The Eibar Model : Another Type Of Football Is Possible (Part 1) #FM17


Just 6 days before I embark on a journey with SD Eibar and I must admit in all the years I have played Football Manager I have never felt so eager to start the save. Over the years I have had some very enjoyable saves, some of which I have blogged about over the last couple of years. The upcoming save with SD Eibar is the first that I feel that I want to go beyond 10 seasons in the game. The club are a very small club punching above their weight in the top flight of the Spanish game representing the Basque country with pride along with fellow Basques  Athletic Club, Real Sociedad, Osasuna and Alavés. It’s an incredible time for the Basque people with 5 clubs battling it out in Liga BBVA. Once I decided with the help of the FM Community that I would manage SD Eibar I have been bowled over by the feedback with my direct messages on twitter being inundated by both the FM Community and supporters of SD Eibar all eager to talk about all things SD Eibar. This blog is seeing a lot of traffic day after day. The inspiration I have gained from the footballing community to make this project work is unbelievable.

I have done a lot of research on the club via books, magazines, pre season articles, club history, recorded games and conversations with Eibar supporters. I feel I am well equipped and understand what this fantastic club means to a community it represents. When I start the save on the 4th November I will be laying down the framework that hopefully will see me manage the club until FM18 hits the shelves. I have decided to ask the community how they would like me to post about the save via a twitter poll with the options being: 1 Post Per Season (A Full Season Review), 2 Posts Per Season ( Pre Season Preview and Season Review), 3 Posts Per Season ( Preview, Mid Season and End of Season). I will endeavour to produce informative posts throughout the duration of the save.

I anticipate day 1 of my save to be a long one has I lay the foundations for the save. Apart from meeting the owner and assistant manager I do a number of things before pressing that continue button.

Finance : I will be looking at the club’s financial situation.

Facilities : I need to see what can be improved over time.

Staff: Meet the staff but above all make sure we have the best staff possible for the season ahead with a long term plan put in place. I can be ruthless on day 1. I will also set up responsibilities.The Head Of Youth Development will be critical to our long term future.

Scouting : A key to our long term future, we need to be on top of our game in the world of scouting, being able to identify talent at the right time at the right price.

Affiliates : An area I feel we can use to our advantage with a good bond both home and abroad.

The Squad’s : A full analysis of every player at the club and how each one can fit in to the system I intend to implement. I will also be looking at each players contract in depth, each player in Spain has a buy out / release fee in their contracts which I need to know inside out.

System : Implement the system in to the club.

Training : Set up training both team and individual, I will be moulding players in to the system.

Pre-Season : I will be setting up a pre season tour to the USA and Asia, this will give us the chance to bring in much needed finance via marketing the club in lucrative regions.

Customise Screens : I like to customise my screens so I have all the vital info on hand.

Once all the above as been done I will press the continue button which will no doubt be a day after starting the save.

The Philosophy that I am looking to bring in to the club from day 1 is that we develop our own players as a first priority. If a player leaves the club my first option will be to replace them with one of our own. I know that this is not always possible so the 2nd option will be to bring a Basque born player in to the club at the right price, again if this is not possible we will look for a Spanish option before looking overseas. On the field of play I am looking for us to develop a system that gives us control of the match, I like good possession however I want us to play vertical football not sideways. I will be using the system I developed on FM16 with Villarreal:


This is the framework of the system. The aim is to get positional superiority (juego de posicion) the two defensive midfielders are set on a support duty so they occupy the half spaces when we are in an attacking transition has we look to build up our play from the wide positions. Has my bro @Rovazzz from over the pond (a fellow juego de posicion disciple) points out it when we are in a attacking phase it mirrors a traditional 4-4-2 except it invites the opposition to work through the middle and straight in to the trap. With Villarreal we managed to boss the big boys Barcelona,Real Madrid and Atlético with this system so I am keen to see how it goes with SD Eibar from the off. The system creates lots of chances for the front 2 and supporting wide players. One thing I have been asked about a number of times is why I use 2 DM’s instead of a DLP?  The answer is when developing the system I tested a DLP / DM combination and found that the DLP  was both not as defensively solid and the build up went through him far too much for my liking. My preference is to have the 2 DM’s with good technical attributes at Villarreal I had 2 fantastic players in that role, Bruno and Rhodri they were key to our success, Bruno was club captain and a sublime player who tutored Rhodri who came from our development squad. I will be looking to mould players in to this role at Eibar. Once the system is up and running in FM17 I will break it down and dedicate a post on the roles and the system in more detail.

To complement my save I have had a few mugs produced to promote the club and save at home and at work…..I think they have come out looking smart…..



So that just about wraps up my post for today, I will be watching the SD Eibar v Villarreal match tomorrow kick off 11pm British time. Thanks for reading and enjoy the rest of your weekend.

The Eibar Model : Another Kind Of Football Is Possible #FM17


My FM17 career will kick off in the Basque region of Spain with SD Eibar. The club hit the headlines with gaining promotion to Liga BBVA despite the population of Eibar of only 27,000 and a ground capacity of 5240 which as been increased to 6300, which should be increased to 9000 by the end of 2017.

The first priority for me is to get the right staff in to the club to allow the club to build a youth development program. The club finances are going to be tight so I need to be shrewd with how I use the money. I am going to attempt to use the Villarreal philosophy that as served the yellow submarine well. Here is a reminder below:

1. Quality of Leadership with vision, integrity, a clear sense of where they are going and how they will get there. A leadership small enough and powerful enough to deliver its aims without internal opposition while generating great loyalty and affection in the many staff who help them implement their project.

2. Financial Strategy based on investing the Presidents own money sufficiently well to create a club successful enough to generate sufficient income for continued success to be self sustaining without further external investment.

3. Political Strategy where network skills and other pressure’s are used to ensure that the club receives considerable support, financial and otherwise, from the elected assemblies basking in its reflected glory.

4. Profile of the right kind of Manager who can deliver the exact kind of attractive successful football the leadership want for their club, and then recruiting to match that profile.

5. Player Recruitment Strategy  geared to produce a more talented squad of players at the start of every new season than the one at the start of the previous season. Linked to a transfer policy based on Buy cheap, sell dear lines to generate sufficient income for the recruitment strategy to be self funding.

6. Development of a Football Complex as good if not better than can be found anywhere else in the world. From the base of that complex, the Cuidad Deportiva, to create a Cantera that will eventually ensure a regular supply of quality footballers for the first team at the club.

7. A Modern Stadium geared to the capacity of the community to fill it and equipped for European Club Competition at the highest level.

8. A European Success Policy based on the simple premise the best way to home the club’s competence in Europe is through regular participation in European Club Competitions.

9. Community Ownership Strategy within the community, to ensure the club belongs to the community not any individual.

10.A First Love Strategy with an unambiguous first love for SD Eibar.

The ten ingredients above will take a long time to implement but will serve as a guideline for the save ahead.

My long term philosophy is to create a system that gives us maximum opportunity to Control the game with a strong Defensive backbone and an ability to Attack playing free flowing football. I will be looking to build a squad with high technical ability because I like my players to be comfortable on the ball in all positions We want to be competitive very competitive. I will go in to more detail in a later post about the system.

I hope to arrange a Pre-Season tour to both the USA and China which will make the club some additional finance whilst promoting the club overseas.


The formation of Izarra Football Club in 1913 is the oldest recorded association between the city of Eibar and football. Other clubs soon followed, and Eibar became home to the teams of Sport Arin and Eibar´tar.

Interest in this new sport soared in 1914 when the city´s Otaola-erdikua field was converted to host football events. The inaugural match on this pitch was contested between Izarra and Bambino de Bilbao in a close affair. Izarra faced crisis in 1917 and was forced to dissolve, but the club re-emerged in 1922 under the new name Unión Deportiva Eibarresa. Despite early success, this team also failed to consolidate and folded again in 1931.

Football resurfaced in Eibar in the 1930s. A group of friends formed Deportivo Gallo in 1932 and, three years later, the city saw the revival of Union Deportiva Eibarresa. However, the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War in 1936 dealt a blow to the renewed aspirations of these football teams and all activity was postponed until the war was over, in 1940.


After the culmination of the Spanish Civil War, Deportivo Gallo and Unión Deportiva Eibarresa decided to join forces and compete under the name of Eibar Fútbol Club, whose first president was Juan Artamendi. The name of the team would change multiple times during its formative years before finally settling on Sociedad Deportiva Eibar.

During the difficult post-war years the team was unable to play regular fixtures. The irregularity of matches stalled the club´s progression, and in the 1942-1943 season SD Eibar was banned from participating in official competitions.

In the 1943-44 season, S.D. Eibar wore the famous azulgrana (blue and red) strip for the first time, courtesy of donations from the Gipuzcoan Football Federation. 75 years on, the team still proudly adorns these colours on their home strip.

From 1914 onwards, football in Eibar was largely contested in the Otaola-erdikua field. From 1940 onwards, the raised Txaltxazelai surface was also a popular venue for football matches. Due to space requirements, Eibar often had to lease the pitch from Lerún after reaching an agreement with the council of Elgoibar. The club´s search for a permanent home to call their own was ended in 1947 with the inauguration of the new Ipurua ground in Eibar, which became the clubs social and sporting headquarters.

The Primera Regional Preferente division was established during the 1949-1950 season, at the end of which Eibar would achieve promotion to the Third Division. After this success, Plaza Untzaga was the setting for a spectacular mass demonstration of unity between SD Eibar´s players and fans, which remains a symbol of the club´s identity many years later.

A new sporting success occurred in the 1952-53 season when the team gained promotion to the Second Division. In the same season Eibar lifted the España de Aficionados trophy, which was the club´s first national title. This trophy, contested on an amateur basis between champions of regional leagues, was brought home after defeating Rayo Vallecano in Zaragoza. The reception would go down in history, with the players proudly showcasing their trophy to delirious fans from the windows of a small minibus which passed through the streets of Eibar.


The 1953-54 and 1954-55 seasons saw SD Eibar rub shoulders with some of the finest clubs in the Second Division such as Zaragoza, Alavés and Sabadell – and, in general, make a fine account of themselves. However, the club finished 14th in the 1955-56 season and was consequently relegated from the division. The following season, SD Eibar was able to raise the España de Aficionados trophy for the second time in three years, beating Sevilla 3-0 in Madrid.

The excitement returned in the 1956-57 season when Eibar was able to secure the signatures some players of the highest level. One such example was the goalkeeper Félix Arrizabalaga “Aputxiano”, who left spectators astonished with his glue-like grip of the football from shots and crosses. Aputxiano quickly became an icon for the Eibar fan base and was later transferred to Valencia. The same season, Eibar returned to the Third Division.


The 1957-58 saw the opening of a new chapter in the history of SD Eibar in which the team remain in the Third Division for nearly three decades. The club finished in first or second position on several occasions, but was never able to cross the finish line in their promotion efforts.

Eibar signed a number of exciting young talents at the start of the 1963-64 season, amongst which Jose Eulogio Gárate was the shining star. Later in his career he would go on to receive twenty international caps with Spain and collect the Pichichi award three times with Atlético de Madrid – an award given to the First Division´s highest goal scorer.

Despite the talented squad, Eibar continued to struggle in their efforts to gain promotion to the Second Division. The team hit rock bottom in 1975 and was relegated to the Regional


Eibar began the 1986-87 season full of excitement at the prospect of returning to the Segunda A, the second level of Spanish football. This dream became reality in 1988, which would be a season to go down in the history books. Apart from the glorious promotion, it was also memorable for goalkeeper Garamendi scoring a ridiculous goal from his own penalty area against Pontevedra, which saw him become a fan´s icon and a popular player nationwide.

The game in which Eibar would finally clinch promotion, against Durango, was attended by thousands of passionate Eibar supporters. The promotion was celebrated with a fantastic reception and widespread elation in Plaza Untzaga, in front of the town hall.

The club´s primary objective after gaining promotion to the Segunda A was to remain in the division and continue playing against excellent teams. In this year Eibar signed a historic collaboration agreement with Athletic Club de Bilbao, which marked a rift in relations between the club and Real Sociedad.

S.D Eibar was able to consolidate their position in the division through a fluctuating spell of both good luck and bad. In some seasons the club managed to avoid relegation by the skin of their teeth, whilst in others they were able to secure a comfortable mid-table finish.

In 1990, the club commemorated their 50th anniversary celebrations with a friendly against the Amsterdam-based club, Ajax, which finished 1-1 thanks to a penalty from Luluaga. The stormy weather on this day would have reminded Eibar´s older fans of their 25th anniversary friendly, in which the team faced Girondins de Bordeaux in an exciting game which finished 5-3.

The year 1992 constituted a great challenge for Eibar as it converted to a Public Limited Company (PLC). The new, official title of the football team became Sociedad Deportiva Eibar S.A.D. This conversion was greatly assisted with the financial support of Athletic Club de Bilbao, who helped Eibar to raise the required fee of 66 million pesetas (€400,000) in the early phases of the conversion.

The 1998-99 season culminated with another miraculous escape. With the club´s relegation from the Segunda A looking all but certain, the team somehow managed to salvage 21 points from a possible 27 in the final nine matches of the season. Manager Alfonso Barasoain, considered “a magician” by fans, managed to steer the team to safety with a 3-0 victory over Toledo in Ipurua, as Mallorca B lost at home against the already-relegated Hércules. This exciting climax encapsulated Eibar´s reputation as a determined outfit with a ´never say die´ attitude.

Blas Ziarreta arrived in the Eibar dug-out in the 1999-2000 campaign, whose tenure was characterised by a notoriously physical playing style. In the following season, Eibar secured the three-month loan signing of a young player from Real Sociedad who would go on to leave his mark on football both domestically and internationally, Xabi Alonso. In 2002, president Juan Luis Mardares stepped down after fourteen years in charge and was replaced by Jaime Barriuso.

In the 2003-2004 season, under the leadership of José María Amorrortu, the club went toe-to-toe with Real Madrid in two hotly contested cup matches which would put Eibar on the footballing map. This famous cup tie helped to discredit the mythical association between Eibar and anti-football.

During the same season, SD Eibar incorporated the existing feminine side in the city into its ranks, which had until then belonged to Eibartarrak. The feminine team was founded in 1991 and had competed in the First Division on many occasions. This team also finished runners up in the Queens Cup of 1999 and, under the name of Eibar in the 2009-10 season, competed in the Super League of feminine football.

José Luis Mendilibar was at the helm for the exhilarating 2004-05 season. The squad was stacked with players who would go on to achieve successes in the Spanish First Division. A special mention must be given to 19 year old David Silva, who would go on to be proclaimed world champion in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, alongside his aforementioned compatriot Xabi Alonso.

The final game of this season saw the club play host to Racing de Ferrol. Eibar came within 17 minutes of being promoted to the First Division but ultimately, and agonisingly, failed to cross the final hurdle. The team, which was captained by Gaizka Garitano, remained in Segunda A.

This extraordinary squad was picked apart and consequently relegated to Segunda B the following season after 18 years in the second level of Spanish football – a record which remains untouched until this day.

Coach “Manix” Mandiola led Eibar to a succesful season in 2006-07, with a play-off victory over Rayo Vallecano securing the club´s return to the Segunda A. Despite successfully avoiding relegation in the first season back in the league, the club was once again relegated to Segunda B in 2009. At this point, President Jaime Barriuso stepped down from the hot seat owing to personal reasons and was replaced by the determined Alex Aranzábal. The first port of call was for the club to reassess their objectives due to the complicated and delicate economic climate.


The 2009-2010 season was the first of three consecutive unsuccessful charges at promotion. The club came especially close in the 2010-11 season, in which it fell to defeat by Sabadell in the playoffs. These four seasons in Segunda B were particularly complicated, but the loyal fan base stuck with the team through thick and thin and never lost the belief that they would return to Segunda A. The team continued to display its courage and strength throughout this spell, but never quite managed to cross the finishing line and achieve the ultimate goal of promotion.

In the summer of 2012, the club turned to appoint a young manager who, during his successful spell as an Eibar player, came within one point of promotion to the First Division. This was the popular ex-captain Gaizka Garitano, who was handed the reins to the first team squad.

During his first season in charge, Garitano was able to write his name into the Eibar history books after guiding his team to a famous two-legged cup victory over Athletic Club. After a goalless first game at Ipurua, a Mikel Arruabarrena penalty was enough to send Eibar through to the next round in a legendary tie at the San Mamés stadium. An 88th minute Aduriz equaliser was not enough to prevent Eibar from eliminating the Bilbao-based club on the away goals rule, marking a famous date in the history of the club.

This same season brought even more successes to SD Eibar. The club returned to the Segunda A after finishing runners-up to Alavés in the league, and seeing off Alcoyano and Hospitalet in the playoffs – the former being an agonising affair which required a last gasp winner from Diego Jiménez.



Upon returning to the Segunda A, Eibar´s primary objective was simply to avoid relegation. The 2013-14 season started slowly, but the team´s desire and belief continued to shine through. The squad was strengthened with astute signings which, in general, produced fine performances on the pitch.

As the season progressed, many fans began to wonder when the players would start to feel the effects of a long and tiring campaign. In fact, exactly the opposite occurred, and Eibar fans were delighted with fantastic performances in the latter stages of the season. “En primavera el Eibar en Primera” and “Eibar Primeran” (“Eibar for the First Division”) became popular shouts from the terrace. Meanwhile, you had to look extremely hard to find a balcony which did not proudly display the blue and red flag of SD Eibar.

The dream finally became a reality on 25th May 2014 after beating Alavés 1-0 at home in Ipurua. Even after the final whistle had blown and the result was confirmed, the team had to wait agonisingly for confirmation of another result. Many supporters turned on their TV sets or tuned into their radios to hear news filter through of Recreativo de Huelva´s unlikely away goal at Las Palmas, which mathematically confirmed Eibar´s promotion to the First Division 75 years after its creation. Elation was widespread and the city held a party which carried on into the night. The celebrations were so wild, in fact, that the supporters drank the bars dry of Cava – some mean feat in the city of Eibar!

On June 7th 2014 the team was officially proclaimed Segunda A champion for the first time in their history after Deportivo de Girona fell to defeat, confirming the club´s second promotion in two seasons. The team´s reception at Plaza Untzaga was simply incredible, eclipsing the grand celebrations which had occurred no less than twelve months earlier when the team was promoted back to Segunda A. The promotion was celebrated by thousands of people in the city centre, who managed to completely fill the main square and all surrounding streets. The players celebrated from atop an open-top bus which moved slowly through the files of delirious fans who lined the streets.

The fantastic sporting success was emulated by the club´s marvellous financial performance. Against all odds, the club was able to increase its revenue stream in response to unjust legislation, which threatened to relegate a debt-free club back to the Segunda B.

Owing largely to a fresh, new marketing campaign named “Defienda al Eibar-Eibar Defendatu” (Defend Eibar), the club was able to raise 1.9 million euros in the form of small donations from 50 countries worldwide. This fundraising scheme allowed the club to reach and exceed the minimum requirements stipulated in the legislation.

In the current 2014-15 season, the club continues exceeding all expectations given its monetary limitations. Whilst on-field successes may come and go, the club continues to face the struggle of safeguarding its future. After 75 years, this humble outfit who were formed in the difficult post-war years continue playing against outstanding teams holding the world´s best players. Above all, the team continues to compete with dignity, effort and team spirit: values synonymous with Eibar throughout its 75 year history.

It is true that certain aspects of Eibar´s future remain unclear. The team may find itself playing in one division or another. Players, directors and fans will come and go with the passing of time. However, the one certainty is that the team will continue to embody the values and identity of the city of Eibar: “Eibar, where work is art”.

Club History Source

2016-2017 Squad






So that concludes my introduction, we are just over a week away from the official release day so I will be doing some research on the club and players at my disposal between now and then. I am going to read the fantastic book again: Eibar The Brave to get me focused on the job ahead. thanks for reading this post, I look forward to discussing the save with the community along with any feedback on my new look blog for FM17.


Pre Season Update Léo Baptistão First Summer Signing At El Madrigal (Voyages On The Yellow Submarine ) #FM16


Léo Baptistão Joins Villarreal 

My first signing of the summer is 23 year old Brazilian Forward Léo Baptistão, you might think it strange that I am bringing a forward in after our front two Soldado and Bakambu netted 67 goals between them, however Baptistão has been on my radar for a while, he is strong forward with quality finishing skills who I see as a long term replacement for Roberto Soldado, but that’s not to say the Brazilian won’t get his chance in the forthcoming season as we embark on a Champions League campaign. Baptistão is no stranger to El Madrigal after a loan spell here the season before I took charge. He also fits in to my system and at a cost of £3m up front with a further £3m in add ons he also fits in to our philosophy of buy cheap sell big. So who is Léo Baptistão:

Leonardo Carrilho Baptistão (born 26 August 1992), commonly known as Léo Baptistão, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Villarreal . He mainly operates as a striker, but can also appear as a winger.


Rayo Vallecano 

In July 2011, after playing his last year as a junior again with Rayo, Baptistão joined the first team for preseason games. However, in his debut, a Trophy of Vallecas match against Sporting de Gijón, he suffered a collarbone injury; his first appearances as a senior were made with the B-team, in Segunda División B.

In the 2012 summer, Baptistão was again summoned for Rayo main squad’s preseason. On 25 August he finally made his first-team debut, starting in a 2–1 La Liga away win against Real Betis, assisting Piti on one goal and scoring the winner. On 16 September he netted against Atlético Madrid but in a 3–4 away loss, adding a brace the following month at RCD Espanyol but again not being able to help his team gain a single point.

Baptistão quickly became an automatic first-choice in his first year with the Paco Jémez-led side. On 3 November 2012 he provided a further two assists for Piti in a 2–1 away win over Málaga CF, scoring his fifth goal of the season the following matchday, a 3–2 home success against Celta de Vigo.

In January 2013, with the winter transfer windowopened, Baptistão was linked with moves to the likes of Liverpool, Manchester United, Queens Park Rangers, Leeds United and Brighton, but nothing came of it. On 14 February, in only his second appearance after being sidelined several weeks with a muscle injury, he scored the winner in a 2–1 home win over Atlético Madrid, only to be downed with another collarbone ailment in April, which sidelined him for the rest of the season.

Atlético Madrid 

On 3 June 2013, Baptistão signed a five-year contract with Atlético Madrid for an undisclosed fee. He made his debut for his new team on 21 August, replacing Arda Turan in a 1–1 home draw against FC Barcelona for the first leg of the domestic Supercup, which was eventually lost on the away goals rule.

Baptistão scored his first goal for the Colchoneros on 18 September 2013, in a 3–1 home win over FC Zenit Saint Petersburg for the season’s UEFA Champions League. It was also his maiden appearance in the competition.

On 11 January of the following year, Baptistão joined fellow league club Betis on loan until June. He scored in a 2-0 away win against city rivals Sevilla FCin the last-16 clash of the UEFA Europa League, but the tie eventually ended in penalty shootout elimination.

On 19 August 2014, Baptistão joined former side Rayo in a season-long loan. In late September, in two games separated by only three days, he earned his team six points by scoring braces at home against Athletic Bilbao (2–1) and at Levante UD(2–0).

Baptistão was loaned to Villarreal CF in the 2015 summer, with the club having an option to buy him at the end of the campaign. On 27 September, he helped defeat Atlético Madrid by scoring the game’s only goal at the Estadio El Madrigal, and four days later, against FC Viktoria Plzeň for the Europa League group stage, repeated the feat.He returned to Atlético at the end of the season.


Baptistão spent last season at Espanyol were he played 25 games scoring 5 goals

Transfer News Outgoing

We have released 30 players who we feel are not good enough to make the first team. Defender Victor Ruiz has joined Barcelona for an initial £7.25m rising to £9m with add ons. I have also listed left back Bojan Jokic who I feel wont get game time this coming season. The departures have reduced the wage bill which I want to keep control of.



We have signed 21 year old ball playing Dutch centre back Sven Van Beek from Feyenoord for £10.5m rising to £13.25m with add ons. Van Beek has the potential to lead our back line for years to come.


Players Promoted In To The First Team Squad




Season Expectations

The board expect us to qualify for the Champions League via our League position. The media predict us to finish 4th.


First Team Squad Contracts

I have negotiated a number of contracts that hopefully should protect the clubs future.




We are spending Pre Season on tour with 4 games in the USA and 4 games in China before we return to Spain for the Super Cup Final against Atletico Madrid. The pre season tour will bank us a few million and hopefully bring so added revenue in the American and Asia markets. Thanks for viewing my latest update.

Villarreal Legitimate Income v Illegitimate Income (Voyages On The Yellow Submarine) #FM16


The Villarreal model  introduced to the club by owner Fernando Roig incorporates a financial strategy to make the club self sufficient after an initial investment by Roig himself. Roig wanted to ensure his investment created success on the field therefore increasing legitimate income off the field. So what is illegitimate income? and what is legitimate income?

1. Illegitimate Income  is defined by money invested in the club by the owner, grants, loans and any other lenders.

2.Legitimate income  is defined by money generated by the club by Ticket sales, Marketing,TV rights and European participation.

So in my Voyages On The Yellow Submarine save at this present time the club debt is a loan which we have £9m left to pay on it, which ends in 2018. After that date the club will be debt free as long as the club is self financing.

A big plus for us is that we have qualified for the Champions League that will generate more Legitimate  income by Paricipation, TV Rights, Marketing and ticket sales. We did not expect to qualify for the Champions League so soon but by winning the title we go straight in to the group stage. I was looking for Europa League qualification at the start of the season so it’s a bonus for the club’s finances by achieving qualification earlier than predicted.

I remember reading a article on the Higher Tempo Press by Chris Darwen on how to balance the books it’s a really good article that got me thinking differently about club finances, in fact here is the link:

#FM16 : How to Balance the Books

I will certainly be approaching the club’s finances with the use of the above article to assist me in my attempt to make the club self sustaining.

Has we enter pre season a number of players with in the club are being released has their contracts are coming to an end over the next few weeks. My aim will be to get the wage bill to a sustainable level whilst still being competitive on the field. Of course one of the ways to keep the wage bill down is to develop players within the club.

Our player recruitment strategy is geared up to buy cheap sell big which hopefully will enable us to play the market to our advantage and bring profit in to the club. Last season we made a profit of £43m in the transfer market. We have a very good network of scouts who should be able to identify targets at the right time for us to sign at the right price. In Spain everyone has a price with every player having a buyout clause / release clause in their contract, so it’s important for us when negotiating contracts we need to make sure we are getting a good deal for the club when the so called big clubs come in for our players. It is going to be an interesting pre season because I am expecting a number of players to be targeted by the big club mentality that more often than not unsettles players.


So that brings me to the end of this quick update, I hope everyone enjoys the beta release tonight, thanks for reading and enjoy the evening. Pre season update to follow.

History Made On The Yellow Submarine #FM16 (Voyages On The Yellow Submarine)


September – November 

Highlight of this period of games was a 1-0 win against Barcelona with Mario grabbing the goal in a game which we dominated the ball, I was more than happy with how we implemented our game plan based on controlling the game and closing down the space in front of our back 4, Bruno dominated the midfield in a double pivot were I used Rodrigo Caio alongside our captain. The Brazilian has the qualities I want from my defensive midfield duo based on technique,passing,tackling and vision. I decided on the inclusion of Ciao because of his defensive qualities against the Barca midfield, I wanted him to win the ball and play simple passes to start our offensive play which he did to perfection. Bruno is the most underrated player I have managed, he is the perfect playmaker and first name on my team sheet week in week out….quality personified. We ended this period with 8 clean sheets from 12 games. We lost just 1 league game against a very solid Atletico side. In the Europa League we won 2 drew 1 and lost 1 that left us in 2nd place in the group.


Transfer Window

Players departing the club during the transfer window, Nicola Sansone £15m Manchester United and Roberto Soriano £15.75m AS Monaco. Incoming I signed 21 year old winger Hector Villalba from San Lorenzo for £3m. We have made a net transfer profit of £43m putting the club in a nice financial position with just £9m in debt which clears in 2018 with the final payment.


December – January

Defeat to Panithinaikos in the Europa League left us in 2nd place to qualify for the knockout phase, the Greek club completed a double on us to win the group. We got knocked out of the Copa del rey after a two leg defeat to Simeone’s Atletico side who beat us 3-1 in the Vicente Calderon before we beat them 2-1 in the 2nd leg which was not enough. In 7 league games we won 5 and lost 2 which was enough to see us reach the top of the table. our defeats came against Athletic Club and Real Madrid. Soldado hit 9 goals including a sublime finish against Granada in a 5-1 win.



January – February

This was the month that seen Cheryshev,Villalba,Soldado and Bakambu develop a super understanding of the system with some fantastic link up play that is arguably the best I have managed on any FM save. I was watching matches in great detail just to witness this. We went undefeated in 8 games during this period that include the Europa League games against Feyenoord were we progressed through to the next round after a 3-0 win in Holland. In the league we had wins against Valencia,Osasuna,Seville,Alaves and the completion of the double against Barcelona with another 1-0 win this time in Camp Nou thanks to a Villalba goal which opened a lead of 4 points between us and the Catalan giants.




An interesting month saw us go out of the Europa League against PSG, we drew the 1st leg 0-0 in Spain before going down 1-2 in Paris. This was the month that stretched us a little in terms of injuries but we managed to start with a fantastic 4-0 win against Atletico but we came crashing back to earth with a 2-1 defeat at bottom club Eibar. We then stumbled to a 1-1 draw at the Riazor against Deportivo thanks to Soldado. To end the month we demolished Real Sociedad 5-0 with Cedric Bakambu hiting an hat-trick along with strikes from Villalba and Soldado. We end the month 3 points clear of Barca with 8 games to play…..We dare to dream.



April – May (History Is Made)

We start the final month of the season with a 4-0 win against Real Betis in front of a packed El Madrigal crowd who are starting to dream, Bakambu 2, Ruiz and Soldado with the goals. A 1-0 win gave us 3 more vital points after a hard fought game against relegated Sporting, Bakambu with the all important goal. Malaga at home next and another 3 point again Cedric Bakambu with a brace in a 2-0 win. Athletic Club were the visitors for our next game, Soldado and Bakambu both on the score sheet in a 2-1 win. Leganes away next and a 5-0 win puts us on the verge of history with Soldado 3 and Bakambu 2 scoring the goals that leave us 3 points away from the title with 3 games to play. Espanyol at home is the first of three games we have to create history, I tell the squad to treat this game like any other and they do with our flying winger Denis Cheryshev sending the Madrigal crowd in to euphoria with a brace that writes our names in to the history books. What a performance we are champions of Spain. We lose our last 2 games against Granada and Real Madrid but the title is ours to enjoy.



Villarreal Crowned Spanish Champions







Cedric Bakambu and Roberto Soldado 

The partnership that set El Madrigal alight, the pair scored 67 goals between them Soldado 35 goals, Bakambu 32 goals in all competitions.





What can I say this season without doubt is my most enjoyable across all my saves on FM, Villarreal have a set philosophy that I have enjoyed reading about alongside this save. I started the save as a bit of a time filler until FM17 is released which I thought I could plough through but from day one I was immersed in the save and started to watch games in full.The system I have used is a variation of a 4-4-2 that uses 2 defensive midfielders and 2 wingers behind a false 9 and a complete forward. We look to control games along with an attacking transition that as taken us to the title. Funnily enough the system and formation was created in need because I had so many injuries at the start of the season so we could not use my intended 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1. The whole squad have performed to a level I could not have imagined. The 2 additions to the squad have more than adapted to their new surroundings Rodrigo Caio joined for £3.5m in the summer and has played both in central defence and the defensive midfield positions. Hector Villalba came in to the club in January and as won the young player of the year and supporters player of the year awards. Mario at full back has played his way in to the Spain side with his marauding runs and assists during the season. Soldado and Bakambu have been goal machines in a fantastic partnership up front. Denis Cheryshev what a player on the left wing a new contract signed already. Bruno is a super professional who oozes class with Guardiola watching him for the duration of the season so much so I got fed up with the news alert after every game. I promoted Rodri from our B team to come in alongside his tutor Bruno in midfield, the kid looks a gem of a player. The finances of the club are in good shape we managed to make a good profit in the transfer window. So that wraps up our season at El Madrigal I hope you have enjoyed the update has you look forward to November 4th.


Voyages On The Yellow Submarine Pre Season Update will Be Out this Coming Week

Voyages On The Yellow Submarine (1.1) #FM16


Voyages On The Yellow Submarine

I started this save as a bit of a time filler up to FM17 release day however I am enjoying it so much that I have read the fantastic book on Villarreal called ‘Yellow Submarine The Miracle Of Villarreal’. I have always had a soft spot for the club after their rise in to Spain’s top division and their signing of Juan Roman Riquelme but after reading the book, the story and philosophy just drags you in. I am going to base and adhere to the club’s philosophies during my save.

The Villarreal Project

The ten ingredients of the Villarreal project:

1. Quality of Leadership with vision, integrity, a clear sense of where they are going and how they will get there. A leadership small enough and powerful enough to deliver its aims without internal opposition while generating great loyalty and affection in the many staff who help them implement their project.

2. Financial Strategy based on investing the Presidents own money sufficiently well to create a club successful enough to generate sufficient income for continued success to be self sustaining without further external investment.

3. Political Strategy where network skills and other pressure’s are used to ensure that the club receives considerable support, financial and otherwise, from the elected assemblies basking in its reflected glory.

4. Profile of the right kind of Manager who can deliver the exact kind of attractive successful football the leadership want for their club, and then recruiting to match that profile.

5. Player Recruitment Strategy  geared to produce a more talented squad of players at the start of every new season than the one at the start of the previous season. Linked to a transfer policy based on Buy cheap, sell dear lines to generate sufficient income for the recruitment strategy to be self funding.

6. Development of a Football Complex as good if not better than can be found anywhere else in the world. From the base of that complex, the Cuidad Deportiva, to create a Cantera that will eventually ensure a regular supply of quality footballers for the first team at the club.

7. A Modern Stadium geared to the capacity of the community to fill it and equipped for European Club Competition at the highest level.

8. A European Success Policy based on the simple premise the best way to home the club’s competence in Europe is through regular participation in European Club Competitions.

9. Community Ownership Strategy within the community, to ensure the club belongs to the community not any individual.

10.A First Love Strategy with an unambiguous first love for Villarreal.

So how do I transfer this in to my save?

*Quality of Leadership for me will be to recruit the right staff to deliver for the club, whilst keeping staff numbers to a minimum to deliver the highest quality coaching, scouting and medical team.

*Financial Strategy will be me keeping a close check on the club’s finances.

*Political Strategy is difficult however I will maintain a professional image at the club whilst dealing with press related issues.

*Profile of the manager, well I think I have the right kind of profile the club are looking for, Professional, likes to play attacking football whilst entertaining along the way.

*Player Recruitment I will strive to adhere to the philosophy of buy cheap sell big and build on a strong South American network.

*Develop the academy to produce player’s for the first team.

*Consistent participation in European Club Competitions.

Season 15-16

Transfer Window Out

There was a number of clubs chasing 24 year old Mateo Musacchio including PSG, Bayern Munich and Chelsea, after a number of rejected bids Musacchio made it clear he wanted to move to a bigger club and so I eventually agreed a deal with Chelsea for £17.5m rising to a possible  £22m with add ons.


Transfer Window In

In line with our player recruitment policy I signed 22 year old defender  Rodrigo Caio for £3.5m from Sao Paulo, I feel Caio is a perfect replacement for Musacchio. The Brazilian is very good with the ball at his feet and will fit in to my system with a ball playing defender.


Pre Season

Has you can see below we had a very good pre season with all the first team squad getting good game time. I am very pleased with the number of players who look to have settled well in to our system.



The boards expectations are that we finish in the top half of the league which I think is more than achievable in fact I want and expect us to be battling for a European place. The board do not expect us to go beyond the Europa League Playoff round. We are expectated to reach the Quarter Final stages of the Copa del Rey.


Results 15-16

We started our campaign with the Europa League Playoff round 1st leg away against Mladost which we won 4-0 with goals from Bakambu, Costa, Soldado and Cheryshev. Just 3 days later we opened our league campaign at El Madrigal with a 2-1 defeat against Las Palmas with our goal coming from Bakambu. The defeat as somewhat stopped us in our tracks, we looked poor at the back and need to improve if we are to meet my expectations. Mladost arrived for the 2nd leg and felt the backlash from our league defeat we beat them 5-1 with goals from Bakambu 2, Sansone, Santos Borre and Trigueros, to send us in to the group stage. A 2nd league defeat followed away to Valencia 1-3, Roberto Soldado got the consolation goal from the spot but we have work to do. Celta Vigo next and although it’s only our 3rd league game I am feeling we need a win in front of the El Madrigal faithful. We managed a 1-0 win with Soldado netting the goal that takes a little pressure off. Europa League group stage next and the visit of Romanian club  AFC Astra which we won 3-0 with goals from N’Diaye, Bruno and Bakambu. Hoping to turn our Europa League hangover in to a positive result we played Osasuna away and produced a stunning performance winning 7-0 courtesy of Soldado 3, Soriano 2, Cheryshev and an own goal by Mario. Well pleased with the result we then travelled  Alaves full of confidence and got another 3 points with a solid performance with a resounding 4-0 win with goals from Sansone, Bakambu, Caio and Pantie.




Europa League

We have got a reasonable draw after being seeded number 1 for the group we drew Standard of Belgium, Panathinaikos of Greece and AFC Astra from Romania. We opened the group with all 3 points after beating the Romanians AFC Astra 3-1.



After a disappointing start to our league campaign we have picked our game up and look to be settling in to our system and look to be ready for our Voyage on the Yellow Submarine. Although it’s early days here at El Madrigal but the love around this club is easy to see and feel. President Fernando Roig has lay down and built a solid foundation at the club with very little debt that amounts to around £12m. I have brought in to the philosophy and will continue to do so. I hope to have another update posted soon as the journey continues.My next update will also feature our new line of fantastic track tops designed by @FMOtter (Jacob O’Sullivan).


El Submarino Amarillo (The Yellow Submarine) #FM16


After setting the scene for my FM17 Botofogo save it got me in the mood to load a save up so I decided that I will take control of Villarreal until the release of FM17 or until I start a save once the release as been patched to iron out any bugs I am using a updated database so all squads are 16-17 season players.. So without further a do I welcome you to Villarreal. 





Finances are pretty good, with careful handling of the cash we can give the club long term stability.


My first job will be to improve the quality and quantity of the staff at the club.


Reasonable expectations from the board that takes the pressure off first season.

Founded in 1923

At the start of the 1920s, a small group of Vila-real citizens who were sports fans in general, but football fans in particular, decided to further promote the practice of this sport. Thus, on 10th March 1923 they founded ‘Club Deportivo Villarreal’ who, despite not competing in official competitions until the next decade, played numerous friendly matches.

The club’s first Board of Directors, established on 24th May 1923, were formed by pharmacist José Calduch Almela as President, bank clerk José Martínez Aguilar as Secretary, post office manager Carlos Calatayud Jordá as Treasurer, and Board members Juan Nebot, Alfonso Saera, Manuel Calduch, Pascual Arrufat Catalá, Vicente Cabedo Meseguer and Manuel Amorós Fortuño.

José Calduch, the first club President, explained that to play football “we bought ten, big carob tree fields, we levelled them out, put up fences around them and built a small building for the players”. In its beginnings the sports field was leased by the club’s owners, firstly José Calduch and then Vicente Marmaneu Ballester, and it was always located where El Madrigal stadium currently resides. It was originally called the ‘Campo de Deportes’ (sports field) before it came to be known as ‘El Madrigal’.

It was determined that adult ticket prices would be 0.5 pesetas, while for children it would be half of that price. Women got into the ground for free. In this same meeting they decided to buy the first twelve kits made from the most common and easily accessible materials at the time, for this reason they chose white shirts and black shorts. Those were the first club colours and didn’t change until 1946, when they changed the shirts to yellow (the shorts were still black at this point).

The opening match was played on 17th June 1923 between CD Castellón and Cervantes, both from the neighbouring city, and was refereed by Farnós. Four months passed until Villarreal played their first friendly match. Finally, on 21st August 1923, Villarreal faced Red y Star from Castellón.

The team started to take part in provincial and regional competitions, which led to various Fan Clubs (peñas) emerging, those Fan Clubs also had teams who played on the pitch when there were no official competitions.

One of the first most important dates for Villarreal dates back to the 1935/36 season, when the team played in the playoffs for promotion to the Second Division (Segunda División). After being crowned champions of the First Regional Division (Primera Regional) in a league made up of teams such as Alcoyano, Gandía, Alcira, Olímpico de Játiva and Sport de la Plana, CD Villarreal played two matches against Cartagena for promotion to the Second Division (in those times the Third Division did not exist).

The first leg of the playoffs was played on 26th January 1936, while the second leg took place on 2nd February. After suffering a thrashing from Cartagena (5-0), their 3-1 win in the second leg was not enough to get the longed for promotion. Cartagena asserted themselves as professional players taking the win and the promotion to the Second Division.

1942 CA Foghetecaz

After the break from football due to the Spanish Civil War and the disappearance of Club Deportivo Villarreal, the city didn’t have a team to represent them in provincial and regional competitions for some years. Despite that, football never stopped being played in Vila-real as youth championships were disputed between the different Fan Clubs (peñas), mainly at El Madrigal field which was acquired by the city council in 1942.

One of these groups created the ‘Club Atlético Foghetecaz:’, their name corresponding to the surname initials of its founders: FO (Font), G (Gil), HE (Herrero), TE (Teuler), CA (Catalá) y Z (Zaragoza). The two points (colon) at the end of the name were attributed to Manuel Vilanova (father of the Mayor, Manuel Vilanova Goterris) and to Manuel de Jeroni. Curiously they used an ‘etc.’ to refer to the other founding members.

1946 CAF Villarreal

After thinking and debating about the matter, in a very even-sided meeting when it came to voting, the group finally decided to affiliate the team in 1946 and take part in official competitions organized by the Valencian Federation (la Federación Valenciana). The new club would keep the ‘CA Foghetecaz:’ initials in the name and use the name of the city as a representative symbol; and so ‘CAF Villarreal’ was born.

According to Manolo Vilanova, father of the Mayor of Vila-real between 1995-2007, who was in charge of the kit in Valencia, he initially looked to continue with the same attire as CD Villarreal but, faced with the lack of white shirts, opted for yellow, that was also in fashion at the time, and the black shorts that conformed to tradition.

The history of ‘C. A. Foghetecaz:’ was as brilliant as its name was strange, until Pepe Ten, historic sports journalist for the daily newspaper the ‘Mediterráneo’, nicknamed them “the Czech team”.

The beginnings were not at all easy for the club, which was founded around the Granja Bar in the Plaça de la Vila (Vila square), who had to play in four different Groups (I, IV and VI) in the Second Regional Division (Segunda Regional), but it wasn’t long before the accolades started arriving.

In their fourth year, CAF Villarreal were champions of the Regional Fans Division (Regional de Aficionados) and were promoted to the First Regional Division (Primera Regional) in 1950/51, they also got to the Semi-finals of the Spanish Fans Championship (España de Aficionados) after knocking out FC Barcelona, among others.

There are many important people from this period, but the most significant were the Presidents Lorenzo Cardá Corbató, who was the founder of the club federation, Juan Vilar Llopis, Pascual Batalla Gil and Secretary José Ramos Nebot. One of the most representative figures was the versatile Bautista Monzonís ‘Bufaga’, who was a player, referee, coach, delegate and talent scout who also began the planting of the grass pitch at El Madrigal.

The team’s brilliant career culminated with eliminating FC Barcelona from the Fans Championship, which sparked euphoria in the local football world. This way, at the end of May 1952 the founding Directors, known as the “poor ones” (“dels pobres”), handed over the reins of the club to those members with a higher economic status, forming the “rich ones” (“dels rics”), new Directors who planned a sporting future with ambitious projects.

One year later, Villarreal were champions of the First Regional Division, but the Spanish Civil War put an end to any type of sports competitions. After the hiatus due to the war, competition returned to the town with the team playing in the Second Division, but CD Villarreal seized to exist in 1942.

1954 Refoundation

In June 1954, after the season had just finished and after a lot of growth and development at the club, the CAF Villarreal Board of Directors decided to change the name of the club to the current: ‘Villarreal CF’. The ‘Mediterráneo’ newspaper wrote the following article:

Villarreal now called Villarreal Club de Fútbol

Having just finished the First Regional Division season, the Club’s Board of Directors have reached an agreement to change the name and thus, once the process is complete, the change will be brought into effect and their new name, which has already been made public, will hereinafter be: “Villarreal C. de F.”. But that does not take anything away from the founders of C. A. Foghetecaz, those truly responsible for the revival of football in Villarreal. In the city’s media we don’t want to overlook the favourable reception and agreement we have had with the aforementioned.— C. V. LL. (6th July 1954).

The brand new Villarreal CF made its debut on Sunday 12th September 1954, in a First Regional Division (Primera Regional) match at the Fornás del Port de Sagunt stadium, drawing 2-2 with Acero. The starting eleven were Bachero, Jorge, Casinos, Almazán, Hervás, Font de Mora, Safont, Mezquita, García Mulet, López and Segarra, it was García Mulet who scored both goals for Villarreal and the Manager was Abelardo Rico.

In the 1955/56 season, they got promoted to the Third Division (Tercera División) for the first time beating Albalat 4-1 in the last game of the season, played on 15th January at El Madrigal. The manager was still Vila-real native Abelardo Rico and the President was Lorenzo Carda Corbató.

The Yellows’ first stint in the nationwide league lasted five seasons, after which they got relegated to the First Regional Division (Primera Regional), a league which they would abandon in the 1966/67 season again under the management of Abelardo Rico. Promotion came after a decisive win at Los Silos de Burjassot with a 0-1 victory and a goal from Vilar.

1967-68 The ‘Yellow Submarine’ nickname is Born

The nickname the ‘Yellow Submarine’ was born after the song was released by the Beatles in 1966. In the 1967/68 season, the club was fighting for promotion to the Third Division (Tercera División) once again, which they eventually achieved in that campaign. Meanwhile, a group of young fans started to play this Beatles song on a battery powered record player during matches. And they sang it with their own lyrics: “Amarillo es el Villarreal / amarillo es / amarillo es” (“Villarreal are yellow / they are yellow / they are yellow”).

With the passing of the years the Villarreal CF kit changed to yellow shirt and blue shorts. It wasn’t until the ‘Golden Age’ of the club, when the Yellows were the elite of national and international football (2004/05), that the club decided to wear all yellow, including the socks, in honour of the nickname.

1969/70: First Promotion to the Second Division

The first time they were promoted to the Second Division (Segunda División) was the biggest step in the history of Villarreal CF up to that point. After three seasons in the Third Division (Tercera División) the club led Group VI, with 56 points; 23 wins, 10 draws and 5 losses (83 goals for and 36 against). First place gave them two chances to get promoted.

In the first match they lost to la Unión Popular Langreo, after losing in Asturias (1-0) and drawing at El Madrigal (1-1). But the Yellows made no mistake the second time around against Athletic Bilbao. In a very even clash, both matches finished with the same result (both teams won 2-1 at their grounds) and so they had to play a decider at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium. That day, on 7th July 1970, would be historic for Villarreal as they beat the Basque side 2-1 (goals from Luiche and Causanilles) and got promoted to the Second Division. The Manager was Pepe Rey and the players that played in the final were the following: Alapont, Debón, Alcañiz, Marzal, Eusebio, Linares, Martínez, Luiche, Palau, Causanilles and Serrano.

The Submarine served in the silver league of Spanish football for two consecutive seasons. In the first they kept themselves in the league and played in the playoffs for promotion, but the following season they could not do the same and were relegated back to the Third Division.


1990-92: A Dramatic Turn of Events

After spending many years transitioning between the Third Division (Tercera División) and Regional Leagues, Villarreal CF experienced a dramatic turn of events that saw them move up the ranks considerably. Under President Pascual Font de Mora, the team got promoted twice in two consecutive seasons. The ‘Yellow Submarine’ won promotion from the Third to the Second Division B in 1990/91, after finishing second in the regular season with 48 points (17 wins, 14 draws and only 3 losses; 57 goals for and 26 against). In the playoffs for promotion, the Yellows destroyed their opponents -Imperial de Murcia, CD Cala d’Or and CF Balaguer- with five wins and only one loss.

Road to promotion to the Second Division B:

Imperial 0-1 Villarreal (18/05/91). Goal by Honorio.

Villarreal 8-1 Cala d’Or (26/05/91). Goals by Honorio (2), Nadal, Planelles (2), Aparicio and Quemades (2).

Balaguer 2-1 Villarreal (02/06/91). Goal by Nadal.

Villarreal 1-0 Imperial (09/06/91). Goal by Nadal.

Villarreal 3-0 Balaguer (16/06/91). Goals by Honorio, Aparicio and Latorre.

Cala d’Or 2-3 Villarreal (23/06/91). Goal by Emilio, Latorre and Aparicio.

Villarreal CF won their group with 10 points and were promoted to the Second Division B.

In the 1991/92 season, the team accomplished the same feat and returned to the silver flight of Spanish football. In Group III, Villarreal finished second in the regular season with 51 points (19 wins, 13 draws and 6 losses; 61 goals for and 39 against) and qualified for the promotion playoffs, in which they finished as leaders and got promoted above UD Salamanca, Girona FC and RB Linense.

Road to promotion to the Second Division:

Girona 1-2 Villarreal (31/05/92). Goals by Julio Pérez and Adriano.

Villarreal 2-1 Salamanca (03/06/92). Goals by Mateu and Planelles.

Salamanca 2-0 Villarreal (07/06/92).

Villarreal 2-4 Girona (15/06/92). Goals by Mateu and Alcañiz.

Villarreal 1-0 Linense (21/06/92). Goal by Adriano.

Linense 1 Villarreal 2 (28/06/92).Goals by Alcañiz and Reyes.

Villarreal CF won their group with 8 points and guaranteed their promotion to the Second Division.

After getting back to the silver league, the Submarine did not leave the Second Division until their heroic promotion to the First Division in the 1997/98 season.

1997/98: Promotion to the First Division

The dream came true. Fernando Roig took the reins of the club in the summer of 1997 and foresaw a very ambitious future, in which his aim was to get the team promoted to the top flight of Spanish football “within two years”. The President’s promise was realized quicker than that though and, in his first season at the helm of the club, he made history. Villarreal CF got promoted to the First Division (Primera División) to the delight of the whole city.

In the regular season, the Submarine, managed by José Antonio Irulegui, finished fourth with 48 points; 19 wins, 16 draws and 7 losses (51 goals for and 38 against). The team’s top goal scorer was Paco Salillas with 17 goals. At that time the top two teams in the Second Division got promoted and the bottom two teams in the First Division were relegated, while the teams in third and fourth in the Second Division had the chance to “take away” the top flight spots from the third and fourth bottom teams in the First Division in a promotion playoff.

And it went like this- Villarreal played two matches against SD Compostela (17th in the First Division). The first leg at El Madrigal finished in a 0-0 draw and the second leg was a 1-1 draw in Santiago. The visitors’ goal was scored by Alberto and was the decider in the tie, giving Villarreal the victory in what was a very even match up.



First Leg:

Villarreal 0-0 Compostela (21/05/98).

Villarreal Line-up: Palop, Pascual, Roberto, Quique Medina, Arregi, Iñaki, Arroyo (Javi Sanchis), Antonio Díaz, Alberto, Salillas and Christianssen (Parra).

Second Leg:

Compostela 1-1 Villarreal (24/05/98). Goal by Alberto.

Villarreal Line-up: Palop, Pascual (Javi Sanchis), Roberto, Serer, Javi Prats, Arregi, Ángel Luis, Antonio Díaz, Alberto (Parra), Iñaki (Alexandre) and Salillas.

Villarreal CF promoted to the First Division for the first time in club history.

A year of transition

Villarreal CF’s first experience in the First Division was as exhilarating as it was short-lived, given that the tough voyage resulted in relegation, after finishing in eighteenth place (36 points) in the table, losing against Sevilla FC in the relegation playoffs (0-2 at El Madrigal stadium and 1-0 at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán stadium).

Nevertheless, the club commendably returned to the First Division the following season. The 1999/00 season in the Second Division (Segunda División) was another historic one for Villarreal CF, who, after a brilliant second half of the season, finished in third place in the table and so got promoted directly (the promotion and relegation system had changed, but in those days the first three were promoted).

This team was managed by Joaquín Caparrós for the first seven matches, and then he was relieved of his duty by a man of the club, Francisco García ‘Paquito’. Villarreal finished third with 66 points: 18 wins, 12 draws, and 12 losses (61 goals for and 46 goals against). The main starting eleven was formed by López Vallejo, Roca (Imanol), Quique Medina, Tasevski, Galván (Arregi), Jaime, Cagna (Gracia), Jorge López, Gaitán, Moisés and Craioveanu.


2004/05: Third in LaLiga

As the years passed and Villarreal were putting in great performances in the First Division their quality eventually came to light. The Yellow Submarine produced their best campaign in history, finishing in third place in the 2004/05 season with 65 points, behind Barcelona and Real Madrid. The Yellows were brilliant in all areas and, what’s more, Diego Forlán established himself as the top goal scorer in Spain and Europe with 25 goals.

Villarreal qualified for Europe’s biggest competition in the last league match of the season. It was a thrilling encounter that finished 4-1, with goals from Josico, Lucho Figueroa and Forlán (2). That 29th May 2005 will be forever remembered by Yellows fans as the day the Submarine guaranteed their place among the best teams in Europe.

After getting to the top part of the table, Villarreal could start dreaming about their first adventure in the Champions League for the 2005/06 campaign, the most important club competition on the planet.

Diego Forlán – Top Goal Scorer and Golden Boot Award

This amazing feat in the 2004/05 season also led to other records for Villarreal CF. The Uruguayan striker Diego Forlán scored 25 goals that campaign, which made him the top goal scorer in all the European leagues. He was therefore awarded the Golden Boot by European Sports Media and the Top Goal Scorer award from ‘Diario Marca’.


López Vallejo, Gonzalo, Arruabarrena, Cazorla, Forlán, Josico, Guayre, Riquelme, Anderson, Figueroa, Roger, Calleja, Sorín, Héctor Font, Quique Álvarez, Javi Venta, Marcos Senna, Battaglia, Peña, José Mari, Armando Sá, Reina, César Arzo, Cases, Fran, Verza, Xisco Nadal, Alcántara, David Sánchez and Fuster.


2007/08: Within Touching Distance of the Title

Villarreal CF had their best season in history in the 2007/08 campaign, finishing in second place in the league behind leaders Real Madrid. Thus earning themselves a one way ticket to the following season’s Champions League. Throughout the campaign the Yellow Submarine were consistent in their performance and effective in front of goal, finishing with a total of 77 points (24 wins, 5 draws and 9 losses) at the end of the season, a heroic feat which in many previous years would have won them the First Division title.

In the regular season campaign they broke plenty of records: games won (24), total points (77), wins at home (12) and away goals scored (30), as well as earning the title of the least cautioned team, with 89 yellow cards and only 3 red cards.

What’s more, Manuel Pellegrini’s side were also the best team away from home in the league, as they ranked first in away wins in the table, with 12 victories (36 points), more than Real Madrid who finished with 10 victories and 4 draws.

Villarreal earned a reputation as a team with a certain style of play but who could also be flexible, with a great manager and a squad that were not affected by changes in personnel when competing in the UEFA Cup or the Copa del Rey, as they knew how to manage the inevitable wear and tear from the three competitions. There were several new additions at the start of the season and the ‘new’ players adapted without any problems: Diego López, Diego Godin, Joan Capdevila and Santi Cazorla –who returned from Recreativo- , and Ángel López, Giuseppe Rossi and Sebastián Eguren who together proved to be decisive in the initial phase of the season. Also, the return of Gonzalo Rodríguez and Nihat Kahveci, after their knee injuries, was also a decisive factor in the success of the season, especially as Kahveci was the team’s top goal scorer with 18 goals.

The quality and sacrifice in the side as well as a mix of youth and experience were the keys to this extraordinary campaign.

In that season there were also great performances in other competitions, showing just how consistent the team’s performance was. In the UEFA Cup they did well but unfortunately ran into Zenit Saint Petersburg, who would go on to win the tournament, in a very even match that Zenit won by one goal. And in the Copa del Rey they lost against FC Barcelona in the Quarter-finals, in what was also a very even match, decided by a controversial goal from the Catalonian side at the Nou Camp.


Sebastian Viera, Gonzalo Javier Rodriguez, Jose Miguel Gonzalez Rey, Diego Roberto Godin, Joan Capdevila Mendez, Jose Joaquin Moreno Verdu, Robert Pires, Santiago Cazorla Rodríguez, Guillermo Franco, Ruben Gracia Calmache, Jon Dahl Tomasson, Pascal Cygan, Diego Lopez Rodriguez, Matías Fernández, Nihat Kahveci, Juan Roman Riquelme, Javier Rodríguez Venta, Ángel Domingo López Ruano, Marcos Antonio Senna Da Silva, Fabricio Fuentes, Bruno Soriano Llido, Giuseppe Rossi and Rio Antonio Mavuba.

Clasificacin 2007-08


2008/09: Villarreal B Team Promoted to the Second Division

The 2008/09 season would be a historic one for Villarreal CF as the Reserve team would finally get their reward after many years of work. The Villarreal B team won promotion to the Second Division (Segunda División) of Spanish football in a campaign to remember. They were leaders for the majority of the season and just gave up the top spot in the last two games. Their numbers were record breaking: with only 10 losses (7 of those away from home) and 73 goals for, which made them the highest goal scoring team in the league. And they achieved all of this while playing a surprisingly high quality of football for such a young squad. The Yellows finally secured promotion after playing in the promotion playoffs, which consisted of three ties.


Promotion Playoffs


17/5/2009: Zamora CF 0-2 Villarreal B (own goals by Matilla and Berodia).

24/5/2009: Villarreal B 2–0 Zamora CF (goals by Chando and Joan Tomás (penalty)).


31/5/2009: Villarreal B 1-0 Lorca Deportiva CF (goal by Gerard Bordas)

7/6/2009: Lorca Deportiva CF 2-3 Villarreal B (goals by Cristóbal (2) and Joan Tomás).


14/6/2009: Villarreal 0-0 Real Jaén CF

21/6/2009: Real Jaén CF 1-2 Villarreal B (goals by Gerard Bordas and Chando).


Gerard Bordas, Eduard Caballer, Javier Costa, Vicente Flor, Marcos Gullón, Víctor Herrero, Constantino Ibarra ‘Nino’, David Lázaro, Javier Magro Matilla, Cristóbal Márquez, Francisco Montañés, Francisco José ‘Kiko’ Olivas, Joan Oriol, Jordi Pablo, Feliciano Prudencio de Assunçao, Juan Carlos Sánchez, Joan Tomás and Alejandro Torres ‘Chando’.

Great performance in the silver flight

The Reserve team played three magnificent seasons in the Second Division, playing with talented youths, many of whom would subsequently go on to play in the First Team. The first season was the best (2010/11), as they were on the doorstep of making the playoffs, which they narrowly missed out on, finishing in seventh position with 61 points (18 wins, 9 draws and 15 losses). In the second campaign they managed to guarantee they would stay up in the final stretch of the season and, in the third, even after finishing mid-table (12th) with 52 points (14 wins, 10 draws and 18 losses) they had to go down to the Second Division B once again due to the fact that the First team were being relegated to the Second Division.

2012/13: Return to the ‘Elite’

Villarreal return to the First Division one year after their unexpected relegation.

The 2011/12 campaign was one to forget, despite having played in the Champions League, as Villarreal got relegated to the Second Division in a fateful last league game of the season against Atlético de Madrid at El Madrigal stadium (0-1). The Submarine, who had three managers –Juan Carlos Garrido, José Molina and Miguel Ángel Lotina- throughout the course of the inconsistent season finished with 41 points, which meant they were tied on points to stay up. However, in what was a dramatic end to the season, a headed goal by the Colombian Falcao for Atlético de Madrid combined with Rayo Vallecano’s last minute win against Granada sent the Yellows down to the Second Division.

However, Villarreal CF were capable of reinventing and balancing their budget in the middle of an economic crisis and took on the challenge of returning to the top flight. And that is exactly what they did, for the third time in their history. The club worked logically and passionately in the restructuring of the squad, opting for footballers who had done well for the club and Reserve team players, driven by the unconditional support of their huge fan base, who would achieve the objective of getting Villarreal back to where the club belonged.

The Submarine were able to overcome the sad and sudden loss of Manolo Preciado, appointed to lead the team for the 2012/13 season, and although it was tough, they adapted quickly to a very difficult league. The team, led by Julio Velázquez in the first half of the season and by Marcelino in the second, would achieve a record of 77 points in the Second Division –a number that had never been achieved in the silver flight-, equalling the record they had reached as runners-up in the First Division in the 2007/08 season.

The second half of the season was really decisive in achieving direct promotion, with the arrival of Marcelino and signings such as Perbet, Jonathan Pereira, Aquino, Farinós and Dorado –to add to the club’s current key players Juan Carlos, Musacchio, Bruno, Cani, Marcos Senna and Uche-, and they got 45 points, beating all their direct rivals in a nerve-wracking final stretch of the season, apart from champions Elche. Direct promotion was secured in the last game of the season against Almería (in 3rd place) with a goal by Pereira (1-0), that sparked uproar in the El Madrigal stadium that was full of passionate fans and full to the brim.

Victories that stand out from the campaign are the win against Sporting at El Madrigal on the day of the club’s 90th Anniversary (23rd March 2013) with a last minute winner by Uche (2-1); crushing victories against Numancia (6-1) and Mirandés (1-5); and the five consecutive wins at the end of the season against Alcorcón (1-3), Girona (4-1), Xerez (3-2), Barcelona B (0-3) and Almería (1-0).

In addition, the team broke their record of consecutive matches undefeated by winning 14 in a row and also beat their number of goals for in a single campaign in the Second Division, with 69 goals. One of those, scored by Jonathan Pereira against Mirandés at the Anduva stadium, was the 400th for the Submarine in the silver flight.

The support of the fans was key throughout the season, especially in the final stretch, with record breaking numbers of fans travelling to Murcia (43 coaches, 3,000 fans) and the most fans in club history travelling to the Mini Estadi in Barcelona, with an astounding 10,000 supporters in 173 coaches.


Juan Carlos, Mariño, Mario, Joan Oriol, Musacchio, Truyols, Mellberg, Perbet, Uche (top goal scorer with 14 goals), Aquino, Cani, Hernán Pérez, Manu Trigueros, Farinós, Dorado, Javi Venta, Jaume Costa, Marcos Senna, Héctor Canteros, Bruno Soriano, Juanma, Jonathan Pereira, Gerard Moreno, Moi Gómez, Pablo Íñiguez, Pablo González, Jorge Palatsí and Aitor Fernández. In the first half of the season Cavenaghi, Pandiani, Toribio, Lejeune and Gerard Bordas were also part of the squad.


2013/14: A Successful Return

The Submarine played a spectacular season in the return to the First Division

From Hell to Heaven. From a difficult year in the Second Division to the top flight of Spanish football, finishing in the sixth place (59 points) and qualifying for the Europa League. After promotion at the end of the 2012/13 campaign, the Submarine’s goal was to establish themselves in the First Division, but Marcelino García Toral and his side far surpassed expectations from the off, actually finishing the campaign qualifying for European football. This milestone has only been achieved by eight other newly promoted teams in the history of Spanish football.

Villarreal had a brilliant start to the season and went unbeaten until Match Day 7, starting with four wins and two draws, which kept them in Champions League positions until Match Day 14. In this way, the club from the province of Castellón finished the first half of the season in fifth place with 34 points, only two points behind Athletic Club in fourth.

All the while playing attractive, lively and high-tempo football. In this fashion, the Submarine became one of the season’s sensations, which they would later go on to confirm. In the first half of the season the Yellows put in some great performances like the 2-2 draw against Real Madrid in the league, the hammering of Valencia in the derby (4-1) and the amazing 5-1 win against Real Sociedad.

The second half of the season began like the first, with a win against Almería. However, the team started to feel the wear and tear, as a result of the pace and intensity at the end of the previous season, when they won promotion, and their spectacular start to the current season. In the second half of the campaign the Submarine could not put a string of wins together until the last two games of the season. Even so, Villarreal stayed towards the top of the table and secured qualification for Europe with two games to go in the league.

To do this, the team went into their last league match in seventh position and playing for sixth place against Real Sociedad at the Anoeta stadium. The team played flawlessly, putting in a great tactical performance, to finish the season with a victory and sixth place in the bag. In this way, they finished an excellent season strong. The Yellow Submarine were the revelation of LaLiga with the youngest squad in the First Division (25.3 years on average) and with several players making their debut in the top flight such as Manu Trigueros and Gabriel, among others.

Individually, Ikechukwu Uche, was the team’s top goal scorer with 14 goals and beat his highest scoring record in the First Division. The Mexican attacking midfielder Giovani dos Santos scored 12 goals in his first season at Villarreal, a fantastic statistic that was the best of his career as well.

2014/15: A Season to Remember

Villarreal had an excellent campaign in 2014/15, in which they finished sixth in the league, thus qualifying for next season’s UEFA Europa League. In addition, for the first time in club history the Submarine made it to the Semi-finals of the Copa del Rey, where they fell to FC Barcelona. With regard to the Yellows performance in the UEFA Europa League, Marcelino’s side were knocked out in the Round of 16 by Sevilla.

Villarreal’s statistics in LaLiga were spectacular. After a first half of the season to remember, the Submarine didn’t stop breaking records until they got to the top part of the table; a zone they wouldn’t leave for the rest of the season.

Unbeaten for 18 matches

The unexpected defeat in Europe against Zürich (6th November 2014) was the starting point for Marcelino’s men, as from then on they went undefeated for 18 matches, beating the Submarine record by Pellegrini’s side in 2008, when the Yellows went 17 matches without losing, 14 in the league and 3 in the Champions League. The record set by Marcelino’s Villarreal consisted of 10 wins in the league, 2 in the Europa League and 6 in the Copa del Rey. Only Barça were capable of putting a stop to the Submarine in the 2014/15 season as they beat them 3-2 at the Nou Camp.

Number of consecutive matches with goals scored

On 27th September 2014, in their sixth game in the league, the Submarine lost undeservedly to Real Madrid in El Madrigal (0-2). From then on however, four and a half months passed and a total of 28 official matches until the Yellows would fail to find the back of the net in a game.

Five days after falling to Ancelotti’s side, the Submarine scored 4 goals against Apollon in the Europa League to start an immense run of 16 league matches (Celta, Almería, Sevilla, Valencia, Espanyol, Getafe, Córdoba, Real Sociedad, Atlético, Deportivo, Elche, Málaga, Athletic, Levante, Barcelona and Granada), 5 Europa League matches (two against Apollon, as well as Zürich and Borussia Mönchengladbach) and 7 Copa del Rey matches (knockout games against Cádiz, Real Sociedad, Getafe y the first leg against Barcelona).

Spectacular home record in El Madrigal stadium

A 0-2 defeat to Sevilla was all that stopped Marcelino’s side from beating another of Pellegrini’s records, this time for consecutive league wins at home, that the Submarine established under their Chilean manager in the last eight matches of the 2007/08 campaign and the start of the 2008/09 season. Even so, Marcelino’s Villarreal managed to break this record of consecutive league wins at home in the same season. One by one, between Match Days 12 and 26, the Yellows took down the following teams consecutively in El Madrigal: Getafe (2-1), Real Sociedad (4-0), Deportivo (3-0), Athletic Club (2-0), Levante (1-0), Granada (2-0), Eibar (1-0) and Celta (4-1).

Historical performance in the Copa del Rey

The Submarine made history in the 2014/15 Copa del Rey. Villarreal got to the Semi-finals of the tournament, just one step away from the grand Final, which was played in by FC Barcelona and Athletic Club. Until the 2014/15 campaign, the Submarine’s best run in the Copa del Rey was in the 2007/08 and 2010/11 seasons, as in both the Yellows fell in the Quarter-finals, to Barcelona and Sevilla respectively.

The Yellows kicked off their run through the competition against Cádiz. An opponent from the Second Division B who succumbed to Villarreal 1-2 at the Ramón de Carranza stadium and 3-0 in El Madrigal.

Then in the Round of 16 Villarreal encountered Real Sociedad, their nemesis in the previous campaign. The Yellows won 1-0 in El Madrigal thanks to a goal from Cheryshev. In the second leg, played at the Anoeta stadium, the Submarine were capable of getting a draw, with goals from Gerard Moreno and Giovani dos Santos, to qualify for the Quarter-finals.

It was there that Getafe were waiting for them. The side from Madrid stood up t the Yellows with all they had, but the Submarine were too strong and went through to the Semi-finals thanks to a great free kick by Bruno Soriano at El Madrigal (1-0) and an opportunist goal by Gerard Moreno in the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez (0-1).

In the Semi-finals Villarreal took on Barcelona. The Submarine had already made history, but they wanted more. In spite of that, the knockout tie will be remembered for the misfortune of Bruno Soriano’s injury as the Yellows fell to Barcelona (3-1 and 1-3) and their dream of reaching their first Final came to an end.

2015-16 Raising the Bar

The 2015/16 season was a dream one for Villarreal who finished with 64 points in the LaLiga table, which won them the right to play in the Champions League Qualifying play-offs. Marcelino’s side made El Madrigal stadium into a fortress, where none of the ‘big’ teams were able to win, and made fans start dreaming about a dream season, due to a brilliant first half of the season. It went like this.

Leaders and an outrageous first half of the season

Leaders and a points record. In the first half of the season Villarreal accomplished a feat that had never been achieved before: the Yellows were leaders of LaLiga. It was on Match Day 6, after beating Atlético de Madrid, that the Submarine were sitting on top of the table, a privilege they would sustain for two weeks. What’s more, Villarreal equalled their best record in history by racking up 39 points in the first half of the season (twelve wins, three draws and four losses), the same as in the 2010/11 season.

The Submarine’s success in front of goal -12 goals scored by the in-form Bakambu in the first round of games- put them at the very top part of the table, finishing with eight points above fifth place and six consecutive wins before Christmas. In addition, all the ‘big’ teams that passed through the home of the Yellows: Atlético de Madrid, Sevilla, Valencia and Real Madrid had to give up in the end and leave El Madrigal with less than three points.

The Submarine didn’t take their foot off the pedal

Ahead of the second stretch of the season, the Yellows achieved something even more difficult by combining the huge demand of the league with their progress in the Europa League, where they were taking down tough rivals one by one: Napoli, Bayer Leverkusen… nothing could stop the Yellows. Villarreal went undefeated for fourteen games (from Match Day 14 to 27) in just as spectacular a start to the second half of the season as the first. In the final stretch, even with high levels of fatigue, the Submarine managed to secure a fourth place finish in LaLiga against Valencia at the Mestalla on Match Day 36 (0-2). Winning them the right to play in the next edition of the Champions League, their fourth time participating in Europe’s biggest competition.

Little presence in the Copa del Rey

It was not the best year in the Copa del Rey for the Submarine. They were paired with Huesca in the Round of 32, Marcelino’s side taking down the team from Aragón in the end after falling 3-2 in the first leg, but turning that around in the second (2-0). In the Round of 16 a tough opponent awaited the Yellows: Athletic Club, one of the specialists of this competition.

In the first leg the Yellows put themselves up 0-2, but the locals equalized and then finished off the tie 3-2 in San Mamés. The second leg, finishing 0-1 in favour of the team from Bilbao, meant Villarreal were eliminated from the competition, making Athletic the only team, along with Celta, Las Palmas and Deportivo, to win at El Madrigal in the 2015/16 season.

Season Division Finish Points Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA
2015-16 First 4th 64 38 18 10 10 44 35
2014-15 First 6th 60 38 16 12 10 48 37
2013-14 First  6th 59 38  17  8 13  60 44
2012-13 Second 2nd 77 42 21 14 7 68 38 Promoted
2011-12 First 18th 41 38 9 14 15 39 53 Relegated
2010-11 First 4th 62 38 18 8 12 54 44
2009-10 First 7th 56 38 16 8 14 58 57
2008-09 First 5th 65 38 18 11 9 61 54
2007-08 First 2nd 77 38 24 5 9 63 40
2006-07 First 5th 62 38 18 8 12 48 44
2005-06 First 7th 57 38 14 15 9 50 39
2004-05 First 3rd 65 38 18 11 9 69 37
2003-04 First 8th 54 38 15 9 14 47 49
2002-03 First 15th 45 38 11 12 15 44 53
2001-02 First 15th 43 38 11 10 17 46 55
2000-01 First 7th 57 38 16 9 13 58 52
1999-2000 Second 3rd 66 42 18 12 12 61 46 Promoted
1998-99 First 18th 36 38 8 12 18 63 36
Relegation Playoffs (7) 2 2 2 1 1 Relegated
1997-98 Second 4th 48 42 19 16 7 51 38
Promotion Playoffs (6) 2 2 2 1 1 Promoted
1996-97 Second 10th 48 38 13 9 16 38 52
1995-96 Second 15th 44 38 11 11 16 32 39
1994-95 Second 10th 30 38 11 16 11 41 36
1993-94 Second 16th 34 38 14 6 18 29 48
1992-93 Second 13rd 34 38 13 8 17 38 51
1991-92 Second B 2nd 51 38 19 13 6 61 39
Promotion (5) 1th 8 6 4 2 9 9 Promoted
1990-91 Third 2nd 48 34 17 14 3 57 26
Promotion (4) 1th 10 6 5 1 17 5 Promoted
1989-90 Second B 18th 30 38 9 12 17 33 52 Relegated
1988-89 Second B 4th 45 38 15 15 8 53 34
1987-88 Second B 2nd 48 38 18 12 8 60 38
1986-87 Third 3rd 49 38 20 9 9 64 35 Promoted
1985-86 Third 6th 41 38 16 9 13 51 39
1984-85 Third 14th 33 38 9 15 14 29 46
1983-84 Third 13rd 33 38 11 11 16 43 47
1982-83 Third 14th 33 38 12 9 17 41 47
1981-82 Third 7th 43 38 16 11 11 55 44
1980-81 Third 16th 34 38 12 10 16 59 60
1979-80 Third 9th 39 38 14 11 13 49 39
1978-79 Third 13rd 36 38 14 8 16 45 44
1977-78 Third 15th 34 38 11 12 15 41 36
1976-77 Preferente 2nd 52 38 20 12 6 85 37 Promoted
1975-76 Third 13rd 37 38 14 9 15 43 49
Prom Perm (3) 1 2 1 1 1 3 Relegated
1974-75 Third 8th 39 38 16 7 15 39 41
1973-74 Third 12nd 39 38 14 11 13 38 35
1972-73 Third 12nd 39 38 15 9 14 45 43
1971-72 Second 17th 32 38 10 12 16 30 48 Relegated
1970-71 Second 16th 32 38 11 10 17 37 55
Prom Perm (2) 4 2 2 4 1 Permanencia
1969-70 Third 1th 56 38 23 10 5 83 36
Prom Asc (1) 4 3 2 1 5 4 Promoted
1968-69 Third 9th 35 38 14 7 17 48 51
1967-68 Third 3rd 39 34 18 3 13 54 35
1966-67 1th Regional 1th 62 38 29 4 5 94 30 Promoted
1965-66 1th Regional 3rd 56 38 25 6 7 82 38
1964-65 1th Regional 3rd 54 38 25 4 9 79 35
1963-64 1th Regional 6th 43 36 18 7 11 77 47
1962-63 1th Regional 15th 31 38 9 13 16 49 50
1961-62 1th Regional 14th 36 38 13 10 15 52 67
1960-61 Third 14th 22 30 10 2 18 29 69 Relegated
1959-60 Third 12nd 27 30 10 7 13 50 52
1958-59 Third 6th 35 34 16 3 15 56 54
1957-58 Third 5th 39 34 18 7 9 58 37
1956-57 Third 8th 36 34 15 6 13 58 57
1955-56 1th Regional 1th 30 18 15 3 48 22
Prom Asc 9th 12 18 4 4 10 22 34 Promoted
1954-55 1th Regional 2nd 26 18 12 2 4 55 21
II Fase 3rd 17 16 8 1 7 36 27
1953-54 1th Regional 2nd 46 34 20 6 8 106 47
1952-53 1th Regional 4th 39 30 18 3 9 72 37
1951-52 1th Regional 7th 35 32 15 5 12 83 60
1950-51 2nd Regional 1th 13 8 6 1 1 20 8
Promotion 1th 21 14 10 1 3 35 11 Promoted
1949-50 2nd Regional 1th 13 8 6 1 1 21 7
Promotion 4th 13 14 5 3 6 32 28
1948-49 2nd Regional
1947-48 2nd Regional
1941-42 2nd Regional
1940-41 2nd Regional
1939-40 2nd Regional
1935-36 1th Regional 1th 14 10 6 2 2 24 18 Campeón
1934-35 1th Regional 3rd 14 10 6 2 2 20 12
1931-32 2nd Regional 5th


  1. “Knocked out by Langreo (1-0 and 1-1), played in a promotion decider against Bilbao and got promoted (2-1 first leg, 2-1 second leg and 2-1 third match at the Bernabeu).”
  2. Played in the Relegation Playoffs against Gerona (1-2 and 2-0) and stayed up in the Second Division.
  3. Played in the Relegation Playoffs against Guadalajara (2-0 and 1-1) and went down to the Regional Preferente Division.
  4. Played in the Promotion Playoffs and after winning their group (Balaguer, Imperial and Cala d’Or) were promoted to the Second Division B.
  5. Promoted to the Second Division after winning Group 2 (Salamanca, Gerona and Balompédica Linense).
  6. Promoted to the First Division for the first time after beating SD Compostela (0-0 and 1-1).
  7. Played in the Relegation Playoffs and went down to the Second Division after losing to Sevilla (0-2 and 1-0).

History Of Club Badges

VILLARREAL CF (2) (1966)
The current badge is a modern version of the previous one and has been uninterruptedly used since the 1966/67 season.
VILLARREAL CF (1) (1954)
In July 1954 the Board of Directors agreed to change the name of the club from ‘CAF Villarreal’ to the current ‘Villarreal CF’, adopting a new representative badge for the 1954/55 season.
This badge belonged to ‘Club Atlético Foghetecaz:’ one of the most important amateur teams to emerge in the city in 1942, whose name is an acronym of the initials of the names of its founders.
This was the badge used by ‘Club Deportivo Villarreal’ since it was founded in 1923 until its disappearance nineteen years later. Although there was a hiatus due to the Spanish Civil War.

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