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Albacete Balompié is a Spanish football team based in Albacete, in the autonomous community of Castile–La Mancha. Founded on 2 August 1940, it currently plays in Segunda División, holding home matches at Estadio Carlos Belmonte, with a capacity of 18,000. Andrés Iniesta is currently the club's major shareholder.

Albacete Balompié
Albacete Balompié logo
Full nameAlbacete Balompié, S.A.D.
Nickname(s)Queso Mecánico
(Clockwork Cheese)
Founded1 August 1940; 79 years ago (1940-08-01)
GroundCarlos Belmonte, Albacete,
Castile–La Mancha, Spain
Capacity18,000
OwnerSkyline International
PresidentGeorges Kabchi
Head coachLuis Miguel Ramis
LeagueSegunda División
2018–19Segunda División, 3rd
WebsiteClub website
Current season

HistoryEdit

It has been reported in to be contrasted papers that football was first taught in Albacete by John Hulse, an English Engineer of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railways Company, establishing the foundation of Locomotoras Albacete, after the same-named steam locomotive factory in the city, owned by the Goicoechea family, owners of Talgo. Thus, like in Swindon, football in Albacete is originally linked to the railway industry. After years of amateur and regional development of football, it would not appear formally in the shape we know until the end of the Spanish Civil War. The club was founded in 1940 under the name Albacete Fútbol Asociación, being later changed in an attempt to make it sound "more Spanish". Athe second division in 1985–86, repeating the feat five seasons later.

In 1989, Benito Floro consecutively promoted the club from the third division to La Liga, overachieving for a seventh place in the first season in the top level. Floro would later coach Real Madrid, returning to Alba two seasons later as the club was relegated in 1995–96.

After years in the second division facing serious economic and sporting difficulties, Albacete returned to the top flight in the 2002–03 campaign, led by César Ferrando (later of Atlético Madrid). However, Albacete dropped in 2004–05 after posting just 6 wins from 38 matches, going on to stabilize in the subsequent seasons in the second level.

The 2010–11 season brought two coaching changes, with both Antonio Calderón and David Vidal (who returned to the club only a few months after leaving) being fired, as Albacete returned to the third division after 21 years. On 6 December 2011, Andrés Iniesta – who played for the club in his youth before joining Barcelona – became the club's major shareholder, donating 420,000 to the cash-strapped club.[1] The club managed to reach the round of 16 of the 2011–12 Copa del Rey, notably beating Atlético Madrid 3–1 on aggregate.[2]

In March 2013, Agustín Lázaro, chief executive officer (CEO) of Andrés Iniesta's winery enterprise, was appointed as Albacete's chairman.[3] In June, Iniesta loaned the club a further €240,000 to cover unpaid wages, thus preventing its administrative relegation to the fourth tier.[4]

In 2014, Albacete returned to the Segunda División, but was relegated two seasons later after finishing the season in the 21st position. The club again returned to the Segunda División in the 2016–17 season after winning against Valencia Mestalla in the last round of the promotion play-offs. Albacete finished the 2018-19 season in 4th position of the Segunda División, but then lost to RCD Mallorca in the La Liga play-offs and remained in Segunda División for the 2019-20 season. [5]

SeasonsEdit

 
Albacete Balompié "Andrés Iniesta" sports city.
 
Ciudad de Albacete trophy 1994.

Season to seasonEdit

Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1939/40 5 2ª Reg. 1st
1940/41 4 1ª Reg. 3rd
1941/42 4 1ª Reg. 4th
1942/43 4 1ª Reg. 2nd
1943/44 3 2nd
1944/45 3 3rd
1945/46 3 1st
1946/47 3 1st
1947/48 3 3rd
1948/49 3 1st
1949/50 2 7th
1950/51 2 15th
1951/52 DNP
1952/53 3 3rd
1953/54 3 13th
1954/55 3 7th
1955/56 3 9th
1956/57 3 5th
1957/58 3 5th
1958/59 3 1st
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1959/60 3 4th
1960/61 3 1st
1961/62 2 13th
1962/63 3 4th
1963/64 3 1st
1964/65 3 1st
1965/66 3 3rd
1966/67 3 2nd
1967/68 3 4th
1968/69 3 8th
1969/70 3 14th
1970/71 4 1ª Reg. 7th
1971/72 4 Reg. Pref. 6th
1972/73 4 Reg. Pref. 14th
1973/74 4 Reg. Pref. 7th
1974/75 4 Reg. Pref. 1st
1975/76 3 17th
1976/77 4 Reg. Pref. 2nd
1977/78 4 2nd
1978/79 4 2nd
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1979/80 4 2nd
1980/81 4 2nd
1981/82 4 1st
1982/83 3 2ªB 3rd
1983/84 3 2ªB 5th
1984/85 3 2ªB 2nd
1985/86 2 17th
1986/87 3 2ªB 17th
1987/88 3 2ªB 3rd
1988/89 3 2ªB 12th
1989/90 3 2ªB 1st
1990/91 2 1st
1991/92 1 7th
1992/93 1 17th Round of 16
1993/94 1 13th Fourth round
1994/95 1 17th
1995/96 1 20th First round
1996/97 2 4th Second round
1997/98 2 14th Second round
1998/99 2 15th Second round
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1999/00 2 10th Second round
2000/01 2 5th Round of 64
2001/02 2 10th Round of 32
2002/03 2 3rd Round of 64
2003/04 1 14th Round of 64
2004/05 1 20th Round of 32
2005/06 2 13th Third round
2006/07 2 6th Second round
2007/08 2 12th Third round
2008/09 2 15th Third round
2009/10 2 15th Second round
2010/11 2 22nd Second round
2011/12 3 2ªB 4th Round of 16
2012/13 3 2ªB 3rd Second round
2013/14 3 2ªB 1st Second round
2014/15 2 14th Round of 32
2015/16 2 21st Second round
2016/17 3 2ªB 1st Third round
2017/18 2 17th Second round
2018/19 2 3rd Second round
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
2019/20 2

Recent seasonsEdit

Season Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Notes
2002–03 2D 3 42 17 20 5 51 30 71 Promoted
2003–04 1D 14 38 13 8 17 40 48 47
2004–05 1D 20 38 6 10 22 33 56 28 3rd round Relegated
2005–06 2D 13 42 14 12 16 44 57 54
2006–07 2D 6 42 16 12 14 49 48 60
2007–08 2D 12 42 13 13 16 37 40 52
2008–09 2D 15 42 13 12 17 42 54 51
2009–10 2D 15 42 12 16 14 60 62 52
2010–11 2D 22 42 7 11 24 35 64 32 Relegated

Current squadEdit

The numbers are established according to the official website: www.albacete-bp.es and www.lfp.es

As of 2 September 2019

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

No. Position Player
1   GK Gabriel Brazão (on loan from Inter Milan)
2   DF Álvaro Arroyo (Captain)
3   DF Fran García
4   DF Nico Gorosito
5   DF Alberto Benito
6   MF Diego Barri
7   MF Néstor Susaeta
8   MF Leonardo Capezzi (on loan from Sampdoria)
10   FW Roman Zozulya
11   MF Álvaro Jiménez (on loan from Getafe)
13   GK Tomeu Nadal
14   MF Roberto Olabe (on loan from Eibar)
No. Position Player
15   FW Javier Acuña
16   DF José Antonio Caro
17   MF Karim Azamoum
19   MF Pedro Sánchez
20   MF Eddy Israfilov
21   FW Dani Ojeda (on loan from Leganés)
22   FW Rey Manaj
23   DF Ivan Kecojević
24   FW Jérémie Bela
30   MF Manu Fuster
38   FW Miguel Ángel
40   DF Robert Ergas (on loan from Defensor Sporting)

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Position Player
  DF Ángel Moreno (on loan at Córdoba until 30 June 2020)
  MF Jean Jules Mvondo (on loan at Rayo Majadahonda until 30 June 2020)
  MF Yaimil Medina (on loan at Marbella until 30 June 2020)
No. Position Player
  MF Álvaro Peña (at Mirandés until 30 June 2020)
  FW Alfon (on loan at Getafe B until 30 June 2020)
  FW Alfredo Ortuño (on loan at Oviedo until 30 June 2020)

Current technical staffEdit

Position Staff
Head coach   Luis Miguel Ramis
Assistant coach   José Manuel Gil
Fitness coach   Miguel Ángel Fernández
Fitness coach   Alberto Piernas
B Team coach   Fran Noguerol
Goalkeeping coach   Carlos Cano
Analyst   Iván Madroño
Analyst   Dani Carmona

Last updated: June 2018
Source: Albacete Balompié

HonoursEdit

StadiumEdit

 
Estadio Carlos Belmonte

The club plays its home matches at the Estadio Carlos Belmonte, which has an all-seated capacity of 18,000. Originally built in 1960, the stadium underwent two major redevelopments, the last being in 1998.

International playersEdit

Famous coachesEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Iniesta throws 420,000-euro lifeline to indebted Albacete; El País, 6 December 2011
  2. ^ Manzano sacked by Atletico Archived 29 July 2012 at Archive.today; ESPN Star Sports, 23 December 2011
  3. ^ Agustín Lázaro, gerente de Bodegas Iniesta, nuevo presidente del Albacete Balompié (Agustín Lázaro, Iniesta Winery manager, new president of Albacete Balompié); ABC, 5 March 2013 (in Spanish)
  4. ^ "Iniesta loans Albacete 240,000 euros to prevent relegation". as.com. EFE. 28 June 2013. Retrieved 30 August 2014.
  5. ^ https://www.albacetebalompie.es/club/historia

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