Real Club Celta De Vigo: La Liga BBVA Team of the Week

Roberto Alvarez-Galloso@AlvarezGallosoChief Writer IJanuary 9, 2013

Celta De Vigo vs. FC Batcelona
Celta De Vigo vs. FC BatcelonaDavid Ramos/Getty Images

Celta de Vigo is the second team for the year 2013 to be named La Liga BBVA Team of the Week. The club is facing Real Madrid today at the Santiago Bernabeu.

What will be fought between the two teams is the Copa Del Rey. The current article will discuss the reasons Real Club Celta De Vigo is the La Liga BBVA Team of the Week.



According to the  Celta de Vigo webpage, the club was formed as a result of a union between Vigo Sporting and Fortuna de Vigo. The union was approved by the Galician Football Federation on June 22, 1923.

King Alfonso XIII of Spain bestowed the Real title on the club after approval from the Galician Football authorities. The unified club was formally established on August 23, 1923.

The first year of existence was marked with never-ending victories over Galician rival clubs. The rest of the 1920s were marked with matches against Athletic Club Bilbao and Sporting.

Celta de Vigo had problems with the Spanish Football Federation, which did not want to recognize it. The club ended the 1920s relegated to the Second and Third Division.

The 1930s were a period of rising fortunes with recognition, promotion to First Division, new players, and a new manager. Jose Planas and Jose Maria Pena helped change the club's fortunes.

Manuel Copena Araujo or Nolete signed with Celta de Vigo from Pontevedra. He had a colorful career which included 96 goals for Celta Vigo before retiring in 1943.

The Spanish Civil War affected all of the clubs in the country, including Celta de Vigo. Many players participated in the war, and others participated in symbolic matches.

The end of the Civil War saw the rise of Pedro Brana Merino as President and Comesana as manager. Nolete and Celta de Vigo participated in a match against Deportivo La Coruna on May 15, 1940.

Nolete stunned Spain and Deportivo La Coruna with his only goal in the match. During the 1940's, Celta de Vigo alternated beteen First and Second Division.

The club had a string of victories in their matches against Real Madrid.and Oviedo. Celta de Vigo celebrated its silver jubilee in 1948. The 1950s to the 80s were also decades of disillusion including its stint at the UEFA Cup in 1971.

The decades of the 1980s and beyond were generous to Celta de Vigo. The club witnessed a comeback and promotion to the First Division.

Celta de Vigo defeated FC 2005 SA Arges by seven points in a UEFA Competition on September 29, 1998. The club won one UEFA Intertoto Cup among the multiple times in UEFA events.


 The Present

Celta de Vigo (or Celta Vigo) is currently in 15th place with 18 points, five matches won, 10 losses and three draws. The club will celebrate its 90th anniversary of positive contributions to Galicia this August. 

My thanks to the B/R readers for their time in reading the history of one of many clubs in La Liga. I also want to wish