Real Valladolid

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Real Valladolid
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Full nameReal Valladolid Club de Fútbol, S.A.D.
Nickname(s)Pucela / Pucelanos (Pucelle)
Blanquivioletas / Albivioletas (White and Violets)
Founded20 June 1928; 94 years ago (20 June 1928)
GroundJosé Zorrilla
OwnerRonaldo (82%)[1]
Head coachPaulo Pezzolano
LeagueLa Liga
2021–22Segunda División, 2nd of 22 (promoted)
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Real Valladolid Club de Fútbol, S.A.D., or simply Real Valladolid (pronounced [reˈal βaʎaðoˈlið]) or Valladolid, is a Spanish professional football club based in Valladolid, Castile and León, Spain that competes in La Liga, the top tier of the Spanish league system.

The club colours are violet and white, used on the kit in stripes from its foundation on 20 June 1928.[2] The team plays its home games at the Estadio José Zorrilla, which seats 27,846 spectators.[3] Valladolid's honours include a single trophy of great relevance, the defunct Copa de la Liga 1983–84. It has been runner-up in the Copa del Rey on two occasions (1949–50 and 1988–89), and has participated in two editions of the UEFA Cup (1984–85 and 1997–98) and also one edition of the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup (1989–90). The team subsidiary, the Real Valladolid Promesas, currently play in the Primera División RFEF.

Since its La Liga debut in the 1948–49 season (in which it became the first club from the region to play in La Liga – five others have since done so), Valladolid is the most successful football club in Castile and León by honours and history, with a total of 45 seasons in the First Division, 36 in the Second and 10 in the Third.[4] Historically, Valladolid is the 13th-best team in Spain by overall league points. Two of its players have won the Pichichi Trophy: Manuel Badenes and Jorge da Silva; and ten were internationals with the Spain national football team. In the 21st century, the club's domestic performance follows a yo-yo club pattern, with multiple promotions to (and relegations from) the first division.

On 3 September 2018, it was announced that Brazilian former international footballer Ronaldo Nazario had become the majority shareholder after purchasing a 51% controlling stake in the club.[5] As of April 2020, Ronaldo is owner of 82% of the club shares.


20th-century history (1928–2001)[edit]

Real Unión Deportiva de Valladolid in 1927

Real Valladolid was founded from the merger of Real Unión Deportiva de Valladolid and Club Deportivo Español, the club played its first game on September 22, 1928. It was a 2–1 win over Alavés.[6] Valladolid first reached the top level in the 1947–48 season, as champions of the Segunda División. The club became the first Castile and León club to play in the Spanish top flight. The following year, the team pushed on from this success and reached the finals of the Copa Del Rey in Chamartín Stadium against Athletic Bilbao, losing 4–1.

The next ten years were spent in the first division, and relegation was short-lived as Valladolid gained promotion again in 1958–59 with a 5–0 win over Terrassa under manager José Luis Saso,[7] a legendary figure in club history.[8] He had originally been a goalkeeper for the club and went on to perform many roles, including serving as president of the club.

Valladolid swung between the first and second divisions in subsequent years, falling as low as to the third division in 1970–71. Next year the club was promoted to second division and in 1980 promoted to first division, where Valladolid played until 1992 when the club was relegated to the second division again. Promoted in 1992–93, the club was again sent down after the 2003–04 season. In 1984, Valladolid also won the Copa de la Liga (a competition only played in the early 1980s) over Atlético Madrid.

Real Valladolid uniform in the season 1983–84, when the club won its only official trophy: the 1984 Copa de la Liga

On 14 April 1996, Valladolid played its 1,000th game in La Liga.

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.

Carlos Suárez era (2001–2018)[edit]

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

In the 2006–07 season, after signing Basque José Luis Mendilibar as head coach, Valladolid had one of its best years in its history while playing in the second level. The club took the league lead in the 15th matchday 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 below), both being all-time records in the league. Valladolid also achieved the honour of going unbeaten in 29-straight matches, from 10 October 2006 to 6 May 2007, being mathematically promoted after a 2–0 away win against Tenerife on 22 April 2007 (the 34th matchday of the season), the earliest any club has achieved promotion in Spanish history.

Also remarkable was the side's role in the season's Copa del Rey, reaching the quarter-finals after defeating two top division teams, Gimnàstic de Tarragona (4–1 aggregate) and the 2005–06 UEFA Champions League contender Villarreal (3–1), while playing the entire competition with 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 matchday of both seasons (against Recreativo de Huelva in 2007–08 and Real Betis in the following campaign).

Diego Costa next to Gerard Piqué during an away fixture versus FC Barcelona in May 2010

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

After only one win in 10 matches, Sánchez was fired. Former Spain national team manager Javier Clemente was named Sánchez's replacement in a desperate move to avoid relegation with only eight matches remaining. After a brief breather (16th position), Valladolid again returned to the bottom three, then faced a must-win last game at the Camp Nou against a Barcelona squad needing a win to secure the Liga championship. Level in the standings with Racing de Santander, Málaga and Tenerife for the two final safe positions, Valladolid lost 0–4 and consequently was relegated, ending a three-year stay in the top flight.

The 2011–12 season saw Valladolid 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 División on the last matchday of the 2013–14 season.[9]

On 2017–18 season, Valladolid was promoted back to first division after four years via play-off defeating Sporting de Gijón and Numancia.

Ronaldo Nazario, new owner (2018–present)[edit]

Óscar Plano at the verge of kicking the ball during a home La Liga fixture versus Rayo Vallecano, in January 2019

On 3 September 2018, it was announced Brazilian former international footballer Ronaldo had become the majority shareholder after purchasing a 51% controlling stake in the club.[10] In its first season with the new owner Valladolid finished in 16th position in La Liga.[11] As of April 2020, Ronaldo owned 82% of the club shares.

In August 2020, with the Promesas (reserve team) well established in Segunda División B, the club made an agreement with local club Atlético Tordesillas, operating at the level below, to act as a further affiliated team for its young players.[12][13] At the end of the 2020–21 season, Real Valladolid was relegated following a 1–2 home defeat by Atlético, which also secured the Colchoneros the La Liga title on the final matchday, ending Valladolid's three-year stay in first division.

In the 2021–22 season, Valladolid returned to La Liga by sealing a 2nd position in the table (81 points, tied on points with the first team), thus guaranteeing the team direct promotion to the top flight.[14]


Estadio Nuevo José Zorrilla

Real Valladolid play at the 26,421-capacity Estadio Nuevo José Zorrilla, finished in 1982 to replace the previous stadium of the same name which had stood since 1940(increased it’s capacity from 27,846). 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. The venue is owned by the Ayuntamiento de Valladolid.[15]

In 2010, it was announced that there were plans to expand the stadium to 40,000 spectators. This project was known as Valladolid Arena [baʎaˈðolið aˈɾena], but was contingent on Spain winning the right to host the 2018 FIFA World cup.[16]

Season to season[edit]

Real Valladolid's league positions

The following list shows Valladolid's record as well as all the presidents and coaches for every season since its foundation in 1929.[17] All presidents and coaches are Spanish unless otherwise noted.

Season Tier Division Place President Coach Accomplishments
1929 3 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 2 2nd
1935–36 4th
1936–37 No competition No competition was held
due to Spanish Civil War
1939–40 2 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 3 3rd Germán Adánez
Ángel Soria
Quirico Arteaga Runner-up Copa Federación
1945–46 1st Ángel Soria Antonio Barrios
1946–47 1st Juan Represa Promoted to
1947–48 2 1st Promoted to La Liga
1948–49 1 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 Winner Copa Federación
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 2 1st Carlos del Río Hortega José Luis Saso Promoted to La Liga
1959–60 1 13th
1960–61 15th José Luis Saso
Pedro Eguiluz
Paco Lesmes
Relegated to
1961–62 2 2nd José Miguel Arrarte Paco Lesmes
Manuel Soler
Paraguay Heriberto Herrera
Promoted to La Liga
1962–63 1 4th Antonio Ramallets
1963–64 16th Ángel Zubieta
Paco Lesmes
Relegated to
1964–65 2 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 3 2nd Santiago Gallego Gerardo Coque
Héctor Martín
Promoted to
1971–72 2 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 1 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
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 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 2 2nd Marcos Fernández Fernández Marco Antonio Boronat
José Luis Saso
Argentina Felipe Mesones
Promoted to La Liga
1993–94 1 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
1999–2000 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 2 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 1 15th
2008–09 15th
2009–10 18th José Luis Mendilibar
Onésimo Sánchez
Javier Clemente
Relegated to
2010–11 2 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 1 14th
2013–14 19th Juan Ignacio Martínez Relegated to
2014–15 2 5th Rubi Qualified for Promotion play-off
2015–16 16th Gaizka Garitano
Miguel Ángel Portugal
Alberto López
2016–17 7th Paco Herrera
2017–18 5th Luis César Sampedro
Sergio González
Qualified for Promotion play-off
Promoted to La Liga
2018–19 1 16th Brazil Ronaldo Sergio González
2019–20 13th
2020–21 19th Relegated to
2021–22 2 2nd Pacheta Promoted to
2022–23 1 Pacheta
Uruguay Paulo Pezzolano

European competition 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 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 Ħamrun Spartans 5–0 1–0 6–0
Round of 16 v. Sweden Djurgårdens IF 2–0 2–2 4–2
Quarter-finals v. France Monaco 0–0 0–0 (a.e.t.) 1–3 (pen.)

Current squad[edit]

As of 14 February 2023[18]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Spain ESP Jordi Masip (captain)
2 DF Spain ESP Luis Pérez
4 MF Spain ESP Kike Pérez
5 DF Spain ESP Javi Sánchez
6 MF Spain ESP Álvaro Aguado
7 FW Spain ESP Sergio León
8 MF Spain ESP Monchu
9 MF Morocco MAR Selim Amallah
10 MF Spain ESP Óscar Plano
11 MF Ecuador ECU Gonzalo Plata
12 DF Uruguay URU Lucas Olaza
13 GK Spain ESP Sergio Asenjo (3rd captain)
No. Pos. Nation Player
15 DF Morocco MAR Jawad El Yamiq
17 MF Spain ESP Roque Mesa (vice-captain)
18 DF Spain ESP Sergio Escudero
19 MF Brazil BRA Kenedy
20 MF Cameroon CMR Martin Hongla (on loan from Hellas Verona)
21 MF Spain ESP Iván Sánchez
22 FW Venezuela VEN Darwin Machís
23 MF Morocco MAR Anuar Tuhami
24 DF Spain ESP Joaquín
25 FW Canada CAN Cyle Larin (on loan from Club Brugge)
27 DF Spain ESP Iván Fresneda
39 DF Brazil BRA Lucas Rosa

Reserve team[edit]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
30 FW Spain ESP Roberto Arroyo
31 GK Spain ESP Álvaro Aceves
32 DF Spain ESP David Torres
36 DF Spain ESP Diego Moreno
No. Pos. Nation Player
43 MF Spain ESP Alberto Quintana
44 FW Spain ESP Manu Pozo
46 FW Nigeria NGA Tunde Akinsola

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. Pos. Nation Player
DF The Gambia GAM Saidy Janko (at VfL Bochum until 30 June 2023)
DF Spain ESP Raúl García (at Deportivo La Coruña until 30 June 2023)
DF Ghana GHA Isaac Amoah (at Algeciras until 30 June 2023)
MF Spain ESP Sergio Ortuño (at Eldense until 30 June 2023)
MF Martinique MTQ Mickaël Malsa (at Kasımpaşa until 30 June 2023)
MF Spain ESP Hugo Vallejo (at Ponferradina until 30 June 2023)
No. Pos. Nation Player
FW Spain ESP Castri (at SD Logroñés until 30 June 2023)
FW Colombia COL Juanjo Narváez (at Leganés until 30 June 2023)
FW Brazil BRA Paulo Vitor (at Rio Ave until 30 June 2023)
FW Israel ISR Shon Weissman (at Granada until 30 June 2023)
FW Spain ESP Sergi Guardiola (at Cádiz until 30 June 2023)
FW Senegal SEN Sekou Gassama (at Racing Santander until 30 June 2023)

Technical staff[edit]

Position Staff
Head coach Spain Pacheta
Assistant coach Spain Chema Monzón
Second assistant coach Spain Álvaro Rubio
Fitness coach Spain Jorge Trigueros
Goalkeeper coach Spain José Manuel Santisteban
Analyst Spain Guillem Galmés
Spain Sergio Trinchet
Doctor Spain Lomo
Spain López Moreno
Rehab fitness coach Spain Raúl Zarzuela
Spain Lucas Rafael
Load control Spain Sergio Sánchez
Physiotherapist Spain Gonzalo Guijarro
Spain Miguel Ángel Rodríguez
Spain Samuel Bueno
Nutritionist Spain Fernando García
Podologist Spain Juan Baticón
Delegate Spain Paco Santamaría
Kit man Spain Justo Camacho
Spain Álvaro Fernández

Last updated: 15 October 2022
Source: Real Valladolid (in Spanish)


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




  • Most games unbeaten in Segunda División: 29 (2006–07)
  • Earliest promotion in Segunda División: day 34 (out of 42), 22 April 2007
  • Fastest goal in La Liga history: 7.42 seconds; scored by Joseba Llorente on 20 January 2008, vs Espanyol (2–1 win)[21]

Notable players[edit]

See also[edit]


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  12. ^ "Real Valladolid y Atlético Tordesillas rubrican su acuerdo de filialidad" [Real Valladolid and Atlético Tordesillas sign their affiliate agreement]. (in Spanish). 21 August 2020. Retrieved 19 October 2020.
  13. ^ Jesús Pérez Baraja (21 August 2020). "El Real Valladolid Promesas y el Tordesillas no podrán coincidir en la misma categoría" [Real Valladolid Promises and Tordesillas may not coincide in the same category] (in Spanish). El Desmarque. Retrieved 19 October 2020.
  14. ^ Ortega, Rodrigo (29 May 2022). ""Pucela" es de Primera". La Razón.
  15. ^ Rojí, José Luis (19 April 2020). "Ronaldo también esquiva zancadillas como presidente".
  16. ^ "El proyecto 'Valladolid Arena' deja vía libre para cerrar o cubrir el Estadio" [The 'Valladolid Arena" project leaving the way open to close or cover the Stadium] (in Spanish). Retrieved 17 November 2011.
  17. ^ "Presidentes y Entrenadores del Real Valladolid C.F. S.A.D." [Real Valladolid CF S.A.D. presidents and managers] (in Spanish). Real Valladolid. Retrieved 2 December 2010.
  18. ^ "Plantilla Real Valladolid Club de Fútbol" [First team] (in Spanish). Real Valladolid. Retrieved 30 March 2023.
  19. ^ "Real Valladolid Club de Fútbol, S.A.D. :: La Futbolteca. Enciclopedia del Fútbol Español" (in European Spanish). Retrieved 3 February 2020.
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