Although a number of recent seasons in the last decade have seen Valladolid playing in the second division, the club has a long history in Spain’s top tier.
Historically Valladolid ranks as the fourteenth most successful club in La Liga, although its best ever finish was in the number four spot in the early 1960s.
About Real Valladolid CF
Real Valladolid Club de Fútbol dates from 1928 after the merging of two local teams, Club Deportivo Español (not to be confused with the RCD Espanyol from Barcelona) and Real Unión Deportiva. The club first won promotion to the top division for the 1948-1949, where they remained for fourteen of the next sixteen seasons.
Recent & forthcoming FC Barcelona vs Valladolid fixtures
With curious symmetry, Valladolid remained out of the first division for the following sixteen seasons from 1964-1965, with one season spend in the third division. However, after ending the season in second place in the Segunda Valladolid were once again promoted to the Primera in 1980-1981, where they remained for the next 24 years with just one season (1992-1993) in the lower division.
In 2004 they were relegated again for a three season stint, followed by three more years in the first. And after two years in the second division, they returned once again for the 2012-2013 season, which they ended in fourteenth place.
The club has never won the league, Copa del Rey, or any European title but despite this they rank in 14th place for all time performance in the Spanish league.
New José Zorrilla stadium
Named after the poet José Zorrilla y Moral, the Estadio Nuevo José Zorrilla was inaugurated in 1982, when it replaced the original 1940 stadium. Used for three matches during the 1982 World Cup, the stadium currently holds 26,000.
Owned by the city council, there are plans to expand capacity to 40,000 in a project known as the Valladolid Arena, originally conceived for Spain’s unsuccessful 2018 World Cup bid. Despite the World Cup bid failing the council plans on going ahead with the project, which will see the stadium extensively modified to increase capacity, a 12,000 seat arena constructed on the current training ground and shopping and leisure facilities added.
FC Barcelona vs Valladolid: recent & forthcoming fixtures