UD Salamanca

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Full name Unión Deportiva Salamanca, S.A.D.
Nickname(s) Charros, Unionistas
Founded 1923
Dissolved 2013
Ground El Helmántico, Salamanca,
Castile and León, Spain
Ground Capacity 17,341
Current season

Unión Deportiva Salamanca, S.A.D. (Spanish pronunciation: [uˈnjon deporˈtiβa salaˈmaŋka]) was a Spanish football team based in Salamanca, in the autonomous community of Castile and León. Founded on 16 March 1923, it played its last season in Segunda División B.

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]

File:Café literario Novelty Plaza Mayor Salamanca.JPG
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
1939/40 5th
1940/41 7th
1941/42 2nd
1942/43 8th
1943/44 3rd
1944/45 1st
1945/46 13th
1946/47 2nd
1947/48 1st
1948/49 2nd
1949/50 4th
1950/51 2nd
1951/52 7th
1952/53 13th
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
1961/62 12th
1962/63 11th
1963/64 15th
1964/65 1st
1965/66 3rd
1966/67 1st
1967/68 2nd
1968/69 1st
1969/70 19th
1970/71 10th
1971/72 2nd
1972/73 1st
1973/74 3rd
1974/75 7th
1975/76 9th
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1976/77 12th
1977/78 9th
1978/79 10th
1979/80 11th
1980/81 17th
1981/82 2nd
1982/83 13th
1983/84 18th
1984/85 17th
1985/86 2ªB 3rd
1986/87 2ªB 5th
1987/88 2ªB 1st
1988/89 7th
1989/90 13th
1990/91 18th
1991/92 2ªB 1st
1992/93 2ªB 2nd
1993/94 2ªB 1st
1994/95 4th
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1995/96 22nd
1996/97 2nd
1997/98 15th
1998/99 20th
1999/00 4th
2000/01 9th
2001/02 11th
2002/03 7th
2003/04 11th
2004/05 21st
2005/06 2ªB 1st
2006/07 12th
2007/08 7th
2008/09 9th
2009/10 16th
2010/11 19th Second Round
2011/12 2ªB 9th
2012/13 2ªB 8th

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

Honours / Achievements


See Category:UD Salamanca footballers


  1. "El Café y su historia" (in Spanish). Café Novelty. Retrieved 7 February 2011. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Nuevas equipaciones 09–10" (in Spanish). UD Salamanca. Retrieved 7 February 2011. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "El Nàstic sale del descenso y mete al Salamanca" (in Spanish). Marca. 13 February 2011. Retrieved 22 April 2011. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "El Salamanca certifica su descenso en pleno festival culé" (in Spanish). Marca. 29 May 2011. Retrieved 11 February 2014. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "UD Salamanca goes bust". Diario AS. 18 June 2013. Retrieved 20 June 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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