Pontevedra CF

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Not to be confused with U.S. Città di Pontedera.
Pontevedra
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Full name Pontevedra Club de Fútbol, S.A.D.
Nickname(s) Pontevedriña, Ponte, Granates
Founded 1941
Ground Pasarón, Pontevedra,
Galicia, Spain
Ground Capacity 12,000
Chairman Spain Mauricio Rodríguez
Manager Spain Nando
League 3ª – Group 1
2013–14 3ª – Group 1, 4th

Pontevedra Club de Fútbol, S.A.D. is a Spanish football team based in Pontevedra, in the autonomous community of Galicia. Founded in 1941 it currently plays in Tercera División – Group 1, holding home matches at Estadio Municipal de Pasarón, with a capacity of 12,000 seats.

Having enjoyed its heyday in the 1960s, it even reached La Liga.

History[edit]

Pontevedra Club de Fútbol was founded in 1941, following the merge of the two top teams in the city at the moment: Eiriña and Alfonso C.F. The first president of the new club was Fernando Ponte Conde.

Pontevedra promoted to La Liga in 1963 but was relegated a year after, managing to play again in the top flight between 1965 and 1970. During this time the fans coined the motto Hai que roelo,[1] in reference to the difficulties rival teams had when playing a strong side, who achieved a seventh place in 1966, adding an eighth two seasons later; midfielder Ignacio Martín-Esperanza and forwards Neme and Roldán were among the stars of this era, and years following the 1972–73 season saw the team more often then not struggling in lower categories, well into the 2000s.

On 23 January 2007 Pontevedra was transformed into a Sociedade Anónima Deportiva (sporting Joint stock company), as required by Spanish law – this was a general measure introduced in order to revitalise the financial situation of professional football clubs. Yet, some risked disappearance as they could not face the cost involved in this transformation from "private" to "stock company".[2][3] In the club's case this was made possible after then president, Nino Mirón, had purchased 52 per cent of the stock options; the club then added the letters "S.A.D." to its official name.

The subsequent stated main goal of Pontevedra was to promote back to Segunda División, with the team having last appearing in the category in the 2004–05 campaign. Qualified for the promotion playoffs for the following three seasons, it always failed to go through.

Season to season[edit]

Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1941/42 4 Regional
1942/43 4 Regional 3rd
1943/44 3 4th
1944/45 3 6th
1945/46 3 3rd
1946/47 3 1st
1947/48 3 1st
1948/49 3 8th
1949/50 3 9th
1950/51 3 9th
1951/52 3 5th
1952/53 3 12th
1953/54 3 12th
1954/55 3 2nd
1955/56 3 6th
1956/57 3 15th
1957/58 4 Regional 2nd
1958/59 3 9th
1959/60 3 1st
1960/61 2 5th
1961/62 2 9th
1962/63 2 1st
1963/64 1 15th
1964/65 2 1st
1965/66 1 7th
1966/67 1 10th
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1967/68 1 8th
1968/69 1 12th
1969/70 1 16th
1970/71 2 10th
1971/72 2 11th
1972/73 2 18th
1973/74 3 3rd
1974/75 3 7th
1975/76 3 1st
1976/77 2 17th
1977/78 3 2ªB 7th
1978/79 3 2ªB 16th
1979/80 3 2ªB 13th
1980/81 3 2ªB 18th
1981/82 4 1st
1982/83 4 1st
1983/84 4 1st
1984/85 3 2ªB 7th
1985/86 3 2ªB 9th
1986/87 3 2ªB 6th
1987/88 3 2ªB 5th
1988/89 3 2ªB 6th
1989/90 3 2ªB 10th
1990/91 3 2ªB 14th
1991/92 3 2ªB 9th
1992/93 3 2ªB 13th
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1993/94 3 2ªB 5th
1994/95 3 2ªB 4th
1995/96 3 2ªB 12th
1996/97 3 2ªB 9th
1997/98 3 2ªB 10th
1998/99 3 2ªB 12th
1999/00 3 2ªB 7th
2000/01 3 2ªB 14th
2001/02 3 2ªB 4th
2002/03 3 2ªB 4th
2003/04 3 2ªB 1st
2004/05 2 22nd
2005/06 3 2ªB 2nd
2006/07 3 2ªB 1st
2007/08 3 2ªB 2nd
2008/09 3 2ªB 12th
2009/10 3 2ªB 4th
2010/11 3 2ªB 18th First round
2011/12 4 4th
2012/13 4 5th
2013/14 4 4th
2014/15 4

Honours/achievements[edit]

Colours and crest[edit]

The traditional colours of Pontevedra are burgundy shirt, blue shorts and burgundy socks. However, during certain periods white shorts and blue socks were also used, and even a blue and burgundy ribboned shirt for a short period of time.

The current colours are the traditional, with the crest of the club on the left upper part of the shirt. The name of the sponsor (if any) is normally placed in the centre of the shirt.

The crest is a fusion between the coat of arms of the city of Pontevedra and a football, displaying the name of the city/club and the letters "CF". The club has an official mascot called Roélio, a walking bone dressed in the club colours who is a direct reference to the club's motto.[1]

Stadium[edit]

Inside view of Pasarón, 2007

Pontevedra plays at the Estadio Municipal de Pasarón. With a 105x66 metres playing field, it was built in 1956 and was partially refitted for the 1982 FIFA World Cup celebrated in Spain; it did not hold any actual games in the tournament, but it benefitted from the general funds allocated to the refurbishment of football stadiums.

The stadium used to have a capacity for 16,500, including standing spectators. However, UEFA regulations dictated that all attendants must be seated and, therefore, the stadium went under re-construction. – regardless, Pasarón was also in need of a general refurbishment, overdue since 1982. The works were completed for the 2010–11 season, with the new capacity being of 12,000 spectators.

Pasarón is located in the north side of the city (north to Lérez River), at Rua de Luis Otero s/n, 36005. The stadium is owned by the local city council, the Concello de Pontevedra.

Famous players[edit]

see also Category:Pontevedra CF footballers

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b The closest English idiom for Hai que roelo would possibly be "you have to bite the bullet". That is to say, "you have to bite the bullet if you want to defeat Pontevedra". A literal translation would be "one has to gnaw it".
  2. ^ Ley del Deporte 10/1990, 15 October 1990
  3. ^ Real Decreto 1251/1999; Sociedades Anónimas Deportivas, 16 July 1999

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