Albacete Balompié

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Albacete
Albacete Balompié logo
Full name Albacete Balompié, S.A.D.
Nickname(s) Queso Mecánico
(A Clockwork Cheese)
Founded 1940
Ground Carlos Belmonte, Albacete,
Castile–La Mancha, Spain
Ground Capacity 17,200
Owner Andrés Iniesta
Chairman José Miguel Garrido
Manager Luis César Sampedro
League Segunda División
2012–13 Segunda División B, 3rd
Current season

Albacete Balompié, S.A.D. is a Spanish football team based in Albacete, in the autonomous community of Castile–La Mancha. Founded on 2 August 1940 it currently plays in Segunda División, holding home matches at Estadio Carlos Belmonte, with a 17,200-seat capacity.

History[edit]

The club was founded in 1940, under the name Albacete Fútbol Asociación, being later changed in an attempt to make it sound "more Spanish". After years playing in the lower leagues, Albacete first played in the second division in 1985–86, repeating the feat five seasons later.

In 1989, Benito Floro consecutively promoted it from the third to La Liga, overachieving for a seventh place in the first season in the top level. Floro would later coach Real Madrid, returning to Alba two seasons later, as the club were relegated in 1995–96.

After years in the second division facing serious economic and sporting difficulties, Albacete returned to the top flight in the 2002–03 campaign, led by César Ferrando (later of Atlético de Madrid). However, it dropped in 2004–05, after just six wins from 38 matches, going on to stabilize in the subsequent seasons in the second level.

Estadio Carlos Belmonte

The 2010–11 season brought two coaching changes, with both Antonio Calderón and David Vidal (who returned to the club only a few months after leaving) being fired, as Albacete returned to the third division after 21 years. On 6 December 2011, Andrés Iniesta – who played for the club in his youth before joining FC Barcelona – became the club's major shareholder, donating 420,000 into the cash-strapped club.[1] The team managed to reach the last-16 in Copa del Rey nonetheless, notably beating Atlético Madrid 3–1 on aggregate.[2]

In March 2013 Agustín Lázaro, CEO of Iniesta's winery enterprise, was appointed as Albacete's chairman.[3] In June the player donated another €240,000 to help the club pay the overwhelming wage bill of its players, as well as preventing its relegation to the third level.[4]

Seasons[edit]

Season to season[edit]

Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1940/41 Regional
1941/42 Regional
1942/43 Regional
1943/44 2nd
1944/45 3rd
1945/46 1st
1946/47 1st
1947/48 3rd
1948/49 1st
1949/50 7th
1950/51 15th
1951/52 Regional
1952/53 3rd
1953/54 13th
1954/55 7th
1955/56 9th
1956/57 5th
1957/58 5th
1958/59 1st
1959/60 4th
1960/61 1st
1961/62 13th
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1962/63 4th
1963/64 1st
1964/65 1st
1965/66 3rd
1966/67 2nd
1967/68 4th
1968/69 8th
1969/70 14th
1970–71 Regional
1971–72 Regional
1972–73 Regional
1973–74 Regional
1974–75 Regional
1975/76 17th
1976/77 Regional
1977/78 2nd
1978/79 2nd
1979/80 2nd
1980/81 2nd
1981/82 1st
1982/83 2ªB 3rd
1983/84 2ªB 5th
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1984/85 2ªB 2nd
1985/86 17th
1986/87 2ªB 17th
1987/88 2ªB 3rd
1988/89 2ªB 12th
1989/90 2ªB 1st
1990/91 1st
1991/92 7th
1992/93 17th
1993/94 13th
1994/95 17th
1995/96 20th
1996/97 4th
1997/98 14th
1998/99 15th
1999/00 10th
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
2000/01 5th
2001/02 10th
2002/03 3rd
2003/04 14th
2004/05 20th
2005/06 13th
2006/07 6th
2007/08 12th
2008/09 15th
2009/10 15th
2010/11 22nd Second Round
2011/12 2ªB 4th Round of 16
2012/13 2ªB 3rd Second round
2013/14 2ªB 1st Second round

Recent seasons[edit]

Season Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Notes
2002–03 2D 3 42 17 20 5 51 30 71 Promoted
2003–04 1D 14 38 13 8 17 40 48 47
2004–05 1D 20 38 6 10 22 33 56 28 3rd round Relegated
2005–06 2D 13 42 14 12 16 44 57 54
2006–07 2D 6 42 16 12 14 49 48 60
2007–08 2D 12 42 13 13 16 37 40 52
2008–09 2D 15 42 13 12 17 42 54 51
2009–10 2D 15 42 12 16 14 60 62 52
2010–11 2D 22 42 7 11 24 35 64 32 Relegated

Current squad[edit]

The numbers are established according to the official website: www.albacete-bp.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.

No. Position Player
Spain GK Francisco Dorronsoro
Spain GK Alberto
Spain DF Ramón
Spain DF Carlos
Spain DF José Carlos
Spain DF Francisco Noguerol
Spain DF Pol Bueso
Spain DF José Rojas
Spain DF Samu
Spain MF Candela
Spain MF Diego Benito
Spain MF Indiano
No. Position Player
Spain MF Israel
Spain MF Julio Soria
Spain MF Mario Ortiz
Spain MF Miguel Núñez
Spain MF Raúl Ruiz
Spain MF Rubén Cruz
Spain FW Antonio Calle
Spain FW César Díaz
Spain FW Jorge Díaz
Portugal FW Thierry Moutinho
TBA Spain MF Cristian Portu

Honours[edit]

Stadium[edit]

The club plays its home matches at the Estadio Carlos Belmonte, which has an all-seated capacity of 17,200. Originally built in 1960, the stadium underwent two major redevelopments, the last being in 1998.

International players[edit]

see also Category:Albacete Balompié footballers

Famous coaches[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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