Rayo Vallecano

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Rayo Vallecano
Full nameRayo Vallecano de Madrid, SAD
Nickname(s)Los Franjirrojos (The Red Sashes)
Rayito (Little Thunderbolt)
Orgullo de la clase obrera (Working class pride)
Founded29 May 1924; 99 years ago (1924-05-29)
GroundEl Campo de Fútbol de Vallecas
OwnerRaúl Martín Presa
PresidentRaúl Martín Presa
ManagerIñigo Pérez
LeagueLa Liga
2022–23La Liga, 11th of 20
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Rayo Vallecano de Madrid, S.A.D. (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈraʝo βaʎeˈkano ðe maˈðɾið]),[a] often abbreviated to Rayo (Spanish for "thunderbolt"), is a Spanish professional football club based in Madrid, in the neighbourhood of Vallecas. The club competes in La Liga, the top flight of Spanish football.

Founded on 29 May 1924, the club is known for its sociocultural tradition, recognized for representing the barrio-local culture and its working-class status. Its home matches has been played at the 14,708-capacity Campo de Fútbol de Vallecas stadium since 1976.[2]

During its history, Rayo has spent 19 seasons in the top-flight, and have played in one European competition, the UEFA Cup in the 2000–01 season. The club won the 2017–18 Segunda División. By historical performance, Rayo is the third best club in Community of Madrid, after Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid.


Establishment and early years[edit]

Rayo Vallecano was founded on 29 May 1924 in the hometown of Prudencia Priego, wife of the club's first president Julián Huerta. Greatly inspired by River Plate (a Football club from Argentina), in 1949, after an agreement with Atlético Madrid, a red diagonal stripe was added to the team's kit, and the club reached Tercera División for the first time in its history.[3]

Yo-yo years[edit]

One of the perennial yo-yo clubs of Spanish football, and always in the shadow of the two biggest clubs in the city (Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid), Rayo Vallecano spent many years during the 1980s and 1990s moving back and forth between La Liga and Segunda División. The 1983-84 season was the worst during the 1980s. The club finished in the last position in Segunda División and was relegated to Segunda División B.[4]

Due to a tragedy Rayo Vallecano turned out to be Laurie Cunningham's last club; he was killed in a car crash just outside Madrid in 1989, after a sole season. He had recently won an F.A. Cup winners medal with Wimbledon F.C. in England the previous year and had also represented neighbours Real Madrid for four years.

They appeared to have consolidated their top flight status after gaining promotion in 1999, and the team's most successful season came in 2000–01 when they reached the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup, going out only to eventual runners-up Alavés;[5] Rayo finished ninth in the previous campaign, but entered the competition via the fair play draw.[6]

2003–11: Segunda División and below[edit]

Deportivo de La Coruña vs. Rayo Vallecano

However, the club shortly thereafter fell on hard times, enduring successive relegations in 2003 and 2004. For 2005–06 manager Míchel, a Real Madrid legend in the 1980s and '90s, was hired.[7]

Rayo finished the 2006–07 season in second place in Segunda División B, winning the promotion play-off semifinal but losing in the final to Eibar (1–2 aggregate).[8] The following campaign, the team returned to division two after a four-year absence after a victorious run in the playoffs, disposing of Benidorm in the semi-final and Zamora in the last game 2–1 on aggregate.[9]

In its first seasons back in the second tier of Spanish football, Rayo finished comfortably, often either in or just outside the promotion places. In 2010–11, the team ranked in second position and returned to the top flight after an eight-year absence, only trailing champions Real Betis in spite of very serious economic problems.[10][11][12]

2011–: La Liga and Segunda División yo-yo[edit]

Diego Costa with Rayo Vallecano in 2012
Chart of Rayo Vallecano league performance 1929–2023

In March 2014, Huawei agreed to sponsor Rayo Vallecano for two league matches against Real Madrid and Athletic Bilbao.[13]

In August 2015, Rayo Vallecano purchased the majority of Oklahoma City FC, a NASL expansion franchise which had yet to officially play a game renaming the club to Rayo OKC, despite the stadium increasingly needing work. It was the first ever entry of a Spanish club into the American sports market and mirrored a 2013 sponsorship agreement with Qbao in terms of expanding the club's profile overseas.[14][15] Rayo OKC folded after a year due to Rayo Vallecano's relegation from La Liga and a dispute between the co-owners led to less finance for the U.S. side.

In May 2016, Rayo Vallecano were relegated to the Segunda División, finishing 18th in the 2015–16 La Liga season. This ended their five-year streak in La Liga, their longest ever stay in the top-flight.[16] Their first season back in the second division was a poor one, with both problems on the field and off, and they finished in 12th position. Rayo went through three managers in the 2016–17 Segunda División season before finally settling on club legend Míchel.[17] He revived the club from the relegation places to 12th, almost making the playoffs.

At the start of the 2017–18 Segunda División season, the club appointed their recently retired goalkeeper David Cobeño as the sporting director of the club.[18] They secured their promotion with a 1-0 over CD Lugo with one game remaining.[19] That season the club won Segunda División with 76 points in 42 games.[20]

Rayo players during an away La Liga fixture versus Real Valladolid in January 2019

On 20 March 2019, the club appointed Paco Jémez as head coach,[21] and on 4 May, Rayo was relegated back to the Segunda División after losing 4–1 to Levante UD, eventually finishing last[22][23]

In August 2020, the club appointed Andoni Iraola as head coach.[24] They finished sixth and won promotion in the playoffs against Girona FC; despite losing the first leg at home 1–2, the team came back to win the second leg 2-0 away to claim a place in La Liga for 2021–22.[25] In February 2022, Iraola's side defeated RCD Mallorca to make the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey; it was the second time in club history and first since 1982.[26] The club finished 12th in La Liga. This was a big achievement as they were by far the leagues smallest team, and most had predicted that they would be relegated.[27]

Previous names[edit]

Flag with the club's crest at Ciudad Deportiva Rayo Vallecano
  • Agrupación Deportiva El Rayo (29 May 1924 – 13 November 1947)
  • Agrupación Deportiva Rayo Vallecano (13 November 1947 – 1995)
  • Rayo Vallecano de Madrid (1995–present)

N.B. Affiliate of Atlético Madrid in 1949–50



Regional Titles

  • Workers Federation of Soccer: 1931–1932
  • First Regional Division: 1948–1949
  • Second Regional Division: 1940–1941
  • Copa de Castilla: 1952–1953, 1967–1968, 1970–1971, 1972–1973, 1981–1982
  • Madrid Cup: 1952–1953, 1966–1967
  • Copa Ramón Triana: 1971–1972, 1973–1974

Season to season[edit]

Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1940–41 5 2ª Reg. 2nd
1941–42 4 1ª Reg. 4th
1942–43 4 1ª Reg. 3rd
1943–44 4 1ª Reg. 7th
1944–45 5 2ª Reg. 2nd
1945–46 4 1ª Reg. 5th
1946–47 4 1ª Reg. 10th
1947–48 4 1ª Reg. 6th
1948–49 4 1ª Reg. 3rd
1949–50 3 14th
1950–51 3 13th
1951–52 3 9th
1952–53 3 7th
1953–54 3 17th
1954–55 3 2nd
1955–56 3 1st
1956–57 2 12th
1957–58 2 6th
1958–59 2 14th First round
1959–60 2 5th First round
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1960–61 2 16th First round
1961–62 3 3rd
1962–63 3 2nd
1963–64 3 3rd
1964–65 3 1st
1965–66 2 9th First round
1966–67 2 6th First round
1967–68 2 4th Round of 32
1968–69 2 9th
1969–70 2 6th Round of 32
1970–71 2 5th Round of 32
1971–72 2 8th Fourth round
1972–73 2 11th Third round
1973–74 2 14th Round of 16
1974–75 2 8th Fourth round
1975–76 2 9th Second round
1976–77 2 3rd Third round
1977–78 1 10th Third round
1978–79 1 15th Round of 16
1979–80 1 16th Quarter-finals
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1980–81 2 5th Quarter-finals
1981–82 2 7th Semi-finals
1982–83 2 9th Round of 16
1983–84 2 20th Third round
1984–85 3 2ª B 1st Third round
1985–86 2 15th Fourth round
1986–87 2 5th First round
1987–88 2 5th Round of 32
1988–89 2 2nd First round
1989–90 1 20th Second round
1990–91 2 11th Fifth round
1991–92 2 2nd Fourth round
1992–93 1 14th Fourth round
1993–94 1 17th Fourth round
1994–95 2 2nd Quarter-finals
1995–96 1 19th Third round
1996–97 1 18th Quarter-finals
1997–98 2 8th Second round
1998–99 2 5th First round
1999–2000 1 9th Quarter-finals
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
2000–01 1 14th Round of 16
2001–02 1 11th Quarter-finals
2002–03 1 20th Round of 64
2003–04 2 21st Round of 64
2004–05 3 2ª B 3rd Round of 64
2005–06 3 2ª B 5th Third round
2006–07 3 2ª B 2nd Round of 16
2007–08 3 2ª B 1st Third round
2008–09 2 5th Round of 32
2009–10 2 11th Round of 16
2010–11 2 2nd Third round
2011–12 1 15th Round of 32
2012–13 1 8th Round of 32
2013–14 1 12th Round of 16
2014–15 1 11th Round of 32
2015–16 1 18th Round of 16
2016–17 2 12th Third round
2017–18 2 1st Second round
2018–19 1 20th Round of 32
2019–20 2 7th Round of 16
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
2020–21 2 6th Round of 16
2021–22 1 12th Semi-finals
2022–23 1 11th Round of 32
2023–24 1 Round of 16

European history[edit]

Season Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2000–01 UEFA Cup Qualifying round Andorra Constel·lació Esportiva 6–0 10–0 16–0
First round Norway Molde 1–1 1–0 2–1
Second round Denmark Viborg 1–0 1–2 2–2 (a)
Third round Russia Lokomotiv Moscow 2–0 0–0 2–0
Fourth round France Bordeaux 4–1 2–1 6–2
Quarter-finals Spain Alavés 2–1 0–3 2–4

Current squad[edit]

As of 1 September 2023[28]

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 North Macedonia MKD Stole Dimitrievski
2 DF Romania ROU Andrei Rațiu
3 DF Spain ESP Pep Chavarría
4 DF Spain ESP Martín Pascual
5 DF Spain ESP Aridane Hernández
6 MF Spain ESP José Ángel Pozo
7 MF Spain ESP Isi Palazón (4th ccaptain)
8 MF Argentina ARG Óscar Trejo (3rd captain)
9 FW Colombia COL Radamel Falcao (vice- captain)
10 FW Cape Verde CPV Bebé
11 FW France FRA Randy Nteka
12 DF Uruguay URU Alfonso Espino
13 GK Spain ESP Dani Cárdenas
No. Pos. Nation Player
14 MF Spain ESP Kike Pérez (on loan from Valladolid)
15 MF Portugal POR Miguel Crespo (on loan from Fenerbahçe)
16 DF Ghana GHA Abdul Mumin
17 MF Spain ESP Unai López
18 MF Spain ESP Álvaro García
19 FW Spain ESP Jorge de Frutos
20 DF Albania ALB Iván Balliu
21 MF Senegal SEN Pathé Ciss
22 FW Spain ESP Raúl de Tomás
23 MF Spain ESP Óscar Valentín (captain)
24 DF France FRA Florian Lejeune
29 MF Spain ESP Diego Méndez
34 FW Spain ESP Sergio Camello

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

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
GK Spain ESP Miguel Ángel Morro (at Villarreal B until 30 June 2024)
MF Spain ESP Joni Montiel (at Burgos until 30 June 2024)
No. Pos. Nation Player
FW Spain ESP Andrés Martín (at Racing Santander until 30 June 2024)

Current technical staff[edit]

Position Staff
Manager Spain Iñigo Pérez
Assistant manager Spain Adrián López
Fitness coach Spain Óscar García
Kit man Spain José Vargas
Spain Kiko Jiménez
Delegate Spain Miguel Ortiz
Goalkeeping coach Spain Pedro Moncayo
Analyst Spain Óscar Díaz
Rehab fitness coach Spain Sergio Vázquez
Physiotherapist Spain Marcos Marín
Spain Miguel Ángel Martín
Spain Miguel García
Doctor Spain Carlos Beceiro
Spain Giovanni Mazzocca

Last updated: September 2022
Source: Rayo Vallecano

Notable former players[edit]

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


Dates Name
1944–46 Spain Cayetano Sardinero
1946–47 Spain Julián Antón
1947–48 Spain Luis Pérez
1948–49 Spain Tomás Rodríguez Rubio
1949–50 Spain Ramón de la Fuente
1950–51 Spain Anselmo Nogales
1951–52 Spain Félix Huete
1952–53 Spain Lorenzo Sánchez Villar
1954–55 Spain Cándido Machado
1953–54 Spain Patricio Sánchez Calleja
1954–55 Spain Manuel Alepuz
1955–56 Spain Cándido Machado
1956–58 Spain Ramón Colón
1958 Spain Cándido Machado
1958–59 Argentina Lino Taioli
1959 Paraguay Heriberto Herrera
1959–60 Spain Ramón Colón
1960 Spain Alfonso Aparicio
1960–61 Spain Martín Camino
1961 Spain Ramón Cobo
1961 Spain Joseíto
1961–64 Spain Herrero
1964–67 Spain Pedro Eguiluz
July 1967 – June 1969 Spain José Antonio Olmedo
July 1969 – Feb 1971 Spain Manuel Peñalva
Feb 1971 – Jun 1972 Spain Enrique Orizaola
Dates Name
Jul 1972 – Jan 1973 Spain Manuel Vences
Jan 1973 – Jun 1974 Spain José Antonio Olmedo
Jun 1974 – Jun 1975 Uruguay Héctor Núñez
Jun 1975 – Feb 1976 Argentina Spain Alfredo Di Stéfano
Feb – Jun 1976 Spain José Antonio Olmedo
Jul 1976 – Jun 1977 Spain García Verdugo
Jun 1977 – Jun 1978 Uruguay Héctor Núñez
Jul 1978 – Jun 1979 Spain Eduardo González
Jun 1979 – Feb 1980 Uruguay Héctor Núñez
Feb – Jun 1980 Spain Rafael Iriondo
Jun 1980 – Dec 1981 Spain Eduardo González
Dec 1981 – Jun 1982 Spain Manuel Peñalva
Jun 1982 – Jun 1983 Spain Juanjo García
Jul – Nov 1983 Spain Máximo Hernández
Nov 1983 – Jun 1984 Spain Antonio Ruiz
1984–85 Spain Eduardo Caturla
1985–87 Uruguay Héctor Núñez
Jul 1987 – Jan 1990 Spain Felines
Jan – Jun 1990 Spain Emilio Cruz
Jul 1990 – Feb 1992 Spain Eusebio Ríos
Feb 1992 – Jun 1993 Spain José Antonio Camacho
Jul – Nov 1993 Spain Felines
Nov 1993 – Feb 1994 Spain Fernando Zambrano
Feb – Nov 1994 Spain David Vidal
Nov 1994 – Jun 1995 Spain Paquito
Jun – Oct 1995 Spain Pedro Mari Zabalza
Dates Name
Oct 1995 – Apr 1996 Spain Marcos Alonso
July 1996 – Feb 1997 Spain Paquito
Feb – Mar 1997 Spain Fernando Zambrano
Mar – Jun 1997 Spain Máximo Hernández
1997–98 Spain Josu Ortuondo
Jul 1998 – Jun 2001 Spain Juande Ramos
Jul – Oct 2001 Spain Andoni Goikoetxea
Oct 2001 – Jun 2002 Spain Gregorio Manzano
July 2002 – Jan 2003 Spain Fernando Vázquez
Feb – Apr 2003 Paraguay Gustavo Benítez
Apr – Jun 2003 Spain Antonio Iriondo
Jun – Nov 2003 Spain Julen Lopetegui
Nov 2003 – Feb 2004 Argentina Jorge D'Alessandro
Feb – Jun 2004 Spain Txetxu Rojo
Jun 2004 – Jun 2005 Spain Carlos Orúe
Jul 2005 – Jun 2006 Spain Míchel
Jun 2006 – Feb 2010 Spain Pepe Mel
Feb – Jun 2010 Spain Felipe Miñambres
Jul 2010 – Jun 2012 Spain José Ramón Sandoval
Jul 2012 – May 2016 Spain Paco Jémez
Jun – Nov 2016 Spain José Ramón Sandoval
Nov 2016 – Feb 2017 Spain Rubén Baraja
Feb 2017 – Mar 2019 Spain Míchel
Mar 2019 – Aug 2020 Spain Paco Jémez
Aug 2020 – Jun 2023 Spain Andoni Iraola
Jul 2023 – Spain Francisco

Club presidents[edit]

Dates Name
1924–26 Julián Huerta
1926–27 José Montoya
1927–28 Galo Andrés
1929–30 José Antonio Sánchez
1930–31 Anastasio Sánchez
1931–36 Ángel Martínez
Dates Name
1939–43 Miguel Rodríguez Alzola
1943–46 Ezequiel Huerta
1946–48 José Rodríguez Rubio
1948–55 Miguel Rodríguez Alzola
1955–58 Jerónimo Martínez
1958–61 Tomás Esteras
Dates Name
1961–65 Iván Roiz
1965–73 Pedro Roiz
1973–78 Marcelino Gil
1978–80 Francisco Encinas
1980–81 Luis Quer
1981–89 Francisco Fontán
Dates Name
1989–91 Pedro García Jiménez
1991–94 José María Ruiz Mateos
1994–2011 Teresa Rivero
2011– Raúl Martín Presa


Campo de Fútbol de Vallecas

Campo de Fútbol de Vallecas is a football stadium located on Calle Payaso Fofó 1, Vallecas. Opened on 10 May 1976, at first it was called "New Stadium Vallecas", but in January 2004, 13 years after the arrival of the Ruiz-Mateos family in 1991, it changed denominations, as the wife was also named by her husband, businessman José María, the first woman president of an elite football team.

It has a capacity of 14,708 spectators in an all-seated format and dimensions of 100×67 m. after the enlargement of the width and the reduction of the length of the pitch after the remodelling of the grandstands, compulsory due to the elimination of the fences surrounding the pitch. The pitch is one the smallest in La Liga. Additionally, one of the goal ends does not have a grandstand, just a big wall with information panels.[29]

In June 2009, the club announced plans for the construction of a new stadium. Nevertheless, the Autonomous Community of Madrid, owner of the stadium, has not any plan as far as it is known in 2023.

Club culture and supporters[edit]

The fans do not have a good relationship with the current owner Raúl Martín Presa and regularly chant for him to leave.[30][31]

In late March 2012, in support of the 2011–12 Spanish protests, the squad decided to take one day off from training to join the demonstrations.[32] In 2014, 85-year-old Vallecas resident Carmen Martínez Ayuso was evicted from her house after living there since the 1960s. Rayo Vallecano and particularly coach Paco Jémez were touched by her story, and subsequently offered to fund Martínez for the foreseeable future.[33]

In February 2017, Ukrainian player Roman Zozulya left the club after one training session due to chants of "Nazi" by Rayo fans accusing him of belonging to far-right groups; Zozulya denied ever belonging to any far-right groups, and immediately returned to his parent club Real Betis. In 2019, when Zozulya was playing for Albacete, a match was called off at half-time after fans once again sang "Zozulya you are a Nazi".[34]

Anthems and songs[edit]

Although most people recognise the supporting songs by ska-punk band Ska-P (Rayo Vallecano and Como un rayo), Rayo Vallecano has an official anthem which played at their home stadium before matches.

The club is also known for chanting the song "La Vida Pirata" (English: "The Pirate Life"), a song about pirates, which the Bukaneros are named after.


La vida pirata es la vida mejor (bis)

sin trabajar (bis)

Sin estudiar (bis)

Con la botella de ron (bis)

Soy capitán (bis)

del Santa Inés (bis)

Y en cada puerto tengo una mujer (bis)

La rubia es (bis)

Fenomenal (bis)

Y la morena tampoco esta mal (bis)

Las inglesas con su seriedad (bis)

Y las francesas que todo lo dan (bis)

Si alguna vez (bis)

Me he de casar (bis)

Me he de casar (bis)

Con la del Rayo, una, una y nada más (bis).


''The pirate life is the best life (bis)

without working (bis)

without studying (bis)

With the bottle of rum (bis)

I am captain (bis)

of the "Santa Inés"' (bis)

and in each port, I have a woman (bis)

the blonde is (bis)

phenomenal (bis)

and the brunette is not bad either (bis)

The English women with their seriousness (bis)

And the French women who give everything (bis)

If ever (bis)

I have to marry (bis)

I have to marry (bis)

with the one of Rayo, one, one and no more (bis)''


  1. ^ In isolation, Vallecano is pronounced [baʎeˈkano].


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