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It's time to dream of Europe for La Liga's trio of great overachievers | Sid Lowe

At the start of the season, Eibar, Getafe and Girona all had the same objective: survival. Now it can shift to Europe

The alarm went off again at Ipurúa on Wednesday, siren echoing around the Ego valley as if there was an air raid coming, but it was nothing to fear. Although the noise assaults eardrums, loud, piercing and heard all across Eibar, it’s a source of comfort now, not concern. Cause for celebration, too. For years the siren wailed at 7.3am every morning to wake up workers employed in the Alfa metal factory, a cooperative where they made Smith and Wesson revolvers, Singer sewing machines and bicycles, until one day production was moved out of town. The factory was knocked down yet the silence didn’t last for ever. Now it’s the sound of success: SD Eibar, the club from a tiny town of 27,000 on the verge of going from regional football to Europe in five years. Unless two of Spain’s other great overachievers can stop them.

After decades of being blasted out in the morning, lunchtime and at the end of the day, the siren had become such a symbol of the town that Roberto Vergara decided he had to intervene. For five years he had it in his garage. He cleaned and fixed it but while it had been used to open the local fiestas, mostly it went unheard, exhibited in the town’s industrial museum until, some time in 2008-09, Roberto took it to the football ground. It was put up in the south stand and they set it off whenever Eibar scored. It didn’t bring them much luck that year – Eibar were relegated – but it’s been going off a lot since. On Wednesday night it sounded at 9.44pm – for the 24th time this season.

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Understated Eibar continue to show size doesn't always matter | Sid Lowe

Only Barcelona and Atlético can match Eibar’s results over the last three months as another unlikely run at Europe continues

Iván Ramis took off his shirt and put his hat on, a flat red porkpie perched on his head as he stood in the corner of Butarque where a couple of dozen Eibar fans down from the Ego valley were going wild in wigs: some red, some blue and some Scottish, ginger locks tumbling from tam o’ shanters. As he had flung his top high into the air before running towards them shouting, they had thrown the hat on the pitch; so he wore it, along with a smile that even the referee trotting over with a yellow card couldn’t wipe from his face. “I don’t know why he took his shirt off but what am I going to say?” his manager José Luis Mendílibar shrugged .

How about something in German, French or Italian? “Entschuldigung, wo ist das Fußballstadion?” might be handy. Or: “Bonjour, bonjour, nous sommes les garçons Eibar!” Better still: “Ciao, siamo l’Eibar, magari non avete sentito parlare de noi ma siamo fotutamente bravi.” Either way, it may be time to get practising and Mendilíbar knew why Ramis had taken off his shirt, alright: the same reason he was struggling to be heard, sitting there under the stand. Eibar’s fans had gone, a four-hour drive home ahead of them, but beyond the wall, down the corridor to the right, their players were shouting and chanting. It was Saturday night and they’d beaten Leganés 1-0 – but it wasn’t only that; it was how it happened and what it meant.

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