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UD Salamanca
UD Salamanca logo.svg
Full nameUnión Deportiva Salamanca, S.A.D.
Nickname(s)Charros, Unionistas
GroundEl Helmántico, Salamanca,
Castile and León, Spain
Current season

Unión Deportiva Salamanca, S.A.D. (Spanish pronunciation: [u'njon depo?'ti?a sala'ma?ka]) was a Spanish football team based in Salamanca, in the autonomous community of Castile and León.

Founded on 16 March 1923 and nicknamed Los Charros, the club played in white shirts and black shorts, holding home games at Estadio El Helmántico, which seated 17,341 spectators.


Initially formed by Irish students, Salamanca first played in early Spanish championships in 1907, before an official league was founded later on. On 16 March 1923, at the tables of Café Novelty, situated in the Plaza Mayor, Dionisio Ridruejo set the club's early official foundations[1][2] and, from 1939 and during the following three decades, it fluctuated between the third and the second levels of the Spanish football league.

In the 1974-75 season, Salamanca made its La Liga debuts, overachieving for a final 7th position (out of 18 teams), which eventually would be its best classification ever. The team lasted in the topflight until 1981, mainly coached by José Luis García Traid, then returned the following year for a further two seasons, being further relegated to Segunda División B - the new third division created in 1977 - in 1984-85, and spending three years in that category before promoting back.

In 1994-95's second division, after finishing fourth in the league, Salamanca lost the first leg of the promotion/relegation playoffs against Albacete Balompié, 0-2 at home, but won 5-0 away, returning to the main level after eleven years. The club was managed by 29-year-old Juan Manuel Lillo, also in charge for the following season, as the Castile and León club ranked 22nd and last in the top level.

From 1999 onwards (with two more visits to the first division, with 15th and 20th-place finishes respectively), Salamanca stabilized in the second level, save for the 2005-06 season spent in the third division, with the club winning the regular season and promoting in the playoffs. Veteran Quique Martín was arguably the most important player of the club in the decade, whilst Argentine Jorge D'Alessandro, who held the record for most games in the top division in the club's history, worked with the team as a manager in a further two spells (three in total).

2010-11 brought a club record ten consecutive defeats between December 2010/February 2011,[3] and two coaching changes, as Salamanca returned to the third division after five years.[4] On 18 June 2013, 90 years after its foundation, the club was liquidated due to the accumulation of unpaid debts.[5]

Café Novelty: Salamanca's official beginnings were set here, in 1923.

Club background

Season to season

Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1935/36 Regional -- Group stage
1939/40 5th
1940/41 7th First Round
1941/42 2nd First Round
1942/43 8th First Round
1943/44 3rd First Round
1944/45 1st
1945/46 13th First Round
1946/47 2nd
1947/48 1st Second Round
1948/49 2nd Fifth Round
1949/50 4th First Round
1950/51 2nd
1951/52 7th
1952/53 13th First Round
1953/54 15th
1954/55 2nd
1955/56 1st
1956/57 1st
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1957/58 3rd
1958/59 2nd
1959/60 2nd
1960/61 10th First Round
1961/62 12th First Round
1962/63 11th First Round
1963/64 15th First Round
1964/65 1st
1965/66 3rd
1966/67 1st
1967/68 2nd
1968/69 1st
1969/70 19th Round of 32
1970/71 10th Third Round
1971/72 2nd First Round
1972/73 1st Second Round
1973/74 3rd Fourth Round
1974/75 7th Fourth Round
1975/76 9th Fourth Round

Last squad

Numbers taken from the official website: www.udsalamanca.es and www.lfp.es Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Spain ESP Adrián Murcia
2 DF Spain ESP Iban Zubiaurre
3 DF Spain ESP Raúl Fuster
4 MF Spain ESP Rubén García
5 DF Spain ESP Pol Bueso
6 DF Spain ESP José Ángel
7 FW Spain ESP Piojo
8 MF Spain ESP Víctor Andrés
9 FW Brazil BRA Igor
10 MF Spain ESP Pablo de Lucas
No. Pos. Nation Player
11 MF Spain ESP Javi Hernández
13 GK Spain ESP Raúl Moreno
14 FW Spain ESP Coque
15 FW Spain ESP Aitor Pons
16 DF Portugal POR João Faria
18 DF Spain ESP José Rodríguez
20 MF Spain ESP David Lázaro
21 FW Spain ESP Borja Sánchez
22 MF Guinea-Bissau GNB Almami Moreira

Honours / Achievements


See Category:UD Salamanca footballers


  1. ^ "El Café y su historia" [The Café and its history] (in Spanish). Café Novelty. Retrieved 2011.
  2. ^ "Nuevas equipaciones 09-10" [New kits 09-10] (in Spanish). UD Salamanca. Retrieved 2011.
  3. ^ "El Nàstic sale del descenso y mete al Salamanca" [Nàstic leaves relegation zone, Salamanca enters] (in Spanish). Marca. 13 February 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  4. ^ "El Salamanca certifica su descenso en pleno festival culé" [Salamanca certifies relegation in the midst of culé festival] (in Spanish). Marca. 29 May 2011. Retrieved 2014.
  5. ^ "UD Salamanca goes bust". Diario AS. 18 June 2013. Retrieved 2013.

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