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Peña Deportiva (Santa Eulalia) vs SD Ibiza – report and photos

September 14th, 2008

September 13th was a very important day for football on Ibiza. It was the first time that two island teams had contested a game in Second Division B of the Spanish League. Football on Ibiza really is coming home in leaps and bounds, corners and goal scoring opportunities.

Almost as if by arrangement the game was preceded by a titanic struggle in English Premier League football – Liverpool v. Man Utd – in front of a capacity Anfield crowd of some 45,000 people. More like a Europen cup tie than an early season local derby, Liverpool triumphed in front of their home crowd, despite going a goal behind, and went to the top of the Premier League.

Was this to be prophetic? Could Santa Eulalia’s Peña Deportiva beat their rivals from ten kilometers down the road and leap above them in only their first season in the dizzy heights of Division 2 B. Starting the game on equal points, a win would leave them just 31 places shy of Barcelona and Real Madrid in the Spanish football hierarchy.

Parking was difficult, as it should be for a local derby of this stature, so on the long walk to the stadium the roar of the crowd made it clear that we’d missed kick off, but also served to quicken the pulse in expectation of this gladiatorial contest.

The attendance was a little lower than that at Anfield, for the simple reason that there is but a single stand, the main stand, at the Peña Deportiva stadium. This had been radically extended for today’s fixture and was equally divided between the Peña and Eivissa fans, as became clear when the ball finally found the back of the net.

However, the up-side of a single stand is that when there’s a stoppage in play you can enjoy a view of the sea on the horizon. This was particularly true when half time arrived and we still hadn’t found the scoreboard. Having arrived late this was a problem, but with the attendance apparently touching 1,500 we didn’t want to trouble any of the heavily outnumbered policemen, as you might if you were lost or didn’t know the time – instead we decided to assume that it was scoreless at that point and contented ourselves with admiring the thoughtfully arranged full moon rising out of the distant sea, whilst we waited for the second half to start.

The first half had gone the way of the home team, but without a breakthrough. This arrived after ten minutes of the second half when a carelessly conceded free kick resulted in an off the ball incident in the box for which the referee awarded a fairly generous penalty. Tino confidently put Santa Eulalia ahead when he sent the goally the wrong way with his spot kick. Half of the crowd went ballistic as the pitch succumbed to shade before the setting sun.

It remained a fairly evenly balanced contest for the next twenty minutes until a sweet move split the Eivissa defence allowing Heredia through to score a fine second goal for the home team. Ten minutes to go and the home team were both looking good and growing in confidence.

Meanwhile the ten local policemen, clearly worried by their largest challenge yet, turned their attention from the match and towards crowd control. Half of the ecstatic crowd had got the result they wanted and for the accountants at Peña Deportiva it was probably the biggest take on the gate they’d ever seen.

Nearly time to bring on Inter Milan and the rest…

In the meantime local bragging rights remain with the smaller town till the re-match in January.

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Half time and its burger and beer time
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Tino takes the penalty The score… 1-0 to Santa Eulalia
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Heredia blasts down the wing and shoots – score:. 2-0 to Santa Eulalia
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Santa Eulalia continue to attack
Game over
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Christmas in Santa Eulalia, Ibiza

December 22nd, 2007

We couldn’t have a blog about our life in Ibiza without having the obligatory xmas pictures…

The Town Hall:
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An Expensive Ibiza Christmas

December 22nd, 2007

Ooops…. The owner of this catamaran is going to have an expensive christmas after it was grounded on the rocks off Santa Eulalia beach today:
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“Gotcha”

December 12th, 2007

While the workers were off on their lunchtime siesta, we spotted one guy turn up and start filling bags with soil… Suggestions have been rife today with us trying to work out what they could possibly be doing – suggestions include a new hotel, off road parking for the apartments opposite, road widening, complete redoing of the car park or planting of some palm trees and a nice pavement…
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Las Dalias and live music in Santa Eulalia, Ibiza

September 17th, 2007

We hadn’t been to the Las Dalias Hippy Market on Saturdays for ages – (probably something to do with football…), but since there was an early game and the rain had stopped we thought we outght to.

Unlike the Hippy Market in Es cana on Wednesdays – this doesn’t bring the entire area to standstill. Its far less “touristy” and we love sitting outside at the bar and just watching the world go buy. Afterwards we caught up with a cuple of friends at the San Carlos main meeting point (Anita’s Bar) and then later went to the main square in Santa Eulalia for some live music. An impressive Drummming and Flamenco display finished off with some really good “rock music”.

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Sitting at the garden bar at the Hippy Market, Las Dalias on Saturdays – watching the world go by
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Live music, druming & Flamneco outside the Town Hall on Saturday night

 

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