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The Amposta, a bittersweet season

It has been 9 years since the last season of CF Amposta in the Third Division. Since that relegation to the First Catalan League, the club has been dragging debts that have made it suffer a lot financially. But, based on a lot of work and effort, the board redirected the situation and managed to clean up the club in 2019. The joy was short-lived, since it coincided with the outbreak of the pandemic. Practically two years without competing and without being able to have income from sponsors and partners. “We have been able to resist thanks to the quotas of grassroots football, which have continued to compete in recent seasons, and to subsidies from the City Council,” confesses the club’s president, Carlos Gilabert.

This year has finally returned to normal and they have been able to plan the campaign with more peace of mind. Half the squad from the previous year stayed with the team, so they were able to work with a base. They made several signings in the summer that a priori looked very good, but when the moment of truth arrived, the results did not come. Nothing could be further from the truth, CF Amposta ended its first four league games with two draws and two defeats and did not know victory until the end of October. This forced the club to start dropping and making new signings, a decision that helped change the dynamics of the squad.

“The team’s reaction has come a little late and we have been at the gates of the promotion playoff, if we had reacted 15 days earlier we would surely be in,” says Gilabert. After turning around its bad first round, the team fought until the last day to be able to qualify for the promotion phase to the First Catalan League. In fact, of their last nine games they only lost one. Finally, they finished in fourth position, just 4 points behind CD Tortosa, who marked the privilege zone. The president of the entity explains that “despite the fact that we have not set promotion as a mandatory objective because it is putting extra pressure on the squad that is not necessary, it is true that we have to be as high as possible because the same name and shield This is what he demands of us.”

Now, as a result of a format criticized by several clubs in the category, they are fighting for permanence. They are playing a league against CF Vila-seca, CD Riudoms and UE Remolins-Bitem. Whoever is last of the four teams that are in this group will say goodbye to the category. Three games have already been played before the Easter break and CF Amposta has it very well on track. They are in first position with seven points, far from the last classified who has not yet managed to open his locker. Despite these good results, Gilabert acknowledges that these weeks have not been so easy: «When you have the promotion playoff so close, you are very motivated, the team came out like a stampede in the last few games and after not achieving it, it is difficult mentally, but We’re still moving this forward.”

End this bittersweet season achieving permanence and compete again next season in Second Catalan. This is the priority of a club that also has a very powerful youth academy: “We give a lot of importance to the lower categories, when I joined the board it was 70% of my motivation because without grassroots football there is no first team.” With his sights set on the coming years, Carlos Gilabert’s dream is “to achieve promotion both with the first team and with grassroots football, having one line per category in Preferred.”

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