In any major European league to find any paragon what happens in Spain with a municipality poor 51.000 inhabitants by the name of Villarreal. There, in this town in the province of Castellón football team rises, with its ups and downs, In an example of management and sports administration at all levels.
Accustomed to living in the most modest football, Villarreal CF not set foot on the Spanish Second Division B of football to the campaign 1987-88. ephemeral passage that ended three years later with the club back into the well of the Third Division in the early 90. But nevertheless, in just 24 years, the “Yellow Submarine” It has grown from a team of people to be internationally known thanks to their daily work.
True, he has never won a title beyond a Intertoto Cup title if you can call that extinguished preliminary tournament of the former UEFA Cup. It is true, which he has also never played a final of European or simple competition and simple Spanish, but at this time, It has seen the yellow set one step to overcome a semifinal Champions, or finish second in the league five years ago, Two decades ago unthinkable.
It has also hiring huge players. For their ranks have players like Diego Forlan (the golden boot last World 2010), Diego López (Real Madrid goalkeeper), Giuseppe Rossi (top scorer in Serie A) Marco Senna or even who they have preferred other stars involved in this project before other more dimensions (there is the case of Giovanni Dos Santos who preferred his current destination to Valencia or the same Santi Cazorla not signed for Real Madrid in their day).
We said earlier that the exception involves Villarreal can not be seen anywhere else in a big league beyond what he did in his day Parma, although the Italian population triples in the Spanish population (the case of Sassuolo is similar but with the difference that does not fight for the top places). Keys as such a project are varied and are due to a number of causes.
The first and foremost is the direction of Fernando Roig, one of the most important entrepreneurs not only in Spain but in the world, who once he decided to bet on football, and also modest. He has invested part of its assets to form a template quality and have a team in the world elite. Thanks to entrepreneur Valencia, Villarreal is a strong club, especially in the economic sphere, the point of being one of the healthiest in Spain by far.
He has strong bid because your club has big television revenue and because the team has a field and a penchant according to a demanding project. The former Madrigal built ago 90 years it was just a stadium village is today an enclosure 25.000 viewers that accommodates more than 17.000 subscribers every two weekends. That figure is precisely the highest in Spain in relation to paid-population.
Fans and stadium are important but on three pillars current success also cemented Villarreal:
- The quarry. The yellow set has a residence for young. A kind of “farmhouse” to study and play football, where focus. “About a hundred young people living in the residence of the Sports City Club, divided into two floors in the building. On the first floor downstairs younger groups that make up the young fish live, infantile and cadet, while in the second, youth and coordinators, which target the kids to share space, fulfill their obligations and they can also enjoy leisure, as the video room, games, library and computers with internet. These young talents come from all over Spain and other countries, as Portugal, Mali, Guinea Bissau and Argentina”, says the club's website to presentation mode which is a model followed by many Spanish clubs and European.
- Coaches defined and uniform style. something basic. Villarreal knows what plays and therefore seeks a certain profile technicians seeking the frolics. This means that coaches are long-lived and that people believe in the project. The coach has full confidence in the policy and can work pleasure, to the extent to confront some star and get management support, as it happened with Riquelme and Pellegrini. The Chilean coach spent six years in what is almost a record in modern times Spanish football.
- know sign. Villarreal is very clear. Tab if the new transfer enhancement to existing. No record by signing. And when it does, based on two criteria. Seeks to be a young player who stands out or well established that a safe value. For it, has a network of agents in South America that lets you take young people who have not even been detected by other clubs most powerful.
The only fear, Goodbye Day
Among such virtue raises doubt followers, What will happen the day that Fernando Roig go? In the best case scenario will leave a club sanitized, the elite and struggling to play in Europe. In the worst case, the dream will end but behind a bright, vivid story of beautiful memories that would never have been possible without your input.