UD Las Palmas
Unión Deportiva Las Palmas, S. A. D. is a Spanish football team based in the autonomous community of Canary Islands. Founded on 22 August 1949, it plays in Segunda División, holding home games at the Estadio Gran Canaria, with a capacity of 32,400 seats; the club remains the only one in Spanish football to achieve back-to-back promotions to La Liga in its first two seasons. It had a 19-year run in the competition, ending in 1982–83, they have been promoted to La Liga on three additional occasions since that time, most from 2015 to 2018. Its main rivals are Tenerife from said neighbouring island. Las Palmas and Tenerife contest the Canary Islands derby; the two clubs are among the most isolated professional football clubs in Europe, since they play their away games on the distant Spanish mainland. Though the club registered with the Royal Spanish Football Federation on 6 June 1949, UD Las Palmas was founded on 22 August of that year, as the result of a merger between all five clubs on the island: Club Deportivo Gran Canaria, Atlético Club de Fútbol, Real Club Victoria, Arenas Club and Marino Fútbol Club.
The union was to create a club strong enough to keep Canarian players on the island and not to seek a better career on the mainland. Debate was held on the name of the club, which it was agreed would not include the names of any of its predecessors. An early option, Deportivo Canarias, was scrapped due to referring to the Canary Islands on a whole rather than the island of Gran Canaria; the name Las Palmas by itself was put forward, rejected due to the name having been taken by a defunct club in the city. The first training session at the new club was held on 16 September 1949. Las Palmas finished second in their first season in the Tercera División, ranking third in the following year's Segunda División to reach La Liga for the first time and became the first Spanish club to achieve consecutive promotions in its first two years of existence; the first season in the top flight ended, however, in relegation, but the team returned to the category in 1954, going on to enjoy a six-year spell. After Las Palmas returned to La Liga at the end of the 1963–64 season, again as champions, the club went on to have their most successful spell in the competition.
Managed by Vicente Dauder, they finished third in 1967–68 behind Real Madrid and FC Barcelona, four club players made the Spain squad which hosted and won the UEFA Euro 1964 tournament. Las Palmas player Juan Guedes died on 9 March 1971 at the age of 28; the next season, French coach Pierre Sinibaldi led the club to the fifth place, with subsequent qualification for the UEFA Cup: after disposing of Torino F. C. and ŠK Slovan Bratislava, the Spaniards bowed out to Dutch club FC Twente. Las Palmas' third appearance in European competition came with the 1977–78 UEFA Cup, where they defeated FK Sloboda Tuzla of Yugoslavia in the first round before falling to the English side Ipswich Town. Under the management of Miguel Muñoz, with players such as Argentines Miguel Ángel Brindisi, Daniel Carnevali, Carlos Morete and Quique Wolff, the club reached their first final of the Copa del Rey in that year, losing on 19 April to Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. From the 1990s onwards, Las Palmas played in the Segunda División, but spent six years in Segunda División B – the new third level created in 1977 – and, from 2000–02, competed in the top flight.
On 3 October 2001 the side managed a 4–2 home win against Real Madrid, with youth product Rubén Castro scoring two goals for the hosts, but the season ended nonetheless in relegation. On the 22 December 2001, Las Palmas played its 1,000th game in La Liga. On 21 June 2015, Las Palmas was promoted back to La Liga after defeating Real Zaragoza on the away goals rule. 34 seasons in La Liga 28 seasons in Segunda División 6 seasons in Segunda División B 1 season in Tercera División As of 12 March 2019. Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. La LigaRunners-up: 1968–69Segunda DivisiónWinners: 1953–54, 1963–64, 1984–85, 1999–00Segunda División BWinners: 1992–93, 1995–96Copa del ReyRunners-up: 1978 Las Palmas has used farm teams since 1954, but its official B-team, Las Palmas Atlético, was founded in 1976.
A third side was founded in 2006 and reached the highest division of regional football, the Preferente, before folding in 2010 and being re-created the following season. The club had a women's team in the top division between 2009 and 2011. In 2010 Las Palmas founded an indoor football team for the Liga de Fútbol Indoor, staging matches at the Centro Insular de Deportes. Las Palmas' badge is a blue shield with yellow scrolls on top with the club's name and archipelago; the municipal arms, granted by the city's mayor, feature in the centre of the design. Underneath lie the five crests of the clubs which unite
RC Celta de Vigo
Real Club Celta de Vigo known as Celta Vigo or Celta, is a Spanish professional football club based in Vigo, Galicia playing in La Liga. It was founded on 23 August 1923 following the merger of Real Vigo Sporting and Real Fortuna Football Club. Nicknamed Os Celestes, they play in sky blue socks along with white shorts; the club's home stadium is the Abanca-Balaídos. Celta's name is derived from the Celts, its main rival is fellow Galician club Deportivo de La Coruña, with whom it contests the Galician derby. Celta have never won the league title nor Copa del Rey, although they have reached the final three times in the latter. One of the team's best seasons was 1970–71, when they finished unbeaten at home and were known as the "giant-killers". Celta qualified for the UEFA Cup for the first time; the club finished in their best-ever position of fourth in 2002–03, qualifying for the 2003–04 UEFA Champions League, where they were eliminated by Arsenal in the Round of 16. In the 2016–17 UEFA Europa League, Celta reached the semi-finals of the UEFA Europa League for the first time, losing to Manchester United.
R. C. Celta de Vigo was formed as a result of the ambition of Vigo's teams to achieve more at national level, where the Basque sides had been their bête noire in the Spanish Championship; the idea was to merge both teams to create a more powerful team at national level. The standard-bearer of this movement was Manuel de Castro, known as "Handicap", a sports writer for the Faro de Vigo who, from 1915, began to write in his articles about the need for a unitarian movement; the slogan of his movement was "Todo por y para Vigo", which found support among the managers of Real Vigo Sporting and Real Club Fortuna de Vigo. It was backed unanimously when de Castro himself presented the motion at the assembly of the Royal Spanish Football Federation in Madrid on 22 June 1923. On 12 July 1923, at the annual general meetings of Vigo and Fortuna held at the Odeon Theatre and in the Hotel Moderno the merger was approved, thus the "Team of Galicia" was born. In the last AGM of Fortuna and Vigo to approve the formation of a new club held on 10 August 1923, the members decided upon the team's name.
Various names suggested include "Real Unión de Vigo", "Club Galicia", "Real Atlántic", "Breogán" and "Real Club Olimpico". The latter name was popular, but they decided on "Real Club Celta", an ethnic race linked to Galicia; the first president of Celta was the Count of Torre Cedeira. At this AGM, the squad was decided, which numbered 64 players in total and included some notable players from both Fortuna and Vigo: Goalkeepers: Isidro and Rubido Defenders: Otero, Pasarín, Juanito Clemente, Daniel y Kaíto Midfielders: Jacobo Torres, Queralt, Pombo, Cruces, Córdoba, Máximo y Bienvenido Forwards: Reigosa, Posada, Correa, Ramón González, Pinilla, Chicha, Miguelito y Casal, Park. Manager: Francis Cuggy 1997 through to 2003 saw arguably the best results in Celta's history, this period They were dubbed "EuroCelta" by the Spanish press as a result of their European exploits, notable results included a 4–1 aggregate win against Liverpool in the 1998–99 UEFA Cup, a 4–0 second leg thumping of Juventus in the 1999–2000 UEFA Cup and a 7–0 home win against Benfica in the 1999–2000 UEFA Cup.
The club would qualify for the 2003–04 UEFA Champions League going out in the last 16 to Arsenal 5–2 on aggregate. Key players during the period included Alexander Mostovoi, Valery Karpin and Haim Revivo, though the squad relied upon other international players as well, such as goalkeeper Pablo Cavallero. Celta had a dramatic reversal of fortune in 2003–04. In the previous season, they finished fourth in the league, putting them in the third qualifying round of the Champions League. Celta entered the group phase after eliminating Slavia Prague, reached the last 16 before being knocked out by Arsenal. However, their domestic form was disastrous, finishing second-to-last in La Liga, thus sealing their relegation to the Segunda División. Although the squad was dismantled following the demotion, Celta earned an immediate return to the top flight after finishing second in 2004–05. In the 2005–06 season, they finished sixth earning a return once more to the UEFA Cup, they made it to the last 16 in that competition as well before losing to German side Werder Bremen.
The next year, 2006–07, Celta finished in 18th and were once again relegated to the Segunda División. At the end of June 2007, Celta avoided going into administration. However, if an agreement was not put in place between the club and its creditors within three months courts would declare the liquidation of the club's assets. Due to heavy debt, the club was forced to sell many players and make tremendous cuts in the club's finances. Since they have been relying on the reserve team, combined with some inexpensive signings. During the first three seasons in the Segunda División, the club struggled to avoid further relegation, all amid fears of the club's complete disappearance; this was a period of high instability, with constant changes of players. In the 2010–11 season, the signings of striker David Rodríguez, winger Enrique de Lucas and manager Paco Herrera turned the situation around; the club finished sixth after a
José Luis Veloso
José Luis Fidalgo Veloso is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a striker. He amassed La Liga totals of 84 games and 33 goals over the course of six seasons, representing Deportivo and Real Madrid. Born in Santiago de Compostela, Veloso played professionally with Deportivo de La Coruña, Real Madrid, CD Ourense and Rayo Vallecano. With the second club he was used exclusively as a reserve, but still managed to score nine goals in only 16 games in the 1966–67 season to win the first of his three La Liga championships with the team. Veloso returned in 1973 at the age of 36, after one year with local SD Compostela in the lower leagues. Veloso gained four caps for Spain in seven months. Two of his three goals came in the qualifying phase for the 1964 European Nations' Cup, which the country won as hosts – he was overlooked for the finals, however. Real MadridLa Liga: 1966–67, 1967–68, 1968–69 European Cup: 1965–66 Pichichi Trophy: 1960–61 José Luis Veloso at BDFutbol José Luis Veloso at National-Football-Teams.com Spain stats at Eu-Football
Unión Deportiva Salamanca, S. A. D. was a Spanish football team in the autonomous community of Castile and León. Founded on 16 March 1923 and nicknamed Los Charros, the club played in white shirts and black shorts, holding home games at Estadio El Helmántico, which seated 17,341 spectators. Formed by Irish students, Salamanca first played in early Spanish championships in 1907, before an official league was founded on. On 16 March 1923, at the tables of Café Novelty, situated in the Plaza Mayor, Dionisio Ridruejo set the club's early official foundations and, from 1939 and during the following three decades, it fluctuated between the third and the second levels of the Spanish football league. In the 1974–75 season, Salamanca made its La Liga debuts, overachieving for a final 7th position, which would be its best classification ever; the team lasted in the topflight until 1981 coached by José Luis García Traid returned the following year for a further two seasons, being further relegated to Segunda División B – the new third division created in 1977 – in 1984–85, spending three years in that category before promoting back.
In 1994–95's second division, after finishing fourth in the league, Salamanca lost the first leg of the promotion/relegation playoffs against Albacete Balompié, 0–2 at home, but won 5–0 away, returning to the main level after eleven years. The club was managed by 29-year-old Juan Manuel Lillo in charge for the following season, as the Castile and León club ranked 22nd and last in the top level. From 1999 onwards, Salamanca stabilized in the second level, save for the 2005–06 season spent in the third division, with the club winning the regular season and promoting in the playoffs. Veteran Quique Martín was arguably the most important player of the club in the decade, whilst Argentine Jorge D'Alessandro, who held the record for most games in the top division in the club's history, worked with the team as a manager in a further two spells. 2010–11 brought a club record ten consecutive defeats between December 2010/February 2011, two coaching changes, as Salamanca returned to the third division after five years.
On 18 June 2013, 90 years after its foundation, the club was liquidated due to the accumulation of unpaid debts. Unión Deportiva Salamanca - Salamanca Athletic Club - did not play in any official competition Unionistas de Salamanca Club de Fútbol - 12 seasons in La Liga 34 seasons in Segunda División 9 seasons in Segunda División B 19 seasons in Tercera División 1 season in Categorías Regionales Numbers taken from the official website: www.udsalamanca.es and www.lfp.es Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Segunda División: 1987–88, 1991–92, 1993–94 Segunda División B: 2005–06 La Liga: Promotion 1973–74, 1981–82, 1996–97 See Category:UD Salamanca footballers Official website Futbolme team profile Unofficial website Unofficial supporters forum
Deportivo Alavés, S. A. D.. Founded on 23 January 1921 as Sport Friends Club, it plays in the highest football category of The Liga Nacional de Fútbol Profesional, La Liga, since the 2016–17 season, it is recognized as the third most successful team in the Basque Country following Athletic Club of Bilbao and Real Sociedad de Futbol of San Sebastián. Its biggest success was in 2001 when, in the year of its debut in European competition, it was one of the finalists in the 2001 UEFA Cup Final against Liverpool, being defeated 5–4 by golden goal. In 2017, the club reached the final of the Copa del Rey; the team's home kit is blue shorts and white socks. It holds home matches at the 19,800-seater Mendizorrotza Stadium and uses other facilities located in Ibaia dedicated to training. Founded in 1921, Alavés was the first club to win promotion from the Segunda División to La Liga in 1929–30, a stint which would last three years. In 1953–54 the club would reach the top league again for a two-year spell.
After years of facing disappearance which lasted well into the 1990s, Alavés achieved a promotion back into the Segunda División in 1994–95 after two consecutive years of winning their group in Segunda División B – created as the new third level in 1977 – but failing in the promotion play-offs. After winning the Segunda División in 1997–98, Alavés returned to the top level after a 42-year hiatus. Following their return season in which they escaped relegation by a single point, they achieved two wins against Barcelona in the following campaign and would qualify for the UEFA Cup for the first time upon finishing sixth; as well as concluding the domestic campaign in tenth position, in 2000–01 the Basque club reached the final of the UEFA Cup after beating Internazionale, Rayo Vallecano and 1. FC Kaiserslautern, the latter in a crushing 9–2 aggregate victory; the final ended in a 4–5 loss against Liverpool, Alavés losing to an "own-golden goal" after taking the match to extra time. The match featured two red cards and two disallowed goals in extra time in addition to the nine goals which did count, has been described by some observers as one of the greatest showpiece games in the competition's history.
Alavés ended 2001–02 in seventh position and qualified for the UEFA Cup for a second time, although the European campaign of 2002–03 was far less successful than two years earlier, with an opening win over Ankaragücü followed by a defeat to another Turkish Süper Lig side, Beşiktaş. On 26 January 2003, the club celebrated their 100th win in La Liga after defeating Real Valladolid 3–1. Although Alavés were relegated after 2002–03, they regained top flight status two years later. In this time, Alavés was bought by Ukrainian–American businessman Dmitry Pietrman, several clashes followed with the club's coaches and fans alike; the top-division return only lasted one season as the club went through three head coaches and finished in 18th position, one point from safety. Piterman departed in 2007. After two years of battling against relegation to the third level, Alavés succumbed in 2008–09. A subsequent black period in Segunda B lasted four years until Alavés was bought by José Antonio Querejeta and were promoted again to the second division in 2013 as overall champions of the third tier, providing an opportunity to sort out its economic difficulties.
Three years on 29 May 2016, Alavés was promoted to La Liga as second tier champions after beating Numancia 2–0 to overtake Leganés on the final day. On 10 September 2016, Alavés got their first win of their return season in La Liga by defeating defending La Liga champions Barcelona 2–1 at the Camp Nou. On 7 February 2017, Alavés qualified for the 2017 Copa del Rey Final after eliminating Celta de Vigo in the semi-finals of the competition; this was the first time in their history that the club had qualified for the final of the national cup, their previous best being the semi-finals in 1998 and 2004. Their opponents in the final would be Barcelona, coincidentally the two clubs met in the league directly after their cup semi-finals. Barcelona won the final, held at the Estadio Vicente Calderón with a 3–1 scoreline, meaning there would be no return to European competition for Alavés. 14 seasons in La Liga 37 seasons in Segunda División 12 seasons in Segunda División B 22 seasons in Tercera División 1 season in Divisiones Regionales As of 31 January 2019Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules.
Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Segunda DivisiónWinners: 1929–30, 1953–54, 1997–98, 2015–16Segunda División BWinners: 1992–93, 1993–94, 1994–95, 2012–13Tercera DivisiónWinners: 1940–41, 1960–61, 1964–65, 1967–68, 1973–74 Winners: 1989–90Regional ChampionshipBiscay Championship: 1929–30 Gipuzkoa Championship: 1938–39Copa Federación de EspañaWinners:: 1945–46Copa del ReyRunners-up: 2016–17 UEFA CupRunners-up: 2000–01 Name – Mendizorrotza City – Vitoria-Gasteiz Capacity – 19,840 Inauguration – 1924 Pit
Racing de Santander
Real Racing Club de Santander, S. A. D. known as Racing de Santander, is a Spanish football club based in Santander, in the autonomous community of Cantabria. Founded in 1913, it plays in Segunda División B – Group 2, holding home games at Estadio El Sardinero, with a capacity for 22,222 spectators, it is one of the ten founding clubs of La Liga. Racing de Santander played its first match on 23 February 1913, it was founded on 14 June, as Santander Racing Club, appearing in its first tournament during that summer and being admitted to the Northern Federation on 14 November merging with Santander Football Club. In the 1928/29 season, the Spanish League competition began. After a complicated elimination process to determine the tenth and final team for the new First Division, Racing successively beat Valencia and Sevilla; the club was part of the first goalless game in the league, against Athletic Club. During the Second Republic, the classifications of Santander varied. In the 1930/31, It achieved the subchampionship of the Spanish League, tied at 22 points with champion Athletic Club, third-place Real Sociedad.
This is the highest level achieved by the club in all its history, trained by the English Robert Firth and chaired by Fernando Pombo. They participated in the International Tournament of Paris, falling in the semifinal to Slavia of Prague. In the 1930s, under the presidency of the academic José María de Cossío, it had varied positions, from third place in to low table rankings. In seasons Racing played in the Commonwealth Championship of Castilla-Aragón, in which it finished second in the first season. Meanwhile, in Cantabria a lesser championship was disputed, not qualifying for the Spanish Cup. During the 1935/36 season, Racing was the first club in the Spanish league to beat Barcelona and Real Madrid in the four league matches in the same season: on 8 December 1935 won 4-0 against Barcelona in the Campos de Sport de El Sardinero, on 15 December won in Madrid 2-4, on 8 March 1936 beat Barcelona 2-3 and on 15 March defeated Madrid 4-3 at El Sardinero; the only player to score in all matches was Milucho.
In 1950, the Cantabrians returned to the top flight after a ten-year absence, scoring 99 goals in only 30 games. During the period of Francoist Spain, the club was renamed Real Santander in 1941, because of the prohibition on non-Spanish names; the name was restored in 1973 as the team returned to the first division one year after nearly relegating, under young manager José María Maguregui. Racing de Santander was relegated, And spent the ensuing seasons bouncing between divisions one and two being crowned champions in Segunda División B in 1991. Veteran Quique Setién returned to his main club the following year, helping it return to the top flight and scoring in the 1994–95 campaign against FC Barcelona, in a historic 5–0 home win. Racing was the first Spanish team to wear a sponsor's name on their shirt: German electronics company Teka on 27 December 1981 away to Real Madrid. In the 2000s, Racing only played one season in the second division, winning promotion with Setién as manager. In 2007–08, under Marcelino García Toral, it finished in sixth position, thus qualifying to the UEFA Cup for the first time ever.
On 22 January 2011, Indian business tycoon Ahsan Ali Syed and chairman of Western Gulf Advisory, an investment company, purchased Racing de Santander firing coach Miguel Ángel Portugal. The 2011–12 season brought with it three different managers, the side returned to the second level after one full decade in the top division. At the end of the following campaign, Racing again finished in 20th position and suffered relegation being immersed in a severe institutional and economic crisis. In spite of that plight, the team was able to reach the quarterfinals in the 2013–14 edition of the domestic cup after ousting top-divisioners Sevilla FC and UD Almería. On 27 January 2014, Racing's players, citing several months of unpaid wages, announced they would not play their upcoming Cup match unless the club's president and board resigned. Three days prior to the second leg against Real Sociedad and after a 1–3 loss in the first match, Racing players gathered at the centre circle after kick-off and refused to play.
Referee Jesús Gil Manzano suspended the game after one minute, the home team was given a loss due to forfeit. Racing won their group in the 2013–14 Segunda División B, won the playoff against Llagostera to be promoted back to the second tier, but they were relegated in the 2014–15 season, they again took first place in the Segunda B section in 2015–16, but were eliminated in the promotion playoffs, failing to score a goal across four matches in the ties lost to Reus and Cadiz. 44 seasons in La Liga 33 seasons in Segunda División 6 seasons in Segunda División B 4 seasons in Tercera División Seg
Burgos CF (I)
Burgos Club de Fútbol was a Spanish football club based in Burgos, in the autonomous community of Castile and León. Founded in 1936, it managed six seasons in the first division in the late 1970s. Due to serious economic debts, it disappeared in 1983. Eleven years José María Quintano, a local entrepreneur, decided to refound the club with the same name, it started competing again, in the regional leagues independent from its predecessor. 6 seasons in La Liga 17 seasons in Segunda División 1 seasons in Segunda División B 16 seasons in Tercera División Sergije Krešić Ilija Katić Juanito Miguel Ángel Portugal Marcel Domingo Lucien Muller