marbellas.com brings you breaking news on UD Marbella, football club.
November 01, 2007 (PRLEAP.COM) Sports NewsSince the takeover, and the appointment of new savvy trainer, Liverio "Oli" Jesús Alvarez Gonzalez, … (who previously played and trained in top Spanish teams Real Oviedo and Real Betis, and the national squad) the club has moved up in the league to 2º Division B.
The new management team brings a wealth of experience of international football at the highest level and excellent marketing knowledge which is already helping the club in the level of play, and increased spectator numbers. Sunday 28 October's 1-0 win against favourites Alcalá, comes on the back of two impressive away wins against Cartagena and Merida, much to the delight of the team’s loyal supporters.
The signing of an important new sponsor, Sanyres, is also giving a renewed air of confidence to the Marbella club, and the team players have been proudly sporting their new strip since mid October.
Community Coming Together
With a loyal base of local fans, the new owners of UD Marbella are keen to spread football fever into Marbella's huge international community. “Football is a very powerful sport to bring together communities,” says Ian Radford.
“We believe that the diverse international community of Marbella needs something to unite behind and that this football club could be a very positive influence. We will be publicising the club to the foreign residents like never before and hope that they will support us as we climb up the places in the division. The positive feeling and publicity that football can foster could help Marbella improve its reputation outside Spain and the matches will be a great day out for all the family.”
As former commercial director of Leeds United, Wayne Elliott is confident that his expertise can help catapult the club into a different league. "There are endless opportunities for the local residents and business community to benefit from having a strong club to support. " Thanks to Elliott's and Radford's sports management experience and contacts with Premiership clubs in the UK, exciting plans are afoot to set up friendly matches with leading British teams against UD Marbella in the near future. And with a transfer window opening up in January, the new investors are happy to support the trainer's plans for the team with new international players should that be on the cards.
Aiming to increase the number of fans attending the matches to 2,000 by summer 2008, through their experience, financial investment and more effective management, they aim to improve the team to such an extent that they move up into the second division ‘A’. This would really give the fans something to support and would improve the quality of the football taking place at the 9,000 capacity stadium. Good news indeed for Marbella.