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Real Zaragoza
Real Zaragoza.png
Full name Real Zaragoza, S.A.D.
Nickname(s) Blanquillos,
Maños
Founded 1932
Ground La Romareda,
Zaragoza, Aragon
(Capacity: 34,596)
President Spain Agapito Iglesias
Manager Spain José Aurelio Gay
League La Liga
2008-09 Segunda División,
2nd (Promoted)
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours
Current season

Real Zaragoza, S.A.D. is a Spanish football team from Zaragoza in Aragon. Founded on 18 March 1932, Real Zaragoza have this season gained promotion from the 2008-09 Liga Adelante, back into the Spanish top-flight where they have spent the majority of their 78 year history. Real Zaragoza are Spain's 9th hightest ranked team in overall league points. They are ranked 6th overall for cup wins with 6 victories in the Copa del Rey, and also have a UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, an Inter-Cities Fairs Cup (forerunner to the UEFA Cup/Europa League), and a Spanish Supercup. Traditionally, they play in white shirts and socks with royal blue shorts for home games, with black and yellow away kits. The home stadium is called La Romareda and seats 34,596 spectators.

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History

Real Zaragoza was originally formed out of two rival teams: Iberia SC and Real Zaragoza CD. By the 1930s, the team was making headway in La Liga, but the Civil War put a brake on a lot of the progress made.

On 8 September 1957, the team left their original stadium (the Torrero) for their current home La Romareda.

The Golden Era

Beginning in 1960/61 season, Zaragoza entered a period of great prosperity, showcasing some of the greatest players playing Spain during that time, and earning their 1960's title of Los Magníficos. While they failed to capture the league title, they did succeed in finishing in the top 5 every year from the 1960/61 season up until the 1968/69 season, finishing 3rd, 4th, 5th, 4th, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 5th, respectively. They also won their first two Copa del Rey titles and their Inter-Cities Fairs Cup. The Real Zaragoza side of this era contained Los Magníficos ("The Greats"), an attacking line of Canario, Santos, Marcelino, Villa and Lapetra. Other notable players included Reija and Violeta in defence. Fans of the side had to wait until the 1980s to experience another victory in the cup competition. One of the highlights was Juan Seminario winning the Pichichi (top scorer) in La Liga (with 25 goals in 30 matches) for the 1961-62 season.

70's to the end of the century

The next 30 years provided Zaragoza with many highs and lows. They managed some very respectable results in the league, including a 3rd placed finish in 1973/74, and their first 2nd place finish the following year, losing the title to Real Madrid on the last matchday. They also won two more Copa del Rey titles, as well as being the finalists twice.

On 10 May 1995, Real Zaragoza won the UEFA Cup Winner's Cup against Arsenal in Parc des Princes in Paris, eliminating some european gaints such as Feyenoord Rotterdam and Chelsea FC along the way. With the score tied at 1-1, the two teams entered extra time. In a last ditch effort, midfielder Mohammed Ali Ammar "Nayim" hit a half-volley from just past the halfway line, putting it just beyond the reach of David Seaman, making the score 2-1.

The 21st century

The Zaragoza side on the new century had two more historic Copa Del Rey wins as well as becoming finalist yet again. The first in 2001 was a 3-1 victory over Celta Vigo. The second in 2006 came after first beating Real Madrid in the semi finals. The first home leg resulted in a historic 6-1 victory for Zaragoza. Real Madrid managed to win 4-0 for the return however it was not enough. Zaragoza went on to win 4-1 against RCD Espanyol, ironically back at the Santiago Bernabeu.

In late May 2006, Agapito Iglesias bought Alfonso Solans' shares and took the control of Real Zaragoza. Agapito promised to build one of the strongest team in Spain and Europe. In his first year owning Real Zaragoza, Agapito bought Pablo Aimar for €11 million to reinforce the midfield. In a poll in 2007, Zaragoza fans voted Aimar the teams greatest ever player.[citation needed]

Thanks to Diego Milito's 23 goals in 2006-07 (he finished third to Roma's Francesco Totti and Real Madrid's Ruud van Nistelrooy- 26 and 25 goals, respectively- for the European Golden Shoe), Real Zaragoza managed a very respectable 6th place finish, qualifying for Europe. Despite having a nearly unchanged squad from the previous campaign, the 2007-08 season would finish with this Zaragoza team becoming one of the most disappointing and underachieving teams in La Liga history. They crashed out in the first round of the UEFA Cup. By the turn of the year, they found themselves slipping further and further down the table. Gaffer Víctor Fernández was sacked, and three different managers, culminating with former Zaragoza standout Manolo Villanova, were brought in from January to May in a desperate attempt to change Zaragoza's fortunes. Largely due to earning a dismal 8 points from 18 away fixtures (despite having managed 34 from all their games at La Romareda), they went into their final fixture of the season needing a win to guarantee their Primera División survival. Kickoff was delayed for over an hour due to a torrential downpour, but not even the rain could keep Zaragoza from relegation as they fell to RCD Mallorca 3-2, despite two goals from Ricardo Oliveira and at 1-1, the looked like they might stay up.

Real Zaragoza got promoted for the 2009-10 season after their final game. They drew 2-2 away to Rayo Vallecano with goals from David Generelo and ex-Real Madrid defender Francisco Pavón.

Rivalries and Friendships

What is to be considered Zaragoza's derby match of every season, are the encounters with CA Osasuna. The two teams are relatively close to one another, both representing the largest teams from their respective regions of Aragon and Navarra. CA Osasuna's city of Pamplona is 145 km away from Zaragoza, and matches in both stadiums usually involve a high number of travelling fans. Songs chanted at the expense of Osasuna can be heard on almost any match day in La Romareda, let alone during the derby.

There is also an Aragon derby, between Real Zaragoza and SD Huesca. Opinions are divided on whether this is a friendly match or a meeting of fierce competition, although it is difficult to determine which, and with good reason; the two teams have only ever played in the same division on two occasions, the most recent of which was the 2008/09 season. Outside of competition the two clubs share a good business relationship, with a history of many players being sent back and forth between them.

Zaragoza have a friendly relationship with CD Numancia, the current second division club from Soria. This may be due to the fact that the two cities are relatively close, with Soria being the capital of the nearby province of the same name, in the Castile and Leon region.

Honours

Winners

  • Copa del Rey: 6
    • 1963-1964, 1965-1966, 1985-1986, 1993-1994, 2000-2001, 2003-2004

Players

Current squad

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 Roberto (on loan from Atlético Madrid)
2 Uruguay DF Carlos Diogo
3 Spain DF Javier Paredes
4 Italy DF Matteo Contini (on loan from Napoli)
5 Spain DF Pablo Amo
6 Spain DF Raúl Goni
7 Spain MF Jorge López
8 Spain MF Ander Herrera
9 Nigeria FW Ikechukwu Uche
10 Spain FW Adrián Colunga (on loan from Recreativo)
11 England MF Jermaine Pennant
12 Brazil MF Edmílson
13 Argentina GK Juan Pablo Carrizo (on loan from Lazio)
14 Spain MF Gabi (captain)
No. Position Player
15 Spain DF Francisco Pavón
16 Colombia MF Abel Aguilar (on loan from Udinese)
17 Spain MF Ángel Lafita
18 Portugal MF Eliseu (on loan from Lazio)
19 Spain FW Ángel Javier Arizmendi
20 Croatia MF Marko Babić
21 Czech Republic MF Jiří Jarošík
22 Spain DF Rubén Pulido
23 Argentina MF Leonardo Ponzio (vice-captain)
24 Serbia DF Ivan Obradović
25 Chile FW Humberto Suazo (on loan from Monterrey)
26 Spain DF Víctor Laguardia
27 Spain MF Kevin Lacruz
38 Spain FW Álex Sánchez

Out on loan

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
Cameroon MF Franck Songo'o (to Real Sociedad)
Spain FW Braulio (to Recreativo)
Brazil MF Pablo de Barros (to Gimnàstic de Tarragona)

Seasons

Recent seasons

Season Leg. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Europe Notes
1997-1998 1D 13 38 12 12 14 45 53 48
1998-1999 1D 9 38 16 9 13 57 46 57
1999-2000 1D 4 38 16 15 7 60 40 63
2000-2001 1D 17 38 9 15 14 54 57 42 Winner UC 1st Round
2001-2002 1D 20 38 9 10 19 35 54 37 UC 2nd Round Relegated
2002-2003 2D 2 42 20 12 10 54 40 72 Promoted
2003-2004 1D 12 38 13 9 16 46 55 48 Winner
2004-2005 1D 12 38 14 8 16 52 57 50 2nd round UC Last 16
2005-2006 1D 11 38 10 16 12 46 51 46 Runners Up
2006-2007 1D 6 38 16 12 10 55 43 60
2007-2008 1D 18 38 10 12 16 50 61 42 UC 1st Round Relegated
2008-2009 2D 2 36 18 11 7 62 38 65 Promoted
President of the club José Ángel Zalba 1971/1977-1988/1992

Season to season

Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1932/33 1st
1933/34 1st
1934/35 3rd
1935/36 2nd
1939/40 7th
1940/41 11th
1941/42 2nd
1942/43 13th
1943/44 6th
1944/45 7th
1945/46 10th
1946/47 13th
1947/48 3rd
1948/49 2nd
1949/50 4th
1950/51 2nd
1951/52 12th
1952/53 16th
1953/54 9th
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1954/55 3rd
1955/56 3rd
1956/57 9th
1957/58 14th
1958/59 9th
1959/60 11th
1960/61 3rd
1961/62 4th
1962/63 5th Finalists
1963/64 4th Winners
1964/65 3rd Finalists
1965/66 4th Winners
1966/67 5th
1967/68 5th
1968/69 13th
1969/70 8th
1970/71 16th
1971/72 3rd
1972/73 8th
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1973/74 3rd
1974/75 2nd
1975/76 14th Finalists
1976/77 16th
1977/78 1st
1978/79 14th
1979/80 10th
1980/81 14th
1981/82 11th
1982/83 6th
1983/84 7th
1984/85 10th
1985/86 4th Winners
1986/87 5th
1987/88 11th
1988/89 5th
1989/90 9th
1990/91 17th
1991/92 6th
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1992/93 9th Finalists
1993/94 3rd Winners
1994/95 7th
1995/96 13th
1996/97 14th
1997/98 13th
1998/99 9th
1999/00 4th
2000/01 17th Winners
2001/02 20th
2002/03 2nd
2003/04 12th Winners
2004/05 12th
2005/06 11th Finalists
2006/07 6th
2007/08 18th
2008/09 2nd
2009/10

Statistics

  • Best league position: 2nd (74-75 season)
  • Worst place in the league: 20th (season 01-02)
  • Overall La Liga historical classification: 9th
  • Most matches: Aguado (473), Violet (471), Juan Manuel Villa (382).
  • Most minutes: Aguado (33,480), Violet (29,042), Mr (26,984).
  • Most Goals all-time: Marcelino (117), Murillo (113), Pichi Alonso (112).
  • Most Goals in a season: Ewerthon (28), Juan Seminar (25).
  • Foreign players with most appearances: Gustavo Poyet (239), (63 goals).
  • Highest red cards: Aguado (18), Quartet (8), Belsué (6).
  • Biggest wins achieved:
  • At home: 8.1 Real Zaragoza Sevilla FC (1987/88)
  • Away: Elche 2.7 Real Zaragoza (1960/61)
  • Worst defeats:
  • At home: Real Zaragoza 1-7 Real Madrid (1987/88)
  • Away: Athletic Bilbao 10-1 Real Zaragoza (1951/52)

Honours as a player

Pichichi Trophy

Coaches

Chronology of coaches

  • 1932: Spain Elías Sauca
  • 1932–1934: Portugal Felipe dos Santos
  • 1934–1935: Spain Francisco González
  • 1935: Spain José Planas
  • 1935–1936: Spain Manuel Olivares
  • 1939–1941: Spain Tomás Arnanz
  • 1941: Spain Francisco Gamborena
  • 1941: Spain Julio Uritarte - Julio Ostalé
  • 1941–1943: Spain Jacinto Quincoces
  • 1943–1945: Spain Patricio Caicedo
  • 1945: Spain Tomás Arnanz
  • 1945–1946: Spain Juanito Ruiz
  • 1946–1947: Spain Manuel Olivares
  • 1947–1948: Spain Antonio Sorribas
  • 1948: Spain Enrique Soladrero
  • 1948: Italy Antonio Macheda
  • 1948–1949: Spain Francisco Bru
  • 1949: Spain Isaac Oceja
  • 1949–1950: Spain Juanito Ruiz
  • 1950: Spain José Planas
  • 1950-1951: Spain Luis Urquiri
  • 1951: Spain Juanito Ruiz
  • 1951–1952: Hungary Emilio Berkessy
  • 1952–1953: Spain Domingo Balmanya
  • 1953–1954: Spain Pedro Eguiluz
  • 1954–1956: Spain Edmundo Suárez
  • 1956–1958: Spain Jacinto Quincoces
  • 1958: Spain Juan Álvarez Casariego
  • 1958–1959: Spain Juan Ochoantesana
  • 1959–1960: Spain Edmundo Suárez
  • 1960–1963: Spain César Rodríguez
  • 1963–1964: Spain Antoni Ramallets
  • 1964: Spain Luis Bello
  • 1964–1965: Argentina Roque Olsen
  • 1965–1966: France Luis Hon
  • 1966–1967: Czechoslovakia Ferdinand Daučík
 

see also Cat:Real Zaragoza managers

See also

Sporting Media in Zaragoza: HeraldoEl periódico de AragónDiario EquipoDale Zaragoza

References

External links

Preceded by
Ferencvárosi TC
Inter-Cities Fairs Cup Winner
1963/64
Runner up: Valencia CF
Succeeded by
Valencia CF
Preceded by
Arsenal
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Winner
1994/95
Runner up: Arsenal
Succeeded by
Paris Saint-Germain


Simple English

Real Zaragoza
Full nameReal Zaragoza, S.A.D.
Founded1932
GroundLa Romareda, Zaragoza
Aragón, Spain
(Capacity 34,596)
ChairmanEduardo Bandrés
ManagerMarcelino García Toral
LeagueLa Liga
2008/09Segunda División, 2nd
File:R Z.gif
Official logo

Real Zaragoza is an Aragonese football Club. The club competes in La Liga (the Spanish Premier League).

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History

It was established in 1932 when Zaragoza CD and Iberia FC join to create Real Zaragoza. Its home stadium is La Romareda in the city of Zaragoza.

Managers

Amongst its previous managers is Víctor Fernández.

Name

  • 1932-1941 Zaragoza F.C.
  • 1941-present Real Zaragoza

Awards

Real Zaragoza's honours includes 6 Spanish Championships "Copa del Rey" and five times runners-up, a Inter-City Fairs Cup and another runners-up, a UEFA Cup Winners' Cup and a Spanish Premier League "La Liga" runners-up.

League position

SeasonLeaguePosition
2000/01La Liga17th
2001/02La Liga20th
2002/03Segunda División2nd
2003/04La Liga12th
2004/05La Liga12th
2005/06La Liga11th
2006/07La Liga6th
2007/08La Liga18th
2008/09Segunda División2nd

Former position

  • 1934/35 : Segunda División - 3rd / Group B
  • 1935/36 : Segunda División - 2nd / Group A
  • 1939/40 : La Liga - 7th
  • 1940/41 : La Liga - 11th
  • 1941/42 : Segunda División - 2nd / Group B
  • 1942/43 : La Liga - 13th
  • 1943/44 : Segunda División - 6th
  • 1944/45 : Segunda División - 7th
  • 1945/46 : Segunda División - 10th
  • 1946/47 : Segunda División - 13th
  • 1949/50 : Segunda División - 4th / Group A
  • 1950/51 : Segunda División - 2nd / Group A
  • 1951/52 : La Liga - 12th
  • 1952/53 : La Liga - 16th
  • 1953/54 : Segunda División - 9th / Group A
  • 1954/55 : Segunda División - 3rd / Group A
  • 1955/56 : Segunda División - 3rd / Group A
  • 1956/57 : La Liga - 9th
  • 1957/58 : La Liga - 14th
  • 1958/59 : La Liga - 9th
  • 1959/60 : La Liga - 11th
  • 1960/61 : La Liga - 3rd
  • 1961/62 : La Liga - 4th
  • 1962/63 : La Liga - 5th
  • 1963/64 : La Liga - 4th
  • 1964/65 : La Liga - 3rd
  • 1965/66 : La Liga - 4th
  • 1966/67 : La Liga - 5th
  • 1967/68 : La Liga - 5th
  • 1968/69 : La Liga - 13th
  • 1969/70 : La Liga - 8th
  • 1970/71 : La Liga - 16th
  • 1971/72 : Segunda División - 3rd
  • 1972/73 : La Liga - 8th
  • 1973/74 : La Liga - 3rd
  • 1974/75 : La Liga - 2nd
  • 1975/76 : La Liga - 14th
  • 1976/77 : La Liga - 16th
  • 1977/78 : Segunda División - Champions
  • 1978/79 : La Liga - 14th
  • 1979/80 : La Liga - 10th
  • 1980/81 : La Liga - 14th
  • 1981/82 : La Liga - 11th
  • 1982/83 : La Liga - 6th
  • 1983/84 : La Liga - 7th
  • 1984/85 : La Liga - 10th
  • 1985/86 : La Liga - 4th
  • 1986/87 : La Liga - 5th
  • 1987/88 : La Liga - 11th
  • 1988/89 : La Liga - 5th
  • 1989/90 : La Liga - 9th
  • 1990/91 : La Liga - 17th
  • 1991/92 : La Liga - 6th
  • 1992/93 : La Liga - 9th
  • 1993/94 : La Liga - 3rd
  • 1994/95 : La Liga - 7th
  • 1995/96 : La Liga - 13th
  • 1996/97 : La Liga - 14th
  • 1997/98 : La Liga - 13th
  • 1998/99 : La Liga - 9th
  • 1999/00 : La Liga - 4th

Players

Famous players like Juan Esnáider, Gabi Milito, Jorge Valdano, Ricardo Oliveria ,Cafu or José Luis Chilavert have played for Real Zaragoza.

References








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