|Full name||Unión Deportiva Salamanca, S.A.D.|
El Helmántico, Salamanca,|
Castile and León, Spain
Founded on 16 March 1923 and nicknamed Los Charros, the club played in white shirts and black shorts, holding home games at Estadio El Helmántico, which seated 17,341 spectators.
Initially formed by Irish students, Salamanca first played in early Spanish championships in 1907, before an official league was founded later on. On 16 March 1923, at the tables of Café Novelty, situated in the Plaza Mayor, Dionisio Ridruejo set the club's early official foundations and, from 1939 and during the following three decades, it fluctuated between the third and the second levels of the Spanish football league.
In the 1974–75 season, Salamanca made its La Liga debuts, overachieving for a final 7th position (out of 18 teams), which eventually would be its best classification ever. The team lasted in the topflight until 1981, mainly coached by José Luis García Traid, then returned the following year for a further two seasons, being further relegated to Segunda División B – the new third division created in 1977 – in 1984–85, and spending three years in that category before promoting back.
In 1994–95's second division, after finishing fourth in the league, Salamanca lost the first leg of the promotion/relegation playoffs against Albacete Balompié, 0–2 at home, but won 5–0 away, returning to the main level after eleven years. The club was managed by 29-year-old Juan Manuel Lillo, also in charge for the following season, as the Castile and León club ranked 22nd and last in the top level.
From 1999 onwards (with two more visits to the first division, with 15th and 20th-place finishes respectively), Salamanca stabilized in the second level, save for the 2005–06 season spent in the third division, with the club winning the regular season and promoting in the playoffs. Veteran Quique Martín was arguably the most important player of the club in the decade, whilst Argentine Jorge D'Alessandro, who held the record for most games in the top division in the club's history, worked with the team as a manager in a further two spells (three in total).
2010–11 brought a club record ten consecutive defeats between December 2010/February 2011, and two coaching changes, as Salamanca returned to the third division after five years. On 18 June 2013, 90 years after its foundation, the club was liquidated due to the accumulation of unpaid debts.
- Unión Deportiva Salamanca - (1923–2013)
- Salamanca Athletic Club - (2013–2016) did not play in any official competition
- Unionistas de Salamanca Club de Fútbol - (2013–)
Season to season
- 12 seasons in La Liga
- 34 seasons in Segunda División
- 9 seasons in Segunda División B
- 19 seasons in Tercera División
- 1 season in Categorías Regionales
Numbers taken from the official website: www.udsalamanca.es and www.lfp.es Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Honours / Achievements
- Segunda División: 1987–88, 1991–92, 1993–94
- Segunda División B: 2005–06
- La Liga: Promotion 1973–74, 1981–82, 1996–97
- "El Café y su historia" [The Café and its history] (in Spanish). Café Novelty. Retrieved 7 February 2011.
- "Nuevas equipaciones 09–10" [New kits 09–10] (in Spanish). UD Salamanca. Retrieved 7 February 2011.
- "El Nàstic sale del descenso y mete al Salamanca" [Nàstic leaves relegation zone, Salamanca enters] (in Spanish). Marca. 13 February 2011. Retrieved 22 April 2011.
- "El Salamanca certifica su descenso en pleno festival culé" [Salamanca certifies relegation in the midst of culé festival] (in Spanish). Marca. 29 May 2011. Retrieved 11 February 2014.
- "UD Salamanca goes bust". Diario AS. 18 June 2013. Retrieved 20 June 2013.