Real Zaragoza, S.A.D. ( Spanish pronunciation: ) is a [reˈal θaɾaˈɣoθa] Spanish football team based in Zaragoza, in the autonomous community of Aragon. Founded on 18 March 1932 it currently plays in Segunda División, holding home games at , which seats 34,596 spectators. La Romareda
The club has spent the majority of its history in
La Liga, winning the Copa del Rey six times and the 1994–95 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, amongst other trophies. Traditionally, team colours are white shirts and socks with royal blue shorts.
A government survey in 2007 found that 2.7% of the Spanish population support the club, making them the seventh-most supported in the country.
[1 ] History [edit ] Early years [edit ]
Real Zaragoza was originally formed from two rival teams:
Iberia SC and Real Zaragoza CD. In 1939, after three years without football due to the Spanish Civil War, the team made its first appearance in La Liga, ending in seventh position out of 12 teams but being relegated in 1941. The club returned to the top division one year later, only to be immediately relegated back; it remained in [2 ] Segunda División until the end of the 1950–51 campaign, when it achieved promotion by finishing second in a play-off league. [3 ]
On 8 September 1957 the team left its original stadium,
El Torrero, for . La Romareda The golden era [edit ]
Beginning in the
1960–61 season, Zaragoza entered a period of great prosperity, showcasing some of the greatest players playing in Spain during that decade, which earned for themselves the designation of Los Magníficos. While the team failed to capture the league title, it did succeed in finishing in the top five every year until 1968–69, with two third-place finishes, and also won its first two Copa del Rey titles and the 1963–64 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup.
Zaragoza's famous attacking line included
Canário, Carlos Lapetra, Marcelino, Eleuterio Santos and Juan Manuel Villa; [4 ] Peruvian Juan Seminario, who started his career in Spain with Los Maños before moving to FC Barcelona, won the Pichichi Trophy in the 1961–62 campaign, scoring 25 goals in 30 games as the team finished in fourth position. 1970s to the end of the century [edit ]
Zaragoza finished third in
1973–74 and a best-ever second in the following season, losing the title in the last round to Real Madrid. The club was also defeated 0–1 in the 1976 domestic cup final against Atlético Madrid, spending two seasons in the second level during the decade, with promotion at the first attempt on either occasion. [5 ]
In 1986 Zaragoza won its third Spanish Cup, defeating Barcelona 1–0. The club finished the
1990–91 season in 17th position, thus having to appear in the promotion/relegation play-offs against Real Murcia: on 19 June 1991, after a 0–0 away draw, a 5–2 home win meant the team managed to maintain its top level status. Víctor Fernández was appointed manager in 1991. On 10 May 1995, one year after winning the Spanish Cup against Celta de Vigo, Zaragoza conquered the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup against Arsenal at the in Parc des Princes Paris, after having disposed of the likes of Feyenoord and Chelsea along the way. With the score level at 1–1, the two teams entered extra time and, in the 120th minute, Nayim hit a half-volley from just past the halfway line, putting it beyond the reach of David Seaman for the final 2–1; the club then contested the [6 ] 1995 UEFA Super Cup against AFC Ajax, losing 1–5 on aggregate despite a home draw in the first leg – the coach was dismissed from his post in early November 1996, after only winning one league game [7 ] that season. [8 ] The 21st century [edit ]
The 2000s brought a further two Spanish Cups to Zaragoza's trophy cabinet, including the
2003–04 edition against Real Madrid in Barcelona (3–2 after extra time). [9 ] The club, however, also suffered top flight relegation in [10 ] 2002 after [11 ] narrowly avoiding so the previous season, but [12 ] achieved immediate promotion in 2003. In late May 2006 Agapito Iglesias bought Alfonso Solans' shares and took control of the club, promising to build one of the strongest teams in Spain and [13 ] Europe: in his first year in charge he bought Pablo Aimar from Valencia CF for €11 million, and manager Fernández also returned to the club. [14 ] [15 ]
Mainly due to
Diego Milito's 23 goals in 2006–07 (he finished third to Roma's Francesco Totti and Real Madrid's Ruud van Nistelrooy – 26 and 25 goals, respectively – in the European Golden Shoe race), Real Zaragoza finished in sixth position, thus qualifying to the UEFA Cup. The following season, however, ended in relegation - for the second time in the decade - with the side also being eliminated in the first round in European competition; legendary club coach Fernández returned for a second spell, being sacked in January 2008 as the club had four managers during the campaign; in the last round, a brace from [16 ] Ricardo Oliveira proved insufficient in a 2–3 away loss against RCD Mallorca, with the team totalling 42 points to CA Osasuna's 43.
Zaragoza achieved promotion from the second division
at the first attempt. In the last game, on 20 June 2009, the team drew 2–2 at Rayo Vallecano, with goals from youth graduate David Generelo and ex-Real Madrid defender Francisco Pavón, only trailing champions Xerez CD in the table.
After four seasons mainly spent in the bottom half of the table, Zaragoza returned to the "silver category" in
2013, finishing last. [17 ] Seasons [edit ] Recent seasons [edit ] Season to season [edit ] Current squad [edit ] As of 21 January 2014 Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Out on loan [edit ] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Honours [edit ] Domestic competitions [edit ] Copa del Rey: 1963–64, 1965–66, 1985–86, 1993–94, 2000–01, 2003–04; Runner-up 1962–63, 1964–65, 1975–76, 1992–93, 2005–06 Supercopa de España: 2004; Runner-up 1994, 2001 Segunda División: 1977–78 European competitions [edit ] Pichichi Trophy [edit ] Records [edit ] Club [edit ] Best La Liga position: 2nd ( 1974–75) Worst La Liga position: 20th ( 2001–02) Overall La Liga historical classification: 9th Player [edit ] Notable players [edit ]
Note: this list includes players that have appeared in at least 100 league games and/or have reached international status.
Managers [edit ] References [edit ] ^ Distribuciones de frecuencia marginales del estudio 2705 Cuestionario 0 Muestra 0; CIS, 2007 (Spanish) ^ Spain 1939/40; at RSSSF ^ Spain, Final Tables 1949–1959; at RSSSF ^ "Muere Santos, uno de los "cinco magníficos" del Zaragoza" [Santos, one of Zaragoza's "magnificent five", dies] (in Spanish). El País. 28 January 2008 . Retrieved . 29 July 2013 ^ Spain – Cup 1976; at RSSSF ^ "1994/95: Nayim's bolt from the blue sinks Arsenal". UEFA.com. 1 June 1995 . Retrieved . 14 December 2011 ^ 1995: Ajax on a roll; UEFA.com, 1995 ^ Víctor y Brzic, cesados (Víctor and Brzic, sacked); El Mundo Deportivo, 8 November 1996 (Spanish) ^ Spain Cups 2000/01; at RSSSF ^ "Beckham misses out on Cup". BBC Sport. 17 March 2004 . Retrieved . 29 July 2013 ^ Spain 2001/02; at RSSSF ^ Spain 2000/01; at RSSSF ^ Spain 2002/03; at RSSSF ^ Aimar confirma su traspaso al Zaragoza (Aimar confirms Zaragoza move); El Mundo, 29 July 2006 (Spanish) ^ Fernandez agrees new Zaragoza deal; CNN, 5 June 2006 ^ Garitano succeeds Fernández at Zaragoza; ESPN Soccernet, 14 January 2008 ^ Real Zaragoza relegated; Sky Sports, 1 June 2013 External links [edit ]