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Villarreal

Villarreal Club de Fútbol, S.A.D.  usually abbreviated to Villarreal CF or just Villarreal, is a Spanish football club in Villarreal, a city in the province of Castellón within the Valencian Community. Founded in 1923, it plays in La Liga, holding home games at Estadio de la Cerámica, with a capacity of 24,890.

The club is nicknamed El Submarí Groguet or El Submarino Amarillo (Yellow Submarine) due to its yellow home kit, and due to being a low-profile team compared to Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atlético Madrid, and regional rivals Valencia, whom they have challenged for trophies over the last decade. Villarreal has often been touted as an example of a small but successful club.

After finishing seventh on their return to the Primera, Villarreal finished in 15th place for two-straight seasons.

Villarreal competed in the UEFA Intertoto Cup in the middle of 2002, defeating FH of Iceland, Torino of Italy, and Troyes of France. They lost in the final to compatriots Málaga, 2–1 on aggregate.

In the middle of 2003, they defeated the Dutch team Heerenveen in the final of the Intertoto Cup, thereby qualifying for the UEFA Cup. In their major European debut, Villarreal reached the semi-finals of the UEFA Cup, losing to neighbors and eventual champions Valencia. In the league, Villarreal finished in eighth place.

In the middle of 2004, Villarreal retained the Intertoto Cup, beating compatriots Atlético Madrid on penalties after the final finished 2–2 on aggregate. This qualified them for the UEFA Cup. They lost in the quarter-finals of the 2004–05 UEFA Cup to Dutch side AZ, losing 3–2 on aggregate. During the same season, Villarreal finished in third place in La Liga, earning the club their first direct qualification to a European tournament, the Champions League. The club's center-forward Diego Forlán won the Pichichi Trophy for top scorer in the league, with 25 goals.

Villarreal defeated the English Premier League's Everton in a play-off for the Champions League group stages. The group saw Villarreal go undefeated, drawing both games against Manchester United and achieving a draw and a win each against Lille of France and Benfica of Portugal. The win over Benfica was away and both teams advanced to the last 16

The club then drew 3–3 against Rangers of Scotland in the Last 16, advancing on away goals due to a 2–2 draw at Ibrox. In the quarter-finals, Villarreal beat Internazionale on away goals after finishing 2–2 on aggregate. The club bowed out in the semi-finals against Arsenal, losing 1–0 away at Highbury. Juan Román Riquelme had a penalty saved by Jens Lehmann in the home game, which finished 0–0. Arsenal went on to lose in the final in Paris to another Spanish club, Barcelona.

Villarreal finished seventh in La Liga, which only earned an Intertoto Cup position.

Villarreal contested the Intertoto Cup in the middle of 2006 and was knocked out in its first game, to Maribor of Slovenia. The first leg was lost 2–1 at home and the away game was a 1–1 draw. The team finished 5th in La Liga and qualified for the UEFA Cup.

Villarreal gained their best-ever league position in 2008, finishing second to Real Madrid by eight points, and also reached the last 32 in that season's UEFA Cup. After defeating BATE Borisov of Belarus in a play-off, the team won Group C unbeaten. Their group opponents were Fiorentina of Italy, Mladá Boleslav of Czech Republic, IF Elfsborg of Sweden, and AEK Athens of Greece.

In the last 32, Villarreal was defeated by eventual champions Zenit Saint Petersburg, losing the first leg 1–0 in Russia to a Pavel Pogrebnyak goal. The second leg was won 2–1 by Villarreal at El Madrigal, but Zenit advanced on away goals.

UEFA Champions League

UEFA Champions League

La Liga Santander

No Team P W D L GD Pts FORM
1 Sevilla 10 6 3 1 10 21
2 Real Madrid 10 6 3 1 13 21
3 Real Betis 11 6 3 2 7 21
4 Real Sociedad 10 6 3 1 5 21
5 Osasuna 11 5 4 2 1 19
6 Rayo Vallecano 11 6 1 4 6 19
7 Atletico Madrid 9 5 3 1 5 18
8 Athletic Bilbao 10 4 5 1 4 17
9 Barcelona 10 4 3 3 4 15
10 Espanyol 11 3 5 3 0 14
11 Valencia 11 3 4 4 -1 13
12 Mallorca 11 3 4 4 -6 13
13 Villarreal 9 2 5 2 3 11
14 Elche 11 2 4 5 -5 10
15 Deportivo Alaves 10 3 0 7 -8 9
16 Cadiz 11 1 5 5 -8 8
17 Granada 9 1 4 4 -6 7
18 Celta Vigo 9 2 1 6 -5 7
19 Levante 10 0 5 5 -8 5
20 Getafe 9 0 2 7 -10 2

UEFA Champions League

No Team P W D L GD Pts FORM
1 RB Leipzig 3 0 0 3 -5 0
2 Club Brugge KV 3 1 1 1 -3 4
3 Manchester City 3 2 0 1 5 6
4 Paris Saint-Germain 3 2 1 0 3 7
No Team P W D L GD Pts FORM
1 AC Milan 3 0 0 3 -3 0
2 Atletico Madrid 3 1 1 1 0 4
3 Liverpool 3 3 0 0 6 9
4 FC Porto 3 1 1 1 -3 4
No Team P W D L GD Pts FORM
1 Sporting CP 3 1 0 2 -2 3
2 AFC Ajax 3 3 0 0 10 9
3 Besiktas 3 0 0 3 -6 0
4 Borussia Dortmund 3 2 0 1 -2 6
No Team P W D L GD Pts FORM
1 Inter Milan 3 1 1 1 1 4
2 Sheriff FC 3 2 0 1 1 6
3 Real Madrid 3 2 0 1 5 6
4 Shakhtar Donetsk 3 0 1 1 -7 1
No Team P W D L GD Pts FORM
1 FC Dynamo Kyiv 3 0 1 2 -6 1
2 Barcelona 3 1 0 2 -5 3
3 Bayern Munich 3 3 0 0 12 9
4 Benfica 3 1 1 1 -1 4
No Team P W D L GD Pts FORM
1 Atalanta 3 1 1 1 0 4
2 Manchester United 3 2 0 1 1 6
3 Villarreal 3 1 1 1 2 4
4 Young Boys 3 1 0 2 -3 3
No Team P W D L GD Pts FORM
1 FC Red Bull Salzburg 3 2 1 0 3 7
2 Sevilla 3 0 3 0 0 3
3 VfL Wolfsburg 3 0 2 1 -2 2
4 Lille OSC 3 0 2 1 -1 2
No Team P W D L GD Pts FORM
1 Malmo FF 3 0 0 3 -11 0
2 Chelsea 3 2 0 1 4 6
3 Juventus 3 3 0 0 5 9
4 F.C. Zenit Saint Petersburg 3 1 0 2 2 3

Europa League

No Team P W D L GD Pts FORM
1 Brondby 3 0 1 2 -5 1
2 Olympique Lyonnais 3 3 0 0 6 9
3 Rangers 3 1 0 2 -1 3
4 Sparta Prague 3 1 1 1 0 4
No Team P W D L GD Pts FORM
1 AS Monaco 3 2 1 0 2 7
2 PSV 3 1 1 1 2 4
3 Real Sociedad 3 1 2 0 1 5
4 SK Sturm Graz 3 0 0 3 -5 0
No Team P W D L GD Pts FORM
1 FC Spartak Moscow 3 1 0 2 -1 3
2 Legia Warsaw 3 2 0 1 -1 6
3 Leicester City 3 1 1 1 0 4
4 Napoli 3 1 1 1 2 4
No Team P W D L GD Pts FORM
1 Fenerbahce 3 0 2 1 -3 2
2 Frankfurt 3 2 1 0 3 7
3 Olympiacos 3 2 0 1 2 6
4 Antwerp 3 0 1 2 -2 1
No Team P W D L GD Pts FORM
1 Galatasaray 3 2 1 0 2 7
2 Lazio 3 1 1 1 1 4
3 Olympique Marseille 3 0 3 0 0 3
4 Lokomotiv Moskva 3 0 1 2 -3 1
No Team P W D L GD Pts FORM
1 FC Midtjylland 3 0 2 1 -2 2
2 Ludogorets 3 0 1 2 -2 1
3 FK Crvena zvezda 3 2 1 0 2 7
4 Braga 3 2 0 1 2 6
No Team P W D L GD Pts FORM
1 Celtic 3 1 0 2 -3 3
2 Bayer Leverkusen 3 2 1 0 5 7
3 Real Betis 3 2 1 0 3 7
4 Ferencvarosi TC 3 0 0 3 -5 0
No Team P W D L GD Pts FORM
1 West Ham United 3 3 0 0 7 9
2 Dinamo Zagreb 3 1 0 2 0 3
3 Genk 3 1 0 2 -5 3
4 Rapid Wien 3 1 0 2 -2 3

PLAYERS

S/N Players Country Position Number Age Status
1 Sergio Asenjo Andrés Goalkeeper 1 32 Goalkeeping
2 Mario Gaspar Pérez Right Back 2 30 Defender
3 Raúl Albiol Tortajada Centre Defender/Right Back 3 36 Defender
4 Pau Francisco Torres Centre Defender 4 24 Defender
5 Ramiro Funes Mori Centre Defender 6 30 Defender
6 Gerard Moreno Balagueró Central Forward 7 29 Forward
7 Santiago Cazorla González Attacking Midfield/Central Midfield 8 36 Midfield
8 Vicente Iborra Defensive Midfield 10 33 Midfield
9 Samuel Chimerenka Chukwueze Right Wing 11 22 Forward
10 Andrés Fernández Moreno Goalkeeper 13 34 Goalkeeping
11 Manuel Trigueros Muñoz Central Midfield 14 30 Midfield
12 Manuel Morlanes Ariño Attacking Midfield 15 22 Midfield
13 Xavier Quintilla Central Midfield 16 25 Midfield
14 Paco Alcácer García Centre Forward 17 28 Forward
15 Alberto Moreno Pérez Left Back 18 29 Defender
16 André-Frank Zambo Anguissa Central Midfield 19 25 Midfield
17 Rubén Peña Jiménez Right Back/Right Wing 20 30 Defender
18 Bruno Soriano Llidó Defensive Midfield 21 37 Midfield (C)
19 Moisés Gómez Bordonado Attacking Midfield 23 27 Midfield
20 Javier Ontiveros Parra Right Wing 24 24 Forward
21 Mariano Damián Barbosa Goalkeeper 25 37 Goalkeeping
22 Ramiro Guerra Pereyra Central Midfield 26 24 Midfield
23 Andrei Florin Rațiu Right Back/Right Wing 27 23 Defender
24 Sergio Lozano Central Midfield 28 22 Midfield
25 Iván Martín Núñez Central Midfield 30 22 Midfield
26 Fernando Niño Rodriguez Centre Forward 34 21 Forward

TRAINERS

No Name Country Position Status
1 Unai Emery Coach Active