Villarreal Brings Soccer To The Unemployed: Marcano To Getafe On Loan

Cristian SireraContributor IJune 8, 2010

VILLARREAL, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 18:  Ivan Marcano (L) of Villarreal competes for the ball with Edin Dzeko of Wolfsburg during the UEFA Europa League football match between Villarreal CF and VFL Wolfsburg at El Madrigal stadium on February 18, 2010 in Villarreal, Spain. Villarreal and Wolfsburg tie 2-2.  (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)
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Fernando Roig was the main speaker in a ceremony to present Villarreal's goals for the 2010/11 season.

Among many interviews with team players and club officials who went on stage and spoke about the team's past, present and future, were Javi Venta and Robert Pires, two beloved players who left Vila-real this summer.

Javi Venta said farewell in a video where he he expressed his "hope to return to El Madrigal soon", something that will be possible if he ends up signing with First Division Sporting Gijón, as rumored.

Robert Pires thanked everybody in his brief video conference, talking about how "sometimes things end abruptly, but that does not mean I am grateful for all these years."

Pires was known to want a representative position in the club, a la Zidane in Madrid, but he was instead let go with no further talks of any kind.

The Villarreal B team was also brought on stage and praised for the amazing season the youngsters have achieved in the Spanish Second division, where the groguets have been in the top six for months now, and are sure to end the season surpassing all expectations. 

Meanwhile, Villarreal's main rival, Castellón, was relegated to the Third Division last week, with half the points Villarreal B has. A truly amazing season for Villarreal.

Several of those B team players should join the first team this summer, among them midfielder Jefferson Montero and defender Musacchio have the most chances to start for Garrido's team next year.

The ceremony also had Fernando Roig, the club's president, ensuring the season pass holder campaign that started last year will be repeated this summer. This way, all of Villarreal's fans who have a season pass but find themselves unemployed, will be able to watch all games for free, throughout the season.

Last year, over 15 percent of all season pass holders took advantage of the unemployed campaign. With Spain's unemployment reaching 25 percent, one can only expect those numbers to be higher.

Roig also announced a five percent average decrease in all season pass prices, in order to make sure "all Villarreal fans would be able to afford to come to El Madrigal."

The president's goal is to reach 18,000 season pass holders, a little under the 20,000 from last year, but a realistic approach given that for the first time in six years, the Valencian team will not play in Europe.

Fernando Roig also spoke about how excited this new season will be. "I've always had this idea of having a club where the B team provides the first team with talented players every summer, and where there is little or no need to find foreign signings."

"This next year's team will be close to perfection" Roig said.

He has been an advocate for promoting young Spaniards starting in La Liga constantly, and with Garrido in charge, an employee of the club for more than a decade who came from the B team, the young prospects will replace the voids left by Javi Venta and Robert Pires.

In other news, Ivan Marcano has officially signed for Getafe in a one year loan, after Garrido made public his willingness to let the young left defender go somewhere else.

Garrido has barely given Marcano any playing time since he arrived, and the Spaniard will have to now find minutes in Madrid.

Villarreal has also been rumored to have an important interest in 22-year-old Argentinean midfielder from Ferrocarril Oeste, Gonzalo Pablo Castellani. Garrido already tried to sign the young Argentinean in the Christmas transfer window, but negotiations did not end up well.

With both teams willing to talk again, Castellani could arrive as early as before the World Cup is over.