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The Canarian, Basque, Asturian or Aragonese derbies bring LaLiga SmartBank closer to the First Division

This Thursday was the calendar draw of meetings for the season 22/23 of LaLiga SmartBankleaving an unprecedented panorama in this category, since there will be derbies like the Basque between the Eibar and Alaves, which will be held on November 20; the mythical canary among the Tenerife and Las Palmasand the one who will play the Oviedo against Sportingwhich will take place on December 18, without forgetting the clashes between the Royal Saragossa and the Huesca.

The last movements of the season that has just ended, with the relegation of historical teams, such as Granada, Levante and Deportivo Alavéshas meant a turnaround in the ‘silver category’, in which emotion and competitiveness worthy of LaLiga Santander are expected.

To those that return from above, are added clubs that return, but from below, like the Racing de Santander, which after two seasons has found its place in the Second Division. In addition, veteran First Division clubs such as Tenerife, Sporting de Gijón, Real Zaragoza or SD Eibar will also be part of this new season of the second category of Spanish football.

In total, fifteen of the twenty-two teams that will play LaLiga SmartBank next season have been in the First Division for different years, something that gives the 22/23 season a special interest, since it could be considered a B version of the First, where there will be games that any fan would relate to a normal match of LaLiga Santander.

Also, others twelve teams in this category belong to provincial capital citieswhich means a greater social mass that will surely entail significant travel to follow the achievements of their team, with the economic impact that this will have throughout the season in the different destinations.

On the other hand, the quarries will also have a special role. The Villarreal B stands as the only subsidiary team in the category with a young but very powerful squad.

However, Villareal’s academy will not be the only one with a prominent role in the competition, since, for example, Alavés, which has 15 internationals of different nationalities in lower categories, or Sporting de Gijón, with its prestigious Mareo school, they will try to help their teams to reach the goals set.

The sum of all these factors results in a very attractive competition also from the economic point of view. This is demonstrated by the bets they are making big investment funds in Second Division teams, as in the case of Royal Saragossa, whose 51% of its capital has been acquired by a group of investors, who have extensive experience in the world of football and in the management of clubs worldwide such as Inter Miami (USA), Racing Club de Lens (France) and Millonarios FC (Colombia). As well as the recent announcement made by the CD Leganes for which the American group Blue Crow Sports has been done with 99.1% of its capital.

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