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Incredible Eibar win promotion to La Liga

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While the European Champions Real Madrid were still celebrating their Champions League triumph, there was a lot still to be sorted out in the Spanish second division on Sunday evening.

Deportivo La Coruña led the table at the start of the season's third-last week, but it was a less famous side that was attracting most of the attention - S.D. Eibar, the team from the Basque Country town of the same name which has a population of just 27,000.

Eibar were in second place at the start of the day and a win coupled with a Las Palmas loss would see them promoted to La Liga and give Madrid's two teams a slightly less-glamorous trip in the season to come than the one they made to Lisbon on Saturday night.

At Ipurua, Eibar's 5,250 seater stadium, there was to be no elegant pre-match show, but tickets were just as hard to come by as they had been the previous night in Lisbon with Eibar on the brink of promotion to Spain's top division for the first time in their history.

Under the management of Gaizka Garitano, Eibar have had a stellar season just one year after winning promotion from the Segunda B division. The newly promoted side has taken the league by storm, with little financial backing to aid them.

This lack of money has been the subject of much controversy, however, and has been responsible for much of the media attention on the club in recent weeks. A Spanish league law - the Real Decreto 1251/1999 - means that all professional clubs must have a social capital of 25 percent of the average expenses of all the teams in the league, excluding the two clubs with the biggest and smallest expenditures.

The law means that Eibar needs 1.7 million euros by August 6 if they are to be permitted their place in La Liga. Failure to do so won't only mean missing out on promotion, but it would see the club relegated back to the Segunda B division.

In response, club president Alex Aranzabal has begun issuing shares. The response so far has been incredible, with the club already having generated 40% of the shares needed with residents of Australia, Scotland, England, USA and many areas of Spain purchasing the €50 shares.

A press conference in Madrid last week, attended by Real Madrid's ex-Eibar star Xavi Alonso, raised the situation of Eibar even further.

With shares being sold at a rapid rate, Eibar's players were looking to seal the promotion on the pitch and that's exactly what they did on Sunday night. A 1-0 win at home against fellow Basque side Deportivo Alavés was enough to give them three points and a surprise 3-2 defeat for Las Palmas at the hands of Recreativo Huelva meant that Eibar had won promotion with two games to spare.

A loss by Deportivo La Coruña even meant that Eibar took a one point lead at the top of the table and could finish the season as division winners.

For now, though, Jota's wonderful volley from outside the penalty box will be going down in history as the goal that gave Eibar their first chance to play in La Liga. As long as they now sell enough shares, they'll be allowed to take up that chance.

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