Team Review: Cordoba CF in the 2013-14 Season

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Updated: July 30, 2014
Cordoba CF in the 2013-14 Season

Segunda Division Finish: Seventh (promotion play-offs winners)

Match Results: W16-D13-L13

(Featured image: Cordoba | Source: cordobacf.com)

 

After more than 40 years of playing in Spain’s lower-tier leagues, Cordoba are finally back to La Liga—the nation’s top-flight football—for the 2013-14 season, thanks to their heart-stopping victory in the promotion play-offs in the Segunda Division.

 

Los Califas were the lowest-ranking (seventh) side who qualified for the play-offs but with the successful thrashings they exuded against Murcia and Las Palmas, they deservedly secured berth in La Liga for the ninth time in their history. Considering their back story, Cordoba might be considered to be this season’s underdogs but they can also produce surprises to the delight of their fans and risqué online betting customers.

 

Cordoba entered the season with three unbeaten results, posting two victories against Ponferradina and Coruna as well as drawing with Alaves. The finishes placed them highly in the league table, even ranking second during week two. They remained in the top half of the rankings for several weeks until they were beaten by Real Zaragoza and took them out of the top 10. The side have since become more inconsistent with their form and tactics, having spent their subsequent weeks in the mid-table.

 

However, their last eight matches of the season were saving glories. From this streak, they successfully shunned defeats as they won three silverwares and held their rivals in a draw five times. They ranked seventh overall by the season finale and because Barcelona B—who placed third—were not eligible for promotion to La Liga, Cordoba earned the final slot for the playoffs, which they eventually won over.

 

Among the Andalusian side’s players, Xisco was the best scorer who netted 10 goals overall. He was followed by Pedro with eight and Ulises Davila with seven.