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Real Racing Club de Santander, S.A.D. (Spanish pronunciation: [reˈal ˈraθiŋ kluβ ðe santanˈdeɾ]), also known as Racing de Santander (pronounced [ˈraθin de santanˈdeɾ]) or simply Racing, is a Spanish football club based in Santander, in the autonomous community of Cantabria. Founded in 1913, it plays in Segunda División, holding home games at Estadio El Sardinero, with a capacity for 22,222 spectators. It is one of the ten founding clubs of La Liga.

Racing Santander
Racing de Santander logo.svg
Full nameReal Racing Club de Santander, S.A.D.
Nickname(s)Los Racinguistas
Los Verdiblancos (Green and White)
Los Montañeses (The Highlanders)
Founded23 February 1913; 106 years ago (1913-02-23)
GroundEl Sardinero, Santander,
Cantabria, Spain
Capacity22,222
OwnerGrupo PITMA (61%)[1]
PresidentAlfredo Pérez
Head coachIván Ania
League2ª B – Group 2
2017-182ª B – Group 2, 5th
WebsiteClub website

Contents

HistoryEdit

Racing de Santander played its first match on 23 February 1913, losing 1–2 to neighbouring Strong. It was officially founded on 14 June, as Santander Racing Club, appearing in its first tournament during that summer (Luis Redonet Trophy) and being admitted to the Northern Federation on 14 November, eventually merging with Santander Football Club.

 
Ángel Sánchez Losada, first president of the club.

In the 1928–29 season, the Spanish League competition began. After a complicated elimination process to determine the tenth and final team for the new First Division, Racing successively beat Valencia, Betis and Sevilla. The club was part of the first goalless game in the league, against Athletic Bilbao.

During the Second Republic, the classifications of Santander varied. In the 1930–31, It achieved the runner-up position in the Spanish League, tied at 22 points with champion Athletic Bilbao, and third-place Real Sociedad. This is the highest finish achieved by the club in all its history, trained by the English Robert Firth and chaired by Fernando Pombo.

They also participated in the International Tournament of Paris, falling in the semifinal to Slavia of Prague (2–1). In the 1930s, under the presidency of the academic José María de Cossío, it had varied positions, from third place in (1933–34) to low table rankings. In seasons 1934-35 and 1935-36, Racing played in the Commonwealth Championship of Castilla-Aragón, in which it finished second in the first season. Meanwhile, in Cantabria a lesser championship was disputed, not qualifying for the Spanish Cup; Santoña won it. During the 1935–36 season, Racing was the first club in the Spanish league to beat Barcelona and Real Madrid in the four league matches (both home and two as a visitor) in the same season: on 8 December 1935 they won 4-0 against Barcelona in the Campos de Sport de El Sardinero, on 15 December they won in Madrid 2-4, on 8 March 1936 they beat Barcelona 2-3 and on 15 March they defeated Madrid 4-3 at El Sardinero. The only player to score in all matches (one goal in each match, and two in Madrid) was Milucho.

In 1950, the Cantabrians returned to the top flight after a ten-year absence, scoring 99 goals in only 30 games.[2][3]

 
RC Racing de Santander first crest, 1913

During the period of Francoist Spain, the club was renamed Real Santander in 1941, because of the prohibition on non-Spanish names. The name was restored in 1973 as the team returned to the first division one year after nearly relegating, under young manager José María Maguregui. Racing was immediately relegated, And spent the ensuing seasons bouncing between divisions one and two, also being crowned champions in Segunda División B (the new third level, created in 1977) in 1991. Veteran Quique Setién returned to his main club the following year, helping it return to the top flight and scoring in the 1994–95 campaign against FC Barcelona, in a historic 5–0 home win.[4]

Racing was the first Spanish team to wear a sponsor's name on their shirt: German electronics company Teka on 27 December 1981 away to Real Madrid (the corporation then sponsored the opponents early in the following decade).[5]

In the 2000s, Racing only played one season in the second division, winning promotion with Setién as manager. In 2007–08, under Marcelino García Toral, it finished in sixth position, thus qualifying to the UEFA Cup for the first time ever; additionally the club reached the semifinals of the Copa del Rey twice during this decade, being ousted by eventual runners-up Getafe CF and Atlético Madrid in 2008 and 2010, respectively.[6]

On 22 January 2011, Indian business tycoon Ahsan Ali Syed, founder and chairman of Western Gulf Advisory, an investment company, purchased Racing de Santander, immediately firing coach Miguel Ángel Portugal.[7] The 2011–12 season brought with it three different managers, and the side returned to the second level after one full decade in the top division.[8]

At the end of the following campaign, Racing again finished in 20th position and suffered relegation,[9] also being immersed in a severe institutional and economic crisis.[10][11] In spite of that plight, the team was able to reach the quarterfinals in the 2013–14 edition of the domestic cup after ousting top-divisioners Sevilla FC[12] and UD Almería;[13] in the first leg against the latter, club fans stormed the presidential tribune at Estadio El Sardinero and assaulted chairman Ángel Lavín.[14]

On 27 January 2014, Racing's players, citing several months of unpaid wages, announced they would not play their upcoming Cup match unless the club's president and board resigned. Three days later, prior to the second leg against Real Sociedad and after a 1–3 loss in the first match, Racing players gathered at the centre circle immediately after kick-off and refused to play. Referee Jesús Gil Manzano suspended the game after one minute, and the home team was given a loss due to forfeit;[15][16][17] as a result of the protest the club was fined and banned from the following edition of the tournament,[18] and on 31 January Lavín was sacked, with former player Juan Antonio Sañudo being appointed his successor by practically all the shareholders.[19]

Racing won their group in the 2013–14 Segunda División B, and won the playoff against Llagostera to be promoted back to the second tier, but they were immediately relegated in the 2014–15 season. They again took first place in the Segunda B section in 2015–16, but were eliminated in the promotion playoffs, failing to score a goal across four matches in the ties lost to Reus and Cadiz.[20]

Racing were promoted back to the second division after four years in the third tier in 2018-19, by winning their regional group and defeating Atlético Baleares in the promotion playoff on the away goals rule.

RivalriesEdit

Racing Santander is one of few Spanish teams that have played the majority of their history in La Liga, but do not have a major rival, mostly because Racing are the only fully professional team from Cantabria, so there isn't much competition between Racing and any other club from that area, with most others playing at the regionalised fourth level; only Gimnástica de Torrelavega have ever reached the second tier. However, Racing fans generally consider their biggest rivals to be the two major teams from the Basque Country, Real Sociedad and Athletic Bilbao, due to geographic proximity and the long history between these clubs.[21][22][23][24] Bilbao is the closest city to Santander (approximately 100 kilometres (62 mi)), and the relationship between Racing and Athletic has been described in the past as 'the duel of the North',[25][26] although the rivalry is dormant as Racing have not played in the top division since 2012.

There is also a minor rivalry between Racing and the two biggest clubs from neighboring Asturias: Real Oviedo and Sporting de Gijon.

SeasonsEdit

Recent seasonsEdit

Season Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Notes
1996–97 1D 13 42 11 17 14 52 54 50 Quarterfinals
1997–98 1D 14 38 12 9 17 46 55 45 3rd round
1998–99 1D 15 38 10 12 16 41 53 42 Quarterfinals
1999–00 1D 15 38 10 16 12 52 50 46
2000–01 1D 19 38 10 9 19 48 62 39 Quarterfinals Relegated
2001–02 2D 2 42 19 14 9 58 37 71 Round of 64 Promoted
2002–03 1D 16 38 13 5 20 54 64 44 1st round
2003–04 1D 17 38 11 10 17 48 63 43 3rd round
2004–05 1D 16 38 12 8 18 41 58 44 3rd round
2005–06 1D 17 38 9 13 16 36 49 40 3rd round
2006–07 1D 10 38 12 14 12 42 48 50 2nd round
2007–08 1D 6 38 17 9 12 42 41 60 Semifinals
2008–09 1D 12 38 12 10 16 49 48 46 Round of 16
2009–10 1D 16 38 9 12 17 42 59 39 Semifinals
2010–11 1D 12 38 12 10 16 41 56 46 Round of 32
2011–12 1D 20 38 4 15 19 28 63 27 Round of 16 Relegated
2012–13 2D 20 42 12 10 20 38 51 46 3rd round Relegated
2013–14 3D 1 36 17 15 4 55 27 66 Quarterfinals Promoted
2014–15 2D 19 42 12 8 22 42 53 44 DNP Relegated
2015–16 3D 1 38 21 11 6 58 28 74 1st round
2016–17 3D 2 38 26 8 4 86 28 86 Round of 32
2017–18 3D 5 38 20 8 10 44 33 68 1st round

Season to seasonEdit

Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1929 1 10th Round of 32
1929/30 1 8th Round of 32
1930/31 1 2nd Round of 32
1931/32 1 4th Round of 32
1932/33 1 8th Round of 32
1933/34 1 3rd Round of 32
1934/35 1 10th Round of 16
1935/36 1 4th 4th round
1939/40 1 12th Quarterfinals
1940/41 2 6th 1st round
1941/42 2 4th Did not play
1942/43 2 7th DNP
1943/44 3 1st Round of 32
1944/45 2 6th Round of 16
1945/46 2 9th 1st round
1946/47 2 12th Round of 16
1947/48 3 1st 5th round
1948/49 2 11th 4th round
1949/50 2 1st Quarterfinals
1950/51 1 10th Quarterfinals
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1951/52 1 14th DNP
1952/53 1 11th Quarterfinals
1953/54 1 8th Quarterfinals
1954/55 1 15th DNP
1955/56 2 11th DNP
1956/57 2 8th DNP
1957/58 2 3rd DNP
1958/59 2 9th 1st round
1959/60 2 1st 1st round
1960/61 1 12th Round of 16
1961/62 1 14th Round of 16
1962/63 2 3rd 1st round
1963/64 2 4th 1st round
1964/65 2 7th Round of 32
1965/66 2 8th Round of 32
1966/67 2 12th 1st round
1967/68 2 11th Round of 32
1968/69 3 2nd DNP
1969/70 3 1st 4th round
1970/71 2 13th 3rd round
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1971/72 2 15th 3rd round
1972/73 2 3rd 4th round
1973/74 1 17th Round of 32
1974/75 2 2nd 3rd round
1975/76 1 12th Round of 32
1976/77 1 15th 1st round
1977/78 1 13th 3rd round
1978/79 1 17th Quarterfinals
1979/80 2 16th 3rd round
1980/81 2 3rd 3rd round
1981/82 1 12th 2nd round
1982/83 1 18th 2nd round
1983/84 2 4th 2nd round
1984/85 1 11th 2nd round
1985/86 1 12th Round of 16
1986/87 1 16th 3rd round
1987/88 2 14th Round of 32
1988/89 2 6th Round of 16
1989/90 2 17th 1st round
1990/91 3 2ªB 1st 4th round
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1991/92 2 10th 4th round
1992/93 2 3rd 4th round
1993/94 1 8th 4th round
1994/95 1 12th 4th round
1995/96 1 17th 3rd round
1996/97 1 13th Quarterfinals
1997/98 1 14th 3rd round
1998/99 1 15th Quarterfinals
1999/00 1 15th 2nd round
2000/01 1 19th Quarterfinals
2001/02 2 2nd Round of 64
2002/03 1 16th Round of 64
2003/04 1 17th Round of 32
2004/05 1 16th Round of 32
2005/06 1 17th 3rd round
2006/07 1 10th Round of 32
2007/08 1 6th Semifinals
2008/09 1 12th Round of 16
2009/10 1 16th Semifinals
2010/11 1 12th Round of 32
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
2011/12 1 20th Round of 16
2012/13 2 20th 3rd round
2013/14 3 2ªB 1st Quarterfinals
2014/15 2 19th DNP
2015/16 3 2ªB 1st 1st round
2016/17 3 2ªB 2nd Round of 32
2017/18 3 2ªB 5th 1st round
2018/19 3 2ªB 1st Round of 32
2019/20 2

HonoursEdit

  • La Liga Runners-up (1): 1930–31
  • Segunda División: (2) 1949–50, 1959–60
  • Segunda División B (group): (4) 1990–91, 2013–14, 2015–16, 2018-19
  • Tercera División: (3) 1943–44, 1947–48, 1969–70
  • Promoted to La Liga: (8) 1949–50, 1959–60, 1972–73, 1974–75, 1980–81, 1983–84, 1992–93, 2001–02
  • Promoted to Segunda División: (5) 1943–44, 1947–48, 1969–70, 1990–91, 2013–14
  • Cantabrian Championship: 13 times[27]

European historyEdit

UEFA Europa League:

Season Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2008–09 First round   Honka 1–0 0–1 2–0
Group stage   Twente 1–0
  Schalke 04 1–1
  Paris Saint-Germain 2–2
  Manchester City 3–1

Current squadEdit

As of 21 May 2019[28]

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

No. Position Player
  GK Iván Crespo
  GK Jagoba Zárraga
  DF Aitor Buñuel
  DF Jordi Figueras
  DF Miguel Gándara
  DF Jesús Puras
  DF Julen Castañeda
  DF Diego Mirapeix
  DF Iñaki Olaortua
  DF Óscar Gil
  DF Redru
  MF Alberto Cayarga
  MF Álvaro Cejudo
No. Position Player
  MF Rafael de Vicente
  MF Enzo Lombardo
  MF Jerin
  MF Ritchie Kitoko
  MF Mario Ortiz
  MF Nico Hidalgo
  MF Alberto Noguera
  MF Quique Rivero
  MF Sergio Ruiz
  FW Daniel Segovia
  FW David Barral
  FW Jon Ander
  FW Rafa Tresaco

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Position Player

Notable former playersEdit

Former coachesEdit

Dates Name
1916–17   Pepe Beraza
1917–20 N/A
1920–22   Fred Pentland
1922–29   Patrick O'Connell
1929–30   Francisco Pagaza
1930–32   Robert Firth
1932–33   Francisco Pagaza
1933–35   Randolph Galloway
1935–36   Francisco González Galán
1936–39 (empty)
1939–40   Óscar Rodríguez
1940   Cristóbal Martí
1940–41   Manuel Vidal
1941–43   Francisco Pagaza
1943–44   Manuel López Llamosas
1944–46   Gabriel Andonegui
1946–47   Pedro Areso
1947–49   Patrick O'Connell
1949   Francisco Hernández Galán
1949–50   Lino Taioli
1950–51   Antonio Barrios
1951–52   Jerónimo Díaz
1952   Félix Elizondo
1952   Enrique Palomini
1952   Fernando González Valenciaga
Dates Name
1952–54   Juan Otxoantezana
1954–55   Luis Urquiri
1955–56   Fernando González Valenciaga
1956–58   Enrique Orizaola
1958   Víctor Garay
1958–59   Juan Ruíz Cambra
1959–60   Louis Hon
1960–62   Otto Bumbel
1962   Luis Alfonso Villalaín
1962–63   Miguel Gual
1963   Fernando Argila
1963   Manuel Fernández Mora
1963–64   Louis Hon
1964–65   Rafael Yunta
1965   Rafael Alsúa
1965–66   José Valdor Sierra
1966–67   Ramón Cobo
1967–68   Laureano Ruiz
1968   Manuel Ibarra
1968–69   Ernesto Pons
1969–72   Manuel Fernández Mora
1972   José Francisco Bermúdez
1972–77   José María Maguregui
1977–79   Nando Yosu
Dates Name
1979   Santiago Gutiérrez Calle
1979–80   Laureano Ruiz
1980–83   Manuel Fernández Mora
1983–87   José María Maguregui
1987–88   Delfín Álvarez
1988   Santiago Gutiérrez Calle
1988   Hermann Stessl
1988–90   José Armando Ufarte
1990   Antonio Martínez "Pachín"
1990–92   Félix Bardera "Felines"
1992–93   Paquito García
1993–94   Javier Irureta
1994–96   Vicente Miera
1996   Nando Yosu
1996–98   Marcos Alonso
1998–99   Nando Yosu
1999   Miguel Sánchez
1999-00   Gustavo Benítez
2000   Andoni Goikoetxea
2000–01   Gregorio Manzano
2001   Gustavo Benítez
2001–02   Quique Setién
2002–03   Manuel Preciado
2003   Chuchi Cos
Dates Name
2003–05   Lucas Alcaraz
2005   Nando Yosu
2005–06   Manuel Preciado
2006   Nando Yosu
2006   Juan Ramón López Caro
2006–07   Miguel Ángel Portugal
2007–08   Marcelino García Toral
2008–09   Juan Ramón López Muñiz
2009   Juan Carlos Mandiá
2009   Juanjo González
2009–11   Miguel Ángel Portugal
2011   Marcelino
2011   Héctor Cúper
2011–12   Juanjo González
2012   Álvaro Cervera
2012   Juan Carlos Unzué
2012   Fabri González
2012–13   José Aurelio Gay
2013   Alejandro Menéndez
2013–15   Paco Fernández
2015   Javier Pinillos
2015–16   Pedro Munitis
2016–18   Ángel Viadero
2018   Carlos Pouso
2018–   Iván Ania

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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