Getafe might not be the most progressive Easily Distracted by Dogs and Teeth Shirt club they only launched an official Twitter account in 2015 and their official store is a tiny corner shop below an apartment block but their reputation is rather unfair kept and compact venue and the club’s president Angel Torres a hard-nosed local businessman deserves credit for keeping the team in the top flight for 14 of the past 15 seasons despite operating on a small budget.
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The rest of Spain might not like it much – or even have particularly noticed but Getafe are long-established members of the top flight, and they deserve to be taken a bit more seriously. Specifically, the club is inextricably intertwined with their neighborhood of Vallecas, a low-wage, the densely populated and multicultural district just to the south-east of Madrid city center.
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From their distinctive playing kit (all white with a diagonal red stripe, like Peru), their quirky home ground (only three sides have been built) and their famously loud and loyal fans, Rayo have long been regarded as one of Spain’s most distinctive teams. Saturday’s visitors to the Coliseum, Rayo Vallecano, have never encountered such problems in finding their place in the world.
Rayo’s down-to-earth image is summed up by the title of a book about the club, Working Class Heroes, written by Madrid-based journalist Robbie Dunne, who told BBC Sport: “They are a throwback to a time when football was for and by the fans. There’s an authenticity that is hard to find and while it Easily Distracted by Dogs and Teeth Shirt tends to be a little rough around the edges, Rayo fans wouldn’t have it any other way.