Centre d'Esports Sabadell Futbol Club, S.A.D. (Catalan pronunciation: [ˈsentɾə ðəsˈpɔɾ(ts) səβəˈðeʎ fubˈbɔl ˈklup]) is a Spanish football team based in Sabadell, a city in the province of Barcelona in the autonomous community of Catalonia. Founded in 1903, it plays in Segunda División B – Group 3, holding home games at Estadi de la Nova Creu Alta.

CE Sabadell FC logo.svg
Full nameCentre d'Esports
Sabadell Futbol Club, S.A.D.
Nickname(s)Arlequinats, Saballuts, Laneros
GroundNova Creu Alta, Sabadell,
Catalonia, Spain
OwnerInvestor Consortium
PresidentEsteve Calzada
Head coachAntonio Hidalgo
League2ª B – Group 3
2018–192ª B – Group 3, 12th
WebsiteClub website

The side has competed in national leagues since 1928, gaining its first promotion to the Segunda División in 1933 and then the La Liga in 1944. Sabadell's longest spell in the top flight was from 1965 to 1972, and their most recent from 1986 to 1988. They have reached one Copa del Rey final, which they lost 3–0 to Sevilla in 1935.

By historical standards, CE Sabadell FC is the third best club in Catalonia, after FC Barcelona and RCD Espanyol.


In 1901, Joan Saus and a group of youngsters from the Sabadell Catalan Centre founded Centre d'Esports Sabadell, which became fully legalized on 5 June 1906. The club's first games were held in a grass field at Prat de Sant Oleguer but, on 3 June of that year, a stadium in the Creu Alta District was inaugurated, in a game against "Team X" from Barcelona, later known as RCD Espanyol; in 1912, in the same site, the first game under floodlights was played in the country.

In 1933–34, the club won its first major trophy, the Catalan Football Championship, which allowed the winner to participate in the Copa del Presidente de la República. During the former tournament, it won 15 games and drew once, reaching the latter's final in the following season, losing 0–3 to Sevilla FC at the Chamartín Stadium.

Sabadell first competed in La Liga in the 1943–44 season, finishing ninth. It improved to fifth in 1946–47, ranking in front of Real Madrid and only four points behind champions Valencia CF, just one season after returning from Segunda División.

In 1968–69, Sabadell, guided by manager Pasieguito, finished a best-ever fourth as the top flight already consisted of 16 clubs. Subsequently, it competed in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, losing to Club Brugge K.V. of Belgium in the first round (3–5 on aggregate); in 1972, a seven-year ran in the top division came to an end, as the Arlequinats were relegated after finishing dead last.

CE Sabadell became a public limited sports company in 1991, being relegated to Segunda División B two years later, and immediately to Tercera División following severe economic problems. The club spent the following seventeen years in the third level (with the exception of 2006–07 in the fourth).

In the 2010–11 season, Sabadell, managed by Lluís Carreras, won its group in the regular season. In the playoffs, the team drew both games against SD Eibar, but was eventually promoted on the away goals rule following the 1–1 score at the Ipurua Municipal Stadium, returning to the professional divisions after 18 years.

Sabadell struggled in their return to the second level finishing in 19th place, being the first side in the relegation zone. However, they were spared when Villarreal CF dropped down a division in the top flight, which led to the automatic relegation of its reserve team Villarreal CF B. Sabadell finished second level as 16th in 2012-13 season, as 10th in the 2013-14 season. Finally Sabadell finished it as 21st and relegated to third level after 4 years.

Sabadell had a lot of financial problems after the relegation to Segunda B. Japanese owner Keisuke Sakamoto, who had bought the club in 2012, sold it to Aragón-based company Viacron in 2015. Esteve Calzada, a former member of FC Barcelona board and a marketing expert whose company worked for Manchester City, bought the club in 2017. Since then, the club's debt has been restructured. Difficulties in finding a new investor meant that from 2017 to 2019 the club was more concerned with relegation avoidance than real hopes of promotion, which should be the goal for one of the clubs with the biggest stadium, highest average attendance and historic pedigree in the division.

In August 2019, the Club announced an historical agreement with a group of international investors, whereby this Group would achieve majority ownership through periodic capital infusions over the following three years to guarantee institutional stability and financial resources to maximise chances of promotion[1].

Season to seasonEdit

Sabadell before game against Eibar (2010)
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1930/31 3 2nd 2nd round
1931/32 3 1st
1932/33 3 2nd
1933/34 2 9th 1st round
1934/35 2 2nd Runner-up
1935/36 2 5th
1939/40 2 2nd
1940/41 2 9th 1st round
1941/42 2 1st 1st round
1942/43 2 2nd 1st round
1943/44 1 9th Quarterfinals
1944/45 1 13th 1st round
1945/46 2 1st 1st round
1946/47 1 5th Quarterfinals
1947/48 1 12th 6th round
1948/49 1 14th 4th round
1949/50 2 6th 2nd round
1950/51 2 3rd
1951/52 2 4th
1952/53 2 11th 1st round
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1953/54 2 6th
1954/55 2 10th
1955/56 2 5th
1956/57 2 2nd
1957/58 2 2nd
1958/59 2 2nd 1st round
1959/60 2 7th 2nd round
1960/61 2 6th 1st round
1961/62 2 8th 2nd round
1962/63 2 16th 1st round
1963/64 3 1st
1964/65 2 2nd 1st round
1965/66 1 14th Quarterfinals
1966/67 1 8th 2nd round
1967/68 1 12th 2nd round
1968/69 1 4th 1st round
1969/70 1 13th Quarterfinals
1970/71 1 13th 5th round
1971/72 1 18th 4th round
1972/73 2 12th 5th round
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1973/74 2 15th Round of 16
1974/75 2 19th 4th round
1975/76 3 6th 2nd round
1976/77 3 1st 1st round
1977/78 2 6th 4th round
1978/79 2 12th 1st round
1979/80 2 6th 4th round
1980/81 2 7th 2nd round
1981/82 2 11th 2nd round
1982/83 2 18th 2nd round
1983/84 3 2ª B 1st 4th round
1984/85 2 4th Round of 16
1985/86 2 2nd Quarterfinals
1986/87 1 15th 3rd round
1987/88 1 19th Quarterfinals
1988/89 2 13th 4th round
1989/90 2 7th Round of 16
1990/91 2 12th 4th round
1991/92 2 9th 4th round
1992/93 2 20th 5th round
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1993/94 4 1st 1st round
1994/95 3 2ª B 11th 2nd round
1995/96 3 2ª B 16th DNP
1996/97 3 2ª B 11th DNP
1997/98 3 2ª B 11th DNP
1998/99 3 2ª B 7th DNP
1999/00 3 2ª B 13th DNP
2000/01 3 2ª B 3rd DNP
2001/02 3 2ª B 14th Prelim. round
2002/03 3 2ª B 7th DNP
2003/04 3 2ª B 16th Round of 64
2004/05 3 2ª B 13th DNP
2005/06 3 2ª B 18th DNP
2006/07 4 3rd DNP
2007/08 3 2ª B 14th DNP
2008/09 3 2ª B 4th DNP
2009/10 3 2ª B 10th 2nd round
2010/11 3 2ª B 1st DNP
2011/12 2 19th 2nd round
2012/13 2 16th 3rd round
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
2013/14 2 10th 2nd round
2014/15 2 21st Round of 32
2015/16 3 2ª B 7th 1st round
2016/17 3 2ª B 15th DNP
2017/18 3 2ª B 12th DNP
2018/19 3 2ª B 12th DNP

Sabadell in EuropeEdit

Season Competition Round Country Club Score
1969–70 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1R   Club Brugge 2–0, 1–5
  • 1R = first round


Current squadEdit

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 Ian Mackay
2   DF Aitor Pascual
3   DF Josu Ozkoidi
4   DF Aleix Coch
5   DF Fernando Pajarero
6   MF Ángel Martínez (captain)
7   FW Boris Garrós
8   MF Adri Cuevas
9   FW Manu Lanzarote
10   FW Édgar Hernández
11   FW Néstor Querol
No. Position Player
12   DF Óscar Rubio
13   GK Adrià Collet
14   MF Alberto Leira
15   FW Héber Pena
16   MF Xavi Boniquet
17   FW Jurgi Oteo
18   MF Pedro Capó
19   DF Jesús Olmo
20   DF Grego Sierra
21   MF Aarón Rey
22   DF Aleix Roig

Youth playersEdit


Runner-up (1): 1935
Quarter-finals (4): 1965, 1970, 1986, 1988

Former playersEdit

Most appearances in La LigaEdit

Most goals in La LigaEdit

Former coachesEdit

Former presidentsEdit


Sabadell plays home games at Estadi de la Nova Creu Alta. Inaugurated on 20 August 1967 with a 1–0 win against FC Barcelona, it has a capacity of 20,000 spectators.


The club has one supporter group, called Hooligans Vallès, a far right-wing group established in 1993.[3] The fans have good relations with Bristol Rovers, which initially began due to several Rovers fans noticing that the local club had the same colours.[4] They also have a friendship with Gerunda Sud of Girona FC, and rivalries with Desperdicis of UE Sant Andreu, Penya Sport of Palamos CF and Rudes Lleida of Lleida Esportiu.[5]


The official anthem of the club is Honor al Sabadell, written by Lluís Papell to the music of Adolf Cabané. However, between 1983 and 1991 the club used Sempre endavant Sabadell as the official anthem, composed by Ramon Montlleó.[6]


  1. ^ "El CE Sabadell cierra un acuerdo histórico con un grupo de inversores extranjeros". Marca.com (in Spanish). 26 August 2019. Retrieved 3 September 2019.
  2. ^ "Spanish Premier Division All-Time Table". www.rsssf.com. Archived from the original on 4 December 2012. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  3. ^ Martín, Luis; Congostrina, Alfonso L. (15 December 2014). "El C E Sabadell estudia expulsar a dos socios que realizaron gestos nazis". Archived from the original on 3 May 2018. Retrieved 3 May 2018 – via elpais.com.
  4. ^ "Sorry Lionel. We Made Plans – From Issue 14". standamf.com. 12 September 2015. Archived from the original on 3 May 2018. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  5. ^ "Un petit resum de cada grup - ask.fm/SpinnelliRudeBoy". ask.fm. Archived from the original on 11 February 2017. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  6. ^ SergiSBD (19 June 2009). "Nou himne del C.E. Sabadell 09/10". Archived from the original on 28 March 2016. Retrieved 3 May 2018 – via YouTube.

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