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Mirandés is a Spanish football little angel - and topholdenes fright! The small club from the north of Spain has in this season's edition of the Copa del Rey

Ann McDonald
Ann McDonald
12 February 2020 Wednesday 16:00
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Only on Extra Magazine: Topholdenes terror is a step from the finals

Mirandés is a Spanish football little angel - and topholdenes fright!

The small club from the north of Spain has in this season's edition of the Copa del Rey sent the big clubs out on the strip, and now it is the turn of Real Sociedad.

The basque club delivered even a small sensation, when at the Bernabéu sent the mighty Real Madrid out. Rival Athletic Bilbao followed up with to beat FC Barcelona, but kvartfinalens unconditional underdog-the story took place at the Estadio Municipal de Anduva.

The small stadium shook once again, as the Mirandés lowered the Villarreals yellow submarine. Oprykkeren from the second series won 4-2, and Villarreal was the third La Liga club, who had to leave life on the Mirandés small fodboldfort.

the Club has been accustomed to make the impossible, possible, and Real Sociedad can certainly not say that they are not warned before the two semifinalekampe in the Copa del Rey.

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Who is Mirandés?

CD Mirandés comes from Miranda de Ebro in northern Spain. Industribyen, which has about 40,000 inhabitants, is the second largest in the province of Burgos.

the Club was founded in 1927 and has never been in the best Spanish variety. It has spent the majority of his time on either the third or fourth grade, but were relegated in the last season up in the second row for only the second time in klubhistorien.

CD Mirandés are snug and warm in the middle of the Segunda División. They should not get in trouble in this season and can with a good end may even reach a place in the playoff game.

Mirandés-heroes celebrates the surprising advancement to pokalsemifinalen. Photo: Edu Del Fresno/ZUMA/Ritzau Scanpix
the Club has a home on the small Estadio Municipal de Anduva, if the capacity is 5739. The club's supporters are known as the 'marea rojilla' (the red tide). CD Mirandés is called both the 'Los Rojillos' (the red) and 'Jabatos' (young wild boar).

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How they have come so far?

It has been a long and hard road to the semifinals for CD Mirandés, and the adventure was close to the end already in the first match.

They were two minutes into injury time behind 4-3 away to Coruxo from the third row, but got equalized from the penalty spot and made sejrsmålet to 5-4 in 119. minutes.

Also in the next round they had to go through extended playing time. At stamford bridge they beat UCAM Murcia 3-2, in the home in the 1/16-finals defeated Celta Vigo 2-1 after 120 minutes of football.

Pione Sisto scored also in the showdown, which was attended by 2407 spectators.

Pione Sisto scored against Mirandés, but it was not enough to send the Celta on. Photo: Francois Lenoir/Reuters/Ritzau Scanpix
Celta was the first of three teams from La Liga, as Mirandés have sent out. In 1/8-finals they won 3-1 at home over Sevilla (tilskuertallet was now grown to 4500) before the in the quarterfinals of the eyes of 4428 spectators turned off the Villarreals pokaldrøm with a 4-2 victory.

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How is the shape?

Excellent! CD Mirandés have been undefeated in the past two months. In the beginning of december, lost the 2-1 away to the league leaders Almería, but since then it has been a long success story for the oprykkeren.

They have not lost in the last 12 matches and got in the weekend 2-2 at stamford bridge against Sporting Gijón. Home is something of a fort, and after a defeat in the season's first home game in the league won five and played seven matches in a draw on its own grass.

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Who is in charge of the team?

the Team is trained by the former Athletic Bilbao defender Andoni Iraola. The only 37-year-old basque, who played 510 matches for Bilbao, was fired in his first trænerjob in Cyprus, but has since the summer successfully been in the forefront of CD Mirandés.

the Mirandés coach Andoni Iraola had a great career as a player of Athletic Bilbao. Photo: Martin Meissner/AP/Ritzau Scanpix
Iraola got seven matches for Spain and actually got his landsholdsdebut in Aarhus, when he was substituted in the place of Sergio Ramos in the Spanish side's 3-0 win over Denmark.

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Who should you keep an eye on?

Seville probably should have kept an eye on Matheus Aiás in the 1/8-finals. The fast attacker, who is hired in the English Watford, drove around with andalusiernes defensemen and scored twice.

The 23-year-old brazilian, laugh also scored once against Celta Vigo the round before, and even the first goal in the quarter-finals against Villarreal.

Matheus Aiás have flying in the Copa del Rey. Photo: Edu Del Fresno/ZUMA Wire/Ritzau Scanpix
Matheus Aiás is a total listed for the five scores in this season's edition of the Cope del Rey, and the only Real Sociedads Alexander Isaac has with seven scores made it better.

the top scorer for Mirandés in this season is kantspilleren Martín Merquelanz, which the club has leased from the upcoming semi-final-opponent Real Sociedad.

He was really in the hoopla against Villarreal, where he scored once and laid up for his team's other three goals.

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Have they been so far before?

Yes, back in the 2011/12 season they were also the big pokaloverraskelse in Spanish fobold. They beat Villarreal, Racing Santander and Espanyol out and reached up to the semifinals. Here lost the two matches combined 8-3 to Athletic Bilbao.

CD Mirandés-played at that time in the third row, but moved up the season.

the Club has fine pokaltraditioner. It won in both 2011 and 2012 the local Castilla y León Cup, while CD Mirandés in the last season triumphed in the Copa Federación de España.

It is a cup (for clubs from the third and fjerdebedste number in Spain.

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Can I watch the matches against Real Sociedad?

of Course. The Spanish cup matches can be seen on the Extra Leaf with the a ++subscription. CD Mirandés starts at stamford bridge in San Sebastian 13. February, and the second leg at the Estadio Municip de Anduva played 4. march.

Swedish Alexander Isaac, and Norwegian Martin Ødegaard has been great profiles for Real Sociedad this season. Photo: Susana Vera/ REUTERS/Ritzau Scanpix
the Subscription does, of course, also access to see the second semi-final between Athletic Bilbao and Granada (12. February and 5. march), as well as the final 18. april.

Updated: 12.02.2020 16:00


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