The truth about Real Valladolid


On Sunday, FC Barcelona are back in La Liga hosting Real Valladolid, kick-off at 6:30 p.m. CEST. Here is our information about los pucelanos.

Where do they come from?

About 190 km northwest of Madrid and with a population of just over 300,000, Valladolid is the thirteenth largest city in Spain. capital of the old Kingdom of Castileit was also the capital of Spain before being moved to Madrid in 1606.

Club history

Formed in 1928, the club with the distinctive purple and white striped shirts is ranked thirteenth in La Liga’s all-time table. Since 1980, they have been more or less first division regulars. They have been relegated five times but have always managed to win back.

That includes last season, when after being relegated in 2020/21 they bounced back from the first attempt.

The club’s only great honor was the late Ligue’s cupwhich they won in 1984.

Did you know?

  • Valladolid reached the quarter-finals of the former European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1990, losing 3-1 in a penalty shootout against AS Monaco.
  • Their Jose Zorrilla The stadium is named after the 19th century poet and playwright from the city of Valladolid.
  • Former Liverpool, Real Madrid, Chelsea and Newcastle United manager Rafa Benítez began his high-level coaching career at Valladolid.
  • The president of Real Valladolid is none other than former Barça striker and Brazilian legend Ronaldo Nazário, author of 47 goals in one season at the club, 1996-97.

Form Guide

After finishing second behind Almeria in the second division last season, Valladolid were unbeaten in their pre-season:

Atletico Tordesillas 0–2 Valladolid
Salamanca Unionists 1–2 Valladolid
Burgos Spain 0–0 Valladolid
Ponferradina 1–2 Valladolid
Brest 0–0 Valladolid
Rayo Vallecano 0–0 Valladolid
Valladolid 0–0 Lazio (Valladolid earned on pens)

However, their La Liga campaign got off on the wrong foot when they lost 3-0 at home to Villarreal in their opening match. But they followed that up with an impressive 0-0 home draw Seville.


Barca were on a 22-game unbeaten streak against Valladolid, including six games scoring four or more goals at Camp Nou, until a 1-0 defeat at the Jose Zorrilla put a serious dent in their 2013/14 title challenge, with Atlético Madrid will win the trophy.

That victory in 2014 remains their only victory in this match with 14 defeats in their last 15 La Liga games against FC Barcelona.

Two seasons ago, Barca beat Valladolid 3-0, with first-half goals from Clement Lenglet and Martin Braithwaite and a third of Leo Messi after the break, following this magnificent back heel of Pedri (well worth another watch in the video below).

But in the Catalan capital in the second leg, Valladolid almost escaped with a point. Ousmane Dembele dashed those hopes with a goal in the very last minute of regulation time.

04/05/21 FCBarcelona 1 (Dembele) Valladolid 0
22/12/20 Valladolid 0 FCBarcelona 3 (Lenglet, Braithwaite, Messi)
07/11/20 Valladolid 0 FCBarcelona 1 (Vidal)
10/29/19 FCBarcelona 5 (Lenglet, Vidal, Messi (2), Suarez) Valladolid 1
02/16/19 FCBarcelona 1 (Messi) Valladolid 0
25/08/18 Valladolid 0 FCBarcelona 1 (Dembele)

The players

Valladolid’s biggest summer investment was in the winger Ivan Sanchez, who was already at the club on loan from Birmingham City. just like the Ecuadorian winger Gonzalo Plata Sporting Lisbon, also acquired definitively.

Goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo arrived free from Villarreal, Mickael Malsa comes from the Levant and Zou Ferral is another arrival from Sporting that adds to the club’s Moroccan connections.

International limits
Gonzalo Plata (Ecuador, 28), Shon Weissman (Israel, 23); Zouhair Feddal (Morocco, 22); Jawad El Yamiq (Morocco, 10); Mickaël Malsa (Martinique, 4); Stiven Plaza (Ecuador, 2); Sergio Asenjo (Spain, 1); Anuar Tuhami (Morocco, 1)

Barca connections

Jordi Masip (shown below) was Barca’s third-choice goalkeeper for several years, but only made one competitive appearance. But he is a regular starter from Valladolid, which he joined in 2017 and has been a huge success for and is now captain of the team.

Midfielder Ramón Rodríguez Jiménez, better known as monchu, grew up at La Masia and played 63 games for Barca B and even played in the Champions League before being loaned to Girona. In 2021, he moved to Granada, from where he is currently on loan.

Striker Sergi Guardiola (no relation to Pep) had a short spell with Barca B in 2015. Senegalese defender Sekou Gassama was there for a while as well, although he was a centre-back at the time.

The boss

José Rojo Martín, better known as Pacheta, was a midfielder for various clubs, but is best remembered for his spells at Espanyol and Numancia. After training in Spain, but also in Poland and Thailand, he made a name for himself in Elche, which he guided to the first division. He then took the Huesca job but resigned after failing to keep the team in La Liga. He then replaced Sergio Gonzalez at Valladolid and in his first season brought them back to playing La Liga football. It will be the first season to manage at the highest level in Spain.


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