Unionistas de Salamanca CF

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Unionistas de Salamanca
Unionistas logo.png
Full nameUnionistas de Salamanca Club de Fútbol
Nickname(s)Unionistas
Founded2013
GroundPistas del Helmántico, Salamanca,
Castile and León, Spain
Capacity3,000
PresidentSpain Miguel Ángel Sandoval Herrero
Head coachSpain Roberto Aguirre
League2ªB – Group 1
2017–183ª – Group 81st (promoted)

Unionistas de Salamanca Club de Fútbol is a Spanish football club based in Salamanca, in the autonomous community of Castile and León. Founded in 2013, the club plays in Segunda División B – Group 1, holding home games at Estadio Pistas del Helmántico.

History[edit]

After UD Salamanca's dissolution, a group of supporters founded Unionistas de Salamanca Club de Fútbol, a fan-based club created mainly to preserve UDS' memory.[1] After the club's creation, people like Vicente del Bosque[2] and Dani Rovira[3] became associates.

The club is managed democratically by its fans, by the rule "one member, one vote", following the model of other teams such as FC United of Manchester or AFC Wimbledon. They are included in the Spanish "people's football" movement, along with Xerez Deportivo FC, CAP Ciudad de Murcia, UC Ceares or SD Logroñés amongst others.[citation needed]

On 2 September 2014 Unionistas was inscribed in Primera Provincial de Salamanca, the sixth level of Spanish football.[4] A day later it played its first official match, a 0–1 friendly loss against UD Santa Marta.[5]

Unionistas achieved promotion to Primera Regional in April 2015, after defeating Real Salamanca Monterrey.[6] Just one year later, it was promoted to Tercera División by beating Onzonilla.

The first season of the club in the Spanish fourth division was successful, as it ended in the third position of the Castile and León group and qualified to the promotion play-offs to Segunda División B. The club qualified for a second attempt in the next season, after topping group 8, and this time achieved promotion by defeating Socuéllamos in the last round, with a penalty kick scored in the 96th minute.

Club background[edit]

Season to season[edit]

Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
2014/15 6 1ª Prov. 1st
2015/16 5 1ª Reg. 1st
2016/17 4 3rd
2017/18 4 1st
2018/19 3 2ªB Second round

Detailed list of seasons[edit]

Season Tier Division Pos P W D L F A Pts Cup Top scorer(s) Goal
2014–15 6 1ª Prov 1st 20 17 2 1 66 9 53 Nacho Sánchez 24
2015–16 5 1ª Reg 1st 34 27 7 0 114 27 88 Vitolo 24
2016–17 4 3rd 38 22 12 4 77 29 78 Cristo 20
2017–18 4 1st 38 25 5 8 72 34 80 Cristo 18
2018–19 3 2ªB R2

Current squad[edit]

As of 16 October 2018

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

No. Position Player
Spain GK Carlos Molina
Spain GK Lluis Andreu
Spain DF Pau Cendrós
Spain DF Juan Góngora
Spain DF Carlos Quintana
Spain DF Juanmi
Guinea-Bissau DF Admonio
Spain DF David Gallego
Spain DF Iván Robles
Spain DF Ayoze Placeres
Spain MF Javier Ribelles
No. Position Player
Spain MF Peli
Spain MF Adrián Llano
Spain MF Javi Navas
Spain FW Carlos de la Nava
Spain FW Piojo Hernández
Spain FW Isaac Manjón
Spain FW Guille Andrés
Spain FW Jorge Hernández
Spain FW Unai Hernández
Spain FW Diego Hernández

Honours[edit]

Notable players[edit]

Players who have reached international status or reached 100 league matches for the club

Stadium[edit]

In its first season, Unionistas de Salamanca played its home games at Polideportivo Rosa Colorado, commonly known as La Sindical, with a capacity of 2,000 spectators.[7]

Since 2015, the club has played its games at Pistas del Helmántico, with a capacity of 3,000 spectators.[8][9]

On 11 of November 2017, it was announced that a new stadium would be built in the Zurguén district, in the southern part of Salamanca. The new home of Unionistas, "Estadio Zurguén" will presumably be open for the 2019-20 season.[10]

Rivalries[edit]

Unionistas de Salamanca has a strong rivalry with Salamanca CF, formerly known as Salmantino. Both teams meet in their matches, called the derby of the 50 metres as their stadiums are separated by this distance.[9]

While Unionistas was born as a homage of former UD Salamanca, dissolved in 2013, Salamanca CF claims it is its continuation by using their name and their shield, despite a judicial statement established it is a completely different club.

References[edit]

  1. ^ English summary; Unionistas de Salamanca's official website, 5 September 2013
  2. ^ Del Bosque, socio 685 del Unionistas de Salamanca (Del Bosque, associate 685 of Unionistas de Salamanca); ABC, 2 December 2013 (in Spanish)
  3. ^ Dani Rovira, nuevo socio de Unionistas (Dani Rovira, new associate of Unionistas); La Gaceta de Salamanca, 24 April 2014 (in Spanish)
  4. ^ Circular nº1 - D.P. Salamanca - PLAN COMPETICIONAL TEMPORADA 2014/15 (Note number 1 – Salamanca's Provincial Dep. – Competition plan 2014/15 season); Castile-León Football Federation, 2 September 2014 (in Spanish)
  5. ^ Ilusionante estreno de Unionistas de Salamanca (Hopeful debut of Unionistas de Salamanca); El Norte de Castilla, 4 September 2014 (in Spanish)
  6. ^ Por el espíritu del Salamanca (For Salamanca's spirit); Marca, 13 April 2015 (in Spanish)
  7. ^ Estadio (Stadium); Unionistas de Salamanca's official website, 12 August 2014 (in Spanish)
  8. ^ "COMUNICADO OFICIAL: El primer equipo jugará en Las Pistas del Helmántico" (in Spanish). Unionistas de Salamanca's official website. 14 July 2015.
  9. ^ a b "Unionistas - Salamanca UDS: el derbi que separa una calle" [Unionistas-Salamanca: the derby separated by a street] (in Spanish). Marca. 22 November 2018. Retrieved 4 December 2018.
  10. ^ "El nuevo campo de El Zurguén será la 'casa de Unionistas" [The new El Zurguén park will be the 'home' of Unionistas]. Diario Noticias Salamanca 24 Horas (in Spanish). 11 November 2017. Retrieved 2018-07-03.

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Coordinates: 40°59′45″N 5°39′47″W / 40.995902°N 5.662972°W / 40.995902; -5.662972