Guijuelo, La Muela and Lemona. If you don’t know that these clubs are buried in the third line of Spanish football, you probably wouldn’t have heard of Sociedad Deportiva Eibar before 2014. It faces on the weekend. Yes, the Ipurua weekend stadium is located in In the valley of the Ego River, the park is located in the small city of Eibar (with 27,000 inhabitants) because of anonymity.
However, since 2014, a miracle has occurred in the Basque Country-the club’s players are well known that Armaginãk (Armaginãk), accompanied by Cristiano Ronaldo and a star, boarded the Spanish main league. Against Real Madrid, Barcelona is dominated by Leo Messi and other football monsters.
This is just the first miracle. Then, today is one, two, three, four. How does the smallest city club in the exclusive La Liga survive? How can a team whose maximum investment in players does not exceed 5 million euros stay competitive?
The club’s charismatic chairman, Amaia Gorostiza, is part of the answer. Like José Luis Mendilibar, he has been a coach from the first day of his adventure. The third miracle worker is Fran Garagarza, the sports director, who has to sell expensive things year after year and buy cheap ones.
He said in a report in the English-language newspaper The Guardian: “Our secret is that if we win five games, we spend four games.” Like other publications, the pilgrims go to Eibar. Pilgrimage to learn about miracles, when pilgrims invade Fátima, there will be Lourdes, Guadalupe, Aparecida or Medjugorje every year.
From a database of 19,000 athletes, Eibar selects the most suitable person for the club’s (low-level) image-Basques, preferably from an unknown market. Naturally, dozens of and hundreds of non-existent voices were heard, because the salary offered did not match the salary of the competitor, but it turned into yeast. This shows that, at least in this club, these salaries have not failed.
Miracles never end: This year, Armagiñak is at the bottom, and it is more likely than ever to fall. However, if they do fall, they will have a solid foundation to stand up: “Infrastructure creation from the young to the training center, and the sense of belonging is our legacy,” Garagarza said. Therefore, they no longer rely on miracles.