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 Round of 16
1933/34 1st Round of 16
1934/35 3rd Quarterfinals
1935/36 2nd Quarterfinals
1939/40 7th Semifinals
1940/41 11th Third round
1941/42 2nd Round of 16
1942/43 13th Round of 16
1943/44 6th Round of 32
1944/45 7th First round
1945/46 10th First round
1946/47 13th First round
1947/48 3rd Third round
1948/49 2nd First round
1949/50 4th Second round
1950/51 2nd Did Not Play
1951/52 12th Quarterfinals
1952/53 16th DNP
1953/54 9th DNP
1954/55 3rd DNP
1955/56 3rd DNP
1956/57 9th Round of 16
1957/58 14th Round of 16
1958/59 9th Round of 16
1959/60 11th Round of 32
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1960/61 3rd Round of 16
1961/62 4th Semifinals
1962/63 5th Runner-up
1963/64 4th Winner
1964/65 3rd Runner-up
1965/66 4th Winner
1966/67 5th Round of 32
1967/68 5th Quarterfinals
1968/69 13th Round of 16
1969/70 8th Semifinals
1970/71 16th Round of 16
1971/72 3rd Fourth round
1972/73 8th Fifth round
1973/74 3rd Quarterfinals
1974/75 2nd Semifinals
1975/76 14th Runner-up
1976/77 16th Quarterfinals
1977/78 1st Round of 16
1978/79 14th Quarterfinals
1979/80 10th Fourth round
1980/81 14th First round
1981/82 11th Quarterfinals
1982/83 6th Second round
1983/84 7th Third round
1984/85 10th Semifinals
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1985/86 4th Winner
1986/87 5th Round of 16
1987/88 11th Round of 32
1988/89 5th Round of 32
1989/90 9th Quarterfinals
1990/91 17th Round of 16
1991/92 6th Fifth round
1992/93 9th Runner-up
1993/94 3rd Winner
1994/95 7th Round of 16
1995/96 13th Quarterfinals
1996/97 14th Third round
1997/98 13th Semifinals
1998/99 9th Third round
1999/00 4th Round of 16
2000/01 17th Winner
2001/02 20th Round of 64
2002/03 2nd Round of 32
2003/04 12th Winner
2004/05 12th Round of 64
2005/06 11th Runner-up
2006/07 6th Quaterfinals
2007/08 18th Round of 16
2008/09 2nd Second round
2009/10 14th Round of 32
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
2010/11 13th Round of 32
2011/12 16th Round of 32
2012/13 20th Quarterfinals
2013/14 14th Second round
2014/15 Second round

Current squad[edit]

As of 16 March 2015

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
18 Spain MF Albert Dorca
No. Position Player
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
27 Spain MF Sergio Gil
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
36 Spain DF Álvaro Meseguer
Spain FW Jorge Ortí

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.


Dates Name
Mar 1932-Jun 1932 Spain Elías Sauca
Jun 1932-Apr 1934 Portugal Felipe dos Santos
Apr 1934-Jul 1934 Spain Tomás Arnanz
Jul 1934- Jun 1935 Spain Francisco González
Jul 1935-Mar 1936 Spain José Planas
Mar 1936-Jul 1939 Spain Manuel Olivares
Aug 1939-Jul 1941 Spain Tomás Arnanz
Jul 1941-Nov 1941 Spain Francisco Gamborena
Nov 1941 Spain Julio Uriarte / Julio Ostalé
Dec 1941-Jun 1943 Spain Jacinto Quincoces
Jul 1943-Jun 1945 Spain Patricio Caicedo
Jul 1945-Dec 1945 Spain Tomás Arnanz
Dec 1945-Jun 1946 Spain Juan Ruiz
Jul 1946-Jun 1947 Spain Manuel Olivares
Jul 1947-Jan 1948 Spain Antonio Sorribas
Jan 1948-Apr 1948 Spain Enrique Soladrero
Apr 1948-May 1948 Italy Antonio Macheda
Jul 1948-Jan 1949 Spain Francisco Bru
Jan 1949-Jun 1949 Spain Isaac Oceja
Jul 1949-Feb 1950 Spain Juan Ruiz
Feb 1950-Jun 1950 Spain José Planas
Dates Name
Jul 1950-Apr 1951 Spain Luis Urquiri
Apr 1951-Oct 1951 Spain Juan Ruiz
Oct 1951-Oct 1952 Hungary Elemér Berkessy
Oct 1952 Spain José Luis Conde
Nov 1952-1953 Spain Domingo Balmanya
1953-1954 Spain Pedro Eguiluz
1954-Jun 1956 Spain Mundo
Jul 1956-Feb 1958 Spain Jacinto Quincoces
Feb 1958-Jun 1958 Spain Casariego
Jul 1958-Dec 1959 Spain Juan Otxoantezana
Dec 1959-Jun 1960 Spain Mundo
Jun 1960 Spain Rosendo Hernández
Jul 1960-Jun 1963 Spain César Rodríguez
Jul 1963-Jun 1964 Spain Antoni Ramallets
Jun 1964 Spain Luis Belló
Jul 1964-Jun 1965 Argentina Roque Olsen
Jul 1965-Feb 1966 France Luis Hon
Feb 1966-Jun 1967 Czechoslovakia Ferdinand Daučík
Jun 1967 Spain Andrés Lerín
Jul 1967-Nov 1968 Argentina Roque Olsen
Nov 1968-Jun 1969 Spain César Rodríguez
Dates Name
Jul 1969-Jun 1970 Argentina Héctor Rial
Jul 1970-Oct 1970 Spain Cheché Martín
Oct 1970-Jan 71 Spain Domingo Balmanya
Jan 1971-Jun 1971 Spain José Luis García Traid
Jul 1971-Oct 1971 Spain Rosendo Hernández
Oct 1971 Spain Juan Jugo Larrauri
Oct 1971-Jun 1972 Spain Rafael Iriondo
Jul 1972-Jun 1976 Spain Carriega
Jul 1976-Jun 1977 France Lucien Muller
Jul 1977-Jun 1978 Spain Arsenio Iglesias
Jul 1978-Jun 1979 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Vujadin Boškov
Jun 1979-Mar 1981 Spain Manolo Villanova
Mar 1981-Jun 1984 Netherlands Leo Beenhakker
Jul 1984-Jun 1985 Italy Enzo Ferrari
Jul 1985-Dec 1987 Spain Luis Costa
Dec 1987-Jun 1988 Spain Manolo Villanova
Jul 1988-Jun 1990 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Radomir Antić
Jul 1990-Mar 1991 Uruguay Ildo Maneiro
Mar 1991-Nov 1996 Spain Víctor Fernández
Nov 1996-Jan 1997 Uruguay Víctor Espárrago
Jan 1997-Jun 1998 Spain Luis Costa
Dates Name
Jul 1998-Jun 2000 Spain Chechu Rojo
Jul 2000-Oct 2000 Spain Juan Manuel Lillo
Oct 2000-Jun 2001 Spain Luis Costa
Jul 2001-Jan 2002 Spain Chechu Rojo
Jan 2002-Mar 2002 Spain Luis Costa
Mar 2002-Jun 2002 Spain Marcos Alonso
Jun 2002-Jan 2004 Spain Paco Flores
Jan 2004-Jun 2006 Spain Víctor Muñoz
Jul 2006-Jan 2008 Spain Víctor Fernández
Jan 2008 Spain Ander Garitano
Jan 2008-Mar 2008 Spain Javier Irureta
Mar 2008-Jun 2008 Spain Manolo Villanova
Jul 2008-Dec 2009 Spain Marcelino
Dec 2009-Nov 2010 Spain José Aurelio Gay
Nov 2010-Dec 2011 Mexico Javier Aguirre
Jan 2012-Jun 2013 Spain Manolo Jiménez
Jun 2013-Mar 2014 Spain Paco Herrera
Mar 2014-Nov 2014 Spain Víctor Muñoz
Nov 2014- Serbia Ranko Popović


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