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NICKNAME – Los Babazorros (The Fava Bean Sacks/Eaters), El Glorioso (The Glorious Ones)
FOUNDED – 1921
LOCATED IN – Vitoria-Gasteiz, Basque Country
STADIUM – Mendizorrotza
CAPACITY – 19,840
RELEGATED – 2022
BEST LA LIGA FINISH – 6th (1999/2000)
BEST COPA DEL REY RUN – Runners Up (2016/2017)
BEST UC/EL FINISH – Runners Up (2000/2001)
RECORD GOALSCORER – Manuel Serrano (67)
2021/2022 FINISH – 20th
FIVE FACTS ABOUT DEPORTIVO ALAVÉS
1. Alavés was founded by university students and initially went by the name of “Sport Friends Club”.
2. In the 1929/30 season, they became the first side to achieve promotion to the top flight.
3. They are nicknamed “Babazorros” as many fava (“baba”) beans used to be produced in the area. People from Vitoria-Gasteiz share this moniker.
4. They defeated Inter over two legs on the way to the 2001 UEFA Cup final, which they lost 5-4 to Liverpool through an extra time golden goal.
5. Alavés are currently affiliated with clubs as far afield as Croatia, Finland and Japan.
FIVE FACTS ABOUT VITORIA-GASTEIZ
1. It is the official capital of the Basque Country.
2. The 1813 Battle of Vitoria was instrumental in ending the Peninsular War and liberating Spain from French rule. Beethoven even wrote a piece commemorating it.
3. The “Virgen Blanca” (White Virgin) festivities are the biggest of the year and involve flour throwing.
4. The well-preserved Alde Zaharra (Old Quarter) includes both the cathedral and a museum dedicated to playing cards, which the city is famous for having produced.
5. Vitoria was named Europe’s Green Capital in 2012.
INTERESTING VIDEO LINKS
Club anthem (Spanish)
Club anthem (Euskera)
A look around Vitoria-Gasteiz
OTHER SPANISH CLUBS
Alavés, Almería, Athletic Bilbao, Atlético Madrid, Barcelona, Betis, Cádiz, Celta Vigo, Éibar, Elche, Espanyol, Getafe, Girona, Granada, Huesca, Leganés, Levante, Mallorca, Osasuna, Rayo Vallecano, Real Madrid, Real Sociedad, Sevilla, Valencia, Valladolid, Villarreal