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Deportivo Alaves

Deportivo Alavés
Deportivo Alaves logo (2020).svg
Full nameDeportivo Alavés, S.A.D.
El Glorioso (The glorious one)
Founded23 January 1921; 99 years ago (23 January 1921)
OwnerSaski Baskonia (70.44%)
José Antonio Querejeta (6.4%)
PresidentAlfonso Fernández de Trocóniz
Head coachAbelardo Fernández
LeagueLa Liga
2019-20La Liga, 16th of 20
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Deportivo Alavés, S.A.D. (Spanish pronunciation: [depo?'ti?o ala'?es]; Sporting Alavés), usually abbreviated to Alavés, is a Spanish football club based in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Álava, in the autonomous community of the Basque Country. Founded on 1 July 1920 as Sport Friends Club, it plays in the highest football category of The Liga Nacional de Fútbol Profesional, La Liga, since the 2016-17 season.

It is recognized as the third most successful team in the Basque Country following Athletic Club of Bilbao and Real Sociedad de Futbol of San Sebastián. Its biggest success was in 2001 when, in the year of its debut in European competition, it was one of the finalists in the 2001 UEFA Cup Final against Liverpool, being defeated 5-4 by golden goal. In 2017, the club reached the final of the Copa del Rey, losing out 3-1 to Barcelona.[2]

The team's home kit is blue and white-striped shirt, blue shorts and white socks. It holds home matches at the 19,840-seater Mendizorrotza Stadium[3] and uses other facilities located in Ibaia dedicated to training.


Founded in 1920 the initial name of the club was Sport Friends, but on 23 January 1921 the name was changed to the current one, and this is considered the official foundation date.[4] Alavés was the first club to win promotion from the Segunda División to La Liga in 1929-30, a stint which would last three years. In its first season in Primera División Alavés finished 8th from 10 teams, just 1 point away from being relegated.[5]

In 1953-54 the club would reach the top league again for a two-year spell. With Roman Galarraga as a coach, the club reached long-awaited promotion to Segunda División in the 1973-74 season.[4] In June 1983, after having avoided the relegation in the previous season, Alavés went down to Segunda División B, where remained until the 1985-86 campaign.[6] After years of seriously facing disappearance which lasted well into the 1990s (playing in the fourth tier during the late 1980s), Alavés finally achieved a promotion back into the Segunda División in 1994-95 after two consecutive years of winning their group in Segunda División B - created as the new third level in 1977 - but failing in the promotion play-offs.

After winning the Segunda División in 1997-98,[7] Alavés returned to the top level after a 42-year hiatus. Following their return season in which they escaped relegation by a single point, they achieved two wins against Barcelona in the following campaign and would qualify for the UEFA Cup for the first time upon finishing sixth (to date, their highest-ever placing, coming just 12 years after their lowest-ever: eighth in their group in the fourth level).

Lineups of the 2001 UEFA Cup Final between Liverpool and Alavés.

As well as concluding the domestic campaign in tenth position, in 2000-01 the Basque club reached the final of the UEFA Cup after beating Internazionale,[8]Rayo Vallecano and 1. FC Kaiserslautern, the latter in a crushing 9-2 aggregate victory.[9] The final ended in a 4-5 loss against Liverpool, Alavés losing to an "own-golden goal" after taking the match to extra time. The match also featured two red cards and two disallowed goals in extra time in addition to the nine goals which did count, and has been described by some observers as one of the greatest showpiece games in the competition's history.[10]

Alavés ended 2001-02 in seventh position and qualified for the UEFA Cup for a second time, although the European campaign of 2002-03 was far less successful than two years earlier, with an opening win over Ankaragücü followed by a defeat to another Turkish Süper Lig side, Be?ikta?. On 26 January 2003, the club celebrated their 100th win in La Liga after defeating Real Valladolid 3-1.

Although Alavés were relegated after 2002-03, they regained top flight status two years later.[9] In this time, Alavés was bought by Ukrainian-American businessman Dmitry Pietrman, and several clashes followed with the club's coaches, players[11] and fans alike.[12] The top-division return only lasted one season as the club went through three head coaches and finished in 18th position, one point from safety. Piterman departed in 2007, leaving the club deep in debt after his tenure. After two years of battling against relegation to the third level, Alavés eventually succumbed in 2008-09.

A subsequent black period in Segunda B lasted four years until Alavés was bought by José Antonio Querejeta[13] and were promoted again to the second division in 2013 as overall champions of the third tier, providing an opportunity to sort out its economic difficulties. Three years later, on 29 May 2016, Alavés was promoted to La Liga as second tier champions after beating Numancia 2-0 to overtake Leganés on the final day.

On 10 September 2016, Alavés got their first win of their return season in La Liga by defeating defending La Liga champions Barcelona 2-1 at the Camp Nou.[14] On 7 February 2017, Alavés qualified for the 2017 Copa del Rey Final after eliminating Celta de Vigo in the semi-finals of the competition. This was the first time in their history that the club had qualified for the final of the national cup, their previous best being the semi-finals in 1998 and 2004. Their opponents in the final would be Barcelona, and coincidentally the two clubs met in the league directly after their cup semi-finals; the Catalans inflicted a 6-0 defeat on Alavés in their own Mendizorrotza Stadium, exacting revenge for the result earlier in the season.[15] Barcelona also won the final, held at the Estadio Vicente Calderón with a 3-1 scoreline,[16] meaning there would be no return to European competition for Alavés. In the La Liga that season Alavés finished 9th with 14 wins, 13 draws and 11 losses.[17]


Season to season

Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1929 2 3rd Round of 16
1929-30 2 1st Quarterfinals
1930-31 1 8th Round of 16
1931-32 1 9th Quarterfinals
1932-33 1 10th
1933-34 2 10th
1939-40 2 8th Round of 16
1940-41 3 1st Second round
1941-42 2 3rd
1942-43 2 8th Round of 16
1943-44 3 2nd Fifth round
1944-45 3 3rd Round of 16
1945-46 3 5th
1946-47 3 7th
1947-48 3 10th Third round
1948-49 3 12th First round
1949-50 3 10th
1950-51 3 2nd
1951-52 2 9th
1952-53 2 4th Round of 16
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1953-54 2 1st Round of 16
1954-55 1 10th Round of 16
1955-56 1 14th
1956-57 2 5th
1957-58 2 7th
1958-59 2 13th First round
1959-60 2 13th First round
1960-61 3 1st
1961-62 2 4th Round of 16
1962-63 2 8th Round of 16
1963-64 2 16th Round of 16
1964-65 3 1st
1965-66 3 3rd
1966-67 3 7th
1967-68 3 1st
1968-69 2 14th
1969-70 3 9th First round
1970-71 4 Regional 1st
1971-72 3 7th First round
1972-73 3 3rd Second round
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1973-74 3 1st Second round
1974-75 2 16th Third round
1975-76 2 15th Second round
1976-77 2 8th Second round
1977-78 2 11th Quarterfinals
1978-79 2 9th Quarterfinals
1979-80 2 9th Round of 16
1980-81 2 8th Round of 16
1981-82 2 17th Third round
1982-83 2 17th
1983-84 3 2ªB 3rd Second round
1984-85 3 2ªB 3rd Third round
1985-86 3 2ªB 5th Second round
1986-87 4 7th First round
1987-88 4 8th
1988-89 4 2nd
1989-90 4 1st
1990-91 3 2ªB 2nd Second round
1991-92 3 2ªB 4th Third round
1992-93 3 2ªB 1st Third round
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1993-94 3 2ªB 1st Third round
1994-95 3 2ªB 1st First round
1995-96 2 7th Second round
1996-97 2 13th Second round
1997-98 2 1st Semifinals
1998-99 1 16th Third round
1999-00 1 6th Round of 16
2000-01 1 10th Round of 32
2001-02 1 7th Round of 16
2002-03 1 19th Round of 16
2003-04 2 4th Semifinals
2004-05 2 3rd Round of 32
2005-06 1 18th Third round
2006-07 2 17th Round of 16
2007-08 2 17th Third round
2008-09 2 19th Second round
2009-10 3 2ªB 5th First round
2010-11 3 2ªB 3rd First round
2011-12 3 2ªB 6th Third round
2012-13 3 2ªB 1st Round of 16

Recent seasons

Season Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Europe Notes
2008-09 2A 19 42 11 10 21 42 64 43 2nd round Relegated
2009-10 2B1 5 38 16 14 8 45 31 62 First round
2010-11 2B2 3 38 18 12 8 63 43 66 First round Not promoted
2011-12 2B2 6 38 14 17 7 64 39 59 Third round
2012-13 2B2 1 38 25 7 6 57 22 82 Round of 32 Promoted
2013-14 2A 18 42 13 12 17 57 57 51 Third round
2014-15 2A 13 42 14 11 17 49 53 53 Round of 32
2015-16 2A 1 42 21 12 9 49 35 75 Third round Promoted
2016-17 1 9 38 14 13 11 41 43 55 Runners-up
2017-18 1 14 38 15 2 21 40 50 47 Quarter-finals


Current squad

As of 16 January 2021[18]

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

Under contract

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
MF Spain ESP Burgui

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
27 MF Spain ESP Sergi García
28 MF Spain ESP Pepe Blanco
No. Pos. Nation Player
30 DF Mauritania MTN Abdallahi Mahmoud
39 DF Cameroon CMR Stephane Paul Keller

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 Carlos Isaac (at Spain Albacete until 30 June 2021)
-- DF Spain ESP Einar Galilea (at Croatia Istra 1961 until 30 June 2021)
-- DF Benin BEN Olivier Verdon (at Bulgaria Ludogorets Razgrad until 30 June 2021)
-- DF Spain ESP Rafa Navarro (at Croatia Istra 1961 until 30 June 2021)
-- DF Spain ESP Rafa Páez (at Croatia Istra 1961 until 30 June 2021)
No. Pos. Nation Player
-- DF Spain ESP Saúl García (at Spain Sporting Gijón until 30 June 2021)
-- MF Spain ESP Antonio Perera (at Croatia Istra 1961 until 30 June 2022)
-- MF Spain ESP Javi Muñoz (at Spain Mirandés until 30 June 2021)
-- MF Panama PAN José Luis Rodríguez (at Spain Lugo until 30 June 2021)
-- FW Argentina ARG Ramón Miérez (at Croatia Osijek until 30 June 2021)


Domestic competitions

Winners (4): 1929-30, 1953-54, 1997-98, 2015-16
Winners (4): 1992-93,[b]1993-94,[c]1994-95,[d]2012-13[e]
Winners (5):[f]1940-41,[g]1960-61,[h]1964-65,[i]1967-68,[j]1973-74[k]
  • Regional Championship[19]
Biscay Championship: 1929-30
Gipuzkoa Championship: 1938-39
Winners: 1945-46
Runners-up: 2016-17

European competitions

Runners-up: 2000-01


  1. ^ Third tier
  2. ^ Not promoted in play-offs
  3. ^ Not promoted in play-offs
  4. ^ Promoted in play-offs
  5. ^ Promoted in play-offs, overall champion of division
  6. ^ Third tier
  7. ^ Promoted in play-offs
  8. ^ Promoted in play-offs
  9. ^ Not promoted in play-offs
  10. ^ Promoted in play-offs
  11. ^ Promoted directly
  12. ^ Fourth tier
  13. ^ Promoted directly

Stadium information

Mendizorrotza stadium

Famous players


Affiliated clubs

Alavés B/C

The club's primary reserve team is Deportivo Alavés B, founded in 1960 and currently playing at the amateur Tercera División level of the senior Spanish system. When that team gained promotion to Segunda División B in 2000, a further reserve side Deportivo Alavés C was formed, later partnering with local team Club San Ignacio, but the C-team was discontinued in 2005 due to the poor financial situation at the club. San Ignacio and most other teams in the vicinity of Vitoria-Gasteiz continue to operate as partner clubs of Alavés.[21][22][23][24]

California Victory

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

NK Rude?

In May 2017, Alavés signed a ten-year partnership deal with NK Rude?, freshly promoted Croatian First Football League club, with Rude? acting as a feeder club to Alavés.[25] In June 2018, Deportivo Alavés and NK Rude? ended its partnership agreement.[26]


In April 2018, Alavés signed an agreement with French club FC Sochaux-Montbéliard;[27] however the partnership lasted only a few months, ending abruptly in December of the same year.[28]


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  2. ^ Association, Press (27 May 2017). "Lionel Messi inspires Barcelona to Copa del Rey final triumph against William Yu Lin". the Guardian.
  3. ^ a b Depor, Redacción (30 November 2019). "¡Grítalo merengue! Real Madrid ganó 2-1 al Alavés por LaLiga Santander". Depor (in Spanish). Retrieved 2020.
  4. ^ a b "La historia del Club | Alavés - Web Oficial". La historia del Club | Alavés - Web Oficial (in Spanish). Retrieved 2019.
  5. ^ "Primera División, Temporada 1930/1931 - laliga, liga santander, la liga santander, campeonato nacional de liga de primera división, liga española". Retrieved 2019.
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  7. ^ "Deportivo Alavés, S.A.D. :: La Futbolteca. Enciclopedia del Fútbol Español" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2020.
  8. ^ "El Alavés incendia San Siro" [Alavés set fire to San Siro] (in Spanish). El País. 23 February 2001. Retrieved 2019.
  9. ^ a b Robert O'Connor (18 May 2016). "What the heck happened to Alaves after 2001?". FourFourTwo. Retrieved 2019.
  10. ^ The greatest matches of all time; The Daily Telegraph, 4 July 2007
  11. ^ Carreras denuncia el "trato vejatorio" de Piterman (Carreras denounces "vexatious treatment" by Piterman); 20 Minutos, 16 February 2006 (in Spanish)
  12. ^ Dimitri Piterman llama "subnormales" a los aficionados del Alavés (Dimitri Piterman calls Alavés' fans "morons"); 20 Minutos, 22 February 2006 (in Spanish)
  13. ^ "Querejeta compra las acciones del Alavés que tenía la familia Ortiz de Zárate" [Querejeta bought Alavés' shares that the Ortiz de Zárate family held] (in Spanish). El Correo. 29 July 2013. Retrieved 2017.
  14. ^ "Glorioso Matagigantes" [Glorious Giantkillers] (in Spanish). Marca. 10 September 2016. Retrieved 2017.
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  19. ^ "Spain - List of Champions of Norte". RSSSF. 21 January 2000. Retrieved 2018.
  20. ^ Mendizorrotza Stadium Archived 27 November 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  21. ^ "Clubes Convenidos" [Partner Clubs] (in Spanish). Deportivo Alavés. 1 August 2017. Retrieved 2019.
  22. ^ "CD San Ignacio y CF Adurtzabal renuevan hasta 2020 su convenio con el Deportivo Alavés" [CD San Ignacio and CF Adurtzabal renew their agreement with Deportivo Alavés until 2020] (in Spanish). C.D. San Ignacio. 9 June 2017. Retrieved 2019.
  23. ^ Javier Lekuona (25 May 2018). "El Alavés completa una gran estructura deportiva con el ascenso del San Ignacio a Tercera" [The Alavés completes a extensive sports structure with the rise of San Ignacio to Tercera]. Diario AS (in Spanish). Retrieved 2019.
  24. ^ Asier Pérez; Jorge Muñoz (18 July 2018). "El Alavés cede Ibaia al San Ignacio para su temporada en tercera" [Alavés gives Ibaia to San Ignacio for their season in Tercera]. Noticias de Álava (in Spanish). Retrieved 2019.
  25. ^ "Deportivo Alaves i NK Rude? predstavili desetogodi?nju suradnju" [Deportivo Alaves and NK Rude? presented future ten-year cooperation] (in Croatian). 12 May 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  26. ^ "Deportivo Alavés and NK Rude? ends its partnership agreement". NK Rude?. 15 June 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  27. ^ Javier Lekuona (25 April 2018). "Oficial: el Alavés firma una alianza con el Sochaux francés" [Official: El Alavés signs an alliance with the French Sochaux]. Diario AS (in Spanish). Retrieved 2019.
  28. ^ José Luis del Campo (14 December 2018). "Alavés y Sochaux separan sus caminos" [Alavés and Sochaux separate their paths]. Marca (in Spanish). Retrieved 2019.

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