It’s been a long time coming!
Since the last Día del Fútbol Modesto meet-up in January 2020, we’ve seen it all. A global pandemic which shut down regular life, football returning behind closed doors and then gradually with limited crowd numbers and social distancing in place, regulations which remained in place for most of last season.
Now at last, the time is right to meet again, it’s time for Día del Fútbol Modesto 5: The Reawakening!
It’s all happening this Sunday – 31st October.
Game 1️⃣ Villaverde v Fuenlabrada Promesas (Estadio Boetticher – Kick Off 11:30am)
Villaverde is one of my favourite lower league grounds in Madrid, and the one that I’ve visited the most. You’re always sure of a friendly welcome at Botti and their last-minute win over CD Móstoles was one of the highlights of DDFM4.
This season has already had a few ups and downs for them. There has already been a change of management at Boetticher but their record of four wins, four defeats and a draw has them solidly in mid-table. Last weekend they suffered their worst defeat of the season so far, a 4-0 humbling by Getafe B, and having witnessed that first hand, I can safely say that things can only get better.
On this occasion, they are playing host to CDE Madrid 2021 Fuenlabrada Promesas (aka the artists formerly known as Flat Earth FC – which makes it a sort of DDFM3 rematch) who are the current league leaders and remain unbeaten this season.
Villaverde’s stadium can be reached via a short walk from Villaverde Bajo-Cruce (Metro Line 3) or Puente Alcocer (Cercanias Line C5) and there are also buses from the city centre. Entry to the ground is €10.
Lunch – Venue TBC
Needless to say, lunch is an important part of the day!
No venue has been confirmed for lunch, but it’s likely we will stop off somewhere on our way between Villaverde and Moratalaz for el bocata se come en el descanso.
Game 2️⃣ ED Moratalaz v CD Galapagar (Campo de la Dehesa – Kick off 4:30pm)
The second game of the day will see us stay in the Tercera for the match between ED Moratalaz and CD Galapagar at 4:30pm.
Moratalaz only just missed out on promotion last season, eventually losing to CD Móstoles in the play-off final and have had a textbook “inconsistent start” this year – nine matches, three wins, three draws, three defeats. Something will have to give against newly-promoted Galapagar, who sit three points below them in the table.
The very least I’ll be hoping is that the weather is nicer than on my previous visit to Moratalaz, which turned into an epically wet day. Unfortunately our prolonged period of good weather in the city seems set to end this weekend, so make sure you bring your umbrella, just in case!
The Campo de la Dehesa is located in the south east of the city and is a short walk from either Vinateros or Artilleros stations (Metro Line 9) and entry to the stadium is free.
So now you know the schedule and a bit of background, if you have no plans for Sunday, why not join us? As Monday is a public holiday in Spain, you’ll have plenty of time to relax before going back to work on Tuesday!
First and foremost DDFM is a social occasion and an opportunity to meet other people. Regular DDFM attendees include people originally from Spain, all over the UK and Ireland, the Netherlands, Germany and even as far away as Brazil and the USA. We’ve even had people fly in specially for the day!
You don’t need a Masters in understanding the Spanish lower leagues to come along – everyone is welcome! Even if you can only make it to the morning or afternoon game, it’s always case of the more, the merrier.
I’m just excited that we’re getting to have one of these gatherings again. Since I moved to Madrid, these days have been one of my highlights and I’ve met a lot of great people through them.
For more information (and more photos of previous DDFMs) you can check out the official Día del Fútbol Modesto account on Twitter, which I’m sure will be happy to answer any further questions you might have.