Real Jaén Club de Fútbol, S.A.D. is a Spanish football team based in Jaén, in the autonomous community of Andalusia. Founded in 1922 it plays in Tercera División – Group 9, holding home matches at Nuevo Estadio de La Victoria, with a capacity of 12,800 spectators. The club's biggest achievement has been playing 3 seasons in La Liga, the Spanish top tier, during the 1950s.
|Full name||Real Jaén Club de Fútbol, S.A.D.|
|Nickname(s)||Los Blancos (The Whites) |
Los Lagartos (The Lizards)
|Ground||Nuevo La Victoria, Jaén,|
|Head coach||Alberto González|
|League||3ª – Group 9|
|2018–19||3ª – Group 9, 1st|
Real Jaen was founded in 1922. Similar to other teams in Spain, Jaen obtained a royal patronage from King Alfonso XIII. This enables the team to have the "real" in their name. The team did not start playing football until 1954 when it joined the Tercera Division. It immediately became a dominant team in the Spanish third division usually finishing in the top four.
After nine seasons in the Tercera Division, the "Lizards" were promoted to the Segunda Division in 1952. Their good form continued in the second division, as Real Jaen managed to win the 1952-53 Segunda Division group south, and managed to promote to La Liga for the first time ever. They won all of their home games that season including a 9-0 home win over fellow Andalusians Granada CF.
During Real Jaen's first ever season in the Spanish top tier (1953-54) the team finished 14th with 11 wins, 6 draws, and 13 defeats, meaning they obtained 28 points. This meant the team would be placed in the relegation group along with CA Osasuna and four teams from the Segunda Division. Jaen finished in last place with only one win and were relegated after just one season in the Spanish top flight.
Following their relegation from La Liga in 1954, key players departed from the team and Jaen finished in 7th place the following season. The next season was a lot better for the Jaen. They managed to win the group South of Segunda Division, this time in the season 1955-56. This meant that La Liga again awaited the Real Jaen.
In their second top flight season, Jaen barely avoided relegation, finishing 14th, one point above relegated Deportivo de La Coruña. Jaen managed to stay in the Spanish elite. Their third top flight season was less successful and the team finished last with only 20 points collected. Real Jaen was relegated after two years in La Liga. The biggest highlight of the season was probably when the Jaen managed a 1-0 home win over powerhouse the FC Barcelona.
Following their second top flight relegation, Real Jaen never managed to compete for a return to the elite. Their best season was 1959-60, when the team managed a 3rd place finish coming up two points behind the second placed Cordoba CF, which qualified the team for the promotion playoffs. Following the 1962-63 season, the "Lizards" were relegated to the Tercera Division. This was the first time the team played there since 1952.
For the following 12 seasons, Jaen only made one return to the Segunda, in 1967, but were immediately relegated. They managed to return to the second tier in 1976 and remained there for three seasons until 1979 when they were relegated to the newly created Segunda Division B, the new third tier in Spanish football. Jaen stayed in the third level until 1986, when the team was relegated to the Tercera Division, this time the fourth tier. They bounced between the Segunda B and the Tercera the following years.
In 1997, the team returned to the Segunda Division for the first time since 1979. The 1997-98 season was bad however, as they finished last and went back to the Segunda B. Real Jaen managed to return to the Segunda in 2000. They achieved a 10th place finish in the 2000-01 season, but finished last the following season and were relegated again. The following 11 seasons were spent in the Segunda B, until 2013, when Jaen again returned to the Segunda. The "Lizards" finished second to last, in 21st place, meaning relegation followed again.
In 2017, Jaen finished 19th in the Segunda B, and were relegated to the Tercera Division for the first time since 1991.
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