Thursday, 5 August 2010

CD Victoria (Spain)

Club Deportivo Victoria are a club from the town of Tazacorte, on the West Coast of La Palma in the Canary Islands. It's a small town, with a population of just over 5000, and most of the local industry revolves around agriculture, and bananas in particular. However, despite this apparently healthy lifestyle, the area has one of the ighest cancer rates in the country, and it is feared that this is due to the heavy use of pesticides in the area's farmland.

It may be a small town, but it's big enough to support a half decent football club. Formed in 1954, they currently play in the Tercera División Group 12 - the Canarian sub-division of the fourth level of Spanish football. In total they have played 13 seasons at this level, but most of them, bar three seasons in the lower local divisions of the middle of the last decade, have been since 1995.

They play at the pretty decent 5000 capacity Estadio Municipal a few short kilometres to the south of the town. Their only remotely famous player was the Togolese journeyman Adoulazizi Seipou Napo-Damba, although for the most part, and to their credit, they prefer to gather players from the immediate Tazacorte area.

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