Balearics Still Producing World Class Players

Real Mallorca are now in second place, two points behind the leaders Espanyol, with Almeria 5 points back in third. Espanyol beat bottom of the table Albacete 0-3, Mallorca drew 1-1 away at Las Palmas and Almeria lost at home 0-1 to Rayo Vallecano.

If i was offered a point before the game, I think i would have taken it. They’d beaten us at home 0-1 and they were fresh from a 6-1 gubbing of Lugo. Mallorca are now five points clear of Almería, which is six if you take in the head to head. It’s Almería v Espanyol in 2 wks so someone or both are going to drop points. There’s nine games to go and you have to say automatic promotion is in Mallorca’s hands. These are the fixtures left with the result they achieved earlier in the season.

Mallorca v Lugo (won 0-1)

Castellón v Mallorca (won 2-0)

Sabadell v Mallorca (won 1-0)

Mallorca v Mirandes (drew 0-0)

Malaga v Mallorca (won 3-1)

Mallorca v Alcorcon (won 0-2) 

Tenerife v Mallorca (won 2-0)

Mallorca v Zaragoza (drew 0-0)

Ponferradina v Mallorca ( won 3-0)

None of the above are in the top 6 and as you can see Mallorca won seven, drew two and lost none in the corresponding game earlier in the season. 

In Segunda B and below we have reached the second round of matches with teams playing to fit into the new pyramid system in Spanish football. They are taking the points accrued in the first half of the season and using a points per game system.  

Atlético Baleares started their next round of games with a 1-0 win over CD Don Benito. They need to finish in the top two to go up and they are currently third. 

UD Poblense had a good 2-1 win over Villarubia. They are currently fifth and need to finish in the top three to avoid relegation. 

UD Ibiza surprisingly lost 1-0 in Andorra but due to their dominating performances in their league in the season they are still top of their league. The top three will go into the play-offs for promotion to Segunda where Mallorca currently play. 

Peña Deportiva got a good 1-2 victory away at AE Prat. They are currently top of their league and need to finish in the top three to avoid relegation. 

In Tercera it’s the last games of the current leagues. In Group A, Ibiza Pitiusas, Andratx and Constancia are in the box seats for the promotion play-offs. Manacor has a chance to knock out Constancia but they must win their last game away against Ibiza to stand any chance.

In Group B, Platges de Calvia, Formentera and PE Sant Jordi currently lie in the play-off promotion places. Santanyi and Mallorca B have a slight chance to sneak in but it doesn’t look likely. 

In Division Honor San Francisco, Rcd Mallorca and Penya Arrabal will need to finish in the top four to play in the top division next season. With points taken into account from the early part of the season, San Fran are top, Mallorca second and Penya eighth. If they don’t they will play in Juvenil Nacional next season. 

It was Champions League quarter finals this past week and it was refreshing to see two players from Mallorca playing for two of the teams. Marco Asensio, who started his career at Playas de Calvia and followed by Mallorca, was starting and scoring for Real Madrid against Liverpool. Mateu Morey who was born in Petra and played for Petra, Manacor and Real Mallorca here on the island. He then went to Barcelona but suffered a serious knee injury and was transferred to Borussia Dortmund. He started at right back for Dortmund against Man City at the Etihad on Tuesday night. 

Take care everyone. 

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! 

Follow him on Twitter @DadTaxi1 & Instagram @dad.taxi or feel free to email him at rprior@globobalear.com 

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