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Rayo Vallecano

Rayo Vallecano is a football (soccer) club from Spain.

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About Rayo Vallecano

Rayo Vallecano de Madrid, S.A.D., often abbreviated to Rayo, is a List of football clubs in Spain based in Madrid, in the neighbourhood of Vallecas. Founded on 29 May 1924, it currently plays in La Liga, holding home matches at the 15,500-seater Estadio Teresa Rivero.

History

One of the perennial yo-yo clubs of Spanish football, Rayo Vallecano spent many years during the 1980s and 1990s moving back and forth between La Liga and Segunda División. They appeared to have consolidated their top flight status after promotion in 1998–99 Segunda División, and the team's most successful season came in 2000–01 La Liga, when they reached the UEFA Europa League 2000–01 UEFA Cup, going out only to eventual runners-up Deportivo Alavés (Rayo finished ninth in the previous season, but entered the competition via the UEFA Fair Play ranking).

However, the club shortly thereafter fell on hard times, enduring successive relegations from the first (in 2002–03 La Liga) and Segunda Divisións (2003–04 Segunda División). In 2005–06 Segunda División B, the club hired Míchel (footballer), a legend for Real Madrid C.F. in the 1980s and 90s, as team manager.

The club finished the 2006–07 Segunda División B in second place in Segunda División B, winning the Segunda División Play-Off 2006–07 semifinal, but losing in the final to SD Eibar (1–2 aggregate). The next season, Rayo returned to the second division after a four-year absence, winning the Segunda División Play-Off 2007–08, disposing of Benidorm CF in the semifinal, and Zamora CF in the last game (2–1 aggregate).

In 2008–09 Segunda División, Rayo finished comfortably, often either in or just outside the promotion places. Superliga Femenina 2008–09, its Rayo Vallecano Femenino was crowned Superliga Femenina champions for the first time, thereby qualifying for the 2009–10 UEFA Women's Champions League, but were eliminated 2–5 on aggregate in the Round of 16, by Russia's WFC Rossiyanka.

In 2010–11 Segunda División, Rayo Vallecano finished in second position and returned to the top flight after an eight-year absence, only trailing champions Real Betis in spite of very serious economic problems.

Club background

- Agrupación Deportiva El Rayo (29 May 1924 – 13 November 1947)
- Agrupación Deportiva Rayo Vallecano (13 November 1947 – 1995)
- Rayo Vallecano de Madrid (1995–present)

N.B. Affiliate of Atlético Madrid in 1949–50

Season to season



- 34 seasons in Segunda División
- 5 seasons in Segunda División B
- 11 seasons in Tercera División (third level before 1977–78)

- Federación Regional Castellana de Fútbol (1928–30; 1939–49)
- - 7 seasons in Primera Categoría
- - 3 seasons in Segunda Categoría

- Federación Obrera de Fútbol (1931–36)
- - 5 seasons

As of 1 February 2012.



Staff

- Head coach:
- - José Ramón Sandoval

- Director of football:
- - Felipe Miñambres

Notable former players

- Toni Polster
- Elvir Bolić
- Jorge Valdivia
- Laurie Cunningham
- Hugo Sánchez
- Viktor Onopko
- Josip Višnjić
- Antonio Amaya
- Iván Amaya
- Javier Camuñas
- Miguel Ángel Sánchez Muñoz
- Álvaro Negredo
- Kasey Keller
- Fernando Morena
is a football stadium located on Calle Payaso Fofó 1, Vallecas. Opened on 10 May 1976, at first it was called "New Stadium Vallecas", but in January 2004, 13 years after the arrival of the Ruiz-Mateos family in 1991, it changed denominations, as the wife was also named by her husband, business man José María Ruiz Mateos, the first woman president of an elite soccer team.

It has a capacity of 15,500 spectators in an all-seated format, and dimensions of 102x64m. Additionally, one of the goalends does not have a grandstand, just a big wall with information panels.

In June 2009, the club announced plans for the construction of a new stadium.

Miscellaneous info

- Rayo Vallecano was Laurie Cunningham's last club – he was killed in a car crash just outside of Madrid in 1989, after a sole season. He also had represented neighbours Real Madrid four years.

- Spanish Anti-fascism Musical ensemble Ska-P are outspoken supporters of the club (and the whole Vallecas neighbourhood) and have dedicated two songs to it, named Ska-P (album) and Rayo Vallecano.




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