Villarreal Club de Fútbol, S.A.D., usually abbreviated to Villarreal CF or simply Villarreal, is a Spanish professional football club based in Villarreal, in the Castellón province of eastern Spain, that plays in La Liga, the top flight of Spanish football.

Full nameVillarreal Club de Fútbol S.A.D.
Nickname(s)El Submarino Amarillo
(The Yellow Submarine)
Founded10 March 1923; 100 years ago (1923-03-10) as Club Deportivo Villarreal
GroundEstadio de la Cerámica
PresidentFernando Roig
Head coachMarcelino
LeagueLa Liga
2022–23La Liga, 5th of 20
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Founded in 1923, the club spent much time of its history in the lower divisions of Spanish football and began in La Liga in 1998. In the 21st century, Villarreal gained some league stability, although they sustained relegation in 2012, rebounding the next year and then remaining in the top division to date. The club made its first appearance in the UEFA Champions League in 2005, with its best result being the semi-finals in 2006 and 2022. Villarreal also appeared in the UEFA Europa League during this time, and won the competition in 2021 by defeating Manchester United in the final, clinching their first major trophy.

The club is nicknamed El Submarí Groguet or El Submarino Amarillo (Yellow Submarine) due to its yellow home kit, and due to being a low-profile team compared to Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atlético Madrid, and regional rivals Valencia. They play their home games at the Estadio de la Cerámica,[1] and have been touted as an example of a small but successful club.[2]

History edit

1923–29: early years edit

Villarreal CF was founded as Club Deportivo Villarreal on 10 March 1923 "to promote all sports especially Football." The stadium was rented for 60 pesetas a month and ticket prices were set at half a peseta for men and a quarter of a peseta for children. Women were granted free admission.[3] On 17 June 1923, Castellón, a modern rival of the club, played the first match against a club named after Miguel de Cervantes. On 21 October of that year, Villarreal played their first game ever, playing against Castellón.[3] Villarreal started off with a kit of white shirts and black shorts, reflected in their first badge.[4]

1929–98: time in lower divisions edit

Villarreal entered regional competitions within the Spanish football pyramid from 1929 to 1930 onwards. The 1934–35 season saw the team lose to Cartagena when a win would have seen them promoted to the nationwide Second Division.[3] The following season saw Villarreal win the First Division of the region before the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War.[3]

When the war finished in 1939, the club played again in the Second Division of the region.[3] However, CD Villarreal was dissolved in the early 1940s, and in 1942, CA Foghetecaz, an acronym for the club's founders (Font, Gil, Herrero, Teuler, Catalá and Zaragoza), was one of several clubs established in its place. On 25 August 1947, the new club joined the Valencian Football Federation and in 1950 renamed itself as CAF Villarreal, where the F stood for Foghetecaz.[4]

The name changed again to the current Villarreal CF in June 1954, with a badge similar to the present one.[4] They finished seventh and then fourth twice in the First regional league before being promoted to the Tercera Liga (Third Nationwide) as champions in 1956. They were relegated in 1960–61 after finishing 14th.[3]

The club adopted their present badge in the middle of 1966.[4] In 1966–67, Villarreal returned to the Tercera as champions. In 1970, they reached the national Segunda for the first time.[3] After narrowly avoiding relegation in their first season, they were relegated the following season. In 1975–76, they were relegated from the Tercera to the Regionals, but were promoted back again the next season. In 1986–87, Villarreal were promoted to the Segunda Liga B.[3] In 1990, they finished 18th and were relegated back to the Tercera.

There were back-to-back promotions as the club returned to Segunda B and finished second, earning promotion to Segunda A for the first time. From 1992 to 1997, Villarreal were often in low or mid-table positions, but reached the play-offs in 1997–98 by finishing fourth.[5] The two-legged play-off was against Compostela. Villarreal hosted the first leg which was a 0–0 draw, but the second leg at the home of the Galician team was a 1–1 draw, thus Villarreal were promoted on the away goals rule.

1998–2012: La Liga and European debuts edit

Villarreal's La Liga debut started with a match against reigning European champions Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium on 31 August 1998 where they lost 4-1 despite taking the lead after 3 minutes.[6] The first home game was against Celta de Vigo[5] the week after. Because of a difficult season, Villarreal were relegated to the Segunda División for the 1999–2000 season, but by finishing third, they were then promoted back to the Primera División.

Arsenal FC vs Villarreal CF 2008–09 UEFA Champions League quarter-finals

After finishing seventh on their return to the Primera, Villarreal finished in 15th place for two-straight seasons.[5] Villarreal competed in the UEFA Intertoto Cup in the middle of 2002, defeating FH of Iceland, Torino of Italy, and Troyes of France. They lost in the final to compatriots Málaga, 2–1 on aggregate.[7]

In the middle of 2003, they defeated the Dutch team Heerenveen in the final of the Intertoto Cup, thereby qualifying for the UEFA Cup. In their major European debut, Villarreal reached the semi-finals of the UEFA Cup, losing to neighbours and eventual champions Valencia. In the league, Villarreal finished in eighth place. In the middle of 2004, Villarreal retained the Intertoto Cup, beating compatriots Atlético Madrid on penalties after the final finished 2–2 on aggregate. This qualified them to the UEFA Cup. They lost in the quarter-finals of the 2004–05 UEFA Cup to Dutch side AZ, losing 3–2 on aggregate. During the same season, Villarreal finished in third place in La Liga, earning the club their first direct qualification to a European tournament, the Champions League. The club's centre-forward Diego Forlán won the Pichichi Trophy for top scorer in the league, with 25 goals.

Villarreal defeated the English Premier League's Everton in a play-off for the Champions League group stages. The group saw Villarreal go undefeated, drawing both games against Manchester United and achieving a draw and a win each against Lille of France and Benfica of Portugal. The win over Benfica was away and both teams advanced to the last 16.[8]

The club then drew 3–3 against Rangers of Scotland in the Last 16, advancing on away goals due to a 2–2 draw at Ibrox. In the quarter-finals, Villarreal beat Internazionale on away goals after finishing 2–2 on aggregate. The club bowed out in the semi-finals against Arsenal, losing 1–0 away at Highbury. Juan Román Riquelme had a penalty saved by Jens Lehmann in the home game, which finished 0–0. Arsenal went on to lose in the final in Paris to another Spanish club, Barcelona. Villarreal finished seventh in La Liga, which only earned an Intertoto Cup position.

Chart of Villarreal CF league performance 1929–2023

Villarreal contested the Intertoto Cup in the middle of 2006 and was knocked out in its first game, to Maribor of Slovenia. The first leg was lost 2–1 at home and the away game was a 1–1 draw.[9] The team finished 5th in La Liga and qualified for the UEFA Cup. Villarreal gained their best-ever league position in 2008, finishing second to Real Madrid by eight points, and also reached the last 32 in that season's UEFA Cup. After defeating BATE Borisov of Belarus in a play-off, the team won Group C unbeaten.[10] Their group opponents were Fiorentina of Italy, Mladá Boleslav of Czech Republic, IF Elfsborg of Sweden, and AEK Athens of Greece.

In the last 32, Villarreal were defeated by eventual champions Zenit Saint Petersburg, losing the first leg 1–0 in Russia to a Pavel Pogrebnyak goal. The second leg was won 2–1 by Villarreal at El Madrigal, but Zenit advanced on away goals.

The club automatically qualified for the 2008–09 UEFA Champions League by finishing second in La Liga the previous season. They drew Manchester United, for the second consecutive campaign, Celtic, and Aalborg BK. They made a good start by holding current European champions Manchester United to a goal-less draw at Old Trafford, a third 0–0 draw in a row against the English giants. A first win was sealed on 30 September by beating Gordon Strachan's Celtic 1–0 at El Madrigal, courtesy of a Marcos Senna free-kick. On 21 October, during a Champions League match against Aalborg, they scored six goals to three. The Spaniards went through to the knock-out stage after drawing 2–2 with Aalborg in Denmark and drawing goalless once again against Manchester United. In the last group stage match, they lost to an already-eliminated Celtic.

In the knock-out stage, they faced Panathinaikos, who left Villarreal with a 1–1 away advantage, but lost 1–2 in Athens. Villarreal reached the quarter-finals for the second time in two attempts, and were once again paired with Arsenal. The first leg saw a 1–1 draw by a Marcos Senna free kick, equalised by an Emmanuel Adebayor volley. Theo Walcott, Emmanuel Adebayor, and Robin van Persie secured a 3–0 win for Arsenal on the return, knocking Villarreal out of the tournament.

Real Madrid vs. Villarreal in 2011

Despite finishing outside of a European qualifying spot in the domestic league, Villarreal was given a place in the qualifying round of the 2010–11 UEFA Europa League after UEFA determined that Mallorca's financial irregularities precluded them from taking part in the tournament.

A 5–0 home win and a 2–1 away win against Dnepr Mogilev qualified them for the group stage. Villarreal suffered an early setback following a shock 2–0 loss in their away fixture against Dinamo Zagreb. Despite this, however, later wins against Dinamo, Club Brugge and PAOK saw them top their group.

After beating Napoli, Bayer Leverkusen and Twente in the knockout phases, Villarreal qualified for the semi-finals to face tournament favourites Porto. After Villarreal took a 0–1 lead at the Estádio do Dragão, Porto made a remarkable turnaround that ended in a 5–1 defeat for Villarreal. Although Villarreal won the second leg 3–2, Porto's first leg goal total saw them advance to the final on aggregate, where they beat Braga to be crowned champions. Giuseppe Rossi finished as the tournament's second top goalscorer with 11 goals, behind Porto's Radamel Falcao.

2012–present: relegation and European glory edit

Last match of the 2012–13 season game against UD Almería. Finally, Villarreal won and were promoted to La Liga.

On 13 May 2012, Villarreal were relegated from La Liga after defeat to Atlético Madrid. Following a horrendous season, the club suffered a shattering tragedy when Manolo Preciado, appointed as Villarreal's new manager on 6 June 2012, died of a heart attack later that day.[11] Following their relegation, there was a mass exodus of players at the club, with star players such as Borja Valero, Diego López, Giuseppe Rossi and Nilmar leaving the side.[12]

After one year in the Segunda División, Villarreal were promoted back to La Liga on the final day of the season after finishing the year second after champions Elche. The team began its new tenure in the top flight by winning its first three games; the winning streak ended with a tie against Real Madrid at El Madrigal, though the team was undefeated until falling to Real Betis 1–0 on the seventh matchday of the season. The Yellow Submarine finished the 2013–14 campaign in sixth, thus qualifying them for next season's Europa League.

In 2014–15, Villarreal again finished the year in sixth, enough to secure direct qualification to the Europa League group stage. In the 2015–16 season, Villarreal led La Liga for the first time during the sixth and seventh weeks, before falling to fifth place the following week. The club ended the season in 4th place and thus advanced to the 2016–17 UEFA Champions League playoff round. The club progressed to the semi-finals of the 2015–16 Europa League, but were knocked out by Liverpool. Villarreal won the first leg 1–0, but lost 3–0 in Liverpool and 3–1 on aggregate.[13]

In 2019–20, Villarreal finished fifth, earning a place in the 2020–21 UEFA Europa League. The team went on a memorable run, advancing to the final after knocking out Arsenal 2–1 on aggregate. Facing favoured Manchester United, Villarreal held them to a 1–1 draw after extra time and then won 11–10 in a penalty shoot-out,[14] winning the club's first ever major trophy. Domestically, they finished seventh, supposedly qualifying for the inaugural UEFA Europa Conference League. However, courtesy of their triumph, Villarreal switched their next year's participation in the inaugural Conference League to the 2021–22 Champions League.[15][16][17]

At the start of the 2021–22 season, Villarreal competed in the 2021 UEFA Super Cup against Chelsea in Belfast, which ended a 1-1 draw after extra time, but Chelsea managed to win 6-5 in the penalty shootout as captain Raúl Albiol saw his penalty saved by Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga. That same season, Villarreal progressed to the semi-finals of the Champions League after knocking out Juventus in the round of 16 and Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals, before losing 5–2 on aggregate to Liverpool.[18]

Rivalries edit

Villarreal has supported a long rivalry with Castellón for geographical reasons, since both are from the province of Castellón. They also rival Valencia, since the two had been the most competitive teams of the Valencian Community; this clash is called the "Derbi de la Comunitat".

Records edit

  • Villarreal's biggest league win at home was by a five-goal margin, achieved on four occasions. The club recorded 5–0 home victories against Salamanca (1998–99 La Liga), Celta Vigo (2002–03 and 2016–17 La Liga), and Tenerife (2009–10 La Liga). The most goals Villarreal scored in a league game was six, in a 6–3 home win against Racing Santander during the 2003–04 La Liga season.[19]
  • The club's largest away league wins were a 5–1 victory at Las Palmas during the 2000–01 La Liga season, a 4–0 victory at Real Sociedad in the same division during the 2004–05 season, and 4–0 and 5–1 victories at Celta Vigo and Levante, respectively, both during the 2020–21 La Liga season.[19]
  • The club's first major trophy was won in 2021 with a penalty shoot-out victory over Manchester United in the Europa League final.[20]

Club colours edit

El Madrigal, now renamed Estadio de la Cerámica

The club's famous yellow kit dates back to 1947. With the new season fast approaching, the son of the then Villarreal president travelled to Valencia to purchase replacements of the club's official kit of white shirts and black shorts. Discovering that the shop had neither in stock, he instead bought the only color that they did have, which happened to be yellow. The players agreed that the shirts were suitable, although they weren't keen on the black shorts, so the president's son travelled to Castellón and purchased a batch of white shorts. The players voted that they should be dyed blue.[21] After remaining as the club's official kit for some time, the yellow shirts and blue shorts combination was last worn in the 2002–03 season, and the club has since sported all-yellow kits.[22] Away colours have been navy blue.

From 2005 to 30 June 2011, the shirt sponsor was "Aeroport Castello", an airport. The current shirt sponsor is Pamesa, a ceramics company. From the 2016–17 season, the kit has been made by the Spanish company Joma, having previously been produced by the Chinese company Xtep and Puma of Germany, among others.

Honours edit

Domestic edit

European edit

Season to season edit

Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1947–48 5 2ª Reg.
1948–49 5 2ª Reg.
1949–50 5 2ª Reg. 1st
1950–51 5 2ª Reg. 1st
1951–52 4 1ª Reg. 7th
1952–53 4 1ª Reg. 4th
1953–54 4 1ª Reg. 2nd
1954–55 4 1ª Reg. 2nd / 3rd
1955–56 4 1ª Reg. 1st
1956–57 3 8th
1957–58 3 5th
1958–59 3 6th
1959–60 3 12th
1960–61 3 14th
1961–62 4 1ª Reg. 14th
1962–63 4 1ª Reg. 15th
1963–64 4 1ª Reg. 6th
1964–65 4 1ª Reg. 3rd
1965–66 4 1ª Reg. 3rd
1966–67 4 1ª Reg. 1st
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1967–68 3 3rd
1968–69 3 9th
1969–70 3 1st Third round
1970–71 2 16th Round of 32
1971–72 2 17th Fourth round
1972–73 3 12th Third round
1973–74 3 12th Third round
1974–75 3 8th Third round
1975–76 3 13th Second round
1976–77 4 Reg. Pref. 2nd
1977–78 4 15th First round
1978–79 4 13th Second round
1979–80 4 9th Third round
1980–81 4 16th First round
1981–82 4 7th
1982–83 4 14th
1983–84 4 13th
1984–85 4 14th
1985–86 4 6th
1986–87 4 3rd Fourth round
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1987–88 3 2ª B 2nd Second round
1988–89 3 2ª B 4th First round
1989–90 3 2ª B 18th
1990–91 4 2nd Second round
1991–92 3 2ª B 2nd Second round
1992–93 2 13th Quarter-finals
1993–94 2 16th Fifth round
1994–95 2 10th Fourth round
1995–96 2 15th First round
1996–97 2 10th Third round
1997–98 2 4th First round
1998–99 1 18th Round of 16
1999–2000 2 3rd Round of 16
2000–01 1 7th Round of 32
2001–02 1 15th Quarter-finals
2002–03 1 15th First round
2003–04 1 8th Round of 16
2004–05 1 3rd Second round
2005–06 1 7th Round of 16
2006–07 1 5th Round of 16
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
2007–08 1 2nd Quarter-finals
2008–09 1 5th Round of 32
2009–10 1 7th Round of 16
2010–11 1 4th Quarter-finals
2011–12 1 18th Round of 32
2012–13 2 2nd Second round
2013–14 1 6th Round of 16
2014–15 1 6th Semi-finals
2015–16 1 4th Round of 16
2016–17 1 5th Round of 16
2017–18 1 5th Round of 16
2018–19 1 14th Round of 16
2019–20 1 5th Quarter-finals
2020–21 1 7th Quarter-finals
2021–22 1 7th Round of 32
2022–23 1 5th Round of 16
2023–24 1 Round of 32

In Europe edit

The team bus
Accurate as of 14 December 2023
Competition Pld W D L GF GA GD W%
UEFA Champions League 46 14 15 17 51 56 −5 030.43
UEFA Cup / UEFA Europa League 132 76 31 25 234 132 +102 057.58
UEFA Europa Conference League 10 6 2 2 21 13 +8 060.00
UEFA Intertoto Cup 24 12 8 4 32 16 +16 050.00
UEFA Super Cup 1 0 1 0 1 1 +0 000.00
Total 213 108 57 48 339 218 +121 050.70

UEFA club coefficient ranking edit

As of 10 June 2023[23]
Rank Team Points
16   Leipzig 84.000
17   Benfica 82.000
18   Villarreal 82.000
19   Napoli 81.000
20   Porto 81.000

Nickname and mascot edit

The team is nicknamed El Submarino Amarillo (the Yellow Submarine) because of their yellow strip. The mascot (named Groguet, "Little Yellow") is characterised as an anthropomorphic submarine. He made his debut on 26 October 2001 and was named on 13 December that year by a local 12-year-old, Javier Fuster Almela, following a province-wide competition open to under-15s.[24]

Players edit

Current squad edit

As of 24 January 2024[25]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   ESP Pepe Reina
2 DF   COL Yerson Mosquera (on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers)
3 DF   ESP Raúl Albiol (captain)
4 MF   ESP Santi Comesaña
5 DF   ESP Jorge Cuenca
6 MF   FRA Étienne Capoue
7 FW   ESP Gerard Moreno (3rd captain)
8 DF   ARG Juan Foyth
9 FW   POR Gonçalo Guedes (on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers)
10 MF   ESP Dani Parejo
11 FW   NOR Alexander Sørloth
12 DF   CIV Eric Bailly
13 GK   DEN Filip Jörgensen
14 MF   ESP Manu Trigueros (vice-captain)
No. Pos. Nation Player
15 FW   ESP José Luis Morales
16 MF   ESP Álex Baena
17 DF   ESP Kiko Femenía
18 DF   ESP Alberto Moreno
19 MF   FRA Francis Coquelin
20 MF   ESP Ramon Terrats
21 FW   ESP Yeremy Pino
22 MF   ESP Denis Suárez
23 DF   ALG Aïssa Mandi
24 DF   ESP Alfonso Pedraza
25 FW   BFA Bertrand Traoré
26 DF   ESP Adrià Altimira
27 FW   MAR Ilias Akhomach
37 DF   ESP Carlos Romero

Reserve team edit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
29 DF   ESP Abraham del Moral
30 FW   ESP Jorge Pascual
31 GK   AND Iker Álvarez
39 DF   ESP Antonio Espigares
No. Pos. Nation Player
40 FW   ESP Álex Forés
42 DF   SRB Stefan Leković (on loan from Red Star Belgrade)
43 FW   ESP Diego Collado

Out on loan edit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
DF   COL Johan Mojica (at Osasuna until 30 June 2024)
FW   NED Arnaut Danjuma (at Everton until 30 June 2024)
FW   FRA Haissem Hassan (at Sporting Gijón until 30 June 2024)
No. Pos. Nation Player
FW   ARG Thiago Ojeda (at Lugo until 30 June 2024)
FW   CHI Ben Brereton Díaz (at Sheffield United until 30 June 2024)

Player records edit

Most Appearances edit

Competitive, professional matches only. Bold indicates player is still active at club level. As of 20 February 2023.

Rank Player Years League1 Cup Europe2 Total
1   Manu Trigueros 2012–present 349 34 68 452
2   Bruno Soriano 2006–2020 324 29 72 425
3   Mario Gaspar 2009–2022 337 26 61 424
4   Marcos Senna 2002–2013 292 16 55 363
5   Santi Cazorla 2004–2006; 2007–2011; 2018–2020 251 20 63 334
6   Cani 2006–2014 259 21 47 327
7   Rodolfo Arruabarrena 2000–2007 219 13 52 284
8   Jaume Costa 2012–2019; 2020–2021 211 19 37 267
  Pascual Donat 1992–2000 237 30 0
9   Javi Venta 2002–2010; 2012–2013 197 15 48 260
10   Sergio Asenjo 2013–2022 228 10 20 258

Goalscorers edit

Competitive, professional matches only. Appearances, including substitutes, are shown in parentheses. As of 21 February 2023.

Rank Player Years League1 Cup Europe2 Total Ratio
1   Gerard Moreno 2012–2013; 2014–2015; 2018–present 74 (175) 12 (17) 19 (41) 105 (233) 0.45
2   Giuseppe Rossi 2007–2012 54 (136) 7 (15) 21 (41) 82 (192) 0.43
3   Adriano García 1986–1987; 1988–1990; 1991–1993 69a (148) 6 (16) 0 (0) 75 (164) 0.46
4   Diego Forlán 2004–2007 54 (106) 1 (7) 4 (15) 59 (128) 0.46
5   Santi Cazorla 2004–2006; 2007–2011; 2018–2020 40 (251) 6 (20) 11 (63) 57 (334) 0.17
6   Cédric Bakambu 2015–2017 31 (75) 4 (5) 12 (25) 47 (105) 0.45
7   Juan Román Riquelme 2003–2006 36 (106) 1 (4) 8 (35) 45 (145) 0.31
8   Víctor 2000–2004 39 (131) 2 (10) 3 (26) 44 (167) 0.26
9   Carlos Bacca 2017–2021 28 (110) 8 (13) 7 (22) 43 (145) 0.3
10   Samuel Chukwueze 2018–2023 21 (145) 9 (14) 7 (38) 37 (197) 0.19
1 Includes matches and goals from La Liga, Segunda División and Segunda División B.
a Includes 2 goals from 1992 Segunda División B play-offs.

Current technical staff edit

Position Staff
Head coach   Marcelino
Assistant coach   Rubén Uría
Technical assistant   Pepe Alcaide
  David Fuster
  Sergio García
Goalkeeping coach   Marc Ramírez
Fitness coach   Ismael Fernández
  Mario Segarra
Analyst   Bruno Uría
  Pablo Manzanet
Delegate   Xisco Nadal
Director of Medical Services   Héctor Usó
Doctor/Medical Services   Simón Bueno
Nurse   Sergio Broceño
Physiotherapist   Josep Rochera
  Nacho Fornás
  Héctor García
  Ferran Romero
  Axel Tirado
  Josep Caballero
  Luis Baños
Rehab fitness coach   Ángel Torres
  Adrián Beltrán
  José Luis Villarroya
  Alberto Torres
Massage therapist   Juan Hernández
Field delegate   Luis Jiménez
Equipment manager   Jorge Garrido
  Adrián Ortells
Sporting director   Jorge Rodríguez

Last updated: September 2022
Source: Primer Equipo

Coaches edit

Women's football edit

See also edit

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