Real Madrid Castilla

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Full name Real Madrid Castilla
Club de Fútbol
Nickname(s) RM Castilla
Founded 16 December 1930
(as Agrupación Deportiva
Plus Ultra
)
Ground Alfredo di Stéfano Stadium,
Madrid, Community of Madrid,
Spain
Ground Capacity 8,000
Chairman Nicolas Martín-Sanz[1]
Manager Santiago Solari
League 2ª B – Group 2
2016–17 2ª B – Group 2, 11th
Current season
AD Plus Ultra 1949-50
Alfredo Di Stéfano Stadium

Real Madrid Castilla is a Spanish football team that plays in Segunda División B. It is Real Madrid's reserve team. They play their home games at Alfredo di Stéfano Stadium.

Unlike the English football league system, 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 B 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.

History[edit]

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. Luis Aragonés also briefly played for Plus Ultra and 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]

As Castilla CF, the team enjoyed something of a golden age.[according to whom?] 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.[2] The latter two eventually finished second and third in the Primera División.[citation needed] In the final, they played Real Madrid but lost 6–1. Because Real also won the Primera División, however, Castilla qualified for the 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.[2] 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 Vazquéz, 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.

The team has continued to produce quality players such as Roberto Soldado, who is currently playing for Villarreal, and Álvaro Arbeloa, who played for Deportivo de La Coruña and Liverpool in the past and went back to Real Madrid's first team from 2009 until 2016, and now plays for West Ham United.

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, who plays for Manchester United, and Álvaro Negredo, who plays for Middlesbrough.

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.

Honours[edit]

Winners (1): 1983–84
Winners (6): 1990–91, 2001–02, 2004–05, 2011–12, 2015–2016
Winners (6): 1948–49, 1954–55, 1956–57, 1963–64, 1965–66, 1967–68

Season to season[edit]

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

Current squad[edit]

As of 20 July 2017[3]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Belgium GK Álex Craninx
France GK Luca Zidane
Spain GK Javier Belman
Spain DF Álex Salto
Spain DF Jaime Sánchez
Spain DF Javier Sánchez
Spain DF José León
Dominican Republic DF Luismi Quezada
Brazil DF Abner
Spain DF Álvaro Tejero (captain)
Morocco DF Achraf Hakimi
Spain DF Dani Fernández
Spain DF Sergio Reguilón
Spain DF Manu Hernando
Spain DF Aléx Martín
Spain MF Francisco Tena
Spain MF Miguel García
No. Position Player
Spain MF Álvaro Fidalgo
Spain MF Jaime Seoane
Argentina MF Franchu
Spain MF Adrián Mancebo
Spain MF Mario Rodríguez
Spain MF Borja Sánchez
Spain MF Toni Segura
China MF Lin Liangming
Brazil MF Augusto Galván
Spain MF José Lazo
Spain MF Óscar Rodríguez
Paraguay FW Sergio Díaz
Spain FW Cristo González
Spain FW Víctor Campuzano
Spain FW Raúl de Tomás
Spain FW Dani Gómez
Ecuador FW Jordán Gaspar

Notable former players[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nicolás Martín-Sanz, nuevo presidente del Castilla". AS. Retrieved 30 May 2011. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ "Real Madrid Castilla squad". Realmadrid.com. Real Madrid Club de Fútbol. Archived from the original on 31 January 2017. Retrieved 31 January 2017. 

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