Deportivo Alavés, S.A.D. , better known as Alavés, is a Spanish football club which originates from Vitoria-Gasteiz, Álava. Originally the club was called Sport Friends when it was founded on January 23, 1921. But shortly afterward, the club took on its present name. Alavés was the first club to win promotion to Spanish top flight after being crowned champions of the Segunda División in 1930.
The Basque Country outfit dons blue and white-striped shirts as their home kit, complemented with blue shorts and white socks. The club’s nickname is “Babazorros El Glorioso”, which means “The Glorious One”. Alavés have been hosting their home matches at the 19,840 capacity Mendizorrotza Stadium since 1924.
Deportivo Alavés: Honors
Unfortunatly Alavés has never won any top-tier football competitions in their history. The club came close in registering their first-ever major silverware in 2017 when they made it to the Copa del Rey final, but their incredible run was brought to an end by Barcelona. However, the club’s fans consider their 2000/01 UEFA Cup campaign to be the best achievement in their history, where they lost to Liverpool in the final.
Winners (4): 1929–30, 1953–54, 1997–98, 2015–16
Segunda División B
Winners (4): 1992–93, 1993–94, 1994–95, 2012–13
Winners (5): 1940–41, 1960–61, 1964–65, 1967–68, 1973–74
Biscay Championship: 1929–30
Gipuzkoa Championship: 1938–39
Copa Federación de España
Copa del Rey
Javi Moreno, 46, started as a professional for Barcelona B, but it was Alavés, where he got his first senior team La Liga contract in 1998. The current CD Pozoblanco manager went out on a loan to CD Numancia in his first season at the books of Alavés and helped the club gain their maiden La Liga promotion by scoring 18 goals in 39 appearances.
Moreno returned to Alavés and played a vital role in the club’s historic 2000/01 European run, where they narrowly missed out on glory by losing 4-5 to Liverpool in the final. The Spanish attacker scored 30 goals in 82 matches for Alavés, which later earned him a move to AC Milan in 2001. His Alavés record also handed him five national team appearances in 2001.
Deportivo Alavés: Present Team
After a 10 year hiatus from La Liga, Alavés returned to Spain’s most prestigious football league in 2016. Upon their return, Babazorros El Glorioso shocked the world by beating FC Barcelona away from home. On February 7, 2017, the club reached its first Copa del Rey final by beating Celta de Vigo. But, they were hammered 6-0 in the final by a Barcelona side, who ruthlessly avenged the Camp Nou defeat earlier in the season. Alavés finished 9th in the league that season managed to survive the next two seasons by finishing 14th(17/18) and 11th(18/19).
In the 2018/19 La Liga season, Alavés finished 11th in the league table. They lost out to Girona on a 3-4 aggregate at the Copa del Rey Round of 32 stage. All in all, the club spent €10m on transfers and recouped €9m from player sales.
Before the league was postponed indefinitely because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Alavés sat 14th on the table with 11 games left to play. The club got eliminated from the first round of Copa del Rey by Tercera División club Real Jaén. This last season they spent €10.77m on player signings and made €22.5m from player sales.
Deportivo Alavés: Playing Style
Alavés widely resorted to the 4-4-2 formation this season with Joselu and Lucas Pérez pairing up upfront. They prefer to stay reserved and break on the counter attack. Most of Alavés’s counters come from the right-hand side, thanks to the blistering pace of Aleix Vidal. They also rely on long balls to find their forwards, when they attempt to switch the play. Both of their central-mids drop down to support the center-backs so that the fullbacks can thrust forward.
Lucas Pérez rejoined his boyhood club this season after two unsuccessful Premier League spells with Arsenal and West Ham United. The striker hit the ground running at his new club as he registered 11 goals and 5 assists in 26 appearances for Alavés.
Joselu also returned to homeland Spain this season after spending two seasons in England with Newcastle United. The 30-year-old made an evident mark of his link-playing expertise as he forged a formidable striking partnership with Pérez, scoring 9 goals and assisting 2 more.
Aleix Vidal is in loan from Sevilla and he immediately established himself as an indispensable part of Asier Garitano’s setup. The former Barcelona right-back has been predominantly deployed in an advanced role and has made 6 goal contributions (2 goals, 4 assists) this season.
Official club name: Deportivo Alavés S.A.D.
Address: Paseo de Cervantes
01007 Vitoria-Gasteiz (Residents: 251.774). Spain
Tel: +34 (945) 131018
Fax: +34 (945) 232532
Founded: Jan 21, 1921
Members: 17.603 (Score: Jan 22, 2020)
Name of stadium: Mendizorrotza
Total capacity: 19.840
Seats: 19.840 including 19.840 covered
Undersoil heating: No
Running track: No
Pitch size: 106m x 68m