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They’re Back: Cadiz CF return to La Liga

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2020-21 Overview

This season La Liga Santander features a second team nicknamed the “Yellow Submarine.” In addition to Villarreal, the 2020-21 season also sees the small southwestern city of Cadiz take its place among the 20 elite clubs.

La Liga SmartBank leaders for most of 2019/20, Cadiz were the first team to secure promotion, bringing huge celebrations as top-flight football returns to this fun-loving Andalusian city for the first time in 14 years.

Cadiz CF has a long history but not a lot to celebrate in the way of trophies. Founded in 1910, one of Cadiz’s biggest contribution over the decades, no matter the category they were playing, was the traditional summer ‘Trofeo Carranza’ pre-season tournament in which some of the biggest clubs in Spain and South America took part. The team is also known for the atmosphere that their historic, small stadium provides: Nuevo Estadio Ramón de Carranza has just 25.000 seats. The atmosphere is described as hot and colourful.

Current coach Álvaro Cervera is a former Racing Santander player and later coach who took over the reigns in April 2016 with the team in the third division. He guided Cadiz to promotion to the second division and has not let up. Nicknamed ‘el Simeone del Cadiz’, Cervera has described the team’s counter-attacking game plan as “rob and run”.

Their goalkeeper and team captain is 41-year-old Alberto Cifuentes. He has played under Cervera all through the club’s rise, while former Sevilla, Getafe, and Las Palmas centre-back Juan Cala, 30, and ex-Atlético Madrid, Schalke and Watford midfielder Jose Manuel Jurado, 34 also bring experience. Another talented squad member is former Real Madrid youth team member Alex Fernández, 27, who scored 12 goals last season from midfield.

Cadiz has already added former Spanish international striker Álvaro Negredo for the new season.

First Impression

The newly promoted Cádiz started its 2020/21 La Liga season with a clash against Osasuna at home in the Nuevo Estadio Ramon de Carranza. Manager Álvaro Cervera’s side, after finishing second in the Segunda División, came into this fixture hoping to upset Jagoba Arrasate’s Pamplona side – a team that impressed everyone finishing tenth in their first season after promotion.

Osasuna managed to edge past the newly promoted side 2-0, with goals from Rubén García and Adrián López.

La Liga 2020/21: Cádiz vs Osasuna - tactical analysis tactics
Starting Eleven for Cadiz CF (left) and Osasuna (right) in Round 1 of La Liga 2020-21.

Cádiz lined up in a 4-2-3-1 with José Mari and Sergio González as the double pivot. Former Manchester City forward Álvaro Negredo started as the sole striker, supported by Jorge Pombo and Salvi Sánchez from the wings.

2020 Season Highlights Through Five Rounds

Although they didn’t get the result in their first match of the season, results since then have been better. Through its first five matches of 2020-21, Cadiz CF has 2 wins, 2 losses and a draw. While Cervera, his squad and the city of Cadiz will bring extra colour to LaLiga Santander, they also plan to make a serious impression. There is great expectation that Cadiz is a club that can pull off just enough surprises to remain in the top flight.

Their most recent outing saw the Yellow Submarine come from behind to draw the men from the Alhambra 1-1.

Cadiz CF 1-1 Granada CF in Round 5 of La Liga Santander 2020-21.

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By Ken Russo

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