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2020/2021

Eibar

In


Damian Kadzior (mid) Dinamo Zagreb; Recio (mid) Leganes; Dinamo Zagreb (mid) Extremadura – end of loan; Asier Benito (att) Ponferradina – end of loan; José Antonio Martínez (def) Granada – end of loan

Out


Fabián Orellana (k) (mid) Real Valladolid; Charles (sp) (att) Pontevedra; Gonzalo Escalante (sp) (mid) Lazio; Sebastián Cristóforo (r) (mid) Fiorentina – end of loan; Ivan Ramis (r) (def) Retired; Pablo de Blasis (sp) (mid) Released

Eibar, the smallest ever club in Spain’s top division, avoided relegation again last season to make it seven seasons in a row in LaLiga. They were battling near the bottom for most of the season, but had a good run after the coronavirus pause and managed to stay up. The key to Eibar’s success over these past few years has been coach Jose Luis Mendilibar, who has been at the club since 2015. He is a veteran coach who gets his team playing intense football, no matter who the players in his squad are. As happens every summer, Eibar have lost some key players during the off-season. However, they have an excellent sporting director in Fran Garagarza and he usually manages to unearth hidden gems. They’ll be hoping he can do so once again. The strength of this Eibar team is the coach, more than any of the players. They don’t really have any stars. Just solid players in every position. Of course, not having any stars is a weakness. So too is the fact that this is an ageing squad, with the highest average age in all of LaLiga. It remains to be seen if Mendilibar can pull it off once again with this squad that is one year older.

Target


Avoiding relegation. As LaLiga’s smallest club in terms of stadium size and the size of city and, with one of the smallest budgets in the division, the target is the same for Eibar every year. It’s to simply stay up.

Season Review
2019/2020

№14: Eibar

Eibar once again avoided relegation and that means it was job done for the tiny Basque club. After losing several of their best players last summer, it looked like this would be a tough campaign. But, coach Jose Luis Mendilibar has worked his magic once again. This year more than ever Eibar have relied on Mendilibar’s motivational and tactical brilliance. They really haven’t had a standout player, like they did in some years previously. That’s shown by the fact they had nobody with double digit goals, with top scorer Fabian Orellana netting eight. Even in defence they often completely changed the back four week in week out, due to injuries and players falling in and out of form. But whoever came in usually did a good job and Mendilibar’s style of high pressing and getting the ball to the wings and to the box quickly worked. Apart from a couple of weeks at the very beginning of the season, Eibar were never even inside the relegation as they hovered above it. That’s exactly where they aim to be, so there is satisfaction at the club. Now another summer of planning has arrived. Eibar lose some of their best players every summer and that has already happened with Fabian Orellana departing. But, sporting director Fran Garagarza always does a good job of unearthing hidden gems and Eibar will hope he can do so once again.


Player of the Season: Fabian Orellana

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