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Cádiz CF: The Other Yellow Submarine

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Villarreal's opponents in the Copa del Rey have had their moments in the Primera sun. Find out more about Cádiz CF.

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Villarreal make the long trip to Andalusia to play the first leg of the Copa del Rey against Cádiz CF.  Unless you are a longtime Spanish soccer fan, you probably don't know much (if anything) about Cadiz, because apart from one season (2005-06, when they finished 19th and were immediately relegated) the southern Yellow Submarine has been mired in the depths of the lower divisions.  They currently play in the Segunda B.

Yes, their nickname is also the "Yellow Submarine" (El Submarino Amarillo) and while there is much debate as to which club acquired the nickname first, there can be little doubt that Cadiz fit the name better in its Primera time--from 1985 to 1993, they were submerged in the relegation zone for much of the season before rising to safety.

Cadiz's most famous player is doubtless Mágico González, the striker from El Salvador who partied hard off the pitch but played hard on it--this article in El Pais has a video showing some of his skills.

Apart from the same nickname and similar strip (Cadiz play in yellow tops with blue shorts, as Villarreal used to do until relatively recently) both clubs were managed by 'Paquito' (Francisco García Gómez); he headed up Cadiz in 1985-86, later coached Villarreal (1999-2000, getting us back to the Primera, again as interim coach in 2002 and 2004, he also was the academy director and head of our 'affiliated club' CD Onda).

The two teams have met only twice in recent years.  During the 2005-06 season, Villarreal drew 1-1 in Cadiz, and drew 1-1 in El Madrigal.   Before that, we were in the Segunda Division together from 1970-72 and in the 1993-94 season.

So what about now?  Well, you should recognize at least one of their players, Airam Cabrera.  The burly centre-forward has five goals for them so far, and had 23 last year.  He's done well in the Segunda B, but had unsuccessful stops at Lugo, Numancia and Cordoba after playing for our B team.

Cadiz play in a great stadium, about the size of El Madrigal, with strange floodlights.  Chris Clements describes the stadium and its rebuilding here.

More about the team selection, and a bit more of a preview, on Wednesday.  Endavant!!