2012 Segunda División play-offs

The 2012 Segunda División play-offs took place in June 2012. The Segunda División promotion phase (known as Promoción de ascenso) was the second phase of 2011–12 Segunda División and was to determine the third team which promoted to 2012–13 La Liga. Teams placed between 3rd and 6th position (excluding reserve teams) took part in the promotion play-offs.

Segunda División play-offs
Season2011–12
PromotedValladolid
Matches played6
Goals scored8 (1.33 per match)
Biggest home winValladolid 3–0 Córdoba
Biggest away winAlcorcón 0–1 Valladolid
Highest attendance26,500
Lowest attendance4,700
Average attendance12,956
2011
2013

Regulations were similar that previous season:[1] fifth placed faced against the fourth, while the sixth positioned team faced against the third. In case of a tied eliminatory there were extra time, once finished it, this season introduced that there wouldn't be penalty shoot-out and the winner would be the best positioned team. [2] The first leg of the semi-finals was played on 6 June with the best positioned team playing at home the second leg was played on 10 June. The final was also two-legged, with the first leg on 13 June and the second leg on 16 June, with the best positioned team also playing at home the second leg.[1] Real Valladolid and AD Alcorcón played the final phase where Valladolid was winner and promoted to La Liga after two years of absence. Córdoba CF and Hércules CF were eliminated in semifinals.

Road to the play-offsEdit

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
3 Valladolid 42 23 13 6 69 37 +32 82 Promotion play-offs
4 Alcorcón 42 21 10 11 58 42 +16 73
5 Hércules 42 22 6 14 62 43 +19 72
6 Córdoba 42 20 11 11 52 43 +9 71
Source: LFP - Liga Adelante
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd head-to-head points; 3rd head-to-head goal difference; 4th head-to-head goals scored; 5th goal difference; 6th number of goals scored; 7th Fair-play points

ValladolidEdit

Real Valladolid was the only team to be assured a spot in this phase several matchdays before, doing so on 16 May 2012. They were fighting together with Celta de Vigo for the second place to earn direct promotion, and eventually repeated the play-off appearance from the previous season.

An historical La Liga team, Valladolid made solid regular season (82 points), fighting with Celta for the remaining place for direct promotion. However, after a draw in the penultimate match against AD Alcorcón (which was also fighting for a play-off spot) they didn't depend by himself for direct promotion: Celta played last round against Córdoba CF, both only needed a draw, and drew 0–0 as their opponents were also favoured by that outcome; foreseeing this situation, Valladolid didn't try to opt for the second place and lost the last match 1–3 at home against CD Guadalajara.

Valladolid's last participation in La Liga was in 2009–10. Valladolid spent 40 seasons in the top division: from 1948–64 except 1958–59 and 1961–62, and from 1980–2004 except 1992–93, and lately from 2007–10. It ranked 14th in the all-time La Liga table (Racing de Santander surpassed it after 2011–12 La Liga). They were in the category since 2010–11.

Background at 2011–12 Segunda División:

Round 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 1 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 30 41 42
Home/Away A H A H A H A A H H A H A H A H A H A H A A H A H A H A H A H A H A H A H A H H A H
Result W W D L D W D D W W L W D W D D D W W D W W W L W L L W D W W W W W W D D W W W D L
Position
2
1
3
8
9
6
5
6
4
3
5
4
4
2
2
3
4
4
4
4
2
2
2
3
3
4
3
3
3
3
3
3
2
2
2
2
3
3
3
3
3
3

AlcorcónEdit

AD Alcorcón qualified to the playoffs in the last matchday (3 June 2012), like Hércules CF and Córdoba, after winning 1–0 away against CD Numancia.

Alcorcón was then a "modest team" that since its foundation in 1971 had spent in the lower leagues until 2010. They are well remembered for its achievement in 2009–10 season, when still in Segunda División B, it made worldwide headlines after defeated neighbours giants Real Madrid in Copa del Rey. Since then, it was popularized the expression "Alcorconazo" meaning this team makes a surprise against a successful rival. In that season they were champions in Segunda División B Group 2, and they played play-offs to promote to Segunda División. They were eliminated by Granada CF for winners phase and they entered to next phases and eliminated Pontevedra CF and Ontinyent CF.

Alcorcón had a regular 2011–12, being placed in the quiet zone almost all season but winning several consecutive matches in the spring. In the 41st round, they made another "Alcorconazo" and drew 1–1 at Valladolid, which meant the opposition did not depend exclusively on itself in the last matchday for direct promotion.

Alcorcón had never been in La Liga. They were in the second division since last season, 2010–11.

Background at 2011–12 Segunda División:

Round 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 1 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 30 41 42
Home/Away H A H A H A H A H A H A H A H A H A H A H H A H A H A H A A A H A H A H A H A H H A
Result L W D W W L D L W L W D L L W W D L D D D W D W W W L W L W W W W W D W L W L W D W
Position
16
9
11
7
3
8
7
10
8
11
10
11
12
14
12
8
9
11
10
11
11
9
10
8
8
8
8
8
8
8
7
5
5
5
5
5
5
4
4
4
4
4

HérculesEdit

Hércules qualified to this phase in the last matchday (3 June 2012) like Alcorcón and Córdoba, after a necessary win (2–1) at SD Huesca (UD Almería could qualify instead if Hércules didn't win), and sought to promote immediately after being relegated from La Liga.

The team's early season was a spectacular one, gathering 28 points out of 33 in the first eleven matches, and leading for ten rounds during the 2011 autumn. Since November, however, it started to combine wins and losses, remaining however in the play-off zone until the end of league.

Hércules' last participation in La Liga was in last season (2010–11), having spent 20 seasons in La Liga: period 1935–42 (no football between 1936–39 due to the Spanish Civil War), 1945–46, from 1954–56, 1966–67, from 1974–82, 1984–85, 1996–97 and 2010–11. Hércules was 22nd in the all-time La Liga table, 13 points over long-standing rival and neighbours Elche CF. They were in Segunda División only since this related season.

Background at 2011–12 Segunda División:

Round 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 1 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 30 41 42
Home/Away H A H H A H A H A A H A H A H A H A H A H H A H A A H A H H A H A H A H A H A A H A
Result W W L W D W W W W W W L L W L D D L W L W L W L L W W L W L L W W W W D D L L W D W
Position
4
4
7
2
4
2
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
3
3
5
3
5
5
6
6
5
5
6
4
5
6
4
4
4
4
4
4
5
5
5
6
5

CórdobaEdit

Córdoba qualified to this stage in the last matchday (3 June 2012), as Hércules and Alcorcón, after a 0–0 away draw against Celta de Vigo which was heavily criticised by Real Valladolid.[3]

At time, an historical second division outfit, the Andalusia side's last top level participation was 40 years ago – in which it managed to defeat FC Barcelona and draw against Real Madrid at El Arcángel – and it finished fifth in the main category in 1964–65. It had a short spell in the third level in the 2000s, returning in 2007 after defeating Pontevedra CF and SD Huesca.

Córdoba had a regular 2011–12 season, being in the play-off area for some matches, and fighting last mid with neighbouring Almería for the final sixth-place, eventually succeeding.

Córdoba's last participation in La Liga was in 1971–72. The club spent a further seven seasons in the main category, from 1962–69. It ranked 38th in the all-time La Liga table (being surpassed by Levante UD at the end of 2011–12's top division). They were in Segunda División since 2007–08.

Background at 2011–12 Segunda División:

Round 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 1 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 30 41 42
Home/Away H A H A H A H A H A A H A H A H A H H A H H A H A H A H A A H A H A H A H A A H H A
Result D L W W W W D D L W L D W W L W D D W L D W L W L W W W D L W L D L W D W W L W W D
Position
10
16
13
10
6
4
4
4
7
5
9
10
7
4
6
4
5
7
6
7
7
6
7
7
7
6
6
5
6
6
4
6
6
7
7
7
6
6
6
6
5
6

Promotion play-offsEdit

  Semi-finals Final
                         
5 Hércules 1 0 1  
4 Alcorcón (a) 1 0 1  
    4 Alcorcón 0 1 1
  3 Valladolid 1 1 2
6 Córdoba 0 0 0
3 Valladolid 0 3 3  

SemifinalsEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Hércules 1–1 (a) Alcorcón 1–1 0–0
Córdoba 0–3 Valladolid 0–0 0–3

First legEdit

Hércules1 – 1Alcorcón
A. Sardinero   57' Report
Live TV:
Gol T / C+ Liga
Ángel   1'
Attendance: 12,000

Assistant referees:
Íñigo Retegui Lamolla (La Rioja)
Enrique Rodríguez Sánchez (Castile-La Mancha)
Fourth official:
Juan Manuel López Amaya (Andalucía)

Córdoba0 – 0Valladolid
Report
Live TV:
Canal+ 1

Assistant referees:
Francisco Javier Garcia Sabuco (Navarre)
David Maldonado Urbina (Community of Madrid)
Fourth official:
David Jiménez Moreno (Castile-La Mancha)

Second legEdit

Valladolid3 – 0
(3 – 0 agg.)
Córdoba
Óscar   50'
Javi Guerra   64'
Jofre   86'
Report
Live TV:
Canal+ 1

Assistant referees:
Ramón García Salas (Catalonia)
Jorge Bueno Mateo (Aragon)
Fourth official:
Luis Miguel Vallejo Aznar (Aragon)

Alcorcón0 – 0
(1a – 1 agg.)
Hércules
Report
Live TV:
Gol T / C+ Liga

Assistant referees:
Rafael Orellana Benítez (Catalonia)
Ángel Nevado Rodríguez (Extremadura)
Fourth official:
Andrés Manuel Ceballos Silva (Extremadura)

FinalEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Alcorcón 1–2 Valladolid 0–1 1–1

First legEdit

Assistant referees:
David Canales Cerdà (Valencian Community)
Sergio Chinchilla Ortega (Valencian Community)
Fourth official:
Carlos Alberto Carbonell Hernández (Valencian Community)

Second legEdit

Valladolid1 – 1
(2 – 1 agg.)
Alcorcón
Guerra   52' Report
Live TV:
Canal+ 1
Gol T / C+ Liga
Sales   44'

Assistant referees:
Manuel Aboy Rivas (Las Palmas)   3'
José Enrique Naranjo Pérez (Las Palmas)
Fourth official:
Pablo González Fuertes (Asturias)   3'


Promoted to La Liga
Valladolid
(2 years later)

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "RFEF Circular 5" (in Spanish). RFEF. 22 July 2012. Archived from the original on 2011-12-10. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
  2. ^ "'Playoff' sin tanda de penaltis" [Playoffs without penalty shootouts] (in Spanish). Marca. 5 June 2012. Retrieved 6 June 2012.
  3. ^ "Đukić: "Estamos ahorrando mucho dinero al Celta"" [Đukić: "We are saving a lot of money to Celta"] (in Spanish). As. 23 May 2012. Retrieved 7 June 2012.