Sevilla FC Tours CadizBy: Joshua | July 7th, 2010
First, I want to congratulate Jesús Navas and the rest of La Furia Roja on making it to the country’s first World Cup Final! While Navas hasn’t seen action since the group stages, it is a great accomplishment to be on the team, and considering he is warming the bench along with players like David Silva, Cesc Fabregas, and Fernando Torres, I don’t think he should feel too bad. Del Bosque only uses Navas when Iniesta in not on the field. I don’t think I have seen both on the field through any of the warm-ups or World Cup. So, as long as Iniesta remains in superb form, I don’t think we will see Navas in the final at any time where the outcome is not already decided.
Sevilla FC has announced via website that several summer fixtures have been scheduled around the province of Cadiz, España beginning immediately after the World Cup. While I am sure Jesús Navas will be granted a reprieve from training with the team for a while, this trip could require him to leave Sevilla for the neighboring province almost immediately after his return from South Africa. Though, it is not like the team will be that far from home, as we are talking about an hour and a half commute to give you a sense of the actual distance—they’re not even leaving Andalucía!
Current fixtures are as follows:
July 16 – Chiclana CF—Estadio Municipal — Chiclana de la Frontera, España
Chiclana plays in the Primera División de Andalucía. Chiclana finished 7th overall in the division with a total of 53 points, 63 goals scored, and a goal differential of +17.
This will feature a selection of both CD Rota and UD Roteña players. Like Chiclana, the clubs both play in the Primera División de Andalucía, where the finished respectively in 11th and 12th place. CD Rota scored 42 goals and gave up 47, while Roteña scored 50 and conceded 57 goals; therefore, both teams have a negative goal differential.
July 23—CD San Fernando—South Bay
San Fernando, also plays in the Primera División de Andalucía, and boasts a respectable 2nd place finish in that division. CD San Fernando scored 74 goals and conceded only 33 giving them a whopping +41 goal differential. The club’s top scorer is Puli, who netted 27 goals for the Cadiz club.
As with most summer friendly matches, none of these are top-tier clubs. So, as we see the scores coming in, or evaluate new transfers let’s remember that. For some of these players on the smaller clubs, it will be the first time they get to play against world-class athletes. Monchi commented on the trip, “They are training with public which is the style that Antonio uses, but we cannot forget that at this time workloads are much larger and it is very difficult to assess the level that the team can offer in the future.” He added, while apparently forgetting about the World Cup, “It is a moment where everyone is hungry for soccer. The benevolence of the Cádiz beaches bring many Sevilla people to the area and there is a mixture of Sevilla and Cadiz fans … It is a tribute to the fans so they can see their idols up close.”
Below is a highlight video showing the Cadiz trip of 2008: