Friday, January 17, 2014

J22 2013/14 Match Preview / Previa: Manzanares CF - UD Socuéllamos

(Breve resumen en castellano más abajo…)

UD Socuéllamos
This weekend’s encounter between the two teams from eastern Ciudad Real province is a mouth watering prospect for any football fan. Why? Read on…

Four consecutive victories for García Cosin’s men has propelled UD Socuéllamos into 2nd spot, only four points behind 3DIV18 leaders CD Puertollano, and it looks like there’s no stopping them either! In fact you have to go back to the 13th game of the season to trace their last defeat, a 1-2 loss to UD Almansa.

Guillermo Alcázar on the other hand will want to make amends for the last match played at the José Camacho – coincidentally against the league leaders – a game which ended the White Sash’s unbeaten home form since the new ‘mister’ took charge in October.

There has been some media speculation surrounding highly-rated Mensha Godwin’s departure to La Roda CF, a team from Albacete province the next division up (2aB), but at the start of this week he clearly stated he wanted to remain at Socuéllamos in a bid to help them compete in the Play-offs.

Guillermo Alcázar - Serving touchline ban
Guillermo Alcázar will be serving his second and final match ban from the stands after being sent off against Puertollano so Manzanares CF is going to have to be highly focused in keeping Socuéllamos’ top scorers López (9), Bienve (7), Santi Cabeza (7) and Mensha (7) at bay.

With David Sevilla still doubtful (groin injury) Manzanares hopes for perforating Ruiz Cabas’ goal will rest on Corbacho (5 goals to date), Carlos Arroyo (3) and Pyrry (3) but Guillermo Alcázar will not mind who scores as long as Manzanares score more goals than the opponent!


Manzanares CF – vs – UD Socuéllamos

Where: José Camacho

Address: Antigua Carretera de Madrid S/N., Manzanares (Ciudad Real province)

When: Sunday, January 19 @ 4:30 pm

Prices: General Admission €10.

Pre-match stats:

Manzanares CF:
Position: 13 – Points: 23 – Played 21: Won 6 – Drawn 5 – Lost 10 – Goals F/A: 26/34

UD Socuéllamos:
Position: 2 – Points: 49 – Played 21: Won 15 – Drawn 4 – Lost 2 – Goals F/A: 42/14

CASTELLANO (breve resumen)

Increíble derbi provincial que se avecina este fín de semana en el José Camacho de Manzanares. El Socuéllamos es segundo en la clasificación con 49 puntos y a tan solo 4 del líder, el CD Puertollano.

Los hombres de García Cosín son conscientes de lo complicado que es sumar en el José Camacho, más que nada por la buena racha que ha gozado el conjunto franjblanco desde la llegada de Guillermo Alcázar en octubre. No solo es el equipo manzanareño fuerte en casa, sino que también saben que la afición del Manzanares CF “aprieta mucho” según las propias palabras del míster del Socuéllamos. Por eso es muy importante “no defraudar” a García Cosín (¡!) y que el público manzanareño acuda en masiva al José Camacho para ser ese jugador número “12”, dando alas al equipo.

La defensa franjiblanca y los centrocampistas tendrán que estar muy enfocados para frenar a las máquinas goleadoras del Socu, entre ellos López, Bienve, Santi Cabeza y Mensha (con 9, y los tres últimos con 7 goles cada uno).

Animo Manzanares y, ¡a por ellos!

Friday, January 10, 2014

J21 2013/14 Match preview: Albacete Balompié "B" -vs- Manzanares CF

Manzanares CF will make the 340 Km round trip to the City of Albacete this Sunday in an attempt to gain their first away win of the season. Standing in their way is the feeder team for 2aB team Albacete Balompié: Albacete “B”, a team sitting in 19th position with 13 points and only 1 win in 20 outings.

Given the White Sash’s poor away form during the past 9 months, Guillermo Alcazar’s men will have to work hard to attain a favourable result, but on the other hand Albacete “B” is the only team in 3DIV18 yet to win a match at home, so combining these two “records” one could be forgiven for predicting a score draw, perhaps a 1-1 result.

Manzanares will probably be without their top striker David Sevilla (still recovering from a groin injury despite sitting on the bench in last week’s match vs Puertollano), whilst influential midfielder “Kike” will be serving the 2nd of his 5 match ban (which in our opinion is totally excessive) with Guillermo Alcázar himself serving a 1 match suspension due to being sent off last week.

The match will take place at the Ciudad Deportiva and NOT the Carlos Belmonte Stadium (where the first team plays). The Ciudad Deportiva is located on the extension of the Avenida de España, between the Carlos Belmonte and the City’s Airport in the South.

#VamosManzanares !!

Albacete Balompié “B” -vs- Manzanares CF

Where: Ciudad Deportiva

Address: Prolongación de Avda. de España S/N., Albacete (see map)

When: Sunday, January 12 @ 12:00 pm (midday)

Prices: General Admission €10 (approx)

Pre-match stats:

Manzanares CF:
Position: 12 – Points: 23 – Played 20: Won 6 – Drawn 5 – Lost 9 – Goals F/A: 25/32

Albacete Balompié “B”:
Position: 19 – Points: 13 – Played 20: Won 1 – Drawn 10 – Lost 9 – Goals F/A: 14/33

Friday, January 03, 2014

J20 2013/14 Pre-match report / Previa al Manzanares CF -vs- CD Puertollano

ENGLISH - (Traducción al castellano más abajo…)

They don’t get much bigger than this: First game of the new year and a provincial derby against 3rd Division Group 18 (3DIV18) leaders CD Puertollano. Add several busloads of fans, not to mention Puerto’s ‘Peña Ilusión Azul’ supporters all travelling up to the José Camacho and we have a very interesting duel indeed. The atmosphere will no doubt be electrifying!

Here to greet them will be Manzanares CF’s newly-established supporters group “Peña El Topor” who have been instrumental in lifting the team to a new level at home to achieve and maintain the white sash’s unbeaten status since Guillermo Alcázar’s appointment in mid October 2013, a status that could very well be under threat due to the Industrials’ goal average of just under 2.5 goals per match!

Manzanares CF will have to be at their very best to contain the threat of leading goal-scorers Rubén Gomez, Rubén Moreno and José Manuel with 13, 9 and 8 goals respectively.
Sevilla - still recovering

The White Sash will be without their top striker David Sevilla (injured) and influential midfielder “Kike” (suspended) but otherwise Guillermo Alcázar should have a fully fit squad at his disposal.

Interesting facts about CD Puertollano:

CD Puertollano have only dropped 10 out of 30 points on their travels, losing only twice (to Mora and Villarrobledo) and drawing twice (with Atl. Ibañés and Socuéllamos). They have scored 15 goals away from ‘El Nuevo Cerrú’ and have only conceded 6.

Puertollano enjoyed an almost three month unbeaten run from early September through to the end of November which included a winning streak of nine consecutive matches, gaining 38 out of 42 points in play!

A typical CD Puertollano starting eleven
Along with CF Talavera, CD Puertollano are the only team in 3DIV18 to have won all their home matches with precisely Manzanares CF being the first casualty back in late August despite holding on for 82 minutes before the deadlock was broken twice in successive minutes. This match was also a high-tempered affair which saw previous manager Sergio Fernandez Pacheco and player Carlos Arroyo sent off towards the end.

Manzanares CF -vs- CD Puertollano

Where: José Camacho Football Ground

Address: Antigua Carretera de Madrid S/N., Manzanares (Ciudad Real province)

When: Sunday, January 5 @ 12:00 pm (midday)

Prices: General Admission €12 (‘día del club’ prices)

Pre-match stats:

Manzanares CF:
Position: 11 – Points: 23 – Played 19: Won 6 – Drawn 5 – Lost 8 – Goals F/A: 23/28

CD Puertollano:
Position: 1 – Points: 47 – Played 19: Won 15 – Drawn 2 – Lost 2 – Goals F/A: 46/11


Normalmente no traduzco las previas en esta página pero al tratarse del primer partido del año, un derbi provincial y además contra el líder de la categoría ¡he decidido hacer una excepción!

Derbi provincial y plato fuerte para comenzar el año 2014 por recibir al líder de Tercera División - Grupo 18 (3DIV18) en el José Camacho. El duelo Manzanares CF – CD Puertollano promete ser muy interesante y a la vez emocionante. Viajarán varios centenares de aficionados desde la Ciudad Industrial incluyendo su peña ‘Ilusión Azul’.

De parte de la afición del Manzanares estarán presentes la Peña El Topor en lo que será su octava apariencia en el José Camacho desde que se formó. También en grandes números se espera al aficionado franjiblanco ¡que no puede faltar a esta cita! ¡Entre todos haremos una gran entrada para ayudar al Club y animar a los chicos de Guillermo Alcázar a mantener la imbatibilidad en casa!

Pero para seguir imbatidos la defensa del Manzanares, capitaneada por Carlos Olivares, Javi Torrente y el resto del equipo tendrán que vigilar en especial a los tres máximos realizadores del Puertollano, Rubén Gómez, Rubén Moreno y José Manuel, que entre ellos suman 30 de los 46 goles marcados por los industriales.

El Manzanares no dispondrá de los servicios de su máximo goleador David Sevilla (lesionado) y del centrocampista “Kike” (sancionado) pero aparte de estas dos bajas Guillermo Alcázar tendrá al resto de la plantilla franjiblanca para intentar  confeccionar un resultado sorpresa!

Curiosidades del CD Puertollano

En sus desplazamientos el CD Puertollano ha conseguido 20 de los 30 puntos disponibles, perdiendo sólo dos veces (ante el Mora y el Villarrobledo) y empatando otras dos (con el Atlético Ibañés y el Socuéllamos). Han marcado 15 goles fuera del Nuevo Cerrú y han encajado sólo 6.

Los Industriales gozaron de una imbatibilidad que duró casi tres meses, desde principios de setiembre hasta finales de noviembre, incluyendo una racha de nueve victorias seguidas, que al final obtuvo 38 de los 42 puntos en Juego!

Junto con el CF Talavera, el CD Puertollano es el único equipo de 3DIV18 que ha ganado todos los partidos en casa, siendo precisamente el Manzanares la primera victima a finales de agosto a pesar de haberles contenido hasta el minuto 82. Este partido fue polémico y vio las expulsiones del entonces entrenador Sergio Fernández Pacheco y del jugador Carlos Arroyo en las fases finales del encuentro.

Manzanares CF -vs- CD Puertollano

Dónde: José Camacho

Dirección: Antigua Carretera de Madrid S/N., Manzanares (Ciudad Real)

Cuando: Domingo, 5 de enero 2014 @ 12:00 pm (mediodía)

Precios: Entrada general: €12 (día del club)

Estadísticas previas al partido:

Manzanares CF:
Posición: 11o. Puntos: 23. Jugados 19: Ganados 6 / Empatados 5 / Perdidos 8. Goles F/C: 23/28

CD Puertollano:
Posición: 1o. Puntos: 47. Jugados 19: Ganados 15 / Empatados 2 / Perdidos 2. Goles F/C: 46/11

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year! - Feliz Año Nuevo!

We wish you all a very Happy New Year! May 2014 be a year of vision, creativity, health and success both on and off the pitch! 

We're looking forward to sharing more news about Manzanares Club de Fútbol with you all, starting with a massive home game against 3div18 leaders C.D. Puertollano on January 5 (12 mid-day). If you can make it come along, it'll be a cracker of a match!!

Os deseamos un Feliz Año Nuevo! Que el 2014 sea un año de visión, creatividad, salud y suerte tanto en lo deportivo como en lo personal!

Con ilusión y ganas compartiremos más noticias del Manzanares Club de Fútbol (en inglés) con todos vosotros, y qué mejor manera para empezar el año con un duelo ante el líder de Tercera, el C.D. Puertollano, en el José Camacho el día 5 de enero (a las 12 del mediodía)... No faltes!!


Tuesday, December 24, 2013

2013/14 J19 Manzanares CF - Atlético Ibañés

Manzanares CF finishes 2013 in mid-table position after seeing off Atlético Ibañés 2-1 at the José Camacho ground

Manzanares CF finished the match watching the clock as Atlético Ibañés pressed for an equaliser in a very physical encounter. Upon the final whistle Manzanares leap-frogged the team from Albacete province to finish in 11th position on the 3rd division table. Carlos Olivares and Corbacho scored for the White Sash in ’17 and ‘21 whilst Víctor cut the lead during the second half.

It was a tale of two halves with Manzanares commandeering the first and the team from Casas Ibañez the second. The sour note of the match was the excessive use of brut force, especially towards the end of the game which culminated in local player Kike’s sending off in the 80th minute with a flurry of yellow cards for both teams before and after that incident. At this point football ended.

The first chance of the match fell to local midfielder Martín who after an incursion on the left wing weaved his way through the red and white defence to reach the 18 yard box before the visitors managed to clear his shot away for a corner.

In the 8th minute Corbacho sends a deep cross to Arroyo only for the Ibañés goalie Alvaro to intercept at the last moment. In the 13th minute, Bolo shoots from outside the box but Torrente manages to detain the ball, this was Ibañés’ only chance during the first half.

Other than that, the first quarter was characterised by imprecise passing and little control of the ball. Manzanares was without its top striker David Sevilla due to a groin injury. The other novelty was Espinosa was out for technical reasons and in his place on the right back was captain Carlos Olivares with Saavedra occupying the central defender’s position next to Cone.

Manzanares turned up the pressure and obtained their due reward in the 17th minute. Pyrry plays a short ball from the corner spot, manages to open up the Ibañés defence crossing to Carlos Olivares who deftly touches the ball in the 6 yard box to open the score to the white sash team.

Four minutes later the second Manzanares goal materialised resulting from a fantastic combination between Martín and Carlos Arroyo who from the left delivered a devastatingly accurate cross to Corbacho who at point blank range beats Alvaro.

Ibañés eventually got their act together and began to control the ball with some good passing, but Manzanares still counterattacked with considerable effectiveness and in the 27th minute Arroyo and Corbacho combine to reach the 18 yard box but their efforts are wasted as the last ‘pass’ went out for a goal kick.

Second half

The visitors applied the pressure from the start of the second half and were eventually compensated when a free kick was awarded ten minutes into play. Ibañés captain Victor connected with the ball from the left to send a half volley to the back of the net.

Two minutes later Corbacho in an individual effort and a Martín shot from outside the box which rebounded off the defence was Manzanares’ reply to an increasingly asphyxiating Ibañés pressure. In ’62 Sergio could have obtained the equaliser when between the posts he headed the ball over the crossbar.

Despite the pressure Manzanares were still creating chances and in ’65 Kike sends a deep pass which Corbacho connects with, creates the space and sends a back pass to José Carlos who’s shot is brilliantly saved by Alvaro. Three minutes later the in-form goalie parries the ball away from goal after Corbacho cleverly rids himself of Pepe, the last man in the Ibañés defence, to face Alvaro on a one-on-one.
Kike, sent off

Martín and Corbacho were by far the best players with credit also to José Carlos who worked tirelessly in the centre midfield. The white sash had to suffer terribly in order to stop Atlético Ibañés from equalising and even more so after being reduced to ten men ten minutes from the final whistle. Even Alvaro, the Ibañés goalie, came up to try his luck in the final stages of ‘anti football’, with harsh play and provocations by both sides which unfortunately continued as both sides made their way into the dressing rooms.


Manzanares CF: Torrente, Chule, Saavedra, Pirri, Carlos Olivares, Víctor Cone, Corbacho (Jorge, 91'), José Carlos, Quique, Carlos Arroyo (Josema, 70') and Martín (Edu Corrales, 85').

Atco. Ibañés: Álvaro, Candi, Carlos, Capi, Pepe, Fredi, Santi, Víctor, Bolo (Alejandro, 89'), Sergio (Eusebio, 70') and Óscar (Luis, 45')

Referee: Rosado Colilla, assisted by Camacho Peral and Caraballo Rocha. Yellow Cards to Capi (45') and Carlos (87'); and to Saavedra (53'), Corbacho (77') and Carlos Olivares (83'). After consultation with the linesman, the referee showed a direct red card to Kike in the 80th minute, who got involved with a fight with an Ibañés player right in front of said linesman.


1-0. 17'. Carlos Olivares.
2-0. 21'. Corbacho.
2-1. 54'. Víctor

Sunny afternoon. One minute’s silence was observed in memory of Manuel Torres Huerta, a great fan who during many years was a Manzanares CF board member and delegate of the Youth Team. For this motive the first team wore black armbands. At half time there was a mini-football match between two sides of the Manzanares Football Academy.

Friday, November 29, 2013

J16 2013/14 Pre-match report: CD Quintanar del Rey -vs- Manzanares CF

This weekend Manzanares CF will make a 320 km round trip to Southern Cuenca province to face CD Quintanar del Rey at the San Marcos football ground.

The verdiblancos have been a relatively hard team to beat in recent years but this year the story looks quite different. Add Manzanares’ poor away form for most of 2013 you could be forgiven for predicting the result could end in a goalless draw. But rather than speculate, let’s have a closer look at the team we’ll be facing:

Last year's CD Quintanar del Rey first 11
CD Quintanar have lost three league games in a row and in the last five matches have only gained 1 point from a possible 15, scoring 3 goals and conceding 15 in the process. Amongst these statistics further injury to the green and white pride was caused by losing the Cuenca Provincial derby at home to CD Pedroñeras 0-2.

It is not an exaggeration to say Quintanar are going through a crisis at the moment and Manzanares CF must take advantage of this in order to obtain a positive result away from home.

One player Guillermo Alcázar’s defenders must look out for is Adrian Alarcón author of 10 of Quintanar’s 19 goals. Other players to watch are Pedro Sanchez Perez and Juan Sahuquillo Carrasco with 3 and 2 goals respectively.

San Marcos located to the north of town

CD Quintanar del Rey -vs- Manzanares CF

Where: “San Marcos” Municipal Football ground.

Address: c/ Angel Lancho, s/n., Quintanar del Rey (Cuenca province) Spain.

When: Sunday, December 1 @ 4:30pm

Admission prices: Around the €10 mark

Pre-match statistics:

Manzanares CF:
Position: 15 – Points: 16 – Played 14: Won 4 – Drawn 4 – Lost 7 – Goals F/A: 16/23

CD Quintanar del Rey:
Position: 13 – Points: 17 – Played 14: Won 4 – Drawn 5 – Lost 6 – Goals F/A: 19/29

How to get to Quintanar del Rey

Friday, November 15, 2013

J14 2013/14 Pre-match report: CD Madridejos -vs- Manzanares CF

This weekend Manzanares CF travel 60km north to the town of Madridejos with the intention of converting their excellent home form into an away victory which, should this materialise, would be the first three points on the road since the 0-1 win at CD Azuqueca on April 7th 2013.

In the first instance CD Madridejos, joint bottom team with only 6 points out of a possible 39 and an average of just over 0.5 goals per match, appear to be firm contenders for another home defeat, however Guillermo Alcázar’s men will need to be extremely wary as they have beaten fellow ‘local’ rivals Gimnástico at home and recently forced a 2-2 away draw at top club Socuéllamos. Having said that, the statistics don’t lie and the Manzanares players will be upbeat about their chances this Sunday.

CD Madridejos starting eleven at Villarrobledo
Last weekend Madridejos were on the verge of causing an upset when Jesús Garzón’s early 2nd half equaliser looked to have secured another point on the road at a resurgent CD Ciudad Real. But whether it was due to lack of concentration, bad luck or both, the side from the province of Toledo went on to concede two goals in the final five minutes, ending up 3-1 losers.

There are no top scorers with seven players all having scored a goal each but Manzanares CF will need to watch out for 19 year old Cameroonian striker Pascal Alima, Madridejos’ recent signing from CD Canillas (Madrid), who scored in the side’s only win to date.

On a final note, the newly formed "Peña Topor" Manzanares CF Supporters Club will be travelling to their very first away match as an official entity. Their support has been invaluable in the team's revival under Guillermo Alcázar. 

Vamos Manzanares!!

How to get to the Campo Nuevo, Madridejos
CD Madridejos -vs- Manzanares CF

Where: “Campo Nuevo - Madridejos” Municipal Football ground.

Address: c/ Mariano Haro s/nº, Madridejos (Toledo province) Spain.

When: Sunday, November 17 @ 4:30pm

Admission prices: Unknown, but it should be around the €10 mark

Pre-match statistics:

Manzanares CF:
Position: 14 – Points: 15 – Played 13: Won 4 – Drawn 3 – Lost 6 – Goals F/A: 15/20

CD Madridejos:
Position: 19 – Points: 6 – Played 13: Won 1 – Drawn 3 – Lost 9 – Goals F/A: 7/22