Real Madrid Castilla

Spanish football team and the reserve team of Real Madrid CF
Football club
Real Madrid Castilla
Full nameReal Madrid Castilla Club de Fútbol
Founded16 December 1930
(as Agrupación Deportiva
Plus Ultra
GroundCiudad Real Madrid,
Valdebebas, Madrid, Spain
PresidentNicolás Martín-Sanz[1]
Head coachRaúl González
League1ª Federación – Group 1
2021–221ª RFEF – Group 2, 10th of 20
Home colours
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Active departments of Real Madrid
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Real Madrid Castilla Club de Fútbol is a Spanish football team that plays in Primera Federación – Group 1 for the 2022–23 season. It is Real Madrid's reserve team. They play their home games at the Alfredo Di Stéfano Stadium with a capacity of 6,000 seats.[2]

Reserve teams in Spain play in the same league system as their senior team rather than a separate league. Reserve teams, however, cannot play in the same division as their senior team. Therefore, Real Madrid Castilla are ineligible for promotion to the Primera División. Reserve teams are also no longer permitted to enter the Copa del Rey. In addition, only under-23 players, or under-25 players with a professional contract, can switch between senior and reserve teams.


AD Plus Ultra 1949–50

AD Plus Ultra

In 1948, Agrupación Deportiva Plus Ultra, a local amateur team, then playing in the Tercera División, agreed to become a feeder club for Real Madrid. Originally formed in 1930, the team took its name from the national motto of Spain. Real gave AD Plus Ultra financial support and in return were given first refusal on the club's best players. By 1949, they made their debut in the Segunda División and in 1952, the club became the official Real reserve team. In 1959, they reached the quarter-finals of the Copa del Generalísimo, losing 7–2 on aggregate to eventual runners-up Granada.

During the 1950s and 1960s, future senior Real Madrid players and Spanish internationals such as José María Zárraga, Enrique Mateos, Ramón Marsal, Pedro Casado, Juan Manuel Villa, José María Vidal, Fernando Serena and Ramón Grosso all spent time at the club, and Juan Alonso finished off his career there. Miguel Muñoz began his coaching career at the club. In 1972, Plus Ultra folded because of the demise of the insurance company of the same name, and their position in the Tercera División was taken by Castilla Club de Fútbol, the new reserve team for Real Madrid, on 21 July.

Castilla CF

Former logo of Castilla.

As Castilla CF, the team enjoyed something of a golden age. During this era, with a team that included Agustín, Ricardo Gallego and Francisco Pineda, Castilla reached the final of the 1979–80 Copa del Rey. During their cup run, they beat four Primera División teams, including Hércules, Athletic Bilbao, Real Sociedad and Sporting de Gijón.[3] The latter two eventually finished second and third in the Primera División. In the final, they played Real Madrid but lost 6–1. Because Real also won the Primera División, however, Castilla qualified for the 1980–81 European Cup Winners' Cup. Despite beating West Ham United 3–1 in the opening game at the Santiago Bernabéu, they lost the return 5–1 after extra time and went out in the first round.[3] Castilla reached the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey on three further occasions, in 1984, 1986, and 1988.

In 1984, with Amancio Amaro as coach, Castilla won the Segunda División. Amaro's tenure as coach saw the rise of the famous La Quinta del Buitre – Emilio Butragueño, Manolo Sanchís, Martín Vázquez, Míchel, and Miguel Pardeza. Castilla were ineligible for promotion, however, because Real Madrid were already in the Primera División. In the 1987–88 season, they finished third in the Segunda División, but were once again ineligible for promotion.

Real Madrid B

In 1991, the Royal Spanish Football Federation banned the use of separate names for reserve teams and Castilla CF became known as Real Madrid Deportiva and then Real Madrid B. In the early 1990s, two former Castilla players, Vicente del Bosque and Rafael Benítez, began their coaching careers with the team. In 1997, the team was relegated to the Segunda División B, but despite this, they continued to produce internationally acclaimed players. These have included Raúl, Guti and Iker Casillas, who all became established members of the senior Real Madrid team.

Real Madrid Castilla

In the 2004–05 season, coach Juan Ramón López Caro guided the team back to the Segunda División and the team subsequently revived the El Castilla name and became known as Real Madrid Castilla. In 2006, the new stadium of the club's training facilities Ciudad Real Madrid was named the Alfredo Di Stéfano Stadium and Francisco Moreno Cariñena became the first independent chairman in 16 years. In this year, the team also has continued to produce quality players such as Roberto Soldado and Álvaro Arbeloa.

In the 2006–2007 season, the team was relegated to the Segunda División B under the management of ex-Real Madrid legend Míchel after occupying 19th place in the league in a disappointing season. Míchel received a lot of criticism and accepted all the blame for the team's bad performances, especially for those who had a wonderful season in the 2005–06 season, such as Rubén de la Red, Esteban Granero and Javi García. The reserves produced other quality players, including Juan Mata and Álvaro Negredo.

Real Madrid Castilla was promoted back to the Segunda División at the end of the 2011–12 season after beating Cádiz in the play-offs with an aggregate of score 8–1 and this year the club produced one quality player, Dani Carvajal who was sold to Bayer Leverkusen in 2012 before he returned to Real Madrid in 2013 to play in the first team.

In the 2013–14 season, three quality players Nacho, Álvaro Morata and Jesé were promoted to the first team, and then Castilla was relegated in the last matchday after being defeated by Real Murcia in the last match of the season.

Since 2014 when they played in the third division, Castilla continued to produce other quality players, including Lucas Vázquez, Fernando Pacheco, Borja Mayoral, Marcos Llorente, Sergio Reguilón, Óscar Rodríguez and Achraf Hakimi.

In the 2019–20 season, the team was coached by Raúl, a legendary ex-Real Madrid player.

Season by season

  • As AD Plus Ultra
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1940–41 4 1ª Reg. 3rd
1941–42 3 1ª Reg. 2nd
1942–43 3 1ª Reg. 5th
1943–44 5 2ª Reg. 1st
1944–45 4 1ª Reg. 7th
1945–46 4 1ª Reg. 2nd
1946–47 3 5th
1947–48 3 5th First round
1948–49 3 1st Second round
1949–50 2 3rd Third round
1950–51 2 7th DNQ
1951–52 2 12th DNQ
1952–53 2 15th First round
1953–54 3 3rd
1954–55 3 1st
1955–56 2 15th
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1956–57 3 1st
1957–58 2 7th
1958–59 2 10th Quarter-finals
1959–60 2 4th Second round
1960–61 2 7th First round
1961–62 2 7th First round
1962–63 2 16th First round
1963–64 3 1st
1964–65 3 3rd
1965–66 3 1st
1966–67 3 2nd
1967–68 3 1st
1968–69 3 3rd
1969–70 3 3rd Second round
1970–71 3 11th First round
1971–72 3 10th Second round
  • As Castilla CF
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1972–73 3 4th First round
1973–74 3 4th Third round
1974–75 3 4th Third round
1975–76 3 3rd First round
1976–77 3 4th Second round
1977–78 3 2ª B 2nd Second round
1978–79 2 7th Third round
1979–80 2 7th Runners-up
1980–81 2 11th Fourth round
1981–82 2 8th Third round
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1982–83 2 6th Second round
1983–84 2 1st Quarter-finals
1984–85 2 5th Second round
1985–86 2 12th Quarter-finals
1986–87 2 17th First round
1987–88 2 3rd Quarter-finals
1988–89 2 15th Second round
1989–90 2 18th First round
1990–91 3 2ª B 1st N/A

Season Tier Division Place
1991–92 2 16th
1992–93 2 6th
1993–94 2 6th
1994–95 2 8th
1995–96 2 4th
1996–97 2 18th
1997–98 3 2ª B 2nd
1998–99 3 2ª B 3rd
1999–2000 3 2ª B 5th
2000–01 3 2ª B 7th
2001–02 3 2ª B 1st
2002–03 3 2ª B 6th
2003–04 3 2ª B 2nd
2004–05 3 2ª B 1st
2005–06 2 11th
2006–07 2 19th
2007–08 3 2ª B 5th
2008–09 3 2ª B 6th
2009–10 3 2ª B 8th
2010–11 3 2ª B 3rd
Season Tier Division Place
2011–12 3 2ª B 1st
2012–13 2 8th
2013–14 2 20th
2014–15 3 2ª B 6th
2015–16 3 2ª B 1st
2016–17 3 2ª B 11th
2017–18 3 2ª B 8th
2018–19 3 2ª B 4th
2019–20 3 2ª B 7th
2020–21 3 2ª B 2nd / 3rd
2021–22 3 1ª RFEF 10th
2022–23 3 1ª Federación

European record

European Cup Winners' Cup:

Season Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1980–81 1R England West Ham United 3–1 1–5 (aet) 4–6



Current squad

As of 31 August 2022.[4][5]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Spain ESP Luis López
2 DF Brazil BRA Vinicius Tobias (on loan from Shakhtar Donetsk)
3 DF Spain ESP Rafa Marín
4 DF Spain ESP Álvaro Carrillo
5 DF Spain ESP Pablo Ramón
6 MF Spain ESP Mario Martín
7 MF France FRA Théo Zidane
8 MF Spain ESP Carlos Dotor (captain)
9 FW Spain ESP Noel López
10 MF Spain ESP Sergio Arribas
11 MF Dominican Republic DOM Peter González
13 GK Spain ESP Lucas Cañizares
No. Pos. Nation Player
14 MF Spain ESP Álvaro Martín
15 DF Spain ESP Lucas Alcázar
16 MF Japan JPN Pipi Nakai
17 FW Spain ESP Álvaro Leiva
18 MF Spain ESP Javi Villar
19 DF Spain ESP Marvel
20 MF Spain ESP Bruno Iglesias
21 FW Spain ESP Iker Bravo (on loan from Bayer Leverkusen)
22 MF Spain ESP Óscar Aranda
23 FW Spain ESP Rafa Llorente
24 GK Spain ESP Mario de Luis
25 DF Spain ESP Rafael Obrador

From Youth Academy

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
26 DF Spain ESP Edgar Pujol
27 FW Spain ESP Álvaro Rodríguez
28 MF Spain ESP Manuel Ángel Morán
No. Pos. Nation Player
29 DF Spain ESP Álex Jiménez
30 GK Spain ESP Diego Piñeiro
31 MF Spain ESP Gonzalo García

Out on loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
DF Spain ESP Javi Rueda (at Murcia until 30 June 2023)
MF Spain ESP David González (at Numancia until 30 June 2023)
MF Spain ESP Jaume Jardí (at Racing Ferrol until 30 June 2023)
No. Pos. Nation Player
FW Brazil BRA Rodrigo Farofa (at Valencia Mestalla until 30 June 2023)
FW Spain ESP Israel Salazar (at UCAM Murcia CF until 30 June 2023)


Current technical staff

Position Staff
Head coach Rául González
Assistant coach Alberto Garrido
Assistant coach Marcos Jiménez
Goalkeeping coach Mario Soria
Fitness coach Alain Sola
Chief Analyst Carlos Herrera
Rehab Coach Víctor Paredes
  • Last updated: 1 September 2020
  • Source:[6]



Top scorers (all competitions)

Ranking Nationality Name Years Goals
1  Spain Roberto Soldado 2002–2006 63
2  Spain Álvaro Morata 2010–2013 45
3  Spain Joselu 2009–2012 40
4  Spain Paco Machín 1979–1982 38
5  Spain Emilio Butragueño 1982–1984 37
6  Spain Luis García 2001–2003 32
 Spain Cristo González 2017–2019
 Dominican Republic Mariano Díaz 2014–2016
 Spain Jesé 2011–2013
10  Spain Francesc Xavier Julià 1980–1985 30

Appearances (all competitions)

Ranking Nationality Name Years Games
1  Spain Pedro Mosquera 2006–2010, 2012–2013 156
2  Spain Casimiro Torres 1978–1983 140
3  Spain Juanfran Moreno 2009–2013 137
4  Spain Francis Rodríguez 1981–1984, 1985–1986 130
5  Spain David Mateos 2007–2013 128
6  Spain Jorge Casado 2010–2014 124
7  Spain José Manuel Espinosa 1978–1982 120
 Spain Roberto Soldado 2002–2006
9  Spain Ángel Martín González 1982–1986 114
 Spain Jesús Velasco 1991–1994, 1998–1999


Alfredo Di Stéfano Stadium

On 9 May 2006, the Alfredo Di Stéfano Stadium was inaugurated at the City of Madrid where Real Madrid usually trains. The inaugural match was between Real Madrid and Stade de Reims, a rematch of the European Cup final won by Real Madrid in 1956. Real Madrid won the inaugural match 6–1 with goals from Sergio Ramos, Antonio Cassano (2), Roberto Soldado (2), and José Manuel Jurado.[7]

The venue is part of the Ciudad Real Madrid, the club's new training facilities located outside Madrid in Valdebebas, near Madrid–Barajas Airport.

The capacity of the main stand at the west is 4,000 seats, with additional 2,000 seats at the eastern stand, giving the stadium a total capacity of 6,000 seats. It is envisaged to increase the seating capacity up to 25,000 at the completion of the expansion.

Notable players

Note: This list includes players that have appeared in at least 100 top league games and/or have reached international status.

See also


  1. ^ "Nicolás Martín-Sanz, nuevo presidente del Castilla". AS. Retrieved 30 May 2011.
  2. ^ "Ciudad Real Madrid". Turismo Madrid. Retrieved 2020-01-19.
  3. ^ a b McTear, Euan (19 May 2016). "When Real Madrid Castilla reached the Copa del Rey final and played in Europe". These Football Times. Retrieved 17 May 2017.
  4. ^ "Real Madrid Castilla squad". Real Federación de Fútbol de Madrid. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  5. ^ "Real Madrid Castilla". Real Madrid Club de Fútbol. Retrieved 22 February 2019.
  6. ^ "Real Madrid Castilla Squad". Real Madrid. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  7. ^ "This one's for you, Alfredo!". Real Madrid. 2006-05-10. Archived from the original on 2011-11-23. Retrieved 2008-07-07.

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