Real Jaén

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Real Jaén
Real Jaén CF logo.svg
Full nameReal Jaén Club de Fútbol, S.A.D.
Nickname(s)Los Blancos (The Whites)
Los Lagartos (The Lizards)
Founded12 June 1929; 91 years ago (12 June 1929)
as Sociedad Olímpica Jiennense
GroundLa Victoria, Jaén,
Andalusia, Spain
PresidentAndrés Rodríguez
Head coachJaime Pérez Avilés
League3ª – Group 9
2019–203ª – Group 9, 4th
Current season

Real Jaén Club de Fútbol, S.A.D. is a Spanish football team based in Jaén, in the autonomous community of Andalusia. Founded in 1929 it plays in Tercera División – Group 9, holding home matches at Nuevo Estadio de La Victoria, with a capacity of 12,569 spectators.[2] The club's biggest achievement has been playing 3 seasons in La Liga, the Spanish top tier, during the 1950s.


The club and its supporters claim Real Jaén was founded in 1922, but in reality, in 1922 it was founded Jaen Foot-ball Club, which later became Real Jaén F.C. and it disappeared in 1927. This current team is a different one, it was founded in 1929 as Sociedad Olímpica Jiennense, and in 1947 it changed its name to Real Jaén Club de Fútbol. The team did not enroll in a division until 1943 when it joined the Tercera Division. It immediately became a dominant team in the Spanish third division usually finishing in the top four.

After nine seasons in the Tercera Division, the "Lizards" were promoted to the Segunda Division in 1952. Their good form continued in the second division, as Real Jaén managed to win the 1952-53 Segunda Division group south, and managed to promote to La Liga for the first time ever. They won all of their home games that season including a 9-0 home win over fellow Andalusians Granada CF.

During Real Jaén's first ever season in the Spanish top tier (1953-54) the team finished 14th with 11 wins, 6 draws, and 13 defeats, meaning they obtained 28 points. This meant the team would be placed in the relegation group along with CA Osasuna and four teams from the Segunda Division. Jaén finished in last place with only one win and were relegated after just one season in the Spanish top flight.

Following their relegation from La Liga in 1954, key players departed from the team and Jaén finished in 7th place the following season. The next season was a lot better for Jaén. They managed to win the group South of Segunda Division, this time in the season 1955-56. This meant that La Liga again awaited the Real Jaén.

In their second top flight season, Jaén barely avoided relegation, finishing 14th, one point above relegated Deportivo de La Coruña. Jaén managed to stay in the Spanish elite. Their third top flight season was less successful and the team finished last with only 20 points collected. Real Jaén was relegated after two years in La Liga. The biggest highlight of the season was probably when Jaén managed a 1-0 home win over powerhouse FC Barcelona.

Following their second top flight relegation, Real Jaén never managed to compete for a return to the elite. Their best season was 1959-60, when the team managed a 3rd place finish coming up two points behind the second placed Cordoba CF, which qualified the team for the promotion playoffs. Following the 1962-63 season, the "Lizards" were relegated to the Tercera Division. This was the first time the team played there since 1952.

For the following 12 seasons, Jaén only made one return to the Segunda, in 1967, but were immediately relegated. They managed to return to the second tier in 1976 and remained there for three seasons until 1979 when they were relegated to the newly created Segunda Division B, the new third tier in Spanish football. Jaén stayed in the third level until 1986, when the team was relegated to the Tercera Division, this time the fourth tier. They bounced between the Segunda B and the Tercera the following years.

In 1997, the team returned to the Segunda Division for the first time since 1979. The 1997-98 season was bad however, as they finished last and went back to the Segunda B. Real Jaén managed to return to the Segunda in 2000. They achieved a 10th place finish in the 2000-01 season, but finished last the following season and were relegated again. The following 11 seasons were spent in the Segunda B, until 2013, when Jaén again returned to the Segunda. The "Lizards" finished second to last, in 21st place, meaning relegation followed again.

In 2017, Jaén finished 19th in the Segunda B, and were relegated to the Tercera Division for the first time since 1991.

Here, being in the 4th level of the Spanish football, the club finished 3rd in the 2017-18 season and remained in that category.[3] On July 5, 2019 Real Jaén presented Alberto González as a new coach for the 2019-20 season.[4]

Season to season[edit]

Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1929–43 4 Regional
1943–44 3 2nd Fourth round
1944–45 3 4th
1945–46 3 2nd
1946–47 3 2nd
1947–48 3 8th Third round
1948–49 3 10th First round
1949–50 3 11th
1950–51 3 3rd
1951–52 3 1st
1952–53 2 1st Third round
1953–54 1 14th
1954–55 2 7th
1955–56 2 1st Quarterfinals
1956–57 1 14th Round of 16
1957–58 1 16th Quarterfinals
1958–59 2 9th First round
1959–60 2 3rd First round
1960–61 2 14th First round
1961–62 2 9th First round
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1962–63 2 14th Round of 16
1963–64 3 4th
1964–65 3 1st
1965–66 3 5th
1966–67 3 1st
1967–68 2 11th First round
1968–69 3 5th
1969–70 3 8th First round
1970–71 3 8th Second round
1971–72 3 3rd First round
1972–73 3 9th First round
1973–74 3 10th Second round
1974–75 3 12th Third round
1975–76 3 1st Second round
1976–77 2 4th First round
1977–78 2 15th Second round
1978–79 2 17th Third round
1979–80 3 2ªB 12th First round
1980–81 3 2ªB 7th
1981–82 3 2ªB 15th First round
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1982–83 3 2ªB 12th
1983–84 3 2ªB 3rd
1984–85 3 2ªB 7th Second round
1985–86 3 2ªB 18th Second round
1986–87 4 5th
1987–88 4 1st First round
1988–89 3 2ªB 11th
1989–90 3 2ªB 17th
1990–91 4 4th First round
1991–92 3 2ªB 10th Second round
1992–93 3 2ªB 4th Round of 16
1993–94 3 2ªB 4th First round
1994–95 3 2ªB 4th Third round
1995–96 3 2ªB 1st First round
1996–97 3 2ªB 3rd First round
1997–98 2 20th Second round
1998–99 3 2ªB 8th First round
1999–00 3 2ªB 4th
2000–01 2 10th Round of 32
2001–02 2 22nd Round of 32
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
2002–03 3 2ªB 12th Round of 64
2003–04 3 2ªB 12th
2004–05 3 2ªB 9th
2005–06 3 2ªB 13th
2006–07 3 2ªB 6th
2007–08 3 2ªB 9th Second round
2008–09 3 2ªB 2nd
2009–10 3 2ªB 3rd First round
2010–11 3 2ªB 8th Second Round
2011–12 3 2ªB 4th Second Round
2012–13 3 2ªB 1st Round of 32
2013–14 2 21st Round of 32
2014–15 3 2ªB 11th First Round
2015–16 3 2ªB 10th
2016–17 3 2ªB 19th
2017–18 4 3rd
2018–19 4 1st Second round
2019–20 4 4th Second round
2020–21 4


Winners (2): 1952–53, 1955–56
Winners (2): 1995–96, 2012–13
Winners (6): 1951–52, 1964–65, 1966–67, 1975–76, 1987–88, 2018–19
Winners (2): 1951–52, 2008–09

Current squad[edit]

As of 4 November 2017

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 Venezuela VEN Luis Arellano
GK Spain ESP Emilio
DF Spain ESP Higinio
DF Spain ESP Ismael
DF Spain ESP Juanlu
DF Spain ESP Ramón
DF Spain ESP Cristian Rentero
MF Spain ESP Álvaro García
MF Spain ESP José Cervera
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF Spain ESP Jonathan Rivera
MF Spain ESP Manolo
MF Poland POL Łukasz Skrzybski
MF Spain ESP Antonio Vera
MF Spain ESP Víctor Armero
FW Spain ESP Juan Carlos
FW Guinea-Bissau GNB Luizinho
FW Spain ESP Miguel Montes
FW Spain ESP Nando Copete

Famous players[edit]

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

Women's football[edit]

Real Jaén was represented in the 2009–10 Superliga Femenina by FCF Atlético Jiennense.


  1. ^ "The latest news from Real Jaén: squad, results, table". Retrieved 2020-06-04.
  2. ^ "Real Jaén - Tercera División G 9". Retrieved 2020-06-04.
  3. ^ "Histórico Real Jaén - Tercera División G 9". Retrieved 2019-11-17.
  4. ^ JAmador. "Alberto González, presentado como nuevo entrenador del Real Jaénjaenenjuego | jaenenjuego" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2019-11-17.

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