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Real Madrid Castilla is a Spanish football team that plays in the Segunda División B. It is the reserve team of Real Madrid. They play their home games at Alfredo di Stéfano Stadiummarker.

Unlike the English football league system, reserve teams in Spain play in the same league system as their senior team rather than a separate league. However, reserve teams cannot play in the same division as their senior team. Therefore Real Madrid Castilla are ineligible for promotion to the Primera Division whilst their parent club play there. Reserve teams are also no longer permitted to enter the Copa del Rey. In the past the reserve teams of both Real Madrid and FC Barcelona have blurred the lines between being a reserve team and a separate entity. In addition only under-23 players, or under-25 players with a professional contract can switch between senior and reserve teams.


AD Plus Ultra

In 1948 Agrupación Deportiva Plus Ultra, a local amateur team, then playing in the Tercera División, agreed to become a feeder club for Real Madrid. Originally formed in 1930, the team took its name from the national motto of Spain. Real gave AD Plus Ultra financial support and in return were given first refusal on the club's best players. By 1949 they made their debut in the Segunda División and in 1952 the club became the official Real reserve team. In 1954 they won the Spanish U-19 Cup, beating RCD Español 2-1 in the final and in 1959 they reached the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey, losing 7-2 on aggregate to eventual finalists Granada CF.

During the 1950s and 1960s future Real Madrid players and Spanish internationals such as Zárraga, Mateos, Marsal, Casada, Villa, Vidal, Serena and Grosso all spent time at the club. Luis Aragonés also briefly played for AD Plus Ultra and Miguel Muñoz began his coaching career at the club. In 1972 AD Plus Ultra folded because of the demise of the insurance company of the same name and their position in the Tercera División was taken by Castilla Club de Fútbol the new reserve team for Real Madrid on July 21.

Castilla CF

As Castilla CF the team enjoyed something of a golden age. During this era, with a team that included Agustín, Gallego and Pineda, Castilla CF reached the final of the 1979-80 Copa del Rey. During their cup run they beat four Primera División teams including Hércules CF, Athletic Bilbao, Real Sociedad and Sporting de Gijón. The latter two eventually finished second and third in the Primera División. In the final they played Real Madrid but lost 6-1. However because Real also won La Liga, Castilla CF qualified for the European Cup Winners Cup. Despite beating West Ham United 3-1 in the opening game at the Bernabéumarker, they lost the return 5-1 after extra time and went out in the first round. Castilla CF reached the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey on three further occasions in 1984, 1986 and 1988.

In 1984 with Amancio Amaro as coach Castilla CF won the Segunda División. The team also included the famous La Quinta del Buitre - Emilio Butragueño, Manolo Sanchís, Martín Vazquéz, Míchel and Miguel Pardeza. However Castilla CF were ineligible for promotion because Real Madrid were already in the Primera División. In 1987/88 they finished third in the Segunda División, but were once again ineligible for promotion.

Real Madrid B

In 1991 the RFEF banned the use of separate names for reserve teams and Castilla CF became known as Real Madrid Deportiva and then Real Madrid B. In the early 1990s two former Castilla CF players, Vicente Del Bosque and Rafael Benítez, began their coaching careers with the team. In 1997 the team was relegated to the Segunda División B, but despite this they continued to produce great players. These have included Raúl, Raúl Bravo, Guti and Iker Casillas, who all became established members of the senior Real Madrid team. In addition former Real Madrid B players such as Ismael Urzaiz, Santiago Cañizares, Mista and Luis García Fernández all moved on to successful careers with other La Liga clubs.

Real Madrid Castilla

In the 2004/05 season coach Juan Ramón López Caro guided the team back to the Segunda División and the team subsequently revived the el Castilla name and became known as Real Madrid Castilla. In 2006 the new stadium of the club's training facilities Ciudad Real Madridmarker was named the Alfredo di Stéfano Stadiummarker and Francisco Moreno Cariñena became the first independent chairman in sixteen years.

The team has continued to produce quality players such as Roberto Soldado who is currently playing in the Getafemarker first team, and Álvaro Arbeloa who has joined Deportivo de La Coruña, Liverpool FC and has now re-joined Real Madrid's first team.

In the 2006/07, the team was relegated to the second division B under the management of ex- Real Madrid legend Míchel after occuping 19th place in the league and a disappointing season. Michel received a lot of criticism, and accepted all the blame for the team bad performances especially for those who had a wonderful season in the 2005/06 season like De la Red, Granero and Javi Garcia. The reserves produced another quality players including Mata with Valencia CF and Negredo.

On 11 June 2008, Julen Lopetegui has been named as the new coach of Real Madrid Castilla for the next two seasons.

On 23 June 2009, Lopetegui and Real Madrid agreed to part ways.


Current squad


Out on Loan

Selected reserve team players

  • Real Madrid C and Juvenil players who granted the second team shirt.
N.B.: Players in BOLD made a game appearance.

2009—10 Transfers




  • Spain U-19 Cup
Winners (1): 1953-54, 2005-06

Runners-up: 1979/80

Winners (1): 1983-84

Winners (3): 1990-91, 2001-02, 2004-05

Winners (6): 1948-49, 1954-55, 1956-57, 1963-64, 1965-66, 1967-68

  • Trofeo Teide (Tenerife)
Winners (3): 2001, 2002, 2005

Season to season

Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1946/47 5th
1947/48 5th 1st Round
1948/49 1st 2nd Round
1949/50 3rd 3rd Round
1950/51 7th DNQ
1951/52 12th DNQ
1952/53 15th 1st Round
1953/54 3rd
1954/55 1st
1955/56 15th
1956/57 1st
1957/58 7th
1958/59 10th QF
1959/60 4th 2nd Round
1960/61 7th 1st Round
1961/62 7th 1st Round
1962/63 16th 1st Round
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1963/64 1st
1964/65 3rd
1965/66 1st
1966/67 2nd
1967/68 1st
1968/69 3rd
1969/70 3rd 2nd Round
1970/71 11th 1st Round
1971/72 10th 2nd Round
1972/73 4th 1st Round
1973/74 4th 3rd Round
1974/75 4th 3rd Round
1975/76 3rd 1st Round
1976/77 4th 2nd Round
1977/78 2ªB 2nd 2nd Round
1978/79 7th 3rd Round
1979/80 7th Runners-up
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1980/81 11th 4th Round
1981/82 8th 3rd Round
1982/83 6th 2nd Round
1983/84 1st QF
1984/85 5th 2nd Round
1985/86 12th QF
1986/87 5th 1st Round
1987/88 3rd QF
1988/89 15th 2nd Round
1989/90 18th 1st Round
1990/91 2ªB 1st
1991/92 16th
1992/93 6th
1993/94 6th
1994/95 8th
1995/96 4th
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1996/97 18th
1997/98 2ªB 2nd
1998/99 2ªB 3rd
1999/00 2ªB 5th
2000/01 2ªB 7th
2001/02 2ªB 1st
2002/03 2ªB 6th
2003/04 2ªB 2nd
2004/05 2ªB 1st
2005/06 11th
2006/07 19th
2007/08 2ªB 5th
2008/09 2ªB 6th
2009/10 2ªB

Statistics 2009/10

(As of November 6, 2009)

Segunda División B Position Pts GP W D L F A
Real Madrid Castilla 16th 10 11 1 7 3 13 15
  • Top Scorers
    • Mosquera - 3 goals
    • Szalai - 3 goals
    • Gary - 2 goals
    • Vázquez - 2 goal
    • Cristian - 1 goal
    • Samu - 1 goal

Former players

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