Racing de Ferrol

  (Redirected from Racing Club de Ferrol)

Racing Club de Ferrol is a Spanish football team based in Ferrol, Province of A Coruña, in the autonomous community of Galicia.

Racing Club de Ferrol
Nuevo Escudo Racing Ferrol.png
Full nameRacing Club de Ferrol, S.A.D.
Nickname(s)Os Departamentais
Os Diaños Verdes (Green Devils)
Founded5 October 1919
GroundA Malata, Ferrol,
Galicia, Spain
Capacity12,043 [1]
PresidentJosé Criado
Head coachCristóbal Parralo
League1ª RFEF – Group 1
2020–212ª B – Group 1 (A), 5th of 10
2ª B – Group 1 (D), 1st of 6

Founded in 1919, the club currently plays in Primera División RFEF – Group 1, holding home games at Estadio da Malata. Club colours are green shirts with white shorts, though during the early years of its existence green and white shirts with vertical stripes were used.

Although Ferrol has never played in Spain's top division of La Liga, the club has spent many years in the second tier before being in the third tier more recently.


The history of football in Ferrol is associated with the shipbuilding yards, workshops, foundries and drydocks and the British technical advisors,[2][3][4] hired to work locally who used to play against each-other at first, but later on, local workers and military personnel stationed in Ferrol. The renewal of the shipyards and the creation, in town of the "school of Naval Engineers"[5] meant that from that from the mid-nineteenth century, a mostly French at first but, latter on mostly British, Engineers and Technicians, a constant influx was developed; bringing to Ferrol not only new technologies (paid for by the Spanish state),but also, political ideas and ways for workers to unite against unfair salaries and working conditions (let's not forget that the creator of the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) and the Spanish General Workers' Union (UGT) was a man born in Ferrol at this time) and of course, football as well. This influx of Britons will increase exponentially from 1909 when Spain signed a massive contract with Vickers-Armstrong, John Brown and a few others though mostly Vickers-Armstrong for the renewal of the local dry-docks and dockyards and foundries after the Naval disaster of 1898. From those early years to these days many football clubs came and go over the decades but only one of them actually survived for a considerable time and for that, only as an amalgamation of some other previous teams and this is el Racing de Ferrol.

Racing Ferrol Football Club, can trace back its origins back to July 1919, but starting very strongly from the beginning on a massive winning all matches spree that allow the team to play against the best national squads in the country so only ten years after its creation Racing Ferrol Football Club was taking part on its first national championships competition and fluctuating later over the decades between first and second divisions as follows: the second – first presence in 1939–40 – and third divisions. In 1977–78 the Galicians won the inaugural edition of Segunda División B and promoted again, only to be immediately relegated back.

It would not until the year 2000 that Racing would again reach the second level, going on to spend there five of the following six years. In the 2006–07 campaign the club gained promotion to the category in the playoffs, with a 2–1 aggregate win against Alicante CF. In the following season the team finished fourth from the bottom and dropped back to the third division, and to the fourth only two years later.

Season to seasonEdit

Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1929–30 3 1st
1930–31 3 3rd
1931–32 3 1st
1932–33 3 4th Round of 32
1933–34 3 5th Round of 32
1934–35 2 8th Third round
1939–40 2 2nd Runners-up
1940–41 2 4th
1941–42 2 3rd
1942–43 2 6th
1943–44 3 1st
1944–45 2 10th Round of 16
1945–46 2 7th First round
1946–47 2 10th First round
1947–48 2 3rd Round of 16
1948–49 2 14th Fourth round
1949–50 2 12th
1950–51 2 8th
1951–52 2 3rd
1952–53 2 9th Second round
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1953–54 2 8th
1954–55 2 12th
1955–56 2 6th
1956–57 2 16th
1957–58 2 12th
1958–59 2 10th First round
1959–60 2 16th Round of 32
1960–61 3 1st
1961–62 3 2nd
1962–63 3 1st
1963–64 3 3rd
1964–65 3 1st
1965–66 3 1st
1966–67 2 7th First round
1967–68 2 7th First round
1968–69 2 4th
1969–70 2 10th Quarter-finals
1970–71 2 8th Round of 32
1971–72 2 18th Third round
1972–73 3 9th
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1973–74 3 4th Third round
1974–75 3 3rd
1975–76 3 9th Fourth round
1976–77 3 6th First round
1977–78 3 2ª B 1st Second round
1978–79 2 20th Third round
1979–80 3 2ª B 16th
1980–81 3 2ª B 11th
1981–82 3 2ª B 17th
1982–83 3 2ª B 9th
1983–84 3 2ª B 20th
1984–85 4 3rd
1985–86 4 8th
1986–87 4 17th
1987–88 4 1st
1988–89 3 2ª B 13th
1989–90 3 2ª B 17th
1990–91 4 5th
1991–92 4 1st
1992–93 3 2ª B 12th Third round
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1993–94 3 2ª B 13th
1994–95 3 2ª B 1st
1995–96 3 2ª B 2nd
1996–97 3 2ª B 7th
1997–98 3 2ª B 5th
1998–99 3 2ª B 4th
1999–00 3 2ª B 3rd Preliminary round
2000–01 2 16th Round of 64
2001–02 2 9th Round of 32
2002–03 2 20th Round of 32
2003–04 3 2ª B 2nd Round of 64
2004–05 2 16th Round of 64
2005–06 2 20th Second round
2006–07 3 2ª B 3rd Second round
2007–08 2 19th Second round
2008–09 3 2ª B 7th First round
2009–10 3 2ª B 19th
2010–11 4 2nd
2011–12 4 8th
2012–13 4 1st
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
2013–14 3 2ª B 2nd First round
2014–15 3 2ª B 3rd Second round
2015–16 3 2ª B 2nd Third round
2016–17 3 2ª B 7th Second round
2017–18 3 2ª B 18th Second round
2018–19 4 1st
2019–20 3 2ª B 11th First round
2020–21 3 2ª B 5th / 1st
2021–22 3 1ª RFEF

Current squadEdit

As of 28 September 2021[6]

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 Diego Rivas
2 DF   BRA Yago Taborda
3 DF   ESP Fernando Puma
4 DF   ESP Jon García
5 DF   ESP Quique Fornos
6 MF   ESP Kevin Presa
7 FW   ESP David Rodríguez
7 FW   ESP Dani Abalo
8 MF   ESP Álex López
9 FW   BRA Nathan (on loan from Corinthians)
10 FW   ESP Dani Nieto
11 MF   URU Juan Viacava
12 MF   ESP Iñigo Alayeto
No. Pos. Nation Player
13 GK   ARG Gianfranco Gazzaniga
14 DF   URU Yeferson Quintana
15 DF   ESP David Castro
16 MF   ESP Fran Manzanara
17 MF   ESP Héber Pena
18 FW   COL Jaime Alvarado (on loan from Watford)
19 FW   ESP Luis Chacón
20 FW   ESP Pep Caballé
21 DF   ESP Alfonso Candelas
22 FW   ESP Joselu (captain)
23 DF   ESP Miguel Loureiro
24 GK   ESP Joan Salvá

Honours / AchievementsEdit


  • Galician Championships: 1928–29, 1937–38, 1938–39[7]


Notable former playersEdit

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


Estadio da Malata holds 12,043 spectators, and was built in 1993.[8] The pitch dimensions are 105 x 68 metres.

Racing used three main stadiums over the years, starting with Campo de Futbol O Inferniño, which was utilized until a move to Estadio Manuel Rivera in 1954 took place. This was an oval-shaped enclosure with a single cantilever stand. In the 1970s, a cover was erected over the popular terrace.

In 1993, the metropolitan area of Ferrol built Estadio da Malata to the west of the town, near the valley of Serantes. The total cost of the development was 1700 million pesetas. The first match on the new grounds was played on 18 April 1993, in a 3–2 friendly win over Atlético Madrid B. The official inauguration took place on 29 August, in a triangular tournament featuring the home side and neighbours Celta de Vigo and Deportivo de La Coruña.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Información sobre Racing Ferrol Enviar Datos" (in Spanish). Resultados Futbol. Retrieved 16 January 2020.
  2. ^ "SPANISH NAVY: Huge Contract in British Hands" (1909) The Manchester Guardian, 1 February 1909, Page 12: Manchester <<... Vickers, Armstrong and Brown... it has been determined to put down a new shipyard at Ferrol in Spain... Mr A J Campbell... has been appointed manager of the Ferrol yard... Mr Peter Muir ... has been appointed assistant manager. A considerable number of expert shipbuilders have sign on to go to Spain... there is a reason to believe that employment will be found to some hundreds of British shipbuilders, engineers, electricians, and other tradesmen in the new Spanish yard for several years to come.>>
  3. ^ "British Vice-Consulate at Ferrol": General Correspondence FO 63/1041. The National Archives – Official website
  4. ^ "British Vice-Consulate at Ferrol": General Correspondence FO 72/1689. The National Archives – Official website
  5. ^ "The Armies of Europe - Spain as a War-making power". The New York Times. 6 February 1858.
  6. ^ "Plantilla 2020/2021". Racing Club de Ferrol (in Spanish). Retrieved 24 March 2021.
  7. ^ Spain – List of Champions of Galicia; at RSSSF
  8. ^ "Racing Ferrol - Segunda División B G 1". Retrieved 16 January 2020.

External linksEdit