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RC Celta De Vigo

Celta de Vigo
Club crest
Full nameReal Club Celta de Vigo, S.A.D.
Nickname(s)Los/Os Celestes (The Sky Blues)
O Celtiña (dim.)
Short nameCelta
Founded23 August 1923; 97 years ago (1923-08-23)
Coordinates42°12?42.6?N 8°44?22.9?W / 42.211833°N 8.739694°W / 42.211833; -8.739694Coordinates: 42°12?42.6?N 8°44?22.9?W / 42.211833°N 8.739694°W / 42.211833; -8.739694
OwnerCarlos Mouriño
PresidentCarlos Mouriño
Head coachEduardo Coudet
LeagueLa Liga
2019-20La Liga, 17th of 20
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Real Club Celta de Vigo (Galician pronunciation: [re'al 'klu? '?elt? ð? '?i]; Royal Celtic Club of Vigo), commonly known as Celta de Vigo or simply Celta, is a Spanish professional football club based in Vigo, Galicia, that competes in La Liga, the top tier of Spanish football. Nicknamed Os Celestes (The Sky Blues), the club was founded on 23 August 1923 following the merger of two Vigo-based teams. The club's home stadium is Balaídos, which seats 29,000 spectators.

The club's name is derived from the Celts, a people who once lived in the region. Its main rival is fellow Galician club Deportivo La Coruña, with whom it contests the Galician derby.

Celta have never won the league title nor Copa del Rey, although they have reached the final three times in the latter. The club finished in their best-ever position of fourth in 2002-03, qualifying for the 2003-04 UEFA Champions League, where they were eliminated by Arsenal in the round of 16. In the 2016-17 UEFA Europa League, Celta reached the semi-finals for the first time, losing to Manchester United.



Campo de Coia (1908-1928)
Real Club Celta de Vigo vs S.C. Braga in 1945

R.C. Celta de Vigo was formed as a result of the ambition of Vigo's teams to achieve more at national level, where the Basque sides had been their bête noire in the Spanish Championship. The idea was to merge both teams to create a more powerful team at national level. The standard-bearer of this movement was Manuel de Castro, known as "Handicap", a sports writer for the Faro de Vigo who, from 1915, began to write in his articles about the need for a unitarian movement. The slogan of his movement was "Todo por y para Vigo" ("All for and to Vigo"), which eventually found support among the managers of Real Vigo Sporting and Real Club Fortuna de Vigo. It was backed unanimously when De Castro himself presented the motion at the assembly of the Royal Spanish Football Federation in Madrid on 22 June 1923.

On 12 July 1923, at the annual general meetings (AGMs) of Vigo and Fortuna held at the Odeon Theatre and in the Hotel Moderno, respectively, the merger was approved. Thus the "Team of Galicia" was born, as it was dubbed. In the last AGM of Fortuna and Vigo to approve the formation of a new club held on 10 August 1923, the members decided upon the team's name. Various names suggested include "Real Unión de Vigo", "Club Galicia", "Real Atlántic", "Breogán" and "Real Club Olimpico". The latter name was popular, but they eventually decided on "Real Club Celta", an ethnic race linked to Galicia. The first president of Celta was Manuel Bárcena de Andrés, the Count of Torre Cedeira. At this AGM, the squad was also decided, which numbered 64 players in total and included some notable players from both Fortuna and Vigo, and managed by Francis Cuggy.

In 1947-48, Celta ranked a joint-best 4th (with 2003) and reached the Copa del Generalísimo Final, where they lost 4-1 to Sevilla FC. Local striker Pahiño, who took the Pichichi Trophy for 21 goals in 22 games that season, subsequently moved to Real Madrid.[2]

EuroCelta and subsequent decline

Celta de Vigo supporters before a game

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Celta were dubbed "EuroCelta" by the Spanish press as a result of their European exploits . This included a 4-1 aggregate win against Liverpool in a run to the quarter-finals of the 1998-99 UEFA Cup.[3] In the next season's edition they again reached the last eight, with a 4-0 second leg win over Juventus and a 7-0 home win against Benfica (8-1 aggregate).[4] Domestically, the team reached the 2001 Copa del Rey Final, losing 3-1 to Real Zaragoza in Seville.[5]

Key players during the period included Alexander Mostovoi, Valery Karpin and Haim Revivo, though the squad also relied upon other international players as well, such as goalkeeper Pablo Cavallero; defender and future coach Eduardo Berizzo, midfielders Claude Makélélé and Mazinho; winger Gustavo López; and strikers Catanha and Lyuboslav Penev, amongst others.

In 2002-03, Celta came 4th under Miguel Ángel Lotina (joint best with 1948) and qualified for the 2003-04 UEFA Champions League. They went out in the last 16 to Arsenal 5-2 on aggregate.[6] Domestically that year, the team came 19th and suffered relegation to the Segunda División.[7] Although the squad was heavily dismantled following the demotion, Celta earned an immediate return to the top flight after finishing second in 2004-05.[8]

In 2006-07, Celta finished in 18th and were once again relegated to the Segunda División. The team subsequently fought against relegation to the third tier, and the risk of bankruptcy.[9] This trend was bucked in the 2010-11 season, when new striker David Rodríguez, winger Enrique de Lucas and manager Paco Herrera helped them finish sixth. They were eliminated in the first knockout round by Granada after a penalty shootout, the game having finished 1-1 in 90 minutes.[10]

Return to La Liga and Europe

Celta playing local rivals Deportivo de La Coruña on 27 October 2012

On 3 June 2012, Celta returned to La Liga after a five-year absence.[11] In their first season back, they avoided relegation to the Segunda División on the final day after beating RCD Espanyol 1-0 to ensure a 17th-place finish.[12]

Under "EuroCelta" veteran Eduardo Berizzo in 2015-16, Celta came 6th for their best result in a decade and earned a spot in the 2016-17 UEFA Europa League.[13] In their return to European competitions, Celta reached the semi-finals of the 2016-17 UEFA Europa League, where they were eliminated in the semifinals by eventual champions Manchester United.[14]

Club identity


Football kit (red jersey; black shorts; and white socks with blue trim).
Celta Vigo's original home colours (1923).

Celta's original team strip consisted of a red shirt, black shorts and blue socks. This was later changed at an unknown date to the traditional sky blue and white strip, representative of the Galician flag.

Celta had the longest-running sponsorship deal in Spanish football, and one of the longest-running in the world, with the French automobile manufacturer Citroën from 1985 to 2016. The company established its plant within walking distance from Balaídos in 1958, and first sponsored the club's women's basketball team in 1980. In 2016, the sponsor was changed to that of Galician brewery, Estrella Galicia, which had advertised on the back of the shirts since 2011.[15] Their business deal with kit supplier, Umbro, was also one of the longest-running ones, from 1986 to 2010.[16]

Years Kit manufacturer Sponsor
Brand Company
1980-82 Meyba None
1982-86 Adidas
1986-10 Umbro Citroën Citröen Automóviles España, S.A.
2010-13 Li-Ning
2013-16 Adidas
2016- Estrella Galicia 0,0 Hijos de Rivera, S.A.U


Like many other Galician clubs, such as Compostela and Racing Ferrol, the club badge is based on the red cross of Saint James. On top of the cross sits a sky blue shield with two letter Cs (Club Celta).[17][18][19] In 1923, Celta became one of several Spanish football clubs that were granted patronage by the Spanish crown and thus entitled to use Real (Royal) in their names and the royal crown on their badge. This right was granted to Celta by Alfonso XIII, and the club subsequently became known as Real Club Celta de Vigo. During the Spanish Second Republic (1931-1936), the title Real was removed from the club's name and the royal crown was taken off the club crest; however, it was returned under the Spanish State.


European history

Celta score listed first.
Season Round Competition Club Home Away Aggregate
1971-72 UEFA Cup First round Scotland Aberdeen 0-2 0-1 0-3
1998-99 UEFA Cup First round Romania Arge? Pite?ti 7-0 1-0 8-0
Second round England Aston Villa 0-1 3-1 3-2
Third round England Liverpool 3-1 1-0 4-1
Quarter-finals France Marseille 1-2 0-0 1-2
1999-00 UEFA Cup First round Switzerland Lausanne 4-0 2-3 6-3
Second round Greece Aris 2-2 2-0 4-2
Third round Portugal Benfica 7-0 1-1 8-1
Fourth round Italy Juventus 0-1 4-0 4-1
Quarter-finals France Lens 0-0 1-2 1-2
2000 UEFA Intertoto Cup Third round North Macedonia Pelister 3-0 2-1 5-1
Semi-finals England Aston Villa 1-0 2-1 3-1
Finals Russia Zenit 2-1 2-2 4-3
2000-01 UEFA Cup First round Croatia Rijeka 0-0 1-0 1-0
Second round Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Red Star 0-1 3-0 3-1
Third round Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 0-0 1-0 1-0
Fourth round Germany Stuttgart 0-0 2-1 2-1
Quarter-finals Spain Barcelona 3-2 1-2 4-4 (a)
2001-02 UEFA Cup First round Czech Republic Sigma Olomouc 4-0 3-4 7-4
Second round Czech Republic Slovan Liberec 3-1 0-3 3-4
2002-03 UEFA Cup First round Denmark Odense 2-0 0-1 2-1
Second round Norway Viking 3-0 1-1 4-1
Third round Scotland Celtic 2-1 0-1 2-2 (a)
2003-04 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round Czech Republic Slavia Prague 3-0 0-2 3-2
Group H Netherlands Ajax 3-2 0-1 2nd
Belgium Club Brugge 1-1 1-1
Italy Milan 0-0 2-1
Round of 16 England Arsenal 2-3 0-2 2-5
2006-07 UEFA Cup First round Belgium Standard Liège 1-0 3-0 4-0
Group H Germany Eintracht Frankfurt 1-1 N/A 2nd
England Newcastle United N/A 1-2
Turkey Fenerbahçe 1-0 N/A
Italy Palermo N/A 1-1
Round of 32 Russia Spartak Moscow 1-1 2-1 3-2
Round of 16 Germany Werder Bremen 0-1 0-2 0-3
2016-17 UEFA Europa League Group G Netherlands Ajax 2-2 2-3 2nd
Belgium Standard Liège 1-1 1-1
Greece Panathinaikos 2-0 2-0
Round of 32 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 0-1 2-0 2-1
Round of 16 Russia Krasnodar 2-1 2-0 4-1
Quarter-finals Belgium Genk 3-2 1-1 4-3
Semi-finals England Manchester United 0-1 1-1 1-2


First-team squad

As of 4 January 2021[20]

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

Reserve team

List of B-team players with senior squad numbers

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
35 MF Spain ESP Raúl Blanco
36 FW Spain ESP Alfon (on loan from Albacete)
39 MF Scotland SCO Jordan Holsgrove
38 FW Uruguay URU Lautaro De León
40 DF Spain ESP Carlos Domínguez

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
GK Spain ESP Ruly (at Unionistas until 30 June 2021)
MF Spain ESP Jozabed (at Málaga until 30 June 2021)
FW Spain ESP Álvaro Vadillo (at Espanyol until 30 June 2021)
No. Pos. Nation Player
FW Uruguay URU Gabriel Fernández (at Zaragoza until 30 June 2021)
FW Spain ESP Juan Hernández (at Sabadell until 30 June 2021)

Club records

As of 30 December 2020[21]

  • Most league goals - 144, Iago Aspas (2008-2013, 2015-present)[22]
  • Most Primera División league goals - 110, Iago Aspas (2012-2013, 2015-present)[22]
  • Most goals in a season - 69, (1998-99)
  • Most league appearances - 432, Manolo (1966-1982)
  • Current player with most league appearances - 221, Hugo Mallo
  • Biggest win and biggest home win - 10-1 (v. Gimnàstic, 23 October 1949)
  • Biggest away win - 6-1 (v. Athletic Bilbao, 24 March 2002)
  • Biggest defeat and biggest away defeat - 10-0 (v. Athletic Bilbao, 11 January 1942)
  • Most home points in a season - 46 (1997-98)[23]
  • Most away points in a season - 25 (2001-02 and 2002-03)[24][25]
  • Record transfer fee paid - EUR13.5 million, Catanha from Málaga (summer 2000)
  • Record transfer fee received - EUR21 million, Stanislav Lobotka to Napoli (winter 2020)

Player records

As of 30 December 2020[21]

Internationals playing at Celta


Board of directors

Carlos Mouriño is the current club president.
Office Name
President Carlos Mouriño
First vice president Ricardo Barros
Second vice president Pedro Posada
Counselors José Fernando M. Rodilla
María José Taboas
Primitivo Ferro
Carmen Avendaño
General Director Antonio Chaves
Sporting Director Felipe Miñambres
Financial Director María José Herbón
Security Director Julio Vargas
Business Director Carlos Cao
'Fundación Celta' Director Germán Arteta
Academy Director Carlos Hugo García-Bayón
Marketing Director Maruxa Magdalena Seoane
Commercial Director Carlos Salvador Herrera

Last updated: 8 April 2019
Source: RC Celta



Dates Name
1923-28 Manuel de Barcena y Andrés
1928-29 Manuel Prieto González
1929-32 Alfredo Escobar
1932-33 Luis de Vicente Sasiáin
1933-34 Indalecio Vázquez
1934-35 Cesáreo González
1935-39 Rodrigo de la Rasilla
1939-40 Pedro Braña Merino
1940-41 Manuel Núñez González
Dates Name
1941-42 Fernando de Miguel Rodríguez
1942-48 Luis Iglesias Fernández
1948-50 Avelino Ponte Caride
1950-52 Faustino Álvarez Álvarez
1952-56 Manuel Prieto Pérez
1956-58 Antonio Herrero Montero
1958-59 Antonio Alfageme
1959-61 Celso Lorenzo Vila
1961-63 Carlos Barreras Barret
Dates Name
1963-64 Antonio Crusat Pardiñas
1964-65 Manuel Rodríguez Gómez
1965-69 Daniel Alonso González
1969-70 Ramón de Castro
1970-73 Rodrigo Alonso Fariña
1973-77 Antonio Vázquez Gómez
1977-80 Jaime Arbones Alonso
1980 Rodrigo Arbones Alonso
1980 Elías Posada
Dates Name
1980-82 Elías Alonso Riego
1982-90 José Luis Rivadulla García
1990-91 José Luis Alejo Álvarez
1991 Eloy de Francisco
1991-95 José Luis Núñez Gallego
1995-06 Horacio Gómez Araújo
2006- Carlos Mouriño

Celta Vigo B

Celta Vigo B is Celta's youth team. It was founded in 1996 and plays in the Segunda División B.


National titles

Winners: 1935-36, 1981-82, 1991-92
Runners-up (7): 1959-60, 1960-61, 1965-66, 1968-69, 1975-76, 2004-05, 2011-12
Winners: 1980-81
Winners: 1930-31
Runners-up: 1947-48, 1993-94, 2000-01

European titles

Winners: 2000

Regional titles

  • Galician Championship[28]
Winners (6): 1923-24, 1924-25, 1925-26, 1929-30, 1931-32, 1933-34
Winners: 1934-35[29]
Winners: 2006-07,[30]2007-08[31]
  1. ^ Known as Copa Xunta de Galicia in 2006-07.
  • Trofeo Federación Galega
Winners: 2014[32]
  • Copa Comunidad Gallega
Winners: 2016[33]

Friendly and unofficial tournaments

Winners (21): 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2012
Winners (19): 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Winners (13): 1965, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1976, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1990, 1997, 2007, 2010, 2014
Winners (9): 1954, 1961, 1968, 1975, 1977, 1979, 1981, 1997, 2010
Winners: 2016[39]
Winners: 1999[40]
Winners: 1999[41]


1.^ Carlos Mouriño is the plurality[clarification needed] shareholder, with 35%, and as such is the club president.

See also


  1. ^ "Instalaciones". Real Club Celta de Vigo. Retrieved 2019.
  2. ^ "Fallece Pahíño [sic], histórico goleador del fútbol español" [Pahiño, historic goalscorer of Spanish football, dies]. Marca (in Spanish). 12 June 2012. Retrieved 2020.
  3. ^ Kelly, Andy (6 May 2015). "Steven Gerrard Liverpool farewell: full Reds debut was only time 'I was pleased to be substituted'". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 2020.
  4. ^ Pereira, Antonio Pedro (25 November 2019). "Celta 7-0 Benfica foi há 20 anos. Da volta triunfal à goleada sem volta" [Celta 7-0 Benfica was 20 years ago. From triumphant return to thrashing with no return]. Diário de Notícias (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2020.
  5. ^ "El Zaragoza vence al Celta y levanta su quinta Copa del Rey" [Zaragoza beat Celta and lift their fifth Copa del Rey]. El País (in Spanish). 1 July 2001. Retrieved 2020.
  6. ^ "Arsenal 2-0 Celta Vigo". BBC Sport. 10 March 2004. Retrieved 2020.
  7. ^ "Relegated Celta expect exodus". UEFA. 25 May 2004. Retrieved 2020.
  8. ^ "Spanish duo celebrate promotion". UEFA. 18 June 2005. Retrieved 2020.
  9. ^ "El Celta pide que las instituciones le saquen de la quiebra económica" [Celta asks that the instuitutions save it from bankruptcy]. La Voz de Galicia (in Spanish). 9 November 2007. Retrieved 2020.
  10. ^ "A trip down memory lane for Granada and Celta". La Liga. 28 January 2014. Retrieved 2020.
  11. ^ Editorial, Reuters. "Celta back in La Liga after five-year absence".
  12. ^ Lowe, Sid (3 June 2013). "Celta Vigo defy odds as four becomes relegated three in La Liga finale". The Guardian. Retrieved 2020.
  13. ^ "Berizzo feliz con el nivel del Celta: "Hicimos una temporada brillante"" [Berizzo happy with Celta's level: "We had a brilliant season"] (in Spanish). Prensa Fútbol. 14 May 2016. Retrieved 2020.
  14. ^ Jurejko, Jonathan (11 May 2017). "Manchester United 1–1 Celta Vigo". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2020.
  15. ^ "Adiós a un patrocinador histórico: Tras 31 años con Citroën" [Goodbye to a historic sponsor: After 31 years with Citroën]. Sport (in Spanish). 1 June 2016. Retrieved 2017.
  16. ^ "El Celta y Umbro concluyen un cuarto de siglo de relación comercial" [Celta and Umbro conclude a quarter of a century of business partnership]. Faro de Vigo (in Spanish). 1 July 2010. Retrieved 2017.
  17. ^ "Historia del R.C. Celta de Vigo". Fame Celeste.
  18. ^ "Orígenes y escudo del Celta de Vigo". Sexto Anillo.
  19. ^ "Celta de Vigo". Heráldica Futbolística.
  20. ^ "PLANTILLA" (in Spanish). Celta de Vigo. Retrieved 2020.
  21. ^ a b "Celta de Vigo - Players". www.bdfutbol.com. Retrieved 2020.
  22. ^ a b "Iago Aspas, Iago Aspas Juncal - Footballer". www.bdfutbol.com. Retrieved 2020.
  23. ^ "Fútbol - Primera División de España - La Liga 1997/1998 - Resultados detallados". www.los-deportes.info. Retrieved 2020.
  24. ^ "Fútbol - Primera División de España - La Liga 2001/2002 - Resultados detallados". www.los-deportes.info. Retrieved 2020.
  25. ^ "Fútbol - Primera División de España - La Liga 2002/2003 - Resultados detallados". www.los-deportes.info. Retrieved 2020.
  26. ^ Millar, Colin (9 November 2020). "Celta Vigo have chosen title-winning Argentine as new boss". Football Espana. Retrieved 2020.
  27. ^ "Celta Vigo announce arrival of new coach Eduardo Coudet until 2022". Marca. 12 November 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  28. ^ "Spain - List of Champions of Galicia". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 2019.
  29. ^ "Hemeroteca Digital. Biblioteca Nacional de España". hemerotecadigital.bne.es. Retrieved 2019.
  30. ^ "El Celta alza la Copa Xunta". www.farodevigo.es (in Spanish). 4 January 2007. Retrieved 2019.
  31. ^ "El Celta revalida ante el Deportivo su título de campeón de la Copa Galicia". Atlántico (in Spanish). 21 May 2008. Retrieved 2019.
  32. ^ "El Celta se lleva con merecimiento el Trofeo Federación Galega ante el Deportivo". RC Celta (in Spanish). 13 August 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  33. ^ Faraldo, Manuel L. (22 July 2016). "El Celta de Vigo se coronó campeón de la Copa Comunidad Gallega disputada en Montevideo". España Exterior (in Spanish). Retrieved 2019.
  34. ^ "Trofeo Ciudad de Vigo". rsssf.com. Retrieved 2019.
  35. ^ "Memorial Quinocho". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 2019.
  36. ^ "Trofeo Luís Otero (Pontevedra)". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 2019.
  37. ^ Cordido, Manuel (10 August 2015). "El LIII Trofeo Luis Otero, próximo reto del CD Lugo". Stadio Sport. Retrieved 2020.
  38. ^ "Trofeo Emma Cuervo". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 2019.
  39. ^ "Trofeo Tim al Celta Vigo, Sassuolo rimonta Milan". ANSA.it (in Italian). 11 August 2016. Retrieved 2019.
  40. ^ "Trofeo Teresa Herrera". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 2019.
  41. ^ "Trofeo Xacobeo 1999". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 2019.

Further reading

  • González Villar, Celso. Albores do fútbol Vigues (in Galician).
  • Cros, Jaime (1973). El Celta y la Liga (in Spanish). Murcia: APANDA de Artes Gráficas, S.A. ISBN 84-605-5851-7.
  • Cros, Jaime (1974). Celta 74 (in Spanish).
  • Álvarez, Eugenio (2004). A historia do Celta (1992-2004) (in Spanish). Vigo. p. 272.
  • Ball, Phil (2001). "Raining Champions". Morbo: The Story of Spanish Football. Kings Lynn, England: WSC Books. pp. 165-181. ISBN 0-9540134-6-8.

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