Arenas Club de Getxo

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Arenas Club
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Full name Arenas Club de Getxo
Nickname(s) El Histórico
Founded 1909
Ground Gobela, Getxo,
Basque Country, Spain
Ground Capacity 1.200
Chairman Spain Francisco Herrero
Manager Spain Natxo Ortiz
League 3ª – Group 4
2013–14 3ª – Group 4, 3rd

Arenas Club de Getxo is a Spanish football club based in the town of Getxo, near Bilbao, in the autonomous community of Basque Country. Founded in 1909, it currently plays in Tercera División – Group 4, holding home games at Campo Municipal de Gobela, with a 1,200-seat capacity.

It was among the pioneering clubs of Spanish football, and in 1928 was a founding member of La Liga, alongside neighbouring Athletic Bilbao, Real Sociedad and Real Unión.

History[edit]

Founded in 1909 as Arenas Football Club, it became Club Arenas three years later. In 1914 the club played a series of three friendlies against FC Barcelona, winning all games.

The team subsequently competed in the Campeonato Norte along with Real Sociedad, Athletic Bilbao, Racing de Santander, Sporting de Gijón and Celta de Vigo, being crowned champion in 1917, and qualifying to the Copa del Rey, where it reached the final in Barcelona, losing 1–2 against Madrid FC after extra time.

In 1919 Arenas won another regional competition, the Campeonato de Vizcaya, thus qualifying for the domestic cup again, and winning the tournament after disposing of FC Barcelona in overtime (5–2). The following year, when Spain made its international debut at the Olympic Games in Antwerp, the squad included two players from the club, Francisco Pagazaurtundúa and Félix Sesúmaga.

Arenas Getxo appeared in the Spanish Cup finals on two further occasions, losing against Barcelona in 1925 (0–2) and two years later against Real Unión (0–1), the latter in the only all-Basque decisive match in the competition's history. After playing in La Liga's first seven editions – finishing third in 1929–30 – and the following six seasons in the second division, the club has spent the vast majority of its existence competing at the fourth level, with the occasional visit to the regional leagues.

Season to season[edit]

Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1928/29 1 5th
1929/30 1 3rd
1930/31 1 5th
1931/32 1 5th
1932/33 1 7th
1933/34 1 10th
1934/35 1 12th
1935/36 2 2nd
1939/40 2 7th
1940/41 2 8th
1941/42 2 7th
1942/43 2 4th
1943/44 2 12th
1944/45 3 2nd
1945/46 3 1st
1946/47 3 1st
1947/48 3 8th
1948/49 3 13th
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1949/50 3 3rd
1950/51 3 10th
1951/52 3 16th
1952/53 3 10th
1953/54 3 3rd
1954/55 3 9th
1955/56 3 4th
1956/57 3 4th
1957/58 3 4th
1958/59 3 7th
1959/60 3 1st
1960/61 3 3rd
1961/62 3 3rd
1962/63 3 2nd
1963/64 3 3rd
1964/65 3 5th
1965/66 3 9th
1966/67 3 6th
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1967/68 3 7th
1968/69 3 15th
1969/70 3 15th
1970–76 4 Regional
1976/77 3 13th
1977/78 4 13th
1978/79 4 2nd
1979/80 3 2ªB 18th
1980/81 4 2nd
1981/82 4 18th
1982/83 5 Regional
1983/84 4 6th
1984/85 4 11th
1985/86 4 13th
1986/87 4 12th
1987/88 4 13th
1988/89 4 14th
1989/90 4 17th
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1990/91 4 10th
1991/92 4 8th
1992/93 4 8th
1993/94 4 6th
1994/95 4 19th
1995/96 5 Regional
1996/97 5 Regional
1997/98 4 13th
1998/99 4 8th
1999/00 4 3rd
2000/01 4 7th
2001/02 4 9th
2002/03 4 10th
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
2003/04 4 10th
2004/05 4 7th
2005/06 4 5th
2006/07 4 11th
2007/08 4 12th
2008/09 4 12th
2009/10 4 15th
2010/11 4 7th
2011/12 4 14th
2012/13 4 2nd
2013/14 4 3rd
2014/15 4

Honours[edit]

  • Tercera División: 1945–46, 1946–47, 1959–60
  • Copa del Rey: 1919
  • Campeonato Norte: 1916–17
  • Campeonato de Vizcaya: 1918–19, 1921–22, 1926–27
  • Copa Vasca: 1935–36

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Sources[edit]

  • Morbo: The Story of Spanish Football (2003), Phil Ball.

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