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Rayo Vallecano
Full name Rayo Vallecano de Madrid, S.A.D.
Nickname(s) Rayo
Founded 1924
Ground Teresa Rivero,
Madrid, Spain
(Capacity: 15.500)
Chairman Spain María Teresa Rivero
Manager Spain Pepe Mel
League Segunda División
2008-09 Segunda División, 5th
Home colours
Away colours

Rayo Vallecano de Madrid, S.A.D., often abbreviated to Rayo, is a Spanish football team based in Madrid, in the neighbourhood of Vallecas. Founded on May 29, 1924, it currently plays in Segunda División, holding home matches at the 15,000-seater Estadio Teresa Rivero.



One of the perennial yo-yo clubs of Spanish football, Rayo Vallecano spent many years during the 1980s and 1990s moving back and forth between the first and second divisions. They appeared to have consolidated their top flight status after promotion in 1998–99, and the team's most successful season came in 2000–01, when they reached the UEFA Cup quarterfinals, going out only to eventual runners-up Deportivo Alavés (Rayo finished ninth in the previous season, but entered the competition via the fair play draw).

However, the club shortly thereafter fell on hard times, enduring successive relegations from the first (in 2002–03) and second divisions (2003–04). In 2005–06, the club hired Míchel, a legend for Real Madrid in the 1980s and 90s, as team manager.

The club finished the 2006–07 season in second place in third-tier, winning the promotion play-off semifinal, but losing in the final to SD Eibar (1–2 aggregate). The next season, Rayo returned to the second division after a four-year absence, winning the play-off, disposing of Benidorm CF in the semifinal, and Zamora CF in the last game (2–1 aggregate).

In the first season back in the second tier of Spanish football, Rayo finished comfortably, often either in or just outside the promotion places. That same year, its women's team was crowned league champions for the first time, thereby qualifying for the UEFA Women's Champions League, but were eliminated 2–5 on aggregate in the round-of-32, by Russia's WFC Rossiyanka.


Club background

  • Agrupación Deportiva El Rayo (May 29, 1924 - November 13, 1947)
  • Agrupación Deportiva Rayo Vallecano (November 13, 1947-1995)
  • Rayo Vallecano de Madrid (1995-present)

N.B. Affiliate of Club Atlético de Madrid in 1949-50

Current squad

As of 14 August 2009, according to combined sources on the official website. Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Spain GK David Cobeño
2 Spain DF Tito
3 Spain DF Edu Albácar
4 France DF Samuel Camille
5 Spain DF Sergio Pelegrín
6 Spain DF Ángel
7 Spain FW Juan Collantes
8 Spain MF Míchel
9 Spain FW Sergio Pachón
10 Spain FW Piti
11 Spain FW David Aganzo
12 Spain MF Rafael García
No.   Position Player
13 Spain GK Dani Giménez
14 Spain MF Néstor Susaeta
15 Spain DF Salva
17 Spain MF José Movilla
18 Spain DF José Serrano
19 Spain MF Juan Quero
20 Spain MF Rubén Reyes
21 Spain MF Jofre Mateu
22 Spain DF Manuel Tena
23 Spain DF Coke
24 Spain FW Rubén Castro
Spain MF Álvaro Zazo
Spain DF Iván Cuadrado


Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1949/50 14th
1950/51 13th
1951/52 9th
1952/53 7th
1953/54 17th
1954/55 2nd
1955/56 1st
1956/57 12th
1957/58 6th
1958/59 14th
1959/60 5th
1960/61 16th
1961/62 3rd
1962/63 2nd
1963/64 3rd
1964/65 1st
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1965/66 9th
1966/67 6th
1967/68 4th
1968/69 9th
1969/70 6th
1970/71 5th
1971/72 8th
1972/73 11th
1973/74 14th
1974/75 8th
1975/76 9th
1976/77 3rd
1977/78 10th
1978/79 15th
1979/80 16th
1980/81 5th
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1981/82 7th
1982/83 9th
1983/84 20th
1984/85 2ªB 1st
1985/86 15th
1986/87 5th
1987/88 5th
1988/89 2nd
1989/90 20th
1990/91 11th
1991/92 2nd
1992/93 14th
1993/94 17th
1994/95 2nd
1995/96 19th
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1996/97 18th
1997/98 8th
1998/99 5th
1999/00 9th
2000/01 14th
2001/02 11th
2002/03 20th
2003/04 21st
2004/05 2ªB 3rd
2005/06 2ªB 5th
2006/07 2ªB 2nd
2007/08 2ªB 1st
2008/09 5th

  • Federación Regional Castellana de Fútbol (1928-30; 1939-49)
    • 7 seasons in Primera Categoría
    • 3 seasons in Segunda Categoría
  • Federación Obrera de Fútbol (1931-36)
    • 5 seasons

Club presidents

Period President Comments
1924-1926 Julián Huerta Priego
1926-1927 José Montoya Arribas
1927-1928 Galo Andrés.
1929-1930 José Antonio Sánchez
1930-1931 Anastasio Sánchez
1931-1936 Ángel Martínez
1939-1943 Miguel Rodríguez Alzola (2ndterm)
1943-1946 Ezequiel Huerta Priego
1946-1948 José Rodríguez Rubio
1948-1955 Miguel Rodríguez Alzola (2ndterm)
1955-1958 Jerónimo Martínez Fernández
1958-1961 Tomás Esteras Navalpotro
1961-1965 Iván Roiz Morante
1965-1973 Pedro Roiz Cossío
1973-1978 Marcelino Gil Blázquez
1978-1980 Francisco Encinas Carvallal
1980-1981 Luis Quer Méndez
1981-1989 Francisco Fontán de la Llave
1989-1991 Pedro García Jiménez
1991-1994 José María Ruiz Mateos
1994-Current Teresa Rivero Sánchez-Romate


Estadio Teresa Rivero is a football stadium located on Calle Payaso Fofo 1, Vallecas. Opened on 10 May 1976, at first it was called "New Stadium Vallecas", but in January 2004, 13 years after the arrival of the Ruiz-Mateos family in 1991, it changed denominations, as the wife was also named by her husband, business man José María, the first woman president of an elite soccer team.

It has a capacity of 15,500 spectators in an all-seated format, and dimensions of 102x64m. Additionally, one of the goalends does not have a grandstand, just a big wall with information panels.

In June 2009, the club announced plans for the construction of a new stadium.

Miscellaneous info

  • Rayo Vallecano was Laurie Cunningham's last club – he was killed in a car crash just outside of Madrid in 1989, after a sole season. He also had represented neighbours Real Madrid four years.

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