Christmas cheer

Christmas is a quiet time for football in Spain. The teams break on the last Sunday before the 24th and usually are off until about the 28th. They then start to train and they play their first game in January. The first two games of the season are away although I hope to go to both. The first is in Alcala de Henares in the outskirts of Madrid and the second in Vecindario, Gran Canaria. This second is the first organised trip of the season and the first organised trip I have been on. We are going with the Zoneros who are one of the newer fan clubs although now one of the bigger groups.

I was at their christmas presentation where the littlest members were presented with kits from the club. This was a great even and I was honoured to be there. They were also at the same time presented with a plaque from the Irish Clan, theCDT´s latest peña (fan club) for the assistance given by the Zoneros last weekend in the collection of food and toys in the last game of the season.

There have been information in the papers that the club has found some solutions for some of their financial problems. The plot of land where the youth teams train in La Laguna is heavily mortgaged and with little income the club has had difficulties. This month "EL Dia" claims the island government will take over part of the mortgage and part of the land (the back plot). The front plot will be taken over by local businessmen which leaves the club with the main training area and access to their plot. And considerably less debts. More information will be available in the AGM held at the end of this week. President Miguel Concepcion has promised to talk after the meeting to the press.

Although there are still rumours about possible signings nothing has been confirmed and I think it may well be towards the end of the month of January before we hear anything. Someone talked to me that Omar might be coming back but I can't find any source for this.

The club website today has an article withan interview with two of the strongest voices in the dressing room, Sergio Aragoneses and Kiko Raton. Their comments included their hopes for the rest of the season, how they plan to play for everything, how loyal they feel to the team, the club and the fans. "It is incredible this year, 9,000 season ticket holders, how much that helps. At home we need to be invincible as we have been up to now.  and we need to create an special atmosphere for the 10 game that are left especially against our direct rivals".
They both hope to take the team back to professional football where it belongs for the fansto bring them some happiness, especally in times like these where football has a special part in peoples hearts.


CD Tenerife 2- 2 Marino de Luanco

I have a very positive nature and am sure everything will come right soon but the final result yesterday was a great pity. CD Tenerife looked really good yesterday in the first half. They had chances and made the most of them. Not sure about the beginning of the second half, but the team is still third and going into the winter break in play off positions is a good thing.
The fans were very fed up with the final result and there was twice a call for the coach Calderon to go. In his interview afterwards he stated, "We worked hard to secure our position but it didn't work out". when asked about the fans he commented that, "I am pleased that the fans come week after week. I have the management support and consequently will go on training".
 The players are off now until after xmas and they then start to train for the game against Alcala de Henares on the  8th of January. It will be interesting to see if we have new players by then.

CD TENERIFE                      2 (2)

Sergio Aragoneses; Cristóbal, Sergio Rodríguez (Jonay, 65’), Kitoko, Ayoze; Zazo, David Medina (Ferrán Tacón, 63’), Chechu Flores (Marcos, 63’), Víctor Bravo; Perona &  Kiko Ratón.

Rafa Ponzo; Luis Cuenca, Alex, José Ángel, Castaño; Guaya, Sergio Prendes, Queipo (Carnero, 73’), Villanueva (Arias, 70’); Pablo & Titi (Prieto, 91’).

Valentín Pizarro, from Madrid. Yellow cards for local player V. Bravo and visitors Queipo  Rafa Ponzo.

1-0: (32’) Kiko Ratón, with a header. 2-0: (44’) Perona, after a kick away by 
the keeper 2-1: (51’) Pablo, with a short kick into the goal. 2-2: (78’) Arias, who put the ball in after he passed the keeper.
Played in the Heliodoro. With the grounds in good condition, on a sunny morning in front of 6.441 spectators. CD Tenerife gifted l Marino de Luanco memorial gift to celebrate their first visit here in the Heliodoro.


1000 apologies

I always liked the concept of 1000 apologies and right now it seems appropriate. This week has been chaotic and I haven´t managed to blog at all. After a period of negotiation we signed a rental contract with the club last week and are now renting the shop site they have underneath the club offices. We opened Monday  after two days sorting out the shop and on Sunday a visit to Gran Canaria to go to Primark. ( For home not for work).We are open Monday to Friday from 10.00 to 13.30 and 16.00 to 20.00, Saturday we are open all day until the weekend of the 6th and after that from 10.00 to 14.00.

I had picked last weekend to journey across the water as it was clear that the game in Oviedo wouldn't be televised, thinking it would be more or less quiet. You know what they say about the best laid plans!!!

The team had to lose a game at some point  and better now away against Oviedo who were destined to be strong even if they had a bad start than later when we have the run up to the end of the season. Listening on the radio they played well and were just unlucky with a great shot at goal. We are still fourth and the game against Marino del Luanco should be three points for us.

The sale of second round season tickets  seems to be going well and fans are coming through the shop looking for blue and white gifts for their loved ones.

The team break for the Holidays after the game and will be back after xmas. There is talk about a trip to Vecindario but I haven't yet seen anything confirmed. There seem to be various names in the pot for the  forward who might come and I will update the facebook page with the news articles as I read them.            

Have a great day and hope to see you in the stadium tomorrow.


Better played but only a draw

In one of the better games this season CD Tenerife only managed a draw. 0-0 was the starting and final result in a very balanced game.

CD Tenerife let Atlético de Madrid B (0-0) get away with a draw in a very balanced game. The blue and whites played a good first half and in the second half slightly let their guard down. In the first few minutes Víctor Bravo, Perona, Tacón & Chechu could have scored. The audience were awesome and with almost 9,000 people in the stadium it was the best audience in Segunda B and only two stadiums had better crowds in segunda. Las Plamas wasn't one of them. The first half was even and at the break the result was still 0-0. Calderón again chose to put Kitoko in central defence something we saw several games last year too. David Medina was therefore in midfield with Marcos. In the second half Atletico had more chances and Calderón made the fist changes offensively bringing on Kiko Ratón & Nico for Marcos & Chechu. In the last few minutes the opponents went all out for a win and Aragoneses (71’) saved the ball from a shot by Fer and shortly after, Pedro Martín (73’) put the ball over the bar. CD Tenerife kept on trying and Kiko Raton fought hard as the minutes passed. The score never changed and CD Tenerife has now played eight games at home without a loss, a position that it is a privilege to be in. There are only three games left of the fist round and next weekend the team are away to a side who are also fighting hard for a play off position.

 Game Notes

 CD TENERIFE                        0 (0)

 CD TENERIFE Sergio Aragoneses; Cristóbal, Jonay, Kitoko, Ayoze; David Medina (Tarantino, 86’), Marcos Rodríguez (Kiko Ratón, 61’), Chechu (Nico, 61’), Víctor Bravo; Ferrán Tacón & Perona.

ATLÉTICO DE MADRID B Iago; Regalón, César Ortiz, Míchel, Javi Cantero; Fer, Sergio Marcos, Omar Santana (Ndoye, 68’), Saúl (Luque, 74’); Noguera (Gerard, 84’) & Pedro Martín. REFEREE Iván González, from the Balearic islands. Yellow card for local player Víctor Bravo; and for visitors Fer & Omar Santana.



Played in the Heliodoro Rodríguez López stadium with the ground in good condition on a cool morning with 8.920 spectators.

Agenda for the week 5 - 12 December 2011

The team will train twice in 

Asturias before the game 

against Oviedo.

Agenda for the week 5  - 12 December 2011
El Mundialito
Tuesday--Day off
Wednesday10.30El MundialitoTraining
Thursday-HeliodoroPress conference Antonio Calderón
Thursday-HeliodoroList of players
Friday07.15-Tenerife Norte-Madrid
Friday--Estancia Hotel Las Lomas


Money trail

There has been a lot of talk on line this week about the clubs finances. The accounts for the season 10/11 were released and they make for sad reading. There is no question if we had stayed in La Liga we would have been better off. But things are what they are. Without doubt the team can not afford to stay too long in Segunda B.

Figures released for the last season have been compared with the previous years in the press and the figures here are from the Zonablanquiazul website.
Television money was 14 million for the year in primera, 2,5 million last year and 70,000 this year for the season. There will be extra money should the club make the playoffs.
Season tickets
There was 6 million euros taken in season tickets in primera and 2,950,000€ last year. This years figures haven't been released but with nearly 5,000 less season ticket holders and a 30% reduction in cost it will be considerably less.
Stadium publicity
In primera was 1,1 million and segunda was 580,000€

The club has as an asset the land in Geneto which has been valued at 15.885.884 euros (not sure when) and the Cabildo has promised to buy this. They will be purchasing it but they have already given the club 4,2 million against the purchase which is what the club played the players with in June.
The debts total 38.269.956,45 euros, of which 21.476.935,52 need to be paid off before the 30 of June 2012 and the rest 16.793.020,93 is on longer term loans. In the short term loans there are 4,7 million which were due last June and have still not been replayed so perhaps there is room for manoeuvre.