CD Tenerife, So Much More Than Just A Game

Wed, December 8th, 2010 - By Colin

Game cancelled due to Air Traffic Controllers strike.  Not something you would see on your usual football round up but for CD Tenerife it was a bizarre way to end a mini revival. The last year has been traumatic to put it mildly for the pride of Santa Cruz. After promotion to La Primera and games with Barcelona and Real Madrid, the blanquiazuls slipped back down into the Segunda division as the board put reducing the debt ahead of reinforcing the squad.

But at least it would be a winning season with high hopes of a quick return to the top flight. Well that was the plan but after the club failed to offer coach Oltra a new contract, his replacement Arconada found he had inherited a dispirited and unhappy ship and the team languished at the bottom of the table. Exit Arconada, enter Mandia and as our loyal fans continued to pour in, 16,000 plus a game, it was a slow recovery but a draw and 2 straight wins meant lift off. Granada at home couldn’t come quick enough and then the strike stopped them and the referee from travelling – utter frustration.

One thing has remained constant during the good and bad times, the support of the mainly British peña (fan club) Armada Sur. Formed in 1992 they regularly take 2 coach loads of fans from the Costa Adeje, Playa de Las Américas and Los Cristianos areas up to Santa Cruz for good football, good beer and good vocal support. The 2010-2011 season may have brought a drop in status but there is one big silver lining. The chance to cross swords again with derby rivals Las Palmas of Gran Canaria, they come to Tenerife on the January 23/24 weekend, TV will dictate the final date and time. Just as eagerly anticipated is the pilgrimage to Las Palmas to close the season on the first weekend in June. Nearly 2,000 ambassadors for Tenerife fill the ferries for a swash buckling adventure on the high seas with Dorada beer taking the place of rum rations.

We are always optimistic in the Armada Sur, with 6 teams involved in the promotion play offs, introduced this season, there are still feint hopes of gate crashing the end of season party. The club debt has dropped another 6 million euros to 27 million, small fry to what the over stretched big teams owe, and home produced players continue to impress. The latest discovery is Venezuela under 17 captain Josmar Zambrano, a long term youth in his adopted home, he looks like Messi and has a touch of his swagger on the ball.
Live football is still about pride, passion and loyalty in Tenerife, the Heliodoro stadium is a cauldron of noise and colour. Come and see for yourself.

FACT FILE for fixtures and trips to games.
Soy del Tete shop in CC Fañabe Plaza for all the CD Tenerife merchandise.

Posted : Wednesday, December 8th, 2010 at 11:30 am
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