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Spanish Segunda División

 By Lee Roden

Spain's fallen giants struggle to claw their way back to La Liga

Leo Baptistao of Real Betis arrives, while a banner asks for players who are fit to wear the shirt as relegation neared last May.

The Estadio Benito Villamarin in Sevilla holds 52,500 people. Bigger than Anfield, Stamford Bridge or the Etihad, it is a ground built for top-flight football, occupied by the sixth-most-supported team in Spain.

This season it has to make do with life in the Segunda. In the same year that Real Betis came within a penalty shootout of the Europa League quarterfinals, a miserable 25 points from 38 league games saw them relegated to the second division. Mismanaged on financial, institutional and sporting...

Real Betis rehire former coach Pepe Mel as manager

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Pepe Mel previously coached Real Betis from 2010-2013.

Real Betis have hired Pepe Mel as coach, the club confirmed on Saturday.

The Madrid-born Mel will take charge of the Segunda Division club on Monday in a bid to lead them back to the top flight.

The agreement between Betis and Mel is until the end of the season, with an option of two more if he achieves promotion.

Mel, 51, was a Betis player between 1989 and 1993 and coached the club between July 2010 and December 2013. In this spell he was seen as an outstanding leader of the club and helped them...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Zinedine Zidane's son Enzo makes Real Madrid Castilla bow vs. Conquense

Enzo Zidane has opted to play for France's under-age sides ahead of Spain's.

Zinedine Zidane's eldest son made his debut for Real Madrid Castilla on Sunday.

Enzo Zidane, 19, came off the bench in the final minutes of the Segunda B clash against Conquense as Los Blancos recorded a 2-1 win.

Despite playing for Spain under-15s, the midfielder has since chosen to represent France, and his father spoke of his delight at seeing his son receive a call-up to the nation's under-19 team earlier this year.

Zidane Snr was banned for three months from coaching Castilla in October for...

Carlo Ancelotti backs Zinedine Zidane over Castilla coaching badge issue

ESPN FC's Fernando Palomo analyses Iker Casillas' role and future with Spain following the scrutiny the goalkeeper has come under due to his recent form.

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti says the coaching badge issue which could see Zinedine Zidane banned from taking charge of Real Madrid Castilla for three months is unfair.

Zidane is managing Madrid's B team this season, although he is officially listed as an assistant as he has yet to complete the UEFA Pro Licence required by the Spanish authorities.

Rayo Vallecano coach Paco Jemez has called the situation "shameful," while former Barcelona boss Johan Cruyff has played down the issue, saying that...

Murcia fail; Spanish Segunda back on

Spain's Segunda Division is set to start on Saturday as planned after a second Madrid court ruling said the league's authorities were within their rights to forcibly relegate Murcia to the third tier for not fulfilling their financial obligations.

Thursday evening's ruling appears to put an end to what has been a long-running boardroom and courtroom saga, with Mirandes getting a reprieve and staying up despite finishing in the drop zone last year.

A different judge had last week ruled that the La...