UD Salamanca

Unión Deportiva Salamanca, S.A.D. (Spanish pronunciation: [uˈnjon depoɾˈtiβa salaˈmaŋka]) was a Spanish football team based in Salamanca, in the autonomous community of Castile and León.

UD Salamanca logo.svg
Full nameUnión Deportiva Salamanca, S.A.D.
Nickname(s)Charros, Unionistas
GroundEl Helmántico, Salamanca,
Castile and León, Spain
Current season

Founded on 16 March 1923 and nicknamed Los Charros, the club played in white shirts and black shorts, holding home games at Estadio El Helmántico, which seated 17,341 spectators.


Initially formed by Irish students, Salamanca first played in early Spanish championships in 1907, before an official league was founded later on. On 16 March 1923, at the tables of Café Novelty, situated in the Plaza Mayor, Dionisio Ridruejo set the club's early official foundations[1][2] and, from 1939 and during the following three decades, it fluctuated between the third and the second levels of the Spanish football league.

In the 1974–75 season, Salamanca made its La Liga debuts, overachieving for a final 7th position (out of 18 teams), which eventually would be its best classification ever. The team lasted in the topflight until 1981, mainly coached by José Luis García Traid, then returned the following year for a further two seasons, being further relegated to Segunda División B – the new third division created in 1977 – in 1984–85, and spending three years in that category before promoting back.

In 1994–95's second division, after finishing fourth in the league, Salamanca lost the first leg of the promotion/relegation playoffs against Albacete Balompié, 0–2 at home, but won 5–0 away, returning to the main level after eleven years. The club was managed by 29-year-old Juan Manuel Lillo, also in charge for the following season, as the Castile and León club ranked 22nd and last in the top level.

From 1999 onwards (with two more visits to the first division, with 15th and 20th-place finishes respectively), Salamanca stabilized in the second level, save for the 2005–06 season spent in the third division, with the club winning the regular season and promoting in the playoffs. Veteran Quique Martín was arguably the most important player of the club in the decade, whilst Argentine Jorge D'Alessandro, who held the record for most games in the top division in the club's history, worked with the team as a manager in a further two spells (three in total).

2010–11 brought a club record ten consecutive defeats between December 2010/February 2011,[3] and two coaching changes, as Salamanca returned to the third division after five years.[4] On 18 June 2013, 90 years after its foundation, the club was liquidated due to the accumulation of unpaid debts.[5]

Café Novelty: Salamanca's official beginnings were set here, in 1923.

Club backgroundEdit

Season to seasonEdit

Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1935/36 Regional Group stage
1939/40 5th
1940/41 7th First Round
1941/42 2nd First Round
1942/43 8th First Round
1943/44 3rd First Round
1944/45 1st
1945/46 13th First Round
1946/47 2nd
1947/48 1st Second Round
1948/49 2nd Fifth Round
1949/50 4th First Round
1950/51 2nd
1951/52 7th
1952/53 13th First Round
1953/54 15th
1954/55 2nd
1955/56 1st
1956/57 1st
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1957/58 3rd
1958/59 2nd
1959/60 2nd
1960/61 10th First Round
1961/62 12th First Round
1962/63 11th First Round
1963/64 15th First Round
1964/65 1st
1965/66 3rd
1966/67 1st
1967/68 2nd
1968/69 1st
1969/70 19th Round of 32
1970/71 10th Third Round
1971/72 2nd First Round
1972/73 1st Second Round
1973/74 3rd Fourth Round
1974/75 7th Fourth Round
1975/76 9th Fourth Round
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1976/77 12th Semifinals
1977/78 9th First Round
1978/79 10th Round of 16
1979/80 11th Fourth Round
1980/81 17th Quarterfinals
1981/82 2nd Round of 16
1982/83 13th Round of 16
1983/84 18th Third Round
1984/85 17th Second Round
1985/86 2ªB 3rd Second Round
1986/87 2ªB 5th Third Round
1987/88 2ªB 1st Fourth Round
1988/89 7th Second Round
1989/90 13th First Round
1990/91 18th Fourth Round
1991/92 2ªB 1st Second Round
1992/93 2ªB 2nd Third Round
1993/94 2ªB 1st Fourth Round
1994/95 4th Second Round
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1995/96 22nd Third Round
1996/97 2nd Second Round
1997/98 15th Third Round
1998/99 20th Third Round
1999/00 4th First Round
2000/01 9th Round of 64
2001/02 11th Round of 16
2002/03 7th Round of 64
2003/04 11th Round of 32
2004/05 21st Round of 64
2005/06 2ªB 1st Second Round
2006/07 12th Second Round
2007/08 7th Second Round
2008/09 9th Third Round
2009/10 16th Round of 32
2010/11 19th Second Round
2011/12 2ªB 9th Second Round
2012/13 2ªB 8th

Last squadEdit

Numbers taken from the official website: www.udsalamanca.es and www.lfp.es 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 Adrián Murcia
2   DF Iban Zubiaurre
3   DF Raúl Fuster
4   MF Rubén García
5   DF Pol Bueso
6   DF José Ángel
7   FW Piojo
8   MF Víctor Andrés
9   FW Igor
10   MF Pablo de Lucas
No. Position Player
11   MF Javi Hernández
13   GK Raúl Moreno
14   FW Coque
15   FW Aitor Pons
16   DF João Faria
18   DF José Rodríguez
20   MF David Lázaro
21   FW Borja Sánchez
22   MF Almami Moreira

Honours / AchievementsEdit


See Category:UD Salamanca footballers


  1. ^ "El Café y su historia" [The Café and its history] (in Spanish). Café Novelty. Retrieved 7 February 2011.
  2. ^ "Nuevas equipaciones 09–10" [New kits 09–10] (in Spanish). UD Salamanca. Retrieved 7 February 2011.
  3. ^ "El Nàstic sale del descenso y mete al Salamanca" [Nàstic leaves relegation zone, Salamanca enters] (in Spanish). Marca. 13 February 2011. Retrieved 22 April 2011.
  4. ^ "El Salamanca certifica su descenso en pleno festival culé" [Salamanca certifies relegation in the midst of culé festival] (in Spanish). Marca. 29 May 2011. Retrieved 11 February 2014.
  5. ^ "UD Salamanca goes bust". Diario AS. 18 June 2013. Retrieved 20 June 2013.

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