Well, with all of the “real football” posts that have been going around recently I thought I would hope onto the bandwagon, with my thoughts on the Granada saga, which is apparently dominating Spanish football discussion at the moment.
OK, I won’t do a history of the club , but rather, a little bit of a run up to the issue I am coming to.
This season (2011/12), three new teams will be in the Liga BBVA, after winning promotion from the Liga adelante. Normal so far. The two automatically promoted teams were Rayo and Real Betis, as expected. Normal so far. The next team was a bit more of a surprise, Granada. A team many pundits tipped for mid-table obscurity as usual.
Now, I have nothing against a bit of an underdog coming up and beating all of the odds, but not when they do it this way…
The Granada president Quique Pina was a former football agent and has very close ties to Udinese calcio in Italy. Since becoming president of Granada, he has established very close ties with Udinese which has resulted in Udinese wiping off Granada’s debts and providing them with cash injections and, in essence, creating their wage and transfer budget.
The worst thing, however, is their loan deal. 11 of Granada’s players in the promotion squad were actually from Udinese…
Odion Ighalo- scorer of the goal that clinched promotion
Alex Geijo- scored 24 goals in 34 games
Now, in my opinion this is ridiculous. Granada essentially have no squad, relying solely on these loanees and, as such, they represent nothing about Spanish football, but actually more about the prevalent mercenary attitude in football, with a club losing [...]