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About Alavés

Deportivo Alavés, S.A.D., usually abbreviated to Alavés, is a List of football clubs in Spain based in Vitoria, Spain, in the Basque Country (autonomous community). Founded in 1921, it plays in Segunda División B, holding home matches at the 19,500-seater Estadio Mendizorrotza.

The team's home kit is blue and white-striped shirt, blue shorts and white socks.


Founded in 1921, Alavés first reached the La Liga eight years later, a stint which would last three years. After years of seriously facing disappearance, which went well into the 90s, the club finally achieved a Segunda División promotion in 1994–95 Segunda División B, after two consecutive years winning Segunda División B - created as the new third level in 1977 - but consistenly failing in the promotion playoffs.

In 1998–99 La Liga, Alavés returned to the top level after a 42-year Wikt:hiatus, achieving two wins against FC Barcelona in 1999–2000 La Liga, in which they would, for the first time, qualify for the UEFA Europa League, ending the season sixth.

During 2000–01 La Liga, the Basque Country (autonomous community) 2000–01 UEFA Cup of the UEFA Cup, a 2001 UEFA Cup Final against Liverpool F.C. (taking the game to extra time, and losing following an own golden goal), as well as finishing 10th in the domestic campaign.

Although Alavés were relegation after 2002–03 La Liga, it regained top flight status two years later. In the 2005–06 La Liga, the club was relegated back to the second division. After two years of battling with relegation to the third level, it eventually befell in 2008–09 Segunda División.


Season to season

- 34 seasons in Segunda División
- 10 seasons in Segunda División B
- 22 seasons in Tercera División
- 1 season in Divisiones Regionales de Fútbol

The numbers are established according to the official website:

Statistics 2009/10

- Top scorers:
- - Igor - 8 goals
- - Arriaga - 7 goals
- - Geni - 5 goals

- Top goalkeepers:
- - Pagola - 14 goals in 19 matches
- - Montero - 17 goals in 19 matches
- - julen - 48 goals


- Segunda División: 1929–30, 1953–54, 1997–98
- Segunda División B: 1992–93, 1993–94, 1994–95
- Tercera División: 1940–41, 1960–61, 1964–65, 1967–68, 1973–74, 1989–90
- UEFA Europa League: Runner-up 2000–01 UEFA Cup

Stadium information

- Name - Estadio Mendizorrotza
- City - Vitoria-Gasteiz
- Capacity - 19,900
- Inauguration - 1924
- Pitch size - 105 x 67 mts.
- Other facilities: El Glorioso

Notable players

see also

Famous coaches

- Ferenc Puskás
- Luis Astorga
- Luis Costa (Spain)
- José Antonio Irulegi
- José Manuel Esnal
- Pepe Mel
- Francisco Javier Pereira Megía

see also

Alavés B

California Victory

In 2007, Alavés operated a team in the USL First Division in the United States called the California Victory. The team played at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco, California, and wore the Alavés colors. However, Alavés, under new ownership, pulled its support for the club later that year, after which the Victory folded.

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