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Real Valladolid Club de Fútbol, S.A.D. (Spanish pronunciation: [reˈal βaʎaðoˈlið ˈkluβ ðe ˈfuðβol]), or simply Real Valladolid, is a Spanish football club based in Valladolid, in the autonomous community of Castile and León, from where the nickname Pucela is derived.

Real Valladolid Logo.svg
Full name Real Valladolid SAD
Nickname(s) Pucela / Pucelanos (Pucelle)
Blanquivioletas / Albivioletas (White and Violets)
Founded 1928; 90 years ago (1928)
Ground José Zorrilla, Valladolid,
Castile and León, Spain
Ground Capacity 26,512
Chairman Carlos Suárez Sureda
Manager Sergio González
League Segunda División
2016–17 Segunda División, 7th
Website Club website
Current season

Founded on 20 June 1928, it plays in Segunda División, holding home games at the Estadio José Zorrilla, which seats 26,512 spectators. It currently ranks 13th on the All-time La Liga table.



Early historyEdit

Real Unión Deportiva de Valladolid in 1927

Founded from the amalgamation of Real Unión Deportiva de Valladolid and Club Deportivo Español (eventually Real Unión), Valladolid first reached the top level in the 1947–48 season, as champions of the Segunda División. The following year, the team pushed on from this success and reached the finals of the domestic cup in the Chamartín Stadium against Athletic Bilbao, losing 4–1.

The next ten years were spent in the first division, and relegation was short-lived as Valladolid gained promotion again in 1958–59 with a 5–0 win over Terrassa under manager José Luis Saso, a legendary figure in club history. He had originally been a goalkeeper for the club and went on to perform many roles, including serving as president of the club.

Valladolid swung between the first and second divisions in subsequent years, falling as low as to the third division in 1970–71. Promoted in 1992–93, the club was again sent down after the 2003–04 season. In 1984, Valladolid also won the Copa de la Liga (a competition only played in the early 1980s) over Atlético Madrid.

The side's highest position during this 11-year stint was seventh in 1996–97, being coached in the previous seasons by former Real Madrid Castilla coach Rafael Benítez, as various players from that team would also later appear for Valladolid.

The 2006–07 record-breaking seasonEdit

Real Valladolid players cruising the Río Pisuerga while celebrating the club's promotion to La Liga in April 2007

In the 2006–07 season, after signing Basque José Luis Mendilibar as head coach, Valladolid had one of its best years in history while playing in the second level. The club took the league lead in the 15th matchday and went on to finish with a competition all-time high 88 points, winning the championship by a total margin of eight points, and holding an advantage of 26 points over the non-promotion zone (fourth and below), both being all-time records in the league. Valladolid also achieved the honour of going unbeaten in 29-straight matches, from 10 October 2006 to 6 May 2007, being mathematically promoted after a 2–0 away win against Tenerife on 22 April 2007 (the 34th matchday of the season), the earliest any club has achieved promotion in Spanish history.

Also remarkable was the side's role in the season's Copa del Rey, reaching the quarter-finals after defeating two top division teams, Gimnàstic de Tarragona (4–1 aggregate) and the 2005–06 UEFA Champions League contender Villarreal (3–1), while playing the entire competition with reserve players.

Two relatively successful seasons in the top division followed, finishing in 15th place while avoiding relegation after a 1–1 draw on the last matchday of both seasons (against Recreativo de Huelva in 2007–08 and Real Betis in the following campaign).

End of the Mendilibar eraEdit

Serbian manager Miroslav Đukić led Valladolid back into La Liga in 2012

After a slow start to 2009–10 (3 wins in the first 20 matches), Mendilibar was sacked on 1 February 2010 following a draw at home against Almería. The week following his sacking, Valladolid dropped for the first time to the relegation zone (something that never happened during Mendilibar's 138-match stint), with former player Onésimo Sánchez taking charge.

After only 1 win in 10 matches, Sánchez was fired. Former Spain national team manager Javier Clemente was named Sánchez's replacement in a desperate move to avoid relegation with only eight matches remaining. After a brief breather (16th position), Valladolid again returned to the last three, then faced a must-win last game at the Camp Nou against a Barcelona squad needing a win to secure the Liga championship. Level in the standings with Racing de Santander, Málaga and Tenerife for the two final safe positions, Valladolid lost 0–4 and consequently was relegated, ending a three-year stay in the top flight.

The 2011–12 season saw Valladolid return to La Liga under the management of Miroslav Đukić, promoted through the play-offs after finishing third in the division.

Valladolid were relegated back to the Segunda División on the last matchday of the 2013–14 season.[1]


Real Valladolid play at the 26,512-capacity Estadio Nuevo José Zorrilla, finished in 1982 to replace the previous stadium of the same name which had stood since 1940. Both grounds are named after José Zorrilla y Moral, a 19th-century poet from the city. After opening for the club on 20 February 1982, it hosted the Copa del Rey Final on 13 April of that year, and then three Group D matches at the 1982 FIFA World Cup.

There are plans to expand the stadium to 40,000 spectators. This project is known as Valladolid Arena [baʎaˈðolið aˈɾena].[2]

Season to seasonEdit

The following list shows Valladolid's record as well as all the presidents and coaches for every season since its foundation in 1929.[3] All presidents and coaches are Spanish unless otherwise noted.

Season Tier Division Place President Coach Accomplishments
1929 3 5th Pedro Zuloaga
Santos Rodríguez
  István Plattkó
1929/30 2nd Santos Rodríguez
1930/31 2nd José Cantalapiedra Antón Achalandabaso
1931/32 3rd
1932/33 1st
1933/34 1st   István Plattkó tekio Promoted to
1934/35 2 2nd
1935/36 4th
1936/37 No competition No competition was held
due to Spanish Civil War
1939/40 2 6th   István Plattkó
Manuel M. Ordax
1940/41 10th Juan Bilbao "Juanín"
1941/42 5th   Károly Plattkó
1942/43 2nd
1943/44 14th José Cantalapiedra
José González
Alfonso Martínez
José Planas
Relegated to
1944/45 3 3rd Germán Adánez
Ángel Soria
Quirico Arteaga
1945/46 1st Ángel Soria Antonio Barrios
1946/47 1st Juan Represa Promoted to
1947/48 2 1st Promoted to La Liga
1948/49 1 12th     Helenio Herrera
1949/50 9th Antonio Barrios
Julián Vaquero
Antonio Barrios
Spanish Cup: Runners-up
(4–1 v. Athletic Bilbao)
1950/51 6th Manuel González Aquiso Juan Antonio Ipiña
1951/52 8th Ramón Pradera
1952/53 12th José Iraragorri
1953/54 12th Luis Miró
1954/55 9th
1955/56 9th
1956/57 8th Rafael Yunta
1957/58 15th Rafael Yunta
José Luis Saso
Relegated to
1958/59 2 1st Carlos del Río Hortega José Luis Saso Promoted to La Liga
1959/60 1 13th
1960/61 15th José Luis Saso
Pedro Eguiluz
Paco Lesmes
Relegated to
1961/62 2 2nd José Miguel Arrarte Paco Lesmes
Manuel Soler
  Heriberto Herrera
Promoted to La Liga
1962/63 1 4th Antonio Ramallets
1963/64 16th Ángel Zubieta
Paco Lesmes
Relegated to
1964/65 2 3rd   Janos Kalmar
Julián Vaquero
1965/66 4th José Luis Saso Antonio Barrios
Antonio Ramallets
1966/67 9th Pedro Torres
Héctor Martín
Emilio Aldecoa
Héctor Martín
Emilio Aldecoa
Héctor Martín
1967/68 2nd Antonio Alfonso José Molinuevo
Enrique Orizaola
1968/69 10th Antonio Barrios
Enrique Orizaola
1969/70 17th José Antonio Olmedo
José Luis Saso
Gerardo Coque
Relegated to
1970/71 3 2nd Santiago Gallego Gerardo Coque
Héctor Martín
Promoted to
1971/72 2 7th Héctor Martín
1972/73 5th
1973/74 7th Gustau Biosca
Fernando Redondo
1974/75 11th Fernando Alonso Fernando Redondo
Santiago Vázquez
  Rudi Gutendorf
1975/76 4th   Héctor Núñez
1976/77 12th Luis Aloy
José Luis Saso
1977/78 7th Francisco García "Paquito"
1978/79 4th Gonzalo Alonso Enrique Pérez "Pachín"
1979/80 2nd Eusebio Ríos Promoted to La Liga
1980/81 1 12th Gonzalo Alonso Francisco García "Paquito"
1981/82 9th
1982/83 12th Manuel Esteban   Felipe Mesones
Santi Llorente
José Luis García Traid
1983/84 14th Pedro San Martín
Mariano Hernández
Gonzalo Alonso
José Luis García Traid
Fernando Redondo
League Cup: Winners
(Agg. 3–0 vs. Atlético)
1984/85 13th Gonzalo Alonso Fernando Redondo
1985/86 10th     Vicente Cantatore
1986/87 10th Gonzalo Alonso
José Agad
Miguel Ángel Pérez Herrán
    Vicente Cantatore
Xabier Azkargorta
Antonio Sánchez Santos
José Pérez Garcia
1987/88 8th Miguel Ángel Pérez Herrán     Vicente Cantatore
1988/89 6th Spanish Cup: Runners-up
(1–0 vs. Real Madrid)
1989/90 16th Miguel Ángel Pérez Herrán
Carlos García Zúñiga
  Josip Skoblar
José Moré
Fernando Redondo
1990/91 9th Gonzalo Gonzalo   "Pacho" Maturana
1991/92 19th Gonzalo Gonzalo
Andrés Martín
Marcos Fernández Fernández
  "Pacho" Maturana
Javier Yepes Peñas
Relegated to
1992/93 2 2nd Marcos Fernández Fernández Marco Antonio Boronat
José Luis Saso
  Felipe Mesones
Promoted to La Liga
1993/94 1 18th   Felipe Mesones
José Moré
1994/95 19th   Víctor Espárrago
José Moré
Fernando Redondo
Antonio Sánchez Santos
1995/96 16th Rafael Benítez
Antonio Sánchez Santos
    Vicente Cantatore
1996/97 7th     Vicente Cantatore
1997/98 11th Marcos Fernández Fernández
Marcos Fernández Fermoselle
    Vicente Cantatore
Antonio Sánchez Santos
  Sergije Krešić
1998/99 12th Marcos Fernández Fermoselle   Sergije Krešić
1999/00 8th Marcos Fernández Fermoselle
Ángel Fernández Fermoselle
Ignacio Lewin
Gregorio Manzano
2000/01 16th Ignacio Lewin
Carlos Suárez
  Francisco "Pancho" Ferraro
José Moré
2001/02 12th Carlos Suárez José Moré
2002/03 14th
2003/04 18th Fernando Vázquez
Antonio Sánchez Santos
Relegated to
2004/05 2 6th   Sergije Krešić
Marcos Alonso
2005/06 10th Marcos Alonso
Alfredo Merino
2006/07 1st José Luis Mendilibar Promoted to La Liga
2007/08 1 15th
2008/09 15th
2009/10 18th José Luis Mendilibar
Onésimo Sánchez
Javier Clemente
Relegated to
2010/11 2 7th Antonio Gómez
Abel Resino
Qualified for Promotion play-off
2011/12 3rd   Miroslav Đukić Qualified for Promotion play-off
Promoted to La Liga
2012/13 1 14th
2013/14 19th Juan Ignacio Martínez Relegated to
2014/15 2 5th Rubi Qualified for Promotion play-off
2015/16 16th Gaizka Garitano
Miguel Ángel Portugal
Alberto López
2016/17 7th Paco Herrera

European Cups historyEdit

UEFA CupEdit

Season Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1984–85 Round of 64 v.   Rijeka 1–0 1–4 2–4
1997–98 Round of 64 v.   Skonto 2–0 0–1 2–1
Round of 32 v.   Spartak Moscow 1–2 0–2 1–4

UEFA Cup Winners' CupEdit

Season Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1989–90 Round of 32 v.   Hamrun Spartans 5–0 1–0 6–0
Round of 16 v.   Djurgårdens IF 2–0 2–2 4–2
Quarter-finals v.   Monaco 0–0 0–0 (aet) 1–3 (pen.)

Current squadEdit

As of 1 February 2018.[4]

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

No. Position Player
1   GK Jordi Masip
3   DF Borja Herrera (on loan from Las Palmas)
4   DF Kiko Olivas
5   DF Fernando Calero
6   MF Luismi
7   FW Giannis Gianniotas (on loan from Olympiacos)
8   MF Borja Fernández
9   FW Jaime Mata
10   MF Javi Ontiveros (on loan from Málaga)
11   MF Pablo Hervías (on loan from Eibar)
12   FW Chris Ramos
13   GK Isaac Becerra
14   FW Toni Martínez (on loan from West Ham United)
No. Position Player
15   DF Deivid
16   MF Antonio Cotán
17   DF Javi Moyano (2nd captain)
18   DF Antoñito
19   MF Toni
20   DF Lukas Rotpuller
21   MF Míchel
22   DF Nacho
23   MF Óscar Plano
24   MF Nooh Al-Mousa (on loan from Al-Fateh)
35   MF Anuar
42   MF David Mayoral

Reserve teamEdit

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

No. Position Player
31   FW Luis Suárez

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
  DF Alberto Guitián (at Sporting Gijón)
  FW Iban Salvador (at Cultural Leonesa)
No. Position Player
  FW Vincenzo Rennella (at Miami FC)

Technical staffEdit

Position Staff
Head coach   Sergio
Assistant coach   Diego Ribera
Fitness coach   Fran Albert
Goalkeeper coach   José Manuel Santisteban
Coach   Álvaro Rubio
Analyst   Dani del Valle

Last updated: 21 May 2018


Valladolid players celebrating their 2007 promotion to La Liga on the balcony of the City Hall

Best finishes


Notable playersEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Primera Division: Osasuna and Real Valladolid both relegated". Sky Sports News. 17 May 2014. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "El proyecto 'Valladolid Arena' deja vía libre para cerrar o cubrir el Estadio" [The 'Valladolid Arena" project leaving the way open to close or cover the Stadium] (in Spanish). Retrieved 2011-11-17. 
  3. ^ "Presidentes y Entrenadores del Real Valladolid C.F. S.A.D." [Real Valladolid CF S.A.D. presidents and managers] (in Spanish). Real Valladolid. Retrieved 2 December 2010. 
  4. ^ "Primer equipo" [First team] (in Spanish). Real Valladolid. Retrieved 3 February 2016. 

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