Real Zaragoza

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Real Zaragoza
Real Zaragoza svg logo.svg
Full name Real Zaragoza, S.A.D.
Nickname(s) Los Blanquillos
Los Maños (The Aragonese)
Founded 1932
Ground La Romareda, Zaragoza,
Aragon, Spain
Ground Capacity 34,596
Owner Fundación Zaragoza 2032
President Christian Lapetra
Manager Ranko Popović
League Segunda División
2013-14 14th
Website Club home page
Current season

Real Zaragoza, S.A.D. (Spanish pronunciation: [reˈal θaɾaˈɣoθa]) is a Spanish football team based in Zaragoza, in the autonomous community of Aragon. Founded on 18 March 1932 it currently plays in Segunda División, holding home games at La Romareda, which seats 34,596 spectators.

The club has spent the majority of its history in La Liga, winning the Copa del Rey six times and the 1994–95 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, amongst other trophies. Traditionally, team colours are white shirts and socks with royal blue shorts.

A government survey in 2007 found that 2.7% of the Spanish population support the club, making them the seventh-most supported in the country.[1]


Early years[edit]

Real Zaragoza was originally formed from two rival teams: Iberia SC and Real Zaragoza CD. In 1939, after three years without football due to the Spanish Civil War, the team made its first appearance in La Liga, ending in seventh position out of 12 teams but being relegated in 1941. The club returned to the top division one year later, only to be immediately relegated back;[2] it remained in Segunda División until the end of the 1950–51 campaign, when it achieved promotion by finishing second in a play-off league.[3]

On 8 September 1957 the team left its original stadium, El Torrero, for La Romareda.

The golden era[edit]

Beginning in the 1960–61 season, Zaragoza entered a period of great prosperity, showcasing some of the greatest players playing in Spain during that decade, which earned for themselves the designation of Los Magníficos. While the team failed to capture the league title, it did succeed in finishing in the top five every year until 1968–69, with two third-place finishes, and also won its first two Copa del Rey titles and the 1963–64 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup.

Zaragoza's famous attacking line included Canário, Carlos Lapetra, Marcelino, Eleuterio Santos and Juan Manuel Villa;[4] Peruvian Juan Seminario, who started his career in Spain with Los Maños before moving to FC Barcelona, won the Pichichi Trophy in the 1961–62 campaign, scoring 25 goals in 30 games as the team finished in fourth position.

1970s to the end of the century[edit]

The starting XI in the 1995 Cup Winners' Cup final.

Zaragoza finished third in 1973–74 and a best-ever second in the following season, losing the title in the last round to Real Madrid. The club was also defeated 0–1 in the 1976 domestic cup final against Atlético Madrid,[5] spending two seasons in the second level during the decade, with promotion at the first attempt on either occasion.

In 1986 Zaragoza won its third Spanish Cup, defeating Barcelona 1–0. The club finished the 1990–91 season in 17th position, thus having to appear in the promotion/relegation play-offs against Real Murcia: on 19 June 1991, after a 0–0 away draw, a 5–2 home win meant the team managed to maintain its top level status.

Víctor Fernández was appointed manager in 1991. On 10 May 1995, one year after winning the Spanish Cup against Celta de Vigo, Zaragoza conquered the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup against Arsenal at the Parc des Princes in Paris, after having disposed of the likes of Feyenoord and Chelsea along the way. With the score level at 1–1, the two teams entered extra time and, in the 120th minute, Nayim hit a half-volley from just past the halfway line, putting it beyond the reach of David Seaman for the final 2–1;[6] the club then contested the 1995 UEFA Super Cup against AFC Ajax, losing 1–5 on aggregate despite a home draw in the first leg[7]– the coach was dismissed from his post in early November 1996, after only winning one league game that season.[8]

The 21st century[edit]

Players celebrate a goal by Hélder Postiga during the 2012–13 season.

The 2000s brought a further two Spanish Cups to Zaragoza's trophy cabinet, including the 2003–04 edition against Real Madrid in Barcelona (3–2 after extra time).[9][10] The club, however, also suffered top flight relegation in 2002[11] after narrowly avoiding so the previous season,[12] but achieved immediate promotion in 2003.[13] In late May 2006 Agapito Iglesias bought Alfonso Solans' shares and took control of the club, promising to build one of the strongest teams in Spain and Europe: in his first year in charge he bought Pablo Aimar from Valencia CF for 11 million,[14] and manager Fernández also returned to the club.[15]

Mainly due to Diego Milito's 23 goals in 2006–07 (he finished third to Roma's Francesco Totti and Real Madrid's Ruud van Nistelrooy – 26 and 25 goals, respectively – in the European Golden Shoe race), Real Zaragoza finished in sixth position, thus qualifying to the UEFA Cup. The following season, however, ended in relegation - for the second time in the decade - with the side also being eliminated in the first round in European competition; legendary club coach Fernández returned for a second spell, being sacked in January 2008[16] as the club had four managers during the campaign; in the last round, a brace from Ricardo Oliveira proved insufficient in a 2–3 away loss against RCD Mallorca, with the team totalling 42 points to CA Osasuna's 43.

Zaragoza achieved promotion from the second division at the first attempt. In the last game, on 20 June 2009, the team drew 2–2 at Rayo Vallecano, with goals from youth graduate David Generelo and ex-Real Madrid defender Francisco Pavón, only trailing champions Xerez CD in the table.

After four seasons mainly spent in the bottom half of the table, Zaragoza returned to the "silver category" in 2013, finishing last.[17]


Recent seasons[edit]

Season Leg. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Europe Notes
1997–98 1D 13 38 12 12 14 45 53 48 Semifinals
1998–99 1D 9 38 16 9 13 57 46 57 3rd Round
1999–00 1D 4 38 16 15 7 60 40 63 Last 16
2000–01 1D 17 38 9 15 14 54 57 42 Winner UC 1st Round
2001–02 1D 20 38 9 10 19 35 54 37 1st Round UC 2nd Round Relegated
2002–03 2D 2 42 20 12 10 54 40 72 2nd Round Promoted
2003–04 1D 12 38 13 9 16 46 55 48 Winner
2004–05 1D 12 38 14 8 16 52 57 50 2nd Round UC Last 16
2005–06 1D 11 38 10 16 12 46 51 46 Runners Up
2006–07 1D 6 38 16 12 10 55 43 60 Quarterfinals
2007–08 1D 18 38 10 12 16 50 61 42 Last 16 UC 1st Round Relegated
2008–09 2D 2 42 23 12 7 79 42 81 2nd Round Promoted
2009–10 1D 14 38 10 11 17 46 64 41 Last 32
2010–11 1D 13 38 12 9 17 40 53 45 Last 32
2011–12 1D 16 38 12 7 19 36 61 43 Last 32
2012–13 1D 20 38 9 7 22 37 62 34 Quarterfinals Relegated

Season to season[edit]

Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1932/33 1st
1933/34 1st
1934/35 3rd
1935/36 2nd
1939/40 7th
1940/41 11th
1941/42 2nd
1942/43 13th
1943/44 6th
1944/45 7th
1945/46 10th
1946/47 13th
1947/48 3rd
1948/49 2nd
1949/50 4th
1950/51 2nd
1951/52 12th
1952/53 16th
1953/54 9th
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1954/55 3rd
1955/56 3rd
1956/57 9th
1957/58 14th
1958/59 9th
1959/60 11th
1960/61 3rd
1961/62 4th
1962/63 5th Finalists
1963/64 4th Winners
1964/65 3rd Finalists
1965/66 4th Winners
1966/67 5th
1967/68 5th
1968/69 13th
1969/70 8th
1970/71 16th
1971/72 3rd
1972/73 8th
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1973/74 3rd
1974/75 2nd
1975/76 14th Finalists
1976/77 16th
1977/78 1st
1978/79 14th
1979/80 10th
1980/81 14th
1981/82 11th
1982/83 6th
1983/84 7th
1984/85 10th
1985/86 4th Winners
1986/87 5th
1987/88 11th
1988/89 5th
1989/90 9th
1990/91 17th
1991/92 6th
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1992/93 9th Finalists
1993/94 3rd Winners
1994/95 7th
1995/96 13th
1996/97 14th
1997/98 13th
1998/99 9th
1999/00 4th
2000/01 17th Winners
2001/02 20th
2002/03 2nd
2003/04 12th Winners
2004/05 12th
2005/06 11th Finalists
2006/07 6th
2007/08 18th
2008/09 2nd
2009/10 14th
2010/11 13th
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
2011/12 16th
2012/13 20th
2013/14 14th

Current squad[edit]

As of 21 January 2014

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Spain GK Pablo Alcolea
3 Spain DF Mario Álvarez
4 Uruguay DF Leandro Cabrera
5 Spain DF Rubén González
6 Albania MF Vullnet Basha (on loan from Sion)
7 Bosnia and Herzegovina FW Eldin Hadžić
8 Spain MF Lolo
9 Spain FW Borja Bastón (on loan from Atlético Madrid)
10 Brazil FW Willian José (on loan from Deportivo Maldonado)
11 Spain MF Jaime Romero (on loan from Udinese)
13 Morocco GK Bono (on loan from Atlético Madrid)
15 Spain FW Pedro Sánchez
17 Spain DF José Manuel Fernández
No. Position Player
18 Spain MF Albert Dorca
19 Spain MF Natxo Insa
20 Spain FW Tato
21 Spain MF Iñigo Ruiz de Galarreta (on loan from Athletic Club)
23 Spain MF Javi Álamo (captain)
26 Spain DF Diego Rico
28 Spain MF Álvaro Tierno
29 Spain FW David Muñoz
30 Spain GK Óscar Whalley
31 Spain DF Jesús Vallejo
32 Spain DF Carlos Nieto
35 Spain FW Diego Suárez

Out on loan[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 DF Abraham Minero (at Eibar until 30 June 2015)
Spain MF Adán Pérez (at Racing de Santander until 30 June 2015)
Spain FW Lucas Porcar (at Sabadell until 30 June 2015)


Domestic competitions[edit]

The 1995 Cup Winners' Cup in display in the club's trophy cabinet.

European competitions[edit]

Pichichi Trophy[edit]



  • Best La Liga position: 2nd (1974–75)
  • Worst La Liga position: 20th (2001–02)
  • Overall La Liga historical classification: 9th


Notable players[edit]

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



External links[edit]