Osasuna News

Club Atletico Osasuna, commonly known as Osasuna, is a professional football club based in Pamplona, Navarre, Spain. The club was founded on November 17, 1920, by the merger of two local clubs, Red Arrows and Atletico. The club is known as Los Rojillos (The Red Ones) due to the red colour of their home kit. The club plays its home games at El Sadar Stadium, which has a capacity of approximately 18,000 spectators. The stadium was inaugurated in 1967 and was renovated in 2005. Osasuna is a non-profit organisation, and its ownership lies with its members. Osasuna also has a strong rivalry with Athletic Bilbao and Real Zaragoza. Matches between Osasuna and Athletic Bilbao are known as the Basque-Navarrese Derby, while games against Real Zaragoza are called the Ebro Derby.

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Osasuna History

In the beginning Osasuna played in the regional leagues, but they quickly climbed the ranks and reached the Spanish top flight in the 1930-31 season. The club, however, was relegated after just one season and spent the next few decades playing in the lower divisions. In the 1960s, Osasuna began a period of stability, and the club returned to the top flight in 1961. The 1970s were a successful period for the club as they achieved their first promotion to the Primera Division in 1968 and reached the final of the Copa del Rey in 1979. The 1980s were a difficult decade for Osasuna, and the club spent most of the decade playing in the Segunda Division. However, they achieved promotion back to La Liga in 1985 and have been a regular fixture in the top flight ever since.  The 2000s were one of the most successful periods in Osasuna history. In 2005-06, the club finished as runners-up in La Liga, their best-ever league finish. They also reached the final of the Copa del Rey in the same season, but lost to Espanyol in the final. Osasuna has also had success in European competitions, reaching the quarterfinals of the UEFA Cup (now known as the Europa League) in the 2006-07 season. They have also participated in the Champions League on one occasion, reaching the group stages in the 2006-07 season. In recent years, Osasuna has struggled to replicate the success of the 2000s, and they have been relegated to the Segunda División on several occasions. However, the club remains a respected and established team in Spanish football, with a loyal fan base and a strong identity based on hard work and team spirit.

Osasuna Manager

Osasuna’s current manager is Jagoba Arrasate. Arrasate started his career at a few amateur clubs before joining Real Sociedad as manager of the youth teams. He then became assistant and then the first team manager. After this job he joined Numancia. Here he had a very interesting time. He finished 10th in his first season and 17th in the second, the clubs tied lowest ever finish. The season after this though they made it to the final of the playoffs. He then joined Osasuna where he is now. He achieved promotion to La lIga in his second season. He then had a few solid mid-table finishes before qualifying for the Europa Conference League last season. 

Biggest Osasuna Transfers

Osasuna, like many Spanish clubs, have not spent huge on transfers. There biggest signings have been:

  • Ante Budimir from RCD Mallorca for £8.00m
  • Raul Garcia from Real Betis for £6.50m
  • Ruben Gracia from Levante for £3.50m
  • Dady from Belenenses for £3.50m
  • Masoud Shojaei from Sharjah FC for £3.50m

Their biggest departures  have been:

  • Raul Garcia to Atletico Madrid for £13.00m
  • Alex Berenguer to Torino for £7.00m
  • Nacho Monreal to Malaga CF for £6.00m
  • Cesar Azpilicueta to Marseille for £6.00m
  • David Lopez to Athletic Bilbao for £5.80m

Osasuna Drama

Osasuna have been kicked out of the European Conference League for match fixing. Back in the 2013-14 season the club were found guilty of match fixing in two separate games. As a result of this their punishment has just now come in with the being expelled from the Conference league this season. 

Who Plays For Osasuna Now

Osasuna has a very solid and experienced squad with defenders such as Sergio Herrera, Aitor Fernandez, David Garcia, Alejandro Catena, Unai Garcia, Jorge Herrando, Johan Mojica, Juan Cruz, Nacho Vidal, Ruben Pena and Jesus Areso. Their midfield features Lucas Torro, Jon Moncayoa, Darko Brasanac, Pablo Ibanez, Aimar Oroz and Javi Martinez. The attack features players such as Moi Gomez, Ruben Garcia, Jose Manuel Arnaiz, Kiike Barja, Chimy Avila, Ante Budimir and Raul Garcia. 

What Have Osasuna Won

Osasuna have only won 4 Spanish 2nd tier championships throughout their history. Last season however they finished 7th and will play in the Europa Conference League. This season they will look to win the Europa Conference League and add the first major piece of silverware to their trophy cabinet. 

Osasuna 2023/24 Season Predictions

This season we predict Osasuna will finish mid-table and push for the Conference league. They have a good manager and a good team however there are other teams that should improve this season such as Bilbao and Sevilla. 

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