CD Olímpic de Xàtiva

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Olímpic de Xàtiva
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Full name Club Deportivo Olímpic de Xàtiva
Founded 1932
Ground La Murta, Xàtiva,
Valencia, Spain
Ground Capacity 9,000
Chairman Spain Alfonso Rus
Manager Spain Toni Aparicio
League 2ªB – Group 3
2012–13 2ªB – Group 3, 5th
Current season

Club Deportivo Olímpic de Xàtiva is a Spanish football team based in Xàtiva, in the Valencian Community. Founded in 1932 it currently plays in Segunda División B – Group 3, holding home games at Campo de Futbol La Murta.

History[edit]

Football in Xàtiva can be traced back to 1924 when a number of clubs from the city played in the Valencian regional leagues. Club Deportivo Olímpic was founded in 1932, and from that date on remained the main representative of the city. During the Spanish Civil War, it played in many regional competitions and won promotion to the Tercera División in 1943, lasting one season, but being promoted again in 1945; due to financial difficulties the club forfeited from the competition in 1951, only returning five years later.

For the next decade Olímpic was a dominant force in the third level, successively finishing in the top five and reaching the Segunda División promotion play-offs three times, being ousted by Gimnàstic de Tarragona in 1959, CD Málaga in 1960 and CD Atlético Baleares in 1961. These disappointments led to a slow descent which culminated in relegation to the regional championships, following the restructuring of the divisions in 1968.

Olímpic returned to the third division – renamed Segunda División B – in 1977, finishing in eighth position in its debut season but bottom of the charts in the following campaign, eventually slipping back to Preferente in 1982. It returned to the "bronze category" in 1987–88 under the guidance of coach Benito Floro (later of Real Madrid), and the club finished in a best-ever fourth position in the category, missing out on promotion in the final day of the season against UD Alzira. In 1991 it returned to level four, remaining there for the vast majority of the following two decades, with five years spent in the regional leagues.

At the end of the 2010–11 season, after three unsuccessful attempts in the playoffs, Olímpic de Xàtiva returned to the third division after an absence of 20 years, after successively ousting Atlético Malagueño, CD Anguiano and CD Izarra.[1] On 7 December 2013, with the side still in that level, it faced Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey's round-of-32, managing a 0–0 home draw in the first leg.[2]

Season to season[edit]

Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1940/41 2nd
1941/42 Regional
1942/43 Regional
1943/44 3rd
1944/45 Regional
1945/46 4th
1946/47 4th
1947/48 7th
1948/49 11th
1949/50 4th
1950/51 16th
from 51–52 Regional
to 55–56 Regional
1956/57 4th
1957/58 4th
1958/59 1st
1959/60 1st
1960/61 1st
1961/62 5th
1962/63 6th
1963/64 8th
1964/65 5th
1965/66 16th
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1966/67 13th
1967/68 17th
1968/69 Regional
1969/70 Regional
1970/71 Regional
1971/72 15th
1972/73 15th
1973/74 6th
1974/75 12th
1975/76 4th
1976/77 5th
1977/78 2ªB 8th
1978/79 2ªB 20th
1979/80 16th
1980/81 12th
1981/82 18th
1982/83 Regional
1983/84 Regional
1984/85 Regional
1985/86 4th
1986/87 1st
1987/88 2ªB 4th
1988/89 2ªB 10th
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1989/90 2ªB 10th
1990/91 2ªB 20th
1991/92 10th
1992/93 Regional
1993/94 Regional
1994/95 8th
1995/96 16th
1996/97 4th
1997/98 4th
1998/99 14th
1999/00 19th
from 00–01 Regional
to 06–07 Regional
2007/08 19th
2008/09 Regional
2009/10 7th
2010/11 2nd
2011/12 2ªB 9th
2012/13 2ªB 5th
2013/14 2ªB Round of 32

Current squad[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 GK Francis
Spain GK Jacobo
Spain DF Ramón
Spain DF Sergio Heras
Spain DF Pablo Revert
Spain DF Vicente Mendoza
Spain DF Pepín
Spain DF José Peris
Spain DF Alejandro Belda
Spain DF Kike Alcázar
No. Position Player
Spain MF Eduardo Rifaterra
Spain MF Álex Vaquero
Spain MF Nando Ramón
Spain MF Denis Nájera
Spain MF Jordi Mareñá
Spain MF Carlos Pifarré
Spain MF Samu
Spain MF David
Colombia MF John
Spain FW Pau Franch

Selected former players[edit]

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

Selected former managers[edit]

Stadium[edit]

Olímpic Xàtiva holds home matches at Campo de Futbol La Murta, with a capacity of 9,000 spectators, 2,000 seated. The pitch dimensions are 103 x 63m, and the site served as a football field since the late 1920s/early 1930s, being the only home ground the club used.

Until 1960 the ground was very basic, consisting of a simple uncovered tribune on the east side of the ground and a single step around the pitch. In the 1960–61 season leading player Richart was transferred to Sporting de Gijón, and it is said that this money was used to build the popular terrace at the north end of the ground. Simple improvements to the terracing occurred during the 1980s, but the next major improvement was the building of a new covered main stand in 2000; plastic seats and an electronic scoreboard were added in 2002, and artificial turf was installed in October 2005.

References[edit]

External links[edit]

There is plenty of information available about Xativa and the surrounding area on the English language website; www.xativatourismguide.com

Coordinates: 38°59′33.78″N 0°30′59.73″W / 38.9927167°N 0.5165917°W / 38.9927167; -0.5165917