CD Olímpic de Xàtiva

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CD Olímpic de Xàtiva
Full nameCD Olímpic de Xàtiva
Founded1932; 90 years ago (1932)
GroundLa Murta, Xàtiva
Capacity9,000[1]
OwnerAnuj Gupta
Head coachBerna Ballester
LeagueRegional Preferente
2021–223ª RFEF – Group 6, 15th of 19 (Relegated)

Club Deportivo Olímpic de Xàtiva is a Spanish football team based in Xàtiva, in the Valencian Community. Founded in 1932 it currently plays in Regional Preferente,[2] holding home games at Campo de Futbol La Murta.

History[edit]

Football in Xàtiva can be traced back to 1924 when a number of clubs from the city played in the Valencian regional leagues. Club Deportivo Olímpic was founded in 1932, and from that date on remained the main representative of the city. During the Spanish Civil War, it played in many regional competitions and won promotion to the Tercera División in 1943, lasting one season, but being promoted again in 1945; due to financial difficulties the club forfeited from the competition in 1951, only returning five years later.

For the next decade Olímpic was a dominant force in the third level, successively finishing in the top five and reaching the Segunda División promotion play-offs three times, being ousted by Gimnàstic de Tarragona in 1959, CD Málaga in 1960 and CD Atlético Baleares in 1961. These disappointments led to a slow descent which culminated in relegation to the regional championships, following the restructuring of the divisions in 1968.

Olímpic returned to the third division – renamed Segunda División B – in 1977, finishing in eighth position in its debut season but bottom of the charts in the following campaign, eventually slipping back to Preferente in 1982. It returned to the third tier in 1987–88 under the guidance of coach Benito Floro (later of Real Madrid), and the club finished in a best-ever fourth position in the category, missing out on promotion in the final day of the season against UD Alzira. In 1991 it returned to level four, remaining there for the vast majority of the following two decades, with five years spent in the regional leagues.

At the end of the 2010–11 season, after three unsuccessful attempts in the playoffs, Olímpic de Xàtiva returned to the third division after an absence of 20 years, after successively ousting Atlético Malagueño, CD Anguiano and CD Izarra.[3] On 7 December 2013, with the side still in that level, it faced Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey's round-of-32, managing a 0–0 home draw in the first leg.[4]

On March 2018, it was announced that Indian I-League club Sudeva Delhi has bought the majority stakes of the club.[5]

Season to season[edit]

Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1939–40 4 1ª Reg. 6th
1940–41 3 2nd
1941–42 3 1ª Reg. 7th
1942–43 3 1ª Reg. 5th
1943–44 3 3rd
1944–45 4 1ª Reg. 4th
1945–46 3 4th
1946–47 3 4th
1947–48 3 7th
1948–49 3 11th
1949–50 3 4th
1950–51 3 16th
1951–52 4 1ª Reg. 13th
1952–53 4 1ª Reg. 9th
1953–54 4 1ª Reg. 13th
1954–55 4 1ª Reg. 5th
1955–56 4 1ª Reg. 1st
1956–57 3 4th
1957–58 3 4th
1958–59 3 1st
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1959–60 3 1st
1960–61 3 1st
1961–62 3 5th
1962–63 3 6th
1963–64 3 8th
1964–65 3 5th
1965–66 3 16th
1966–67 3 13th
1967–68 3 17th
1968–69 4 1ª Reg. 15th
1969–70 4 1ª Reg. 6th
1970–71 4 Reg. Pref. 2nd
1971–72 3 15th
1972–73 3 15th
1973–74 3 6th
1974–75 3 12th
1975–76 3 4th
1976–77 3 5th
1977–78 3 2ª B 8th
1978–79 3 2ª B 20th
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1979–80 4 16th
1980–81 4 12th
1981–82 4 18th
1982–83 5 Reg. Pref. 9th
1983–84 5 Reg. Pref. 9th
1984–85 5 Reg. Pref. 1st
1985–86 4 4th
1986–87 4 1st
1987–88 3 2ª B 4th
1988–89 3 2ª B 10th
1989–90 3 2ª B 10th
1990–91 3 2ª B 20th
1991–92 4 10th
1992–93 5 Reg. Pref. 2nd
1993–94 5 Reg. Pref. 1st
1994–95 4 8th
1995–96 4 16th
1996–97 4 4th
1997–98 4 4th
1998–99 4 14th
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1999–2000 4 19th
2000–01 5 Reg. Pref. 5th
2001–02 5 Reg. Pref. 2nd
2002–03 5 Reg. Pref. 3rd
2003–04 5 Reg. Pref. 2nd
2004–05 5 Reg. Pref. 3rd
2005–06 5 Reg. Pref. 5th
2006–07 5 Reg. Pref. 1st
2007–08 4 19th
2008–09 5 Reg. Pref. 1st
2009–10 4 7th
2010–11 4 2nd
2011–12 3 2ª B 9th
2012–13 3 2ª B 5th
2013–14 3 2ª B 10th Round of 32
2014–15 3 2ª B 8th
2015–16 3 2ª B 16th
2016–17 4 1st
2017–18 4 7th First round
2018–19 4 3rd
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
2019–20 4 10th
2020–21 4 4th / 3rd
2021–22 5 3ª RFEF 15th

Selected former players[edit]

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

Selected former coaches[edit]

Stadium[edit]

Sudeva Olimpic holds home matches at Campo de Futbol La Murta, with a capacity of 9,000 spectators, 2,000 seated.[6] The pitch dimensions are 103 x 63m, and the site served as a football field since the late 1920s/early 1930s, being the only home ground the club used.

Until 1960 the ground was very basic, consisting of a simple uncovered tribune on the east side of the ground and a single step around the pitch. In the 1960–61 season leading player Richart was transferred to Sporting de Gijón, and it is said that this money was used to build the popular terrace at the north end of the ground. Simple improvements to the terracing occurred during the 1980s, but the next major improvement was the building of a new covered main stand in 2000; plastic seats and an electronic scoreboard were added in 2002, and artificial turf was installed in October 2005.

Affiliated clubs[edit]

The following club is currently affiliated with Sudeva Olimpic:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Estadio La Murta, home to Olimpic de Xativa - Football Ground Map". www.footballgroundmap.com. Archived from the original on 18 March 2020. Retrieved 5 March 2020.
  2. ^ "Tercera División Grupo 6 - VI - Comunitat Valenciana - tercera division española, tercera division de españa, campeonato español tercera division, campeonato nacional de liga de tercera division, - Resultados de Fútbol". www.resultados-futbol.com. Archived from the original on 31 January 2020. Retrieved 5 March 2020.
  3. ^ El CD Olímpic de Xàtiva, en el último asalto del ascenso (CD Olímpic de Xàtiva, in promotion's final push) Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine; Las Provincias, 18 June 2011 (in Spanish)
  4. ^ Un Madrid desangelado (Madrid without angels) Archived 9 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine; Marca, 7 December 2013 (in Spanish)
  5. ^ Menon, Shailesh. "Delhi-based Sudeva FC's acquisition of Olimpic de Xativa is another step in India's soccer dream". The Economic Times. Archived from the original on 15 January 2022. Retrieved 28 August 2020.
  6. ^ Pioneer, The. "Spanish chance for Indian youngsters". The Pioneer. Archived from the original on 18 March 2020. Retrieved 5 March 2020.
  7. ^ "Delhi's Sudeva FC acquires Spanish football club". Business Standard India. 26 May 2018. Archived from the original on 27 April 2021. Retrieved 27 April 2021.
  8. ^ "Three Indian footballers set to play for Spanish third division club". indianexpress.com. New Delhi: The Indian Express. Press Trust of India. 29 August 2019. Archived from the original on 27 April 2021. Retrieved 27 April 2021.

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Coordinates: 38°59′33.78″N 0°30′59.73″W / 38.9927167°N 0.5165917°W / 38.9927167; -0.5165917