SD Eibar

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SD Eibar
Eibar crest
Full name Sociedad Deportiva Eibar, S.A.D.
Nickname(s) Armagiñak / Armeros (gunners)
Founded 30 November 1940; 75 years ago
Ground Ipurua, Eibar,
Basque Country, Spain
Ground Capacity 6,267
Chairman Alex Aranzábal
Manager José Luis Mendilibar
League La Liga
2014–15 La Liga, 18th
Website Club home page
Current season

SD Eibar (commercial name for "Sociedad Deportiva Eibar - Eibar Kirol Elkartea") is a Spanish football club based in Eibar, Gipuzkoa, in the autonomous Basque Country. Founded on 30 November 1940, the team currently plays in La Liga.

The team plays in claret and blue shirt with blue shorts, holding home games at the Estadio Municipal de Ipurua. SD Eibar is a fan-owned club, with more than 10,000 shareholders from 69 countries all over the world.

It is the only football club who has the quality certificate UNE-EN-ISO 9001.[1]



Formed by the merger of Deportivo Gallo and Unión Deportiva Eibarresa, the club was originally known as Eibar Fútbol Club, before changing to Sociedad Deportiva Eibar. Originally an irregular team, it was not until the 1943–44 season that it was reorganised into a more full-time unit.

Tercera Division[edit]

Promoted to Tercera División in 1950, Eibar achieved promotion to Segunda División three seasons later, being relegated again after a five-year stint and competing in division three for 25 of the following 28 years (in 1977 Tercera became the fourth level, after the creation of Segunda División B). In 1988, the side returned to the "silver category".

Promotion to Segunda Division[edit]

Eibar was relegated to the third division at the end of the 2005–06 campaign. However, it won its group the next season, thereby qualifying for the promotion play-offs where it won its semi-final tie against Hospitalet 2–0 and defeated Rayo Vallecano 2–1 on aggregate in the decisive round, sealing its return after just one year.[2] Eibar finished 21st in the 2008–09 season meaning they were relegated to the Segunda Division B.

Relegation to Segunda B (2009–13)[edit]

Eibar qualified for three straight promotion play-offs but could not get promoted to the Segunda Division.

In the 2012–13 edition of the Copa del Rey, Eibar ousted Basque neighbours Athletic Bilbao – who had appeared in two of the last four finals in the tournament – on the away goals rule to reach the round-of-16 following a 1–1 draw at the San Mamés Stadium. The decisive goal was scored by Mikel Arruabarrena who played youth football with the opposition, as did manager Gaizka Garitano;[3] the same season the team managed to return to the "silver category", following a four-year absence.[4]

Segunda Division and Promotion (2013–14)[edit]

In 2013–14 Eibar earned, for the first time in its history, one of two direct promotion berths to La Liga,[5] which was certified on 25 May 2014 with a 1–0 home win against Deportivo Alavés.[6] Simultaneously, however, the club was threatened with relegation back to division three due to its financial inability to transform, as required by law, into a Sociedad Anónima Deportiva. In order to become a S.A.D. Eibar needed to have a share capital of at least 2,146,525.95€ before 6 August 2014. The club launched a campaign named Defiende al Eibar (Defend Eibar) with the aim of reaching the required share capital through a seasoned equity offering.[7] On 15 July 2014 the club announced it had reached the established goal.[8]

Eibar finished its first top-flight season in 18th, ending in relegation. However, after the season ended, 13th-placed Elche CF were sent to the second tier as punishment for financial mismanagement, and Eibar were reinstated.[9]

On 18 July 2015, Eibar played its 75th Anniversary game against Celtic FC in Ipurua (1-4). This included a inaugural ceremony on the pitch with a parade of 19th century clothed basque soldiers with a Saltire and bagpipes playing Scotland the Brave, with officials from both clubs shooting a 350 kg 19th century cannon. Eibar stated that they invited Celtic as their opponent for the game due to the strong connection between the Basque Country and Scotland, and also due to the Scottish presence in Eibar through the years (the main supporter group is named "Eskozia la Brava", meaning "Scotland the Brave").[10][11]

Season to season[edit]

Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1949/50 Regional 1st
1950/51 1st
1951/52 2nd
1952/53 1st
1953/54 7th
1954/55 8th
1955/56 14th
1956/57 10th
1957/58 17th
1958/59 2nd
1959/60 7th
1960/61 3rd
1961/62 1st
1962/63 1st
1963/64 2nd
1964/65 2nd
1965/66 2nd
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1966/67 1st
1967/68 2nd
1968/69 6th
1969/70 2nd
1970/71 7th
1971/72 4th
1972/73 12th
1973/74 2nd
1974/75 16th
1975/76 19th
1976/77 Regional 5th
1977/78 Regional 3rd
1978/79 Regional 1st
1979/80 4th
1980/81 3rd
1981/82 1st
1982/83 2nd
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1983/84 2nd
1984/85 2nd
1985/86 1st
1986/87 2ªB 7th Round of 16
1987/88 2ªB 1st
1988/89 16th
1989/90 16th
1990/91 10th
1991/92 12th
1992/93 16th
1993/94 10th
1994/95 5th
1995/96 12th Second round
1996/97 5th Second round
1997/98 10th Second round
1998/99 18th First round
1999/00 11th Second round
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
2000/01 15th Round of 64
2001/02 8th Round of 64
2002/03 17th Round of 32
2003/04 10th Round of 16
2004/05 4th Round of 64
2005/06 22nd Fourth round
2006/07 2ªB 1st Third round
2007/08 13th Third round
2008/09 21st Second round
2009/10 2ªB 2nd First round
2010/11 2ªB 1st First round
2011/12 2ªB 3rd Third round
2012/13 2ªB 2nd Round of 16
2013/14 1st Third round
2014/15 18th Round of 32

Current squad[edit]

As of 31 August 2015[12]

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 Xabi Irureta
2 Italy FW Simone Verdi (on loan from Milan)
3 Serbia DF Aleksandar Pantić (on loan from Villarreal)
4 Spain DF Iván Ramis
5 Argentina MF Gonzalo Escalante (on loan from Catania)
6 Azerbaijan MF Eddy Pascual (on loan from Real Murcia)
7 Spain MF Ander Capa
8 Japan MF Takashi Inui
9 Spain FW Sergi Enrich
10 Spain FW Mikel Arruabarrena
11 Bosnia and Herzegovina FW Izet Hajrović (on loan from Werder Bremen)
13 Spain GK Asier Riesgo
No. Position Player
14 Spain MF Dani García
15 Argentina DF Mauro dos Santos
16 Spain DF Lillo
17 Spain DF David Juncà
18 Spain FW Borja Bastón (on loan from Atlético Madrid)
19 Spain DF Antonio Luna
20 Spain MF Keko
21 Spain FW Saúl
23 Spain DF Borja Ekiza
24 Spain MF Adrián
25 Spain GK Jaime Jiménez

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 Aitor Ortega (on loan at Barakaldo)
Spain MF Sergio García (on loan at Murcia)
Spain FW Julen Iriarte (on loan at Real Unión)

Honours / Achievements[edit]


Eibar's home stadium is Estadio Municipal de Ipurua, which seats 6,267 spectators.

Famous players[edit]

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

see also Category:SD Eibar footballers


See also[edit]


  1. ^ El sistema de calidad de la S.D. Eibar va a ser auditado este fin de semana (S.D. Eibar's quality system will be audited this weekend); Diario Vasco, 22 May 2008 (Spanish)
  2. ^ El Eibar regresa a Segunda tras remontar ante el Rayo Vallecano (Eibar returns to Segunda after coming back from behind against Rayo Vallecano); Diario AS, 24 June 2007 (Spanish)
  3. ^ El pequeño se come al grande (Little fish eat big fish); Marca, 12 December 2012 (Spanish)
  4. ^ El Eibar vuelve a Segunda cuatro años después (Eibar returns to Segunda four years later); Marca, 30 June 2013 (Spanish)
  5. ^ El Eibar o la ternura del fútbol (Eibar or the tenderness of football); El País, 25 May 2014 (Spanish)
  6. ^ Un golazo de Jota Peleteiro lleva al Eibar a Primera división (Jota Peleteiro wonder goal takes Eibar to first division); Marca, 25 May 2014 (Spanish)
  7. ^ Aprobación de la Ampliación de Capital (Eibar's capital expansion is approved) 8 April 2014
  8. ^ La S.D. Eibar consigue con éxito la cantidad mínima para la Ampliación de Capital (SD Eibar successfully obtains the minimum amount required for the increase in share capital) 15 July 2014
  9. ^ "Elche relegated from La Liga over unpaid taxes, Eibar promoted". Sky Sports. 5 June 2015. Retrieved 5 June 2015. 
  10. ^ "Ezkozia La Brava.". 22 November 2014. Retrieved 17 September 2015. 
  11. ^ "Ezkozia La Brava.". 3 August 2015. Retrieved 17 September 2015. 
  12. ^ "Primer equipo" [First team] (in Spanish). SD Eibar. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 

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