Real Madrid Castilla
|Full name||Real Madrid Castilla
Club de Fútbol
|Founded||16 December 1930
(as Agrupación Deportiva
|Ground||Alfredo di Stéfano,
Madrid, Community of Madrid,
|League||Segunda División B|
|2013–14||Segunda División, 20th (relegated)|
Real Madrid Castilla is a Spanish football team that plays in Segunda División B. It is Real Madrid's reserve team, and is therefore an integral part of Real Madrid's youth academy, La Fábrica. They play their home games at Alfredo di Stéfano Stadium.
Unlike the English football league system, reserve teams in Spain play in the same league system as their senior team rather than a separate league. Reserve teams, however, cannot play in the same division as their senior team. Therefore, Real Madrid B are ineligible for promotion to the Primera División. Reserve teams are also no longer permitted to enter the Copa del Rey. In addition, only under-23 players, or under-25 players with a professional contract, can switch between senior and reserve teams.
While a few players have gone on to establish themselves in the Real Madrid first team, several former Castilla players such as Ismael Urzaiz, Santiago Cañizares, Juan Mata, Álvaro Negredo, Mista, and Luis García have all moved on to successful careers with other clubs.
AD Plus Ultra
In 1948, Agrupación Deportiva Pluse Ultra, a local amateur team, then playing in the Tercera División, agreed to become a feeder club for Real Madrid. Originally formed in 1930, the team took its name from the national motto of Spain. Real gave AD Plus Ultra financial support and in return were given first refusal on the club's best players. By 1949, they made their debut in the Segunda División and in 1952, the club became the official Real reserve team. In 1959, they reached the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey, losing 7–2 on aggregate to eventual finalists Granada CF.
During the 1950s and 1960s, future senior Real Madrid players and Spanish internationals such as Zárraga, Enrique Mateos, Ramón Marsal, Pedro Casado, Juan Manuel Villa, José María Vidal, Fernando Serena, and Ramón Grosso all spent time at the club. Luis Aragonés also briefly played for Plus Ultra and Miguel Muñoz began his coaching career at the club. In 1972, Plus Ultra folded because of the demise of the insurance company of the same name and their position in the Tercera División was taken by Castilla Club de Fútbol, the new reserve team for Real Madrid, on 21 July.
As Castilla CF, the team enjoyed something of a golden age. During this era, with a team that included Agustín, Ricardo Gallego and Francisco Pineda, Castilla reached the final of the 1979–80 Copa del Rey. During their cup run, they beat four Primera División teams, including Hércules CF, Athletic Bilbao, Real Sociedad, and Sporting de Gijón. The latter two eventually finished second and third in the Primera División. In the final, they played Real Madrid but lost 6–1. Because Real also won the Primera División, however, Castilla qualified for the European Cup Winners Cup. Despite beating West Ham United 3–1 in the opening game at the Santiago Bernabéu, they lost the return 5–1 after extra time and went out in the first round. Castilla reached the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey on three further occasions, in 1984, 1986, and 1988.
In 1984, with Amancio Amaro as coach, Castilla won the Segunda División. Amaro's tenure as coach saw the rise of the famous La Quinta del Buitre – Emilio Butragueño, Manolo Sanchís, Martín Vazquéz, Míchel, and Miguel Pardeza. Castilla were ineligible for promotion, however, because Real Madrid were already in the Primera División. In the 1987–88 season, they finished third in the Segunda División, but were once again ineligible for promotion.
Real Madrid B
In 1991, the Royal Spanish Football Federation banned the use of separate names for reserve teams and Castilla CF became known as Real Madrid Deportiva and then Real Madrid B. In the early 1990s, two former Castilla players, Vicente del Bosque and Rafael Benítez, began their coaching careers with the team. In 1997, the team was relegated to the Segunda División B, but despite this, they continued to produce great players. These have included Raúl, Raúl Bravo, Guti, and Iker Casillas, who all became established members of the senior Real Madrid team.
Real Madrid Castilla
In the 2004–05 season, coach Juan Ramón López Caro guided the team back to the Segunda División and the team subsequently revived the el Castilla name and became known as Real Madrid Castilla. In 2006, the new stadium of the club's training facilities Ciudad Real Madrid was named the Alfredo di Stéfano Stadium and Francisco Moreno Cariñena became the first independent chairman in 16 years.
The team has continued to produce quality players such as Roberto Soldado who is currently playing in the Tottenham Hotspur first team, and Álvaro Arbeloa, who played for Deportivo de La Coruña and Liverpool in the past and has now re-joined Real Madrid's first team.
In the 2006–07 season, the team was relegated to the Segunda División B under the management of ex-Real Madrid legend Míchel after occupying 19th place in the league and a disappointing season. Míchel received a lot of criticism and accepted all the blame for the team bad performances, especially for those who had a wonderful season in the 2005–06 season, such as Rubén de la Red, Esteban Granero, and Javi García. The reserves produced other quality players, including Juan Mata, who plays for Manchester United, and Álvaro Negredo, who plays for Manchester City F.C.
Real Madrid Castilla was promoted back to Segunda División at the end of the season 2011-12 after beating Cadiz in the play-offs with aggregate score 8-1.
In 2012-13 season, Real Madrid Castilla finished in 8th position above their rival Barcelona B.
As of 1 February 2014
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
On November 19, 2013, Real Madrid announced that Alberto Toril is no longer in his position as a coach for Real Madrid Castilla. The announcement stated that José Manuel Díaz will take over the coach position. In June 2014, Diaz was replaced as head coach by Zinedine Zidane.
- Runners-up: 1979–80
- Winners (1): 1983–84
- Winners (4): 1990–91, 2001–02, 2004–05, 2011–12
- Winners (6): 1948–49, 1954–55, 1956–57, 1963–64, 1965–66, 1967–68
Season to season
Notable former players
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- "Zidane to manage Castilla in the 2014/2015 season". Real Madrid. Retrieved 25 June 2014.
- "Madrid C Roster". Federación de Fútbol de Madrid. Retrieved 17 August 2013.
- "Juvenil A Roster". Federación de Fútbol de Madrid. Retrieved 10 November 2013.
- "Official announcement". Real Madrid C.F. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
- "Zinedine Zidane: Ex-Real Madrid midfielder appointed Castilla coach". BBC Sport. BBC. 25 June 2014. Retrieved 25 June 2014.
- Real Madrid Castilla Official club website (Spanish) / (English) / (Japanese)
- Real Madrid Castilla News, Photos and Videos
- Futbolme.com profile (Spanish)
- BDFutbol team profile
- Castilla CF in Europe
- Segunda B Division Table
- Real Madrid Castilla fans
- Club & stadium history Estadios de Espana (English)