Real Valladolid Club de Fútbol, S. A. D. or Real Valladolid or Valladolid, is a football club based in Valladolid, Spain, in the autonomous community of Castile and León, from where the nickname Pucela is derived. The colors that identify the club are the violet and white, used in the form of streaks in his uniform holder from its foundation on 20 June 1928, it plays in La Liga, holding home games at the Estadio José Zorrilla. Valladolid's honors include a single trophy of great relevance, the defunct Copa de la Liga 1983/84, it has been runner-up in the Copa del Rey on two occasions, has participated in two editions of the UEFA Cup and one edition of the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup. The team subsidiary, the Real Valladolid B play in the Segunda División B. Valladolid is the most successful football club in Castile and León by honors and history, with a total of 43 seasons in the First Division, 35 in the Second and 10 in the Third. Valladolid is the 13th best team in Spain by overall points. Two of its players have risen with the Pichichi Trophy: Jorge da Silva.
On 3 September 2018, it was announced Brazilian former international footballer Ronaldo Nazario had become the majority shareholder after purchasing a 51% controlling stake in the club. Founded from the amalgamation of Real Unión Deportiva de Valladolid and Club Deportivo Español, Valladolid first reached the top level in the 1947–48 season, as champions of the Segunda División; the following year, the team pushed on from this success and reached the finals of the domestic cup in the Chamartín Stadium against Athletic Bilbao, losing 4–1. The next ten years were spent in the first division, relegation was short-lived as Valladolid gained promotion again in 1958–59 with a 5–0 win over Terrassa under manager José Luis Saso, a legendary figure in club history, he had been a goalkeeper for the club and went on to perform many roles, including serving as president of the club. Valladolid swung between the first and second divisions in subsequent years, falling as low as to the third division in 1970–71.
Next year promoted to second division and on 1980 promoted to first división, where it played until 1992 when it downs to second division again. Promoted in 1992–93, the club was again sent down after the 2003–04 season. In 1984, Valladolid won the Copa de la Liga over Atlético Madrid; the side's highest position during this 11-year stint was seventh in 1996–97, being coached in the previous seasons by former Real Madrid Castilla coach Rafael Benítez, as various players from that team would later appear for Valladolid. In the 2006–07 season, after signing Basque José Luis Mendilibar as head coach, Valladolid had one of its best years in history while playing in the second level; the club took the league lead in the 15th matchday and went on to finish with a competition all-time high 88 points, winning the championship by a total margin of eight points, holding an advantage of 26 points over the non-promotion zone, both being all-time records in the league. Valladolid achieved the honour of going unbeaten in 29-straight matches, from 10 October 2006 to 6 May 2007, being mathematically promoted after a 2–0 away win against Tenerife on 22 April 2007, the earliest any club has achieved promotion in Spanish history.
Remarkable was the side's role in the season's Copa del Rey, reaching the quarter-finals after defeating two top division teams, Gimnàstic de Tarragona and the 2005–06 UEFA Champions League contender Villarreal, while playing the entire competition with reserve players. Two successful seasons in the top division followed, finishing in 15th place while avoiding relegation after a 1–1 draw on the last matchday of both seasons. After a slow start to 2009–10, Mendilibar was sacked on 1 February 2010 following a draw at home against Almería; the week following his sacking, Valladolid dropped for the first time to the relegation zone, with former player Onésimo Sánchez taking charge. After only 1 win in 10 matches, Sánchez was fired. Former Spain national team manager Javier Clemente was named Sánchez's replacement in a desperate move to avoid relegation with only eight matches remaining. After a brief breather, Valladolid again returned to the last three faced a must-win last game at the Camp Nou against a Barcelona squad needing a win to secure the Liga championship.
Level in the standings with Racing de Santander, Málaga and Tenerife for the two final safe positions, Valladolid lost 0–4 and was relegated, ending a three-year stay in the top flight. The 2011–12 season saw Valladolid return to La Liga under the management of Miroslav Đukić, promoted through the play-offs after finishing third in the division. Valladolid were relegated back to the Segunda División on the last matchday of the 2013–14 season. On 2017–18 season, Valladolid was promoted back to first division after four years via play-off defeating Sporting de Gijón and Numancia. On 3 September 2018, it was announced Brazilian former international footballer Ronaldo had become the majority shareholder after purchasing a 51% controlling stake in the club. Real Valladolid play at the 26,512-capacity Estadio Nuevo José Zorrilla, finished in 1982 to replace the previous stadium of the same name which had stood since 1940. Both grounds are named after José Zorr
Hércules de Alicante Club de Fútbol, S. A. D. is a Spanish football team based in the autonomous community of Valencian Community. Founded in 12 March 1922, it plays in Segunda División B – Group 3 and plays its home games at the 30,000-capacity Estadio José Rico Pérez. Hercules C. F. has been documented since 1914 although not registered until 26 September 1922, alongside Mercantil de Cartagena, Federación Levantina and others. Its founder was Vicente Pastor Alfosea dubbed "El Chepa". In its early days, the club played in various locations, the foothills of la montañosa, the lands of l'Hort del tio Ron, the campo de Benalúa or the facilities of the Alicante Recreation Club. Hercules joined a youth league, becoming champion in 1918; the first official match was in 1919 against Athletic Club Benaluense, Hercules winning 2-1. At first the team played in black pants. After first appearing in La Liga in the 1935–36 season, Hércules would play sporadically in the category for the next 40 years, playing in the second division but going as low as the third.
From 1961 to 1969, neighbours Alicante acted as its feeder club. After a ten-year spell in the top flight, encompassing 12 seasons in the 1970s and'80s, the club only returned again in the 1996–97 campaign. Though relegated, it managed two remarkable comeback wins over Barcelona, which handed the Liga title to Real Madrid. In 2004–05, after five years in the third level, Hércules finished second, being subsequently promoted to the "silver category". After posting three consecutive solid seasons, the club narrowly missed out on a return to the top division in 2009, finishing fourth, three points behind last-promotee Tenerife; the 2009–10 campaign saw Hércules promoted back into the top flight after 13 years in dramatic fashion: losing 0–1 at half-time at Rayo Vallecano, the team fought back to win 2–1 in the penultimate game of the season and leap frogged Real Betis into third place. In the last round, a 2–0 away win against relegation-threatened Real Unión guaranteed promotion, with the 4–0 win of Betis over Levante counting for nothing.
Early into the 2010–11 season, one year, three months and 19 days after Barcelona's last home defeat in the league, Hércules recorded a shock 2–0 win at the Camp Nou thanks to a brace from Nelson Valdez – Barça had won their last 11 home matches, scored at least three times in each of their last six league fixtures and were protecting a 17-game unbeaten streak. Amazingly, this was the Alicante outfit's third successive win over the Catalans, having won both meetings in their previous top flight campaign 14 years before. In the 2013–14 campaign, they were relegated to the Segunda División B after finishing in last place in the Segunda División. In the 2016-17 season, the team returned to stand out, this time in the Copa del Rey where they came to face FC Barcelona; the first match was held in Estadio José Rico Pérez where the Catalans sent the reserve team, sparing their starters for a duel against Real Madrid CF. The match ended in a 1-1 draw. In the second match at the Camp Nou, Hércules recalled a 2-0 victory over Barca in the same stadium in the 2010-11 La Liga.
However, trying to repeat this feat was just a dream, the team was humiliatingly battered by the catalonian side 7-0. 20 seasons in La Liga 43 seasons in Segunda División 14 seasons in Segunda División B 7 seasons in Tercera División 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. Lluis Planaguma |} Iraklis – Since 2003, fans of both teams formed a friendship through the Internet, because "Iraklis" is a Greek name for "Hercules", the Roman name for Heracles, the Greek god of strength. There is a Hércules supporters club that bears the name Iraklis, in honor of their friendship. Hércules CF B Ciudad de Alicante Trophy Official website Futbolme team profile BDFutbol team profile Macho Hércules, fansite Club & Stadium History at Estadios de España
Levante Unión Deportiva, S. A. D. is a Spanish football club in the namesake autonomous community. Founded on 9 September 1909, it plays in La Liga, holding home games at Ciutat de Valencia Stadium. Levante UD was registered as Levante Football Club on 9 September 1909. Levante Union Deportiva has the eastern region of the Iberian Peninsula as its namesake. Levante is the coast where the sun always rises. Levante UD's name is attributed to the Levant wind that comes from the east and reminiscent of the Levante beach in La Malvarrosa, where Levante Football Club clashed some of its earliest fixtures. Backed, Levante Union Deportiva is the most senior football club in Valencia. Local rival team Valencia CF was not formed until 1919. Levante's earliest games were played at La Platjeta, near the docks on a plot of land owned by a perfume entrepreneur, its next ground was near the port area, the club began to become associated with the working class. In 1919, the side played Valencia CF for the first time, losing 0–1.
In 1928, Levante FC won the Valencian Championship. 1909 saw the birth of Gimnástico Football Club, which played at Patronato de la Juventud Obrera, being named Gimnástico-Patronato. In 1919, Gimnástico became the champion of the Campeonato de Valencia, beating CD Castellón in two leg finals. In 1931, with the emergence of the Second Spanish Republic, the club dropped the Real from its name. In 1934–35, both Levante and Gimnástico debuted in the second division, when the league was expanded from 10 teams to 24. In 1935, Levante won the Campeonato Levante-Sur, a competition that featured teams from Valencia and Andalusia, subsequently reached the semi-finals of the Spanish Cup, consecutively beating Valencia and Barcelona before losing to eventual runners-up Sabadell. During the Spanish Civil War and Gimnástico played in the Mediterranean League, finishing fifth and sixth – teams from this league competed in the Copa de la España Libre, it was intended that the top four teams from the league would enter the cup, but Barcelona opted to tour Mexico and the United States, as a result, Levante took its place.
The first round of the competition was a mini-league with the top two teams and Valencia, qualifying for the final. On 18 July 1937, Levante defeated. During the Civil War, Levante's ground was destroyed. In contrast, Gimnástico had lost most of their players; as a result, in 1939 Levante FC and Gimnástico FC merged into Levante Unión Deportiva. Levante UD thus having origin from at least 1909 from both Levante FC and Gimnástico FC. At first being named Unión Deportiva Levante-Gimnástico changing it a few years to Levante Unión Deportiva, with current club colours dating from this era. Moreover, Levante UD not only inherited their colors from Gimnástico FC but their nickname, "Granota", the Frogs. Levante had to wait until the 1960s to make its La Liga debut. In 1963, the club finished runner-up in Group II of the second division, defeating Deportivo de La Coruña 4–2 on aggregate in the promotion play-offs. During the first top flight season, it managed to win both games against Valencia, managing a 5–1 home win against Barcelona in the 1964–65 campaign but being relegated nonetheless after losing in the playoffs against Málaga.
It spent most of the following two decades in the third divisions. In the early 1980s, Dutch superstar Johan Cruyff played half a season for the club, retiring three years later. After winning 2003–04's second division, Levante returned to the top level but survived only one season. Finishing third in 2005–06, it returned for two additional campaigns, the decisive match in the 2006–07 season being a 4–2 home win against Valencia courtesy of Riga Mustapha and Laurent Courtois. Levante's financial status worsened and there were reports that the players had only received one-fifth of their contractual payments. News reports stated that the club had incurred a debt of over €18 million in payments due to its players; the team plummeted down the standings, it was confirmed that the club would be playing in the second division in 2008–09, with several matches to go. The players protested at their lack of payments at one point, refusing to move for several seconds after the opening whistle against Deportivo and announcing that they would issue a job action during the season-ending game at Real Madrid.
The action was resolved when league officials announced that a benefit game would be played between Levante team members, a team made up of players from the first division, with all benefits going to pay the wages due to the players. On 13 June 2010, Levante returned to La Liga after a 3–1 home win against relegated Castellón, it lost in the final round 0–4 at Real Betis, but its opponents only managed to
Xerez Club Deportivo, known as Xerez, is a Spanish football team based in Jerez de la Frontera, in the autonomous community of Andalusia. Founded on 24 September 1947, it plays in Tercera División – Group 10, holding home matches at Estadio Municipal de Chapín, with an overall 20,742-seat capacity. Team colours are blue shirt and socks, white shorts. Due to the link between Jerez de la Frontera and the United Kingdom created by the exports of sherry, football had its beginnings in the region towards the second half of the 19th century. In the early 20th century Sir Thomas Spencer, who worked with the William & Humbert winery, founded Sociedad Jerez Foot-Ball Club – he served as chairman and captain. From 1942 to 1947 the club had several names, ending with Jerez Club Deportivo, changed to the current name in 1960s. Xerez first reached the second division in 1953–54, remaining there for five years; the team's new stadium, Estadio Municipal de Chapín, was inaugurated on 10 July 1988, replacing the old Estadio Domecq – the first match there was a friendly against Real Madrid.
After decades in that category and in the third, it had a 2001–02 second level campaign which resulted in an historic La Liga promotion, only one year after doing the same thing. Since Xerez finished in the top 10 in division two each campaign, except in the 2007–08 season when a weak start led to a 15th-place finish; the following campaign proved excellent, as the club was always in the top positions: on 13 June 2009, after beating SD Huesca 2–1 at home, it achieved promotion to the top division for the first time in its history. In the final day of the competition, a draw at Celta de Vigo proved enough for the title, as CD Tenerife lost 1–2 home to CD Castellón in the final minute; the first season of Xerez in the top flight would be short-lived. After only collecting seven points from the first 19 games – which led to the sacking of coach José Ángel Ziganda – the club amassed 27 in the remaining 19 with Néstor Gorosito as boss, not good enough however to prevent the drop as last. Xerez ranked 14th in the two following second level seasons, respectively.
The 2012–13 campaign, was disastrous on all levels, as the team finished in 22nd and last position as a direct consequence of enduring serious financial difficulties for several years, the situation culminated with the club being relegated to the fourth division on 1 August. After the Xerez's season, a bunch of supporters founded a new club in the lower leagues, named Xerez Deportivo FC due to the club's institutional problems. While the latter was promoted to Primera Provincial, the former was again relegated, this time to Primera Andaluza, until May 2017, when Xerez came back to Tercera División. Xerez Fútbol Club - → ↓ Xerez Club Deportivo - Club Deportivo Jerez - → ↑ 1 season in La Liga 25 seasons in Segunda División 17 seasons in Segunda División B 23 seasons in Tercera División 5 seasons in Categorías Regionales Segunda División: 2008–09 Segunda División B: 1981–82, 1985–86 Tercera División: 1952–53, 1959–60, 1964–65, 1966–67, 1970–71 Note: this list includes players that have played in at least 100 league games and/or have reached international status.
Néstor Gorosito Bernd Schuster Carlos Orúe Manuel Ruiz Esteban Vigo Founded in 1975, Xerez CD B was disestablished in 2015. On 16 August 2016, Xerez CD created the basketball section of the club, it plays in the fifth division. Official website Futbolme team profile BDFutbol team profile
Unión Popular de Langreo is a Spanish football team based in Langreo, in the autonomous community of Asturias. Founded in 1961, it plays in Segunda B, holding its home games at Estadio Ganzábal in La Felguera, with a capacity of 4,024 seats. UP Langreo was founded on 4 July 1961, after the merge of local teams CP La Felguera and Racing de Sama, who both had a fiercy rivalry; the merge was made with the aim of overcoming from the rivalry between Sama and La Felguera not only in football, but in all areas. In its first season, Langreo achieved promotion to Segunda División, where it played during eight seasons out of the next ten years. Since its second relegation from Segunda to Tercera División, the club always played between Tercera and Segunda División B, the new third tier created in 1977, where UP Langreo played for the first time in its inaugural season. In 1994, Langreo played the promotion playoffs to Segunda División, but it finished in the last position of its group, composed by CF Extremadura, AEC Manlleu and CD Numancia.
Since that year, Langreo continues playing alternatively between Segunda División B and Tercera División. In 2018, Langreo qualified for the Copa del Rey thus ending with an 18-year absence in the competition, the largest in the club's history. Since its foundation, Langreo plays in Estadio Ganzábal. Renovated in 2006, it has capacity for 4,024 spectators. Langreo's historic rival is Caudal Deportivo. Both teams meet in the Asturian Mining basins derby; the club has a strong rivalry with Real Avilés. 8 seasons in Segunda División 17 seasons in Segunda División B 33 seasons in Tercera División As of 19 January 2019Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Tercera División: 1961–62, 1969–70, 1981–82, 1985–86, 2001–02 Copa RFEF: 1997, 2008, 2017 Kily Juan Carlos Álvarez Michu David Villa Source: Official website Non official website BDFútbol team profile
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
Racing de Ferrol
Racing Club de Ferrol is a Spanish football team based in Ferrol, Province of A Coruña, in the autonomous community of Galicia. Founded in 1919, the club plays in Segunda División B – Group 1, holding home games at Estadio da Malata. Club colours are green shirts with white shorts, though during the early years of its existence green and white shirts with vertical stripes were used; the history of football in Ferrol is associated with the shipbuilding yards, workshops and drydocks and the British technical advisors, hired to work locally who used to play against each-other at first, but on, local workers and military personnel stationed in Ferrol. The renewal of the shipyards and the creation, in town of the "school of Naval Engineers" meant that from that from the mid-nineteenth century, a French at first but, latter on British and Technicians, a constant influx was developed; this influx of Britons will increase exponentially from 1909 when Spain signed a massive contract with Vickers-Armstrong, John Brown and a few others though Vickers-Armstrong for the renewal of the local Dry-docks and Dockyards and foundries after the Naval disaster of 1898.
From those early years to these days many football clubs came and go over the decades but only one of them survived for a considerable time and for that, only as an amalgamation of some other previous teams and this is el Racing de Ferrol. Racing Ferrol Football Club, can trace back its origins back to July 1919, but starting strongly from the beginning on a massive winning all matches spree that allow the team to play against the best national squads in the country so only ten years after its creation Racing Ferrol Football Club was taking part on its first national championships competition and fluctuating over the decades between first and second divisions as follows: the second – first presence in 1939–40 – and third divisions. In 1977–78 the Galicians won the inaugural edition of Segunda División B and promoted again, only to be relegated back, it would not until the year 2000 that Racing would again reach the second level, going on to spend there five of the following six years. In the 2006–07 campaign the club gained promotion to the category in the playoffs, with a 2–1 aggregate win against Alicante CF.
In the following season the team finished fourth from the bottom and dropped back to the third division, to the fourth only two years later. 34 seasons in Segunda División 25 seasons in Segunda División B 27 seasons in Tercera División As of 8 November 2017Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Galician Championships: 1928–29, 1937–38, 1938–39 Campeonato de España / Copa del Generalísimo: Runner-up 1938–39 Segunda División B: Promotion 1999–00, 2006–07 Note: this list includes players that have played at least 100 league games and/or have reached international status. Estadio da Malata holds 12,024 spectators, was built in 1993; the pitch dimensions are 105 x 68 metres. Racing used three main stadiums over the years, starting with Campo de Futbol O Inferniño, utilized until a move to Estadio Manuel Rivera in 1954 took place; this was an oval-shaped enclosure with a single cantilever stand. In the 1970s, a cover was erected over the popular terrace.
In 1993, the metropolitan area of Ferrol built Estadio da Malata to the west of the town, near the valley of Serantes. The total cost of the development was 1700 million pesetas; the first match on the new grounds was played on 18 April 1993, in a 3–2 friendly win over Atlético Madrid B. The official inauguration took place on 29 August, in a triangular tournament featuring the home side and neighbours Celta de Vigo and Deportivo de La Coruña. Ferrol SECN Vickers-Armstrong SDC Galicia Mugardos, reserve team Official website Futbolme team profile The British School @ Ferrol Aerial Views of Ferrol in North Western Spain 2004 Soccerway profile