Pontevedra CF

Pontevedra Club de Fútbol, S.A.D. is a Spanish football team in Pontevedra, in the autonomous community of Galicia. Founded in 16 October 1941 it currently plays in Segunda División B – Group 1, holding home matches at Estadio Municipal de Pasarón, with a capacity of 12,000 seats.[1]

Full namePontevedra Club de Fútbol, S.A.D.
Nickname(s)Pontevedriña, Ponte, os Granates, o Hai que Roelo, Atila rey de los hunos
Founded16 October 1941
GroundPasarón, Pontevedra,
Galicia, Spain
PresidentLupe Murillo
Head coachJesús Ramos Álvaro
League2ªB – Group 1
2019–202ªB – Group 1, 9th
WebsiteClub website

Having enjoyed its heyday in the 1960s, it even reached the First Division, leading it during November and December 1965. The club was renowned at the top level for its performances against the bigger clubs, especially at home. Due to their history, fanbase, and stadium, os Granates are considered Galicia's third biggest club, behind Deportivo de La Coruña and Celta de Vigo, despite having spent the majority of recent decades in Spanish football's inferior categories.


Pontevedra Club de Fútbol was founded in 1941, following the merge of the two top teams in the city at the moment: Eiriña and Alfonso C.F. The first president of the new club was Fernando Ponte Conde.

Pontevedra promoted to La Liga in 1963 but was relegated a year after, managing to play again in the top flight between 1965 and 1970. During this time the fans coined the motto Hai que roelo,[2] in reference to the difficulties rival teams had when playing a strong side, who achieved a seventh place in 1966, adding an eighth two seasons later; midfielder Ignacio Martín-Esperanza and forwards Neme and Roldán were among the stars of this era, and years following the 1972–73 season saw the team more often than not struggling in lower categories, well into the 2000s.

On 23 January 2007 Pontevedra was transformed into a Sociedade Anónima Deportiva (sporting Joint stock company), as required by Spanish law – this was a general measure introduced in order to revitalise the financial situation of professional football clubs. Yet, some risked disappearance as they could not face the cost involved in this transformation from "private" to "stock company".[3][4] In the club's case this was made possible after then president, Nino Mirón, had purchased 52 per cent of the stock options; the club then added the letters "S.A.D." to its official name.

The subsequent stated main goal of Pontevedra was to promote back to Segunda División, with the team having last appearing in the category in the 2004–05 campaign. That season the club finished in the last position among 22 teams.[5] The club qualified for the promotion playoffs for the following three seasons, but failed to go through on each occasion. They were subsequently relegated and spent four seasons in the Galician Tercera División Group, returning to Segunda B via the playoffs after a successful 2014/15 season under the guidance of Luisito. The following season in the Segunda División B, Group 1 the club finished in the 9th position.[6]

Season to seasonEdit

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

Current squadEdit

As of 2 December 2020

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 Mario Fernández
2 DF   ESP Santi Figueroa
3 DF   ESP Eneko Zabaleta
4 DF   ESP Churre
5 DF   ESP Pol Bueso
6 MF   ESP Borja Martínez
7 MF   ESP Álex González
8 MF   ESP Adrián Cruz
9 FW   ESP Rufo Sánchez
10 MF   ESP Manuel Romay
11 MF   ESP Jorge Fernández
13 GK   ESP Álvaro Cortés
14 MF   ESP Imanol García
No. Pos. Nation Player
15 FW   ESP Martín Diz
16 MF   ESP Óscar Fernández
17 MF   ESP Oier Calvillo
18 FW   BRA Charles
19 FW   ESP Samu Vilariño
20 DF   ESP Aitor Núñez
21 DF   ESP Xisco Campos
25 GK   ESP Diego Dadín
26 MF   ESP David Veiga
27 FW   MEX Iñaki Martínez
28 DF   ESP Javier Muíños
29 DF   ESP Pablo López


Colours and crestEdit

The traditional colours of Pontevedra are burgundy shirt, blue shorts and burgundy socks. However, during certain periods white shorts and blue socks were also used, and even a blue and burgundy ribboned shirt for a short period of time.

The current colours are the traditional, with the crest of the club on the left upper part of the shirt. The name of the sponsor (if any) is normally placed in the centre of the shirt.

The crest is a fusion between the coat of arms of the city of Pontevedra and a football, displaying the name of the city/club and the letters "CF". The club has an official mascot called Roélio, a walking bone dressed in the club colours who is a direct reference to the club's motto.[2]


Pontevedra plays at the Estadio Municipal de Pasarón. With a 105x68 meters playing field, it was built in 1956 and was partially refitted for the 1982 FIFA World Cup celebrated in Spain; it did not hold any actual games in the tournament, but it benefitted from the general funds allocated to the refurbishment of football stadiums.

The stadium used to have a capacity for 16,500, including standing spectators. However, UEFA regulations dictated that all attendants must be seated and, therefore, the stadium went under re-construction. – regardless, Pasarón was also in need of a general refurbishment, overdue since 1982. The works were completed for the 2010–11 season, with the new capacity being of 10,500 spectators.[7]

Pasarón is located in the north side of the city (north to Lérez River), at Rúa de Luis Otero s/n, 36005. The stadium is owned by the local city council, the Concello de Pontevedra.

Famous playersEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Lomholt, Isabelle (2013-12-09). "Estadio Pasaron, Pontevedra Building, Spain". e-architect. Retrieved 2020-01-19.
  2. ^ a b The closest English idiom for Hai que roelo would possibly be "you have to bite the bullet". That is to say, "you have to bite the bullet if you want to defeat Pontevedra". A literal translation would be "one has to gnaw it".
  3. ^ Ley del Deporte 10/1990, 15 October 1990
  4. ^ Real Decreto 1251/1999; Sociedades Anónimas Deportivas, 16 July 1999
  5. ^ "Histórico Pontevedra - Segunda División 2004/2005". www.resultados-futbol.com. Retrieved 2019-12-19.
  6. ^ "Histórico Pontevedra - Segunda División B G 1". www.resultados-futbol.com. Retrieved 2019-12-19.
  7. ^ "Estadio". Pontevedra C.F. (in Spanish). Retrieved 2019-11-05.

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