Although Celta Vigo has spent a large part of its history playing in the first division of the Spanish League, the new century has not been kind. After a season spent in the second division during 2004/2005 following 12 seasons in the top division they spent five seasons straight in the lower tier before earning promotion again in 2012.
Recent FC Barcelona vs Celta fixtures have tended to go in Barcelona’s favour, although they managed a 2-2 draw in the 2012/2013 season and so with their current form they don’t offer too much of a challenge for the Catalans.
About Celta Vigo
Real Club Celta de Vigo was created in 1923 when two local clubs merged in order to attain national success. The club name is generally shortened to Celta Vigo or simply Celta and the kit, a sky blue shirt and white shorts, is based on the colours of the Galician flag although originally the club played in red and black.
Recent & forthcoming FC Barcelona vs Celta Vigo fixtures
After several years of second and third division football, Celta Vigo first qualified for the first division in the Spanish league in 1939 and, apart from a solitary season, remained there for the next two decades. However, they then spent the next decade in the lower division before earning promotion again for six seasons.
In the mid 1970s they were again relegated and bounced between the top two divisions with the exception of 1980/1981 when they were relegated further to the Segunda B, only their second ever season in third tier football. After a three season stint in the top tier after their 1987 promotion Celta spent two more years in the second division and then back into the Primera Division in 1992, where they remained for more than a decade and achieved relative success, finishing fourth in 2002/2003.
Celta plays at the Estadio Municipal de Balaídos, the municipal stadium for the town of Vigo where the club is based. The stadium current holds just shy of 32,000 spectators, although prior to it being converted to all-seater the stadium’s record attendance was 45,000 for a match against Getafe in 1981.
The stadium dates from the 1920s and there was a proposal to modernise the stadium, including removing the athletics track that runs around the perimeter of the pitch to bring spectators closer to the action. However, the proposal relied upon the 2018 World Cup being held in Spain and Portugal and are presumably on hold following the World Cup bids for 2018 and 2022 going to Russia and Qatar respectively.