Rayo Vallecano (women)

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Rayo Vallecano Femenino
Full name Rayo Vallecano de Madrid, S.A.D.
Nickname(s) Rayo
Founded 2000[1]
Ground Ciudad Deportiva Fundación Rayo Vallecano
Madrid, Spain
Ground Capacity 2,000
Chairman Raúl Martín Presa
Manager Alberto Ruiz De La Hermosa
League Primera División
2014-15 Primera División, 6th

Rayo Vallecano Femenino is the women's football section of Madrid-based club Rayo Vallecano, currently playing in the Spanish top league. Between 2008 and 2011 it won three national championships and one national cup.


Rayo Vallecano established its women's team in 2000, absorbing local club CD El Buen Retiro. In 2003 it earned promotion to the top league, and after two seasons in mid-table it established itself in the top positions from 2006. The team's golden era started in 2008, winning the national cup and narrowly missing a double, with Levante UD winning the championship on goal average.

This first trophy was followed by three championships in a row until 2011, becoming the second team to achieve this after Athletic Bilbao. Rayo Vallecano thus took part in the first three editions of the UEFA Women's Champions League after its relaunch in 2010. In its debut Rayo was knocked out in the first round by WFC Rossiyanka, while both in 2011 and 2012 it was defeated by Arsenal FC in the Round of 16 after overcoming Valur and PK-35 respectively.

Following the 2011 season the team had to cut down its budget, and it couldn't fight for the title in the next two seasons. In 2013 it was sixth, its worst result since 2005.





Season by season[edit]

Season Division Place Copa UEFA
2001–02 2 (Gr. 4) 01st
2002–03 2 (Gr. 4) 01st
2003–04 1 09th
2004–05 1 07th Semifinals
2005–06 1 04th Semifinals
2006–07 1 04th Semifinals
2007–08 1 02nd Champion
2008–09 1 01st Semifinals
2009–10 1 01st Finalist Round of 32
2010–11 1 01st Quarterfinals Round of 16
2011–12 1 04th Semifinals Round of 16
2012–13 1 06th Quarterfinals
2013–14 1 04th Semifinals

UEFA competition record[edit]

Season Competition Round Opponent Result Scorers
2009–10 Champions League Round of 32 Russia Rossiyanka 1–3 1–2 Adriana, Pablos
2010–11 Champions League Round of 32 Iceland Valur 3–0 1–1 Adriana 2, Hermoso, Pablos
Round of 16 England Arsenal 2–0 1–4 Adriana, Bermúdez, Pablos
2011–12 Champions League Qualifying round Republic of Ireland Peamount
Estonia Pärnu
Slovenia Krka
Hermoso 2, Mellado, P. García
Hermoso 3, P. García
Round of 32 Finland PK-35 3–0 4–1 Pablos 2, Boho, S. García, Hermoso, Pizarro, Vega
Round of 16 England Arsenal 1–1 1–5 Pablos 2

Current squad[edit]

As of 4 September 2015
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 Alicia Gómez
2 Spain DF Jenifer Santiago
3 Spain DF Ana María Catalá
4 Spain MF Lorena Muñoz
5 Spain DF Amaia Mendioroz
6 Spain MF Cristina "Sole"
7 Spain FW Patricia Mascaró
8 Spain MF Saray García
9 Spain FW Iris Ponciano
10 Argentina FW Marianela Szymanowski
No. Position Player
11 Spain FW Noelia Morales
13 Spain GK Ana Vallés
14 Spain MF María del Carmen García-Uceda
15 Spain MF Estela Fernández
16 Spain DF Alexandra López
17 Spain MF Laura Codonal
18 Colombia FW Nicole Regnier
19 Spain DF Marta García "Costa"
20 Spain DF Raquel Carreño

Former internationals[edit]


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