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On Friday, RCD Mallorca announced the arrival of Pablo Ortells as the new Sporting Director at the club, a move that leaves current Sporting Director Javier Recio out in the cold. The decision came as a surprise to many but was described by the club as the culmination of a search that ‘spanned many months and many interviews with various candidates’.

Who is Pablo Ortells?

Pablo Ortells, 40 years of age, has spent the past 17 years at Villarreal, working his way up through the ranks from youth coach all the way up to his most recent role of Sporting Director. In his time as Sporting Director the club has made unprecedented profits (24 million Euros across 4 years) arising from good player recruitment and selling at a profit. Ortells has resided over the sales of players such as Eric Bailly (38M to Manchester United), Pablo Fornals (28M to West Ham) and Rodri (25M to Atletico Madrid). However, all has not been rosy as there have been a number of marquee signings that have flopped such as Roberto Soriano (14m euros) and Enes Ünal (14m euros). Ortells has achieved top level coaching awards, scouted at the highest level and is described as someone who stays out of the media and works in the shadows.

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Farewell 2019 good friend 🇬🇧

Budimir marcó el primero.

Real Mallorca fans could be forgiven for not wanting 2019 to end. A year that saw them unbeaten at Son Moix in the Segunda, mount an incredible remontada from 2-0 down to gain promotion to La Liga and then beat Real Madrid on the island. Yet, all good things come to an end. As we say farewell 2019 good friend, it is time to look forward to 2020 and Real Mallorca’s new year’s resolutions.
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Take Kubo: Time to Shine 🇬🇧

  • 20 de noviembre de 2019
  • Escrito por Alex Fitzpatrick
  • English RCDM

Whispers and rumours normally surround a transfer for weeks, but this one came as a bolt out of the blue. Pictures appeared on twitter of CEO Maheta Malongo and a young Japanese player, Takefusa Kubo walking through Mallorca airport on the morning of August 22nd. After an uninspiring transfer window for Mallorca, the club had pulled a rabbit out of the hat luring the highly rated youngster on loan from Real Madrid. Kubomania ensued on the island with fans dressing up in traditional Japanese Happi and press flocking from the far East. Yet Take, as he prefers to be called, has had to wait his turn, with substitute appearances and few starts. After his match winning moments against Villarreal almost two weeks ago it might just be Take Kubo’s time to shine.

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Salva Sevilla and the Young Pretender to his Throne 🇬🇧

  • 6 de noviembre de 2019
  • Escrito por Alex Fitzpatrick
  • English RCDM

After the relegation to the Segunda B, not many would have taken the gamble on moving down a division to join the newly relegated Mallorca. One man did, not just one division but two, with Salva Sevilla moving from Espanyol to Mallorca. Many eyebrows were raised but he has proved to be the talisman, a trusted leader and the literal centre of everything for Real Mallorca in the last two and a bit seasons. This Sunday Mallorca will face Villarreal without him and there is a new pretender to his throne.

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Woes on the Road; What does history tell us?🇬🇧

  • 29 de octubre de 2019
  • Escrito por Alex Fitzpatrick
  • English RCDM

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A healthy return of ten points in nine games meant Real Mallorca were on track to stay in La Liga. Yet one defeat, away to bottom side Leganes, has set the alarm bells ringing. It is now ten away games spanning six months since Real Mallorca won away from Son Moix. With such woes on the road, I turn to the history books to see what they tell us in the quest for La Liga survival.

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Real Madrid: Pitch Side Perspective 🇬🇧

  • 23 de octubre de 2019
  • Escrito por Alex Fitzpatrick
  • English RCDM

Real Mallorca pulled off arguably their finest victory in the last ten years on Saturday evening. In this week’s blog post, I’m going to take a look at where the game was won and lost as well as giving you a unique insight into what it looked like from my pitch side vantage point.

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