Castilla CF

Real Madrid Castilla

Real Madrid Castilla is a Spanish football team that plays in the Segunda División B. It is the reserve team of Real Madrid. They play their home games at Alfredo Di Stéfano Stadium.

Unlike the English football league system, reserve teams in Spain play in the same league system as their senior team rather than a separate league. However, reserve teams cannot play in the same division as their senior team. Therefore Real Madrid Castilla are ineligible for promotion to the Primera Division. Reserve teams are also no longer permitted to enter the Copa del Rey. In the past the reserve teams of both Real Madrid and FC Barcelona have blurred the lines between being a reserve team and a separate entity. In addition only under-23 players, or under-25 players with a professional contract can switch between senior and reserve teams.


AD Plus Ultra

In 1948 Agrupación Deportiva Plus Ultra, a local amateur team, then playing in the Tercera División, agreed to become a feeder club for Real Madrid. Originally formed in 1930, the team took its name from the national motto of Spain. Real gave AD Plus Ultra financial support and in return were given first refusal on the club's best players. By 1949 they made their debut in the Segunda División and in 1952 the club became the official Real reserve team. In 1954 they won the Spanish U-19 Cup, beating RCD Español 2-1 in the final and in 1959 they reached the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey, losing 7-2 on aggregate to eventual finalists Granada CF.

During the 1950s and 1960s future Real Madrid players and Spanish internationals such as Zárraga, Mateos, Marsal, Casada, Villa, Vidal, Serena and Grosso all spent time at the club. Luis Aragonés also briefly played for AD Plus Ultra and Miguel Muñoz began his coaching career at the club. In 1972 AD Plus Ultra folded because of the demise of the insurance company of the same name and their position in the Tercera División was taken by Castilla Club de Fútbol the new reserve team for Real Madrid on July 21.

Castilla CF

As Castilla CF the team enjoyed something of a golden age. During this era, with a team that included Agustin, Gallego and Pineda, Castilla CF reached the final of the 1979-80 Copa del Rey. During their cup run they beat four Primera División teams including Hércules CF, Athletic Bilbao, Real Sociedad and Sporting de Gijón. The latter two eventually finished second and third in the Primera División. In the final they played Real Madrid but lost 6-1. However because Real also won La Liga, Castilla CF qualified for the European Cup Winners Cup. Despite beating West Ham United 3-1 in the opening game at the Bernabéu, they lost the return 5-1 after extra time and went out in the first round. Castilla CF reached the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey on three further occasions in 1984, 1986 and 1988.

In 1984 with Amancio Amaro as coach Castilla CF won the Segunda División. The team also included the famous La Quinta del Buitre - Emilio Butragueño, Manolo Sanchís, Martín Vazquéz, Míchel and Miguel Pardeza. However Castilla CF were ineligible for promotion because Real Madrid were already in the Primera División. In 1987/88 they finished third in the Segunda División, but were once again ineligible for promotion.

Real Madrid B

In 1991 the RFEF banned the use of separate names for reserve teams and Castilla CF became known as Real Madrid Deportiva and then Real Madrid B. In the early 1990s two former Castilla CF players, Vicente Del Bosque and Rafael Benítez, began their coaching careers with the team. In 1997 the team was relegated to the Segunda División B, but despite this they continued to produce great players. These have included Raúl, Raúl Bravo, Guti and Iker Casillas, who all became established members of the senior Real Madrid team. In addition former Real Madrid B players such as Ismael Urzaiz, Santiago Cañizares, Mista and Luis García Fernández all moved on to successful careers with other La Liga clubs.

Real Madrid Castilla

In the 2004/05 season coach Juan Ramón López Caro guided the team back to the Segunda División and the team subsequently revived the el Castilla name and became known as Real Madrid Castilla. In 2006 the new stadium of the club's training facilities Ciudad Real Madrid was named the Alfredo Di Stéfano Stadium and Francisco Moreno Cariñena became the first independent chairman in sixteen years.

The team has continued to produce quality players such as Roberto Soldado who is currently playing in the Real Madrid first team, and Álvaro Arbeloa who has joined Deportivo de La Coruña and is now playing in England for Liverpool FC.

In the 2006/07, the team was relegated to the second division B under the management of ex- Real Madrid legend Míchel after occuping 19th place in the league and a disappointing season. Michel received a lot of criticism, and accepted all the blame for the team bad performances especially for those who had a wonderful season in the 2005/06 season like De la Red, Granero (both now in Getafe CF) and Javi Garcia. The reserves produced another quality players including Mata with Valencia CF and Negredo with UD Almeria.

On 11 June 2008, Julen Lopetegui has been named as the new coach of Real Madrid Castilla for the next two seasons.

Current squad

  • U-23 players (minimum of six)

N.B.:Juan Forlín does not have his Italian passport. If he receives it, he must wait until the transfer window opens to register for the team. Game preview

See also: Real Madrid C

Statistics 2007/08

Segunda División BPositionPtsPWDLFA
Real Madrid Castilla561381710116042

  • Top Scorers
    • José Callejón - 21 goals
    • Parejo - 10 goals
    • Juanmi Callejón - 9 goals
    • Nieto - 5 goal
    • Szalai - 4 goals
    • Bueno - 4 goal
    • Gary - 2 goals
    • Vázquez - 1 goal
    • Sergio - 1 goal
    • Mosquera - 1 goal
    • Marcos Tébar - 1 goal
    • Antón - 1 goal
  • Top Goalkeepers
    • Felipe - 24 goals In 23 matches
    • Antonio Adán - 13 goals In 11 matches
    • Tomás - 5 goals In 5 match


Selected Former Players

  • Samuel Eto'o was only 15 years old when Real Madrid signed him, thus he wasn't eligible to play for Real Madrid B in 1996-97 but trained with the B team. He wasn't allowed to play for the B team in 1997-98 because Real Madrid B was in 2ªB which doesn't allow non-EU players. He was loaned out to further his development. Etoo's teams

Selected Managers

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