Racing de Santander

Not to be confused with Real Santander.
Racing de Santander
Full name Real Racing Club de Santander, S.A.D.
Nickname(s) Los Racinguistas
Los Verdiblancos (Green and White)
Los Montañeses (The Highlanders)
Founded February 23, 1913 (1913-02-23)
Ground El Sardinero, Santander,
Cantabria, Spain
Ground Capacity 22,222
Chairman Manolo Higuera
Manager Ángel Viadero
League 2ª B – Group 1
2015–16 2ª B – Group 1, 1st
Website Club home page

Real Racing Club de Santander, S.A.D. is a Spanish football club based in Santander, in the autonomous community of Cantabria. Founded in 1913 it plays in Segunda División B – Group 1, holding home games at Estadio El Sardinero, with a capacity for 22,222 spectators.


Racing de Santander played its first match on 23 February 1913, losing 1–2 to neighbouring Strong. It was officially founded on 14 June, as Santander Racing Club, appearing in its first tournament during that summer (Luis Redonet Trophy) and being admitted to the Northern Federation on 14 November, eventually merging with Santander Football Club.

In 1929 Racing first reached La Liga, lasting nine consecutive seasons in the category – finishing in second position in its third year – and fluctuating between the first and the second divisions (with four participations in the third) in the following 30 years. In 1950 the Cantabrians returned to the top flight after a ten-year absence, scoring 99 goals in only 30 games.[1][2]

During the period of Francoist Spain, the club was renamed Real Santander in 1941, because of the prohibition of non-Spanish names. The name was restored in 1973 as the team returned to the first division one year after nearly relegating, under young manager José María Maguregui.

Racing de Santander was immediately relegated, going on to spend the following years again bouncing between divisions one and two, also being crowned champions in Segunda División B (the new third level, created in 1977) in 1991. Veteran Quique Setién returned to his main club the following year, helping it return to the top flight and scoring in the 1994–95 campaign against FC Barcelona, in a historic 5–0 home win.[3]

In the 2000s Racing only played one season in the second division, winning promotion with Setién as manager. In 2007–08, under Marcelino García Toral, it finished in sixth position, thus qualifying to the UEFA Cup for the first time ever; additionally the club reached the semifinals of the Copa del Rey twice during this decade, being ousted by eventual runners-up Getafe CF and Atlético Madrid in 2008 and 2010, respectively.[4]

On 22 January 2011 Indian business tycoon Ahsan Ali Syed, founder and chairman of Western Gulf Advisory, an investment company, purchased Racing de Santander, immediately firing coach Miguel Ángel Portugal.[5] The 2011–12 season brought with it three different managers, and the side returned to the second level after one full decade in the top division.[6]

At the end of the following campaign, Racing again finished in 20th position and suffered relegation,[7] also being immersed in a severe institutional and economic crisis.[8][9] In spite of that plight, the team was able to reach the quarterfinals in the 2013–14 edition of the domestic cup after ousting top-divisioners Sevilla FC[10] and UD Almería;[11] in the first leg against the latter, club fans stormed the presidential tribune at Estadio El Sardinero and assaulted chairman Ángel Lavín.[12]

On 27 January 2014 Racing's players, citing several months of unpaid wages, announced that they would not play their upcoming Cup match unless the club's president and board resigned. Three days later, prior to the second leg against Real Sociedad and after a 1–3 loss in the first match, Racing players gathered at the centre circle immediately after kick-off and refused to play. Referee Jesús Gil Manzano suspended the game after one minute, and the home team was given a loss due to forfeit;[13][14][15] as a result of the protest the club was fined and banned from the following edition of the tournament,[16] and on 31 January Lavín was sacked, with former player Juan Antonio Sañudo being appointed his successor by practically all the shareholders.[17]


Recent seasons

Season Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Notes
1996–97 1D 13 42111714 525450 Quarterfinals
1997–98 1D 14 3812917 465545 3rd round
1998–99 1D 15 38101216 415342 Quarterfinals
1999–00 1D 15 38101612 525046
2000–01 1D 19 3810919 486239 Quarterfinals Relegated
2001–02 2D 2 4219149 583771 Round of 64 Promoted
2002–03 1D 16 3813520 546444 1st round
2003–04 1D 17 38111017 486343 3rd round
2004–05 1D 16 3812818 415844 3rd round
2005–06 1D 17 3891316 364940 3rd round
2006–07 1D 10 38121412 424850 2nd round
2007–08 1D 6 3817912 424160 Semifinals
2008–09 1D 12 38121016 494846 Round of 16
2009–10 1D 16 3891217 425939 Semifinals
2010–11 1D 12 38121016 415646 Round of 32
2011–12 1D 20 3841519 286327 Round of 16 Relegated
2012–13 2D 20 42121020 385146 3rd round Relegated
2013–14 3D 1 3617154 552766 Quarterfinals Promoted
2014–15 2D 19 4212822 425344 DNP relegated

Season to season

Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1929 10th Round of 32
1929/30 8th Round of 32
1930/31 2nd Round of 32
1931/32 4th Round of 32
1932/33 8th Round of 32
1933/34 3rd Round of 32
1934/35 10th Round of 16
1935/36 4th 4th round
1939/40 12th Quarterfinals
1940/41 6th 1st round
1941/42 4th Did not play
1942/43 7th DNP
1943/44 1st Round of 32
1944/45 6th Round of 16
1945/46 9th 1st round
1946/47 12th Round of 16
1947/48 1st 5th round
1948/49 11th 4th round
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1949/50 1st Quarterfinals
1950/51 10th Quarterfinals
1951/52 14th DNP
1952/53 11th Quarterfinals
1953/54 8th Quarterfinals
1954/55 15th DNP
1955/56 11th DNP
1956/57 8th DNP
1957/58 3rd DNP
1958/59 9th 1st round
1959/60 1st 1st round
1960/61 12th Round of 16
1961/62 14th Round of 16
1962/63 3rd 1st round
1963/64 4th 1st round
1964/65 7th Round of 32
1965/66 8th Round of 32
1966/67 12th 1st round
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1967/68 11th Round of 32
1968/69 2nd DNP
1969/70 1st 4th round
1970/71 13th 3rd round
1971/72 15th 3rd round
1972/73 3rd 4th round
1973/74 17th Round of 32
1974/75 2nd 3rd round
1975/76 12th Round of 32
1976/77 15th 1st round
1977/78 13th 3rd round
1978/79 17th Quarterfinals
1979/80 16th 3rd round
1980/81 3rd 3rd round
1981/82 12th 2nd round
1982/83 18th 2nd round
1983/84 4th 2nd round
1984/85 11th 2nd round
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1985/86 12th Round of 16
1986/87 16th 3rd round
1987/88 14th Round of 32
1988/89 6th Round of 16
1989/90 17th 1st round
1990/91 2ªB 1st 4th round
1991/92 10th 4th round
1992/93 3rd 4th round
1993/94 8th 4th round
1994/95 12th 4th round
1995/96 17th 3rd round
1996/97 13th Quarterfinals
1997/98 14th 3rd round
1998/99 15th Quarterfinals
1999/00 15th 2nd round
2000/01 19th Quarterfinals
2001/02 2nd Round of 64
2002/03 16th Round of 64
2003/04 17th Round of 32
2004/05 16th Round of 32
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
2005/06 17th 3rd round
2006/07 10th Round of 32
2007/08 6th Semifinals
2008/09 12th Round of 16
2009/10 16th Semifinals
2010/11 12th Round of 32
2011/12 20th Round of 16
2012/13 20th 3rd round
2013/14 2ªB 1st Quarterfinals
2014/15 19th DNP
2015/16 2ªB 1st 1st round
2016/17 2ªB


European history

UEFA Europa League:

Season Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2008–09 First round Finland Honka 1–0 0–1 2–0
Group stage Netherlands Twente 1–0
Germany Schalke 04 1–1
France PSG 2–2
England Manchester City 3–1

Current squad

As of 30 September 2016

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Spain GK Iván Crespo
Spain GK Raúl Domínguez
Spain DF Borja Camus
Spain DF David Córcoles
Spain DF Miguel Gándara
Spain DF Julen Castañeda
Argentina DF Leonel Bontempo
Spain DF Mikel Santamaría
Spain DF Samuel Llorca
Spain MF Alberto Gómez
Spain MF Álvaro Peña
Spain MF Borja Granero
No. Position Player
Spain MF Héber Pena
Spain MF Javi Cobo
Morocco MF Kamal
Spain MF Laro Setién
Spain MF Óscar Fernández
Spain MF Sergio Ruiz
Spain MF Jorge Somavilla
Spain FW Caye Quintana
Spain FW César Díaz
Senegal FW Mohamed Coulibaly
Spain FW Dani Aquino
Spain FW Pablo Goñi

Notable former players

Note: this list includes players that have appeared in at least 100 league games and/or have reached international status.

Former managers

Dates Name
1916–17 Spain Pepe Beraza
1917–20 (empty)
1920–22 England Fred Pentland
1922–29 Ireland Patrick O'Connell
1929–30 Spain Francisco Pagaza
1930–32 England Robert Firth
1932–33 Spain Francisco Pagaza
1933–35 England Randolph Galloway
1935–36 Spain Francisco González Galán
1936–39 (empty)
1939–40 Spain Óscar Rodríguez
1940 Spain Cristóbal Martí
1940–41 Spain Manuel Vidal
1941–43 Spain Francisco Pagaza
1943–44 Spain Manuel López Llamosas
1944–46 Spain Gabriel Andonegui
1946–47 Spain Pedro Areso
1947–49 Ireland Patrick O'Connell
1949 Spain Francisco Hernández Galán
1949–50 Argentina Lino Taioli
1950–51 Spain Antonio Barrios
1951–52 Argentina Jerónimo Díaz
1952 Spain Félix Elizondo
1952 Argentina Enrique Palomini
1952 Spain Fernando González Valenciaga
Dates Name
1952–54 Spain Juan Otxoantezana
1954–55 Spain Luis Urquiri
1955–56 Spain Fernando González Valenciaga
1956–58 Spain Enrique Orizaola
1958 Spain Víctor Garay
1958–59 Spain Juan Ruíz Cambra
1959–60 France Louis Hon
1960–62 Brazil Otto Bumbel
1962 Spain Luis Alfonso Villalaín
1962–63 Spain Miguel Gual
1963 Spain Fernando Argila
1963 Spain Manuel Fernández Mora
1963–64 France Louis Hon
1964–65 Spain Rafael Yunta
1965 Spain Rafael Alsúa
1965–66 Spain José Valdor Sierra
1966–67 Spain Ramón Cobo
1967–68 Spain Laureano Ruiz
1968 Spain Manuel Ibarra
1968–69 Spain Ernesto Pons
1969–72 Spain Manuel Fernández Mora
1972 Spain José Francisco Bermúdez
1972–77 Spain José María Maguregui
1977–79 Spain Nando Yosu
Dates Name
1979 Spain Santiago Gutiérrez Calle
1979–80 Spain Laureano Ruiz
1980–83 Spain Manuel Fernández Mora
1983–87 Spain José María Maguregui
1987–88 Spain Delfín Álvarez
1988 Spain Santiago Gutiérrez Calle
1988 Austria Hermann Stessl
1988–90 Spain José Armando Ufarte
1990 Spain Antonio Martínez "Pachín"
1990–92 Spain Félix Bardera "Felines"
1992–93 Spain Paquito García
1993–94 Spain Javier Irureta
1994–96 Spain Vicente Miera
1996 Spain Nando Yosu
1996–98 Spain Marcos Alonso
1998–99 Spain Nando Yosu
1999 Spain Miguel Sánchez
1999-00 Paraguay Gustavo Benítez
2000 Spain Andoni Goikoetxea
2000–01 Spain Gregorio Manzano
2001 Paraguay Gustavo Benítez
2001–02 Spain Quique Setién
2002–03 Spain Manuel Preciado
2003 Spain Chuchi Cos
Dates Name
2003–05 Spain Lucas Alcaraz
2005 Spain Nando Yosu
2005–06 Spain Manuel Preciado
2006 Spain Nando Yosu
2006 Spain Juan Ramón López Caro
2006–07 Spain Miguel Ángel Portugal
2007–08 Spain Marcelino García Toral
2008–09 Spain Juan Ramón López Muñiz
2009 Spain Juan Carlos Mandiá
2009 Spain Juanjo González
2009–11 Spain Miguel Ángel Portugal
2011 Spain Marcelino García Toral
2011 Argentina Héctor Cúper
2011–12 Spain Juanjo González
2012 Spain Álvaro Cervera
2012 Spain Juan Carlos Unzué
2012 Spain Fabri González
2012–13 Spain José Aurelio Gay
2013 Spain Alejandro Menéndez
2013–15 Spain Paco Fernández
2015 Spain Javier Pinillos
2015–16 Spain Pedro Munitis
2016– Spain Ángel Viadero

See also


  1. "1929–1940 Inicio de la Liga: Siempre entre los grandes" [1929–1940 La Liga start: always with the big boys] (in Spanish). El Diario Montañés. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
  2. "1949–1954 Temporada memorable y quinquenio entre los grandes" [1949–1954 Memorable season and five-year spell in top flight] (in Spanish). El Diario Montañés. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
  3. "Quique Setién – Biografía (Racing 1992–95) por Aitor SL" [Quique Setién – Biography (Racing 1992–95) by Aitor SL] (in Spanish). Museo Verdiblanco. 28 March 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
  4. "Racing Club de Santander a semifinales de la Copa del Rey" [Racing Club de Santander to the semifinals of the Copa del Rey] (in Spanish). Golxtv. 27 January 2010. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
  5. "Racing look to match big boys". ESPN Soccernet. 13 February 2011. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
  6. "La Real certifica el descenso del Racing de Santander (3–0)" [Real certifies Racing de Santander's relegation (3–0)] (in Spanish). Diario de Navarra. 28 April 2012. Retrieved 22 January 2014.
  7. "Descenso del Racing de Santander, Huesca y Murcia" [Relegation for Racing de Santander, Huesca and Murcia] (in Spanish). La Nueva España. 3 June 2013. Retrieved 22 January 2014.
  8. "Pernía: Nunca me he llevado nada del Racing" [Pernía: I never took anything from Racing] (in Spanish). 2 December 2012. Retrieved 22 January 2014.
  9. "Euforia en el Racing: "Trabajar sin cobrar es complicado, pero nos mueve el amor por el fútbol"" [Racing euphoria: "Working without getting paid is hard, but the love of football drives us on"] (in Spanish). 20 Minutos. 15 January 2014. Retrieved 22 January 2014.
  10. "El Racing se da un gustazo" [Racing really enjoying themselves] (in Spanish). Marca. 18 December 2012. Retrieved 22 January 2014.
  11. "Crisis club Racing knock out top flight Almeria". Chicago Tribune. 14 January 2014. Retrieved 22 January 2014.
  12. "Unos 20 aficionados asaltan el palco y agreden al presidente" [Some 20 fans storm tribune and assault chairman] (in Spanish). Marca. 9 January 2014. Retrieved 22 January 2014.
  13. "El Racing saltará al campo para un 'simulacro' de partido" [Racing will take the field for 'drill' of a match] (in Spanish). Marca. 30 January 2014. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  14. "Con el honor no se juega" [You don't play with honour] (in Spanish). Marca. 30 January 2014. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  15. "Racing Santander match suspended after boycott". The Irish Times. 30 January 2014. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  16. Posada, Gorka (31 January 2014). "Racing hit with year-long ban for Copa del Rey protest against Sociedad". Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  17. "El exjugador Tuto Sañudo, nuevo presidente del Racing" [Former player Tuto Sañudo, new president of Racing] (in Spanish). Europa Press. 31 January 2014. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
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