Rayo Vallecano is currently enjoying one of its strong periods after promotion to the Primera in 2012.
After ending towards the bottom of the table during the club’s first season back in the top tier of Spanish football Rayo finished the 2012-2013 season a very respectable eighth.
About Rayo Vallecano
Rayo was founded in Madrid in 1924 as Agrupación Deportiva El Rayo, later changing its name to Agrupación Deportiva Rayo Vallecano in 1947; the club only became known as Rayo Vallecano de Madrid in 1995.
Recent & forthcoming FC Barcelona vs Rayo Vallecano fixtures
The team plays in white with a red diagonal stripe on the shirt, which was added to the kit during the 1949-1950 season when Rayo briefly became an affiliate of Atletico Madrid.
Over the course of its history, the club has achieved promotion to the first division on a number of occasions, first in 1977-1978 for three seasons but dropped as far as the Segunda B in 1984-1985 and again for four seasons after relegation at the end of the 2004-2005 season.
After four seasons in Segunda B, Rayo was promoted to Segunda A in 2008, where the club remained for three seasons before promotion again to the Primera in time for the 2011-2012, where they have remained ever since.
Campo de Fútbol de Vallecas stadium
Rayo Vallecano has played at the 15,000-seater Campo de Fútbol de Vallecas in Madrid since 1976. The multi-use stadium, located in the south east of Madrid about 5 kilometres from the city centre, is owned by the Community of Madrid and mainly used for football. Although the club announced plans to build a new stadium in 2009 no progress on the project has been made public.
FC Barcelona vs Rayo Vallecano: recent & forthcoming fixtures