Could a relegation procedure ever become a sweet one? Not at all. This is the answer you’ll get from thousands football clubs across the globe, who are obliged to play at a lower category for the next season. But, of course, there are some rare cases, where a relegation can be easily compared to taking a golden pill.
Reial Club Deportiu Espanyol played against fellows FC Barcelona last Wednesday, for the 35th fixture of Spanish La Liga. The match ended with a narrow 1-0 FC Barcelona win. This means that Espanyol has nothing to play for in the next three matches, as they’ve secured their relegation to Segunda Division, after a quarter of a century consecutive presence in the top league of Spanish football pyramid.
Undoubtedly, it’s a difficult task, if you are an Espanyol fan. With 120 years of history behind them (as they’ve been founded back in 1900) and being the alter ego of the mighty “Blaugrana” club in Catalan football, Espanyol has filled in their success honors over the years. Their last piece of silverware was the 2016 Supercopa de Catalunya. They’ve reached twice the UEFA Cup final, and even during this catastrophic season they were good enough to qualify into Europa Leagues’ playoff stage.
The table cannot change, though. RCD Espanyol has to play in Segunda Division next years, but La Liga has made them super favorites before even the transfer race start. That’s because Espanyol will receive a tremendous amount of 30,1 million Euros as a compensation for their relegation! That’s more than enough money to make them the highest Segunda Division budget next year and a “safe bet” of grabbing one of three promotion spots of the 2020-21 season.
This is the highest amount received by a Spanish relegated club. Since this year, the highest figure was the 20,1 million Euros received by Malaga CF, who were relegated in the 2018-19 season. CD Leganes, another La Liga club who will probably join RCD Espanyol next year in Segunda, will receive about 18 million Euros.
If you’re wondering why Espanyol will have access to this huge amount, you’d better look at their history. Being on the highest league for 25 years is a great achievement, compared to the consecutiveness of, let’s say, CD Leganes, who filled out only four complete seasons in La Liga. The three relegated clubs each season share about 53 million Euros, which are coming from the television pacts and are given to secure that the clubs won’t go bankrupt.
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