CE Sabadell FC

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CE Sabadell
Full name Centre d'Esports
Sabadell Futbol Club, S.A.D.
Nickname(s) Arlequinats, Saballuts, Laneros
Founded 1903
Ground Nova Creu Alta, Sabadell,
Catalonia, Spain
Ground Capacity 11,981
Chairman Keisuke Sakamoto
Manager Miguel Álvarez
League Segunda División B
2014–15 Segunda División, 21st (relegated)
Website Club home page
Current season

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

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 1940.


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.

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.

In 1968–69, Sabadell 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 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.

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.

Season to season

Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1930/31 3rd 2nd 2nd round
1931/32 3rd 1st
1932/33 3rd 2nd
1933/34 2nd 9th 1st round
1934/35 2nd 2nd Runner-up
1935/36 2nd 5th
1939/40 2nd 2nd
1940/41 2nd 9th 1st round
1941/42 2nd 1st 1st round
1942/43 2nd 2nd 1st round
1943/44 1st 9th Quarterfinals
1944/45 1st 13th 1st round
1945/46 2nd 1st 1st round
1946/47 1st 5th Quarterfinals
1947/48 1st 12th 6th round
1948/49 1st 14th 4th round
1949/50 2nd 6th 2nd round
1950/51 2nd 3rd
1951/52 2nd 4th
1952/53 2nd 11th 1st round
1953/54 2nd 6th
1954/55 2nd 10th
1955/56 2nd 5th
1956/57 2nd 2nd
1957/58 2nd 2nd
1958/59 2nd 2nd 1st round
1959/60 2nd 7th 2nd round
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1960/61 2nd 6th 1st round
1961/62 2nd 8th 2nd round
1962/63 2nd 16th 1st round
1963/64 3rd 1st
1964/65 2nd 2nd 1st round
1965/66 1st 14th Quarterfinals
1966/67 1st 8th 2nd round
1967/68 1st 12th 2nd round
1968/69 1st 4th 1st round
1969/70 1st 13th Quarterfinals
1970/71 1st 13th 5th round
1971/72 1st 18th 4th round
1972/73 2nd 12th 5th round
1973/74 2nd 15th Round of 16
1974/75 2nd 19th 4th round
1975/76 3rd 6th 2nd round
1976/77 3rd 1st 1st round
1977/78 2nd 6th 4th round
1978/79 2nd 12th 1st round
1979/80 2nd 6th 4th round
1980/81 2nd 7th 2nd round
1981/82 2nd 11th 2nd round
1982/83 2nd 18th 2nd round
1983/84 2nd B 1st 4th round
1984/85 2nd 4th Round of 16
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1985/86 2nd 2nd Quarterfinals
1986/87 1st 15th 3rd round
1987/88 1st 19th Quarterfinals
1988/89 2nd 13th 4th round
1989/90 2nd 7th Round of 16
1990/91 2nd 12th 4th round
1991/92 2nd 9th 4th round
1992/93 2nd 20th 5th round
1993/94 3rd 1st 1st round
1994/95 2nd B 11th 2nd round
1995/96 2nd B 16th
1996/97 2nd B 11th
1997/98 2nd B 11th
1998/99 2nd B 7th
1999/00 2nd B 13th
2000/01 2nd B 3rd
2001/02 2nd B 14th 1st round
2002/03 2nd B 7th
2003/04 2nd B 16th 2nd round
2004/05 2nd B 13th
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
2005/06 2nd B 18th
2006/07 3rd 3rd
2007/08 2nd B 14th
2008/09 2nd B 4th
2009/10 2nd B 10th 2nd round
2010/11 2nd B 1st
2011/12 2nd 19th 2nd round
2012/13 2nd 16th 3rd round
2013/14 2nd 10th 2nd round
2014/15 2nd 21st Round of 32
2015/16 2nd B 1st round

Sabadell in Europe

Season Competition Round Country Club Score
1969–70 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1R Belgium Club Brugge 2–0, 1–5
  • 1R = first round

Current squad

Sabadell before game against Eibar (2010)
As of 4 November 2015

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

No. Position Player
Spain GK Carlos Craviotto
Spain GK Sergi Tienda
Spain DF Agustín Fernández
Spain DF José Manuel Alcañiz
Spain DF Albert Estellés
Spain DF David Forniés
Spain DF Agus Medina
Spain DF Sergi Pastells
Argentina DF Lucas Viale
Spain DF Valentín
Mali MF Adama Touré
No. Position Player
Spain MF David Batanero
Spain MF Juanjo Ciércoles
Spain MF Marc de Val
Spain MF Marc Fernández
Spain MF Juan Antonio Osado
Spain MF Pirulo
Spain MF Pol Roigé
Spain MF Yeray
Brazil FW Bruno
Spain FW Álex Cortell
Spain FW Ernest Forgàs

Youth players


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

Former players

see also Category:CE Sabadell footballers

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.


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