- Javier Mate
- Santiago Canizares
- Sergio Alvarez
- Carlos Fenoy
RC Celta Team Stats & History
RC Celta de Vigo was formed as a merger between two Vigo clubs. Real Vigo Sporting and Real Club Fortuna de Vigo officially decided on the name Real Club Celta, paying homage to Galicia, in 1923. They were immediately referred to as the “Team of Galicia”.
The 1947-48 season goes down as one of the best in the Celta team stats. Celta finished fourth in La Liga and reached the Copa del Generalisimo, now the Copa Del Rey, final. Striker Pahiño also won the Pichichi trophy as the league’s top scorer but moved on to Real Madrid.
Celta played in La Liga for much of the 1950s but were relegated in 1959. It took Celta 10 years to return to La Liga but it was well worth the wait. One of the most remarkable RC Celta stats was an undefeated home record in the 1970-71 season. The club finished in sixth place and qualified for the UEFA Cup as a result.
The club bounced around divisions for the rest of the 70s and goalkeeper Carlos Fenoy unbelievably led the team in scoring in 1976-77. A sign of Celta’s woes that season, they were relegated and were playing in the third tier by 1980.
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Los Celestes regrouped and made the Copa Del Rey final in 1994. They heartbreakingly lost to Real Zaragoza in penalties, though. The late 90s and early 2000s were one of the best periods in Celta Vigo history. They were nicknamed “EuroCelta” for their excellent performances in European competitions.
In the 1998-99 UEFA Cup, Celta defeated Liverpool 4-1 on aggregate to make the quarterfinals. The next season, they reached the same stage by impressively knocking out both Juventus and Benfica. In a rematch of the Copa Del Rey final from seven years earlier, Celta lost to Real Zaragoza once again in 2001.
Beating their La Liga odds, Celta finished a joint-club record fourth place in 2002-03. They qualified for the UEFA Champions League for the first time and advanced to the round of 16. Relegated to the second division in 2007, it took Celta five years to return to La Liga.
Their current spell in La Liga began in 2012 and they finished sixth in 2015-16. With their best-ever performance in European competition, Celta reached the semifinals of the 2016-17 Europa League.
Betting advice suggests Celta Vigo could be in the middle of the La Liga pack this season. With all-time leading scorer Iago Aspas up front, Celta could be dangerous offensively in 2022-23.