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Sociedad Deportiva Compostela was a Spanish football team based in Santiago de Compostela, in the autonomous community of Galicia. Founded on 26 June 1962, they played home matches at Estadio Multiusos de San Lázaro. The team went bankrupt in 2006, but principles had reorganised as SD Compostela to play in 2004. They play in Tercera División– Group 1, holding home matches at Estadio Vero Boquete de San Lázaro.

SD Compostela
Full nameSociedad Deportiva Compostela
  • Compos
  • Esedé
Founded1962; re-organised in 2004
GroundVero Boquete, Compostela,
Galicia, Spain
PresidentAntonio Quinteiro
Head coachYago Iglesias
League3ª – Group 1
2018–193ª – Group 1, 3rd


Founded in 1962, Compostela spent the better part of that and the following decades playing regional football. On October 28, 1962, the newly formed SD Compostela merged with the Club Arenal.[1] Its first promotion to a semi-national stage occurred in 1977, with a promotion to Segunda División B (Group 1), which lasted just one season; Compos promoted again in 1980, this time lasting six years.

Relegation in 1986 was compounded by off-field controversy surrounding the actions of then president Francisco Steppe. He resigned amid allegations of receipt of payments to throw a game against Pontevedra CF, which would assure the opposition's maintenance in the category. The late 1980s saw a significant restructuring of the club both at board and management levels and, in 1990, Compostela regained third-level status.

The following campaign was to prove the club's most successful to date. On 23 June 1991, a capacity crowd of 8,000 at the Estadio Municipal Santa Isabel, saw goals from Juanito and Ochoa (two) clinch a 3–1 victory in the final play-off match against CD Badajoz, for a first-ever Segunda División visit.

The move to Estadio Multiusos de San Lázaro coincided with the continuing rise in the team's fortunes and, at the end of 1993–94, following a 3–1 play-off victory against Rayo Vallecano, Compostela reached La Liga.[2] For a small regional club it did remarkably well, and reached a best finish of 10th in 1995–96, mainly courtesy of strikers Christopher Ohen and Bent Christensen, whom totalled 23 league goals.

After four seasons at the top, Compostela was relegated after losing a relegation play-off match to Villarreal CF on the away goals rule, despite playing overall attractive football. The club was also about to start a downward spiral; after a relegation to the third level in 2001 the team returned the following year but, in the following campaign, played to a backdrop of off-field distractions, with the players and staff going unpaid for months – a final ninth place was not enough to prevent another relegation, as the club failed to meet the 31 July deadline to settle all wage debts.[3]

Off field problemsEdit

In the 2001/02 season economic problems arose. However, the squad with Luis Ángel Duque as coach managed to promote to Segunda División.[4] Off-field problems continued in 2003–04, with the pinnacle being the players, who had not been paid in several months, refusing to appear for a fixture at UB Conquense, with the subsequent loss of three points. At the season's close, after the actual relegation, Compostela dropped further to the Galician Regional Preferente (north) after failing again to meet the financial deadline. They played there for two seasons, and folded after the 2005-06 season.

Taken into court, a judge dissolved the institution and auctioned all the club's properties, including the brand name, the trophies and the teams's spot in the league. Finally, 26 January 2011, after everything was sold out, the court published the legal liquidation of the entity.[5]


Re-Branded in 2004 as SD Campus Stellae,[6] with José Luís Balboa as president, enters competition in the 2005-06 season at the group 11 of the Galicia Terceira Autonómica league, where he finishes in 11th position (out of 18 teams). The following season, 2006-07, they played in group 12 of the same division, and finished third out of 14 teams.

In 2006, a former president of the dissolved SD Compostela, José María Caneda, bought the commercial name Sociedad Deportiva Compostela, and became president of the SD Campus Stellae, changing the team's name at the beginning of the 2007-08 season to keep the former term .

In the 2007–08 season, the new club won its regional league and returned to Tercera. In the following campaign, after finishing first in its group, the team beat Atlético Monzón with a 4–2 aggregate (3–0, 1–2) and won a second consecutive promotion. However, this would be a short-lived return, with relegation befalling at the season's end, immediately followed by another one due to overwhelming financial problems. Longtime president José María Caneda left the club.[7][8]

In the 2016-17 season the club finished 7th with 62 points in the Tercera División, Group 1.[9]

Compostela playing against Lugo on 22 November 2009.

Season to seasonEdit

Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1962/63 4 Reg.Pref. 1st
1963/64 3 1st -
1964/65 3 2nd -
1965/66 3 4th -
1966/67 3 3rd -
1967/68 3 2nd -
1968/69 3 3rd -
1969/70 3 10th 2nd round
1970/71 4 Reg.Pref. 1st
1971/72 3 11th 1st round
1972/73 3 18th 2nd round
1973/74 4 Reg.Pref. 2nd
1974/75 4 Reg.Pref. 2nd
1975/76 4 Reg.Pref. 1st
1976/77 3 9th 2nd round
1977/78 3 2ªB 18th 1st round
1978/79 4 12th 1st round
1979/80 4 1st 3rd round
1980/81 3 2ªB 7th 2nd round
1981/82 3 2ªB 15th 2nd round
1982/83 3 2ªB 11th -
1983/84 3 2ªB 14th 1st round
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1984/85 3 2ªB 15th -
1985/86 3 2ªB 18th -
1986/87 4 6th -
1987/88 4 4th 1st round
1988/89 4 3rd -
1989/90 4 1st -
1990/91 3 2ªB 3rd 3rd round
1991/92 2 8th 5th round
1992/93 2 12th 5th round
1993/94 2 3rd 4th round
1994/95 1 16th 4th round
1995/96 1 10th 1/8 final
1996/97 1 11th 1/8 final
1997/98 1 17th 3rd round
1998/99 2 8th 2nd round
1999/00 2 18th 1/4 final
2000/01 2 19th 3rd round
2001/02 3 2ªB 3rd 1st round
2002/03 2 9th 1st round
2003/04 3 2ªB 19th 2nd round
2004/05 5 Pref. Aut. 16th
2005/06 5 Pref. Aut. 14th

Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
2005/06 5 Tercera Aut. 11th
2006/07 5 Tercera Aut. 3rd
2007/08 5 Pref. Aut. 1st
2008/09 4 1st
2009/10 3 2ªB 20th 1st round
2010/11 5 Pref. Aut. 8th
2011/12 5 Pref. Aut. 1st
2012/13 4 3rd
2013/14 3 2ªB 13th
2014/15 3 2ªB 6th
2015/16 3 2ªB 19th First round
2016/17 4 7th
2017/18 4 1st
2018/19 4 3rd Second round


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Famous playersEdit

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Compostela play at the Estadio Multiusos de San Lázaro, which has a capacity of 12,000. Pitch dimensions are 105 x 68 metres.[10]

Compostela played their first season at Estadio da Residencia da Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, whilst work was completed on their first permanent ground, Estadio Municipal de Santa Isabel; on 22 September 1963, it played the first match at the new stadium. It was a basic enclosure and lacked a covered stand until 1969, when a tribune was erected and floodlights installed at a cost of 1 million pesetas. Compostela continued to use the ground for first team fixtures until the end of the 1993 season. The reserve team, Compostela B, played on at Santa Isabel until early 2003, when the ground was finally demolished and replaced with a municipal sports centre that bore the same name.

Work started on the Multiusos de San Lázaro in 1991. Situated in the eastern suburb of San Lázaro, it was a multi-purpose arena, used primarily for the football matches of its two resident clubs, Compostela and SD Ciudad de Santiago. Oval in shape and with a terracotta-coloured roof on the west side to incorporate the directors' seating and press facilities on a second tier, the pitch was surrounded by a 400m athletics track, relatively uncommon in Spanish stadiums.

The inaugural match took place on 24 June 1993, when a four-way tournament was staged, featuring Deportivo de La Coruña, CD Tenerife, Club Atlético River Plate and São Paulo FC. Deportivo and River played in the first match, and Bebeto had the honour of scoring the first goal.


  1. ^ "HISTORIA". SD Compostela (in Spanish). Retrieved 2019-11-14.
  2. ^ "El Compostela asciende al cielo de la Primera" [Compostela reaches Primera heaven] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 2 June 1994. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  3. ^ SD Compostela, el primer equipo de Galicia (SD Compostela, Galicia's first team); Notas de Fútbol, 20 December 2005 (in Spanish)
  4. ^ "HISTORIA". SD Compostela (in Spanish). Retrieved 2019-11-14.
  5. ^ Boletín Oficial del Estado (in Spanish)
  6. ^ La Futbolteca (in Spanish)
  7. ^ Caneda se autoproclama presidente del Compostela (Caneda self-appointed Compostela president); El Correo Gallego, 7 September 2006 (in Spanish)
  8. ^ Caneda habla de amaños de partidos y de ‘burlar’ a Hacienda (Caneda talks about match-fixing and ‘dribbling’ the IRS); El Correo Gallego, 21 November 2012 (in Spanish)
  9. ^ "Histórico de Tercera División Grupo 1 - Resultados de Fútbol". Retrieved 2019-11-14.
  10. ^ "INSTALACIONES". SD Compostela (in Spanish). Retrieved 2019-11-13.

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