Real Zaragoza

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Real Zaragoza
Real Zaragoza svg logo.svg
Full nameReal Zaragoza, S.A.D.
Nickname(s)Los Blanquillos
Los Maños (The Aragonese)
Founded1932
GroundLa Romareda, Zaragoza,
Aragon, Spain
Ground Capacity34,596
OwnerFundación Zaragoza 2032
PresidentChristian Lapetra
ManagerVíctor Muñoz
LeagueSegunda División
2013-1414th
WebsiteClub home page
Current season
 
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Real Zaragoza
Real Zaragoza svg logo.svg
Full nameReal Zaragoza, S.A.D.
Nickname(s)Los Blanquillos
Los Maños (The Aragonese)
Founded1932
GroundLa Romareda, Zaragoza,
Aragon, Spain
Ground Capacity34,596
OwnerFundación Zaragoza 2032
PresidentChristian Lapetra
ManagerVíctor Muñoz
LeagueSegunda División
2013-1414th
WebsiteClub home page
Current season

Real Zaragoza, S.A.D. (Spanish pronunciation: [reˈal θaɾaˈɣoθa]) is a 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 La Romareda, which seats 34,596 spectators.

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;[2] it remained in 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]

The starting XI in the 1995 Cup Winners' Cup final.

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,[5] spending two seasons in the second level during the decade, with promotion at the first attempt on either occasion.

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 Parc des Princes in 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;[6] the club then contested the 1995 UEFA Super Cup against AFC Ajax, losing 1–5 on aggregate despite a home draw in the first leg[7]– the coach was dismissed from his post in early November 1996, after only winning one league game that season.[8]

The 21st century[edit]

Players celebrate a goal by Hélder Postiga during the 2012–13 season.

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][10] The club, however, also suffered top flight relegation in 2002[11] after narrowly avoiding so the previous season,[12] but achieved immediate promotion in 2003.[13] 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 Europe: in his first year in charge he bought Pablo Aimar from Valencia CF for 11 million,[14] and manager Fernández also returned to the club.[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[16] as the club had four managers during the campaign; in the last round, a brace from 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]

SeasonLeg.Pos.Pl.WDLGSGAPCupEuropeNotes
1997–981D1338121214455348Semifinals
1998–991D938169135746573rd Round
1999–001D43816157604063Last 16
2000–011D173891514545742WinnerUC1st Round
2001–021D2038910193554371st RoundUC2nd RoundRelegated
2002–032D2422012105440722nd RoundPromoted
2003–041D123813916465548Winner
2004–051D1238148165257502nd RoundUCLast 16
2005–061D1138101612465146Runners Up
2006–071D638161210554360Quarterfinals
2007–081D1838101216506142Last 16UC1st RoundRelegated
2008–092D242231277942812nd RoundPromoted
2009–101D1438101117466441Last 32
2010–111D133812917405345Last 32
2011–121D163812719366143Last 32
2012–131D20389722376234QuarterfinalsRelegated

Season to season[edit]

SeasonDivisionPlaceCopa del Rey
1932/331st
1933/341st
1934/353rd
1935/362nd
1939/407th
1940/4111th
1941/422nd
1942/4313th
1943/446th
1944/457th
1945/4610th
1946/4713th
1947/483rd
1948/492nd
1949/504th
1950/512nd
1951/5212th
1952/5316th
1953/549th
SeasonDivisionPlaceCopa del Rey
1954/553rd
1955/563rd
1956/579th
1957/5814th
1958/599th
1959/6011th
1960/613rd
1961/624th
1962/635thFinalists
1963/644thWinners
1964/653rdFinalists
1965/664thWinners
1966/675th
1967/685th
1968/6913th
1969/708th
1970/7116th
1971/723rd
1972/738th
SeasonDivisionPlaceCopa del Rey
1973/743rd
1974/752nd
1975/7614thFinalists
1976/7716th
1977/781st
1978/7914th
1979/8010th
1980/8114th
1981/8211th
1982/836th
1983/847th
1984/8510th
1985/864thWinners
1986/875th
1987/8811th
1988/895th
1989/909th
1990/9117th
1991/926th
SeasonDivisionPlaceCopa del Rey
1992/939thFinalists
1993/943rdWinners
1994/957th
1995/9613th
1996/9714th
1997/9813th
1998/999th
1999/004th
2000/0117thWinners
2001/0220th
2002/032nd
2003/0412thWinners
2004/0512th
2005/0611thFinalists
2006/076th
2007/0818th
2008/092nd
2009/1014th
2010/1113th
SeasonDivisionPlaceCopa del Rey
2011/1216th
2012/1320th
2013/1414th

Current squad[edit]

As of 4 September 2014

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No.PositionPlayer
1SpainGKPablo Alcolea
2UruguayDFCarlos Diogo
3SpainDFMario Álvarez
4UruguayDFLeandro Cabrera
5SpainDFRubén González
6AlbaniaMFVullnet Basha (on loan from Sion)
7Bosnia and HerzegovinaFWEldin Hadžić
8SpainMFLolo
9SpainFWBorja Bastón (on loan from Atlético Madrid)
10BrazilFWWillian José (on loan from Deportivo Maldonado)
11SpainMFJaime Romero (on loan from Udinese)
No.PositionPlayer
13MoroccoGKBono (on loan from Atlético Madrid)
15SpainFWPedro Sánchez
17SpainDFJosé Manuel Fernández
18SpainMFAlbert Dorca
21SpainMFIñigo Ruiz de Galarreta (on loan from Athletic Club)
23SpainMFJavi Álamo (captain)
26SpainDFDiego Rico
27SpainFWJorge Ortí
29SpainFWDavid Muñoz
30SpainGKÓscar Whalley
31SpainDFJesús Vallejo

Youth team[edit]

Main article: Real Zaragoza B

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No.PositionPlayer
27SpainMFSergio Gil
28SpainMFÁlvaro Tierno
32SpainDFCarlos Nieto
No.PositionPlayer
33SpainMFGuti
34SpainMFJorge Pombo
35SpainFWDiego Suárez

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No.PositionPlayer
SpainDFAbraham Minero (at Eibar until 30 June 2015)
SpainMFAdán Pérez (at Racing de Santander until 30 June 2015)
SpainFWLucas Porcar (at Sabadell until 30 June 2015)

Honours[edit]

Domestic competitions[edit]

The 1995 Cup Winners' Cup in display in the club's trophy cabinet.

European competitions[edit]

Pichichi Trophy[edit]

Records[edit]

Club[edit]

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]

External links[edit]