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Real Club Celta de Vigo, S.A.D ( ), commonly known simply as Celta Vigo is a Spanishmarker football club from Vigomarker. It was founded on March 28, 1923 by merging Real Vigo Sporting and Real Club Fortuna de Vigo. They currently play in Spain's Second Division.

Nicknamed Los Celestes (The Sky Blues), they play in sky blue shirts and white shorts. The club's home stadium is Balaídosmarker, which seats 32,500 spectators.

History

Foundation

R.C. Celta de Vigo was formed as a result of the ambition of Vigo's teams to achieve more at national level, where the Basque sides had been their bête noire in the Spanish Championship. The idea was to merge both teams to create a more powerful team at national level. The standard-bearer of this movement was Manuel de Castro "Handicap", a sports writer for Faro de Vigo who, from 1915, started to write in his articles about the need for a Unitarian movement. The slogan of his movement was "Todo por y para Vigo" (All for and to Vigo), which eventually found support amongst the managers of Real Vigo Sporting and Real Club Fortuna de Vigo. It was backed unanimously when De Castro himself presented the motion at the assembly of the National Federation in Madrid, on 22 June 1923.

On 12 July, 1923, at the AGM's of Vigo and Fortuna held at the Odeon Theatre and in the Hotel Moderno, respectively, the merger was approved. Thus the "Galicia Team " was born, as it was dubbed. In the last AGM of Fortuna and Vigo to approve the formation of a new club held on 10 August 1923, the members decided upon the team's name. Various names were suggested:

  • Real Unión de Vigo
  • Club Galicia
  • Real Atlántic
  • Breogán
  • Real Club Olimpico


The last name was popular but they eventually decided on Real Club Celta, an ethnic race linked to Galiciamarker (see Celts). The first president of Celta was Manuel Bárcena de Andrés, the Count of Torre Cedeira. At this AGM, the squad was also decided, which numbered 64 players in total, that included some notable players from both Fortuna and Vigo:

  • Goalkeepers: Isidro, Lilo and Rubido
  • Defenders: Otero, Pasarín, Juanito Clemente, Daniel y Kaíto
  • Midfielders: Jacobo Torres, Balbino, Queralt, Hermida, Pombo, Cruces, Córdoba, Máximo y Bienvenido
  • Forwards: Reigosa, Chiarroni, Posada, Polo, Correa, Gerardito, Ramón González, Caride, Pinilla, Salvador, Chicha, Miguelito y Casal.
  • Manager: Francis Cuggy


Celta de Vigo have played for many years in the Spanish first division, but have never been champions of the league or cup, despite having come close. Their best season was 1970-71, when they were not beaten at home and were known as the "giant-killers." They finished the season in sixth place (with the same number of points as Athletic Bilbao in fifth). This meant that the team qualified for the UEFA Cup for the next season. Unfortunately for them, they were knocked out by Aberdeen in the first round, and were unable to recover from a 2-0 loss at home.

EuroCelta

The late 1990s (1997-2001) saw the best results in Celta's history, in which they managed to consolidate themselves as a top-six league side, culminating in 2000-01, when they did not fall below sixth the whole season. They were dubbed EuroCelta by the Spanish press. The most important players were Alexander Mostovoi and Valery Karpin.

During this period they achieved a number of famous results in the UEFA Cup, beating Liverpool in home and away games (3-1 and 1-0) and thrashing Benfica (7-0) and Juventus (4-0).

Fall from grace

Celta had a dramatic reversal of fortune in 2003-04. The previous season, they finished fourth in the league, putting them in the third qualifying round of the Champions League. Celta entered the group phase, and eventually reached the last 16 before being knocked out by Arsenal. However, their domestic form was disastrous, and they finished second to the last in La Liga, so they were relegated to the second level. They earned a return to the top flight at the first attempt, after finishing second in in 2004-05's Segunda.

In the 2005-06 season, they finished sixth earning a return once more to the UEFA Cup. They made it to the last 16 in that competition as well, before losing to Werder Bremen.

In the 2006-07 season, Celta finished in 18th position and were relegated to Segunda División. At the end of June 2007, Celta avoided going into administration. However, if an agreement was not put in place between the club and its creditors within three months, then courts would declare the liquidation of the club’s assets.

Colours & badge

Celta Vigo's original team strip consisted of a red shirt, black shorts and blue socks. This was later changed at an unknown date to the traditional sky blue and white strip - representative of the Galician flag.

Like many other Galician clubs, such as Racing de Ferrol, the club badge is based on the red cross of Santiago (St. James). On top of the cross sits a sky blue shield with two letter Cs (Club Celta). In 1923 Celta became one of several Spanish football clubs that were granted patronage by the Spanish crown and thus entitled to use Real (Royal) in their names and the royal crown on their badge. This right was granted to Celta by Alfonso XIII and the club subsequently became known as Real Club Celta de Vigo. During the Spanish Second Republic the title Real was removed from the club's name and the royal crown was taken off the club crest, however it was to return under the Spanish Statemarker.

Shirt sponsors and manufacturers

Celta Vigo have the longest running sponsorship deal in Spanish football. Going back to 1986, Citroën, the biggest employer in Vigomarker, and in the region of Galiciamarker, has been their official shirt sponsor. Their business deal with kit supplier, Umbro, is also one of the longest running ones - Umbro's regional headquarters are based in nearby Redondelamarker.

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt partner
1985–1986 Adidas Citroën
1986– Umbro


Club anthem

  • Download in mp3 format:
Galician: [833060]Castilian: [833061]

Other popular songs sung by the celtistas are A Rianxeira, O Miudiño , and the Foliada Celeste.

Rivalry

Celta Vigo's biggest rivals are their northern neighbours Deportivo La Coruña. Matches between the two teams are known as the Galician derby

Teams P W D L F A
CELTA VIGO vs Deportivo 64 24 16 24 82 91


Seasons

Recent seasons

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Season to season

Season
Pos.
Pl.
W
D
L
GS
GA
P
Cup
Europe
Notes
1997/1998
1D
6
38 17 9 12
54 47 60
1998/1999
1D
5
38 17 13 8
69 41 64
UC quarter-final
1999/2000
1D
7
38 15 8 15
45 43 53
UC quarter-final
2000/2001
1D
6
38 16 11 11
51 49 59
final
UI winner
2001/2002
1D
5
38 16 12 10
64 46 60
UC 2nd round
2002/2003
1D
4
38 17 10 11
45 36 61
UC 3rd round
2003/2004
1D
19
38 9 12 17
48 68 39
ECL last 16
relegated
2004/2005
2D
2
42 22 10 10
55 38 76
promoted
2005/2006
1D
6
38 20 4 14
45 33 64
last 16
2006/2007
1D
18
38 10 9 19
40 59 39
UC last 16
Relegated to 2ª División
2007/2008
2D
16
42 13 13 16
56 55 52
2008/2009
2D
17
42 10 17 14
46 56 48
Season
Division
Place
Copa del Rey
1929
9th
1930/31
1st
1931/32
9th
1932/33
7th
1933/34
4th
1934/35
1st
1935/36
1st
1939/40
10th
1940/41
10th
1941/42
5th
1942/43
5th
1943/44
14th
1944/45
3rd
1945/46
10th
1946/47
9th
1947/48
4th
1948/49
11th
1949/50
7th
1950/51
8th
Season
Division
Place
Copa del Rey
1951/52
9th
1952/53
13th
1953/54
10th
1954/55
11th
1955/56
10th
1956/57
13th
1957/58
7th
1958/59
16th
1959/60
2nd
1960/61
2nd
1961/62
6th
1962/63
6th
1963/64
9th
1964/65
5th
1965/66
2nd
1966/67
3rd
1967/68
3rd
1968/69
2nd
1969/70
10th
Season
Division
Place
Copa del Rey
1970/71
6th
1971/72
10th
1972/73
15th
1973/74
12th
1974/75
17th
1975/76
2nd
1976/77
17th
1977/78
3rd
1978/79
16th
1979/80
17th
1980/81
2ªB
1st
1981/82
1st
1982/83
17th
1983/84
6th
1984/85
3rd
1985/86
18th
1986/87
1st
1987/88
7th
1988/89
8th
1989/90
19th



Current squad

The numbers are established according to the official website: www.celtavigo.net and www.lfp.es

As of 30 August 2009.


The following players are registered with the B team but are able to take part in First team matches.

Club Records

  • Most league goals – 107, Hermidita (1945-1955)
  • Most Primera Division league goals
  • Most goals in a season
  • Most league appearances – 235, Mostovoi (1996-2004)
  • Current player with most league appearances
  • Biggest win and biggest home win – 10-1 (v. Gimnastic Tarragona, October 23, 1949)
  • Biggest away win – 0-5 (v. Hercules, March 2, 1941)
  • Biggest defeat and biggest away defeat – 10-0 (v. Athletic Bilbao, January 11, 1944)
  • Biggest home defeat – 0-5 (v. Deportivo, January 3, 2004)
  • Most Home points in a season -
  • Most Away points in a season - 18 (2006-2007)
  • Record transfer fee paid - £7.4 million, Catanha from Málaga CF
  • Record transfer fee received - £11 million, Michel Salgado to Real Madrid CF


Top goalscorers



Internationals

Number of capped players (with Spain) - 18

Club Officials



Celta Vigo B

Celta de Vigo Bis Celta's youth team. It was founded in 1990 and plays in Group I of the Segunda División B.

Trophies

Official competitions



Friendly tournaments



Individual

Pichichi

Zamora

Further reading



References

  1. Stadium profile at Fussballtempel.net


External links

Official


Statistical


Historical


News


Season
Division
Place
Copa del Rey
1990/91
14th
1991/92
1st
1992/93
11th
1993/94
15th
1994/95
13th
1995/96
11th
1996/97
16th
1997/98
6th
1998/99
5th
1999/00
7th
2000/01
6th
2001/02
5th
2002/03
4th
2003/04
19th
2004/05
2nd
2005/06
6th
2006/07
18th
2007/08
16th
2008/09
17th
2009/10
President
Carlos Mouriño
Vice Presidents
Ricardo Barros Hermida, Jesús García García & Raúl López López
Director of Football
Miguel Torrecilla
Director of Youth Teams
Antonio Otero
Club Delegate
José Ricardo Fernández
Administrative Director
María José Herbón
Head of PR
José Carlos Bastos
Head coach
vacant
Assistant coach
Carlos Hugo García Bayón
Fitness coaches
Gerardo Izaguirre
Goalkeeping coach
Patxi Villanueva

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