Real Balompédica Linense

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Linense
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Full name Real Balompédica Linense
Nickname(s) Balona
Founded 1912
Ground Municipal La Línea,
La Línea, Andalusia,
Spain
Ground Capacity 20,000
Chairman Spain Alfredo Gallardo
Manager Spain Rafael Escobar
League 2ªB – Group 4
2013–14 2ªB – Group 4, 7th
Current season

Real Balompédica Linense is a Spanish football team based in La Línea de la Concepción, in the autonomous community of Andalusia. Founded in 1912 it plays in Segunda División B – Group 4, holding home matches at Estadio Municipal de La Línea de la Concepción, with a capacity of 20,000 seats.

History[edit]

Founding years[edit]

Real Balompédica Linense's original date of founding is somewhat disputed with the club and current Chairman believing it to have been formed on September 12, 1912. This is now commonly accepted due to a document of the Andalusia Football Federation which had this date in its official yearbook. However prior to this document being rediscovered it was believed to have been founded in 1921 when it was registered and started competing. The club was a merger of several amateur clubs from La Línea and possibly Gibraltar. On the 8th of December 1921 Balompédica Linense played and won its debut match, played against Club Racing Santander. 9 months later, on September 5, 1922 the club joined the South Regional Federation. In the same year the club also added the distinction of Real to its name, thus creating the present name of Real Balompédica Linense. For the first years of competition the club played its matches at the Aurora Sports Field. As the club began participation in official competitions it became necessary for it to have a custom field. Thus the club opened the San Bernardo Estadio, playing its first match at the ground on the 17th of October 1926, being defeated 2-1 by FC Malagueno.

Glory years[edit]

The club started its life jumping between the Regional División and Tercera División. The club's fortunes began to change however in the 1950s, when the club gained promotion to the Segunda División in the 1949-50 season. The club managed to avoid relegation with a respectable 12th place finish in its first season in the Spanish second flight. This season proved to be the first of six straight seasons in the Segunda División for Balona, ending with relegations to the Tercera División at the end of the 1954/55 season.

Promotion to Segunda B[edit]

Following its stint in the second flight, Balona returned to the Tercera División where it stayed for 28 years, bar one in the 1976/77 season where it returned to the Regional División. Following several consistent high finishing seasons the 1982/3 season proved a success for Balona with it coming first in the Tercera División and gaining promotion to the recently created Segunda División B. The club had another extended period in a single league, this time being 10 years. During these ten years the club managed a second place finish in the 1985/86 season, however this wasn't enough to see it gain promotion to the Segunda División.

Back to Tercera[edit]

Despite the club's high finishes in some seasons throughout its initial 10 year stint in the Segunda División it was relegated in the 1992/93 season back to the Tercera División. The club stayed in the Tercera División for another 6 seasons before, again, gaining promotion to the Segunda División B following a first placed finish in the División due to a last match of the season win. This proved to be the start of the club having a period of short stints in the Tercera and Segunda B, with 3 seasons in the Segunda B (1999/00 - 2001/02), 6 in the Tercera (02/03- 2007/08), 1 in the Segunda B (2008/09) and 2 in the Tercera (2009/10, 2010/11). A notable occurrence during these string of promotions and relegations was the arrival of Alfredo Gallardo as the Chairman of the club in the 2002/03 season. Gallardo still holds this position and on his arrival also brought in several local businessmen to help fund the club. A second notable occurrence was in the 2007/08 season with the club going through qualifications for promotion after a third place finish. This saw the club defeat CD Anguiano due to the away goals rule before having a dramatic conclusion to the qualification with a double tie against CD Mirandes. The first match played in La Linea de la Concepcion ended in a 1-1 result meaning CD Mirandes were ahead on the away goals rule. However the result was completely turned around on the return leg at Estadio Municipal de Anduva, Miranda de Ebro with the match ending 3-3, and thus Balona winning promotion on the away goal rule. The club currently is in the Segunda B following a first placed finish in the Tercera División in 2010/11. The club achieved a high finish, second, the season following its promotion and backed this up with a solid sixth placed finish in the 2012/13 season.

Season to season[edit]

Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1940/41 4th
1941/42 Regional
1942/43 Regional
1943/44 9th
1944/45 7th
1945/46 5th
1946/47 8th
1947/48 3rd
1948/49 3rd
1949/50 12th
1950/51 9th
1951/52 11th
1952/53 10th
1953/54 10th
1954/55 16th
1955/56 2nd
1956/57 5th
1957/58 5th
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1958/59 12th
1959/60 3rd
1960/61 5th
1961/62 3rd
1962/63 7th
1963/64 3rd
1964/65 2nd
1965/66 1st
1966/67 3rd
1967/68 1st
1968/69 8th
1969/70 8th
1970/71 16th
1971/72 7th
1972/73 16th
1973/74 5th
1974/75 13th
1975/76 19th
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1976/77 Regional
1977/78 3rd
1978/79 3rd
1979/80 2nd
1980/81 13th
1981/82 10th
1982/83 1st
1983/84 2ªB 15th
1984/85 2ªB 4th
1985/86 2ªB 2nd
1986/87 2ªB 8th
1987/88 2ªB 11th
1988/89 2ªB 14th
1989/90 2ªB 14th
1990/91 2ªB 16th
1991/92 2ªB 4th
1992/93 2ªB 18th
1993/94 10th
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1994/95 6th
1995/96 10th
1996/97 13th
1997/98 11th
1998/99 1st
1999/00 2ªB 8th
2000/01 2ªB 13th
2001/02 2ªB 17th
2002/03 10th
2003/04 3rd
2004/05 4th
2005/06 4th
2006/07 5th
2007/08 3rd
2008/09 2ªB 19th
2009/10 5th
2010/11 1st
2011/12 2ªB 2nd
2012/13 2ªB 6th

Current squad[edit]

As of 28 August 2013. 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 Mateo
Spain GK Lolo Soler
Spain DF Dani Gallardo
Spain DF Joe
Spain DF Olmo
Spain DF Javi Gallardo
Spain DF Carlos Guerra
Spain DF Iván
Spain DF Manu Palancar
Spain MF Alberto Merino
Spain MF Ismael Chico
No. Position Player
Spain MF Juampe
Spain MF Salvi
Spain MF Estiven
Spain MF Raúl
Spain MF Chema Mato
Spain MF Óscar Martín
Spain MF Sergio Ortiz
Spain FW Copi
Spain FW Hugo Díaz
Spain FW Samuel

Famous players[edit]

see also Category:Real Balompédica Linense footballers

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