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CE Sabadell FC

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 Àlex Garcia
League Segunda División
2013–14 Segunda División, 10th
Website Club home page

Centre d'Esports Sabadell Futbol Club, S.A.D. (Catalan pronunciation: ) 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, 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.


  • History 1
  • Season to season 2
    • Sabadell in Europe 2.1
  • Current squad 3
    • Youth players 3.1
  • Honours 4
  • Former players 5
    • Most appearances in La Liga 5.1
    • Most goals in La Liga 5.2
  • Former coaches 6
  • Former presidents 7
  • Stadium 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10


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.

Season to season

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

Sabadell in Europe

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

Current squad

As of 31 August 2014
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
1 GK David de Navas
3 DF Víctor Espasandín
4 MF Juanjo Ciércoles
5 DF Cristian García
6 DF Carlos Hernández
7 FW Collantes
8 MF Antonio Hidalgo (captain)
9 FW Juanto
10 FW Manuel Gato
11 FW Lucas Porcar (on loan from Zaragoza)
13 GK Nauzet Pérez
No. Position Player
14 MF Antonio Longás
16 MF Íñigo Eguaras
17 MF Sotan Tanabe
18 DF Miguel Ángel Riau
19 MF Marquitos
20 FW Ariday Cabrera
21 DF Martí Crespí
22 DF Kiko Olivas
23 FW Raúl Tamudo
25 MF Javi Hervás
28 DF Agus Medina
Sabadell before game against Eibar (2010)

Youth players

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
26 GK Sergi Tienda
29 FW Ernest Forgàs
No. Position Player
30 MF Sandro Toscano
34 MF Yeray


Runner-up (1): 1935
Quarter-finals (4): 1965, 1970, 1986, 1988
  • Historic position in La Liga:[1] 30th

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.


  1. ^ Spanish Premier Division All-Time Table 1928-2008 (77 Leagues); at RSSSF

External links

  • Official website
  • Official club store
  • Futbolme team profile (Spanish)
  • BDFutbol team profile
  • Unofficial website (Catalan)
  • , fansiteArlekinats (Catalan)
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