|Full name||Xerez Club Deportivo, S.A.D.|
|Nickname(s)||Minotauros, Azules ("Blues")|
|Chairman||Ricardo García Sánchez|
|2015–16||Primera Andaluza - Group 1, 6th|
Xerez Club Deportivo, known simply as Xerez, is a Spanish football team based in Jerez de la Frontera, in the autonomous community of Andalusia. Founded on 24 September 1947 it plays in Primera Andaluza, holding home matches at Estadio Municipal de Chapín, with an overall 20,742-seat capacity.
Team colours are usually blue shirt and socks, and white shorts.
Due to the link between Jerez de la Frontera and the United Kingdom created by the exports of sherry (Jerez in Spanish), football had its beginnings in the region towards the second half of the 19th century. In the early 20th century Sir Thomas Spencer, who worked with the William & Humbert winery, founded Sociedad Jerez Foot-Ball Club – he also served as chairman, player and captain.
From 1942 to 1947 the club had several names, ending with Jerez Club Deportivo, which was changed to the current name in 1960s. Xerez first reached the second division in 1953–54, remaining there for five years; previously, in the 1940s, the team had promoted on the field but, due to the "high national interest" of the dictatorial government, left its position to España de Tánger Football Club.
The team's new stadium, Estadio Municipal de Chapín, was inaugurated on 10 July 1988, replacing the old Estadio Domecq – the first match there was a friendly against Real Madrid. After decades in that category and also in the third, it had a 2001–02 second level campaign which almost resulted in an historic La Liga promotion, only one year after doing the same thing; the club seemed certain to gain promotion all season, but ultimately failed after a dramatic loss of form towards its closure, only gaining four points in the last eight matches.
Since then, Xerez finished in the top 10 in division two each campaign, except in the 2007–08 season when a weak start led to a 15th-place finish. The following campaign proved excellent, as the club was always in the top positions: on 13 June 2009, after beating SD Huesca 2–1 at home, it achieved promotion to the top division for the first time in its history. In the final day of the competition, a draw at Celta de Vigo proved enough for the title, as CD Tenerife lost 1–2 home to CD Castellón in the final minute.
The first season of Xerez in the top flight would be short-lived, as it ended in relegation. After only collecting seven points from the first 19 games – which led to the sacking of coach José Ángel Ziganda – the club amassed 27 in the remaining 19 with Néstor Gorosito as boss, not good enough however to prevent the drop as last (the club, however, had chances to stay up until the final round, a 1–1 draw at CA Osasuna).
Xerez ranked eighth and 14th in the two following second level seasons, respectively. The 2012–13 campaign, however, was disastrous on all levels, as the team finished in 22nd and last position as a direct consequence of enduring serious financial difficulties for several years, and the situation culminated with the club being relegated to the fourth division on 1 August.
After the Xerez's season, a bunch of supporters founded a new club in the lower leagues, named Xerez Deportivo FC due to the club's institutional problems. While the latter was promoted to Primera Provincial, the former was again relegated, this time to Primera Andaluza where it continues playing.
Xerez Fútbol Club - (1907–46) → ↓
- Xerez Club Deportivo - (1947–)
Club Deportivo Jerez - (1942–46) → ↑
Season Cat. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Notes 2002–03 2D 6 42 17 13 12 55 53 64 Round of 16 2003–04 2D 9 42 12 18 12 47 49 54 3rd round 2004–05 2D 8 42 14 17 11 39 36 59 2nd round 2005–06 2D 7 42 18 13 11 60 46 67 5th round 2006–07 2D 8 42 16 10 16 47 42 58 Round of 32 2007–08 2D 15 42 12 16 14 47 56 52 Round of 32 2008–09 2D 1 42 24 10 8 73 42 82 2nd round Promoted 2009–10 1D 20 38 8 10 20 38 66 34 Round of 32 Relegated 2010–11 2D 8 42 17 9 16 65 51 60 Round of 32 2011–12 2D 14 42 13 11 18 50 66 50 2nd round 2012–13 2D 22 42 7 9 26 38 74 30 2nd round Relegated 2013–14 3D 19 38 8 8 22 41 65 32 3rd round Relegated 2014–15 1º And 10 32 12 7 13 40 41 43 2015–16 1º And 6 34 16 6 12 49 43 54
Season to season
- 1 season in La Liga
- 25 seasons in Segunda División
- 18 seasons in Segunda División B
- 21 seasons in Tercera División
- 4 seasons in Categorías Regionales
- Segunda División: 2008–09
- Segunda División B: 1981–82, 1985–86
- Tercera División: 1952–53, 1959–60, 1964–65, 1966–67, 1970–71
Note: this list includes players that have played in at least 100 league games and/or have reached international status.
Founded in 1975, Xerez CD B was disestablished in 2015.
- Finales de los años 40 (Late 40s) Archived March 31, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.; Fundación Xerez CD (Spanish)
- El Xerez finaliza campeón y Nino, 'Pichichi' tras llegar a los 29 goles (Xerez ends as champion and Nino, 'Pichichi' after reaching 29 goals); El Correo, 22 June 2009 (Spanish)
- La afición crece pese a las dificultades (Fanbase grows in spite of difficulties); La Voz Digital, 26 November 2011 (Spanish)
- Setién: "Los jugadores del Xerez tienen mucho mérito" (Setién: "The Xerez players deserve a lot of credit"); El Mundo Deportivo, 28 March 2013 (Spanish)
- El Xerez desciende a la Tercera División (Xerez relegated to Tercera División); Europa Press, 1 August 2013 (Spanish)
- Xerez Deportivo FC, la revolución del fútbol modesto (Xerez Deportivo FC, the revolution of the modest football); Sport, 11 April 2014 (Spanish)
- Tercer descenso en menos de un año (Third relegation in less than a year); Marca, 27 April 2014 (Spanish)
- Tu ídolo del Xerez CD (Your Xerez CD idol) Archived October 12, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.; Furia Xerez (Spanish)
- Un muro para los leones (A wall for the Lions); Diario AS, 8 September 2009 (Spanish)
- Jesús Mendoza, capitán del Xerez: "Esta es la recompensa al trabajo de toda una vida" (Jesús Mendoza, Xerez's captain: "This is the reward to the work of a lifetime"); El Economista, 13 June 2009 (Spanish)
- El mejor jugador del Xerez de la década (2000–2010) (Xerez's best player in decade (2000–2010)); La Voz Digital, 30 December 2010 (Spanish)
- "Seríamos octavos de haber tenido tiempo" ("We would have finished eighth if we have had more time"); Diario AS, 31 March 2010 (Spanish)
- Esteban obra el milagro de Primera (Esteban works Primera miracle); Diario AS, 14 June 2009 (Spanish)
- "Mientras la gente habla nosotros trabajamos" ("People talk we work"); Diario de Jerez, 24 December 2009 (Spanish)
- Esteban Vigo es el elegido (Esteban Vigo is the chosen one); Andalucía Información, 4 July 2012 (Spanish)
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