FEATURE | How Mallorca rose from the depths of the Spanish third tier to reach a Copa del Rey final

Venim de l’infern per tocar el cel – We come from hell to touch heaven. Bright red posters emblazoned with this passionate battle cry have been a common sight in the last handful of weeks in the Balearic capital.

This statement couldn’t ring truer for the team from Palma, as since their previous cup triumph in 2003, they have fallen all the way to the Spanish third tier before rising back through the ranks into La Liga once again.

Mallorca haven’t set the world alight this season in the Spanish top division, sitting in 15th and not quite free from the threat of relegation yet, however several good results this season including taking six points home and away against title-challengers Girona will give them the belief that they can cause an upset in Seville on Saturday night.

Mallorca’s Kosovan striker Vedat Muriqi highlighted the danger his team will face against the Williams brothers of Athletic Club, as per El Larguero, he said, “If you don’t pay attention they will catch you off guard, my teammates in defence are a wall, but they are going to have a tough time.”

Mallorca will be hoping to see one of their players step into the same role Samuel Eto’o played in 2003 during their previous triumph, but with none of their players surpassing five goals this season, they need to rely on contributions from the whole squad if they are to come out on top tomorrow evening.

GSFN | Ciaran Currie

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