CA Osasuna

CA Osasuna
Full name Club Atlético Osasuna
Nickname(s) Los Rojillos / Gorritxoak (The Reds)
Short name CAO
Founded 1920 [1][2]
Ground El Sadar
Ground Capacity 18,761
Chairman Luis Sabalza
Manager Joaquín Caparrós[3]
League La Liga
2015–16 Segunda División, 6th (promoted via play-offs)
Website Club home page

Club Atlético Osasuna (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈkluβ aðˈletiko osaˈsuna], Athletic Club Osasuna), or simply Osasuna, is a Spanish football team based in Pamplona, in the autonomous community of Navarre.

Founded in 1920 it currently plays in La Liga, holding home games at the 19,800-capacity El Sadar Stadium.[4] The team's home kit is red shirt, navy blue shorts, black socks with red back, whereas the away one is navy blue shirt, orange shorts and navy blue socks.

The word Osasuna means "health" in Basque (used in a sense of "strength", "vigour").


Founded in 1920, Osasuna first reached Segunda División in 1932. They made it to La Liga three seasons later.

The club achieved their first ever UEFA Cup qualification in 1985–86 after finishing sixth, eventually reaching the third round in the 1990–91 edition. Finishing last in 1993–94, the side spent six years in the second level; in 2005 it reached the Copa del Rey final for the first time ever, losing after extra time to Real Betis.[5]

On the 27 November 2005, Osasuna played its 1,000th game in La Liga. After a stellar 2005–06 domestic campaign, Osasuna made history by finishing in fourth place – tied for best ever – synonymous with the chance of qualifying for the UEFA Champions League in the following season through play-off matches. This achievement was made even more dramatic by the suspense that was maintained until the last day of the championship in which Osasuna and Sevilla were both vying for the fourth place – both teams eventually ended the season with the same number of points but Osasuna got through due to their head-to-head record; However, Osasuna didn't make it to the Champions League group phase, as they were eliminated by Hamburg in the third qualifying round, leaving the Navarrese to vie in the UEFA Cup for the fifth time in their history.

Osasuna playing against Deportivo in 2012.

Osasuna were drawn in Group D of the 2006–07 UEFA Cup along with Parma, Lens, Odense and Heerenveen. The club qualified for the knock-out stage, finishing second in their group, and were drawn against Bordeaux, who had dropped into the UEFA Cup following an unsuccessful Champions League campaign; the Spaniards progressed 1–0 on aggregate, drawing 0–0 away before winning 1–0 in Pamplona through an extra time winner by Javad Nekounam.

Next up were Rangers, and Osasuna again progressed, following a 1–1 draw in Scotland and a 1–0 win at home. They were drawn against German side Bayer Leverkusen in the quarter-finals. Regarded as severe underdogs, they not only progressed to the semifinals but did so in style (a 3–0 away win had virtually sealed the tie, but the Rojillos also won the second leg, 1–0); in the last-four round the club was drawn against holders and fellow Spanish side Sevilla, eventually losing 1–2 on aggregate after a 1–0 home win.

In the following two seasons, Osasuna struggled heavily in the league: in 2008–09, it only avoided relegation in the final day: being in 18th place and going into the final matchday, at home to Real Madrid, they fell behind 0–1, but came back with two goals (the decider courtesy of Juanfran, a Merengue youth graduate) to remain in the top flight.[6]

Osasuna had varied success following those seasons, but struggled again from 2012-2014, being relegated to the second division after an 18th-place finish in 2014. A managerial change resulted in substantial improvement, and Osasuna won the final match of the regular 2015-2016 season away to Real Oviedo 0-5, qualifying for promotion playoffs and finishing sixth in the table. They subsequently won all of their playoff games, v Club Gimnàstic de Tarragona in the preliminary stage and Girona FC in the final stage, to achieve promotion once again to La Liga.


Recent seasons

Season Div Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA GD P Cup Europe Notes
2000–01 1D 15 38101216 4354-2142 last 32
2001–02 1D 17 38101216 3649-1342 last 32
2002–03 1D 12 38121115 4048-847 semi-finals
2003–04 1D 13 38111512 3837+148 last 16
2004–05 1D 15 38121016 4665-1946 final
2005–06 1D 4 3821512 4943+668 last 16 UC1st round
2006–07 1D 14 3813718 5149+246 quarter-finals UCSemi-finals
2007–08 1D 17 3812719 3744-743 last 32
2008–09 1D 15 38101315 4147-643 last 16
2009–10 1D 12 381110173746-946 quarter-finals
2010–11 1D 9 38138174546-147
2011–12 1D 7 381315104461-1754

Season to season

Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1929 7th Round of 16
1929/30 Regional Round of 16
1930/31 3rd DNP
1931/32 1st Round of 32
1932/33 8th Round of 16
1933/34 5th Round of 16
1934/35 1st Semifinals
1935/36 12th Semifinals
1939/40 2nd Round of 16
1940/41 5th 2nd round
1941/42 6th 1st round
1942/43 4th 1st round
1943/44 13th Round of 32
1944/45 2nd DNP
1945/46 5th DNP
1946/47 2nd DNP
1947/48 1st 5th round
1948/49 1st 4th round
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1949/50 7th 2nd round
1950/51 7th DNP
1951/52 6th DNP
1952/53 1st 1st round
1953/54 13th DNP
1954/55 9th DNP
1955/56 1st Quarter-finals
1956/57 6th Round of 16
1957/58 5th Round of 16
1958/59 8th Round of 16
1959/60 15th Round of 32
1960/61 1st Round of 32
1961/62 12th Round of 32
1962/63 15th Round of 32
1963/64 5th 1st round
1964/65 10th Round of 16
1965/66 9th Round of 32
1966/67 4th Round of 32
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1967/68 15th 1st round
1968/69 1st DNP
1969/70 15th Round of 32
1970/71 4th Round of 32
1971/72 1st 1st round
1972/73 15th 3rd round
1973/74 17th 3rd round
1974/75 1st 1st round
1975/76 19th Round of 32
1976/77 1st 2nd round
1977/78 10th 3rd round
1978/79 13th Quarter-finals
1979/80 3rd Round of 16
1980/81 11th 1st round
1981/82 10th 3rd round
1982/83 14th Round of 16
1983/84 15th Quarter-finals
1984/85 6th 3rd round
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1985/86 14th 4th round
1986/87 15th Quarter-finals
1987/88 5th Semifinals
1988/89 10th Round of 16
1989/90 8th 1st round
1990/91 4th 4th round
1991/92 15th Round of 16
1992/93 10th 5th round
1993/94 20th 5th round
1994/95 7th 3rd round
1995/96 10th 2nd round
1996/97 16th 3rd round
1997/98 15th Round of 16
1998/99 13th 4th round
1999/00 2nd Quarter-finals
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
2000/01 15th Round of 32
2001/02 17th Round of 32
2002/03 11th Semifinals
2003/04 13th Round of 16
2004/05 15th Runner-up
2005/06 4th Round of 16
2006/07 14th Quarter-finals
2007/08 17th Round of 32
2008/09 14th Round of 16
2009/10 12th Quarter-finals
2010/11 9th Round of 32
2011/12 7th Round of 16
2012/13 16th Round of 16
2013/14 18th Round of 16
2014/15 18th 2nd round
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
2015/16 6th 2nd round

Current squad

As of 12 August 2016[7]

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

No. Position Player
1 Spain GK Mario Fernández
2 Spain DF Javier Flaño
3 Dominican Republic DF Tano Bonnín
4 Spain DF Miguel Flaño (Captain)
5 Spain DF David García
6 Spain MF Oier (vice-captain)
7 Spain FW Sergio León
8 Serbia MF Goran Čaušić
9 Spain FW Oriol Riera (on loan from Deportivo La Coruña)
10 Spain MF Roberto Torres
11 Spain MF Álex Berenguer
12 France FW Emmanuel Rivière (on loan from Newcastle United)
13 Spain GK Nauzet Pérez
No. Position Player
14 Spain MF Fausto Tienza
15 Spain DF Unai García
16 Spain DF Juan Fuentes
17 Spain MF Jaime Romero
18 Spain MF Fran Mérida
19 Spain FW Kenan Kodro
20 Spain MF Miguel de las Cuevas
21 Spain DF Carlos Clerc
22 France MF Didier Digard (on loan from Betis)
24 Spain MF Javi Álamo
34 Spain DF Aitor Buñuel
35 Spain MF Miguel Olavide
36 Spain MF Antonio Otegui


Winners (4): 1934–35, 1952–53, 1955–56, 1960–61
Runners-up (1): 1999–2000

Notable players

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

Famous coaches

Women's football

Osasuna's women's team played seven seasons Segunda División's Groups 1 and 2, usually ending between the 3rd and 6th positions out of 14 teams.[8] In the early 2010s, some controversies arose over the organization's management of the team:[9] in March 2011, eleven players left the team accusing the executives of sexism, lack of interest and poor training conditions,[10] and, in May of the following year, outgoing chairman Patxi Izco declared women's football as unsightly and unsuitable for women.[11]

The team was disbanded in June 2014 in the mid of financial turmoil, weeks after the male team's relegation to Segunda.[12]

Season to season

Season Division Place Copa de la Reina
2004–05 3 (Gr. ?) 1st
2005–06 2 (Gr. 1) 5th
2006–07 2 (Gr. 1) 12th
2007–08 3 (Gr. ?) ?st
2008–09 3 (Gr. ?) 1st
2009–10 2 (Gr. 1) 3rd
2010–11 2 (Gr. 1) 4th
2011–12 2 (Gr. 2) 6th
2012–13 2 (Gr. 2) 4th
2013–14 2 (Gr. 2) 3rd

See also


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