Arenas Club de Getxo is a Spanish football club based in the town of Getxo, near Bilbao, in the autonomous community of Basque Country. Founded in 1909, it currently plays in Segunda División B – Group 2, holding home games at Campo Municipal de Gobela, with a 1,200-seat capacity.
It was among the pioneering clubs of Spanish football, and in 1928 was a founding member of
La Liga, alongside neighbouring Athletic Bilbao, Real Sociedad and Real Unión.
History [ edit ]
Founded in 1909 as
Arenas Football Club, it became Club Arenas three years later. In 1914 the club played a series of three friendlies against FC Barcelona, winning all games.
The team subsequently competed in the
Campeonato Norte along with Real Sociedad, Athletic Bilbao, Racing de Santander, Sporting de Gijón and Celta de Vigo, being crowned champion in 1917, and qualifying to the Copa del Rey, where it reached the final in Barcelona, losing 1–2 against Madrid FC after extra time.
In 1919 Arenas won another regional competition, the
, thus qualifying for the Campeonato de Vizcaya Copa del Rey again, and won the national tournament after disposing of FC Barcelona in overtime (5–2). The following year, when Spain made its international debut at the Olympic Games in Antwerp, the squad included two players from the club, Francisco Pagazaurtundúa and Félix Sesúmaga.
Arenas Getxo appeared in Spanish Cup finals on two further occasions, losing against Barcelona in
1925 (0–2) and two years later against Real Unión (0–1), the latter in the only all-Basque decisive match in the competition's history not to feature Athletic Bilbao.  Every member of the  Spanish squad at the 1928 Olympics was with a Basque club, and Arenas provided four of the players.
After playing in
La Liga's first seven editions – finishing third in 1929–30 – and the following six seasons in the second division, the club has spent the vast majority of its existence competing at the fourth level, with the occasional visit to the regional leagues. In 2015, Arenas gained promotion to the third tier for the first time in 35 years, via the playoffs.
Season to season [ edit ]
Current squad [ edit ]
As of 16 October 2018
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under
FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Honours [ edit ]
Runners-up (3): 1917, 1925, 1927
Famous players [ edit ]
Famous coaches [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
Morbo: The Story of Spanish Football (2003), Phil Ball.
External links [ edit ]