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About Zaragoza

Real Zaragoza, S.A.D. is a List of football clubs in Spain based in Zaragoza, in the autonomous community of Aragon. Founded on 18 March 1932, it currenty plays in La Liga, holding home games at La Romareda, which seats 34,596 spectators.

The club spent the majority of its history in La Liga, winning the Copa del Rey six times and the 1994–95 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, amongst other trophies. Traditionally, team colours are white shirts and socks with royal blue shorts.

History

Real Zaragoza was originally formed from two rival teams: Iberia SC and Real Zaragoza CD. In 1939, after three years without football due to the Spanish Civil War, the team made its first appearance in La Liga.

On 8 September 1957, the team left its original stadium, El Torrero, for La Romareda.

The golden era

Beginning in the 1960–61 La Liga, Zaragoza entered a period of great prosperity, showcasing some of the greatest players playing in Spain during that decade, which earned for themselves the designation of Los Magníficos. While the team failed to capture the league title, it did succeed in finishing in the top five every year until 1968–69 La Liga, with two third-place finishes, and also won its first two Copa del Rey titles and the 1963–64 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup.

Zaragoza's famous attacking line included Canário, Eleuterio Santos, Marcelino Martínez, Juan Manuel Villa and Carlos Lapetra; Peruvian Juan Seminario, who started his career in Spain with Los Maños before moving to FC Barcelona, won the Pichichi Trophy in the 1961–62 La Liga, scoring 25 goals in 30 games as the team finished in fourth position.

'70s to the end of the century

The next 30 years provided Zaragoza with many highs and lows. The club finished third in 1973–74 La Liga and a best-ever second in 1974–75 La Liga, losing the title in the last round to Real Madrid C.F.. Two seasons were spent in Segunda División during the decade, with promotion befalling at the first attempt on either occasion.

In 1986, Zaragoza won its third Spanish Cup, defeating Barcelona 1–0. The club finished the 1990–91 La Liga in 17th position, thus having to appear in the Promotion and relegation playoffs against Real Murcia: on 19 June 1991, after a 0–0 away draw, a 5–2 home win meant the team managed to maintain its top level status.

On 10 May 1995, one year after 1993–94 Copa del Rey against Celta de Vigo, Real Zaragoza 1994–95 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup against Arsenal F.C. at the Parc des Princes in Paris, after having disposed of the likes of Feyenoord and Chelsea F.C. along the way. With the score tied at 1–1, the two teams entered Overtime (sports) and, in the 120th minute, midfielder Nayim hit a half-volley from just past the halfway line, putting it beyond the reach of David Seaman for the final 1995 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Final.

The 21st century

The 2000s brought a further two Spanish Cups to Zaragoza's trophy cabinet, including the 2003–04 Copa del Rey against Real Madrid, in Barcelona (3–2 after extra time). In late May 2006, Agapito Iglesias bought Alfonso Solans' shares and took control of the club, promising to build one of the strongest teams in Spain and Europe. In his first year, he bought Pablo Aimar from Valencia CF for Euro11 million.

Thanks to Diego Milito's 23 goals in 2006–07 La Liga (he finished third to A.S. Roma's Francesco Totti and Real Madrid's Ruud van Nistelrooy - 26 and 25 goals, respectively - in the European Golden Shoe race), Real Zaragoza finished in sixth position, thus 2007–08 UEFA Cup to the UEFA Europa League. 2007–08 La Liga, however, ended in relegation - for the second time in the decade - with the side also being eliminated in the first round in UEFA; legendary club manager Víctor Fernández returned for a second spell as coach, being sacked in January 2008 as the club had four managers during the campaign; in the last round, a brace from Ricardo Oliveira proved insufficient in a 2–3 away loss against RCD Mallorca, with the team totalling 42 points to CA Osasuna's 43.

Real Zaragoza achieved promotion from the second division 2008–09 Segunda División. In the last game, on 20 June 2009, the team drew 2–2 at Rayo Vallecano, with goals from youth graduate David Generelo and ex-Real Madrid Defender (association football) Francisco Pavón, only trailing champions Xerez CD in the table.

Seasons

Recent seasons


- 16 seasons in Segunda División
- 4 seasons in Tercera División




Out on loan



Honours

Domestic competitions

- Copa del Rey: 1963–64 Copa del Rey, 1965–66 Copa del Rey, 1985–86 Copa del Rey, 1993–94 Copa del Rey, 2000–01 Copa del Rey, 2003–04 Copa del Rey; Runner-up 1962–63 Copa del Generalísimo, 1964–65 Copa del Generalísimo, 1975–76 Copa del Rey, 1992–93 Copa del Rey, 2005–06 Copa del Rey

- Supercopa de España: 2004 Supercopa de España; Runner-up 1994 Supercopa de España, 2001 Supercopa de España

- Segunda División: 1977–78 Segunda División

European competitions

- UEFA Cup Winners' Cup: 1994–95 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup

- Inter-Cities Fairs Cup: 1963–64 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup; Runner-up 1965–66 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup

- UEFA Super Cup: Runner-up 1995 UEFA Super Cup

Pichichi Trophy

- Juan Seminario: 24 goals (1961–62 La Liga)

Records

Club

- Best La Liga position: 2nd (1974–75 La Liga)
- Worst La Liga position: 20th (2001–02 La Liga)
- Overall La Liga historical classification: 9th

- Greatest home win: Real Zaragoza 8–1 RCD Espanyol (1978–79 La Liga), Real Zaragoza 8–1 Sevilla FC (1987–88 La Liga)
- Greatest away win: Elche CF 2–7 Real Zaragoza (1960–61 La Liga)

- Greatest home defeat: Real Zaragoza 1–7 Real Madrid C.F. (1987–88 La Liga)
- Greatest away defeat: Athletic Bilbao 10–1 Real Zaragoza (1951–52 La Liga)

Player

- Most matches: Xavier Aguado (473)
- Most minutes: Xavier Aguado (33,480)
- Most goals all-time: Marcelino Martínez (117)
- Most goals in one season: Ewerthon (28, 2008–09 Segunda División)
- Foreign player with most appearances: Gustavo Poyet (239)
- Ejection (sports): Xavier Aguado (18)

Notable players


- Juan Esnáider
- Luciano Galletti
- Diego Milito
- Gabriel Milito
- Pablo Aimar
- Andrés D'Alessandro
- Leonardo Ponzio
- Canário
- Ricardo Oliveira
- Edmílson (footballer born 1976)
- Ewerthon
- Sávio
- Cafu
- Matuzalém
- Gustavo Nery
- Abel Aguilar
- Humberto Suazo

- Jermaine Pennant
- Matteo Contini
- Maurizio Lanzaro
- Ikechukwu Uche
- Andreas Brehme
- Saturnino Arrúa
- José Luis Chilavert
- Carlos Diarte
- Roberto Acuña
- Juan Seminario
- Fábio Coentrão
- Hélder Postiga
- Dorin Mateuţ
- Savo Milošević
- Carlos Lapetra
- Marcelino Martínez Cao
- Eleuterio Santos

- Juan Manuel Villa Gutiérrez
- Víctor Muñoz
- Juan Antonio Señor
- Nayim
- Miguel Pardeza
- Fernando Morientes
- Gerard Piqué
- Sergio García de la Fuente
- David Villa
- César Jiménez Jiménez
- Alberto Zapater
- Luis García Fernández
- Adrián Colunga Pérez
- Gary Sundgren
- Gustavo Poyet
- Carlos Diogo

Managers


- Elías Sauca (1932)
- Felipe dos Santos (1932–34)
- Francisco González (1934–35)
- José Planas (1935)
- Manuel Olivares (1935–36)
- Tomás Arnanz (1939–41)
- Francisco Gamborena (1941)
- Julio Uritarte / Julio Ostalé (1941)
- Jacinto Quincoces (1941–43)
- Patricio Caicedo (1943–45)
- Tomás Arnanz (1945)
- Juanito Ruiz (1945–46)
- Manuel Olivares (1946–47)
- Antonio Sorribas (1947–48)
- Enrique Soladrero (1948)
- Antonio Macheda (1948)
- Francisco Bru (1948–49)
- Isaac Oceja (1949)
- Juanito Ruiz (1949–50)

- José Planas (1950)
- Luis Urquiri (1950–51)
- Juanito Ruiz (1951)
- Emilio Berkessy (1951–52)
- Domingo Balmanya (1952–53)
- Pedro Eguiluz (1953–54)
- Edmundo Suárez (1954–56)
- Jacinto Quincoces (1956–58)
- Juan Álvarez Casariego (1958)
- Juan Ochoantesana (1958–59)
- Edmundo Suárez (1959–60)
- César Rodríguez Álvarez (1960–63)
- Antoni Ramallets (1963–64)
- Luis Bello (1964)
- Roque Olsen (1964–65)
- Luis Hon (1965-66)
- Ferdinand Daučík (1966–67)
- Andrés Lerín (1967)
- Roque Olsen (1967–68)

- César Rodríguez Álvarez (1968–69)
- Héctor Rial (1969–70)
- José María Martín (1970)
- Domingo Balmanya (1970–71)
- José Luis García Traid (1971)
- Rosendo Hernández (1971)
- Rafael Iriondo (1971–72)
- Luis Cid (1972–76)
- Lucien Muller (1976–77)
- Arsenio Iglesias (1977–78)
- Vujadin Boškov (1978–79)
- Manuel Villanova (1979–81)
- Leo Beenhakker (1981–84)
- Enzo Ferrari (1984–85)
- Luis Costa Juan (1985–87)
- Manuel Villanova (1987–88)
- Radomir Antić (1988–90)
- Ildo Maneiro (1990–91)
- Víctor Fernández (1991–96)

- Víctor Espárrago (1996–97)
- Luis Costa (1997–98)
- José Francisco Rojo (1998–00)
- Juan Manuel Lillo (2000)
- Luis Costa Juan (2000–01)
- José Francisco Rojo (2001–02)
- Luis Costa Juan (2002)
- Marcos Alonso Peña (2002)
- Paco Flores (2002–04)
- Víctor Muñoz (2004–06)
- Víctor Fernández (2006–08)
- Ander Garitano (2008)
- Javier Irureta (2008)
- Manolo Villanova (2008)
- Marcelino García Toral (2008–09)
- José Aurelio Gay (2009–10)
- Javier Aguirre (2010–11)
- Manuel Jiménez Jiménez (2011–)




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