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Albacete Balompie

Albacete Balompié
Albacete Balompié logo
Full nameAlbacete Balompié, S.A.D.
Nickname(s)Queso Mecánico
(Clockwork Cheese)
Founded1 August 1940; 80 years ago (1 August 1940)
as Albacete Foot-ball Association
GroundEstadio Carlos Belmonte
OwnerSkyline International
PresidentGeorges Kabchi
Head coachAlejandro Menéndez
LeagueSegunda División
2019-20Segunda División, 17th of 22
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Albacete Balompié is a Spanish football team based in Albacete, in the autonomous community of Castile-La Mancha. Founded on 2 August 1940, it currently plays in Segunda División, holding home matches at Estadio Carlos Belmonte, with a capacity of 17,524.[2]Andrés Iniesta is currently the club's major shareholder.


This team is from Albacete a city from Castilla -La Mancha. It's been reported in at least three sources that football was first taught in Albacete by John Hulse, an English Engineer of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railways Company, establishing the foundation of Locomotoras Albacete, after the same-named steam locomotive factory in the city, owned by the Goicoechea family, owners of Talgo[3]. Thus, like in Swindon, football in Albacete is originally linked to the railway industry.[4] Hulse introduces the Sheffield Rules in Albacete, and some of the first matches to be reported are against recreational clubs from Murcia (1897), Alcázar de San Juan (1899), and Villarrobledo (1899).[5]

After years of amateur and regional development of football, it would not appear formally in the shape we know until the end of the Spanish Civil War. The club was founded in 1940 under the name Albacete Foot-ball Association, being later changed in an attempt to make it sound "more Spanish". At the[clarification needed]second division in 1985-86, repeating the feat five seasons later.

In 1989, Benito Floro consecutively promoted the club from the third division to La Liga, overachieving for a seventh place in the first season in the top level. Floro would later coach Real Madrid, returning to Alba two seasons later as the club was relegated in 1995-96.

After years in the second division facing serious economic and sporting difficulties, Albacete returned to the top flight in the 2002-03 campaign, led by César Ferrando (later of Atlético Madrid). However, Albacete dropped in 2004-05 after posting just 6 wins from 38 matches, going on to stabilize in the subsequent seasons in the second level.

The 2010-11 season brought two coaching changes, with both Antonio Calderón and David Vidal (who returned to the club only a few months after leaving) being fired, as Albacete returned to the third division after 21 years. That season the club finished last in Segunda División with only 32 points in 42 matches.[6] On 6 December 2011, Andrés Iniesta - who played for the club in his youth before joining Barcelona - became the club's major shareholder, donating EUR420,000 to the cash-strapped club.[7] The club managed to reach the round of 16 of the 2011-12 Copa del Rey, notably beating Atlético Madrid 3-1 on aggregate.[8]

In March 2013, Agustín Lázaro, chief executive officer (CEO) of Andrés Iniesta's winery enterprise, was appointed as Albacete's chairman.[9] In June, Iniesta loaned the club a further EUR240,000 to cover unpaid wages, thus preventing its administrative relegation to the fourth tier.[10]

In 2014, Albacete returned to the Segunda División, but was relegated two seasons later after finishing the season in the 21st position. The club again returned to the Segunda División in the 2016-17 season after winning against Valencia Mestalla in the last round of the promotion play-offs. Albacete finished the 2018-19 season in 4th position of the Segunda División, but then lost to RCD Mallorca in the La Liga play-offs and remained in Segunda División for the 2019-20 season.[11]


Albacete Balompié "Andrés Iniesta" sports city.
Ciudad de Albacete trophy 1994.

Season to season

Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1940-41 4 1ª Reg. 3rd
1941-42 4 1ª Reg. 4th
1942-43 4 1ª Reg. 2nd
1943-44 3 2nd
1944-45 3 3rd
1945-46 3 1st
1946-47 3 1st
1947-48 3 3rd
1948-49 3 1st
1949-50 2 7th
1950-51 2 15th
1951-52 DNP
1952-53 3 3rd
1953-54 3 13th
1954-55 3 7th
1955-56 3 9th
1956-57 3 5th
1957-58 3 5th
1958-59 3 1st
1959-60 3 4th
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1960-61 3 1st
1961-62 2 13th
1962-63 3 4th
1963-64 3 1st
1964-65 3 1st
1965-66 3 3rd
1966-67 3 2nd
1967-68 3 4th
1968-69 3 8th
1969-70 3 14th
1970-71 4 1ª Reg. 7th
1971-72 4 Reg. Pref. 6th
1972-73 4 Reg. Pref. 14th
1973-74 4 Reg. Pref. 7th
1974-75 4 Reg. Pref. 1st
1975-76 3 17th
1976-77 4 Reg. Pref. 2nd
1977-78 4 2nd
1978-79 4 2nd
1979-80 4 2nd
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
2020-21 2 Qualified

Recent seasons

Season Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Notes
2002-03 2D 3 42 17 20 5 51 30 71 Promoted
2003-04 1D 14 38 13 8 17 40 48 47
2004-05 1D 20 38 6 10 22 33 56 28 3rd round Relegated
2005-06 2D 13 42 14 12 16 44 57 54
2006-07 2D 6 42 16 12 14 49 48 60
2007-08 2D 12 42 13 13 16 37 40 52
2008-09 2D 15 42 13 12 17 42 54 51
2009-10 2D 15 42 12 16 14 60 62 52
2010-11 2D 22 42 7 11 24 35 64 32 Relegated

Current squad

The numbers are established according to the official website: and

As of 18 January 2021

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

Reserve team

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
28 MF Spain ESP Víctor Segura
30 MF Ghana GHA Abdul Awudu
32 FW Spain ESP Samu Vázquez
33 GK Spain ESP Ismael de Andrés
No. Pos. Nation Player
34 FW Spain ESP Javi Verdú
38 MF Spain ESP Jesús Parada
39 MF Ecuador ECU Emerson Espinoza (on loan from Boston River)

Out on loan

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
DF Spain ESP Fer Navarro (on loan at Villarrobledo until 30 June 2021)
MF Spain ESP Pedro Sánchez (on loan at Hércules until 30 June 2021)
MF Venezuela VEN Yaimil Medina (on loan at Recreativo until 30 June 2021)
No. Pos. Nation Player
FW Spain ESP Miguel Ángel (on loan at Getafe B until 30 June 2021)
FW Spain ESP Alfon (on loan at Celta B until 30 June 2021)

Current technical staff

Position Staff
Head coach Spain Alejandro Menéndez
Assistant coach Spain Juanma Barrero
Assistant coach Spain Fran Noguerol
Fitness coach Spain José Luis Ibáñez
Goalkeeping coach Spain Carlos Cano

Last updated: December 2020
Source: Albacete Balompié



Estadio Carlos Belmonte

The club plays its home matches at the Estadio Carlos Belmonte, which has an all-seated capacity of 17,524. Originally built in 1960, the stadium underwent two major redevelopments, the last being in 1998.

International players

Famous coaches

See also


  1. ^ (16 June 2019). "Mallorca - Deportivo, final del play off de ascenso a Primera". COPE (in Spanish). Retrieved 2020.
  2. ^ "Estadio Carlos Belmonte - Albacete Stadium Guide". Football Tripper. 16 August 2014. Retrieved 2020.
  3. ^ Camacho Cabello, José (1999). "2". La población de Castilla-La Mancha: (siglos XIX y XX) (in Spanish). Toledo, Spain: Junta de Comunidades de Castilla La Mancha, Consejería de Cultura. p. 21. ISBN 84-7788-219-3.
  4. ^ Galdón Hoffenheimmer, Otto (18 November 2020). "Ottoleaks". Ottoleaks.
  5. ^ Panadero Moya, Carlos (1983). "4". Albacete, tierra de encrucijada: un reconocimiento a través de su historia, su arte y su cultura (PDF) (in Spanish). Albacete, Spain: Instituto de Estudios Albacetenses. p. 203. ISBN 8450092019. Retrieved 2020.
  6. ^ "Histórico Albacete - Segunda División". (in Spanish). Retrieved 2019.
  7. ^ "Iniesta throws 420,000-euro lifeline to indebted Albacete". El País. 6 December 2011. Retrieved 2020.
  8. ^ Manzano sacked by Atletico Archived 29 July 2012 at; ESPN Star Sports, 23 December 2011
  9. ^ Agustín Lázaro, gerente de Bodegas Iniesta, nuevo presidente del Albacete Balompié (Agustín Lázaro, Iniesta Winery manager, new president of Albacete Balompié); ABC, 5 March 2013 (in Spanish)
  10. ^ "Iniesta loans Albacete 240,000 euros to prevent relegation". EFE. 28 June 2013. Retrieved 2014.
  11. ^ "La historia del Club". Albacete Balompié (in Spanish). Retrieved 2020.

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