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U.S. owned Mallorca promoted to La Liga

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A handful of American soccer and sports stars have been celebrating overnight.

Big time.

Real Mallorca beat Deportivo La Coruna 3-0 at home on Sunday, as they fought back from a 2-0 first leg deficit to win the Segunda division playoffs and seal a return to La Liga after a seven-year absence.

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The owner of the Phoenix Suns, Robert Sarver, and his ownership partner Andrew Kolhberg, lead the American group that bought Mallorca, from Spain’s Balearic Islands, in 2016 for around $22.7 million.

NBA legend Steve Nash, plus former USMNT stars Stuart Holden and Kyle Martino (one of our PL on NBC analysts) also own a minority stake in the club, while Martino’s fellow NBC analyst Graeme Le Saux is also a team consultant.

Rafael Nadal, a Mallorca native, was at the second leg to witness the incredible comeback, as the goal which sent them to La Liga arrived in the 82nd minute from Abdon Prats as Mallorca led 1-0 at half time. A huge pitch invasion at the Estadi de San Moix then capped off a a memorable season as Mallorca finished fifth in Spain’s second tier, one place ahead of Deportivo who just snuck into the playoffs.

Martino revealed his delight in seeing Mallorca complete back-to-back promotions to get back to the top-flight of Spanish soccer.

“Last night was one of the greatest in my short life in football. Over past few years a truly great club fought odds to reach top tier of Spanish football once again. Humbled and grateful to be part of this club. Thank you to our incredible fans, honored to be one of you.”

Mallorca will now be heading to the Nou Camp and the Santiago Bernabeu next season to take on Barcelona and Real Madrid, as their incredible rise through the leagues will be rewarded by taking on the likes of Lionel Messi and Co. in 2019-20.

Look out for Martino, GLS, Nash and Holden in the directors box at the Nou Camp next season.

Steve Nash, Suns owner buy Spanish club Mallorca

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MADRID (AP) Former NBA star Steve Nash and Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver have bought a controlling share of Spanish soccer team Real Mallorca.

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The Mediterranean island club announced Monday that Sarver’s company, also owned by Nash and Andy Kohlberg, has bought shares worth more than 20 million euros ($21 million).

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Mallorca won the 2002-03 Copa del Rey title and had played for 16 consecutive seasons in Spain’s top league before being relegated to the second division in 2013.

Explosion at Spanish stadium has World Cup qualifier in doubt

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There are doubts that the World Cup qualifier between Spain and Belarus will take place after a generator exploded at the Iberostar Stadium in Spain.

The home of Real Mallorca was scheduled to host the Friday match but with one of three generators out and two people reported to be seriously injured, the status of the game is now in question.

Jorge Carretero, spokesperson for the Spanish national team, said three people were working on the power unit outside the stadium when the explosion occurred, but that he believes it can be fixed in time for the match to take place.

The game is scheduled for 5pm local time Friday (11am ET).

In terms of the competition, it is essential that the match is played at some point.  Spain and France are tied at the top of Group I, UEFA’s only 5-team group.

The group’s winner automatically qualifies for the World Cup, while the runner up can attempt to make the playoff round on points total. Spain do have a game in hand on their French counterparts.

Swansea City’s Michu (pictured, left) has been called up to the Spain squad for the first time and was expected to make his debut in the match in some capacity.