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Celta Vigo
Full name Real Club Celta de Vigo, S.A.D
Nickname(s) Os Celestes (The Sky Blues) "Os Celtinhas" (The Lovely/Little Celts)
Founded 1923
Ground Balaídos
(Capacity: 32,500)
President Spain Carlos Mouriño 1
Head Coach Spain Eusebio Sacristán
League Segunda División
2008-09 Segunda División, 17th
Home colours
Away colours

Real Club Celta de Vigo, S.A.D (Spanish pronunciation: [reˈal ˈkluβ θelˈta ðe ˈβiɣo]), commonly known simply as Celta Vigo is a Galician football club from Vigo. It was founded on March 28, 1923 by merging Real Vigo Sporting and Real Fortuna Foot-ball Club. They currently play in Spain's Second Division.

Nicknamed Os Celestes (The Sky Blues), they play in sky blue shirts and white shorts. The club's home stadium is Balaídos, which seats 32,500 spectators[1].





R.C. Celta de Vigo was formed as a result of the ambition of Vigo's teams to achieve more at national level, where the Basque sides had been their bête noire in the Spanish Championship. The idea was to merge both teams to create a more powerful team at national level. The standard-bearer of this movement was Manuel de Castro "Handicap", a sports writer for Faro de Vigo who, from 1915, started to write in his articles about the need for a Unitarian movement. The slogan of his movement was "Todo por y para Vigo" (All for and to Vigo), which eventually found support amongst the managers of Real Vigo Sporting and Real Club Fortuna de Vigo. It was backed unanimously when De Castro himself presented the motion at the assembly of the National Federation in Madrid, on 22 June 1923.

On 12 July, 1923, at the AGM's of Vigo and Fortuna held at the Odeon Theatre and in the Hotel Moderno, respectively, the merger was approved. Thus the "Galicia Team " was born, as it was dubbed. In the last AGM of Fortuna and Vigo to approve the formation of a new club held on 10 August 1923, the members decided upon the team's name. Various names were suggested:

  • Real Unión de Vigo
  • Club Galicia
  • Real Atlántic
  • Breogán
  • Real Club Olimpico

The last name was popular but they eventually decided on Real Club Celta, an ethnic race linked to Galicia (see Celts). The first president of Celta was Manuel Bárcena de Andrés, the Count of Torre Cedeira. At this AGM, the squad was also decided, which numbered 64 players in total, that included some notable players from both Fortuna and Vigo:

  • Goalkeepers: Isidro, Lilo and Rubido
  • Defenders: Otero, Pasarín, Juanito Clemente, Daniel y Kaíto
  • Midfielders: Jacobo Torres, Balbino, Queralt, Hermida, Pombo, Cruces, Córdoba, Máximo y Bienvenido
  • Forwards: Reigosa, Chiarroni, Posada, Polo, Correa, Gerardito, Ramón González, Caride, Pinilla, Salvador, Chicha, Miguelito y Casal.
  • Manager: Francis Cuggy

Celta de Vigo have played for many years in the Spanish first division, but have never been champions of the league or cup, despite having come close. Their best season was 1970-71, when they were not beaten at home and were known as the "giant-killers." They finished the season in sixth place (with the same number of points as Athletic Bilbao in fifth). This meant that the team qualified for the UEFA Cup for the next season. Unfortunately for them, they were knocked out by Aberdeen in the first round, and were unable to recover from a 2-0 loss at home.


The late 1990s (1997-2001) saw the best results in Celta's history, in which they managed to consolidate themselves as a top-six league side, culminating in 2000-01, when they did not fall below sixth the whole season. They were dubbed EuroCelta by the Spanish press. The most important players were Alexander Mostovoi and Valery Karpin.

During this period they achieved a number of famous results in the UEFA Cup, beating Liverpool in home and away games (3-1 and 1-0) and thrashing Benfica (7-0) and Juventus (4-0).

Fall from grace

Celta had a dramatic reversal of fortune in 2003-04. The previous season, they finished fourth in the league, putting them in the third qualifying round of the Champions League. Celta entered the group phase, and eventually reached the last 16 before being knocked out by Arsenal. However, their domestic form was disastrous, and they finished second to the last in La Liga, so they were relegated to the second level. They earned a return to the top flight at the first attempt, after finishing second in in 2004-05's Segunda.

In the 2005-06 season, they finished sixth earning a return once more to the UEFA Cup. They made it to the last 16 in that competition as well, before losing to Werder Bremen.

In the 2006-07 season, Celta finished in 18th position and were relegated to Segunda División. At the end of June 2007, Celta avoided going into administration. However, if an agreement was not put in place between the club and its creditors within three months, then courts would declare the liquidation of the club’s assets.

Colours & badge

Red jersey, black shorts, and white socks with blue trim
Celta Vigo's original home colours (1923).

Celta Vigo's original team strip consisted of a red shirt, black shorts and blue socks. This was later changed at an unknown date to the traditional sky blue and white strip - representative of the Galician flag.

Like many other Galician clubs, such as Racing de Ferrol, the club badge is based on the red cross of Santiago (St. James). On top of the cross sits a sky blue shield with two letter Cs (Club Celta). In 1923 Celta became one of several Spanish football clubs that were granted patronage by the Spanish crown and thus entitled to use Real (Royal) in their names and the royal crown on their badge. This right was granted to Celta by Alfonso XIII and the club subsequently became known as Real Club Celta de Vigo. During the Spanish Second Republic the title Real was removed from the club's name and the royal crown was taken off the club crest, however it was to return under the Spanish State.

Shirt sponsors and manufacturers

Celta Vigo have the longest running sponsorship deal in Spanish football. Going back to 1986, Citroën, the biggest employer in Vigo, and in Galicia, has been their official shirt sponsor. Their business deal with kit supplier, Umbro, is also one of the longest running ones - Umbro's regional headquarters are based in nearby Redondela.

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt partner
1985–1986 Adidas Citroën
1986– Umbro

Club anthem

  • Download in mp3 format:

Galician: [1] Castilian: [2]

Other popular songs sung by the celtistas are A Rianxeira, O Miudiño , and the Foliada Celeste.


Celta Vigo's biggest rivals are their northern neighbours Deportivo La Coruña. Matches between the two teams are known as the Galician national derby.

Teams P W D L F A
CELTA VIGO vs Deportivo 64 24 16 24 82 91


Recent seasons

Season Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Europe Notes
1997/1998 1D 6 38 17 9 12 54 47 60
1998/1999 1D 5 38 17 13 8 69 41 64 UC quarter-final
1999/2000 1D 7 38 15 8 15 45 43 53 UC quarter-final
2000/2001 1D 6 38 16 11 11 51 49 59 final UI winner
2001/2002 1D 5 38 16 12 10 64 46 60 UC 2nd round
2002/2003 1D 4 38 17 10 11 45 36 61 UC 3rd round
2003/2004 1D 19 38 9 12 17 48 68 39 ECL last 16 relegated
2004/2005 2D 2 42 22 10 10 55 38 76 promoted
2005/2006 1D 6 38 20 4 14 45 33 64 last 16
2006/2007 1D 18 38 10 9 19 40 59 39 UC last 16 Relegated to 2ª División
2007/2008 2D 16 42 13 13 16 56 55 52
2008/2009 2D 17 42 10 17 14 46 56 48

Season to season

Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1929 9th
1930/31 1st
1931/32 9th
1932/33 7th
1933/34 4th
1934/35 1st
1935/36 1st
1939/40 10th
1940/41 10th
1941/42 5th
1942/43 5th
1943/44 14th
1944/45 3rd
1945/46 10th
1946/47 9th
1947/48 4th
1948/49 11th
1949/50 7th
1950/51 8th
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1951/52 9th
1952/53 13th
1953/54 10th
1954/55 11th
1955/56 10th
1956/57 13th
1957/58 7th
1958/59 16th
1959/60 2nd
1960/61 2nd
1961/62 6th
1962/63 6th
1963/64 9th
1964/65 5th
1965/66 2nd
1966/67 3rd
1967/68 3rd
1968/69 2nd
1969/70 10th
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1970/71 6th
1971/72 10th
1972/73 15th
1973/74 12th
1974/75 17th
1975/76 2nd
1976/77 17th
1977/78 3rd
1978/79 16th
1979/80 17th
1980/81 2ªB 1st
1981/82 1st
1982/83 17th
1983/84 6th
1984/85 3rd
1985/86 18th
1986/87 1st
1987/88 7th
1988/89 8th
1989/90 19th
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1990/91 14th
1991/92 1st
1992/93 11th
1993/94 15th
1994/95 13th
1995/96 11th
1996/97 16th
1997/98 6th
1998/99 5th
1999/00 7th
2000/01 6th
2001/02 5th
2002/03 4th
2003/04 19th
2004/05 2nd
2005/06 6th
2006/07 18th
2007/08 16th
2008/09 17th

Current squad

The numbers are established according to the official website:www.celtavigo.net and www.lfp.es

As of 30 August 2009.
No. Position Player
1 Spain GK Ismael Falcón
2 Spain DF Edu Moya
3 Spain MF Roberto Lago
4 Spain MF Borja Oubiña
5 Spain MF Michu
6 Spain MF Jonathan Vila
7 Spain MF Dani Abalo
8 Spain MF Aritz López Garai
10 Spain MF Roberto Trashorras
11 Spain MF Iago Aspas
12 Spain DF Hugo Mallo
13 Spain GK Yoel
No. Position Player
14 Spain FW Joselu (on loan from Real Madrid)
15 Portugal DF Vasco Fernandes (on loan from Leixões)
16 Spain DF Francisco Noguerol
17 Brazil DF Pedro Botelho (on loan from Arsenal)
18 Brazil FW Saulo
19 Spain FW Aarón Ñíguez (on loan from Valencia CF)
21 Spain MF Cristian Bustos
22 Spain DF Jordi
23 Spain DF Sergio Ortega
24 Spain DF David Català
25 Brazil MF Danilo

The following players are registered with the B team but are able to take part in First team matches.

No. Position Player
27 Spain MF Cristian
28 Spain MF Candela
29 Spain MF Toni
30 Spain DF Andrés Túñez
31 Uruguay FW Uru
No. Position Player
34 Spain DF David Alba
35 Spain MF Pablo Lede
36 Spain DF Víctor Vázquez
37 Spain FW Álex López
38 Spain MF Oriol Riera

Club Records

  • Most league goals – 107, Hermidita (1945-1955)
  • Most Primera Division league goals
  • Most goals in a season
  • Most league appearances – 235, Mostovoi (1996-2004)
  • Current player with most league appearances
  • Biggest win and biggest home win – 10-1 (v. Gimnastic Tarragona, October 23, 1949)
  • Biggest away win – 0-5 (v. Hercules, March 2, 1941)
  • Biggest defeat and biggest away defeat – 10-0 (v. Athletic Bilbao, January 11, 1944)
  • Biggest home defeat – 0-5 (v. Deportivo, January 3, 2004)
  • Most Home points in a season -
  • Most Away points in a season - 18 (2006-2007)
  • Record transfer fee paid - £7.4 million, Catanha from Málaga CF
  • Record transfer fee received - £11 million, Michel Salgado to Real Madrid CF

Top goalscorers


Number of capped players (with Spain) - 18

Club Officials

President Spain Carlos Mouriño
Vice Presidents Spain Ricardo Barros Hermida, Jesús García García & Raúl López López
Director of Football Spain Miguel Torrecilla
Director of Youth Teams Spain Antonio Otero
Club Delegate Spain José Ricardo Fernández
Administrative Director Spain María José Herbón
Head of PR Spain José Carlos Bastos
Head coach Spain Eusebio Sacristán
Assistant coach Spain Carlos Hugo García Bayón
Fitness coaches Spain Gerardo Izaguirre
Goalkeeping coach Spain Patxi Villanueva

Celta Vigo B

Celta de Vigo B is Celta's youth team. It was founded in 1990 and plays in Group I of the Segunda División B.



  • Campeonato de Galicia [2]
    • Winners (6): 1923-24, 1924-25, 1925-26, 1929-30, 1931-32, 1933-34
  • Campeonato Astur-Gallego
    • Winners (1): 1934-35
  • Copa Xunta de Galicia
    • Winners (1): 2007, 2008







Further reading

  • González Villar, Celso (in Galician). Albores do fútbol Vigues.  
  • Cros, Jaime (1973) (in Spanish). El Celta y la Liga. Murcia: APANDA de Artes Gráficas, S.A.. ISBN 8460558517.  
  • Cros, Jaime (1974) (in Spanish). Celta 74.  
  • Álvarez, Eugenio (2004) (in Spanish). A historia do Celta (1992-2004). Vigo. pp. 272.  
  • Ball, Phil (2001). "Raining Champions" (in English). Morbo: The Story of Spanish Football. Kings Lynn, England: WSC Books. pp. 165-181. ISBN 0954013468.  



1.^  Carlos Mouriño is the majority shareholder, with 35%, and as such is the club president.

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