CD Olímpic de Xàtiva

Club Deportivo Olímpic de Xàtiva is a Spanish football team based in Xàtiva, in the Valencian Community.[2] Founded in 1932 it currently plays in Regional Preferente,[3] holding home games at Campo de Futbol La Murta.

CD Olímpic de Xàtiva
Full nameCD Olímpic de Xàtiva
Founded1932; 91 years ago (1932)
GroundLa Murta, Xàtiva
OwnerAnuj Gupta
Head coachBerna Ballester
LeagueRegional Preferente
2021–223ª RFEF – Group 6, 15th of 19 (Relegated)


Football in Xàtiva can be traced back to 1924 when a number of clubs from the city played in the Valencian regional leagues. Club Deportivo Olímpic was founded in 1932, and from that date on remained the main representative of the city. During the Spanish Civil War, it played in many regional competitions and won promotion to the Tercera División in 1943, lasting one season, but being promoted again in 1945; due to financial difficulties the club forfeited from the competition in 1951, only returning five years later.

For the next decade Olímpic was a dominant force in the third level, successively finishing in the top five and reaching the Segunda División promotion play-offs three times, being ousted by Gimnàstic de Tarragona in 1959, CD Málaga in 1960 and CD Atlético Baleares in 1961. These disappointments led to a slow descent which culminated in relegation to the regional championships, following the restructuring of the divisions in 1968.

Olímpic returned to the third division – renamed Segunda División B – in 1977, finishing in eighth position in its debut season but bottom of the charts in the following campaign, eventually slipping back to Preferente in 1982. It returned to the third tier in 1987–88 under the guidance of coach Benito Floro (later of Real Madrid), and the club finished in a best-ever fourth position in the category, missing out on promotion in the final day of the season against UD Alzira. In 1991 it returned to level four, remaining there for the vast majority of the following two decades, with five years spent in the regional leagues.

At the end of the 2010–11 season, after three unsuccessful attempts in the playoffs, Olímpic de Xàtiva returned to the third division after an absence of 20 years, after successively ousting Atlético Malagueño, CD Anguiano and CD Izarra.[4] On 7 December 2013, with the side still in that level, it faced Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey's round-of-32, managing a 0–0 home draw in the first leg.[5]

In March 2018, it was announced that Indian I-League club Sudeva Delhi has bought the majority stakes of the club.[6]

Season to seasonedit

SeasonTierDivisionPlaceCopa del Rey
1939–4041ª Reg.6th
1941–4231ª Reg.7th
1942–4331ª Reg.5th
1944–4541ª Reg.4th
1951–5241ª Reg.13th
1952–5341ª Reg.9th
1953–5441ª Reg.13th
1954–5541ª Reg.5th
1955–5641ª Reg.1st
SeasonTierDivisionPlaceCopa del Rey
1968–6941ª Reg.15th
1969–7041ª Reg.6th
1970–714Reg. Pref.2nd
1977–7832ª B8th
1978–7932ª B20th
SeasonTierDivisionPlaceCopa del Rey
1982–835Reg. Pref.9th
1983–845Reg. Pref.9th
1984–855Reg. Pref.1st
1987–8832ª B4th
1988–8932ª B10th
1989–9032ª B10th
1990–9132ª B20th
1992–935Reg. Pref.2nd
1993–945Reg. Pref.1st
SeasonTierDivisionPlaceCopa del Rey
2000–015Reg. Pref.5th
2001–025Reg. Pref.2nd
2002–035Reg. Pref.3rd
2003–045Reg. Pref.2nd
2004–055Reg. Pref.3rd
2005–065Reg. Pref.5th
2006–075Reg. Pref.1st
2008–095Reg. Pref.1st
2011–1232ª B9th
2012–1332ª B5th
2013–1432ª B10thRound of 32
2014–1532ª B8th
2015–1632ª B16th
2017–1847thFirst round
SeasonTierDivisionPlaceCopa del Rey
2020–2144th / 3rd
2021–2253ª RFEF15th

Selected former playersedit

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

Selected former coachesedit


Sudeva Olimpic holds home matches at Campo de Futbol La Murta, with a capacity of 9,000 spectators, 2,000 seated.[7] The pitch dimensions are 103 x 63m, and the site served as a football field since the late 1920s/early 1930s, being the only home ground the club used.

Until 1960 the ground was very basic, consisting of a simple uncovered tribune on the east side of the ground and a single step around the pitch. In the 1960–61 season leading player Richart was transferred to Sporting de Gijón, and it is said that this money was used to build the popular terrace at the north end of the ground. Simple improvements to the terracing occurred during the 1980s, but the next major improvement was the building of a new covered main stand in 2000; plastic seats and an electronic scoreboard were added in 2002, and artificial turf was installed in October 2005.

Affiliated clubsedit

The following club is currently affiliated with Sudeva Olimpic:

See alsoedit


  1. ^ "Estadio La Murta, home to Olimpic de Xativa - Football Ground Map". Archived from the original on 18 March 2020. Retrieved 5 March 2020.
  2. ^ Ratnakar, Manne (1 March 2021). "Class act! Hyderabad kid gets junior Spanish club licence". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 21 August 2022. Retrieved 17 November 2022.
  3. ^ "Tercera División Grupo 6 - VI - Comunitat Valenciana - tercera division española, tercera division de españa, campeonato español tercera division, campeonato nacional de liga de tercera division, - Resultados de Fútbol". Archived from the original on 31 January 2020. Retrieved 5 March 2020.
  4. ^ El CD Olímpic de Xàtiva, en el último asalto del ascenso (CD Olímpic de Xàtiva, in promotion's final push) Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine; Las Provincias, 18 June 2011 (in Spanish)
  5. ^ Un Madrid desangelado (Madrid without angels) Archived 9 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine; Marca, 7 December 2013 (in Spanish)
  6. ^ Menon, Shailesh. "Delhi-based Sudeva FC's acquisition of Olimpic de Xativa is another step in India's soccer dream". The Economic Times. Archived from the original on 15 January 2022. Retrieved 28 August 2020.
  7. ^ Pioneer, The. "Spanish chance for Indian youngsters". The Pioneer. Archived from the original on 18 March 2020. Retrieved 5 March 2020.
  8. ^ "Delhi's Sudeva FC acquires Spanish football club". Business Standard India. 26 May 2018. Archived from the original on 27 April 2021. Retrieved 27 April 2021.
  9. ^ "Three Indian footballers set to play for Spanish third division club". New Delhi: The Indian Express. Press Trust of India. 29 August 2019. Archived from the original on 27 April 2021. Retrieved 27 April 2021.

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