Deportivo Alavés

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Deportivo Alavés
Club crest
Full name Deportivo Alavés, S.A.D.
Nickname(s) Babazorros
El Glorioso (The glorious one)
Founded 1921; 96 years ago (1921)
Ground Mendizorrotza
Ground Capacity 19,840
Chairman Alfonso Fernández de Trocóniz
Manager Luis Zubeldía
League La Liga
2016–17 La Liga, 9th
Current season

Deportivo Alavés, S.A.D. [deporˈtiβo alaˈβes]; (Sporting Alavés), usually abbreviated to Alavés, is a Spanish football club based in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Álava, in the autonomous community of the Basque Country. Founded in 1921 it plays in La Liga, holding home matches at the 19,800-seater Estadio Mendizorrotza.

Its biggest success was in 2001 when, in the year of its debut in European competition, it was one of the finalists in the 2001 UEFA Cup Final against Liverpool, being defeated 5–4 by golden goal.

The team's home kit is blue and white-striped shirt, blue shorts and white socks.

History[edit]

Founded in 1921, Alavés first reached La Liga eight years later, a stint which would last three years. In the 1950s the club would reach Primera División again for a two-year spell.

After years of seriously facing disappearance which lasted well into the 1990s, the club finally achieved a Segunda División promotion in 1994–95 after two consecutive years winning their group in Segunda División B – created as the new third level in 1977 – but failing in the promotion play-offs.

After winning the Segunda División in 1997–98, Alavés returned to the top level after a 42-year hiatus. Following their return season in which they escaped relegation by a single point, they achieved two wins against Barcelona in the following campaign and would qualify for the UEFA Cup for the first time upon finishing sixth (to date, their highest-ever placing, coming just 12 years after their lowest-ever: eighth in their group in the fourth level).

As well as concluding the domestic campaign in 10th position, in 2000–01 the Basque club reached the final of the UEFA Cup after beating Italians Internazionale, fellow Spaniards Rayo Vallecano and Germans Kaiserslautern (in a crushing 9-2 aggregate victory). The final ended in a 4–5 loss against England's Liverpool, Alavés losing to an 'own-golden goal' after taking the game to extra time. The match also featured two red cards and two disallowed goals in extra time in addition to the 9 goals which did count, and has been described by some observers as one of the greatest showpiece games in the competition's history.[1]

Alavés ended 2001–02 in seventh and qualified for the UEFA Cup for a second time, although the European campaign of 2002–03 was far less successful than two years earlier, with an opening win over Ankaragücü followed by a defeat to another Turkish Süper Lig side, Beşiktaş. On the 26 January 2003, the club celebrated their 100th win in La Liga after defeating Valladolid 3–1.

Although Alavés were relegated after 2002–03, they regained top flight status two years later. In this time, Alavés was bought by Ukrainian-American businessman Dmitry Pietrman, and several clashes followed with the club's coaches, players[2] and fans alike.[3] The top-division return only lasted one season as the club went through three head coaches and finished in 18th position, one point from safety. Piterman departed in 2007, leaving the club deep in debt after his tenure; after two years of battling against relegation to the third level, Alavés eventually succumbed in 2008–09.

Deportivo de La Coruña vs. Deportivo Alavés, 2013.

A subsequent black period in Segunda División B lasted four years until Alavés was bought by José Antonio Querejeta[4] and were promoted again to the second division in 2013 as overall champions of the third tier, providing an opportunity to sort out its economic difficulties. Three years later, on 29 May 2016, Alavés was promoted to La Liga as second tier champions after beating Numancia 2–0 to overtake Leganés on the final day.

On 10 September 2016, Alavés got their first win of their return season in La Liga by defeating 2–1 defending La Liga champions Barcelona. On 7 February 2017, Alavés qualified for the 2017 Copa del Rey Final after eliminating Celta Vigo in the semifinals of the competition; this was the first time in their history that the club had qualified for the final of the national cup, their previous best being the semifinals in 1998 and 2004. Their opponents in the final would be Barcelona, and coincidentally the two clubs met in the league directly after their cup semifinals; the Catalan club inflicted a 6-0 defeat on Alavés in their own Mendizorrotza stadium, exacting revenge for the result earlier in the season.[5]

Seasons[edit]

Season to season[edit]

Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1929 2 3rd Round of 16
1929–30 2 1st Quarterfinals
1930–31 1 8th Round of 16
1931–32 1 9th Quarterfinals
1932–33 1 10th
1933–34 2 10th
1939–40 2 8th Round of 16
1940–41 3 1st Second round
1941–42 2 3rd
1942–43 2 8th Round of 16
1943–44 3 2nd Fifth round
1944–45 3 3rd Round of 16
1945–46 3 5th
1946–47 3 7th
1947–48 3 10th Third round
1948–49 3 12th First round
1949–50 3 10th
1950–51 3 2nd
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1951–52 2 9th
1952–53 2 4th Round of 16
1953–54 2 1st Round of 16
1954–55 1 10th Round of 16
1955–56 1 14th
1956–57 2 5th
1957–58 2 7th
1958–59 2 13th First round
1959–60 2 13th First round
1960–61 3 1st
1961–62 2 4th Round of 16
1962–63 2 8th Round of 16
1963–64 2 16th Round of 16
1964–65 3 1st
1965–66 3 3rd
1966–67 3 7th
1967–68 3 1st
1968–69 2 14th
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1969–70 3 9th First round
1970–71 4 Regional 1st
1971–72 3 7th First round
1972–73 3 3rd Second round
1973–74 3 1st Second round
1974–75 2 16th Third round
1975–76 2 15th Second round
1976–77 2 8th Second round
1977–78 2 11th Quarterfinals
1978–79 2 9th Quarterfinals
1979–80 2 9th Round of 16
1980–81 2 8th Round of 16
1981–82 2 17th Third round
1982–83 2 17th
1983–84 3 2ªB 3rd Second round
1984–85 3 2ªB 3rd Third round
1985–86 3 2ªB 5th Second round
1986–87 4 7th First round
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1987–88 4 8th
1988–89 4 2nd
1989–90 4 1st
1990–91 3 2ªB 2nd Second round
1991–92 3 2ªB 4th Third round
1992–93 3 2ªB 1st Third round
1993–94 3 2ªB 1st Third round
1994–95 3 2ªB 1st First round
1995–96 2 7th Second round
1996–97 2 13th Second round
1997–98 2 1st Semifinals
1998–99 1 16th Third round
1999–00 1 6th Round of 16
2000–01 1 10th Round of 32
2001–02 1 7th Round of 16
2002–03 1 19th Round of 16
2003–04 2 4th Semifinals
2004–05 2 3rd Round of 32
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
2005–06 1 18th Third round
2006–07 2 17th Round of 16
2007–08 2 17th Third round
2008–09 2 19th Second round
2009–10 3 2ªB 5th First round
2010–11 3 2ªB 3rd First round
2011–12 3 2ªB 6th Third round
2012–13 3 2ªB 1st Round of 16
2013–14 2 18th Third round
2014–15 2 13th Round of 32
2015–16 2 1st Third round
2016–17 1 9th Final
2017–18 1

Recent seasons[edit]

Season Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Europe Notes
1998–99 1D 16 38 11 7 20 36 63 40
1999–00 1D 6 38 17 10 11 41 37 61
2000–01 1D 10 38 14 7 17 58 59 49 UC Final
2001–02 1D 7 38 17 3 18 41 44 54
2002–03 1D 19 38 8 11 19 38 68 35 UC 2nd round Relegated
2003–04 2D 4 42 20 14 8 48 32 74
2004–05 2D 3 42 23 7 12 62 47 76 Promoted
2005–06 1D 18 38 9 12 17 35 54 39 3rd round Relegated
2006–07 2D 17 42 13 13 16 51 60 52
2007–08 2D 17 42 12 15 15 41 47 51
2008–09 2D 19 42 11 10 21 42 64 43 2nd round Relegated

Current squad[edit]

As of 10 June 2017

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 Fernando Pacheco (2nd captain)
4 Spain DF Alexis Ruano
5 Spain DF Víctor Laguardia
9 Venezuela FW Christian Santos
10 Paraguay MF Óscar Romero (on loan from Shanghai Shenhua)
11 Spain MF Ibai Gómez
12 Spain MF Sergio Llamas
16 Colombia MF Daniel Torres
17 Spain MF Édgar Méndez
No. Position Player
18 Spain MF Gaizka Toquero
19 Spain MF Manu García (captain)
22 Spain DF Carlos Vigaray
23 Serbia MF Nenad Krstičić
24 Morocco DF Zouhair Feddal
25 Serbia MF Aleksandar Katai
Spain DF Rubén Duarte
Colombia DF Deiver Machado
Spain DF Héctor Hernández (on loan from Real Sociedad)

Honours[edit]

Domestic competitions[edit]

Winners (4): 1929–30, 1953–54, 1997–98, 2015–16
Winners (4): 1992–93, 1993–94, 1994–95, 2012–13
Winners (6): 1940–41, 1960–61, 1964–65, 1967–68, 1973–74, 1989–90,
Runners-up (1): 2016-17

European competitions[edit]

Runners-up (1): 2000–01

Stadium information[edit]

Mendizorrotza stadium
  • NameMendizorrotza
  • CityVitoria-Gasteiz
  • Capacity – 19,840[6]
  • Inauguration – 1924
  • Pitch size – 105 x 67 mts.
  • Other facilitiesEl Glorioso and José Luis Compañon

Famous players[edit]

Managers[edit]

Alavés B[edit]

California Victory[edit]

In 2007, Alavés operated a team in the USL First Division in the United States called the California Victory. The team played at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco, California, and wore the Alavés colors. However, Alavés, under new ownership, pulled its support for the club later that year, after which the Victory folded.

NK Rudeš[edit]

In May 2017, Alavés signed a 10-year partnership deal with NK Rudeš, freshly promoted Croatian First Football League club, with Rudeš acting as a feeder club to Alavés.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The greatest matches of all time; The Daily Telegraph, 4 July 2007
  2. ^ Carreras denuncia el "trato vejatorio" de Piterman (Carreras denounces "vexatious treatment" by Piterman); 20 Minutos, 16 February 2006 (in Spanish)
  3. ^ Dimitri Piterman llama "subnormales" a los aficionados del Alavés (Dimitri Piterman calls Alavés' fans "morons"); 20 Minutos, 22 February 2006 (in Spanish)
  4. ^ "Querejeta compra las acciones del Alavés que tenía la familia Ortiz de Zárate" [Querejeta bought Alavés' shares that the Ortiz de Zárate family held] (in Spanish). El Correo. 29 July 2013. Retrieved 26 February 2017. 
  5. ^ "Alavés 0-6 Barcelona, February 2017". BBC Sport. Retrieved 17 February 2017. 
  6. ^ Mendizorrotza Stadium
  7. ^ "Deportivo Alaves i NK Rudeš predstavili desetogodišnju suradnju" [Deportivo Alaves and NK Rudeš presented future ten-year cooperation] (in Croatian). Sportnet.hr. 12 May 2017. Retrieved 11 June 2017. 

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