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Can a team of rejects and misfits really reach the Champions League next season?

Getafe, yes Getafe, are currently heading for the big time

The Champions League is an exclusive gated community.

The same European elite jostling for the biggest prize in club football, season after season.

Except, next year, there might be a new kid on the block if things stay the way they are in Spain.

Bolt from the blue

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Bolt from the blue

Getafe, yes little Getafe, are hellbent on gatecrashing the party.

The La Liga minnows currently sit fourth in the Spanish top flight, one point clear of Alaves with a game in hand and just six behind Real Madrid.

And this really is a true underdog story.

Jose Bordalas is creating miracles

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Jose Bordalas is creating miracles

That’s because Getafe are essentially a mish-mash of rejects and misfits, bundled together to create one quirky cocktail of fun.

Their regular starting XI cost just €4.2m to assemble and over half of that went on one player, the brilliantly named Dakonam Djene.

The vast majority of their players are more accustomed with second-tier football across the continent than pursuing a Champions League dream.

Most football fans probably assumed Mathieu Flamini was focusing more on his lucrative renewable energy endeavours by now.

Mathieu scrubs up well

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Mathieu scrubs up well

Instead the 35-year-old is the midfield linchpin of a resolute side despite being without a club for six months.

According to Sid Lowe at The Guardian, major Spanish newspapers regularly don’t bother sending reporters to cover their matches.

They have the third smallest average attendance in the division whilst their budget is approximately one 16th that of Barcelona’s.

A true underdog story

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A true underdog story

Basically, they’re defying all logic. Forget David and Goliath.

Flamini and his merry men have already won at Villarreal, Sevilla and Real Betis this season.

Jorge Molina is Spain’s answer to Glenn Murray, rolling back the years with 10 goals already at the ripe old age of 36. Some think an international call up is in the offing to cap a remarkable career.

Molina is on the verge of a Spain call up

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Molina is on the verge of a Spain call up

They now have 13 games – 13 cup finals – to secure their best ever league finish and a seat at European’s football’s highest table.

When you’re the fourth biggest team in a city the size of Madrid, it’s understandably challenging to stay relevant to the wider audience.

Getafe, however, are standing up to be counted this season. And some.