CE Sabadell FC

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Full nameCentre d'Esports
Sabadell Futbol Club, S.A.D.
Nickname(s)Arlequinats, Saballuts, Laneros
Ground Nova Creu Alta, Sabadell,
Catalonia, Spain
OwnerInvestor Consortium
PresidentEsteve Calzada
Head coach Antonio Hidalgo
League 2ª B – Group 3
2017–18 2ª B – Group 3, 12th
Website Club website

Centre d'Esports Sabadell Futbol Club, S.A.D. (Catalan pronunciation:  [ˈsentɾə ðəsˈpɔɾ(ts) səβəˈðeʎ fubˈbɔl ˈklup] ) is a Spanish football team based in Sabadell, a city in the province of Barcelona in the autonomous community of Catalonia. Founded in 1903, it plays in Segunda División B – Group 3, holding home games at Estadi de la Nova Creu Alta .

Sabadell Municipality in Catalonia, Spain

Sabadell is the fifth-largest city in Catalonia, Spain. It is in the south of the comarca of Vallès Occidental and its joint capital (co-capital), on the River Ripoll, 20 km (12 mi) north of Barcelona. Sabadell is located 190 m (620 ft) above sea level.

Barcelona City and municipality in Catalonia

Barcelona is a city in Spain. It is the capital and largest city of the autonomous community of Catalonia, as well as the second most populous municipality of Spain. With a population of 1.6 million within city limits, its urban area extends to numerous neighbouring municipalities within the Province of Barcelona and is home to around 4.8 million people, making it the sixth most populous urban area in the European Union after Paris, London, Madrid, the Ruhr area and Milan. It is one of the largest metropolises on the Mediterranean Sea, located on the coast between the mouths of the rivers Llobregat and Besòs, and bounded to the west by the Serra de Collserola mountain range, the tallest peak of which is 512 metres high.

Catalonia Autonomous area of northeastern Spain

Catalonia is an autonomous community on the northeastern corner of Spain, designated as a nationality by its Statute of Autonomy. Catalonia consists of four provinces: Barcelona, Girona, Lleida, and Tarragona. The capital and largest city is Barcelona, the second-most populated municipality in Spain and the core of the sixth most populous urban area in the European Union. It comprises most of the territory of the former Principality of Catalonia. It is bordered by France (Occitanie) and Andorra to the north, the Mediterranean Sea to the east, and the Spanish autonomous communities of Aragon to the west and Valencia to the south. The official languages are Catalan, Spanish, and the Aranese dialect of Occitan.


The side has competed in national leagues since 1928, gaining its first promotion to the Segunda División in 1933 and then the La Liga in 1944. Sabadell's longest spell in the top flight was from 1965 to 1972, and their most recent from 1986 to 1988. They have reached one Copa del Rey final, which they lost 3–0 to Sevilla in 1935.

La Liga Top professional Spanish football division

The Campeonato Nacional de Liga de Primera División, commonly known as La Liga, is the men's top professional football division of the Spanish football league system. Administered by the Liga Nacional de Fútbol Profesional, also known as the Liga de Fútbol Profesional (LFP), La Liga is contested by 20 teams, with the three lowest-placed teams at the end of each season relegated to the Segunda División and replaced by the top three teams in that division.

Copa del Rey Spanish association football tournament

The Campeonato de España–Copa de Su Majestad el Rey, commonly known as Copa del Rey or simply La Copa, is an annual knockout football competition in Spanish football, organized by the Royal Spanish Football Federation.

Sevilla FC Spanish association football club

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By historical standards, CE Sabadell FC is the third best club in Catalonia, after FC Barcelona and RCD Espanyol.

FC Barcelona Association football club in Barcelona

Futbol Club Barcelona, commonly referred to as Barcelona and colloquially known as Barça, is a Spanish professional football club based in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain.

RCD Espanyol sports club in Spain

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In 1901, Joan Saus and a group of youngsters from the Sabadell Catalan Centre founded Centre d'Esports Sabadell, which became fully legalized on 5 June 1906. The club's first games were held in a grass field at Prat de Sant Oleguer but, on 3 June of that year, a stadium in the Creu Alta District was inaugurated, in a game against "Team X" from Barcelona, later known as RCD Espanyol; in 1912, in the same site, the first game under floodlights was played in the country.

In 1933–34, the club won its first major trophy, the Catalan Football Championship, which allowed the winner to participate in the Copa del Presidente de la República . During the former tournament, it won 15 games and drew once, reaching the latter's final in the following season, losing 0–3 to Sevilla FC at the Chamartín Stadium.

The Copa Catalunya is a knockout competition organised by the Catalan Football Federation for football clubs in the Catalonia autonomous community of Spain.

Santiago Bernabéu Stadium Real Madrids home ground, stadium in Madrid

The Santiago Bernabéu Stadium is a football stadium in Madrid, Spain. With a current seating capacity of 81,044, it has been the home stadium of Real Madrid since its completion in 1947.

Sabadell first competed in La Liga in the 1943–44 season, finishing ninth. It improved to fifth in 1946–47, ranking in front of Real Madrid and only four points behind champions Valencia CF, just one season after returning from Segunda División.

The 1943–44 La Liga was the 13th season since its establishment. Valencia achieved its second title.

The 1946–47 La Liga was the 16th season since its establishment. Valencia conquered their third title.

Valencia CF Spanish association football club

Valencia Club de Fútbol, commonly referred to as Valencia CF or simply Valencia, is a Spanish football club based in Valencia. They play in La Liga. Valencia have won six La Liga titles, eight Copa del Rey titles, one Supercopa de España and one Copa Eva Duarte. In European competitions, they've won two Inter-Cities Fairs Cups, one UEFA Cup, one UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, two UEFA Super Cups and one UEFA Intertoto Cup. They also reached two UEFA Champions League finals in a row, losing to La Liga rivals Real Madrid in 2000 and German club Bayern Munich on penalties after a 1–1 draw in 2001. Valencia were also members of the G-14 group of leading European football clubs and since its end has been part of the original members of the European Club Association. In total, Valencia have reached seven major European finals, winning four of them.

In 1968–69, Sabadell, guided by manager Pasieguito, finished a best-ever fourth as the top flight already consisted of 16 clubs. Subsequently, it competed in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, losing to Club Brugge K.V. of Belgium in the first round (3–5 on aggregate); in 1972, a seven-year ran in the top division came to an end, as the Arlequinats were relegated after finishing dead last.

CE Sabadell became a public limited sports company in 1991, being relegated to Segunda División B two years later, and immediately to Tercera División following severe economic problems. The club spent the following seventeen years in the third level (with the exception of 2006–07 in the fourth).

In the 2010–11 season, Sabadell, managed by Lluís Carreras, won its group in the regular season. In the playoffs, the team drew both games against SD Eibar, but was eventually promoted on the away goals rule following the 1–1 score at the Ipurua Municipal Stadium, returning to the professional divisions after 18 years.

Sabadell struggled in their return to the second level finishing in 19th place, being the first side in the relegation zone. However, they were spared when Villarreal CF dropped down a division in the top flight, which led to the automatic relegation of its reserve team Villarreal CF B. Sabadell finished second level as 16th in 2012-13 season, as 10th in the 2013-14 season. Finally Sabadell finished it as 21st and relegated to third level after 4 years.

Sabadell had a lot of financial problems after the relegation to Segunda B. Japanese owner Keisuke Sakamoto, who had bought the club in 2012, sold it to Aragón-based company Viacron in 2015. Esteve Calzada, a former member of FC Barcelona board and a marketing expert whose company worked for Manchester City, bought the club in 2017. Since then, the club's debt has been restructured. Difficulties in finding a new investor meant that from 2017 to 2019 the club was more concerned with relegation avoidance than real hopes of promotion, which should be the goal for one of the clubs with the biggest stadium, highest average attendance and historic pedigree in the division.

In August 2019, the Club announced an historical agreement with a group of international investors, whereby this Group would achieve majority ownership through periodic capital infusions over the following three years to guarantee institutional stability and financial resources to maximise chances of promotion [1] .

Season to season

Sabadell before game against Eibar (2010) Plantilla-CESabadell.jpg
Sabadell before game against Eibar (2010)
SeasonTierDivisionPlace Copa del Rey
1930/313 2nd2nd round
1931/323 1st
1932/333 2nd
1933/34 2 9th1st round
1934/35 2 2ndRunner-up
1935/36 2 5th
1939/40 2 2nd
1940/41 2 9th1st round
1941/42 2 1st1st round
1942/43 2 2nd1st round
1943/44 1 9thQuarterfinals
1944/45 1 13th1st round
1945/46 2 1st1st round
1946/47 1 5thQuarterfinals
1947/48 1 12th6th round
1948/49 1 14th4th round
1949/50 2 6th2nd round
1950/51 2 3rd
1951/52 2 4th
1952/53 2 11th1st round
SeasonTierDivisionPlace Copa del Rey
1953/54 2 6th
1954/55 2 10th
1955/56 2 5th
1956/57 2 2nd
1957/58 2 2nd
1958/59 2 2nd1st round
1959/60 2 7th2nd round
1960/61 2 6th1st round
1961/62 2 8th2nd round
1962/63 2 16th1st round
1963/643 1st
1964/65 2 2nd1st round
1965/66 1 14thQuarterfinals
1966/67 1 8th2nd round
1967/68 1 12th2nd round
1968/69 1 4th1st round
1969/70 1 13thQuarterfinals
1970/71 1 13th5th round
1971/72 1 18th4th round
1972/73 2 12th5th round
SeasonTierDivisionPlace Copa del Rey
1973/74 2 15thRound of 16
1974/75 2 19th4th round
1975/763 6th2nd round
1976/773 1st1st round
1977/78 2 6th4th round
1978/79 2 12th1st round
1979/80 2 6th4th round
1980/81 2 7th2nd round
1981/82 2 11th2nd round
1982/83 2 18th2nd round
1983/84 3 2ª B 1st4th round
1984/85 2 4thRound of 16
1985/86 2 2ndQuarterfinals
1986/87 1 15th3rd round
1987/88 1 19thQuarterfinals
1988/89 2 13th4th round
1989/90 2 7thRound of 16
1990/91 2 12th 4th round
1991/92 2 9th 4th round
1992/93 2 20th 5th round
SeasonTierDivisionPlace Copa del Rey
1993/944 1st 1st round
1994/95 3 2ª B 11th 2nd round
1995/96 3 2ª B 16thDNP
1996/97 3 2ª B 11thDNP
1997/98 3 2ª B 11thDNP
1998/99 3 2ª B 7thDNP
1999/00 3 2ª B 13thDNP
2000/01 3 2ª B 3rdDNP
2001/02 3 2ª B 14th Prelim. round
2002/03 3 2ª B 7thDNP
2003/04 3 2ª B 16th Round of 64
2004/05 3 2ª B 13thDNP
2005/06 3 2ª B 18thDNP
2006/07 4 3rdDNP
2007/08 3 2ª B 14thDNP
2008/09 3 2ª B 4thDNP
2009/10 3 2ª B 10th 2nd round
2010/11 3 2ª B 1st DNP
2011/12 2 19th 2nd round
2012/13 2 16th 3rd round
SeasonTierDivisionPlace Copa del Rey
2013/14 2 10th 2nd round
2014/15 2 21st Round of 32
2015/16 3 2ª B 7th 1st round
2016/17 3 2ª B 15thDNP
2017/18 3 2ª B 12thDNP
2018/19 3 2ª B 12thDNP

Sabadell in Europe

1969–70 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1R Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Club Brugge 2–0, 1–5


Current squad

As of 2 September 2019

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

1 Flag of Spain.svg GK Ian Mackay
2 Flag of Spain.svg DF Aitor Pascual
3 Flag of Spain.svg DF Josu Ozkoidi
4 Flag of Spain.svg DF Aleix Coch
5 Flag of Spain.svg DF Fernando Pajarero
6 Flag of Spain.svg MF Ángel Martínez (captain)
7 Flag of Spain.svg FW David Acedo
8 Flag of Spain.svg MF Adri Cuevas
9 Flag of Spain.svg FW Manu Lanzarote
10 Flag of Spain.svg FW Édgar Hernández
11 Flag of Spain.svg FW Néstor Querol
12 Flag of Spain.svg DF Óscar Rubio
13 Flag of Spain.svg GK Adrià Collet
14 Flag of Spain.svg MF Alberto Leira
15 Flag of Spain.svg FW Boris Garrós
16 Flag of Spain.svg MF Xavi Boniquet
17 Flag of Spain.svg FW Jurgi Oteo
18 Flag of Spain.svg MF Pedro Capó
19 Flag of Spain.svg DF Jesús Olmo
20 Flag of Spain.svg DF Grego Sierra
21 Flag of Spain.svg MF Aarón Rey
22 Flag of Spain.svg DF Aleix Roig

Youth players


Runner-up (1): 1935
Quarter-finals (4): 1965, 1970, 1986, 1988

Former players

Most appearances in La Liga

Most goals in La Liga

Former coaches

Former presidents


Sabadell plays home games at Estadi de la Nova Creu Alta . Inaugurated on 20 August 1967 with a 1–0 win against FC Barcelona, it has a capacity of 20,000 spectators.


The club has one supporter group, called Hooligans Vallès, a far right-wing group established in 1993. [3] The fans have good relations with Bristol Rovers, which initially began due to several Rovers fans noticing that the local club had the same colours. [4] They also have a friendship with Gerunda Sud of Girona FC, and rivalries with Desperdicis of UE Sant Andreu, Penya Sport of Palamos CF and Rudes Lleida of Lleida Esportiu. [5]


The official anthem of the club is Honor al Sabadell, written by Lluís Papell to the music of Adolf Cabané. However, between 1983 and 1991 the club used Sempre endavant Sabadell as the official anthem, composed by Ramon Montlleó. [6]

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