At present Estremadura and by extension the football extremeño, They lack a representative in the elite football. Gone are those times where Badajoz one he Merida They were a classic silver division of Spanish football, Gone are those days where the Merida or that mythical CF Extremadura of Almendralejo They came to play First division. In this article we want to remind seconds.
With scarcely 35.000 population, Almendralejo He lived the dream of football in the late First 90 when the CF Extremadura He ascended in 1996 First Division for the first time in its history and say first because there was another. Barca box and getting well go down in history for being the first team in a very small population rising to First (Villarreal Y Eibar arrive later), participate in the first and possibly single League of stars, of 1996/97, one of the best championships in recent memory.
That season, the Estremadura for obvious reasons was the Cinderella of the First Division more so after making a loose first round League. But in the second he was going to change things. Despite falling to second to end of season, those of Almendralejo surprised with a second master and full of excitement back that caused him to do 44 points, a score that today would have been worth to save surplus in First. In fact they descended League because that was 22 and was the season we had to reduce it again 20.
The CF was in position Extremadura 19 of 22 and finally descended leaving that if, a huge impression to all Spanish football fans. Said the signing of Monkey Navarro Montoya who arrived in the winter market 1997 and soon he earned a place in the hearts of fans. Other prominent players from that group were it, Pedro Jose, Felix, Tough, Silvani Y Pineda. Emphasize precisely that season this Dodge made him Pineda De la Peña in Extremadura-Barcelona in a renovated and filled with Francisco de la Hera.
But not everything was said by this Estremadura. With only one year in Second, the team returned to the 1997/98 to First, the journey had lasted a year only guess who was the coach of that Extremadura returning to First?, and, era Rafa Benitez. With a stellar Glucevic over the countryside and the old guard led by Felix and Pedro José mythical, Benitez getting the box back to First.
But the adventure again last one year again and the 1998/99 the CF Extremadura would go down to Second never to return ever again. And that after dropping the second time were about to ascend again, at least they fought for it hand Josu Ortuondo which he had already led to glory in the first ascent, but this time could not be.
And from here came the debacle that led the team from the Second Division to regional and forcing in a decade the disappearance of the CF Extremadura 2010 having existed since 1924. Definitely a sad moment for football extremeño. However this did not mean the death of the club. From the ashes, came the Extremadura UD currently struggling to cope and in the future, Glory to touch that one day Francisco de la Hera lived. As usual, We look from Colgados.