CA Osasuna

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Full nameClub Atlético Osasuna
Los Rojillos
Short nameOSA
Founded24 October 1920; 102 years ago (24 October 1920)[1][2]
GroundEl Sadar
PresidentLuis Sabalza
Head coachJagoba Arrasate
LeagueLa Liga
2022–23La Liga, 7th of 20
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Club Atlético Osasuna (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈkluβ aðˈletiko osaˈsuna], Osasuna Athletic Club), or simply Osasuna, is a Spanish professional football club in Pamplona, Navarre. Founded on 24 October 1920, the club currently plays in La Liga, holding home games at the 23,516-capacity El Sadar Stadium.[4] The team's regular home kit is a red shirt with navy blue shorts. Osasuna is one of four professional Spanish clubs to be owned by its members with an elected president.

Osasuna is the sole Navarrese club to have played in La Liga. Although the club has never won a national trophy, it reached the Copa del Rey final in 2005 and 2023. The club’s best league finishes were fourth in 1990–91 and 2005–06.

"Los Rojillos" is the club nickname, meaning "The Little Reds". The word "osasuna" means "health" in Basque, used in a sense of "strength" or "vigour", which makes Osasuna the only team in La Liga with a Basque name. For different reasons, rivalries exist between Osasuna and Real Zaragoza,[5][6] Real Madrid,[7][8][9] and some Basque clubs, particularly Athletic Bilbao.[10][11][12]

Osasuna has a cantera which has produced several successful players similar to other clubs in the greater Basque region.


The club was founded on 24 October 1920 and its name, Osasuna, meaning health in Basque, was chosen by Benjamín Andoian Martínez.[13] When Spanish football became professional in 1928, Osasuna was placed in the third division, gaining promotion to the Segunda División after the 1931–32 season by winning the playoff against Nacional de Madrid. They made it to La Liga three seasons later. That same season, they reached the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey and lost to Sevilla. The next season , Osasuna reached the semi-finals again, this time losing to Barcelona over two legs, despite grabbing a victory in the first leg.

The club was hit hard by the rearguard repression implemented by the Nationalist rebels in the 1936 coup-de-état against the Spanish Second Republic. At least ten players, employees and directive board members were murdered, imprisoned or otherwise persecuted.[14] The surviving members were forcibly recruited for the front, with some of them showing enthusiasm for the putsch. The strong support of Navarre for the Nationalist rebels led to Osasuna being offered a place in the 1939–40 La Liga when official competitions resumed, although they had finished last in 1935–36 and should have been relegated;[15] ultimately a play-off was arranged with the other demoted team Atlético Aviación – associated with the Spanish Air Force and thus favoured by the military regime. The Madrid team won the tie and, with support from their powerful backers, went on to claim the league title and retain it.[16] It would not be until 1953–54 that Osasuna again participated in the top division, and 1956–57 when they managed to keep their place among the elite, remaining there for three further years.

In September 1967, Osasuna's El Sadar Stadium was opened with a match between Osasuna and Vitoria de Setubal, with the hosts winning 3–0.[17] The club achieved its first ever UEFA Cup qualification in 1985–86 after finishing sixth in the league; their campaign began in the first round, eliminating Scottish club Rangers before being knocked out by Belgian club Waregem 3–2 on aggregate. In the 1990–91 season, Osasuna finished fourth in the league, their best ever league finish until then. This gave them qualification for the following season's UEFA Cup, where the club reached the third round by eliminating Slavia Sofia and Stuttgart. Finishing last in 1993–94, the side spent six years in the second level, before finally being promoted in 1999–2000 after placing 2nd in the league table.

Chart of CA Osasuna league performance 1929–2023

In the 2002–03 Copa del Rey, Osasuna reached the semi-finals for the first time since 1988. The team entered the competition in the Round of 64, where they beat Lemona. In the following rounds, they beat Eibar, Real Unión and Sevilla, until the semi-finals where they were knocked out after losing to Recreativo de Huelva 4–2 on aggregate.

In 2005, they reached the Copa del Rey final for the first time, losing to Real Betis after extra time.[18][19][20] They had a tough campaign in that season's Copa Del Rey, almost being eliminated in the round of 64 but narrowly beating Segunda División B side Castellón on penalties after a goalless draw. They went on to beat Girona 1–0 in extra time, then Getafe, Sevilla and Atletico Madrid each by just one goal difference on aggregate to get to the final.

On 27 November 2005, Osasuna played their 1,000th game in La Liga. After a stellar 2005–06 domestic campaign, they made history by finishing in fourth place – equalling the best-ever finish – to enter the qualifying phase for the UEFA Champions League in the following season. This achievement was made more dramatic by the suspense that was maintained until the last day of the championship in which Osasuna and Sevilla were both vying for fourth place – both eventually ended the season with the same number of points but Osasuna finished higher due to their head-to-head record. However, they did not make it to the Champions League group phase, after being eliminated by Hamburger SV in the third qualifying round, leaving the Navarrese to compete in the UEFA Cup for the fifth time.

Osasuna playing against Deportivo in 2012

Osasuna were drawn in Group D of the 2006–07 UEFA Cup, and qualified for the knockout stage after finishing second in the group. In the Round of 32, they and were drawn against Bordeaux, progressing 1–0 on aggregate, drawing 0–0 away before winning 1–0 in Pamplona through an extra time winner by Javad Nekounam. Osasuna's next opponent was Rangers, and Osasuna again progressed following a 1–1 draw in Glasgow and a 1–0 win at home. The club was drawn against German side Bayer Leverkusen in the quarter-finals. Regarded as severe underdogs, Osasuna not only progressed to the semi-finals but did so in style (a 3–0 away win had virtually sealed the tie, but the Rojillos also won the second leg, 1–0). In the semi-finals, the club was drawn against holders and fellow Spanish side Sevilla, eventually losing 1–2 on aggregate after a 1–0 home win.[21]

In the following two seasons, Osasuna struggled heavily in the league. In 2007–08, they finished 17th and only one point above relegation. In 2008–09, they only avoided relegation in the final day; being in 18th place and entering the final matchday at home to Real Madrid, the club fell behind but came back with two goals (the decider courtesy of Juanfran, a Merengue youth graduate) to beat 9-men Los Blancos and remain in the top flight by finishing 15th.[22]

Osasuna had great success in 2011–12, finishing seventh and one place away from qualifying for the European places, but struggled again in the next 2 seasons, finishing 16th in 2012–13 and being relegated to the second division after an 18th-place finish in 2013–14. In the 2014–15 season, the club managed to end up one position above the relegation zone. A managerial change resulted in substantial improvement, and Osasuna won the final match of the regular 2015–16 season 0–5 away to Oviedo, finishing sixth in the table and qualifying for promotion playoffs and. They subsequently won all the playoff games – against Gimnàstic de Tarragona in the semi-final and Girona in the final – to achieve promotion to La Liga once again. Osasuna finished 2016–17 in 19th position, resulting in relegation. They could only manage 8th in their first campaign back in the second tier.[citation needed]

On 20 May 2019, Osasuna achieved promotion back to La Liga after Granada's victory over Albacete, mathematically ensuring a promotion place with three matches left in the season. On 31 May, they defeated Córdoba to finish as 2018–19 Segunda División champions.[23]

The club celebrated its centenary in October 2020 with a league victory over Athletic Bilbao, albeit the match was played in an empty stadium owing to restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in Spain.[24] In May 2021, after decades of silence and alongside other Navarrese institutions, club president Luis Sabalza paid homage for the first time to the members who went through the rearguard Nationalist repression during the Spanish Civil War, on behalf of the board of directors.[14]

In 2023, having qualified on the field for the UEFA Conference League via a 7th place finish in La Liga (they also reached the 2023 Copa del Rey final, but lost to Real Madrid), Osasuna found itself embroiled in match-fixing allegations[25] dating back to 2013, which led to an initial ban from participating (this being the first occasion they had been eligible for a UEFA competition since the events). The club decided to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), who ruled in their favour in deeming that the club was sufficiently distinct from the directors who committed the offences[26] and reinstated their access to the Conference League. UEFA also initiated a disciplinary case against Osasuna for taking the matter to civil courts.

Kit evolution[edit]

Red and navy blue are the colours of CA Osasuna, reflected in the home kit and club logo. The away kit tends to differ greatly from the home kit.

2016–2017 away kit


Osasuna has many rivalries: these include Real Zaragoza, Real Madrid,[7][9] and Athletic Bilbao.

The rivalry with Real Madrid began in December 1990, when Osasuna won 4–0 at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium.[8] The rivalry with Zaragoza wasn't always a heated rivalry, but hostility between the two clubs began during a match in October 1987, when Zaragoza fans threw an object at Osasuna goalkeeper Roberto Santamaría.[27] Since then, these matches often have altercations between fans and players, and it is known to be one of the most heated rivalries in Spain.[28][29] In recent years however, there have been large periods of time where this rivalry match wasn't played, due to the clubs being in different divisions.


Recent seasons[edit]

Season Div Pos. Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Cup Europe Notes
2013–14 1D 18th 38 10 9 19 32 62 −30 39 Round of 16 Relegated
2014–15 2D 18th 42 11 12 19 41 60 −19 45 Second round
2015–16 2D 6th 42 17 13 12 47 40 +7 64 Second round Promoted as play-off winners
2016–17 1D 19th 38 4 10 24 40 94 −54 22 Round of 16 Relegated
2017–18 2D 8th 42 16 16 10 44 34 +10 64 Third round
2018–19 2D 1st 42 26 9 7 59 35 +24 87 Second round Promoted
2019–20 1D 10th 38 13 13 12 46 54 −8 52 Round of 16
2020–21 1D 11th 38 11 11 16 37 48 −11 44 Round of 16
2021–22 1D 10th 38 12 11 15 37 51 −14 47 Round of 32
2022–23 1D 7th 38 15 8 15 37 42 −5 53 Runners-up

Season to season[edit]

Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1929 3 7th Round of 16
1929–30 4 1ª Reg. 1st Round of 16
1930–31 3 3rd Did not participate
1931–32 3 1st Round of 32
1932–33 2 8th Round of 16
1933–34 2 5th Round of 16
1934–35 2 1st Semi-finals
1935–36 1 12th Semi-finals
1939–40 2 2nd Round of 16
1940–41 2 5th Second round
1941–42 2 6th First round
1942–43 2 4th First round
1943–44 2 13th Round of 32
1944–45 3 2nd Did not participate
1945–46 3 5th Did not participate
1946–47 3 2nd Did not participate
1947–48 3 1st Fifth round
1948–49 3 1st Fourth round
1949–50 2 7th Second round
1950–51 2 7th Did not participate
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1951–52 2 6th Did not participate
1952–53 2 1st First round
1953–54 1 13th Did not participate
1954–55 2 9th Did not participate
1955–56 2 1st Quarter-finals
1956–57 1 6th Round of 16
1957–58 1 5th Round of 16
1958–59 1 8th Round of 16
1959–60 1 15th Round of 32
1960–61 2 1st Round of 32
1961–62 1 12th Round of 32
1962–63 1 15th Round of 32
1963–64 2 5th First round
1964–65 2 10th Round of 16
1965–66 2 9th Round of 32
1966–67 2 4th Round of 32
1967–68 2 15th First round
1968–69 3 1st Did not participate
1969–70 2 15th Round of 32
1970–71 3 4th Round of 32
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1971–72 3 1st First round
1972–73 2 15th Third round
1973–74 2 17th Third round
1974–75 3 1st First round
1975–76 2 19th Round of 32
1976–77 3 1st Second round
1977–78 2 10th Third round
1978–79 2 13th Quarter-finals
1979–80 2 3rd Round of 16
1980–81 1 11th First round
1981–82 1 10th Third round
1982–83 1 14th Round of 16
1983–84 1 15th Quarter-finals
1984–85 1 6th Third round
1985–86 1 14th Fourth round
1986–87 1 15th Quarter-finals
1987–88 1 5th Semi-finals
1988–89 1 10th Round of 16
1989–90 1 8th First round
1990–91 1 4th Fourth round
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1991–92 1 15th Round of 16
1992–93 1 10th Fifth round
1993–94 1 20th Fifth round
1994–95 2 7th Third round
1995–96 2 10th Second round
1996–97 2 16th Third round
1997–98 2 15th Round of 16
1998–99 2 13th Fourth round
1999–2000 2 2nd Quarter-finals
2000–01 1 15th Round of 32
2001–02 1 17th Round of 32
2002–03 1 11th Semi-finals
2003–04 1 13th Round of 16
2004–05 1 15th Runners-up
2005–06 1 4th Round of 16
2006–07 1 14th Quarter-finals
2007–08 1 17th Round of 32
2008–09 1 15th Round of 16
2009–10 1 12th Quarter-finals
2010–11 1 9th Round of 32
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
2011–12 1 7th Round of 16
2012–13 1 16th Round of 16
2013–14 1 18th Round of 16
2014–15 2 18th Second round
2015–16 2 6th Second round
2016–17 1 19th Round of 16
2017–18 2 8th Third round
2018–19 2 1st[23] Second round
2019–20 1 10th Round of 16
2020–21 1 11th Round of 16
2021–22 1 10th Round of 32
2022–23 1 7th Runners-up
2023–24 1

Current squad[edit]

First team squad[edit]

As of 24 August 2023[30]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Spain ESP Sergio Herrera
2 DF Spain ESP Nacho Vidal
3 DF Spain ESP Juan Cruz
4 DF Spain ESP Unai García (vice-captain)
5 DF Spain ESP David García (captain)
6 MF Spain ESP Lucas Torró
7 MF Spain ESP Jon Moncayola
8 MF Serbia SRB Darko Brašanac
9 FW Argentina ARG Chimy Ávila
10 MF Spain ESP Aimar Oroz
11 MF Spain ESP Kike Barja
12 DF Spain ESP Jesús Areso
No. Pos. Nation Player
13 GK Spain ESP Aitor Fernández
14 MF Spain ESP Rubén García
15 DF Spain ESP Rubén Peña
16 MF Spain ESP Moi Gómez
17 FW Croatia CRO Ante Budimir
19 MF Spain ESP Pablo Ibáñez
20 FW Spain ESP José Arnaiz
22 DF Colombia COL Johan Mojica (on loan from Villarreal)
23 FW Spain ESP Raúl García
24 DF Spain ESP Alejandro Catena
28 DF Spain ESP Jorge Herrando
34 MF Spain ESP Iker Muñoz

Reserve team[edit]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
31 GK Spain ESP Pablo Valencia
32 GK Greece GRE Dimitrios Stamatakis

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. Pos. Nation Player
DF Spain ESP Diego Moreno (at Mirandés until 30 June 2024)
MF Spain ESP Javi Martínez (at Huesca until 30 June 2024)
No. Pos. Nation Player
FW Spain ESP Iker Benito (at Andorra until 30 June 2024)

Current technical staff[edit]

Position Staff
Head coach Spain Jagoba Arrasate
Assistant coach Spain Bittor Alkiza
Fitness coach Spain Pepe Conde
Fitness coach Spain Juantxo Martín
Goalkeeping coach Spain Ricardo Sanzol
Coach Spain Álvaro García
Sporting director Spain Braulio Vázquez

Last updated: June 2018
Source: CA Osasuna


Notable players[edit]

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

World Cup players[edit]

The following players have been selected by their country in the World Cup Finals, while playing for Osasuna.

Famous coaches[edit]

Women's football[edit]

See also[edit]


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