Málaga faces this Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. its first preseason game against Vélez, a team from Malaga that will play this season in the Second RFEF and that is experiencing an interesting growth process with President and Vice President of Sweden: Jesper Norberg and Magnus Pehrsson.
The game has aroused such expectation that the 350 tickets (at the price of 10 euros) that were put on sale were sold out in just 20 minutes. There is a lot of desire to see Málaga, but also Vélez, who is drawing up a plan to reach Second Division in the medium term. But seriously, sustainably and without precipitation.
Good opportunity to see José Alberto's new Málaga who, to date, has signed four players, namely Javi Jiménez, Ismael Gutiérrez, Paulino de la Fuente and Brandon. The first two will have minutes, but not Paulino (in quarantine due to contact with a positive in COVID) and Brandon (with hardly any training after arriving from Pamplona with a blow to the knee). Calero, Hicham and Chavarría continue to recover from their long-lasting injuries. The rest of the professionals are at the disposal of José Alberto. Málaga's first and second team squads received the Janssen vaccine, which only requires one dose.
Founded in 1922, Vélez is one of the oldest teams on the Costa del Sol and played two seasons in Segunda B, between 1995 and 1997.. Now, with the backing of his Swedish managers, he has brought a tremendous air of hope by incorporating Miguel Beas as coach, who last year was at Örgryte, Sweden's Second Division team, as second coach. He was a quarry coordinator and physical trainer for Málaga. Now he has before him the challenge of confirming the new impulse of Vélez.
It cannot be said that the Second RFEF ascent of Veleño is the result of chance. There is a key moment, the landing in the entity of Jesper Norberg and Magnus Pehrsson, now president and vice president of the entity. With Swedish capital behind him and experience managing clubs in his native country, with the ambition to do something lasting. They have changed the management of the club to professionalize it at levels little seen in Third.
For Málaga, this match will be a good test, the first of the six that the blue and white team has scheduled before the season begins, its fourth in a row in the Second Division.