Real Club Deportivo Mallorca, S.A.D. (Spanish: [reˈal ˈkluβ ðepoɾˈtiβo maˈʎoɾka], Catalan: Reial Club Deportiu Mallorca [rəˈjal ˈklub dəpuɾˈtiw məˈʎɔɾkə], Royal Sporting Club Mallorca), commonly known as Real Mallorca or just Mallorca, is a Spanish professional football club based in Palma on the island of Mallorca in the Balearic Islands. Founded on 5 March 1916, they currently compete in La Liga, holding home games at the Estadi Mallorca Son Moix with a 23,142-seat capacity.

Full nameReal Club Deportivo Mallorca, S.A.D.
Nickname(s)Los Piratas (The Pirates)
Los Bermellones (The Vermilions)
Els Barralets (The Barralet)
Founded5 March 1916; 108 years ago (1916-03-05) as Alfonso XIII Foot-Ball Club
GroundEstadi Mallorca Son Moix
OwnerAndy Kohlberg (majority)
Steve Nash (minority)
Steve Kerr (minority)
PresidentAndy Kohlberg
Head coachJavier Aguirre
LeagueLa Liga
2022–23La Liga, 9th of 20
WebsiteClub website
Current season

The club had its peak in the late 1990s and early 2000s, reaching a best-ever third place in La Liga in 1999 and 2001 and winning the Copa del Rey in 2003 following final defeats in 1991 and 1998. Mallorca also won the 1998 Supercopa de España[1] and reached the 1999 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup final.

Mallorca traditionally play in red shirts with black shorts and socks.

History edit

The early years edit

Founded on 5 March 1916, what would later become RCD Mallorca was registered at the Spanish Football Federation under the name of Alfonso XIII Foot-Ball Club.

Weeks after its establishment, the club wasted little time forming the directors of Alfonso XIII FBC, headed by engineer Adolfo Vázquez Humasqué and eight other football fans. Their first stadium, the Buenos Aires field, was inaugurated with a competitive fixture against FC Barcelona just 20 days after registering further fast-tracked development. Despite the fixture ending in a disappointing 8–0 defeat, it was not long before King Alfonso XIII himself requested the royal adoption of ‘Real’ in the team's title, therefore becoming Real Sociedad Alfonso XIII Foot-Ball Club.

RCD Mallorca first match on 25 March 1916 against FC Barcelona reserve team.
Founding charter of Alfonso XIII Football Club in 1916.

In 1917, the Catalan Federation granted Real Sociedad Alfonso XIII admission into the second-tier league championship as an unofficial champion of the Balearic Islands. Booking a place in the final, Los Bermellones went on to record their first title with a resounding 3–1 victory over Futbol Club Palafrugell, in Barcelona.

Until the 1930s, the board of directors managed to organise fixtures against peninsular clubs such as RCD Espanyol and Real Murcia, while also hosting rare exhibitions against foreign sides including: Ajax in 1923, Uruguay's national team in 1925, Chilean outfit Colo-Colo in 1927 and one of the Czech Republic's oldest teams, Prague Meteor, in 1930.

In 1931, following the establishment of the Second Spanish Republic which prohibited any form of reference to monarchy, the club was renamed to Club Deportivo Mallorca.

Although major fixtures and competitions across Spain were soon interrupted by the outbreak of the Civil War in 1936, the squad enjoyed a highly successful spell by winning every possible championship they entered into, as football on the island remained resistant to the deferral experienced throughout the country. When the war finally ended, matches with teams from the Peninsula were quick to resume and the Second Division was inaugurated, based on five groups of eight teams each.

It was during a period in the Second Division that, on 22 September 1945, the time had come to wave goodbye to Buenos Aires Field and up sticks to Es Fortí, a 16,000-maximum capacity stadium which would be called home for over half a century and undergo several expansions. A line-up featuring forward Sebastián Pocoví, defender Saturnino Grech and goalkeeper Antoni Ramallets beat Jerez 3–0 on the opening game of the new campaign the following day, with Carlos Sanz scoring Es Fortí's first goal in front of packed-out terraces. The title Es Fortí was short-lived however, with the board later changing the name of the stadium to Lluís Sitjar, in honour of the man who had driven the construction of the field.

During the 1949–1950 season, the Balearic club recovered their "Real" title, becoming Real Club Deportivo Mallorca

1960–1990 edit

1990s and 2000s: Peak edit

Chart of RCD Mallorca league performance 1929-2023

In 1990–91, Mallorca reached the Copa del Rey final for the first time, losing by one goal to Atlético Madrid.[2]

Argentine Héctor Cúper was hired as manager in 1997. In his first season, the club reached the 1998 Copa del Rey Final, and lost on penalties to FC Barcelona after a 1–1 draw in Mestalla. However, as Barcelona also won the league, Mallorca were their opponents in the 1998 Supercopa de España and won 3–1 on aggregate for their first major honour.[3] Barcelona's double also meant Mallorca entered the 1998–99 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, the final staging of the tournament – they lost the final 2–1 to Italy's S.S. Lazio at Villa Park.[4]

In 1999, Mallorca also finished a best-ever 3rd and qualified for the first time to the UEFA Champions League, but were eliminated on the away goals rule by Molde FK of Norway before the group stage. Luis Aragonés matched 3rd place in 2001, before leaving for an Atlético Madrid still in the second tier.[5] On 28 June 2003, Mallorca won the Copa del Rey with a 3–0 win over Recreativo de Huelva in the final in Elche; the goals were scored by Walter Pandiani and Samuel Eto'o (two).[6]

2010s: Decline and return edit

Estadi Mallorca Son Moix

Mallorca was relegated from La Liga on the last day of the 2012–13 season.[7] In January 2016, with the team at risk of relegation to the third tier, American investor Robert Sarver and former NBA player Steve Nash bought the club for just over €20 million.[8]

On 4 June 2017, Mallorca fell into the third tier for the first time since 1981, with one game of the season still to play.[9] A year later, they bounced back in the 2017–18 season after winning the play-off final against CF Rayo Majadahonda, under new manager Vicente Moreno.[10] In June 2019, Mallorca secured a second consecutive promotion to the 2019–20 La Liga, following a 3–2 win on aggregate over Deportivo de La Coruña in the 2019 Segunda División play-offs – having lost the first game 2–0.[11] However, they were relegated a year later.[12] A year later, Mallorca bounced back to the top tier following an Almería defeat to Cartagena.[13] In 2024, Mallorca reached the Copa del Rey final for the first time since last winning the competition in 2003.

Season to season edit

Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1931–32 3 4th Round of 32
1932–33 4 Regional 2nd Did not play
1933–34 4 Regional 4th DNP
1934–35 4 Regional 3rd DNP
1935–36 4 Regional 1st Second round
1939–40 2 7th DNP
1940–41 4 1ª Reg. 2nd DNP
1941–42 4 1ª Reg. 1st DNP
1942–43 4 1ª Reg. 1st DNP
1943–44 3 1st Round of 32
1944–45 2 11th First round
1945–46 2 8th First round
1946–47 2 5th First round
1947–48 2 13th Fifth round
1948–49 3 3rd Fifth round
1949–50 2 11th Round of 16
1950–51 2 12th DNP
1951–52 2 6th DNP
1952–53 2 8th Second round
1953–54 2 16th DNP
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1954–55 3 1st DNP
1955–56 3 2nd DNP
1956–57 3 1st DNP
1957–58 3 1st DNP
1958–59 3 1st DNP
1959–60 2 1st Quarter-finals
1960–61 1 9th Round of 16
1961–62 1 11th Round of 16
1962–63 1 13th Round of 32
1963–64 2 3rd Round of 32
1964–65 2 1st Round of 16
1965–66 1 15th Round of 16
1966–67 2 5th Round of 32
1967–68 2 4th First round
1968–69 2 3rd DNP
1969–70 1 15th Round of 32
1970–71 2 9th Round of 32
1971–72 2 12th Fourth round
1972–73 2 10th Fourth round
1973–74 2 11th Third round
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1974–75 2 17th Round of 32
1975–76 3 9th First round
1976–77 3 3rd Second round
1977–78 3 2ª B 18th First round
1978–79 4 13th DNP
1979–80 4 1st Third round
1980–81 3 2ª B 1st Third round
1981–82 2 6th Fourth round
1982–83 2 3rd Fourth round
1983–84 1 17th Third round
1984–85 2 7th Round of 16
1985–86 2 3rd Fourth round
1986–87 1 6th Quarter-finals
1987–88 1 18th Round of 32
1988–89 2 4th Quarter-finals
1989–90 1 10th First round
1990–91 1 15th Runners-up
1991–92 1 20th Fourth round
1992–93 2 4th Round of 16
1993–94 2 5th Third round
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1994–95 2 12th Quarter-finals
1995–96 2 3rd Second round
1996–97 2 3rd Second round
1997–98 1 5th Runners-up
1998–99 1 3rd Quarter-finals
1999–2000 1 10th Second round
2000–01 1 3rd Quarter-finals
2001–02 1 16th Round of 16
2002–03 1 9th Winners
2003–04 1 11th Round of 32
2004–05 1 17th Round of 32
2005–06 1 13th Third round
2006–07 1 12th Round of 16
2007–08 1 7th Quarter-finals
2008–09 1 9th Semi-finals
2009–10 1 5th Quarter-finals
2010–11 1 17th Round of 16
2011–12 1 8th Quarter-finals
2012–13 1 18th Round of 16
2013–14 2 17th Second round
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
2014–15 2 16th Second round
2015–16 2 17th Second round
2016–17 2 20th Third round
2017–18 3 2ª B 1st Second round
2018–19 2 5th Round of 32
2019–20 1 19th Round of 32
2020–21 2 2nd Second Round
2021–22 1 16th Quarter-finals
2022–23 1 9th Round of 16
2023–24 1 Runners-up

Players edit

Current squad edit

As of 1 February 2024[14]

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   SRB Predrag Rajković
2 DF   SRB Matija Nastasić
3 DF   ESP Toni Lato
4 DF   BEL Siebe Van der Heyden
5 MF   ESP Omar Mascarell
6 DF   ESP José Manuel Copete
7 FW   KOS Vedat Muriqi
8 MF   ESP Manu Morlanes
9 FW   ESP Abdón Prats
10 MF   ESP Sergi Darder
11 DF   ESP Jaume Costa
12 MF   POR Samú Costa
No. Pos. Nation Player
13 GK   SVK Dominik Greif
14 MF   ESP Dani Rodríguez (vice-captain)
15 DF   ESP Pablo Maffeo
17 FW   CAN Cyle Larin
18 MF   ESP Antonio Sánchez
19 FW   ESP Javi Llabrés
20 DF   URU Giovanni González
21 DF   ESP Antonio Raíllo (captain)
22 DF   ESP Nacho Vidal (on loan from Osasuna)
23 FW   SRB Nemanja Radonjić (on loan from Torino)
24 DF   SVK Martin Valjent (3rd captain)
25 GK   ESP Iván Cuéllar

Reserve team edit

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 MF   ESP Rubén Quintanilla
29 DF   ESP Miguelito
31 DF   ESP Yuzún Ley
32 DF   ESP Marcos Fernández
No. Pos. Nation Player
34 FW   ESP Pau Mascaró
36 GK   ESP Alex Quevedo
37 DF   ESP Carles Sogorb

Out on loan edit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK   ESP Leo Román (at Oviedo until 30 June 2024)
GK   ESP Pere García (at Sestao River until 30 June 2024)
DF   ESP David López (at Elche until 30 June 2024)
DF   ESP Josep Gayá (at Amorebieta until 30 June 2024)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   GHA Iddrisu Baba (at Almería until 30 June 2024)
MF   COL Daniel Luna (at Mirandés until 30 June 2024)
FW   SEN Amath Ndiaye (at Valladolid until 30 June 2024)

Management and staff edit

Technical staff edit

Position Staff
Head coach   Javier Aguirre
Assistant coach   Toni Amor
Goalkeeping coach   Luisvi de Miguel
Fitness coach   Pol Lorente
  Miguel Artigues
Analysts   Francisco Cano
  Xim López
Delegate   Chando
  Anabel Soto
Kit man   José Martín
  Aitor Hernández
Head of medical staff   Adolfo Muñoz
Nutritionist   Nuria Granados
Physiotherapist   Joana Maria Seguí
  Magí Vicens
  Tomeu Llabrés
  Javier Escobar
  Ferran Rosselló
Rehab fitness coach   Christian Castilla

Last updated: 1 September 2021
Source: [1]

Board of directors edit

President: Andy Kohlberg

Board of Directors Member: Robert Sarver

Board of Directors Member: Steve Nash

Board of Directors Member: Graeme Le Saux

Board of Directors Member: Utz Claassen

Honorary Secretary: Rosemary Mafuz

Sports directors edit

Football Director: Joe Metcalf

Steering committee edit

CFO: Steve Washington

Head of Sales & Marketing: Phillip Tisdell

Legality Department: Waylon Wilkinson Jr.

Head of Communications: Stan Cooper

Ticketing & Social area: Charity Donalds

Presidents edit

Real Sociedad Alfonso XIII Football Club

  • Adolfo Vázquez Humasqué (1916)
  • Antoni Moner (1916–19)
  • Josep Ramis d'Ayreflor (1919–24)
  • Antoni Moner (1924–26)
  • Lluís Sitjar (1926–27)
  • Sebastià Sancho (1927)
  • Manuel Villalonga (1927–29)
  • Josep Ramis d'Ayreflor / Sebastià Sancho (1929–30)
  • Antonio Parietti / Lluís Sitjar (1930–31)

Club Deportivo Mallorca

  • Lluís Sitjar / Josep Sancho / Ramón Cavaller (1931–32)
  • Miquel Seguí (1932–34)
  • Llorenç Lladó / Andreu Homar (1934–35)
  • Andreu Homar (1935–43)
  • Lluís Sitjar (1943–46)
  • Félix Pons Marqués (1946–47)

Real Club Deportivo Mallorca

  • Joaquín Fuster / Andreu Homar / Joan de Vidal (1948–51)
  • Antoni Buades / Josep Tous (1951)
  • Antoni Buades / José María del Valle (1952)
  • Llorenç Munar (1955)
  • Jaume Rosselló (1956–61)
  • Llorenç Munar (1961)
  • Joan de Vidal (1964–66)
  • Josep Barona (1966–67)
  • Josep Barona / Pau Servera (1967–68)
  • Pau Servera / Guillem Ginard (1969–70)
  • Guillem Ginard / Josep Fandós (1970–71)
  • Josep Fandós (1971–72)
  • Joan de Vidal (1972–74)
  • Joan de Vidal / Antoni Seguí (1974–75)
  • Antonio Seguí / Joan Ferrer (1975–76)
  • Guillem Ginard (1976-77)
  • Guillem Ginard / Miquel Contestí (1977–78)
  • Miquel Contestí (1978–92)
  • Miquel Dalmau (1992–95)
  • Bartomeu Beltrán (1995–98)
  • Guillem Reynés (1998–00)
  • Mateu Alemany (2000–05)
  • Vicenç Grande (2005–08)
  • Mateu Alemany (2008–09)
  • Tomeu Vidal (2009–10)
  • Josep Maria Pons (2010)
  • Jaume Cladera (2010–12)[15]

Honours edit

Domestic competitions edit

International competitions edit

Records edit

Team edit

Individual edit

Notable players edit

Most appearances edit

# Name Matches
  Miguel Ángel Nadal 255
  José Nunes 222
  Javier Olaizola 206
  Ariel Ibagaza 204
  Víctor Casadesús 197
  Juan Arango 183
  Jovan Stanković 175
  Marcos 171
  Paco Soler 168
10°   Dudu Aouate 167
11°   Iván Ramis 164
12°   José Luis Martí 161

Top scorers edit

# Name Goals
  Samuel Eto'o 70
  Abdon Prats 52
  Juan Arango 46
  Víctor Casadesús 37
  Daniel Güiza 28
  Pierre Webó 27
  Vedat Muriqi 26

World Cup players edit

The following players have been selected by their country in the World Cup Finals, while playing for Mallorca.

Club information edit

  1. ^ The attendance numbers are affected due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Stadium information edit

The team plane, needed due to the club's island location

Affiliated teams edit

References edit

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  2. ^ Mazarrasa, Gonzalo (29 June 2011). "Atlético 1-0 Mallorca: Al Mallorca se le escapó su primera Final" [Atlético 1-0 Mallorca: Their first final got away from Mallorca] (in Spanish). RCD Mallorca. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
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  6. ^ "Mallorca win King's Cup". Eurosport. 28 June 2003. Retrieved 28 February 2020.
  7. ^ Lowe, Sid (3 June 2013). "Celta Vigo defy odds as four becomes relegated three in La Liga finale". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  8. ^ Corrigan, Dermot (5 January 2016). "Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver, Steve Nash seal Mallorca takeover". ESPN FC. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  9. ^ Dunne, Robbie (4 June 2017). "Former NBA star Steve Nash's Mallorca relegated to Spanish third tier, Girona promoted". Diario AS. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  10. ^ "Mallorca champions of Segunda B". Majorca Daily Bulletin. 10 June 2018. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
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  12. ^ "Real Mallorca are relegated". Majorca Daily Bulletin. 16 July 2020. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  13. ^ "Real Mallorca are promoted to La Liga". 18 May 2021. Retrieved 1 November 2021.
  14. ^ "Official RCD Mallorca staff in 2022/23". Liga Nacional de Fútbol Profesional. Retrieved 30 July 2022.
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  16. ^ "Palmarés en" (in Spanish). MARCA. Retrieved 22 June 2010.
  17. ^ Carnicero, José; Torre, Raúl; Ferrer, Carles Lozano (28 August 2009). "Spain – List of Super Cup Finals". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation (RSSSF). Archived from the original on 8 March 2010. Retrieved 22 June 2010.
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  19. ^ "Club stadium". (official website). Retrieved 27 August 2020.
  20. ^ "Son Bibiloni, RCD Mallorca's heart". Retrieved 27 August 2020.

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