SD Compostela

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SD Compostela
Full nameSociedad Deportiva Compostela
  • Compos
  • Esedé
Founded1962; re-organised in 2004
GroundVero Boquete, Compostela,
Galicia, Spain
PresidentAntonio Quinteiro
Head coachYago Iglesias
League3ª – Group 1
2018–193ª – Group 1, 3rd

Sociedad Deportiva Compostela is a Spanish football team based in Santiago de Compostela, in the autonomous community of Galicia. Founded on 26 June 1962, they play home matches at Estadio Multiusos de San Lázaro. The team went bankrupt in 2006, but principles had reorganised as SD Compostela to play in 2004. They play in Tercera División– Group 1, holding home matches at Estadio Vero Boquete de San Lázaro.


Founded in 1962, Compostela spent the better part of that and the following decades playing regional football. On October 28, 1962, the newly formed SD Compostela merged with the Club Arenal.[1] The decade of the 1970s was irregular. The team played in the Tercera División, in the Regional category and in the new Segunda División B.[2] Its first promotion to a semi-national stage occurred in 1977, with a promotion to Segunda División B (Group 1), which lasted just one season; Compos promoted again in 1980, this time lasting six years.

Relegation in 1986 was compounded by off-field controversy surrounding the actions of then president Francisco Steppe. He resigned amid allegations of receipt of payments to throw a game against Pontevedra CF, which would assure the opposition's maintenance in the category. The late 1980s saw a significant restructuring of the club both at board and management levels and, in 1990, Compostela regained third-level status.

The following campaign was to prove the club's most successful to date. On 23 June 1991, a capacity crowd of 8,000 at the Estadio Municipal Santa Isabel, saw goals from Juanito and Ochoa (two) clinch a 3–1 victory in the final play-off match against CD Badajoz, for a first-ever Segunda División visit.

The move to Estadio Multiusos de San Lázaro coincided with the continuing rise in the team's fortunes and, at the end of 1993–94, following a 3–1 play-off victory against Rayo Vallecano, Compostela reached La Liga.[3] For a small regional club it did remarkably well, and reached a best finish of 10th in 1995–96, mainly courtesy of strikers Christopher Ohen and Bent Christensen, whom totalled 23 league goals.

After four seasons at the top, Compostela was relegated after losing a relegation play-off match to Villarreal CF on the away goals rule, despite playing overall attractive football. The club was also about to start a downward spiral; after a relegation to the third level in 2001 the team returned the following year but, in the following campaign, played to a backdrop of off-field distractions, with the players and staff going unpaid for months – a final ninth place was not enough to prevent another relegation, as the club failed to meet the 31 July deadline to settle all wage debts.[4]

Off field problems[edit]

In the 2001/02 season economic problems arose. However, the squad with Luis Ángel Duque as coach managed to promote to Segunda División.[5] Off-field problems continued in 2003–04, with the pinnacle being the players, who had not been paid in several months, refusing to appear for a fixture at UB Conquense, with the subsequent loss of three points. At the season's close, after the actual relegation, Compostela dropped further to the Galician Regional Preferente (north) after failing again to meet the financial deadline. They played there for two seasons, and folded after the 2005-06 season.

Taken into court, a judge dissolved the institution and auctioned all the club's properties, including the brand name, the trophies and the team's spot in the league. Finally, 26 January 2011, after everything was sold out, the court published the legal liquidation of the entity.[6]


Compostela playing against Lugo on 22 November 2009.

Re-Branded in 2004 as SD Campus Stellae,[7] with José Luís Balboa as president, enters competition in the 2005-06 season at the group 11 of the Galicia Terceira Autonómica league, where he finishes in 11th position (out of 18 teams). The following season, 2006-07, they played in group 12 of the same division, and finished third out of 14 teams.

In 2006, a former president of the dissolved SD Compostela, José María Caneda, bought the commercial name Sociedad Deportiva Compostela, and became president of the SD Campus Stellae, changing the team's name at the beginning of the 2007-08 season to keep the former term .

In the 2007–08 season, the new club won its regional league and returned to Tercera. In the following campaign, after finishing first in its group, the team beat Atlético Monzón with a 4–2 aggregate (3–0, 1–2) and won a second consecutive promotion. However, this would be a short-lived return, with relegation befalling at the season's end, immediately followed by another one due to overwhelming financial problems. Longtime president José María Caneda left the club.[8][9]

Season to season[edit]

  • SD Compostela SAD (1962–2006)
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1962–63 4 Reg.Pref. 1st
1963–64 3 1st -
1964–65 3 2nd -
1965–66 3 4th -
1966–67 3 3rd -
1967–68 3 2nd -
1968–69 3 3rd -
1969–70 3 10th Second round
1970–71 4 Reg.Pref. 1st
1971–72 3 11th First round
1972–73 3 18th Second round
1973–74 4 Reg.Pref. 2nd
1974–75 4 Reg.Pref. 2nd
1975–76 4 Reg.Pref. 1st
1976–77 3 9th Second round
1977–78 3 2ªB 18th First round
1978–79 4 12th First round
1979–80 4 1st Third round
1980–81 3 2ªB 7th Second round
1981–82 3 2ªB 15th Second round
1982–83 3 2ªB 11th -
1983–84 3 2ªB 14th First round
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1984–85 3 2ªB 15th -
1985–86 3 2ªB 18th -
1986–87 4 6th -
1987–88 4 4th First round
1988–89 4 3rd -
1989–90 4 1st -
1990–91 3 2ªB 3rd Third round
1991–92 2 8th Fifth round
1992–93 2 12th Fifth round
1993–94 2 3rd Fourth round
1994–95 1 16th Fourth round
1995–96 1 10th Round of 16
1996–97 1 11th Round of 16
1997–98 1 17th Third round
1998–99 2 8th Second round
1999–00 2 18th Quarter-finals
2000–01 2 19th Third round
2001–02 3 2ªB 3rd First round
2002–03 2 9th First round
2003–04 3 2ªB 19th Second round
2004–05 5 Pref. Aut. 16th
2005–06 5 Pref. Aut. 14th

  • SD Compostela (2004–)
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
2005–06 8 3ª Aut. 11th
2006–07 8 3ª Aut. 3rd
2007–08 5 Pref. Aut. 1st
2008–09 4 1st
2009–10 3 2ªB 20th First round
2010–11 5 Pref. Aut. 8th
2011–12 5 Pref. Aut. 1st
2012–13 4 3rd
2013–14 3 2ªB 13th
2014–15 3 2ªB 6th
2015–16 3 2ªB 19th First round
2016–17 4 7th
2017–18 4 1st
2018–19 4 3rd Second round
2019–20 4 1st Second round
2020–21 3 2ªB Quallified


Current squad[edit]

As of 18 September 2015

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 Raúl Marqueta
13 GK Uruguay URU Pato Guillén
2 DF Spain ESP Josu
3 DF Spain ESP Jesús Varela
4 DF Spain ESP Dani Portela
5 DF Spain ESP Catú
6 DF Spain ESP Sergio Sánchez
12 DF Spain ESP Javi González
22 DF Spain ESP Jimmy Seoane
24 DF Bulgaria BUL Asparuh Smilkov
7 MF Spain ESP Marcos Rodríguez
No. Pos. Nation Player
8 MF Spain ESP Javi Moreno
10 MF Spain ESP Mon Vives
14 MF Spain ESP Jordan Sánchez
15 MF Spain ESP Óscar Fondevila
18 MF Spain ESP Dani Hernández
20 MF Spain ESP Joaquín
21 MF Spain ESP Asier Goti
25 MF Spain ESP Rubén Sánchez
9 FW Equatorial Guinea EQG David Mitogo
11 FW Spain ESP Guillem
17 FW Bulgaria BUL Boris Pantaleev

Famous players[edit]

Note: this list includes players that have appeared in at least 100 league games and/or have reached international status.

Famous managers[edit]


Compostela play at the Estadio Multiusos de San Lázaro, which has a capacity of 12,000. Pitch dimensions are 105 x 68 metres.[10]

Compostela played their first season at Estadio da Residencia da Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, whilst work was completed on their first permanent ground, Estadio Municipal de Santa Isabel; on 22 September 1963, it played the first match at the new stadium. It was a basic enclosure and lacked a covered stand until 1969, when a tribune was erected and floodlights installed at a cost of 1 million pesetas. Compostela continued to use the ground for first team fixtures until the end of the 1993 season. The reserve team, Compostela B, played on at Santa Isabel until early 2003, when the ground was finally demolished and replaced with a municipal sports centre that bore the same name.

Work started on the Multiusos de San Lázaro in 1991. Situated in the eastern suburb of San Lázaro, it was a multi-purpose arena, used primarily for the football matches of its two resident clubs, Compostela and SD Ciudad de Santiago. Oval in shape and with a terracotta-coloured roof on the west side to incorporate the directors' seating and press facilities on a second tier, the pitch was surrounded by a 400m athletics track, relatively uncommon in Spanish stadiums.

The inaugural match took place on 24 June 1993, when a four-way tournament was staged, featuring Deportivo de La Coruña, CD Tenerife, Club Atlético River Plate and São Paulo FC. Deportivo and River played in the first match, and Bebeto had the honour of scoring the first goal.


  1. ^ "HISTORIA". SD Compostela (in Spanish). Retrieved 2019-11-14.
  2. ^ "HISTORIA". SD Compostela (in Spanish). Retrieved 2019-12-01.
  3. ^ "El Compostela asciende al cielo de la Primera" [Compostela reaches Primera heaven] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 2 June 1994. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  4. ^ SD Compostela, el primer equipo de Galicia (SD Compostela, Galicia's first team); Notas de Fútbol, 20 December 2005 (in Spanish)
  5. ^ "HISTORIA". SD Compostela (in Spanish). Retrieved 2019-11-14.
  6. ^ Boletín Oficial del Estado (in Spanish)
  7. ^ La Futbolteca (in Spanish)
  8. ^ Caneda se autoproclama presidente del Compostela (Caneda self-appointed Compostela president); El Correo Gallego, 7 September 2006 (in Spanish)
  9. ^ Caneda habla de amaños de partidos y de ‘burlar’ a Hacienda (Caneda talks about match-fixing and ‘dribbling’ the IRS); El Correo Gallego, 21 November 2012 (in Spanish)
  10. ^ "INSTALACIONES". SD Compostela (in Spanish). Retrieved 2019-11-13.

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