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Our pre-season opponents | Malaga B and Extremadura

A look at our double-header opponents in Spain

15 July 2019

The first week of an intense training and match schedule for the Royals in Spain, the workload ramps up again with their first friendly double-header on Tuesday.

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First up for the Royals on Tuesday morning (9am BST), will be a test against Spanish fourth-tier side, Atlético Malagueno, or as they are officially known, Malaga B.

Malaga's first team were playing Champions League football as recently as 2013, but suffered relegation from La Liga at the end of the 2017-18 season, while their reserves dropped down from the third tier after finishing second-bottom in the Spanish Segunda Division B - Group 4.

It was a one-season stay in the third tier for Malaga B, having spent the majority of their 29-year history in the fourth division of Spanish football.

Malaga B has been a successful proving ground for players and managers over the years, with former Real Sociedad and Barcelona winger, José Mari Bakero, taking charge for a brief stint in 2005. Mario Husillos also took charge of Malaga's second string in the mid-noughties - who is now in place as director of football at West Ham United.

For the Royals, manager José Gomes said he aims to give two separate squads 90 minutes of football for the first time in pre-season, after three lots of 45 minutes in their opening pre-season friendlies so far.

Following on from their morning match, a separate Reading team will be taking to the pitch to take on Spanish second tier side, Extremadura UD.

Azulgranas are a relatively young football club, after being founded as a 'phoenix club' in 2007, following the liquidation of CF Extremadura.

Having started off in the sixth division of Spanish football, Extremadura have been steadily climbing back up the leagues as they rebuild and move forward.

They've just come to the end of their second season in the Segunda Division, where they earned a 13th place finish as they consolidated their status in the division.

The club's captain is a striker named Willy Ledesma, who has scored 69 times in 124 appearances for Extremadura.

Manager, Manuel Mosquera, is already a club legend - having played more than 400 times for Extremadura, before taking the reins as manager in February.

The Royals will be taking to the pitch at 6.30pm BST on Tuesday evening in their second behind-closed-doors friendly of the day, to take part in another valuable test on their pre-season training camp.

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