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)
GroundLa Romareda, Zaragoza,
Aragon, Spain
Ground Capacity34,596
OwnerFundación Zaragoza 2032
PresidentChristian Lapetra
ManagerRanko Popović
LeagueSegunda División
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)
GroundLa Romareda, Zaragoza,
Aragon, Spain
Ground Capacity34,596
OwnerFundación Zaragoza 2032
PresidentChristian Lapetra
ManagerRanko Popović
LeagueSegunda División
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]


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]


Recent seasons[edit]

1998–991D938169135746573rd Round
1999–001D43816157604063Last 16
2000–011D173891514545742WinnerUC1st Round
2001–021D2038910193554371st RoundUC2nd RoundRelegated
2002–032D2422012105440722nd RoundPromoted
2004–051D1238148165257502nd RoundUCLast 16
2005–061D1138101612465146Runners Up
2007–081D1838101216506142Last 16UC1st RoundRelegated
2008–092D242231277942812nd RoundPromoted
2009–101D1438101117466441Last 32
2010–111D133812917405345Last 32
2011–121D163812719366143Last 32

Season to season[edit]

SeasonDivisionPlaceCopa del Rey
1932/331stRound of 16
1933/341stRound of 16
1940/4111thThird round
1941/422ndRound of 16
1942/4313thRound of 16
1943/446thRound of 32
1944/457thFirst round
1945/4610thFirst round
1946/4713thFirst round
1947/483rdThird round
1948/492ndFirst round
1949/504thSecond round
1950/512ndDid Not Play
SeasonDivisionPlaceCopa del Rey
1956/579thRound of 16
1957/5814thRound of 16
1958/599thRound of 16
1959/6011thRound of 32
1960/613rdRound of 16
1966/675thRound of 32
1968/6913thRound of 16
1970/7116thRound of 16
1971/723rdFourth round
1972/738thFifth round
SeasonDivisionPlaceCopa del Rey
1977/781stRound of 16
1979/8010thFourth round
1980/8114thFirst round
1982/836thSecond round
1983/847thThird round
1986/875thRound of 16
1987/8811thRound of 32
1988/895thRound of 32
1990/9117thRound of 16
1991/926thFifth round
1994/957thRound of 16
1996/9714thThird round
SeasonDivisionPlaceCopa del Rey
1998/999thThird round
1999/004thRound of 16
2001/0220thRound of 64
2002/032ndRound of 32
2004/0512thRound of 64
2007/0818thRound of 16
2008/092ndSecond round
2009/1014thRound of 32
2010/1113thRound of 32
2011/1216thRound of 32
2013/1414thSecond round
2014/15Second round

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.

1SpainGKPablo Alcolea
3SpainDFMario Álvarez
4UruguayDFLeandro Cabrera
5SpainDFRubén González
6AlbaniaMFVullnet Basha (on loan from Sion)
7Bosnia and HerzegovinaFWEldin Hadžić
9SpainFWBorja Bastón (on loan from Atlético Madrid)
10BrazilFWWillian José (on loan from Deportivo Maldonado)
11SpainMFJaime Romero (on loan from Udinese)
13MoroccoGKBono (on loan from Atlético Madrid)
15SpainFWPedro Sánchez
17SpainDFJosé Manuel Fernández
18SpainMFAlbert Dorca
19SpainMFNatxo Insa
21SpainMFIñigo Ruiz de Galarreta (on loan from Athletic Club)
23SpainMFJavi Álamo (captain)
26SpainDFDiego Rico
28SpainMFÁlvaro Tierno
29SpainFWDavid Muñoz
30SpainGKÓscar Whalley
31SpainDFJesús Vallejo
32SpainDFCarlos Nieto
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.

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)


Domestic competitions[edit]

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

European competitions[edit]

Pichichi Trophy[edit]




Notable players[edit]

Note: this list includes players that have appeared in at least 100 league games and/or have reached international status.


Mar 1932-Jun 1932Spain Elías Sauca
Jun 1932-Apr 1934Portugal Felipe dos Santos
Apr 1934-Jul 1934Spain Tomás Arnanz
Jul 1934- Jun 1935Spain Francisco González
Jul 1935-Mar 1936Spain José Planas
Mar 1936-Jul 1939Spain Manuel Olivares
Aug 1939-Jul 1941Spain Tomás Arnanz
Jul 1941-Nov 1941Spain Francisco Gamborena
Nov 1941Spain Julio Uriarte / Julio Ostalé
Dec 1941-Jun 1943Spain Jacinto Quincoces
Jul 1943-Jun 1945Spain Patricio Caicedo
Jul 1945-Dec 1945Spain Tomás Arnanz
Dec 1945-Jun 1946Spain Juan Ruiz
Jul 1946-Jun 1947Spain Manuel Olivares
Jul 1947-Jan 1948Spain Antonio Sorribas
Jan 1948-Apr 1948Spain Enrique Soladrero
Apr 1948-May 1948Italy Antonio Macheda
Jul 1948-Jan 1949Spain Francisco Bru
Jan 1949-Jun 1949Spain Isaac Oceja
Jul 1949-Feb 1950Spain Juan Ruiz
Feb 1950-Jun 1950Spain José Planas
Jul 1950-Apr 1951Spain Luis Urquiri
Apr 1951-Oct 1951Spain Juan Ruiz
Oct 1951-Oct 1952Hungary Elemér Berkessy
Oct 1952Spain José Luis Conde
Nov 1952-1953Spain Domingo Balmanya
1953-1954Spain Pedro Eguiluz
1954-Jun 1956Spain Mundo
Jul 1956-Feb 1958Spain Jacinto Quincoces
Feb 1958-Jun 1958Spain Casariego
Jul 1958-Dec 1959Spain Juan Otxoantezana
Dec 1959-Jun 1960Spain Mundo
Jun 1960Spain Rosendo Hernández
Jul 1960-Jun 1963Spain César Rodríguez
Jul 1963-Jun 1964Spain Antoni Ramallets
Jun 1964Spain Luis Belló
Jul 1964-Jun 1965Argentina Roque Olsen
Jul 1965-Feb 1966France Luis Hon
Feb 1966-Jun 1967Czechoslovakia Ferdinand Daučík
Jun 1967Spain Andrés Lerín
Jul 1967-Nov 1968Argentina Roque Olsen
Nov 1968-Jun 1969Spain César Rodríguez
Jul 1969-Jun 1970Argentina Héctor Rial
Jul 1970-Oct 1970Spain Cheché Martín
Oct 1970-Jan 71Spain Domingo Balmanya
Jan 1971-Jun 1971Spain José Luis García Traid
Jul 1971-Oct 1971Spain Rosendo Hernández
Oct 1971Spain Juan Jugo Larrauri
Oct 1971-Jun 1972Spain Rafael Iriondo
Jul 1972-Jun 1976Spain Carriega
Jul 1976-Jun 1977France Lucien Muller
Jul 1977-Jun 1978Spain Arsenio Iglesias
Jul 1978-Jun 1979Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Vujadin Boškov
Jun 1979-Mar 1981Spain Manolo Villanova
Mar 1981-Jun 1984Netherlands Leo Beenhakker
Jul 1984-Jun 1985Italy Enzo Ferrari
Jul 1985-Dec 1987Spain Luis Costa
Dec 1987-Jun 1988Spain Manolo Villanova
Jul 1988-Jun 1990Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Radomir Antić
Jul 1990-Mar 1991Uruguay Ildo Maneiro
Mar 1991-Nov 1996Spain Víctor Fernández
Nov 1996-Jan 1997Uruguay Víctor Espárrago
Jan 1997-Jun 1998Spain Luis Costa
Jul 1998-Jun 2000Spain Chechu Rojo
Jul 2000-Oct 2000Spain Juan Manuel Lillo
Oct 2000-Jun 2001Spain Luis Costa
Jul 2001-Jan 2002Spain Chechu Rojo
Jan 2002-Mar 2002Spain Luis Costa
Mar 2002-Jun 2002Spain Marcos Alonso
Jun 2002-Jan 2004Spain Paco Flores
Jan 2004-Jun 2006Spain Víctor Muñoz
Jul 2006-Jan 2008Spain Víctor Fernández
Jan 2008Spain Ander Garitano
Jan 2008-Mar 2008Spain Javier Irureta
Mar 2008-Jun 2008Spain Manolo Villanova
Jul 2008-Dec 2009Spain Marcelino
Dec 2009-Nov 2010Spain José Aurelio Gay
Nov 2010-Dec 2011Mexico Javier Aguirre
Jan 2012-Jun 2013Spain Manolo Jiménez
Jun 2013-Mar 2014Spain Paco Herrera
Mar 2014-Nov 2014Spain Víctor Muñoz
Nov 2014-Serbia Ranko Popović


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