CF Rayo Majadahonda

Club de Fútbol Rayo Majadahonda (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈraʝo maxaðaˈonda]) is a Spanish football team based in Majadahonda, in the autonomous community of Madrid. Founded in 1976 it plays in Primera División RFEF – Group 1, holding home games at Estadio Cerro del Espino, with a capacity of 3,800 seats.[2]

Rayo Majadahonda
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Full nameClub de Fútbol
Rayo Majadahonda
Nickname(s)Majariegos
Founded1976; 47 years ago (1976)
GroundCerro del Espino, Majadahonda,
Madrid, Spain
Capacity3,800 [1]
PresidentJosé María Sanz
Head coachAlfredo Santaelena
League1ª RFEF – Group 1
2021–221ª RFEF – Group 1, 4th of 20
Promotion play-offs, Semi–finals
WebsiteClub website

HistoryEdit

 
Deportivo de La Coruña vs. Rayo Majadahonda.

Rayo Majadahonda was founded in 1976, being immediately registered in the Madrid Football Federation. It played in the regional divisions until 1987 when it achieved promotion to Tercera División. The club entered this new period with the new president Enrique Vedia, starting from June 30, 1987.[3]

The club established themselves in the fourth division until the 1996–97 campaign, when it achieved a first-ever promotion to Segunda División B. Two consecutive relegations followed, but the club immediately regained their national status in 2000. Then, it subsequently remained in the fourth level until 2015 (only split by a one-season spell in the third division), when it achieved promotion with club legend Antonio Iriondo as manager.

On 27 May 2018, Rayo Majadahonda promoted for the first time ever to Segunda División by beating FC Cartagena with a last-minute own goal from Míchel Zabaco, with Iriondo still in charge of the first team.[4] A year later, after suffering instant relegation, he resigned.[5] In the second tier, the club played its home games at Atlético Madrid's Wanda Metropolitano due to the insufficient facilities at the Estadio Cerro del Espino.[6]

As part of the conditions of playing in the fully professional second division, Rayo Majadahonda had a year to establish a Sociedad Anónima Deportiva, an form of public limited company that all its teams must be. The initial majority shareholder in September 2019 was Alejandro Arribas, a player formed at the club who was still playing professionally for Real Oviedo at the time.[7]

Also in September, 2019 José María Sanz became club's new president.[8]

Season to seasonEdit

Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1976–77 8 3ª Reg. 1st
1977–78 8 3ª Reg. P. 12th
1978–79 8 3ª Reg. P. 17th
1979–80 9 3ª Reg. 1st
1980–81 8 3ª Reg. P. 3rd
1981–82 8 3ª Reg. P. 1st
1982–83 7 2ª Reg. 1st
1983–84 6 1ª Reg. 2nd
1984–85 5 Reg. Pref. 6th
1985–86 5 Reg. Pref. 4th
1986–87 5 Reg. Pref. 2nd
1987–88 4 5th
1988–89 4 15th
1989–90 4 14th
1990–91 4 11th
1991–92 4 5th
1992–93 4 8th First round
1993–94 4 11th
1994–95 4 2nd
1995–96 4 1st
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1996–97 4 1st
1997–98 3 2ª B 18th
1998–99 4 20th
1999–2000 5 Reg. Pref. 1st
2000–01 4 1st
2001–02 4 14th Preliminary
2002–03 4 4th
2003–04 3 2ª B 20th
2004–05 4 8th
2005–06 4 9th
2006–07 4 10th
2007–08 4 12th
2008–09 4 3rd
2009–10 4 9th
2010–11 4 10th
2011–12 4 11th
2012–13 4 8th
2013–14 4 7th
2014–15 4 1st
2015–16 3 2ª B 14th First round
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
2016–17 3 2ª B 4th
2017–18 3 2ª B 1st First round
2018–19 2 19th Third round
2019–20 3 2ª B 6th Second round
2020–21 3 2ª B 4th / 1st First round
2021–22 3 1ª RFEF 4th Round of 32
2022–23 3 1ª Fed. First round

Current squadEdit

As of 1 September 2022.[9]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   ESP Álvaro Fernández
2 DF   ESP Aitor Aldalur
3 DF   ESP Jorge Casado (captain)
4 DF   GHA Félix Ofoli (on loan from Leganés)
5 MF   ARG Manuel de Iriondo
6 DF   FRA Nabil Aberdin
7 FW   ESP David Rodríguez
8 MF   ESP Mario García
9 FW   ESP Guille Donoso
10 FW   ESP Néstor Albiach
11 FW   PER Jeisson Martínez
12 FW   ESP Álvaro Portero
No. Pos. Nation Player
13 GK   COL Lucho García
14 MF   ESP Rafa Salama
15 DF   ESP Daniel Pinillos
16 DF   ESP Josu Ozkoidi
17 MF   ESP Iñigo Alayeto
18 MF   FRA Brahim Konaté
19 FW   FRA Marco Abreu
20 DF   ESP Francis Guerrero
21 DF   NIG Rahim Alhassane
22 MF   ESP Nando García
23 MF   ESP Sergio Llamas
24 GK   ESP Gorka Giralt

Reserve teamEdit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
26 DF   ESP Adrián Luque
27 GK   ESP Diego Moreno
No. Pos. Nation Player
28 MF   ESP Álex Claverías
29 FW   GHA Solomon Gyesi

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
DF   ESP Álvaro Santos (at Ebro until 30 June 2023)
MF   ESP Juanjo (at Betis Deportivo until 30 June 2023)

Current technical staffEdit

Position Staff
Manager   Diego Nogales
Assistant manager   Santiago Cortes
Fitness coach   Luis Muñoz
Goalkeeping coach   Alfonso Lacasa

Last updated: July 2018
Source: Rayo Majadahonda

Notable playersEdit

Note: This list contains players that have played at least 100 league games and/or have reached international status.

Notable coachesEdit

Reserve teamEdit

Founded in 1997, Rayo Majdahonda's reserve team started playing in the Regional Preferente (fifth tier) from 2000 to 2010. It was dissolved in 2011, after a third position in the Primera Regional.

On 4 July 2018, the club reached an agreement with CDF Tres Cantos to become its reserve team.[10] The deal ended in April 2020, when the club announced a link with Alcobendas Sport; the club was renamed CD Paracuellos Antamira.[11]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "El Cerro del Espino, el actual estadio del Rayo, es el más pequeño del fútbol profesional". Ideal (in Spanish). 2019-03-01. Retrieved 2020-01-18.
  2. ^ "El Cerro del Espino, el actual estadio del Rayo, es el más pequeño del fútbol profesional". Ideal (in Spanish). 2019-03-01. Retrieved 2019-11-17.
  3. ^ "Club de Fútbol Rayo Majadahonda :: La Futbolteca. Enciclopedia del Fútbol Español" (in European Spanish). Retrieved 2020-04-22.
  4. ^ Griñán, Marta (27 May 2018). "Rayo Majadahonda 1–0 Cartagena: así vivimos el ascenso a Segunda" [Rayo Majadahonda 1–0 Cartagena: How we saw promotion to Segunda]. Diario AS (in Spanish). Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  5. ^ "Antonio Iriondo ha presentado su dimisión a la Junta Directiva" [Antonio Iriondo presented his resignation to the Board] (in Spanish). CF Rayo Majadahonda. 11 June 2019. Retrieved 11 June 2019.
  6. ^ "El Rayo Majadahonda jugará hasta enero en el Wanda Metropolitano" [Rayo Majadahonda will play until January in the Wanda Metropolitano]. ABC (in Spanish). 30 June 2018. Retrieved 5 September 2019.
  7. ^ "Arribas, jugador del Oviedo, se convierte en el máximo accionista del Rayo Majadahonda" [Arribas, Oviedo player, becomes the largest shareholder in Rayo Majadahonda]. Marca (in Spanish). 12 September 2019. Retrieved 28 September 2019.
  8. ^ ""Chema" Sanz, nuevo presidente del Rayo Majadahonda: "Vamos a profesionalizar el club" | Marcagoles" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2019-11-16.
  9. ^ "PLANTILLA | Web del CF Rayo Majadahonda". CF Rayo Majadahonda (in Spanish). Retrieved 13 April 2021.
  10. ^ "El C.F. Rayo Majadahonda y el C.D. Fútbol Tres Cantos unen sus fuerzas para afrontar esta ilusionante temporada" [C.F. Rayo Majadahonda and C.D. Fútbol Tres Cantos join their forces to face this exciting season] (in Spanish). CF Rayo Majadahonda. 4 July 2018. Archived from the original on 5 July 2018. Retrieved 4 July 2018.
  11. ^ "El Alcobendas Sport pasará a llamarse Paracuellos Antamira y será filial del Rayo Majadahonda a partir de la temporada 2020/21" [Alcobendas Sport will be called Paracuellos Antamira and will be the reserve team of Rayo Majadahonda starting from the 2020/21 season] (in Spanish). FutMadrid. 29 April 2020. Retrieved 14 September 2020.

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