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)
Pink Team
Founded 1921; 95 years ago (1921)
Ground Mendizorrotza, Vitoria-Gasteiz,
Basque Country, Spain
Ground Capacity 19,840
Chairman Alfonso Fernández de Trocóniz
Manager Mauricio Pellegrino
League La Liga
2015–16 Segunda División, 1st (promoted)
Current season

Deportivo Alavés, S.A.D. [deporˈtiβo alaˈβes], 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 Segunda División, 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]

Deportivo de La Coruña vs. Deportivo Alavés.

Founded in 1921, Alavés first reached La Liga eight years later, a stint which would last three years. In the 50s it would reach Primera División again.

After years of seriously facing disappearance, which went well into the 90s, the club finally achieved a Segunda División promotion in 1994–95 after two consecutive years winning Segunda División B – created as the new third level in 1977 – but consistently failing in the promotion play-offs.

In 1998–99 Alavés returned to the top level after a 42-year hiatus, achieving two wins against Barcelona in the following season, in which they would, for the first time, qualify for the UEFA Cup, ending the season sixth.

In 2000–01 the Basque club reached the final of the UEFA Cup, a 4–5 loss against Liverpool (taking the game to extra time, and losing following an own golden goal),[1] as well as finishing tenth in the domestic campaign.

Although Alavés were relegated after 2002–03, they regained top flight status two years later. In this time, Alavés was bought by Dmitry Pietrman, an Ukrainian-American businessman, and several clashes occurred with the club's coaches, players[2] and fans alike.[3] Pietrman left in 2007 and after two years of battling with relegation to the third level, the club deep in debt eventually befell in 2008–09.

This black period lasted four years until it finally promoted again to the second division in 2013 and could sort out its difficult economy. Three years later, on 29 May 2016, Alavés was promoted to La Liga after beating Numancia 2–0.

Seasons[edit]

Season to season[edit]

Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1929 2 3rd Round of 16
1929–30 2 1st Quarter-finals
1930–31 1 8th Round of 16
1931–32 1 9th Quarter-finals
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
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1968–69 2 14th
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 Quarter-finals
1978–79 2 9th Quarter-finals
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
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1985–86 3 2ªB 5th Second round
1986–87 4 7th First round
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 Semi-finals
1998–99 1 16th Third round
1999–00 1 6th Round of 16
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
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 Semi-finals
2004–05 2 3rd Round of 32
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
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
2015–16 2 1st Third round
2016–17 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 29 July 2016

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
3 Spain DF Raúl García
5 Spain DF Víctor Laguardia
9 Venezuela FW Christian Santos
10 Spain FW Manu Barreiro
18 Spain FW Gaizka Toquero
19 Spain MF Manu García (Captain)
21 Spain MF Kiko Femenía
27 Spain DF Einar Galilea
28 Spain MF Sergio Llamas
No. Position Player
31 Spain FW Asier Benito
Spain GK Adrián Ortolá (on loan from Barcelona)
Spain DF Alexis
Morocco DF Zouhair Feddal
Spain MF Édgar Méndez
Serbia MF Nenad Krstičić
Colombia MF Daniel Torres
Spain FW Dani Iglesias
Spain FW Rubén Sobrino (on loan from Manchester City)
Brazil FW Deyverson (on loan from Levante)

Honours[edit]

Stadium information[edit]

Mendizorrotza stadium
  • NameMendizorrotza
  • CityVitoria-Gasteiz
  • Capacity – 19,840[4]
  • Inauguration – 1924
  • Pitch size – 105 x 67 mts.
  • Other facilities – El Glorioso

Famous players[edit]

see also Category:Deportivo Alavés footballers

Famous coaches[edit]

see also Category:Deportivo Alavés managers

Alavés B[edit]

Main article: Deportivo Alavés B

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.

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