Real Valladolid

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Real Valladolid Logo.svg
Full name Real Valladolid SAD
Nickname(s) Pucela / Pucelanos (Pucelle)
Blanquivioletas / Albivioletas (White and Violets)
Founded 1928; 89 years ago (1928)
Ground José Zorrilla, Valladolid,
Castile and León, Spain
Ground Capacity 26,512
Chairman Carlos Suárez Sureda
Manager Paco Herrera
League Segunda División
2015–16 Segunda División, 16th
Website Club home page
Current season

Real Valladolid Club de Fútbol, S.A.D. (Spanish pronunciation: [reˈal βaʎaðoˈlið ˈkluβ ðe ˈfuðβol]), or simply Real Valladolid, is a Spanish football club based in Valladolid, in the autonomous community of Castile and León, from where the nickname Pucela is derived.

Founded on 20 June 1928, it plays in Segunda División, holding home games at Estadio Nuevo José Zorrilla, which seats 26,512 spectators. It currently ranks 14th on the All-Time La Liga table.


Early history[edit]

Real Unión Deportiva de Valladolid in 1927

Founded from the amalgamation of Real Unión Deportiva de Valladolid and Club Deportivo Español (eventually Real Unión), Valladolid first reached the top level in the 1947–48 season, as champions of Segunda División. In the following year, the team pushed on from this success and reached the finals of the domestic cup in the Chamartín Stadium against Athletic Bilbao, eventually losing 4–1.

The next ten years were spent in the first division, and relegation was short-lived and Valladolid gained promotion again in 1958–59 with a 5–0 win over Terrassa FC under manager José Luis Saso, a legendary figure in the history of the team. He had originally been a goalkeeper for the club and subsequently went on to perform many roles, ending up as president of the team.

Valladolid swung between the first and second divisions in subsequent years, falling as low as to the third division in 1970–71. Promoted in 1992–93, the team was again sent down after the 2003–04 season. In 1984, Valladolid also won the Spanish League Cup (a competition only played in the early 1980s), over Atlético Madrid.

The side's highest position during this 11-year stint was seventh in 1996–97, being coached in the previous seasons by former Real Madrid Castilla coach Rafael Benítez, as various players from that team would also later appear for Valladolid.

The 2006–07 record-breaking season[edit]

Real Valladolid players cruising the Río Pisuerga while celebrating the club's promotion to La Liga in April 2007

In the 2006–07, after signing Basque José Luis Mendilibar as coach, Valladolid had one of its best years in history while playing in the second level. The team took the lead in the 15th game and went on to finish with a competition all-time high 88 points, winning the championship by a total margin of eight points, and holding an advantage of 26 points over the non-promotion zone (fourth and worse), both being all-time records in the league. They also achieved the honor of staying unbeaten 29 games in a row, from 10 October 2006 to 6 May 2007, being mathematically promoted after a 2–0 away win against CD Tenerife on 22 April 2007 (just the 34th day of the season), the earliest any club has achieved promotion in Spanish history.

Also remarkable was the side's role in the season's King's Cup, reaching the quarter-finals after beating two top division teams, Gimnàstic de Tarragona (4–1 aggregate) and the 2005–06 UEFA Champions League contender Villarreal CF (3–1), while playing the whole competition with the reserve players.

Two relatively successful seasons in the top division followed, finishing in 15th place while avoiding relegation after a 1–1 draw on the last day of both seasons (against Recreativo de Huelva in 2007–08 and Real Betis in the following campaign).

End of the Mendilibar era[edit]

Serbian manager Miroslav Đukić led Valladolid back into La Liga in 2012

After a slow start to 2009–10 (three wins in the first 20 games), Mendilibar was sacked on 1 February 2010, following a draw at home against UD Almería. The week following his sacking, Valladolid dropped for the first time to the relegation zone (something that never happened during his 138-game stint), with former player Onésimo Sánchez now in charge.

After only one win in 10 games, Sánchez was fired, with former Spain national football team manager Javier Clemente replacing him, in a desperate move to avoid relegation with only eight games remaining. After a brief breather (16th position), Valladolid again returned to the last three, then faced a must-win last game at the Camp Nou, against an FC Barcelona squad that needed a win to secure the title. Level in the standings with Racing de Santander, Málaga CF and CD Tenerife for the two final safe positions, Valladolid lost 0–4, and consequently dropped down a level, after a three-year stay in the top flight.

The 2011-12 season saw them return to La Liga under the management of Miroslav Đukić, promoted through the play-offs after finishing third in the division.

Valladolid were relegated back to the Segunda on the last day of the 2013–14 season.[1]


Real Valladolid play at the 26,512-capacity Estadio Nuevo José Zorrilla, finished in 1982 to replace the previous stadium of the same name which had stood since 1940. Both grounds are named after José Zorrilla y Moral, a 19th-century poet from the city. After opening for the club on 20 February 1982, it hosted the Copa del Rey Final on 13 April of that year, and then three Group D matches at the 1982 FIFA World Cup.

There are plans to expand the stadium to 40,000 spectators. This project is known as Valladolid Arena [baʎaˈðolið aˈɾena].[2]

Season to season[edit]

The following list shows Valladolid's record as well as all the presidents and coaches for every season since its foundation in 1929.[3] All presidents and coaches are Spanish unless otherwise noted.

Season Division Place President Coach Accomplishments
1929 5th Pedro Zuloaga
Santos Rodríguez
Hungary István Plattkó
1929/30 2nd Santos Rodríguez
1930/31 2nd José Cantalapiedra Antón Achalandabaso
1931/32 3rd
1932/33 1st
1933/34 1st Hungary István Plattkó tekio Promoted to
1934/35 2nd
1935/36 4th
1936/37 No competition No competition was held
due to Spanish Civil War
1939/40 6th Hungary István Plattkó
Manuel M. Ordax
1940/41 10th Juan Bilbao "Juanín"
1941/42 5th Hungary Károly Plattkó
1942/43 2nd
1943/44 14th José Cantalapiedra
José González
Alfonso Martínez
José Planas
Relegated to
1944/45 3rd Germán Adánez
Ángel Soria
Quirico Arteaga
1945/46 1st Ángel Soria Antonio Barrios
1946/47 1st Juan Represa Promoted to
1947/48 1st Promoted to La Liga
1948/49 12th Argentina France Helenio Herrera
1949/50 9th Antonio Barrios
Julián Vaquero
Antonio Barrios
Spanish Cup: Runners-up
(4–1 v. Athletic Bilbao)
1950/51 6th Manuel González Aquiso Juan Antonio Ipiña
1951/52 8th Ramón Pradera
1952/53 12th José Iraragorri
1953/54 12th Luis Miró
1954/55 9th
1955/56 9th
1956/57 8th Rafael Yunta
1957/58 15th Rafael Yunta
José Luis Saso
Relegated to
1958/59 1st Carlos del Río Hortega José Luis Saso Promoted to La Liga
1959/60 13th
1960/61 15th José Luis Saso
Pedro Eguiluz
Paco Lesmes
Relegated to
1961/62 2nd José Miguel Arrarte Paco Lesmes
Manuel Soler
Paraguay Heriberto Herrera
Promoted to La Liga
1962/63 4th Antonio Ramallets
1963/64 16th Ángel Zubieta
Paco Lesmes
Relegated to
1964/65 3rd Hungary Janos Kalmar
Julián Vaquero
1965/66 4th José Luis Saso Antonio Barrios
Antonio Ramallets
1966/67 9th Pedro Torres
Héctor Martín
Emilio Aldecoa
Héctor Martín
Emilio Aldecoa
Héctor Martín
1967/68 2nd Antonio Alfonso José Molinuevo
Enrique Orizaola
1968/69 10th Antonio Barrios
Enrique Orizaola
1969/70 17th José Antonio Olmedo
José Luis Saso
Gerardo Coque
Relegated to
1970/71 2nd Santiago Gallego Gerardo Coque
Héctor Martín
Promoted to
1971/72 7th Héctor Martín
1972/73 5th
1973/74 7th Gustau Biosca
Fernando Redondo
1974/75 11th Fernando Alonso Fernando Redondo
Santiago Vázquez
Germany Rudi Gutendorf
1975/76 4th Uruguay Héctor Núñez
1976/77 12th Luis Aloy
José Luis Saso
1977/78 7th Francisco García "Paquito"
1978/79 4th Gonzalo Alonso Enrique Pérez "Pachín"
1979/80 2nd Eusebio Ríos Promoted to La Liga
1980/81 12th Gonzalo Alonso Francisco García "Paquito"
1981/82 9th
1982/83 12th Manuel Esteban Argentina Felipe Mesones
Santi Llorente
José Luis García Traid
1983/84 14th Pedro San Martín
Mariano Hernández
Gonzalo Alonso
José Luis García Traid
Fernando Redondo
League Cup: Winners
(Agg. 3–0 vs. Atlético)
1984/85 13th Gonzalo Alonso Fernando Redondo
1985/86 10th Argentina Chile Vicente Cantatore
1986/87 10th Gonzalo Alonso
José Agad
Miguel Ángel Pérez Herrán
Argentina Chile Vicente Cantatore
Xabier Azkargorta
Antonio Sánchez Santos
José Pérez Garcia
1987/88 8th Miguel Ángel Pérez Herrán Argentina Chile Vicente Cantatore
1988/89 6th Spanish Cup: Runners-up
(1–0 vs. Real Madrid)
1989/90 16th Miguel Ángel Pérez Herrán
Carlos García Zúñiga
Croatia Josip Skoblar
José Moré
Fernando Redondo
1990/91 9th Gonzalo Gonzalo Colombia "Pacho" Maturana
1991/92 19th Gonzalo Gonzalo
Andrés Martín
Marcos Fernández Fernández
Colombia "Pacho" Maturana
Javier Yepes Peñas
Relegated to
1992/93 2nd Marcos Fernández Fernández Marco Antonio Boronat
José Luis Saso
Argentina Felipe Mesones
Promoted to La Liga
1993/94 18th Argentina Felipe Mesones
José Moré
1994/95 19th Uruguay Víctor Espárrago
José Moré
Fernando Redondo
Antonio Sánchez Santos
1995/96 16th Rafael Benítez
Antonio Sánchez Santos
Argentina Chile Vicente Cantatore
1996/97 7th Argentina Chile Vicente Cantatore
1997/98 11th Marcos Fernández Fernández
Marcos Fernández Fermoselle
Argentina Chile Vicente Cantatore
Antonio Sánchez Santos
Croatia Sergije Krešić
1998/99 12th Marcos Fernández Fermoselle Croatia Sergije Krešić
1999/00 8th Marcos Fernández Fermoselle
Ángel Fernández Fermoselle
Ignacio Lewin
Gregorio Manzano
2000/01 16th Ignacio Lewin
Carlos Suárez
Argentina Francisco "Pancho" Ferraro
José Moré
2001/02 12th Carlos Suárez José Moré
2002/03 14th
2003/04 18th Fernando Vázquez
Antonio Sánchez Santos
Relegated to
2004/05 6th Croatia Sergije Krešić
Marcos Alonso
2005/06 10th Marcos Alonso
Alfredo Merino
2006/07 1st José Luis Mendilibar Promoted to La Liga
2007/08 15th
2008/09 15th
2009/10 18th José Luis Mendilibar
Onésimo Sánchez
Javier Clemente
Relegated to
2010/11 7th Antonio Gómez
Abel Resino
Qualified for Promotion play-off
2011/12 3rd Serbia Miroslav Đukić Qualified for Promotion play-off
Promoted to La Liga
2012/13 14th
2013/14 19th Serbia Miroslav Đukić
Juan Ignacio Martínez
Relegated to
2014/15 5th Rubi Qualified for Promotion play-off
2015/16 16th Gaizka Garitano
Miguel Ángel Portugal
Alberto López
2016/17 - Paco Herrera

European Cups history[edit]

UEFA Cup[edit]

Season Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1984–85 Round of 64 v. Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Rijeka 1–0 1–4 2–4
1997–98 Round of 64 v. Latvia Skonto Riga 2–0 0–1 2–1
Round of 32 v. Russia Spartak Moscow 1–2 0–2 1–4

UEFA Cup Winners' Cup[edit]

Season Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1989–90 Round of 32 v. Malta Hamrun Spartans 5–0 1–0 6–0
Round of 16 v. Sweden Djurgården 2–0 2–2 4–2
Quarter-finals v. France Monaco 0–0 0–0 (aet) 1–3 (pen.)

Current squad[edit]

As of 1 February 2017.[4]

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 Pau Torres
3 Spain DF Ángel
4 Spain MF Álex López (on loan from Celta)
5 Chile DF Igor Lichnovsky (on loan from Porto)
6 Argentina DF Luciano Balbi
7 Spain MF Juan Villar
8 Portugal MF André Leão (3rd captain)
9 Spain FW Jaime Mata
10 Spain MF Sergio Marcos
11 Spain MF Guzmán Casaseca
13 Spain GK Isaac Becerra
15 Spain DF Rafa (Captain)
No. Position Player
17 Spain DF Javi Moyano (2nd captain)
18 Argentina MF Cristian Espinoza (on loan from Villarreal)
19 Spain MF Joan Jordán (on loan from Espanyol)
20 Spain DF Alberto Guitián
21 Spain MF Míchel
22 Spain DF Markel Etxeberria (on loan from Athletic Bilbao)
23 Serbia MF Dejan Dražić (on loan from Celta)
24 Spain DF Álex Pérez
26 Venezuela MF Renzo Zambrano
27 Spain MF Anuar
29 Spain MF José Arnáiz
47 Spain FW Raúl de Tomás (on loan from Real Madrid)

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 Luismi (at Gimnàstic)
Spain MF Víctor Pérez (at Alcorcón)
Italy FW Vincenzo Rennella (at Miami)
Equatorial Guinea FW Iban Salvador (at UCAM Murcia)

Technical staff[edit]

Position Staff
Head coach Spain Paco Herrera
Assistant coach Spain Ángel Rodríguez
Fitness coach Spain Fran Albert
Goalkeeper coach Spain José Manuel Santisteban
Physio Spain David Chorro

Last updated: 8 July 2016
Source: [1]


Valladolid players celebrating their 2007 promotion to La Liga on the balcony of the City Hall

Best finishes


Notable players[edit]

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