The Yellow Submarine

Submarines tend to do two things – they go down and they blow bubbles. That guarantees that when the machines rise, the submarines are going to be in high demand for their badoinkadoinking prowess.

 

But about going up?

In the history of humankind, a submarine has only once gone up and reached the top.

Coincidentally, that was a yellow one as well.

That was sometime during the last millennium when John, Paul, George and Ringo were busy conquering the world.

All other submarines – yellow or otherwise – always went down.

But not anymore.

One of them have somehow managed to overcome the odds, to beat the behemoths, to make the impossible the unimpossible.

Villarreal has somehow ended up top of the Primera Liga – the Spanish premier league.

Pos Team P GD Pts
1 Villarreal 6 8 16
2 Barcelona 6 4 15
3 Real Madrid 6 13 14
4 Celta Vigo 6 8 14
5 Atletico Madrid 6 6 12

This is the first time in their 92 year old history that they have managed this feat!

Its all the more remarkable because just two years ago they were playing in the second division!!

That’s not all – Villarreal comes from a town whose total population is less than 40000!!!

And what’s most impressible is that during the summer, 10 players left and 11 players arrived, so this was supposed to be a transition season (just ask Arsenal fans [In Arsene They Trust] – they have been in transition for a decade apparently). They sold all their strikers – Vietto went to Atlético, Gerard Moreno Balagueró joined Espanyol and Ikechukwu Uche is now at Tigres: their three top scorers had gone. Joel Campbell, was sold as well. Giovani dos Santos went to Los Angeles Galaxy. They’d already sold Gabriel halfway through the season.

This is a fantastic achievement, no matter how short or long the stay.

Nobody expects Villarreal to be at the top come the end of the season – it will be the usual suspects Barcelona or Real Madrid, or at a stretch Athletico Madrid – but noone at the club gives a hoot about that.

As their president put it – its all about not getting relegated, anything else is a bonus.

The way they are playing, survival is a certainty, European places a probability, Champions League places a possibility.

But all that comes later.

For now, the submarine has reached the sky.

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