Celta de Vigo

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Celta de Vigo
Club crest
Full name Real Club Celta de Vigo, S.A.D.
Nickname(s) Os Célticos (The Celts/Celtics)
Os Celestes (The Sky Blues)
O Celtiña (The Little Celta)
Founded 23 August 1923; 92 years ago (1923-08-23)
Ground Balaídos
Vigo, Spain
Ground Capacity 29,000[1]
President Carlos Mouriño1
Head Coach Eduardo Berizzo
League La Liga
2014–15 La Liga, 8th
Website Club home page
Current season

Real Club Celta de Vigo (Galician pronunciation: [reˈal ˈkluβ ˈθelta ðe ˈβiɣo]), or simply Celta Vigo, is a Spanish professional football club based in Vigo, Galicia, currently playing in the Primera División. It was founded on 23 August 1923 following the merger of Real Vigo Sporting and Real Fortuna Foot-ball Club. Nicknamed Os Celestes (The Sky Blues), they play in sky blue shirts and white shorts. The club's home stadium is Balaídos, which seats 29,000 spectators.

Celta Vigo have played many seasons in La Liga, but they have never won either the league title or the Copa del Rey. One of their best seasons was 1970–71, when they finished unbeaten at home and were known as the "giant-killers." Celta came sixth that season and qualified for the UEFA Cup for the first time. More recently, the club finished in their best-ever position of fourth in 2002–03, qualifying for the 2003–04 UEFA Champions League, where they were eliminated by Arsenal.



R.C. Celta de Vigo was formed as a result of the ambition of Vigo's teams to achieve more at national level, where the Basque sides had been their bête noire in the Spanish Championship. The idea was to merge both teams to create a more powerful team at national level. The standard-bearer of this movement was Manuel de Castro "Handicap", a sports writer for the Faro de Vigo who, from 1915, started to write in his articles about the need for a unitarian movement. The slogan of his movement was "Todo por y para Vigo" (All for and to Vigo), which eventually found support among the managers of Real Vigo Sporting and Real Club Fortuna de Vigo. It was backed unanimously when De Castro himself presented the motion at the assembly of the Royal Spanish Football Federation in Madrid, on 22 June 1923.

On 12 July 1923, at the AGMs of Vigo and Fortuna held at the Odeon Theatre and in the Hotel Moderno, respectively, the merger was approved. Thus the "Team of Galicia" was born, as it was dubbed. In the last AGM of Fortuna and Vigo to approve the formation of a new club held on 10 August 1923, the members decided upon the team's name. Various names were suggested:

  • Real Unión de Vigo
  • Club Galicia
  • Real Atlántic
  • Breogán
  • Real Club Olimpico

The last name was popular but they eventually decided on Real Club Celta, an ethnic race linked to Galicia (see Celts). The first president of Celta was Manuel Bárcena de Andrés, the Count of Torre Cedeira. At this AGM, the squad was also decided, which numbered 64 players in total, that included some notable players from both Fortuna and Vigo:

  • Goalkeepers: Isidro, Lilo and Rubido
  • Defenders: Otero, Pasarín, Juanito Clemente, Daniel y Kaíto
  • Midfielders: Jacobo Torres, Balbino, Queralt, Hermida, Pombo, Cruces, Córdoba, Máximo y Bienvenido
  • Forwards: Reigosa, Chiarroni, Posada, Polo, Correa, Gerardito, Ramón González, Caride, Pinilla, Salvador, Chicha, Miguelito y Casal, Park.
  • Manager: Francis Cuggy


The late 1990s (1997—2003) saw the best results in Celta's history, in which they managed to consolidate themselves as a top-six league side, culminating in 2001–02, when they did not fall below sixth the whole season. They were dubbed EuroCelta by the Spanish press. In February 2001 the IFFHS declared Celta the best team of the world during that period, as a consequence of the fantastic results. The most important players during that period were Alexander Mostovoi, Valery Karpin and Haim Revivo. The squad counted also with other international players such as the goalkeeper Pablo Cavallero, the midfielders Claude Makélélé and Mazinho, the winger Gustavo López or the strikers Catanha, Luboslav Penev and Benny McCarthy, among others.


Celta playing local rivals Deportivo de La Coruña on 27 October 2012

Celta had a dramatic reversal of fortune in 2003–04. In the previous season, they finished fourth in the league, putting them in the third qualifying round of the Champions League. Celta entered the group phase after eliminating Slavia Praha, and eventually reached the last 16 before being knocked out by Arsenal. However, their domestic form was disastrous, and they finished second to the last in La Liga, so they were relegated to the second level. Although their squad was heavily dismantled, they earned a return to the top flight at the first attempt, after finishing second in 2004–05's Segunda.

In the 2005–06 season, they finished sixth earning a return once more to the UEFA Cup. They made it to the last 16 in that competition as well, before losing to Werder Bremen.

In the 2006–07 season, Celta finished in 18th position and were relegated to the Segunda División. At the end of June 2007, Celta avoided going into administration. However, if an agreement was not put in place between the club and its creditors within three months, then courts would declare the liquidation of the club's assets.

Due to the huge debt, the club was forced to sell many players and make tremendous cuts in the club's finances. Since then, they have been relying mainly in the reserves team, combined with some inexpensive signings. During the first three seasons in Segunda División the club struggled hard to avoid relegation, amid fears of the club's disappearance. This was a period of high instability, with constant changes of managers and players. In the 2010–11 season, the signings of the striker David Rodríguez, the winger Enrique de Lucas and the manager Paco Herrera turned the situation around. The club finished sixth after a fantastic season and qualified for promotion. Nevertheless, they were eliminated in the first knockout round by Granada CF after a penalty shootout, the game having finished 1–1 in 90 minutes.

Return to La Liga[edit]

On 3 June 2012 Celta Vigo returned to La Liga after 5 years in Segunda División.[2] In their first season back in La Liga, Celta Vigo avoided relegation to the Segunda División on the final day, beating Espanyol 1–0 to ensure 17th place. On 8 June 2013 Celta Vigo announced they had signed former Roma and Barcelona B manager Luis Enrique to lead the club for the 2013–14 season. Under Enrique Celta flourished achieving a 9th place finish.

Club identity[edit]


Football kit (red jersey; black shorts; and white socks with blue trim).
Celta Vigo's original home colours (1923).

Celta Vigo's original team strip consisted of a red shirt, black shorts and blue socks. This was later changed at an unknown date to the traditional sky blue and white strip – representative of the Galician flag.

Celta Vigo have the longest-running sponsorship deal in Spanish football; Going back to the 1985–86[3] season, Citroën, the biggest employer in Vigo, and in Galicia, has been their official shirt sponsor. Their business deal with kit supplier, Umbro, was also one of the longest-running ones – Umbro's regional headquarters are based in nearby Redondela.

Years Kit manufacturer Sponsor
1980–82 Meyba None
1982–86 Adidas
1986–10 Umbro Citroën Peugeot Citroën Automóviles España, S.A.
2010–13 Li-Ning
2013– Adidas


Like many other Galician clubs, such as Compostela and Racing Ferrol, the club badge is based on the red cross of Saint James. On top of the cross sits a sky blue shield with two letter Cs (Club Celta). In 1923, Celta became one of several Spanish football clubs that were granted patronage by the Spanish crown and thus entitled to use Real (Royal) in their names and the royal crown on their badge. This right was granted to Celta by Alfonso XIII and the club subsequently became known as Real Club Celta de Vigo. During the Spanish Second Republic (1931—1936) the title Real was removed from the club's name and the royal crown was taken off the club crest, however it was to return under the Spanish State.


Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1923–24 Quarter-finals
1924–25 Semi-finals
1925–26 Semi-finals
1926–27 Quarter-finals
1927–28 Quarter-finals
1928–29 9th Round of 32
1930–31 1st Round of 32
1931–32 9th Semi-finals
1932–33 7th Round of 32
1933–34 4th Round of 16
1934–35 1st Round of 16
1935–36 1st Round of 16
1939–40 10th Round of 16
1940–41 10th Semi-finals
1941–42 5th 1st round
1942–43 5th Round of 16
1943–44 14th Round of 16
1944–45 3rd 1st round
1945–46 10th Round of 16
1946–47 9th Quarter-finals
1947–48 4th Final
1948–49 11th Round of 16
1949–50 7th Round of 16
1950–51 8th 1st round
1951–52 9th 1st round
1952–53 13th DNP
1953–54 10th Round of 16
1954–55 11th Round of 16
1955–56 10th Round of 16
1956–57 13th Quarter-finals
1957–58 7th Round of 16
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1958–59 16th Round of 16
1959–60 2nd 1st round
1960–61 2nd Round of 32
1961–62 6th Round of 32
1962–63 6th 1st round
1963–64 9th Round of 16
1964–65 5th Round of 32
1965–66 2nd Round of 32
1966–67 3rd 1st round
1967–68 3rd Semi-finals
1968–69 2nd DNP
1969–70 10th Round of 16
1970–71 6th Round of 16
1971–72 10th Quarter-finals
1972–73 15th Round of 16
1973–74 12th Round of 32
1974–75 17th Round of 16
1975–76 2nd Round of 16
1976–77 17th Quarter-finals
1977–78 3rd 3rd round
1978–79 16th Round of 16
1979–80 17th Round of 16
1980–81 2ªB 1st 3rd round
1981–82 1st 3rd round
1982–83 17th Round of 16
1983–84 6th 1st round
1984–85 3rd 3rd round
1985–86 18th Quarter-finals
1986–87 1st 3rd round
1987–88 7th Round of 16
1988–89 8th Quarter-finals
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1989–90 19th Round of 16
1990–91 14th 5th round
1991–92 1st 3rd round
1992–93 11th 3rd round
1993–94 15th Final
1994–95 13th 4th round
1995–96 11th Round of 16
1996–97 16th Semi-finals
1997–98 6th Round of 16
1998–99 5th Round of 16
1999–00 7th Round of 16
2000–01 6th Final
2001–02 5th Round of 32
2002–03 4th Round of 32
2003–04 19th Quarter-finals
2004–05 2nd Round of 64
2005–06 6th Round of 16
2006–07 18th Round of 32
2007–08 16th 2nd round
2008–09 17th Round of 32
2009–10 12th Quarter-finals
2010–11 6th 2nd round
2011–12 2nd Round of 32
2012–13 17th Round of 16
2013–14 9th Round of 32
2014–15 8th Round of 16

European history[edit]

UEFA Champions League:

Season Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2003–04 Third qualifying round Czech Republic Slavia Prague 3–0 0–2 3–2
Group phase Netherlands Ajax 3–2 0–1
Belgium Club Brugge 1–1 1–1
Italy Milan 0–0 2–1
Round of 16 England Arsenal 2–3 0–2 2–5

UEFA Europa League:

Season Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1971–72 First round Scotland Aberdeen 0–2 0–1 0–3
1998–99 First round Romania Argeș Pitești 1–0 7–0 8–0
Second round England Aston Villa 0–1 3–1 3–2
Third round England Liverpool 3–1 1–0 4–1
Quarter-finals France Marseille 1–2 0–0 1–2
1999–00 First round Switzerland Lausanne 2–3 4–0 6–3
Second round Greece Aris 2–2 2–0 4–2
Third round Portugal Benfica 7–0 1–1 8–1
Fourth round Italy Juventus 0–1 4–0 4–1
Quarter-finals France Lens 0–0 1–2 1–2
2000–01 First round Croatia Rijeka 0–0 1–0 1–0
Second round Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Red Star 0–1 3–0 3–1
Third round Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 0–0 1–0 1–0
Fourth round Germany Stuttgart 0–0 2–1 2–1
Quarter-finals Spain Barcelona 1–2 3–2 4–4
Season Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2001–02 First round Czech Republic Sigma Olomouc 4–0 3–4 7–4
Second round Czech Republic Slovan Liberec 3–1 0–3 3–4
2002–03 First round Denmark Odense 2–0 0–1 2–1
Second round Norway Viking 3–0 1–1 4–1
Third round Scotland Celtic 1–0 1–2 2–2
2006–07 First round Belgium Standard Liège 1–0 3–0 4–0
Group stage Germany Eintracht Frankfurt 1–1
England Newcastle 1–2
Turkey Fenerbahçe 1–0
Italy Palermo 1–1
Round of 32 Russia Spartak Moscow 1–1 2–1 3–2
Round of 16 Germany Werder Bremen 0–1 0–2 0–3

UEFA Intertoto Cup:

Season Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2000 Third round Republic of Macedonia Pelister 3–0 2–1 5–1
Semi-finals England Aston Villa 1–0 2–1 3–1
Finals Russia Zenit 2–1 2–2 4–3

Current squad[edit]

As of 22 July 2015[4]

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 Sergio Álvarez
2 Spain DF Hugo Mallo
3 Spain DF Andreu Fontàs
4 Spain DF David Costas
5 Spain MF Yelko Pino
6 Serbia MF Nemanja Radoja
7 Belgium FW Theo Bongonda
8 Chile MF Pablo Hernández
9 Spain FW Iago Aspas
10 Spain MF Nolito
11 Sweden FW John Guidetti
No. Position Player
13 Spain GK Rubén Blanco
14 Chile MF Fabián Orellana
16 Serbia MF Dejan Dražić
17 Gabon MF Lévy Madinda
18 Denmark MF Daniel Wass
19 Spain DF Jonny
20 Spain DF Sergi Gómez
21 Spain DF Carles Planas
22 Argentina DF Gustavo Cabral
23 Spain MF Josep Señé
24 Argentina MF Augusto Fernández

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 MF Álex López (on loan at Sheffield Wednesday)

Club records[edit]

  • Most league goals – 107, Hermidita (1945–55)
  • Most Primera División league goals
  • Most goals in a season – 69, (1998–99)
  • Most league appearances – 235, Mostovoi (1996–04)
  • Current player with most league appearances
  • Biggest win and biggest home win – 10–1 (v. Gimnàstic Tarragona, 23 October 1949)
  • Biggest away win – 0–5 (v. Hercules, 2 March 1941)
  • Biggest defeat and biggest away defeat – 10–0 (v. Athletic Bilbao, 11 January 1944)
  • Most Home points in a season
  • Most Away points in a season – 18 (2006–07)
  • Record transfer fee paid – €13.5 million, Catanha from Málaga CF (summer of 2000)
  • Record transfer fee received – €14 million, Claude Makélélé to Real Madrid CF (summer of 2000)

Top goalscorers[edit]

Internationals playing at Celta[edit]

Club Officials[edit]

President Spain Carlos Mouriño
Vice presidents Spain Ricardo Barros Hermida, Jesús García García & Raúl López López
Director of Football Spain Miguel Torrecilla
Director of Youth Teams Spain Antonio Otero
Club Delegate Bosnia and Herzegovina Vladimir Gudelj
Administrative Director Spain María José Herbón
Head of PR Spain José Carlos Bastos
Head coach Argentina Eduardo Berizzo
Assistant coach Argentina Ernesto Marcucci
Fitness coach Argentina Pablo Fernández
Goalkeeping coach Argentina Carlos Kisluk

Former managers[edit]

Dates Name
1923–26 England Francis Cuggy
1926–27 Spain Andrés Balsa
1927–28 Scotland W. H. Cowan
1928–31 Spain Ramón Encinas
1931–32 Spain José Planas
1932–35 Spain José María Peña
1935–36 Spain Ricardo Comesaña
1939–40 Spain Ricardo Comesaña
1940–41 Spain Joaquín Cárdenes
1941–44 Spain Baltasar Albéniz
1944–46 Hungary Károly Plattkó
1946 Spain Armando Márquez Ligori
1946–49 Spain Ricardo Zamora
1949–51 Spain Luis Pasarín
1951–52 Spain Roberto Ozores
1952–53 Spain Odilio Bravo
1953 Spain Armando Márquez Ligori
1953 Spain José Iraragorri
1953–55 Spain Ricardo Zamora
1955–56 Spain Luis Urquiri
1956–57 Argentina Alejandro Scopelli
1957–59 Spain Luis Pasarín
1959 Spain Luis Miró
1959 Argentina Enrique Lúpiz
1959 Spain Baltasar Albéniz
1959–60 Spain Santiago Sanz Fraile
1960 Spain Ricardo Zamora
Dates Name
1960–61 Spain Santiago Sanz Fraile
1961 France Louis Hon
1961–62 Spain Juan Rodríguez Aretio
1962–63 Spain Ignacio Eizaguirre
1963–65 Spain Joseíto
1965–66 Spain Rafa Yunta
1966–67 Spain César
1967 Spain Pepe Villar
1967–69 Spain Ignacio Eizaguirre
1969–70 Argentina Roque Olsen
1970–72 Spain Juan Arza
1972–73 Argentina Pedro Dellacha
1973 Spain Juan Rodríguez Aretio
1973–74 Spain Juan Arza
1974–75 Spain Mariano Moreno
1975 Spain Pepe Villar
1975–77 Spain Carmelo Cedrún
1977 Spain Antonio Cuervo
1977 Spain Pepe Villar
1977–78 Spain José María Maguregui
1978–79 Spain Laureano Ruiz
1979 Spain Pedrito
1979–80 Spain Carmelo Cedrún
1980 Spain Juan Arza
1980–83 Serbia Milorad Pavic
1983 Spain Carriega
1984–85 Spain Félix Carnero
Dates Name
1985–86 Spain José Luis García Traid
1986 Spain Pepe Villar
1986–87 England Colin Addison
1987–88 Spain José María Maguregui
1988 Spain Pepe Villar
1988–90 Spain José Manuel Díaz Novoa
1990–91 Spain José María Maguregui
1991–94 Spain Txetxu Rojo
1994–95 Argentina Carlos Aimar
1995–97 Spain Fernando Castro Santos
July 1, 1997–June 30, 1998 Spain Javier Irureta
July 1, 1998–June 30, 2002 Spain Víctor Fernández
July 1, 2002–Jan 26, 2004 Spain Miguel Ángel Lotina
Jan 29, 2004–March 04 Serbia Radomir Antić
March 2004–June 04 Spain Ramón Carnero
July 1, 2004–April 9, 2007 Spain Fernando Vázquez
April 11, 2007–Oct 8, 2007 Bulgaria Hristo Stoichkov
Oct 8, 2007–March 11, 2008 Spain Juan Ramón López Caro
March 12, 2008–May 12, 2008 Spain Antonio López
May 12, 2008–June 30, 2008 Spain Alejandro Menéndez
July 1, 2008–March 09 Spain Pepe Murcia
March 3, 2009–June 30, 2010 Spain Eusebio Sacristán
July 1, 2010–Feb 18, 2013 Spain Paco Herrera
Feb 18, 2013–June 8, 2013 Spain Abel Resino
June 9, 2013–May 19, 2014 Spain Luis Enrique
June 2, 2014– Argentina Eduardo Berizzo


Dates Name
1923–28 Manuel de Barcena y Andrés
1928–29 Manuel Prieto González
1929–32 Alfredo Escobar
1932–33 Luis de Vicente Sasiáin
1933–34 Indalecio Vázquez
1934–35 Cesáreo González
1935–39 Rodrigo de la Rasilla
1939–40 Pedro Braña Merino
1940–41 Manuel Núñez González
Dates Name
1941–42 Fernando de Miguel Rodríguez
1942–48 Luis Iglesias Fernández
1948–50 Avelino Ponte Caride
1950–52 Faustino Álvarez Álvarez
1952–56 Manuel Prieto Pérez
1956–58 Antonio Herrero Montero
1958–59 Antonio Alfageme
1959–61 Celso Lorenzo Vila
1961–63 Carlos Barreras Barret
Dates Name
1963–64 Antonio Crusat Pardiñas
1964–65 Manuel Rodríguez Gómez
1965–69 Daniel Alonso González
1969–70 Ramón de Castro
1970–73 Rodrigo Alonso Fariña
1973–77 Antonio Vázquez Gómez
1977–80 Jaime Arbones Alonso
1980 Rodrigo Arbones Alonso
1980 Elías Posada
Dates Name
1980–82 Elías Alonso Riego
1982–90 José Luis Rivadulla García
1990–91 José Luis Alejo Álvarez
1991 Eloy de Francisco
1991–95 José Luis Núñez Gallego
1995–06 Horacio Gómez Araújo
2006– Carlos Mouriño

Celta Vigo B[edit]

Celta de Vigo B is Celta's youth team. It was founded in 1996 and plays in the Segunda División B.


The 2000 UEFA Intertoto Cup in the club trophy cabinet

National titles[edit]

Winners (3): 1935–36, 1981–82, 1991–92
Runners-up (4): 1968–69, 1975–76, 2004–05, 2011–12
Runners-up (3): 1947–48, 1993–94, 2000–01

European titles[edit]

Winners (1): 2000

Regional titles[edit]

Winners (6): 1923–24, 1924–25, 1925–26, 1929–30, 1931–32, 1933–34
  • Asturian-Galician Championship
Winners (1): 1934–35
Winners (2): 2007, 2008

Youth titles[edit]

Runners-up (2): 2008–09, 2012–13


Winners (22): 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2012
Runners-up (14): 1971, 1974, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1987, 1989, 1995, 1996, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2007
Winners (18): 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Runners-up (2): 1997, 2010
Winners (1): 1999
  • Trofeo Xacobeo
Winners (1): 1999
  • Trofeo Federación Gallega
Winners (1): 2014


1947–48 – Spain Pahiño (23 goals)
1992–93 – Spain Santiago Cañizares (30 Goals/36 Games – Coef. 0.83)
2002–03 – Argentina Pablo Cavallero (27 Goals/34 Games – Coef. 0.79)
2005–06 – Spain José Manuel Pinto (28 Goals/36 Games – Coef. 0.78)


1.^ Carlos Mouriño is the plurality shareholder, with 35%, and as such is the club president.

See also[edit]


Further reading[edit]

  • González Villar, Celso. Albores do fútbol Vigues (in Galician). 
  • Cros, Jaime (1973). El Celta y la Liga (in Spanish). Murcia: APANDA de Artes Gráficas, S.A. ISBN 84-605-5851-7. 
  • Cros, Jaime (1974). Celta 74 (in Spanish). 
  • Álvarez, Eugenio (2004). A historia do Celta (1992–2004) (in Spanish). Vigo. p. 272. 
  • Ball, Phil (2001). "Raining Champions". Morbo: The Story of Spanish Football. Kings Lynn, England: WSC Books. pp. 165–181. ISBN 0-9540134-6-8. 

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