Castillo C.F 2019/20 End of Season Review
The "making an impact" Edition
5th|Graph Predicted Finish: 20th
Season Ticket Holders - 119 (last year 112)
Estimated Value - £6.75m (up by £1.5m)
A hard year to get through despite the obvious improvement in our fortunes. It was evident early on that promotion would be out of the question - largely because of the strength of the top 3. Anyway we soldiered on and ended the season in fantastic form, winning our final 5 games to secure 5th spot. It makes the next season very intriguing as we can hopefully press on towards the Liga BBVA.
Reinhard Thiessen - Took over from Fran this year and was excellent. A real gem of a keeper who is still nowhere near fulfilling his potential. Was voted goalkeeper of the year as well! This was down to our watertight defence (the fewest goals conceded in the league!).
Lisandro Dure - Came in following the January departure of Dario and took our 2nd and final non-EU spot. Was absolutely fantastic for us and could be the difference next year.
Serafin Gago - The young RB continues to impress and grow with the club. Rated as potentially a good BBVA RB so he is one to keep an eye on.
Christos Kantimoiris - Had a marvellous first season at the club contributing goals and assists. Managed to tie him down to a new contract so should be with us for at least a year more.
Oscar Juarez - Failed to live up to his tag of the new Riquelme last season, but was far better this year. Has been linked with a big money move back to Argentina and appears to want to leave. For now I've convinced him to stay but I think I'll probably cash in on him soon.
Alberto Merola - Top goalscorer for the 5th year running at the club. Has patchy moments but always comes up with the goals eventually. Has more competition this year though with Georgiev and new signing Canini.
Axel Elgh - Signing of the season in the Liga Adelante. Came in and was in red hot form. His pace is a constant threat and makes our forward line unstoppable at times. However he suffered at the hands of the media and was constantly struggling with the media pressure. This led to a period of 15 hours without a goal at the end of the season. Needs to man up!!
Average Attendance: 4259 (last year 3405)
Fans Player of the Year: Oscar Juarez
My Player of the Year: Axel Elgh
The League Campaign...
The graph tells a good story of our season really. Started slowly and had a lot of inconsistency but we eventually settled and strung some good results together to climb the table. If the season had been about 8 games longer I'd have backed us for promotion as we were flying by the end of the year.
Hercules, Castellon and Athletic Bilbao (!) are coming down into our division. Valencia finally broke the Real Madrid grasp on the BBVA title.
The Copa del Rey...
Better this year as we made the 3rd Round. However we unfortuntely fell at this hurdle to Tenerife and missed out on the big teams. Hope to go one better this season.
Overall Best XI
The U19s came 4th out of 16 - a much stronger year.
The youth facilities are being improved again to the tune of £425k. We also have a nice new sponsorship deal for £300k per year.
I expect a quiet summer. We have 3 pre arranged transfers - Luna, a CB, Canini, a CF and Scherbyna, a AML. The idea is at home I'll be playing with wingers this year so the Ukranian Scherbyna will be key there. We could use one more AMR to challenge but overall I'm pleased with the squad now. We have a great set of forwards and a miserly defence. Hopefully we continue where we left off last season and push for promotion.
Progress so far...
Season Division Position Achievements
2010/11 2nd Division B1 15th N/A
2011/12 2nd Division B1 12th N/A
2012/13 2nd Division B1 8th N/A
2013/14 2nd Division B1 13th N/A
2014/15 2nd Division B1 10th N/A
2015/16 2nd Division B1 2nd Lost in 2nd Round of Playoff Phase, Quarters of Federation Cup
2016/17 2nd Division B1 3rd Promoted via the Playoffs
2017/18 Liga Adelante 18th Survived
2018/19 Liga Adelante 13th N/A
2019/20 Liga Adelante 5th N/A