goalkeeping school where ny youngest son goes. She also trained with Jude a few times too. Another success story for the islands local football teams.
Episode 10 of A Kick in The Balearics will be out tomorrow on you tube and on podcast on too. We have just launched on Spotify on Apple iTunes and on all smart speakers through the Tunein radio App. If you have any interesting stories on your local Balearic club then please get in touch and follow us on all social media.
Take care everyone, I’m back at the Weekend.
Richie presents the Radio One Mallorca Breakfast show Monday to Friday 07.30-11.00am on 93.8fm in Mallorca and 102fm in Calvià, online at www.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!
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