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Racing Club de Ferrol
Full nameRacing Club de Ferrol, S.A.D.
Nickname(s)Os Departamentais
Os Diaños Verdes (Green Devils)
Founded5 October 1919
GroundA Malata, Ferrol,
Galicia, Spain
Capacity12,043 [1]
PresidentJosé Criado
Head coachEmilio Larraz
League2ªB - Group 1
2019-202ªB, 11th

Racing Club de Ferrol is a Spanish football team based in Ferrol, Province of A Coruña, in the autonomous community of Galicia.

Founded in 1919, the club currently plays in Segunda División B – Group 1, holding home games at Estadio da Malata. Club colours are green shirts with white shorts, though during the early years of its existence green and white shirts with vertical stripes were used.


The history of football in Ferrol is associated with the shipbuilding yards, workshops, foundries and drydocks and the British technical advisors,[2][3][4] hired to work locally who used to play against each-other at first, but later on, local workers and military personnel stationed in Ferrol. The renewal of the shipyards and the creation, in town of the "school of Naval Engineers"[5] meant that from that from the mid-nineteenth century, a mostly French at first but, latter on mostly British, Engineers and Technicians, a constant influx was developed; bringing to Ferrol not only new technologies (paid for by the Spanish state),but also, political ideas and ways for workers to unite against unfair salaries and working conditions (let's not forget that the creator of the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) and the Spanish General Workers' Union (UGT) was a man born in Ferrol at this time) and of course, football as well. This influx of Britons will increase exponentially from 1909 when Spain signed a massive contract with Vickers-Armstrong, John Brown and a few others though mostly Vickers-Armstrong for the renewal of the local dry-docks and dockyards and foundries after the Naval disaster of 1898. From those early years to these days many football clubs came and go over the decades but only one of them actually survived for a considerable time and for that, only as an amalgamation of some other previous teams and this is el Racing de Ferrol.

Racing Ferrol Football Club, can trace back its origins back to July 1919, but starting very strongly from the beginning on a massive winning all matches spree that allow the team to play against the best national squads in the country so only ten years after its creation Racing Ferrol Football Club was taking part on its first national championships competition and fluctuating later over the decades between first and second divisions as follows: the second – first presence in 1939–40 – and third divisions. In 1977–78 the Galicians won the inaugural edition of Segunda División B and promoted again, only to be immediately relegated back.

It would not until the year 2000 that Racing would again reach the second level, going on to spend there five of the following six years. In the 2006–07 campaign the club gained promotion to the category in the playoffs, with a 2–1 aggregate win against Alicante CF. In the following season the team finished fourth from the bottom and dropped back to the third division, and to the fourth only two years later.

Racing Club de Ferrol 1919-1920.

Season to season[edit]

Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1929–30 3 1st
1930–31 3 3rd
1931–32 3 1st
1932–33 3 4th
1933–34 3 5th
1934–35 2 8th
1939–40 2 2nd
1940–41 2 4th
1941–42 2 3rd
1942–43 2 6th
1943–44 3 1st
1944–45 2 10th
1945–46 2 7th
1946–47 2 10th
1947–48 2 3rd
1948–49 2 14th
1949–50 2 12th
1950–51 2 8th
1951–52 2 3rd
1952–53 2 9th
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1953–54 2 8th
1954–55 2 12th
1955–56 2 6th
1956–57 2 16th
1957–58 2 12th
1958–59 2 10th
1959–60 2 16th
1960–61 3 1st
1961–62 3 2nd
1962–63 3 1st
1963–64 3 3rd
1964–65 3 1st
1965–66 3 1st
1966–67 2 7th
1967–68 2 7th
1968–69 2 4th
1969–70 2 10th
1970–71 2 8th
1971–72 2 18th
1972–73 3 9th
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1973–74 3 4th
1974–75 3 3rd
1975–76 3 9th
1976–77 3 6th
1977–78 3 2ªB 1st
1978–79 2 20th
1979–80 3 2ªB 16th
1980–81 3 2ªB 11th
1981–82 3 2ªB 17th
1982–83 3 2ªB 9th
1983–84 3 2ªB 20th
1984–85 4 3rd
1985–86 4 8th
1986–87 4 17th
1987–88 4 1st
1988–89 3 2ªB 13th
1989–90 3 2ªB 17th
1990–91 4 5th
1991–92 4 1st
1992–93 3 2ªB 12th
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1993–94 3 2ªB 13th
1994–95 3 2ªB 1st
1995–96 3 2ªB 2nd
1996–97 3 2ªB 7th
1997–98 3 2ªB 5th
1998–99 3 2ªB 4th
1999–2000 3 2ªB 3rd
2000–01 2 16th
2001–02 2 9th
2002–03 2 20th
2003–04 3 2ªB 2nd
2004–05 2 16th
2005–06 2 20th
2006–07 3 2ªB 3rd
2007–08 2 19th
2008–09 3 2ªB 7th
2009–10 3 2ªB 19th
2010–11 4 2nd
2011–12 4 8th
2012–13 4 1st
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
2013–14 3 2ªB 2nd First round
2014–15 3 2ªB 3rd Second round
2015–16 3 2ªB 2nd Third round
2016–17 3 2ªB 7th Second round
2017–18 3 2ªB 18th Second round
2018–19 4 1st
2019–20 3 2ªB 11th First round

Current squad[edit]

As of 8 March 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 Diego Rivas
2 DF Spain ESP Diego Seoane
3 DF Spain ESP Miguel Villarejo
4 DF Spain ESP Jon García
5 DF Spain ESP Diego Garrido
6 MF Spain ESP Joel López
7 FW Spain ESP Adrián Armental
8 MF Spain ESP Álex López
9 FW Spain ESP Juan Antonio Sánchez
10 MF Spain ESP Pablo Rey
11 FW Spain ESP Javi Sanmartín
No. Pos. Nation Player
13 GK Spain ESP Chema Leobalde
14 FW Spain ESP Raúl Tavares
15 DF Spain ESP Quique Fornos
16 MF Spain ESP Iker Rodellar
17 FW Spain ESP Dani Abalo
18 MF Spain ESP Fernando Beltrán
19 FW Spain ESP Marcos Álvarez
20 MF Spain ESP Javi Rey
21 DF Spain ESP Bruno Rivada
22 FW Spain ESP Joselu

Honours / Achievements[edit]


  • Galician Championships: 1928–29, 1937–38, 1938–39[6]


Notable former players[edit]

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


Estadio da Malata holds 12,043 spectators, and was built in 1993.[7] The pitch dimensions are 105 x 68 metres.

Racing used three main stadiums over the years, starting with Campo de Futbol O Inferniño, which was utilized until a move to Estadio Manuel Rivera in 1954 took place. This was an oval-shaped enclosure with a single cantilever stand. In the 1970s, a cover was erected over the popular terrace.

In 1993, the metropolitan area of Ferrol built Estadio da Malata to the west of the town, near the valley of Serantes. The total cost of the development was 1700 million pesetas. The first match on the new grounds was played on 18 April 1993, in a 3–2 friendly win over Atlético Madrid B. The official inauguration took place on 29 August, in a triangular tournament featuring the home side and neighbours Celta de Vigo and Deportivo de La Coruña.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Información sobre Racing Ferrol Enviar Datos" (in Spanish). Resultados Futbol. Retrieved 16 January 2020.
  2. ^ "SPANISH NAVY: Huge Contract in British Hands" (1909) The Manchester Guardian, 1 February 1909, Page 12: Manchester <<... Vickers, Armstrong and Brown... it has been determined to put down a new shipyard at Ferrol in Spain... Mr A J Campbell... has been appointed manager of the Ferrol yard... Mr Peter Muir ... has been appointed assistant manager. A considerable number of expert shipbuilders have sign on to go to Spain... there is a reason to believe that employment will be found to some hundreds of British shipbuilders, engineers, electricians, and other tradesmen in the new Spanish yard for several years to come.>>
  3. ^ "British Vice-Consulate at Ferrol": General Correspondence FO 63/1041. The National Archives – Official website
  4. ^ "British Vice-Consulate at Ferrol": General Correspondence FO 72/1689. The National Archives – Official website
  5. ^ "The Armies of Europe - Spain as a War-making power". The New York Times. 6 February 1858.
  6. ^ Spain – List of Champions of Galicia; at RSSSF
  7. ^ "Racing Ferrol - Segunda División B G 1". Retrieved 16 January 2020.

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