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Soccer: Pulido-Real Sociedad Bakery in the Cup

Yesterday's Cup draw left us pairings of ten First-class teams (all of them already entered the hype except those who play the Super Cup, Atlético


Yesterday’s Cup draw left us pairings of ten First-class teams (all of them already entered the hype except those who play the Super Cup, Atlético, Barça, Madrid and Athletic) with as many regional teams, whose names do not always allow us to deduce which area of ​​Spain correspond. Other first ones face teams from the Second RFEF, which emerged, like the First RFEF, from a restructuring of the old Second B. All the modest ones who have entered the hype have done so after passing previous qualifying rounds, or for a place in the Cup. Federation or, in two cases, by good classification the previous year.

It is a confusing system to explain but fair and that serves to take the illusion of the Cup to depths never before explored in Spain. Although yes in other places. In France, many amateur teams are involved, many from overseas, and it is a classic to comment on the surprises of each year. In England anyone who wants to can federate a team and enter the Cup, as far as it goes. There is a very funny novel (How we got to the Wembley final, by JL Carr), which fables the feat of an amateur team that after beating all the contour reaches the final winning in its town of 547 neighbors United, Liverpool and Arsenal.

Today stands out on our TVs, radios and newspapers a group of humble clubs paired with greats of our football. Pulido San Mateo-Real Sociedad Bakery is the most extreme example. Arrived there by acquired merits, today they live a day of glory and very soon a box office and an extra income for television. It saddens me to think that many will give up their field, with no lighting or hardly any bleachers, to play in a nearby one, with better conditions. And I don’t think any of them go as far as Carr’s purported finalist, but everyone dreams of passing this round. And if they don’t, at least they will have written the best page in their history.