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Marbella FC launch club's most ambitious project yet

The playing squad and staff at the Antonio Lorenzo stadium on Wednesday.
The playing squad and staff at the Antonio Lorenzo stadium on Wednesday. / JULIO RODRÍGUEZ
  • Owners Best of You organised a top-level presentation for a project whose sole aim is promotion to the Second Division

"Promotion to the Second Division, that's what we all want." That was the most-repeated phrase at an elaborate presentation of the new project at Marbella FC at the Antonio Lorenzo stadium on Wednesday afternoon.

Around 600 fans were present for the event, organised by the club's new owners Best of You, in which all of the squad's players and technical staff were given individual welcomes and a new clothing line by Pedro del Hierro, as well as the new Adidas-designed home and away strips, were presented.

The event was attended by Marbella mayor Ángeles Muñoz; the town's councillor for Sport, Manuel Cardeña; the CEO of Best of You, Óscar Ribot; Marbella FC general director Héctor Morales; and Best of You sports consultant, Marcos López.

They all conveyed their shared vision for the club: winning group IV of Segunda B and achieving promotion to Segunda, Spanish football's second tier.

15 players stay on

The new cash injection in the club has not been spent on bringing in big names, however. The construction of this new project will be built on similar foundations to last year with 15 players signing contracts to remain with the club.

Last season, Marbella had the best second half to a season in its history with 40 points moving them away from relegation trouble and to a seventh-place finish - enough to qualify for the Copa del Rey.

The biggest coup so far is convincing Paulo Vítor to join on a permanent deal, as well as former QPR man Alejandro Faurlín, who terminated his deal with Mallorca. Juergen will also stay for another year, extending his loan from Watford.