Campeonato Regional Centro

The Campeonato Regional Centro (Spanish for Central Regional Championship) was an important annual association football competition for clubs based primarily in the Castile region of Spain, including the Community of Madrid, during the first half of the 20th century. The competition was organised by the Madrid Football Federation and first held in 1903 as the Campeonato de Madrid (Madrid Championship) and renamed as the Campeonato Regional de Madrid (Madrid Regional Championship) for the 1906-13 seasons. The Royal Spanish Football Federation, founded on 29 September 1913, began organising the competition from 1913. It was called the Campeonato Regional Centro between 1913 and 1931, the Campeonato Regional Mancomunado (Joint Championship) from 1932 to 1936, and the Campeonato Regional del Centro (Regional Championship of the Centre) during its final season in 1939-40.

Campeonato Regional Centro
Organising bodyMadrid Football Federation (1903-13)
Royal Spanish Football Federation (since 1913)
Founded1903
First season1903
Folded1940
CountrySpain
Divisions1 (1903-16)
4 (1913-40)
Number of teams3-6
Feeder toCopa del Rey
Relegation to1a B División
Domestic cup(s)Copa Federación Centro
Last championsAthletic Aviación
(4th title)
Most championshipsMadrid / Real Madrid
(23 titles)

HistoryEdit

The competition was founded in 1903 and run by the local Madrid Football Federation (Spanish: Federación Madrileña de Foot-Ball or FMF). From 1903 to 1913, it was referred to as "Campeonato de Madrid" and was open to clubs based in Spain.

In 1913 the Royal Spanish Football Federation (Spanish: Real Federación Española de Fútbol or RFEF) was established to govern competitions at the national level and the FMF was re-established as one of its regional branches, named Federación Castellana de Fútbol (FCF). As part of the country-wide reorganisation the competition was also re-established as "Campeonato Regional". In the following years it was one of the four regional competitions used as a qualifying phase for the Copa del Rey (which acted as the national championship of Spain until the foundation of La Liga in 1929).[1] The four regional competitions were territorially organized as follows:

  • Región Norte (Álava, Biscay, Gipuzkoa, Navarre and Rioja).
  • Region Centro (Castile and Andalucia).
  • Región Este (Catalonia, Valencia, Alicante and Murcia).
  • Región Oeste (Santander, Asturias and Galicia)

With changes in territorial organization and several renamings (see below), these regional competitions were contested until 1940 when they were disbanded during Franco's dictatorship.

Format changesEdit

From 1903 to 1913 the competition was contested by clubs from Madrid. From the 1913–14 season onwards it expanded to include teams from six neighboring provinces (Ávila, Ciudad Real, Cuenca, Guadalajara, Segovia and Toledo). The territorial format remained largely unchanged until the last season in 1939–1940, with minor changes listed below.

Seasons Name Notes
1902–06 Campeonato de Madrid
1906–13 Campeonato Regional de Madrid
1913–31 Campeonato Regional Centro
1931–32 Campeonato Regional Mancomunado Centro-Aragón Included teams from Aragon and Castile and León
1932–34 Campeonato Regional Mancomunado Centro-Sur Included teams from Andalusia and Castile and León
1934–36 Campeonato Regional Mancomunado Castilla-Aragón Included teams from Aragón, Cantabria and Castile and León
1936–39 Competition suspended due to the Spanish Civil War
1939–40 Campeonato Regional del Centro Included teams from Castile and León

List of winnersEdit

Performances by clubEdit

  1. ^ The 1903 championship was won by Moderno FC and was included in Real Madrid's trophies following their merger in 1904
  2. ^ In the 1906–07 season, Madrid FC won the tournament, but the Madrid Football Federation annulled the results.

1903Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Moderno [es] (C) 2 2 0 0 9 1 +8 4
2 Madrid 2 1 0 1 22 4 +18 2
3 Moncloa [es] 2 1 0 1 4 4 0 2
4 Iberia [es] 2 0 0 2 0 14 −14 0
Source: Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion
Notes:
  1. ^ Insufficient data for several matches

1903–04Edit

The 1903–04 Campeonato de Madrid served as a qualifier to determine who would represent the Community of Madrid in the 1903 Copa del Rey. Originally, Madrid was to be represented by the winner of a preliminary round between Club Español de Madrid and Madrid-Moderno (a merger of Madrid FC and Moderno FC). Then two more teams from Madrid, Moncloa FC and Iberia Football Club, were admitted in the competition, forcing a change to the schedule.

13 March 1904 Semifinals Moncloa 4–0 Iberia Tiro del Pichón, Madrid
19 March 1904 Semifinals Madrid–Moderno 5–5 Español Madrid Tiro del Pichón, Madrid
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Referee: Garrido

The match between Club Español de Madrid and Madrid-Moderno ended in 5–5 draw. The captains of both teams agreed not to play extra time, but failed to reach an agreement on when they should replay the match. Español wanted to play the next day, but Madrid-Moderno refused, citing the rules of the tournament which stated that a replay could not be played less than 48 hours after the previous game. The next day Club Español went to replay the match, but Madrid-Moderno did not appear. The regional federation, whose president Ceferino Birdalone happened to be president of Club Español as well, ruled in favor of Español, and they were declared winners of the match eliminating Madrid-Moderno from the competition.[3]

25 March 1904 Final Español Madrid 1–0 Iberia Tiro del Pichón, Madrid

1904–05Edit

The 1904–05 Campeonato de Madrid was played as a single elimination match between Madrid FC and Moncloa FC, with the winner representing Madrid in the 1904 Copa del Rey.

2 April 1905 Final Madrid 2–0 Moncloa Av. Plaza de Toros, Madrid
Report Referee: Prado
Note: The match barely lasted thirty-five minutes, as Moncloa players left the field upset with the arbitration of Prado (goalkeeper of Athletic Club Sucursal de Madrid).

1905–06Edit

The 1905–06 Campeonato de Madrid was played as a single elimination match between Madrid FC and FC Internacional, with the winner representing Madrid in the 1906 Copa del Rey.

25 March 1906 Final Madrid 7–0 Internacional Hipódromo, Madrid
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Report Referee: Álvarez

1906–07Edit

The Madrid Football Federation suspended the results of the 1906–07 season's matches for breach of norms.

2 December 1906 Madrid 2–1 Athletic Madrid Madrid
2 December 1906 Moncloa v Iberia Madrid
Note: The match was awarded to Moncloa.

1907–08Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Madrid (C, Q) 6 4 1 1 15 4 +11 9[a] Qualification for the Copa del Rey
2 RS Gimnástica 6 3 2 1 14 11 +3 8
3 Athletic Madrid 6 3 1 2 3 6 −3 7
4 Español Madrid 6 0 0 6 2 15 −13 0[b]
Source: Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated
Notes:
  1. ^ Madrid FC failed to appear for their first match against Athletic Club de Madrid and forfeited the match as a result.
  2. ^ Español de Madrid retired at half time in their match against Madrid FC with the score 3-0 in the latter's favour. The club also failed to appear in their scheduled match against Athletic Club de Madrid. Español de Madrid ceded points for both matches.

1908–09Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Español Madrid (C, Q) 3 3 0 0 5 1 +4 6 Qualification for the Copa del Rey
2 Athletic Madrid 3 1 0 2 5 5 0 2
3 Madrid 3 1 0 2 4 5 −1 2
4 RS Gimnástica 3 1 0 2 5 8 −3 2
Source: Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated

1909–10Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 RS Gimnástica (C) 4 2 2 0 7 4 +3 6
2 Español Madrid 4 1 1 2 6 6 0 3
3 Madrid 4 1 1 2 4 7 −3 3
Source: Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion

1912–13Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Madrid (C, Q) 3 2 1 0 9 3 +6 5 Qualification for the Copa del Rey
2 Athletic Madrid 3 1 1 1 6 6 0 3
3 Español Madrid 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 3
4 RS Gimnástica 3 0 1 2 2 8 −6 1
Source: Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated

1913–14Edit

The Campeonato Regional Centro was organized by the Royal Spanish Football Federation from the 1913-14 season. Teams were split into two divisions - 1a categoría A (1st category A) and 1a categoría B (1st category B). Madrid FC, Athletic Madrid and RS Gimnástica Española were placed in 1st category A and Unión Sporting, Regional FC, Credut Lyonnais, Cardenal Cisneros were placed in 1st category B. There was no system of promotion or relegation between the divisions.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 RS Gimnástica (C, Q) 4 2 2 0 5 2 +3 6 Qualification for the Copa del Rey
2 Athletic Madrid 4 1 1 2 3 4 −1 3
3 Madrid 4 1 1 2 3 5 −2 3
Source: Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated

1914–15Edit

Newly founded Racing de Madrid was added to the Campeonato Regional Centro top division for the 1914–15 season.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Racing Madrid (C) 6 3 2 1 13 6 +7 8
2 Madrid 6 2 3 1 10 9 +1 7
3 RS Gimnástica (Q) 6 2 2 2 13 10 +3 6 Qualified for the Copa del Rey.[a]
4 Athletic Madrid 6 1 1 4 6 17 −11 3
Source: Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated
Notes:
  1. ^ RFEF regulations did not permit Racing de Madrid to participate in the Copa del Rey. RS Gimnástica was selected to represent the Community of Madrid in the Copa del Rey by the Federation, despite Madrid FC finishing higher.

1915–16Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Madrid (C, Q) 6 5 0 1 15 5 +10 10 Qualification for the Copa del Rey.
2 Racing Madrid 6 4 0 2 15 7 +8 8
3 Athletic Madrid 6 3 0 3 11 8 +3 6
4 RS Gimnástica 6 0 0 6 1 22 −21 0
Source: Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated

1916–17Edit

This was the first season in which a club was promoted to the first division from the second division. Stadium FC won the 1st category B at the end of the 1916–17 season and following the play-off matches, the club secured promotion to 1st category A for the 1917–18 season.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Madrid (C, Q) 6 6 0 0 28 8 +20 12 Qualification for the Copa del Rey.
2 Athletic Madrid 6 3 0 3 8 8 0 6
3 Racing Madrid 6 2 0 4 7 14 −7 4
4 RS Gimnástica 6 1 0 5 5 18 −13 2
Source: Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated

1917–18Edit

A third division below the 1st category B, called 2ª Preferente (2nd Preferential) was introduced for the 1917–18 season. The division included Recreativo Español, Madrid FC's third reserve team, and Unión SC's second reserve team.

This was the first season in which a club was relegated to the second division. Stadium FC, who had been newly promoted to the 1st category A, finished at the bottom of the table qualifying for the relegation play-offs with Unión SC, winner of the 1st category B. Unión SC won two of the three play-off matches between the teams earning promotion to the 1st category A, while Stadium FC was relegated to 1st category B for the 1918–19 season.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Madrid (C, Q) 6 5 0 1 13 8 +5 10 Qualification for the Copa del Rey.
2 Athletic Madrid 6 4 0 2 16 10 +6 8
3 Racing Madrid 6 3 0 3 6 6 0 6
4 Stadium (R) 6 0 0 6 8 19 −11 0 Qualification for the relegation play-offs
Source: Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated; (R) Relegated

1918–19Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Racing Madrid (C, Q) 8 7 1 0 36 5 +31 15 Qualification for the Copa del Rey.
2 Madrid 8 5 1 2 20 15 +5 11
3 RS Gimnástica 8 2 3 3 10 13 −3 7
4 Athletic Madrid 8 2 1 5 7 19 −12 5
5 Unión 8 1 0 7 8 29 −21 2 Qualification for the relegation play-offs
Source: Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated

1919–20Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Madrid (C, Q) 6 4 1 1 17 7 +10 9 Qualification for the Copa del Rey.
2 Athletic Madrid 6 3 2 1 16 11 +5 8
3 Racing Madrid 6 2 3 1 16 7 +9 7
4 RS Gimnástica 6 0 0 6 3 27 −24 0
Source: Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated

1920–21Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Athletic Madrid (C, Q) 6 5 1 0 13 3 +10 11 Qualification for the Copa del Rey.
2 Racing Madrid 6 3 1 2 11 7 +4 7
3 Real Madrid 6 2 1 3 14 9 +5 5
4 RS Gimnástica 6 0 1 5 3 22 −19 1
Source: Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated

1921–22Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Real Madrid (C, Q) 6 5 1 0 28 5 +23 11 Qualification for the Copa del Rey.
2 Athletic Madrid 6 4 1 1 24 11 +13 9
3 Racing Madrid 6 1 0 5 10 28 −18 2
4 RS Gimnástica 6 1 0 5 10 28 −18 2
Source: Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored; 4) head-to-head.
(C) Champion; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated

1922–23Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Real Madrid (C, Q) 6 3 2 1 12 9 +3 8 Qualification for the Copa del Rey.
2 Athletic Madrid 6 3 1 2 12 10 +2 7
3 Racing Madrid 6 2 1 3 13 14 −1 5
4 RS Gimnástica 6 1 2 3 9 13 −4 4
Source: Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated

1923–24Edit

The Federation expanded the number of teams included in the first division to five and the second division to six from the 1923–24 season. Unión SC, winner of the second division in the previous season, was promoted to the first division.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Real Madrid (C, Q) 8 6 2 0 21 7 +14 14 Qualification for the Copa del Rey.
2 Racing Madrid 8 3 3 2 13 13 0 9
3 Athletic Madrid 8 4 0 4 13 11 +2 8
4 RS Gimnástica 8 3 2 3 7 10 −3 8
5 Unión (O) 8 0 1 7 8 21 −13 1 Qualification for the relegation play-offs
Source: Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated

1924–25Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Athletic Madrid (C, Q) 8 5 3 0 21 7 +14 13 Qualification for the Copa del Rey.
2 Real Madrid 8 3 3 2 11 6 +5 9
3 RS Gimnástica 8 4 0 4 21 16 +5 8
4 Racing Madrid 8 3 1 4 21 19 +2 7
5 Unión (O) 8 1 1 6 3 29 −26 3 Qualification for the relegation play-offs
Source: Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated

1925–26Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Real Madrid (C, Q) 8 6 1 1 17 5 +12 13 Qualification for the Copa del Rey.
2 Athletic Madrid 8 5 0 3 22 11 +11 10
3 RS Gimnástica 8 4 1 3 21 20 +1 9
4 Racing Madrid 8 3 1 4 17 19 −2 7
5 Unión (O) 8 0 1 7 5 27 −22 1 Qualification for the relegation play-offs
Source: Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated

1926–27Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Real Madrid (C, Q) 16 12 1 3 38 12 +26 25 Qualification for the Copa del Rey.
2 Athletic Madrid (Q) 16 8 2 6 31 25 +6 18
3 Racing Madrid 16 8 1 7 33 25 +8 17
4 RS Gimnástica 16 4 2 10 15 41 −26 10 Qualification for the relegation play-offs
5 Unión 16 4 2 10 18 32 −14 10
Source: Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated

1927–28Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Real Madrid (C, Q) 10 8 0 2 38 10 +28 16 Qualification for the Copa del Rey and the Copa Federación Centro [es].
2 Athletic Madrid (Q) 10 8 0 2 31 10 +21 16
3 Racing Madrid 10 8 0 2 31 15 +16 16
4 Nacional Madrid 10 3 1 6 14 31 −17 7
5 RS Gimnástica 10 1 1 8 12 33 −21 3
6 Unión (O) 10 1 0 9 10 37 −27 2 Qualification for the relegation play-offs
Source: Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) tiebreaker matches
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated

1928–29Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Real Madrid (C, Q) 8 7 1 0 30 8 +22 15 Qualification for the Copa del Rey.
2 Athletic Madrid (Q) 8 6 0 2 23 14 +9 12
3 Racing Madrid (Q) 8 2 1 5 13 18 −5 5
4 Nacional Madrid 8 2 0 6 16 25 −9 4 Qualification for the relegation play-offs
5 Unión 8 2 0 6 17 34 −17 4
Source: Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated

1929–30Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Real Madrid (C, Q) 8 5 1 2 24 12 +12 11 Qualification for the Copa del Rey.
2 Racing Madrid (Q) 8 3 4 1 20 14 +6 10
3 Athletic Madrid (Q) 8 4 2 2 23 16 +7 10
4 Nacional Madrid 8 3 2 3 19 21 −2 8
5 Unión 8 0 1 7 9 32 −23 1
Source: Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated

1930–31Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Real Madrid (C, Q) 10 9 1 0 34 10 +24 19 Qualification for the Copa del Rey.
2 Athletic Madrid (Q) 10 8 1 1 44 13 +31 17
3 Racing Madrid (Q) 10 3 3 4 18 21 −3 9
4 Nacional Madrid 10 3 2 5 19 22 −3 8
5 Tranviaria 10 1 2 7 15 45 −30 4
6 Unión 10 1 1 8 8 27 −19 3
Source: Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated

1931–32 (Campeonato Mancomunado Centro-Aragón)Edit

1932–33 (Campeonato Regional Mancomunado Centro-Sur)Edit

1933–34 (Campeonato Regional Mancomunado Centro-Sur)Edit

1934–35 (Campeonato Mancomunado Castilla-Aragón)Edit

1935–36 (Campeonato Mancomunado Castilla-Aragón)Edit

  • Champion: Madrid FC
Pos Team Pts P W D L GF GA
1. Madrid 15 10 6 3 1 23 8
2 Zaragoza 14 10 7 0 3 21 8
3 Athletic Madrid 10 10 5 0 5 22 21
4 Racing Santander 9 10 4 1 5 19 26
5 Nacional Madrid 7 10 3 1 6 17 27
6 Valladolid 5 10 2 1 7 17 29

1936 to 1939Edit

The competition was not held for three seasons due to the Spanish Civil War.

1939–40Edit

Pos Team Pts P W D L GF GA
1. Athletic Aviación 15 10 7 1 2 30 8
2 Real Madrid 15 10 7 1 2 21 12
3 Ferroviaria 13 10 5 3 2 19 15
4 Salamanca 8 10 3 2 5 13 20
5 Imperio 5 10 1 3 6 9 19
6 Valladolid 4 10 1 2 7 6 24

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Spain - List of Champions of Campeonato Regional Centro". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 12 October 2020.
  2. ^ Copa del Rey Alfonso XIII, Corazonblanco.com
  3. ^ Copa del Rey Alfonso XIII 1904, linguasport.com (in Spanish)