Unicaja Costa de Almeria, who had spent more than 20 years in Europe, returned to Europe on June 14th 2019. It seemed impossible for the 22 consecutive European competition seasons to happen. But with the pandemic and caution, they decided to wait for a better opportunity. With the title of the Men's Volleyball Super League now under his belt, and with the round figure 30 national winners, and in an exceptional position in terms both of public reaction and support from the supporters, it seemed that the time was right to return to the front door of the CEV Champions League.
Despite the negotiations and talks that were held up until the deadline for registration, it was not possible. After a remarkable season and a thrilling final, the club must exercise its responsibility. This inexorably requires it to have a balanced budget. It is clear that the club feels that this difficult decision was made. This frustration is especially evident due to the effort he put into making it happen. The main regret of the saving entity lies in not being able fulfill the wishes of its fans, and Almeria as a whole.
The financial support required to compete in the Champions League is not available. This requires the training of a long-standing and competitive team and the payment of significant expenses for travel and organizing matches. Yes, the club would like to publicly thank the Almeria Provincial Council. Its president Javier Aureliano Garcia is at the helm, and his sports deputy Jose Antonio Garcia is in constant contact, showing interest in the registration. When he was welcomed at the Provincial Palace, the president fulfilled his promise to the team as a champion for the European project.
In a note released a few minutes ago, the club praises the Diputacion's work. However, other public institutions are not mentioned. "Other support was required to complete the budget so that the season as a whole would not be endangered." Unicaja Costa de Almeria is still working to create a team to fight for the national titles in 2022/2023. This will be complicated by the undisputed rise of Spanish volleyball's level. It will be at least one year before Europe can realize its dream. This assumes that Spain must play a significant role in restoring it. They will fight for the right to compete in the European competition once more. If it is won, the club will try again to find the support needed to make something happen that will undoubtedly benefit Almeria.