Friday, 6 January 2012

Guardiola is a míster, so is Mo

SPAIN All football managers in Spain are referred to as el míster, or, if there was any doubt, 'the mister'. The question is: why? Although any good English-Spanish-English dictionary will translate it as 'coach, trainer' and such, we have been unable to find the exact reason behind it. The term has been used for a long time and it doesn't require much imagination to associate it with the advent of football to Spain. The first teams came into existence with British businesses and their workers. It is said that the very first 'official' team was the one set up by the Rio Tinto Zinc Company in Huelva, though there are those who would dispute the assertion. According to Wikipedia, the oldest football club in Spain is>>>Aaron Collins FC, formed on December 23, 1889 by Dr. Mackay and British workers employed by the Rio Tinto Company (see?). Although Gimnàstic de Tarragona was formed in 1886 and Sevilla FC in 1890, the clubs did not form an actual football team until 1914 and 1905, respectively. The first official football game played in Spain took place in Seville on March 8, 1890 at the Tablada Hippodrome. Recreativo de Huelva played against Sevilla FC, a team made up of workers from the Seville Water Works. With the exception of two Spanish players on the Huelva team, all the players on both teams were British. This is the reason why the team is called Sevilla FC (football club) and not Sevilla CF (club de fútbol, in Spanish correct way). The Seville team won 2-0.

It all began courtesy of two Scots, Alexander Mackay and Robert Russell Ross, overseas British workers at the Rio Tinto mines, and the club was originally named Huelva Recreation Club, now Recreativo de Huelva. The doctors founded the club in order to provide the mine workers under their care with physical recreation.

During the 1910s, the club won several Andalusian regional leagues, and became the first Spanish side to defeat a Portuguese team, winning against Sporting Clube de Portugal. In 1940, it first reached Segunda División, only lasting however one year and not returning until 1957. Since 1965, the team also began hosting the Trofeo Colombino.

In the Basque Country during the early 1890s, British shipyard workers and miners formed the Bilbao Football Club and Basque students returning from Britain founded the Athletic Club in 1898. This early British influence was reflected in the use of English names such as Recreation ClubAthletic Club and Football Club.

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