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Club Gimnàstic de Tarragona, usually referred to as Nàstic, is a Spain sports club based in Tarragona, in the autonomous community of Catalonia. Its Association football team currently plays in Segunda División
The club was founded in 1886, as a result being listed as one of the oldest Football in Spain. It has teams competing in Athletics (sport), basketball, tennis, gymnastics, table tennis and futsal, but did not actually form a football team until 1914, with the side enjoying a three-year La Liga spell in its beginnings (1947–50).
Since 1972, the team plays home games at Nou Estadi
, which seats 16,600 spectators.
The club was founded on 1 March 1886 by a group of fifteen people who met at the Cafè del Centre
on Rambla Nova
. The majority of the club's early members belonged to the upper middle classes and, as the club name suggests, it was initially founded to promote gymnastics. Later the club members also began to organise fencing, hiking, boxing and cycling. In 1914, the club absorbed a local football club called Club Olímpic de Tarragona
and consequently formed its own football team, using the former colours of Olímpic: red, white and black. In those days, it played home matches in the Avenida Catalunya
In January 1918, Gimnàstic made its debut as a football team in the Catalan football championship
and, by 1927, were crowned champions of its second division. In 1943–44, the team first appeared in the Tercera División
and, in the following season were promoted to the Segunda División.
In 1946–47 Segunda División, Nàstic finished second in the second division and, the following season, arrived in the La Liga. In 1947 they also reached the Copa del Rey
semi-final, but lost to RCD Espanyol, having beaten FC Barcelona in the quarterfinals.
The team finished 1947–48 La Liga, with the highlight of the season coming on 11 January 1948, with a 3–1 win against Real Madrid C.F. at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, thus becoming the first team ever to do so. The club played two further seasons in the top level, being relegated in 1949–50 La Liga after losing a play-off to CD Alcoyano; it moved to the new Nou Estadi
In 2006–07 La Liga, Gimnàstic returned to the top flight, 56 years later. Along with coach Luis César Sampedro remained some of the players responsible for 2005–06 Segunda División, as veteran Antonio Pinilla, and Albano Bizarri, Rubén Castro, Ariza Makukula and Javier Portillo (eventually the team's top scorer), were also brought in. However, the club was placed in the relegation zone for 33 of the 38 rounds, eventually dropping down a division; Sampedro was replaced in midseason by Paco Flores, who improved the team's numbers but could not avoid relegation.
Season to season
- 18 seasons in Segunda División
- 22 seasons in Segunda División B
- 25 seasons in Tercera División
- 1 season in Divisiones Regionales de Fútbol
The numbers are established according to the official website:
As of 28 January 2012
Youth teamYouth players with first team experience
- Copa Catalunya: 2007–08
- Segunda División B: 1996–97
- Tercera División: 1944–45, 1954–55, 1960–61, 1965–66, 1966–67, 1971–72, 1977–78
- Catalan football championship: 1926–27
- Second Division B League Cup: 1983–84
- Ciutat de Lleida Trophy: 2003
- Justo Ruiz
- Samuel Galindo
- Gilberto Ribeiro Gonçalves
- Abdulrazak Ekpoki
- Julio César Cáceres
- Antonio Pinilla
- Ángel Manuel Cuéllar
- Curro Torres
- José Mari
- Juanmi García
- Juan Vizcaíno
- Tobias Grahn
- Adrián Luna
- Nicolás Fedor
- Kitchee SC