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Real Valladolid Club de Fútbol, S.A.D. is a Spanish football club. Founded on June 20, 1928, it is currently playing in the first division, after gaining promotion in 2006-07. The club currently ranks 13th on the franchises All-Time La Liga table.

Based in Valladolidmarker, Castile and Leónmarker, from which it derives the nickname Pucela, the club holds home games at the Nuevo Estadio José Zorrillamarker, which seats 26,512 spectators.


Early history

Founded from the amalgamation of Real Unión Deportiva de Valladolid and Club Deportivo Español (currently Real Unión), Valladolid first reached the top level in the 1947-48 season, as champions of Segunda División. In the following year, the team pushed on from this success and reached the finals of the domestic cup in the Chamartín Stadiummarker against Athletic de Bilbao, eventually losing 4-1.

The next ten years were spent in the first division, but relegation was short-lived and Valladolid gained promotion in 1958-59 with a 5-0 win over Terrassa FC under manager José Luis Saso, a legendary figure in the history of the team. He had originally been a goalkeeper for the club, and subsequently went on to perform many roles, ending up as president of the team.

Valladolid vacillated between the first and second divisions in the subsequent years, descending as low as third in 1970-71. Promoted in 1992-93, the team was again sent down after the 2003-04 season. In 1984, Valladolid also won the Spanish League Cup (a competition only played in the early 80s), over Atlético de Madrid.

The side's highest position during this 11-year stint was 7th in 1996-97, being coached in the previous seasons by former Real Madrid Castilla's coach Rafael Benítez, as various players from there also would later appear for Valladolid.

The 2006-07 boom

In 2006-07, after signing Basquemarker José Luis Mendilibar as coach, Valladolid performed one of their best years in history while playing in the second level. The side took the lead in the 15th game and went on to finish with a competition all-time high 88 points, winning the championship by a total margin of eight points, and holding an advantage of 26 points over the non-promotion zone (fourth and worse), both being all-time records in the league. They also achieved the honour of staying unbeaten 29 games in a row, from October 10, 2006 to May 6, 2007, being mathematically promoted after outscoring CD Tenerife 0-2 on April 22, 2007 (just the 34th day of the season), the earliest any club has achieved promotion in Spanish history.

Also remarkable was the side's role in the King's Cup, getting as far as the quarter-finals after beating two top division teams: Gimnàstic de Tarragona (agg. 4-1) and 2006 Champions League contender Villarreal CF (agg. 3-1), while playing the whole competition with the reserve players.




Season to season

Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1929 6th
1929/30 2nd
1930/31 2nd
1931/32 4th
1932/33 1st
1933/34 1st
1934/35 2nd
1935/36 4th
1939/40 6th
1940/41 10th
1941/42 5th
1942/43 2nd
1943/44 14th
1944/45 3rd
1945/46 1st
1946/47 1st
1947/48 1st
1948/49 12th
1949/50 9th
1950/51 6th
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1951/52 8th
1952/53 12th
1953/54 12th
1954/55 9th
1955/56 9th
1956/57 8th
1957/58 15th
1958/59 1st
1959/60 13th
1960/61 15th
1961/62 2nd
1962/63 4th
1963/64 16th
1964/65 3rd
1965/66 4th
1966/67 9th
1967/68 2nd
1968/69 10th
1969/70 17th
1970/71 2nd
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1971/72 7th
1972/73 5th
1973/74 7th
1974/75 11th
1975/76 4th
1976/77 12th
1977/78 7th
1978/79 4th
1979/80 2nd
1980/81 12th
1981/82 9th
1982/83 12th
1983/84 14th
1984/85 13th
1985/86 10th
1986/87 4th
1987/88 8th
1988/89 6th
1989/90 16th
1990/91 9th
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1991/92 19th
1992/93 2nd
1993/94 18th
1994/95 19th
1995/96 16th
1996/97 7th
1997/98 11th
1998/99 12th
1999/00 8th
2000/01 16th
2001/02 12th
2002/03 14th
2003/04 18th
2004/05 6th
2005/06 10th
2006/07 1st
2007/08 15th
2008/09 15th

Current squad

Out on loan

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