Real Sociedad, Hércules, and Levante. Those are your 3 new La Liga members for the 2010-11 season. Now that La Segunda has drawn to a close (with Real Betis missing out on promotion thanks to head-to-head with Levante), we can welcome these new boys to town.
Real Sociedad – 2009-10 Segunda champions return to the Primera after a 3-year absence. They were dropped after the 2006-07 season when they finished 19th (35pts, 8W-11D-19L, 32GF 47GA). You might remember that as the year that Barça caved and lost the title on head-to-head to thems from the capital. They have twice won the La Liga and did it in successive years: 1980-81 and 1981-82 and have finished 2nd twice, most recently in 2002-03 when they were overtaken on matchday 37 by thems from the capital.
They’re from San Sebastián, known as Donostia in Basque, in the upper reaches of Spain. The city is small (fewer than 200,000 residents), but has a fantastic beach (Bahía de La Concha), a rich cultural heritage, and something that Pep no doubt loves to visit: the longest running jazz festival in Europe.
Hércules CF – Oh, you mighty warrior, you. Your last appearance in La Primera was in 1996-97, when you finished 21st (it was the last year with 22 teams), just 2 points behind 20th placed Sevilla. Those were wild times, man. Truly wild. Extramadura was in the Primera! And Compostela finished 11th! Oh wow. The memories. What? No, I don’t want to talk about where Barça ended up that year. Or who our leading scorer was. Or how fucking Hércules beat us twice that year. I don’t want to talk about it!
Just for that they’re destined for the bottom 3 next year…even they did score more goals than the Segunda champions this year and let in fewer. Wait. What the hell is wrong with La Segunda? I wish I knew, but let’s just put it this way: We will hopefully be able to be their Nessus, except without our death. Dammit, that analogy didn’t work all that hot. Okay, so how about this: We’ll be like Nessus, but instead of Hércules killing us, we’ll take his poison arrow and shove it up his [this is a family friendly site! -ed].
Hércules is based in Alicante, a city of some 350,000 people in the southern part of the Valencian Community. It apparently has some neat stuff or whatever. I don’t know cause I can’t stop thinking about how much I want to destroy Hércules.
Levante UD – Another Valencia club? Come on, now. They too have a bat on their symbol, but aren’t down with orange theme. They were last in La Primera waaayy back in 2007-08, when they finished dead last with just 26pts and the worst goals for (37) and goals against (75) record in the league. Blech. The highest they’ve finished in La Liga is 10th back in 1963-64 when there were only 16 teams in La Liga. But they won the Copa del Rey…in 1937…so that’s pretty awesome.
Their city is fairly famous, what with it being Valencia and all, so there’s not much to talk about there, really. Blah blah culture, oranges, bats, whatever. Let’s just get hyped to crush Hércules and send them back down to La Segunda…along with some periquitos, perhaps?