Rayo Vallecano News

Rayo Vallecano is a professional football club based in Madrid, Spain. The club was founded on May 29, 1924, and its nickname is Los Franjir Rojos, which means ‘The Red Sashes’. The team is well-known for its left-wing political stance, which is reflected in its fanbase. Rayo Vallecano home stadium is the Estadio de Vallecas, which has a seating capacity of around 14,000 spectators. The stadium is located in the Vallecas neighbourhood of Madrid which is a working-class area. 

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Rayo Vallecano History

Rayo Vallecano has a relatively modest history, but it has achieved some notable successes over the years. The club has spent much of its history in the lower divisions of Spanish football, but it has had several spells in La Liga, the top tier of Spanish football. The club’s most successful period came in the 2010s, when it achieved three consecutive promotions to reach La Liga in 2011. In its first season back in the top flight, Rayo Vallecano finished in a respectable 8th place. The team’s most notable achievement came in the 1999-2000 season when they reached the quarter finals of the UEFA Cup. The club has had many managers over the years, including the current coach Andoni Iraola, a former Spanish international who took over the reins in 2021. Other notable managers include the likes of Paco Jemes, who led the team to promotion in 2011, and Juande Ramos, who coached the team in the 1999-2000 season when they reached the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup. 

Who Owns Rayo Vallecano

The club has had several owners over the years. In 2011, Rayo Vallecano was acquired by Raul Martin Presa, who is current president of the club. Presa is the son of a former Rayo Vallecano president, Teresa Rivero, who owned the club from 1994 to 2011

Rayo Vallecano Manager

Rayo Vallecano manager Andoni Iraola has recently left for Bournemouth this transfer window. His spot has been filled by Jaime Ramos, a coach who has worked as an assistant manager at many Spanish clubs such as Girona and Elche. 

Biggest Rayo Vallecano Transfers

The biggest Rayo Vallecano transfers throughout history have been:

  • Raul De Thomas from Espanyol for £8.00m
  • Jorge De Frutos from Levante for £8.00m
  • Sergio Camello from Atletico Madrid for £5.00m
  • Alvaro Garcia from Cadiz CF for £4.50m
  • Luis Advincula from Tigres UANL for £3.00m

The biggest departures have been:

  • Adrian Embarba to Espanyol for £10.00m
  • Alex Moreno to Real Betis for £9.70m
  • Fran Beltran to Celta De Vigo for £8.00m
  • Leo Baptistao to Atletico Madrid for £7.00m
  • Fran Garcia to Real Madrid for £5.00m

Rayo Vallecano Drama

Rayo Vallecano have received some backlash from fans after sticking by female coach Carlos Santiso. A phone call between female coach Carlos Santiso and Rayo Vallecano staff was leaked and in this phone call she made a joke remarking how they should find a girl to gang-rape to help team bonding. Obviously this remark was not taken lightly and fans were very upset. The club however decided to stick by the coach after she came out and claimed that it was a joke in the middle of a friendly conversation. Fans however are not convinced and are very unhappy about the scandal.  

Who Plays For Rayo Vallecano Now

Rayo Vallecano have a decent squad that consists of defenders Stole Dimitrievski, Dani Cardenas, Florian Lejeune, Abdul Mumin, Aridane Hernandez, Jorge Moreno, Martin Pascual, Alfonso Espino, Pep Chavarria and Ivan Balliu. There midfield features players like Oscar Valentin, Kike Perez, Unai Lopez, Pathe Ciss, Oscar Trejo, Randy Nteka and Jose Pozo. Their attack has strong depth with players like Alvaro Garcia, Bebe, Isi Palazon, Jorge De Frutos, Salvi Sanchez, Sergio Camello, Raul De Thomas, Radamel Falcao, Andres Martin and Sergio Moreno.

What Have Rayo Vallecano Won

Rayo Vallecano have only 1 Spanish 2nd Tier Championship throughout their history.

Rayo Vallecano 2023/24 Season Predictions

This season we predict Rayo Vallecano will finish mid-table and may be in a relegation battle. They have lost their manager before the season and their squad lacks quality to compete. The current manager is an unknown entity and it’s impossible to predict how he will perform.

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