Albacete Balompié

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Albacete
Albacete Balompié logo
Full name Albacete Balompié, S.A.D.
Nickname(s) Queso Mecánico
(Clockwork Cheese)
Founded 1940
Ground Carlos Belmonte, Albacete,
Castile–La Mancha, Spain
Capacity 18,000
Owner Skyline International
Chairman Georges Kabchi
Manager Luis Miguel Ramis
League Segunda División
2017–18 Segunda División, 17th
Website Club website
Current season

Albacete Balompié, S.A.D. is a Spanish football team based in Albacete, in the autonomous community of Castile–La Mancha. Founded on 2 August 1940, it currently plays in Segunda División, holding home matches at Estadio Carlos Belmonte, with a capacity of 18,000. It is currently owned by Georges David Kabchi.

History[edit]

The club was founded in 1940 under the name Albacete Fútbol Asociación, being later changed in an attempt to make it sound "more Spanish". After years playing in the lower leagues, Albacete first played in the second division in 1985–86, repeating the feat five seasons later.

In 1989, Benito Floro consecutively promoted the club from the third division to La Liga, overachieving for a seventh place in the first season in the top level. Floro would later coach Real Madrid, returning to Alba two seasons later as the club was relegated in 1995–96.

After years in the second division facing serious economic and sporting difficulties, Albacete returned to the top flight in the 2002–03 campaign, led by César Ferrando (later of Atlético Madrid). However, Albacete dropped in 2004–05 after posting just 6 wins from 38 matches, going on to stabilize in the subsequent seasons in the second level.

The 2010–11 season brought two coaching changes, with both Antonio Calderón and David Vidal (who returned to the club only a few months after leaving) being fired, as Albacete returned to the third division after 21 years. On 6 December 2011, Andrés Iniesta – who played for the club in his youth before joining Barcelona – became the club's major shareholder, donating 420,000 to the cash-strapped club.[1] The club managed to reach the round of 16 of the 2011–12 Copa del Rey, notably beating Atlético Madrid 3–1 on aggregate.[2]

In March 2013, Agustín Lázaro, chief executive officer (CEO) of Andrés Iniesta's winery enterprise, was appointed as Albacete's chairman.[3] In June, Iniesta loaned the club a further €240,000 to cover unpaid wages, thus preventing its administrative relegation to the fourth tier.[4]

In 2014, Albacete returned to the Segunda División, but was relegated two seasons later after finishing the season in the 21st position. The club again returned to the Segunda División in the 2016–17 season after winning against Valencia Mestalla in the last round of the promotion play-offs.

Seasons[edit]

Albacete Balompié "Andrés Iniesta" sports city.
Ciudad de Albacete trophy 1994.

Season to season[edit]

Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1939/40 5 2ª Reg. 1st
1940/41 4 1ª Reg. 3rd
1941/42 4 1ª Reg. 4th
1942/43 4 1ª Reg. 2nd
1943/44 3 2nd
1944/45 3 3rd
1945/46 3 1st
1946/47 3 1st
1947/48 3 3rd
1948/49 3 1st
1949/50 2 7th
1950/51 2 15th
1951/52 DNP
1952/53 3 3rd
1953/54 3 13th
1954/55 3 7th
1955/56 3 9th
1956/57 3 5th
1957/58 3 5th
1958/59 3 1st
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1959/60 3 4th
1960/61 3 1st
1961/62 2 13th
1962/63 3 4th
1963/64 3 1st
1964/65 3 1st
1965/66 3 3rd
1966/67 3 2nd
1967/68 3 4th
1968/69 3 8th
1969/70 3 14th
1970/71 4 1ª Reg. 7th
1971/72 4 Reg. Pref. 6th
1972/73 4 Reg. Pref. 14th
1973/74 4 Reg. Pref. 7th
1974/75 4 Reg. Pref. 1st
1975/76 3 17th
1976/77 4 Reg. Pref. 2nd
1977/78 4 2nd
1978/79 4 2nd
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1979/80 4 2nd
1980/81 4 2nd
1981/82 4 1st
1982/83 3 2ªB 3rd
1983/84 3 2ªB 5th
1984/85 3 2ªB 2nd
1985/86 2 17th
1986/87 3 2ªB 17th
1987/88 3 2ªB 3rd
1988/89 3 2ªB 12th
1989/90 3 2ªB 1st
1990/91 2 1st
1991/92 1 7th
1992/93 1 17th Round of 16
1993/94 1 13th Fourth round
1994/95 1 17th
1995/96 1 20th First round
1996/97 2 4th Second round
1997/98 2 14th Second round
1998/99 2 15th Second round
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1999/00 2 10th Second round
2000/01 2 5th Round of 64
2001/02 2 10th Round of 32
2002/03 2 3rd Round of 64
2003/04 1 14th Round of 64
2004/05 1 20th Round of 32
2005/06 2 13th Third round
2006/07 2 6th Second round
2007/08 2 12th Third round
2008/09 2 15th Third round
2009/10 2 15th Second round
2010/11 2 22nd Second round
2011/12 3 2ªB 4th Round of 16
2012/13 3 2ªB 3rd Second round
2013/14 3 2ªB 1st Second round
2014/15 2 14th Round of 32
2015/16 2 21st Second round
2016/17 3 2ªB 1st Third round
2017/18 2 17th Second round
2018/19 2

Recent seasons[edit]

Season Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Notes
2002–03 2D 3 42 17 20 5 51 30 71 Promoted
2003–04 1D 14 38 13 8 17 40 48 47
2004–05 1D 20 38 6 10 22 33 56 28 3rd round Relegated
2005–06 2D 13 42 14 12 16 44 57 54
2006–07 2D 6 42 16 12 14 49 48 60
2007–08 2D 12 42 13 13 16 37 40 52
2008–09 2D 15 42 13 12 17 42 54 51
2009–10 2D 15 42 12 16 14 60 62 52
2010–11 2D 22 42 7 11 24 35 64 32 Relegated

Current squad[edit]

The numbers are established according to the official website: www.albacete-bp.es and www.lfp.es

As of 30 August 2018

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 Churripi (on loan from Real Valladolid)
2 Spain DF Álvaro Arroyo (Captain)
3 Spain DF Fran García
4 Argentina DF Nico Gorosito
5 Uruguay DF Mathías Olivera (on loan from Getafe)
6 Spain MF Jon Erice
7 Spain MF Néstor Susaeta
8 Spain MF Aleix Febas (on loan from Real Madrid)
9 Spain FW Alfredo Ortuño
10 Ukraine FW Roman Zozulya
11 Martinique MF Mickaël Malsa (on loan from Fortuna Sittard)
No. Position Player
13 Spain GK Tomeu Nadal
14 Spain MF Diego Barri
15 Paraguay FW Javier Acuña
16 Spain DF José Antonio Caro
17 Spain MF Eugeni (on loan from Huesca)
19 Argentina DF Santiago Gentiletti
20 Brazil FW Paulo Vitor (on loan from Vasco da Gama)
21 Spain DF Chus Herrero
22 Albania FW Rey Manaj (on loan from Inter Milan)
23 Spain DF Álvaro Tejero (on loan from Real Madrid)
24 France FW Jérémie Bela

Other players under contract[edit]

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

No. Position Player
18 Spain MF Pelayo Novo

Reserve team[edit]

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

No. Position Player
26 Spain GK Darío Ramos
28 Georgia (country) MF Lado Mokhevishvili
29 Cameroon DF Jean Jules
No. Position Player
30 Spain DF Ángel Moreno
34 Spain DF Rubén del Valle

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 Adri Gómez (on loan at Irtysh Pavlodar until 31 December 2018)
Spain MF Sergio Molina (on loan at Salmantino until 30 June 2019)
Spain FW Alfon (on loan at Inter de Madrid until 30 June 2019)

Current technical staff[edit]

Position Staff
Manager Spain Luis Miguel Ramis
Assistant manager Spain José Manuel Gil
Fitness coach Spain Miguel Ángel Fernández
Fitness coach Spain Alberto Piernas
Coach Spain Fran Noguerol
Goalkeeping coach Spain Carlos Cano
Analyst Spain Iván Madroño
Analyst Spain Dani Carmona

Last updated: June 2018
Source: Albacete Balompié

Honours[edit]

Stadium[edit]

Estadio Carlos Belmonte

The club plays its home matches at the Estadio Carlos Belmonte, which has an all-seated capacity of 18,000. Originally built in 1960, the stadium underwent two major redevelopments, the last being in 1998.

International players[edit]

Famous coaches[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Iniesta throws 420,000-euro lifeline to indebted Albacete; El País, 6 December 2011
  2. ^ Manzano sacked by Atletico Archived 29 July 2012 at Archive.is; ESPN Star Sports, 23 December 2011
  3. ^ Agustín Lázaro, gerente de Bodegas Iniesta, nuevo presidente del Albacete Balompié (Agustín Lázaro, Iniesta Winery manager, new president of Albacete Balompié); ABC, 5 March 2013 (in Spanish)
  4. ^ "Iniesta loans Albacete 240,000 euros to prevent relegation". as.com. EFE. 28 June 2013. Retrieved 30 August 2014.

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