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 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 Barcelona – became the club's major shareholder, donating 420,000 to the cash-strapped club.[1] The team managed to reach the last 16 of the 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 loaned the club a further €240,000 to cover unpaid wages, thus preventing its administrative relegation to the fourth tier.[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 Round of 16
1993/94 13th Fourth Round
1994/95 17th
1995/96 20th First Round
1996/97 4th Second Round
1997/98 14th Second Round
1998/99 15th Second Round
1999/00 10th Second Round
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
2000/01 5th Round of 64
2001/02 10th Round of 32
2002/03 3rd Round of 64
2003/04 14th Round of 64
2004/05 20th Round of 32
2005/06 13th Third round
2006/07 6th Second round
2007/08 12th Third round
2008/09 15th Third round
2009/10 15th Second round
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
1 Spain GK Alberto
2 Spain DF Carlos Moreno
3 Spain DF Pol Bueso
4 Spain MF Diego Benito
5 Spain DF Fran García
6 Spain MF Carlos Indiano
7 Spain MF Samu
8 Spain MF Mario Ortiz
9 Spain FW César Díaz
10 Spain MF Rubén Cruz
11 Uruguay FW Jorge Díaz
12 Spain MF Keko
13 Spain GK Francisco Dorronsoro
No. Position Player
14 Spain MF Miguel Núñez
15 Spain MF Cristian Portu
16 Spain DF Francisco Noguerol
17 Spain DF Jorge Pulido
18 Spain DF José Rojas
19 Spain FW Chumbi
20 Spain MF Edu Ramos
21 Portugal FW Thierry Moutinho
22 Spain MF Sergio Cidoncha
23 Spain MF Antoñito
24 Spain DF Gonzalo de la Fuente
25 Spain GK Diego Rivas
Spain MF Israel

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. Position Player
Spain FW Borja Navarro (at Compostela)

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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