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Arenas Club de Getxo is a Spanish football club based in the town of Getxo, near Bilbao, in the autonomous community of Basque Country. Founded in 1909, it currently plays in Segunda División B – Group 2, holding home games at Campo Municipal de Gobela, with a 1,200-seat capacity.

Arenas Club
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Full nameArenas Club de Getxo
Nickname(s)El Histórico
Founded1909; 110 years ago (1909) as Arenas Foot-ball Club
GroundGobela, Getxo,
Basque Country, Spain
Capacity1,200
PresidentFrancisco Herrero
Head coachEndika Bordas
League2ªB – Group 2
2017–182ªB – Group 2, 12th

It was among the pioneering clubs of Spanish football, and in 1928 was a founding member of La Liga, alongside neighbouring Athletic Bilbao, Real Sociedad and Real Unión.

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HistoryEdit

Founded in 1909 as Arenas Football Club, it became Club Arenas three years later. In 1914 the club played a series of three friendlies against FC Barcelona, winning all games.

The team subsequently competed in the Campeonato Norte along with Real Sociedad, Athletic Bilbao, Racing de Santander, Sporting de Gijón and Celta de Vigo, being crowned champion in 1917, and qualifying to the Copa del Rey, where it reached the final in Barcelona, losing 1–2 against Madrid FC after extra time.

In 1919 Arenas won another regional competition, the Campeonato de Vizcaya, thus qualifying for the Copa del Rey again, and won the national tournament after disposing of FC Barcelona in overtime (5–2). The following year, when Spain made its international debut at the Olympic Games in Antwerp, the squad included two players from the club, Francisco Pagazaurtundúa and Félix Sesúmaga.

Arenas Getxo appeared in Spanish Cup finals on two further occasions, losing against Barcelona in 1925 (0–2) and two years later against Real Unión (0–1), the latter in the only all-Basque decisive match in the competition's history not to feature Athletic Bilbao.[1][2] Every member of the Spanish squad at the 1928 Olympics was with a Basque club, and Arenas provided four of the players.

After playing in La Liga's first seven editions – finishing third in 1929–30 – and the following six seasons in the second division, the club has spent the vast majority of its existence competing at the fourth level, with the occasional visit to the regional leagues. In 2015, Arenas gained promotion to the third tier for the first time in 35 years, via the playoffs.[3]

Season to seasonEdit

Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1928/29 1 5th Round of 16
1929/30 1 3rd Round of 16
1930/31 1 5th Semifinals
1931/32 1 5th Round of 16
1932/33 1 7th Round of 32
1933/34 1 10th Round of 32
1934/35 1 12th Sixth round
1935/36 2 2nd Round of 16
1939/40 2 7th
1940/41 2 8th First round
1941/42 2 7th First round
1942/43 2 4th First round
1943/44 2 12th
1944/45 3 2nd
1945/46 3 1st
1946/47 3 1st
1947/48 3 8th
1948/49 3 13th
1949/50 3 3rd
1950/51 3 10th
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1951/52 3 16th
1952/53 3 10th
1953/54 3 3rd
1954/55 3 9th
1955/56 3 4th
1956/57 3 4th
1957/58 3 4th
1958/59 3 7th
1959/60 3 1st
1960/61 3 3rd
1961/62 3 3rd
1962/63 3 2nd
1963/64 3 3rd
1964/65 3 5th
1965/66 3 9th
1966/67 3 6th
1967/68 3 7th
1968/69 3 15th
1969/70 3 15th
1970/71 4 Regional 10th
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1971/72 4 Regional 6th
1972/73 4 Regional 5th
1973/74 4 Regional 2nd
1974/75 4 Regional 10th
1975/76 4 Regional 2nd
1976/77 3 13th
1977/78 4 13th
1978/79 4 2nd
1979/80 3 2ªB 18th
1980/81 4 2nd
1981/82 4 18th
1982/83 5 Regional 1st
1983/84 4 6th
1984/85 4 11th
1985/86 4 13th
1986/87 4 12th
1987/88 4 13th
1988/89 4 14th
1989/90 4 17th
1990/91 4 10th
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1991/92 4 8th
1992/93 4 8th
1993/94 4 6th
1994/95 4 19th
1995/96 5 Regional 13th
1996/97 5 Regional 1st
1997/98 4 13th
1998/99 4 8th
1999/00 4 3rd
2000/01 4 7th
2001/02 4 9th
2002/03 4 10th
2003/04 4 10th
2004/05 4 7th
2005/06 4 5th
2006/07 4 11th
2007/08 4 12th
2008/09 4 12th
2009/10 4 15th
2010/11 4 7th
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
2011/12 4 14th
2012/13 4 2nd
2013/14 4 3rd
2014/15 4 3rd
2015/16 3 2ªB 8th
2016/17 3 2ªB 9th Second round
2017/18 3 2ªB 12th
2018/19 3 2ªB

Current squadEdit

HonoursEdit

Runners-up (3): 1917, 1925, 1927

Famous playersEdit

Famous coachesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Historia de la radio: Real Unión – Arenas Club" [History of the radio: Real Unión - Arenas Club] (in Spanish). Diarios de Fútbol. 16 November 2017. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  2. ^ "1927 La última copa del Real Unión y la primera retransmitida por radio" [1927, the last cup for Real Unión and the first transmitted over radio] (in Spanish). Spanish Football Federation. 16 November 2017. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  3. ^ "El Arenas y el Gernika logran el ascenso a Segunda B" [Arenas and Gernika achieve promotion to Segunda B] (in Spanish). EITB. 27 June 2015. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  4. ^ "Spain - List of Champions of Norte". RSSSF. 21 January 2000. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  • Morbo: The Story of Spanish Football (2003), Phil Ball.

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