Ibiza is famed for its tourism, night-life, music & Phoenician heritage. However, its footballing pedigree is at best questionable. Over the years, the island has played second fiddle to the larger Balearic Islands of Mallorca & Menorca when talk has turned to God’s own game.
The most successful team to hail from the island is Sociedad Deportiva Ibiza, who were formed in 1957 and reached the Tercera in 1961. Here they remained for the next 17 seasons, finishing runners-up in their debut season and again in 1966-67. That second runners-up position earned a place in the promotion play-offs, where SD Ibiza beat Madrid based Colonia Moscardó 4-3 on aggregate. However the Galicians CD Lugo had their number in the next round winning 4-1 over two legs. The club’s first Tercera title was secured in 1977-78 and with it came automatic promotion to Segunda B. Here they remained for the next six seasons, never finishing higher than 13th, before finally succumbing to the drop in 1983-84, thanks to a measly total of five wins and 22 points.
|Can Misses - Work in progress... 15 years apart|
Over the next decade, the club resided in the Tercera except for two season long returns to Segunda B. The first in 1989-90 ended in relegation, whilst a second Tercera title earned another visit in 1992-93. This time SD Ibiza achieved their highest ever finish of 11th, but true to the 1990’s tradition, they started to “Large-it in Ibiza” and ran up substantial debts. With the wages unpaid at the season’s end, the club was relegated to the Tercera. It was a sign of things to come as the following season saw the club struggle on & off the pitch and drop to the regional leagues. In 1997 SD Ibiza merged with UD Ibiza to form Club Esportiu Eivissa, taking its name from the Catalan for Ibiza. What followed was a microcosm of the former SD Ibiza; Reasonable results to start with in the Tercera and then a title and promotion to Segunda B in 2007. That first season in the third tier saw the club record a very respectable 7th place finish, but with mounting debts and a drastically cut budget, Eivissa was relegated to the Regional Preferente in May 2009 after failing to pay the players wages. The club struggled on for another season before eventually folding with debts of €1m.
|New club, but same old problems. A spartan crowd watch CE Eivissa|
The first stadium that SD Ibiza used was the Campo de Municipal Deportes, which stood between the Carrer Balears & Carrer Canarias in the district of Sa Bodega. It consisted of two open terraces on the east and west sides, and narrower terraces at the northern and southern ends. Changing facilities were housed at the southern end.
|The "Handkerchief" stand at Can Misses|
In 1991, the municipality opened the Estadi Can Misses to the west of the town, which was three parts impressive, one part barren wasteland. On opening, Can Misses was horseshoe-shaped enclosure that held 9,000 across three open terraces. The third side was left open. During the summer of 2007, the municipality refurbished Can Misses, by upgrading the artificial pitch and building a single tier stand on the west side that included changing & media facilities. The bank of blue & yellow seats tapered away to the north and south sides, whilst the central section was covered by a canvas sail-like cover, which was more handkerchief than roof. Unfortunately, it was a case of design over substance. In November 2012, high winds damaged the cover and the municipality removed it shortly afterwards.
|The Campo de Municipal Deportes|
Since the demise of SD Eivissa, Can Misses went a couple of seasons without has staging senior football, but in 2011 UD Atlético Isleño moved in and are looking to become the next club to "Large-it" in Ibiza
|Can Misses - Ready and waiting for for the next club|
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