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Club Atlético Osasuna, known as Osasuna, is a List of football clubs in Spain based in Pamplona, in the autonomous community of Navarre.

Founded in 1920, it currently plays in the La Liga, holding home games at the 19,553-capacity Estadio Reyno de Navarra (formerly El Sadar). The team's home kit is red shirt, navy blue shorts, black socks with red back, whereas the away one is navy blue shirt, orange shorts and navy blue socks.

The word Osasuna means "health" in Basque language (used in a sense of "strength", "vigour").


Founded in 1920, Osasuna first reached Segunda División in 1932, making it to La Liga three seasons later.

The club achieved their first ever UEFA Europa League qualification in 1985–86 UEFA Cup after 1984–85 La Liga, eventually reaching the third round in 1990–91 UEFA Cup. Finishing last in 1993–94 La Liga, the side spent six years in the second level.

After a stellar 2005–06 La Liga, Osasuna made history by finishing in fourth place - tied for best ever - synonymous with the chance of qualifying for the UEFA Champions League in the following season through play-off matches. This achievement was made all the more dramatic by the suspense that was maintained until the last day of the championship in which Osasuna and Sevilla FC were both vying for the fourth place. Both teams eventually ended the season with the same number of points but Osasuna got through due to their head-to-head record. However, Osasuna didn't make it to the Champions League group phase, as they were eliminated by Hamburger SV in the third qualifying round, leaving the Navarrese to vie in the UEFA Cup for the fifth time in their history.

Osasuna were drawn in Group D of the 2006–07 UEFA Cup along with Parma F.C., RC Lens, OB Odense and SC Heerenveen. The club successfully qualified to the knock-out stage, finishing second in their group, and were drawn against FC Girondins de Bordeaux, who had dropped into the UEFA Cup following an unsuccessful Champions League campaign. Osasuna progressed 1–0 on aggregate, drawing 0–0 away before winning 1–0 in Pamplona through an extra-time winner by Javad Nekounam.

Next up were Scotland side Rangers F.C., and the Spanish side again progressed, following a 1–1 draw in Scotland and a 1–0 win at home. They were drawn against Germany side Bayer 04 Leverkusen in the quarter-finals. Regarded as severe underdogs, Osasuna not only progressed to the semifinals but did so in style. A 3–0 away win had virtually sealed the tie, but Osasuna also won the second leg, 1–0. In the last-four round, Osasuna was drawn against 2005–06 UEFA Cup and fellow Spanish side Sevilla, eventually losing 1–2 on aggregate after a 1–0 home win.

In the following two seasons, Osasuna struggled mightily in the league. In 2008–09 La Liga, it only avoided relegation in the final day: being in 18th place and going into the final matchday, home to Real Madrid C.F., they fell behind 1–0, but came back with two goals (the decider courtesy of Juan Francisco Torres, a Merengue youth graduate) to remain in La Liga.


Recent seasons


- 33 seasons in Segunda División
- 13 seasons in Tercera División
- 1 season in Divisiones Regionales de Fútbol

The numbers are established according to the official website:

Out on loan


- Copa del Rey: Runners-up 2004–05 Copa del Rey
- 4 UEFA Europa League participations

Famous players

- Martín Astudillo
- Daniel Montenegro
- Bernardo Romeo
- John Aloisi
- Pierre Webó
- Dady
- Pablo Contreras
- Rafael Olarra
- Ibrahima Bakayoko
- Christian Manfredini
- Jaroslav Plašil
- Sammy Lee (footballer)
- Jamie Pollock
- Robert Ullathorne
- Ludovic Delporte
- Javad Nekounam
- Masoud Shojaei
- Ashley Grimes (footballer born 1957)
- Michael Robinson (footballer)
- Javier Aguirre
- Carlos Ochoa
- Carlos Vela
- Manuel Vidrio

- Mohamed El Yaagoubi
- Emeka Ifejiagwa
- Roman Kosecki
- Ryszard Staniek
- Mirosław Trzeciak
- Jan Urban
- Jacek Ziober
- Nuno Espírito Santo
- Ionel Gane
- Dmitri Kuznetsov
- Sergey Shustikov
- Savo Milošević
- Predrag Spasić
- Goran Stevanović
- Petar Vasiljević
- Risto Vidaković
- Manuel Almunia
- Paco Bienzobas
- Vicente Biurrun
- Thomas Christiansen
- Eugenio Bustingorri
- Javier Castañeda
- César Cruchaga

- Martín Domínguez
- Ignacio Eizaguirre
- Josep Maria Fusté
- Ion Andoni Goikoetxea
- Ángel Martín González
- Domingo Larrainzar
- Iñigo Larrainzar
- Javi Martínez
- Aitor Ocio
- Pablo Orbaiz
- Pachín
- Tiko (footballer)
- Juan Carlos Unzué
- Ignacio Zoco
- Fabian de Freitas
- Pablo Gabriel García
- Richard Morales
- Walter Pandiani
- Marcelo Sosa
- Ivan Brzić (1986–87)
- Rafael Benítez (1996–97)
- José Antonio Camacho (2008–11)
- Miguel Ángel Lotina (1999–02)

see also

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