Real Madrid Castilla

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Real Madrid Castilla
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,
Madrid, Community of Madrid,
Ground Capacity 12,000
Chairman Nicolas Martín-Sanz[1]
Manager Santiago Solari
League Segunda División B
2015–16 2ªB – Group 2, 1st
Current season

Real Madrid Castilla is a Spanish football team that plays in Segunda División B. It is Real Madrid's reserve team, and is therefore an integral part of Real Madrid's youth academy, La Fábrica. 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.

While a few players have gone on to establish themselves in the Real Madrid first team, several former Castilla players such as Ismael Urzaiz, Santiago Cañizares, Mista, Esteban Cambiasso, Luis García, Juan Mata, Álvaro Negredo, Roberto Soldado, Borja Valero, Juanfran and Rodrigo have all moved on to successful careers with other clubs.


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. 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. 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 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. 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 great 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 presently plays for Real Madrid's first team.

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 and a disappointing season. Míchel received a lot of criticism and accepted all the blame for the team 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 Valencia.

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 2013–14 season, without Álvaro Morata and Jesé, who were promoted into Real Madrid, Castilla was relegated in the last matchday after being defeated by Real Murcia in last match of the season.


2016–17 squad[edit]

As of 22 July 2016[2]
Squad No.1 Nationality Name Date of birth (age) Signed from Transfer fee Signed in Contract ends Apps. Goals
13 Spain Carlos Abad (1995-06-28) 28 June 1995 (age 21) Tenerife Loan 2015 2017 37 0
Belgium Alex Craninx (1995-10-21) 21 October 1995 (age 20) Real Madrid C Promoted 2015 2018 1 0
Austria Philipp Lienhart (1996-07-11) 11 July 1996 (age 20) Rapid Wien II €0.3 million 2015 2019 24 1
Norway Ulrik Yttergård Jenssen 17 July 1996 (age 20) Olympique Lyonnais €0 million 2016 2020 0 0
Spain Jaime Sánchez (vc) (1995-03-11) 11 March 1995 (age 21) Juvenil A Promoted 2014 2018 17 0
4 Spain José León (1995-02-03) 3 February 1995 (age 21) Real Madrid C Promoted 2015 N/A 18 2
Spain Dani Fernández (1997-04-30) 30 April 1997 (age 19) Juvenil A Promoted 2015 2016 17 0
Brazil Abner (1996-05-30) 30 May 1996 (age 20) Coritiba N/A 2014 2016 3 0
Spain Mario Hermoso (1995-06-18) 18 June 1995 (age 21) Real Valladolid Loan Return 2016  ? 0 0
5 Spain Héctor Martínez (1995-01-01) 1 January 1995 (age 21) Real Madrid C Promoted 2015 2016 19 0
3 Spain Álvaro Tejero (1996-07-20) 20 July 1996 (age 20) Juvenil A Promoted 2015 N/A 38 1
Spain Sergio Reguilón (1996-12-16) 16 December 1996 (age 19) UD Logroñés Loan Return 2015 2016 15 0
Dominican Republic Luismi Quezada (1996-02-11) 11 February 1996 (age 20) UE Olot Loan Return 2016  ? 0 0
14 Spain Aleix Febas (1996-02-02) 2 February 1996 (age 20) Juvenil A Promoted 2015 2018 34 6
Spain José Lazo (1996-02-16) 16 February 1996 (age 20) Juvenil A Promoted 2015 2016 19 1
6 Spain Marcos Llorente (1995-01-30) 30 January 1995 (age 21) Juvenil A Promoted 2014 2018 59 3
8 Spain Javier Muñoz (vc) (1995-02-28) 28 February 1995 (age 21) Real Madrid C Promoted 2015 2017 65 7
Norway Martin Ødegaard (1998-12-17) 17 December 1998 (age 17) Strømsgodset IF €2.3 million 2015 2021 46 2
France Enzo (c) (1995-03-24) 24 March 1995 (age 21) Real Madrid C Promoted 2015 2021 43 2
11 Spain Cristian Cedrés (1996-01-24) 24 January 1996 (age 20) Juvenil A Promoted 2015 2016 30 4
7 Spain Álvaro Jiménez (1995-05-19) 19 May 1995 (age 21) Real Madrid C Promoted 2015 2016 30 1
Spain Fran Pérez (1996-01-20) 20 January 1996 (age 20) Sporting Gijón B Loan Return 2016  ? 3 0
Spain Borja Sánchez (1996-02-26) 26 February 1996 (age 20) CF Fuenlabrada Loan Return 2016  ? 0 0
16 Dominican Republic Mariano (vc) (1993-08-01) 1 August 1993 (age 22) Real Madrid C Promoted 2014 2021 41 30
Spain Raúl de Tomás (1994-10-17) 17 October 1994 (age 21) Córdoba Loan Return 2016 2017 62 14
Ecuador Jordán Gaspar (1995-07-28) 28 July 1995 (age 20) UD Logroñés N/A 2016 2017 3 0
Paraguay Sergio Díaz (1998-03-18) 18 March 1998 (age 18) Cerro Porteño €5 million 2016 2019 0 0

|- 1 Squad numbers are based on the most appearances wearing number from game-day line-ups.
 – injured

 – registered to Real Madrid C

 – registered to Juvenil A

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. Position Player
 — Spain MF Lucas Torró (at Real Oviedo)
 — Spain FW Borja Mayoral (at Wolfsburg)

Selected reserve team players[edit]

  • Real Madrid Juvenil players which were granted the second team shirt.

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

No. Position Player
France GK Luca Fernandez (Juvenil A)
Spain DF Alex Salto (Juvenil A)
Spain DF Javier Sànchez (Juvenil A)
Morocco DF Achraf Hakimi (Juvenil A)
Spain MF Álvaro Fidalgo (Juvenil A)
Spain MF Jaime Seoane (Juvenil A)
No. Position Player
Spain MF Jaume Grau (Juvenil A)
Spain MF Mario Rodríguez (Juvenil A)
Spain MF Garci (Juvenil A)
Spain MF Óscar (Juvenil A)
Spain FW Álvaro Rivero (Juvenil A)


Winners (1): 1983–84
Winners (4): 1990–91, 2001–02, 2004–05, 2011–12
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
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
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
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
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 5th 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
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
Season Division Place
2012/13 8th
2013/14 20th
2014/15 2ªB 6th
2015/16 2ªB 1st
2016/17 2ªB

Notable former players[edit]


  1. ^ "Nicolás Martín-Sanz, nuevo presidente del Castilla". AS. Retrieved 30 May 2011. 
  2. ^ "Team Roster" (in Spanish). RMFF. Retrieved 23 August 2015. 

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