Extremadura UD

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Extremadura
Extremadura UD.png
Full nameExtremadura Unión Deportiva, S.A.D.
Nickname(s)Azulgranas
Founded21 August 2007; 13 years ago (2007-08-21)
GroundFrancisco de la Hera,
Almendralejo, Extremadura,
Spain
Capacity11,580[1]
PresidentManuel Franganillo
Head coachJose Antonio Ruiz
LeagueSegunda División B
2019–20Segunda División, 21st of 22 (relegated)
WebsiteClub website
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,[2] 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, having won in the 2010 playoffs against Atlético Mancha Real in June 2010.[3] 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.

Extremadura won their fourth-tier group in 2013, qualifying for the Copa del Rey for the first time. There, they lost 2–1 at home to Albacete Balompié in the first round.[4]

In 2016, Extremadura were promoted again to Segunda División B with a 2–0 aggregate play-off win over UB Conquense.[5] 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.[6]

One of the stars of Extremadura's promotion was Enric Gallego, who arrived halfway through the season from UE Cornellà, and scored 15 goals in 19 games in his first professional campaign at the age of 32 before leaving for La Liga club SD Huesca in January 2019 for €2 million.[7] After falling into the relegation zone around that point in the season, the club fired Rodri and hired Manuel Mosquera who guided them to safety; the end of the campaign was also marked by the death of veteran winger José Antonio Reyes in a car accident.[8]

In July 2020, Extremadura was relegated back to the third tier after losing by a single goal away to Cádiz CF, amidst problems between the club president and shareholders.[9]

On November 24, 2020, the club was headed by Jose Antonio Ruiz, who previously coached Extremadura B

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 13th Second round
2019/20 2 21st First round
2020/21 3 2ªB

Current squad[edit]

As of 11 October 2020

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Spain ESP Casto
2 DF Spain ESP Saúl González
3 DF Colombia COL Jilmar Torres
5 DF Spain ESP Fran Cruz
6 MF Spain ESP Elías Pérez
7 MF Ivory Coast CIV Liam Ayad
8 MF Spain ESP José García
9 FW Spain ESP Rubén Mesa
10 MF Spain ESP Kike Márquez
11 MF Spain ESP Sebas Coris
12 DF Spain ESP Dani Sánchez
13 GK Gibraltar GIB Jaylan Hankins (on loan from Córdoba)
No. Pos. Nation Player
14 FW Spain ESP Lele
15 MF Spain ESP Nico Hidalgo
17 MF Spain ESP Víctor Pastrana
18 FW Spain ESP Nando Copete
20 DF Spain ESP Dani Pérez
21 MF Spain ESP Sergio Gil
23 MF Spain ESP Dani Toribio
24 DF Cameroon CMR Lucien Owona
30 GK Spain ESP Mario Ramos
MF Spain ESP David Rocha
FW Spain ESP Dani Vega

Reserve team[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
31 GK Colombia COL Mike Cordero
MF Ivory Coast CIV Kouame Viera

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. Pos. Nation Player
MF Spain ESP Cristian Rodríguez (at Málaga until 30 June 2021)
MF Spain ESP Dani Molina (at Recreativo until 30 June 2021)
MF Uruguay URU Giovanni Zarfino (at Tenerife until 30 June 2021)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF Ghana GHA Sabit Abdulai (at Getafe B until 30 June 2021)
FW Spain ESP Pinchi (at Fuenlabrada until 30 June 2021)

Retired numbers[edit]

19Spain José Antonio Reyes (2019) – posthumous honour[10]

Current technical staff[edit]

Position Staff
Head coach Spain Jose Antonio Ruiz
Assistant coach Spain Pepe Tirado
Assistant coach Spain Pedro José
Goalkeeping coach Spain Pedro Illanes
Fitnes coach Spain Dani Chamorro
Physio Spain Fran Rosa
Physio Spain Antonio Moreno

Last updated: February 2019
Source: Extremadura UD

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.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://espanaestadios.com/2018/08/12/almendralejo-estadio-francisco-de-la-hera/
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ "Mancha Real, el baúl del mejor recuerdo" [Mancha Real, the chest holding the best memory]. El Periódico de Extremadura (in Spanish). 17 February 2017. Retrieved 10 July 2020.
  4. ^ "Copa del Rey, primer round: Albacete sí y Toledo y Guadalajara, no" [Copa del Rey, first round: Albacete yes and Toledo and Guadalajara, no] (in Spanish). En Castilla-La Mancha. 5 September 2013. Retrieved 10 July 2020.
  5. ^ "El Extremadura asciende a Segunda División B" [Extremadura promote to Segunda División B]. El Periódico Extremadura (in Spanish). 29 May 2016. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  6. ^ "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.
  7. ^ Artus, José Luis (16 January 2019). "Enric Gallego, nuevo jugador del Huesca" [Enric Gallego, new Huesca player]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). Retrieved 10 July 2020.
  8. ^ "Jose Antonio Reyes: Extremadura pay tribute to former player". BBC Sport. 5 June 2019. Retrieved 10 July 2020.
  9. ^ Peña, Raúl (9 July 2020). "El Extremadura, desbordado dentro y fuera del terreno de juego" [Extremadura, overwhelmed on and off the pitch]. Hoy (in Spanish). Retrieved 10 July 2020.
  10. ^ "Extremadura to retire No. 19 shirt as a tribute to José Antonio Reyes". Diario AS. 2 June 2018. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  11. ^ "Nace el Extremadura Femenino" (in Spanish). El Periódico de Extremadura. 15 July 2017. Retrieved 22 July 2017.

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