C.A. Osasuna is the latest team to be named La Liga BBVA Team of the Week. The reasons can be summed up in two subjects: relegation threat and history.
Osasuna has the misfortune of one win, two draws and six losses in its matches. It is a pity that a club with a rich history finds itself in this predicament.
C.A. Osasuna began in the year 1920 at Pamplona in Spain. Osasuna was the result of the unification of two clubs, Sportiva and New Club.
The word osasuna is Basque for positive factors in life such as health, happiness and a long life. Benjamin Andoian Martinez, one of the founders, suggested the name for the fledging club.
The early years for Osasuna was one of eventual promotion to the Second and First Division. The 1926-27 season saw Seve Coiburu of Osasuna playing for the Spanish National Team.
Coiburu was the first Osasuna player to play for Spain. During the 1930s and 1940s, Osasuna experienced the Spanish Civil War, financial problems and relegation to the Third Division.
Osasuna was able to survive the decade to win a return to the Second Division in 1949. From 1949 to 1963, Osasuna lived in a golden age with a strong economy.
The club suffered from financial difficulties and sold their stadium as a result. In 1967, a new stadium named El Sadar was dedicated.
The club underwent a transformation in the 1980s with a return to the First Division. Osasuna was also in sixth place during the 1984-85 La Liga season.
Osasuna participated in the UEFA Cup for the first time in history in 1985. The club continued to rise and participated in the UEFA Champions League as well as the UEFA Europa League.
The biggest victory for Osasuna in a UEFA event was against Slavia Sofia at Pamplona in 1991.
It is hoped that Osasuna is able to recover from its relegation threat. Unfortunately, Osasuna will have to win most of its matches during the current La Liga BBVA season.
It remains to be seen if Osasuna will be able accomplish this feat.