The 2015-16 second division championship in Chile is about to reach its final stage. For Everton, they are two games away from clinching promotion back to the Chilean top-flight.
The league format in Chile is well known for its complicated permutations. The Chilean second division compromises two 15-round tournaments in the name of the Apertura and Clausura.
Two promotion places are on offer; the winner of the play-off between the winners of the two competitions, and the team that accumulates the most points from both.
After 30 league games, Deportes Temuco finished as the overall leader and took the automatic promotion place.
The remaining promotion place will be played between Everton and the winner of the remaining play-off tournament between Puerto Montt and Iberia.
The Ruleteros won the play-off tournament at the end of the first stage of the championship beating Cobreloa in the final after overcoming La Serena in the semis.
The final play-off final will take place on 18th and 22nd May.
After the departure of their previous manager, Victor Rivero, mainly due to the poor results in the second round, the Everton Board handed the promotion responsibility to the young coach Hector Tapia.
Chilean Tapia had a chequered career with clubs on both sides of the Atlantic: Colo Colo and Universidad Católica in Chile, Perugia in Italy, Lille in France and Cruzeiro in Brazil, amongst others.
Everton’s home leg will be played before a capacity crowd of 25,000 in the refurbished Sausalito.
We would like to wish our Chilean brothers all the best in their quest for glory. Let’s hope we see the Ruleteros back in the Chilean top flight where they belong.