Real Valladolid is a football club from Valladolid, Castile and Leon, and is currently owned by Inter Milan and Brazil legend Ronaldo Nazario. Since the club’s establishment in 1928, the club has featured in 44 La Liga seasons and is one of the four La Liga clubs to have played more than 40 La Liga seasons. It is also the first club from Castile and Leon, which played Spanish first division football. White and violet have been the club’s home colors since its inception, and it also gave them the nickname Albivioletas (White and Violets). The club plays its home games at José Zorrilla, which can house 27,486 people during match days.
Real Valladolid Honors
The club’s only top division trophy is the now-defunct Copa de la Liga, which they won in 1984. They finish fourth in La Liga in the 1962/63 season and played two Copa del Rey finals (49/50, 88/89).
Copa del Rey – Runners-up: 1949–50, 1988–89
Copa de la Liga – Winners: 1984
Segunda División – Champions: 1947–48, 1958–59, 2006–07
Copa Real Federación Española de Fútbol – Winners: 1952–53. Runners-up: 1944–45
La Liga: Fourth 1962–63
UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup Quarter-finalists: 1989–90
UEFA Cup Second Round: 1997–98
Most games unbeaten in Segunda División: 29 (2006–07)
Earliest promotion in Segunda División: Day 34 (out of 42), 22 April 2007
Fastest goal in La Liga history: 7.42 seconds, scored by Joseba Llorente on 20 January 2008, vs Espanyol (2–1 win)
Manuel Badenes had played just two seasons for Real Valladolid, but that didn’t stop him from becoming a part of the Valladolid folklore. The Castellón born striker had a sharp eye for goal and amassed 139 goals in 202 games throughout his career. After six successful seasons at Valencia, where he scored 90 goals in 97 appearances, Badenes joined Valladolid in 1956/57 and netted 16 goals in his first season. The next season, he followed up with 19 goals and won the first and only Pichichi Award of his career.
Real Valladolid Recent Times
Real Valladolid has been in and out of La Liga in recent years. In 2012, the club returned to La Liga after dropping down to Segunda División in 2010. But, their top-flight status was revoked again when they finished in the relegation zones in 2013/14. After four years of second division football, the club returned to La Liga in 2018/19 and managed to clinch a 16th placed finish to ensure survival.
In 2018/19, they finished 16th on the league and made it to the Copa del Rey Round of 16. The club spent €10.1m on transfers, but made no money from player sales.
Before the league went on a pause because of the pandemic, Valladolid were hovering above the relegation zone occupying the 15th position on the table. They got knocked out of Copa del Rey at the Round of 32. The club spent €1.4m on arrivals and received €8m in player sales.
The team continues to show their faith in a traditional 4-4-2 system. The front two have been heavily used as pressing units out of position, and when Valladolid do have the ball, they attempt to cross the ball inside the box to find their attackers. However, their lack of aerial strength didn’t make this much of a productive approach. The fullbacks have done great to balance their offensive and defensive duties, but the team’s central midfield pivot has struggled to deal with through balls.
Real Valladolid Present Team
Mohammed Salisu’s towering presence at the heart of the Valladolid defense has helped the club to put on a solid defensive display throughout the season bar a few exceptions. The Ghanaian likes to play out from the back, but when danger is imminent, he shows lightning-fast reflexes to clear the ball.
Nacho has cemented a place at the Valladolid starting XI with his consistent performances. The31-year-old has raided down the left flank while in attack, but he moved back in time, to deal with ensuing counter attacks.
Óscar Plano has been a versatile midfield option for Valladolid. Plano made the best of his ability to play multiple midfield roles and anchored himself as a key player of the team.
Official club name: Real Valladolid Club de Fútbol S.A.D.
Address: Avenida Mundial 82
47014 Valladolid (Residents: 298.412). Spain
Tel: +34 (983) 360342
Fax: +34 (983) 372164
Founded: Jun 20, 1928
Members: 22.004 (Score: Jan 22, 2020)
Name of stadium: Estadio Nuevo José Zorrilla
Total capacity: 27.618
Seats: 27.618. Boxes: 120
Under-soil heating: No
Running track: No
Surface: Natural grass
Pitch size: 105m x 68m