Everything that shines in Spanish football is not gold
The players of the Spanish national team and the coaching staff celebrate the title of European indoor soccer champions.
The Spanish futsal team dresses gold like no other and on Saturday reaffirmed its status as the best team of the old continent in the Croatian European . One more example of that in this sport, practiced in Spain by 9’6% of people between 7 and 64 years old and with almost 110,000 federated according to data from the 2010 CSD, there is no rival. Of course, in the face of the fullness of the ‘miniroja’, the health of his League offers troubling ailments.
The economic crisis and the negative impact on small and medium enterprises, main sponsors in the sponsorship of this sport in recent years (real estate and car companies, to a greater extent), have altered the viability of the business and signed deaths of clubs of long trajectory that have been forced to disappear or merge to survive.
Martorel, Pinto, Guadalajara, Móstoles or Boadilla, among others, are examples of populations that have lived in their meats a parquet football that ended in bankruptcy. And Benicarló (Castellón), a Liga semifinalist last season and third-placed last in the present, has been the last victim. “There is no money, the partners approved that we will throw in the towel,” the president of the club, José Antonio Gellida , told 20minutos.es . Point and end.
“The clubs have always lived on public subsidies and the crisis has forced an end, because indoor football is not a priority right now,” says Fernando Jovaní , the club’s physical trainer, Benicarló’s native and one of the last to leave. the ship after five years in it.
We had been traveling in vans for four weeks “We had been traveling in vans for four weeks, washing our coveralls at home, helping each other and waiting for the situation to change.” There have been players who have had their water cut off or others those who have had to lend money for gasoline, “says Jovaní.
It does not seem easy to reach this point in a team that mobilized between 12,000 and 15,000 fans a week in a population of 26,000 inhabitants. Outcome? Poor management accumulated in years of waste; an income of 210,000 euros from an annual sponsorship agreement with the Castellón airport that is not paid; the seizure of accounts that make it impossible for the City Council to grant subsidies; from 670 members, it is passed to 400 because of the crisis, and because of it, the mass of companies that sponsored the team fled.
One season costs 700,000 euros
“A mediocre team in the Honor Division one season costs around 700,000 euros,” says Gellida, president of Benicarló who admits having taken out of his pocket the expenses of the current course with Vice President José Bernat . “We can not say how much money we have put, so as not to affect our families,” he continues.
The criticism of the president is directed, on the one hand, to the National Futsal League- “they do not help us anything and they have a serious problem facing the future” , since he considers that small teams can not assume these budgets. On the other, the “lack of discipline” in the club when the defaults occurred at the start of the season- “everyone here spoke, in other teams no one would have said anything, and that affects the image.” And finally, to the media: “Without the television behind the teams, this level can not be supported” .
Without the television behind the teams, this level can not be supported. The situation does not seem to be isolated. A few teams -Barcelona, Inter Movistar, ElPozo, Caja Segovia or Lobelle, among others in the First Division, and a second- remain healthy. Strong teams, with supports or simply well managed. It is not usual. “In terms of management, the League is a disaster and it is a shame that clubs are allowed to compete despite having debts with players,” describes ‘Gus’, goalkeeper and the last captain of Benicarló FS after the stampede of players in the last period of signings.
” Zamora, Pinto and now Benicarló, they go three times in which they leave me money and this happens in almost all the teams, this time they will be more than 10,000 euros that I will not charge,” he insists.
When asked about Croatia’s gold and the direct impact on the domestic championship, sincerity flows: “I’m glad I know several players, but it’s useless, we give the impression of being the best at this, but the model does not work The money that is earned, for example, could go to the teams, “he says.
Future professional or amateur?
One of the outputs of the quagmire in which this sport is and the players themselves, according to those involved, could be the return to an amateur or semi-professional model. “As the Mirandés does, who trains once a day and leaves freedom and flexibility to their players to be able to have a job in the morning,” says Fernando Jovaní , who considers other solutions as “managers endorse their assets 30% of the project “or that the price of the annual inscription is lowered (100,000 euros are needed just to compete)”.
On the other hand, the National Futsal League is clear that professionalization is the only way to build strong and solvent teams. “Since the arrival of Javier Lozano to the presidency, much emphasis has been placed on the professionalization of structures within a club at all levels – investment, infrastructure, quarry … – and those that best fit will survive. Azkar Lugo is a great example, like Granada (Oxipharma FS), “they say from the League.
Unemployment and patience
“Now the stoppage, to continue training and wait for someone to appear , ” predicts ‘Gus’, who on Wednesday received the ‘letter of freedom’ from the club along with the eight remaining players of the first team and three of the subsidiary.
Unemployment or a hole in First A until next season
The future of them in the short term is gray, since until the end of the season could only fill a gap in First A, after the transfer market closed on January 31 in First and Second Division. Something that would only change if the League granted a time amnesty in the deadline. “It seems unlikely, because it would set a precedent with other teams and it would not be fair,” says Jovaní.
The hours pass, the debts and doubts grow. Roll the ball and always end up paying the same, the ‘humble’ that run.