SD Eibar

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SD Eibar logo.svg
Full name Sociedad Deportiva Eibar, S.A.D.
Nickname(s) Armeros
Founded 30 November 1940; 74 years ago
Ground Ipurua, Eibar,
Basque Country, Spain
Ground Capacity 5,250
Chairman Alex Aranzábal
Manager José Luis Mendilibar
League La Liga
2014–15 La Liga, 18th
Website Club home page
Current season

Sociedad Deportiva Eibar, S.A.D. 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.

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 related 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]

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 30 January 2015[10]

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
5 Spain DF Borja Ekiza
7 Spain MF Ander Capa
8 Spain MF Jon Errasti
9 Spain FW Ángel Rodríguez
10 Spain FW Mikel Arruabarrena
11 Spain MF Dani Nieto
13 Spain GK Txusta
14 Spain MF Dani García
No. Position Player
15 Serbia FW Dejan Lekić
16 Spain DF Lillo
18 Ghana MF Derek Boateng
21 Spain FW Saúl Berjón
23 Spain MF Javi Lara
25 Spain GK Jaime Jiménez
Spain MF Ander Gayoso
Spain MF Aitor Ortega
Spain FW Julen Iriarte

Honours / Achievements[edit]


Eibar's home stadium is Estadio Municipal de Ipurua, which seats 5,250 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]


External links[edit]