Cultural y Deportiva Leonesa

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Full nameCultural y Deportiva Leonesa
Nickname(s)La Cultu, La Leonesa
Founded5 August 1923; 96 years ago (5 August 1923)
GroundReino de León, León,
Castille and León, Spain
OwnerAspire Academy
PresidentMohd Khalifa Al Suwadi
Head coachJosé Manuel Aira
League2ª B – Group 2
2018–19Segunda División B, 5th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Cultural y Deportiva Leonesa (Spanish pronunciation: [kultuˈɾal i ðepoɾˈtiβa le.oˈnesa]), better known as Cultural Leonesa, is a Spanish football team based in León, in the autonomous community of Castile and Leon. Founded on 5 August 1923, it currently plays in Segunda División B – Group 2, holding home games at Estadio Reino de León, with a capacity of 13,346 seats.[1]

Ahead of the 2014–15 season, the club released a kit designed to look like a tuxedo. The kit, which attracted huge attention in the media and social networking sites, was worn in a pre-season charity match in support of local charities for mining families.


Cultural y Deportiva Leonesa was founded on 5 August 1923.[2]

In 1926, Cultural Leonesa won the Regional championship and in 1929 Cultural played the Segunda División B and promoted to the second division.

In 1931, the club ceased activity and several teams were created in the city with the aim to replace them, but after the Spanish Civil War, Cultural Leonesa came back to the competition.

In 1955, Cultural was promoted for the first time to La Liga, but they could only play one season in the Spanish top tier.

In 2011, the club was relegated to Tercera División due to unpaid debts to the players[3] and took two years to recover the place in the third tier. In 2015, the Qatari Aspire Academy bought a controlling 99% of the shares of the club, thus avoiding its dissolution.[4]

On 28 May 2017, Cultural was promoted to Segunda División after 42 years by defeating Barcelona B in the promotion play-offs. On 3 January 2018, Leeds United announced an official partnership with Cultural Leonesa's owners Aspire Academy in Qatar.[5] The link up saw Leeds players Yosuke Ideguchi and Ouasim Bouy both join Cultural Leonesa on loan as part of the unique partnership.[6]

On 2 June 2018, Cultural was relegated to the third level, after being defeated by Numancia on the last matchday. In the 2018-19 season the club played in Segunda División B, Group 1 and fought to be promoted back to the second tier. But it finished only in the 5th position.[7] The club had a good start on the 2019-20 season, being in the 2nd position after first 16 games.[8] In the 2019-2020 season, they upset Atletico de Madrid in the Copa del Rey Round of 32.[9]

Club structure[edit]

Position Name
President Mohd Khalifa Al Suwadi
Vice-President Iván Bravo
Managing Director Felipe Llamazares Díez
Sports management Ricardo Pozo Álvarez
Director Delegate Ignacio Álvarez Martínez
Advisory Board Antonio Martín Espina
José Lasa
Jassim Mohammed AA Al-Ansari
Fundation culturalista Manuel Carnero
Diego Calzado
Technical secretary Santi Santos
Juan Carlos Valiño (adjunto)
César Villafañe (adjunto)
Social area Juan Luis Diez Mata

Season to season[edit]

Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1929 3 1st Round of 32
1929/30 2 10th Round of 32
1930/31 3 6th Round of 32
1931–1939 DNP
1939/40 3 8th
1940/41 3 6th
1941/42 3 3rd 1st round
1942/43 2 10th
1943/44 2 9th Round of 32
1944/45 2 13th First round
1945/46 3 3rd
1946/47 3 2nd
1947/48 3 8th Fifth round
1948/49 3 7th Second round
1949/50 3 5th
1950/51 3 5th
1951/52 3 3rd
1952/53 3 2nd
1953/54 2 4th
1954/55 2 1st Round of 16
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1955/56 1 15th Round of 16
1956/57 2 6th
1957/58 2 16th
1958/59 2 16th
1959/60 3 1st Round of 16
1960/61 2 12th First round
1961/62 2 16th First round
1962/63 3 4th
1963/64 3 3rd
1964/65 3 7th
1965/66 3 2nd
1966/67 3 3rd
1967/68 3 1st
1968/69 3 4th
1969/70 3 2nd Second round
1970/71 3 1st Fourth round
1971/72 2 5th Fifth round
1972/73 2 19th Fourth round
1973/74 3 1st Third round
1974/75 2 20th Fifth round
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1975/76 3 6th Second round
1976/77 3 2nd First round
1977/78 3 2ªB 6th Second round
1978/79 3 2ªB 5th Second round
1979/80 3 2ªB 4th Second round
1980/81 3 2ªB 4th First round
1981/82 3 2ªB 19th Second round
1982/83 3 2ªB 19th
1983/84 4 2nd
1984/85 4 2nd First round
1985/86 4 1st First round
1986/87 4 2nd Third round
1987/88 3 2ªB 14th First round
1988/89 3 2ªB 8th First round
1989/90 3 2ªB 7th
1990/91 3 2ªB 9th Second round
1991/92 3 2ªB 6th Second round
1992/93 3 2ªB 10th Second round
1993/94 3 2ªB 17th Third round
1994/95 4 1st Third round
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1995/96 3 2ªB 4th Second round
1996/97 3 2ªB 8th First round
1997/98 3 2ªB 4th
1998/99 3 2ªB 1st First round
1999/00 3 2ªB 9th Preliminary
2000/01 3 2ªB 2nd
2001/02 3 2ªB 2nd Round of 32
2002/03 3 2ªB 5th Round of 32
2003/04 3 2ªB 4th Round of 32
2004/05 3 2ªB 10th Round of 32
2005/06 3 2ªB 14th
2006/07 3 2ªB 11th
2007/08 3 2ªB 11th
2008/09 3 2ªB 2nd
2009/10 3 2ªB 12th Round of 32
2010/11 3 2ªB 14th
2011/12 4 3rd
2012/13 4 2nd
2013/14 3 2ªB 14th
2014/15 3 2ªB 7th
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
2015/16 3 2ªB 7th Second round
2016/17 3 2ªB 1st Round of 32
2017/18 2 19th Third round
2018/19 3 2ªB 5th Round of 32
2019/20 3 2ªB Round of 16

Current squad[edit]

As of 28 January 2020[10]

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 Leandro Montagud
2 Spain DF Héctor Rodas
3 Spain DF Samu Araújo
4 Spain DF Iván González (2nd captain)
5 Spain MF Èric Montes
6 Spain MF Alfonso Martín (on loan from AD Alcorcón)
7 Spain FW Juan Carlos Menudo
8 Spain MF Antonio Martínez (captain)
10 Spain MF Sergio Marcos (3rd captain)
11 Belgium FW Andy Kawaya
12 Brazil MF Augusto Galván (on loan from Real Madrid Castilla)
14 Spain DF Julen Castañeda
No. Position Player
15 Spain FW Sergio Benito (on loan from Rayo Vallecano)
17 Spain FW Dioni Villalba
18 Argentina FW Gabriel Gudiño (on loan from San Lorenzo de Almagro)
19 Spain DF Aitor Fernández
20 Spain MF Julián Luque
21 France DF Virgil Thérésin
22 Spain FW Dani Pichín
25 France GK Lucas Giffard
Spain FW Héctor Hernández
Spain DF Ángel Moreno (on loan from Albacete Balompié)

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
23 Spain FW Aarón Piñán
24 Spain DF Juan Rodríguez
31 Spain GK Diego Rodríguez
Spain DF Marcos González
Spain DF Rodri Suárez

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
Mali GK Samu Diarra (at Villarrubia CF until 30 June 2020)
Spain DF Jose Antonio Soler (at UE Olot until 30 June 2020)
Spain FW Antonio López (at CE L'Hospitalet until 30 June 2020)
Spain MF Vicente Romero (at UCAM Murcia CF until 30 June 2020)
Spain DF Albert Estellés (at UD San Sebastián de los Reyes until 30 June 2020)
France MF Jordan Blaise (at Atlético Astorga FC until 30 June 2020)

Coaching Staff[edit]

Position Name
Head Coach José Manuel Aira
Assistant Head Coach Óscar Sánchez
Chief Physical Trainer Cristóbal Fuentes
Physical Trainer Mario Sandúa
Goalkeeper coach Roberto Valeiro
Analyst Daniel Delgado
Doctor Salustiano López-Contreras
Physiotherapist Chief Javier Madinabeitia
Team Delegate Manuel Taranilla
Assistant Javier Barrioluengo

Notable former players[edit]

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

Famous coaches[edit]


C. Leonesa vs. Sabadell, in the 2008–09 Segunda División promotion playoffs

Reserve team[edit]

Júpiter Leonés is the reserve team of the club.

Founded in 1929, later known as Cultural de León and finally changed to its current name Cultural y Deportiva Leonesa "B" Jupiter Leonés. After the 2009–10, the team was dissolved after Cultural was relegated to Tercera División due to its debts. In 2014, it was re-founded as the reserve team and after three promotions it currently plays in Tercera División, the fourth tier, after gaining promotion in the Primera División Regional de Aficionados 2017-2018 season.


  1. ^ "Estadio Reino de León". Football Tripper. October 5, 2017. Retrieved January 22, 2020.
  2. ^ "Historia de la Cultural y Deportiva Leonesa" (in Spanish). Nos Gusta León. Archived from the original on August 2, 2017. Retrieved May 23, 2017.
  3. ^ "Doce equipos descienden por impagos a futbolistas" (in Spanish). June 30, 2011. Archived from the original on September 3, 2011. Retrieved May 24, 2017.
  4. ^ "Aspire compra la Cultural Leonesa y evita su desaparición" (in Spanish). September 16, 2015. Archived from the original on June 4, 2017. Retrieved May 24, 2017.
  5. ^ "LEEDS UNITED LAUNCH ASPIRE ACADEMY PARTNERSHIP". Archived from the original on January 4, 2018. Retrieved May 7, 2018.
  6. ^ "Aspire-owned Cultural Leonesa hope to shock Real". October 25, 2016. Archived from the original on December 7, 2017. Retrieved May 7, 2018.
  7. ^ "Histórico Cultural Leonesa - Segunda División B G 1 2018/2019". Retrieved November 6, 2019.
  8. ^ "Resultados de Fútbol: Segunda División B Grupo 2". Mundo Deportivo. Retrieved December 17, 2019.
  9. ^ "Cultural Leonesa 2 Atlético Madrid 1". ESPN FC. Retrieved January 23, 2020.
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