Real Madrid Castilla

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Real Madrid Castilla
Full nameReal Madrid Castilla Club de Fútbol
Nickname(s)RM Castilla
Founded16 December 1930
(as Agrupación Deportiva
Plus Ultra
GroundAlfredo di Stéfano Stadium,
Valdebebas, Madrid, Spain
PresidentNicolás Martín-Sanz[1]
Head coachRaúl González
League2ª B – Group 1
AD Plus Ultra 1949–50

Real Madrid Castilla Club de Fútbol is a Spanish football team that plays in Segunda División B – Group 1. It is Real Madrid's reserve team. They play their home games at Alfredo di Stéfano Stadium with a capacity of 6,000 seats.[2]

Reserve teams in Spain play in the same league system as their senior team rather than a separate league. Reserve teams, however, cannot play in the same division as their senior team. Therefore, Real Madrid Castilla are ineligible for promotion to the Primera División. Reserve teams are also no longer permitted to enter the Copa del Rey. In addition, only under-23 players, or under-25 players with a professional contract, can switch between senior and reserve teams.


AD Plus Ultra[edit]

In 1948, Agrupación Deportiva Plus Ultra, a local amateur team, then playing in the Tercera División, agreed to become a feeder club for Real Madrid. Originally formed in 1930, the team took its name from the national motto of Spain. Real gave AD Plus Ultra financial support and in return were given first refusal on the club's best players. By 1949, they made their debut in the Segunda División and in 1952, the club became the official Real reserve team. In 1959, they reached the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey, losing 7–2 on aggregate to eventual finalists Granada.

During the 1950s and 1960s, future senior Real Madrid players and Spanish internationals such as José María Zárraga, Enrique Mateos, Ramón Marsal, Pedro Casado, Juan Manuel Villa, José María Vidal, Fernando Serena and Ramón Grosso all spent time at the club. Miguel Muñoz began his coaching career at the club. In 1972, Plus Ultra folded because of the demise of the insurance company of the same name, and their position in the Tercera División was taken by Castilla Club de Fútbol, the new reserve team for Real Madrid, on 21 July.

Castilla CF[edit]

Former logo of Castilla.

As Castilla CF, the team enjoyed something of a golden age. During this era, with a team that included Agustín, Ricardo Gallego and Francisco Pineda, Castilla reached the final of the 1979–80 Copa del Rey. During their cup run, they beat four Primera División teams, including Hércules, Athletic Bilbao, Real Sociedad and Sporting de Gijón.[3] The latter two eventually finished second and third in the Primera División. In the final, they played Real Madrid but lost 6–1. Because Real also won the Primera División, however, Castilla qualified for the 1980–81 European Cup Winners' Cup. Despite beating West Ham United 3–1 in the opening game at the Santiago Bernabéu, they lost the return 5–1 after extra time and went out in the first round.[3] Castilla reached the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey on three further occasions, in 1984, 1986, and 1988.

In 1984, with Amancio Amaro as coach, Castilla won the Segunda División. Amaro's tenure as coach saw the rise of the famous La Quinta del Buitre – Emilio Butragueño, Manolo Sanchís, Martín Vázquez, Míchel, and Miguel Pardeza. Castilla were ineligible for promotion, however, because Real Madrid were already in the Primera División. In the 1987–88 season, they finished third in the Segunda División, but were once again ineligible for promotion.

Real Madrid B[edit]

In 1991, the Royal Spanish Football Federation banned the use of separate names for reserve teams and Castilla CF became known as Real Madrid Deportiva and then Real Madrid B. In the early 1990s, two former Castilla players, Vicente del Bosque and Rafael Benítez, began their coaching careers with the team. In 1997, the team was relegated to the Segunda División B, but despite this, they continued to produce internationally acclaimed players. These have included Raúl, Guti and Iker Casillas, who all became established members of the senior Real Madrid team.

Real Madrid Castilla[edit]

In the 2004–05 season, coach Juan Ramón López Caro guided the team back to the Segunda División and the team subsequently revived the El Castilla name and became known as Real Madrid Castilla. In 2006, the new stadium of the club's training facilities Ciudad Real Madrid was named the Alfredo di Stéfano Stadium and Francisco Moreno Cariñena became the first independent chairman in 16 years. In this year, the team also has continued to produce quality players such as Roberto Soldado and Álvaro Arbeloa.

In the 2006–2007 season, the team was relegated to the Segunda División B under the management of ex-Real Madrid legend Míchel after occupying 19th place in the league in a disappointing season. Míchel received a lot of criticism and accepted all the blame for the team's bad performances, especially for those who had a wonderful season in the 2005–06 season, such as Rubén de la Red, Esteban Granero and Javi García. The reserves produced other quality players, including Juan Mata and Álvaro Negredo.

Real Madrid Castilla was promoted back to Segunda División at the end of the season 2011–12 after beating Cádiz in the play-offs with aggregate score 8–1.

In the 2013–14 season, three key players Nacho, Álvaro Morata and Jesé were promoted to the first team, and then Castilla was relegated in the last matchday after being defeated by Real Murcia in the last match of the season.

In the 2015–16 season, Lucas Vázquez, who was loaned to Espanyol at the 2014–15 season signed a permanent deal with Espanyol, but Vázquez returned to Real Madrid, definitely with the first team.

Season to season[edit]

  • As an independent team
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1940/41 4 1ª Reg. 3rd
1941/42 4 1ª Reg. 2nd
1942/43 4 1ª Reg. 5th
1943/44 5 2ª Reg. 1st
1944/45 4 1ª Reg. 7th
1945/46 4 1ª Reg. 2nd
1946–47 3 5th
1947–48 3 5th 1st Round
1948–49 3 1st 2nd Round
1949–50 2 3rd 3rd Round
1950–51 2 7th DNQ
1951–52 2 12th DNQ
1952–53 2 15th 1st Round
1953–54 3 3rd
1954–55 3 1st
1955–56 2 15th
1956–57 3 1st
1957–58 2 7th
1958–59 2 10th QF
1959–60 2 4th 2nd Round
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1960–61 2 7th 1st Round
1961–62 2 7th 1st Round
1962–63 2 16th 1st Round
1963–64 3 1st
1964–65 3 3rd
1965–66 3 1st
1966–67 3 2nd
1967–68 3 1st
1968–69 3 3rd
1969–70 3 3rd 2nd Round
1970–71 3 11th 1st Round
1971–72 3 10th 2nd Round
1972–73 3 4th 1st Round
1973–74 3 4th 3rd Round
1974–75 3 4th 3rd Round
1975–76 3 3rd 1st Round
1976–77 3 4th 2nd Round
1977–78 3 2ªB 2nd 2nd Round
1978–79 2 7th 3rd Round
1979–80 2 7th Runners-up
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1980–81 2 11th 4th Round
1981–82 2 8th 3rd Round
1982–83 2 6th 2nd Round
1983–84 2 1st QF
1984–85 2 5th 2nd Round
1985–86 2 12th QF
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1986–87 2 17th 1st Round
1987–88 2 3rd QF
1988–89 2 15th 2nd Round
1989–90 2 18th 1st Round
1990–91 3 2ªB 1st

Season Tier Division Place
1991–92 2 16th
1992–93 2 6th
1993–94 2 6th
1994–95 2 8th
1995–96 2 4th
1996–97 2 18th
1997–98 3 2ªB 2nd
1998–99 3 2ªB 3rd
1999–2000 3 2ªB 5th
2000–01 3 2ªB 7th
2001–02 3 2ªB 1st
2002–03 3 2ªB 6th
2003–04 3 2ªB 2nd
2004–05 3 2ªB 1st
2005–06 2 11th
2006–07 2 19th
2007–08 3 2ªB 5th
2008–09 3 2ªB 6th
2009–10 3 2ªB 8th
2010–11 3 2ªB 3rd
Season Tier Division Place
2011–12 3 2ªB 1st
2012–13 2 8th
2013–14 2 20th
2014–15 3 2ªB 6th
2015–16 3 2ªB 1st
2016–17 3 2ªB 11th
2017–18 3 2ªB 8th
2018–19 3 2ªB 4th


Winners: 1983–84
Winners: 1990–91, 2001–02, 2004–05, 2011–12
Winners: 1948–49, 1954–55, 1956–57, 1963–64, 1965–66, 1967–68


As of 21 January 2020[4][5]

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 Javier Belman (vice-captain)
2 Spain DF Sergio López
3 Spain DF Fran García
5 Spain DF Adrián de la Fuente
6 Spain MF Martín Calderón
7 Argentina MF Franchu
8 Morocco MF Ayoub Abou
9 Spain MF César Gelabert
10 Spain MF Álvaro Fidalgo (captain)
12 Spain DF Guillem Rodríguez
13 Spain GK Diego Altube
No. Position Player
14 Spain MF Álvaro Bravo
15 Spain DF Javi Hernández (vice-captain)
16 Spain MF Antonio Blanco
17 Brazil FW Rodrigo
18 Spain DF Mario Gila
19 Spain DF Víctor Chust
20 Spain MF Marvin Park
21 Spain FW Pedro Ruiz
22 Spain MF Miguel Baeza
- Brazil MF Reinier


Current technical staff[edit]

Position Staff
Head coach Rául González
Assistant coach Santiago Sánchez
Goalkeeping coach Roberto Vázquez
Fitness coach Nacho Sancho
  • Last updated: 1 September 2018
  • Source:[6]

Former players[edit]

Former coaches[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

All competitions[edit]

Ranking Nationality Name Years Goals
1  Spain Roberto Soldado 2002–2006 63
2  Spain Álvaro Morata 2010–2013 45
3  Spain Joselu 2009–2012 40
4  Spain Emilio Butragueño 1982–1984 37
 Spain Luis García 2001–2003 37
6  Spain Jesé 2011–2013 32
 Dominican Republic Mariano Díaz 2014–2016 32
 Spain Cristo González 2017–2019 32
9  Spain Míchel 1981–1984 25
10  Spain Juan Manuel Villa 1959–1960 24


Alfredo Di Stéfano Stadium

On 9 May 2006 the Alfredo di Stéfano Stadium was inaugurated at the City of Madrid where Real Madrid usually trains. The inaugural match was between Real Madrid and Stade de Reims, a rematch of the European Cup final won by Real Madrid in 1956. Real Madrid won the inaugural match 6–1 with goals from Sergio Ramos, Antonio Cassano (2), Roberto Soldado (2), and José Manuel Jurado.[7]

The venue is part of the Ciudad Real Madrid, the club's new training facilities located outside Madrid in Valdebebas, near Madrid–Barajas Airport.

The capacity of the main stand at the west is 4,000 seats, with additional 2000 seats at the eastern stand, giving the stadium a total capacity of 6,000 seats. It is envisaged to increase the seating capacity up to 25,000 at the completion of the expansion.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Nicolás Martín-Sanz, nuevo presidente del Castilla". AS. Retrieved 30 May 2011.
  2. ^ "Ciudad Real Madrid". Turismo Madrid. Retrieved 2020-01-19.
  3. ^ a b McTear, Euan (19 May 2016). "When Real Madrid Castilla reached the Copa del Rey final and played in Europe". These Football Times. Retrieved 17 May 2017.
  4. ^ "Real Madrid Castilla squad". Real Federación de Fútbol de Madrid. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  5. ^ "Real Madrid Castilla". Real Madrid Club de Fútbol. Retrieved 22 February 2019.
  6. ^ "Real Madrid Castilla Squad". Real Madrid. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  7. ^ "This one's for you, Alfredo!". 2006-05-10. Archived from the original on 2011-11-23. Retrieved 2008-07-07.

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