Extremadura UD

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Extremadura
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Full name Extremadura Unión Deportiva
Nickname(s) Azulgranas
Founded 2007
Ground Francisco de la Hera,
Almendralejo, Extremadura,
Spain
Capacity 11,580
Chairman Manuel Franganillo
Manager Juan Sabas
League Segunda División
2017–18 2ªB – Group 4, 4th (promoted)
Current season

Extremadura Unión Deportiva is a Spanish football team based in Almendralejo, in the autonomous community of Extremadura. Founded in 2007 it plays in Segunda División, holding home games at Estadio Francisco de la Hera.

History[edit]

Extremadura Unión Deportiva was founded in 2007,[1] as the existing CF Extremadura club was experiencing serious financial problems, which would lead to its folding three years later.

In only three seasons, the club reached the third division of Spanish football. However, it finished 19th and last (due to AD Cerro de Reyes Badajoz Atlético retiring from competition) in its first campaign, being immediately relegated back.

Five years later, in 2016, Extremadura promoted again to Segunda División B with a 2–0 aggregate play-off win over UB Conquense.[2] In 2018 the club was promoted for the first time to Segunda División after defeating FC Cartagena 1–0 on aggregate in the last round of the play-offs.[3]

Season to season[edit]

Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
2007/08 6 1ª Reg. 1st
2008/09 5 Reg. Pref. 1st
2009/10 4 3rd
2010/11 3 2ªB 19th
2011/12 4 3rd
2012/13 4 1st
2013/14 4 6th First round
2014/15 4 2nd
2015/16 4 1st
2016/17 3 2ªB 13th Second round
2017/18 3 2ªB 4th
2018/19 2 Second round

Current squad[edit]

As of 22 September 2018

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 Manu García
2 Spain DF Álex Díez
3 Spain DF Carlos Pomares
4 Spain MF Álex Barrera
5 Spain DF Borja García
6 Spain DF José Pardo
7 Spain MF Carlos Valverde
8 Uruguay MF Gio Zarfino
9 Spain FW Willy Ledesma (captain)
10 Spain MF Kike Márquez
11 Spain MF Roberto Olabe (on loan from Atlético Madrid B)
12 Spain MF Borja Granero
No. Position Player
14 Spain MF Fausto Tienza
16 Spain MF Diego Capel
18 Spain DF Marcelo Djaló (on loan from Fulham)
19 Spain FW Enric Gallego
20 Spain DF Aitor Fernández
21 Spain FW Chuli (on loan from Getafe)
22 Argentina DF Lucho Balbi
23 Italy FW Vincenzo Rennella
24 Spain DF Íñigo López
30 Ecuador MF Billy Arce (on loan from Brighton and Hove Albion)
36 Spain GK Álvaro Fernández (on loan from Monaco)

Other players under contract[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 GK Casto
 — Spain DF Kike Echávarri
 — Spain MF Airam Benito

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
26 Spain MF Álvaro Romero
27 Spain MF Samu Manchón
29 Spain DF Kiki

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 GK Curro Harillo (at UCAM Murcia until 30 June 2019)
 — Spain DF Alfonso Candelas (at Ibiza until 30 June 2019)
 — Argentina DF Nico Delmonte (at Sabadell until 30 June 2019)
 — Ghana MF Emmanuel Lomotey (at Villarreal B until 30 June 2019)
No. Position Player
 — Spain MF José García (at Salmantino until 30 June 2019)
 — Spain FW Airam Cabrera (at Cracovia until 30 June 2019)
 — Equatorial Guinea FW Niko Kata (at SS Reyes until 30 June 2019)

Current technical staff[edit]

Position Staff
Manager Spain Juan Sabas
Assistant manager Spain José Mari
Assistant manager Spain Pedro José
Fitness coach Spain Raúl López Marín
Goalkeeping coach Spain José María Moreno Martínez

Last updated: July 2018
Source:[citation needed]

Stadium[edit]

Estadio Francisco de la Hera, Extremadura's home ground, was built in 1996, and has a seated capacity of 11,580.

Reserve team[edit]

Extremadura UD B was created after integrating San José Promesas in the club in 2016. In its first season, it played with the name of Extremadura San José, before changing to its current name in the next season.

Women's team[edit]

Extremadura UD Femenino was born in July 2017, after integrating the structure of former Extremadura Femenino CF in the club.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Extremadura UD se presenta como apuesta de fútbol para Almendralejo (Extremadura UD presents itself as Almendralejo's football alternative); Diario Hoy, 24 August 2007 (in Spanish)
  2. ^ "El Extremadura asciende a Segunda División B" [Extremadura promote to Segunda División B]. El Periódico de Extremadura (in Spanish). 29 May 2016. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Playoff de ascenso: El Extremadura, nuevo equipo de Segunda división" [Promotion play-off: Extremadura, new Segunda División team]. ABC (in Spanish). 24 June 2018. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  4. ^ "Nace el Extremadura Femenino" (in Spanish). El Periódico de Extremadura. 15 July 2017. Retrieved 22 July 2017.

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