With the World Cup coming to a close, and club season right around the corner, I've noticed some people here saying they don't know who to follow, Barcelona or Real Madrid. Well guess what?? There are 18 other teams to choose from in La Liga! Here, I've made a short introduction for each team, including the newest promoted members. Warning! If you don't like to read, this post is probably not for you. Also, there aren't any pictures :( Feel free to add them in the comments, though! I mean we hardly get posts about Aitor Ocio, so I expect to see his fine ass in the comments.
Just a couple things:
I tried to steer clear of the politics. That discussion almost always ends messy.
Contrary to popular belief, teams that have 'Real' in their name, aren't the real teams, and everyone else is fake. This means that sometime in their history, they were marked by Spanish Royalty. You can also tell who these teams are by a crown in the crest.
The order of the teams is how they finished last year, with Barcelona first and the three that were promoted last
This post explains how La Liga works
If you still have questions, feel free to ask them! There are enough La Liga followers in here to help you out
If I got something wrong, let me know.
Basics: Founded in 1899; Nickname: Barça; Supporters: Culés; Stadium: Camp Nou
HBICs: Manager: Pep Guardiola; President: Sandro Rosell (he's brand spankin new)
Biggest Rivals: Real Madrid and Espanyol (derby)
You need to know: Throughout the years, Barcelona has become an emblem for Catalan culture and pride and they proudly represent it on the soccer field. Under the Franco regime, the Catalan language and symbols were banned and the team was forced to change their name to Club de Fútbol Barcelona in 1939. The Catalan flag was also removed from the club shield. Despite this, the stadium remained one of the only places during Franco's regime where Catalan could be spoken and their flags could be displayed freely. In 1974, the club name was changed back to Futbol Club Barcelona.
Fun Facts: Camp Nou is the most visited tourist attraction in Barcelona. It is also one of the biggest stadium in the world, sitting 100,000 spectators. 'Culés,' Barcelona supporters' nickname, is the Catalan word for 'ass'. This nickname originated in the twenties from Barça fans who sat in the highest row of the stadium with their culers visible to passerbys.
Famous Players: Johan Cruyff, Ronaldinho, Figo, Ronaldo, Pep Guardiola, Samuel Eto'o, Romario, Messi, Thierry Henry,
Club Honors and Trophies: La Liga Titles: 20; Copa Del Rey: 25; UEFA Champions League: 3; UEFA Cup: 4; In 2008-09 season, they had a sextuple, winning 6 trophies in one season: La Liga, Copa del Rey, Supercopa de España, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup.
Basics: Founded: 1902; Nickname:Los Merengues, Los Madridistas, Los Blancos, Los Vikingos; Supporters: Madridistas; Stadium: Santiago Bernabeu
HBICs: Manager: Jose Mourinho (he's spankin new too); President: Florentino Perez
Biggest Rivals: Barcelona, Atletico Madrid (derby)
You Need To Know: Santiago Bernabeu, our stadium's namesake, was a former president who in 1943, found the club in a poor state (as was all Spanish football at this time) with the civil war only having terminated in 1939 and its effects still being felt. Seizing the mood of Madrid he embarked on a project to give the city a stadium. Ten years later, in 1953, Santiago instigated the "Galactico" policy. Realizing that overseas players could, in some positions, be better than Spanish ones he set out to sign the best players in the world at any one time. In 1955 Santiago made his last great contribution and persuaded what is now UEFA to inaugurate the European Cup competition, laterday name the Champions league.
Fun Facts: Only Spanish citizens are able to run for the presidency. When Real Madrid win a trophy, they parade around Plaza de Cibiles in the center of Madrid. It is customary to drape the goddess Cybele in Real Madrid flags. Even though Real Madrid were first to have the idea, every club who has a player from another country also has Galacticos.
Famous Players: Alfredo di Stefano, José Antonio Camacho, Raúl, Ronaldo, Figo (yes, he and Ronaldo played for both Barca & Real), Zinedine Zidane, David Beckham, Fabio Cannavaro, Iker Casillas, Roberto Carlos
Club Honors and Trophies: La Liga: 31; Copa Del Rey: 17; UEFA Champions League: 9; UEFA Cup: 2. Real Madrid have been named by FIFA as the most successful club in Europe in the 20th Century.
Basics: Founded:1919 ; Nickname:Merengots, Xotos, Los Che Stadium: Mestalla
HBICs: Manager: Unai Emery; President: Manuel Llorente
Biggest Rivals: Villarreal, Levante
You need to know: Before the founding of Valencia FC, there was already football in the city although there was no dominant club. It is said that football arrived in Valencia by the workers in the citrus fruits export business, who had visited Great Britain the cradle of football. In the 1985-86 season, Valencia was relegated to the Segunda Division. For the rest of the decade and through the 90's, they worked their way back into La Liga. Their trophy drought was over in 1999, when they won Copa Del Rey and the next year, made it to the UEFA Champions League Final (they made it to the finals the year after that, as well.) Currently, Valencia is having some financial difficulties, but if their history is anything to go by, they will come out stronger and better than before.
Fun Facts: The bat on Valencia’s crest is taken from the city’s Coat of Arms. Legend had it that just before James I, King of Aragaon, conquered the city from the Moors, a bat landed on top of his flag, which he interpreted as a good sign. Mario Kempes is one of the most famous players to suit up for Valencia. Every Sunday, the whole of Mestella would shout: "Don't say 'Kempes' say 'Goals'!!" Valencia also has marching bands perform at their stadium!
Famous Players: Ignacio Eizaguirre, Mario Kempes, David Villa, David Silva, Ever Banega, Carlos Marchena, Miguel Ángel Moyà
Club Honors and Trophies: La Liga: 6; Copa Del Rey: 7; UEFA Cup: 1;
Basics: Founded: 1905; Nickname: Sevillistas; Supporters: Biris Stadium: Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán
HBICs: Manager: Manolo Jiménez; President: José María del Nido
Biggest Rivals: Betis
You need to know: Sevilla have had a resurgance since 2000, after spending most of the second half of the 20th century in the mid table of La Liga or in the Segunda Divison. Del Nido brought fiscal stability to the club and they have qualified for Europe as well as winning the Copa Del Rey this past season. The club supports one of the best training academies in the country, which have produced excellent players. Sevilla is also the club of Antonio Puerta, who, on the first day of the 2007-08 season, passed away after suffering a heart failure on the pitch.
Fun Facts: Sevilla is basically owned by the fans, with stock distributed across a few major holders and a large base of the fans. It was the first Andalusian club to qualify for Europe and after winning the Copa del Rey in June 2007, Sevilla C.F. equalled the record number of official matches won by a team in a single season in the history of national football, by achieving 39 victories. In that same year, Sevilla became became the first club to remain at the top of the world club ranking for a whole year under Juande Ramos.
Famous Players: Diego Maradona, Rinat Dasaev, Jose Antonio Reyes, Julio Baptista, Sergio Ramos, Jesus Navas, Luis Fabiano
Club Honors and Trophies: La Liga: 1; Copa Del Rey: 5; UEFA Cup: 1; UEFA Supercup: 1
Basics: Founded: 1916 Nickname: Bermellones, Barralets, Ensaimada Mecánica; Stadium: ONO Estadi
HBICs: Manager: Michael Laudrup; President: Lorenzo Serra Ferrer
You need to know: In its history, Mallorca has spent 20 seasons in the Primera, 29 in Segunda, 2 in Segunda B and 11 in Tercera. Probably the greatest achievement in the club's history was to win the Copa del Rey in the 2002-2003 season, scoring 3 goals to nil against Recreativo de Huelva. This past season, they qualified for Europe for the second year in a row. Mallorca is located in Palma, on the Balearic Islands and is the oldest football club from those islands.
Fun Facts: Rafa Nadal's uncle, Miguel Angel Nadal, holds the record for most appearances. Samuel Eto'o, who played for four seasons with Mallorca, once spent €30,000 on food for traveling supporters who made the journet to see them play in the in the Copa Del Rey final against Recreativo de Huelva. Their location requires them to use a plane for every away match.
Famous Players: Miguel Angel Nadal, Samuel Eto'o, Dani Guiza, Nunes
Club Honors and Trophies: Copa Del Rey: 1; Segunda Division: 2; Best finish in La Liga: 3rd;
Basics: Founded: Either 1924 or 1945, depending who you ask. The club dismantled in 1930 but was started again in 1945 Nickname: Azulones, El Geta, Los Burgers (will explain later) Supporters: Marea Azules or Azulones; Stadium: Coliseum Alfonso Pérez
HBICs: Manager: Míchel; President: Ángel Torres
Biggest Rivals: Historically, their rival is Leganés but they are no longer in the same division; They also have a big brother-little brother rivalry with Real Madrid and have been known to show their best football when playing against Real.
You Need to Know: Getafe was started by 5 football fans who thought their suburb deserved a football team, outside of Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid. The club spent most of the 20th Century in the 3rd (now Segunda B) and Segunda Divisions and in 1982, it went out of business! They started a new club with the same name and it wasn't until 1996 when they made it back to the Segunda Division. Getafe shocked all of Spanish football when they made La Liga in the 2003-04 season and they haven't looked back since.
Fun Facts: Getafe is commonly known as Real Madrid B, as a lot of players start of at Getafe and later move to Real Madrid, or rise in Real Madrid's youth system then move to Getafe. One of their main sponsors is Burger King and the King has become sort of a mascot. Under their kits, for goal scoring celebrations, is the face of the King. The Burger King also makes appearances during games, often seen sitting next to the president of the club. They have some of the cheapest tickets in La Liga. Also, they celebrate every victory, important or not, at the Cibelina statue in the center of their town.
Famous Players: Not a lot of big names but I'm sure everyone knows Rubén de la Red, Miguel Torres and Esteban Granero :)
Club Honors and Trophies: Well....they're still new to the league so give them time, but Getafe made it to the quarter-finals in the 2007-08 UEFA Cup
Basics: Founded: 1923; Nickname: The Yellow Submarine; Stadium: Madrigal
HBICs: Manager: Juan Carlos Garrido; President: Fernando Roig Alfonso
Biggest Rival: Valencia and Castellon, both are fairly local rivalries.
You Need to Know: After the Spanish Civil War, which brought Spanish football to a halt, Villarreal spent years in the very low regional leagues until they made Segunda Division in 1970. It wasn't until 1998 that Villarreal made La Liga for the first time. That year, they were relegated but bounced back in 2000 and haven't been relegated since. Villarreal often show their strength in European competitions, winning the Inferto Cup twice, making it to the semi-finals in the UEFA Cup two times and making it to the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League in 2006, eliminating Inter Milan and Manchester United on their way.
Fun Facts: They got their nickname (The Yellow Submarine, in English) from their bright yellow home kits. The mascot, Groguet, has a submarine head
Famous players:Riquelme, Sorín, Santi Cazorla (he has to be one of the funniest guys ever), Marcos Senna, Diego Forlan, Robert Pires, Juan Capdevila, Giuseppe Rossi, Nilmar and they still have the rights to Jozy Altidore as well.
Club Honors and Trophies: They are relitively new to La Liga yet they have made an impact in European competitions, winning the Intertoto Cup twice. They finished 3rd in La Liga in 2006, their best so far.
Basics: Founded: 1898; Nickname: Rojiblancos, Los Leones, Zurrigorri; Stadium: San Mames
HBICs: Manager: Joaquin Caparros; President: Garcia Macua
Biggest Rival: The return of the Basque Derby as Real Sociedad were promoted this year! (more on them later) and Osasuna
You Need to Know: Athletic Bilbao are based in Bilbao the Basque Country, and have been in La Liga since 1928. They try to only sign professional players native to the Basque provinces, but have been known to sign players of Basque descendant born outside of the Basque Country. They have a very strong youth development program and believe highly in developing their younger stars to become full time professionals. They are the fourth most successful team in la Liga and one of three teams to never have been relegated (Real Madrid and Barcelona are the other two). They are the second most successful club in the Copa Del Rey competition, only behind Barcelona.
Fun Facts: Pichici, scored the first goal in La Liga for Athletic Bilbao and now the highest scorer in La Liga is named Pichici in his honour. Their nickname, Los Leones (The Lions) comes from their proximity to San Mames Cathedral. San Mames was thrown to the lions by the Romans but wasn't eaten. He was later named a saint. Their stadium, San Mames, is also nicknamed 'The Cathedral'
Famous Players: Zarra, Pichici, Jose Iribar, Fernando Llorente, Javi Martinez, Aitor Ocio,
Club Honors and Trophies: La Liga: 8; Copa Del Rey: 24; UEFA CUP Runner Up: once
Basics: Founded: 1903; Nickname: Los Colchoneros, Los Indios, Atleti, Rojiblancos; Stadium: Estadio Vincente Calderon
HBICs: Manager: Quique Sánchez Flores; President: Enrique Cerezo
Biggest Rival: Real Madrid and Getafe
Fun Facts: Their kits are very similar to Bilbao's because of their founders being such fans. Their nicknames all have interesting meanings: Los Colchoneros(The Mattress Makers) because their kits look like old fashioned mattresses. Los Indios (the Indians) because they were the first club to sign players from South America after the ban. Other theories are the name could come from their proximity to the River Bank or because los Indios are the rivals of los Blancos (the whites, Real Madrid's nickname). They're also known as los suffradors (the sufferors) because of the emotional ups and downs of the club and Patético de Madrid (you can probably figure that one out). Atletico Madrid are also known as a blue collar team and say they are for the working public of Madrid. (Kind of like Real Madrid are for the upperclass, Atletico is for the lower class). When Atletico win a trophy, the team celebrates by sharing a large paella with their supporters.
Famous Players: Vicente Calderon, Luis Aragonés, Kiko, Fernando Torres, Diego Forlan, Kun Agüero
Club Honors and Trophies: La Liga: 9; Copa Del Rey: 9; UEFA Champions League runners up: 1
Biggest Rival: Celta de Vigo (but they're in the Segunda Division now) and Valencia to some extent.
You Need to Know: Deportivo is located on the Galician region of Spain. During the 20th century, Coruña had a tumultuous path. Reaching the highets levels and sinking to the lowest. They've survived hrough uncertain times, immersed in strong debts and being the forgotten team, through resounding defeats and unforgettable triumphs, till the greatest moment in Real Club Deportivo de La Coruña's history- their first La Liga title obtained in the season of 1999-2000. 1994-2000 are said to be their glory years. Then, the club with only 5,000 members, won La Liga, remained in the top 3 teams in Spain and was ranked 4th in the world. They reached the Champion's League semifinals and beat Real Madrid at the Bernabeu on Real's 100th anniversary. But by 2005, times had changed, they were in heavy debt and floated around the bottom of the table. However, they are now on an upturn, finishing 10th this year, even though their budget is dwarfed by the top 9 teams.
Fun Facts: There are Turkish flags in the Riazor because other supporters, especially those from Vigo, call Deportivo supporters "Turcos" as an insult. But the Riazor Blues section have taken this name with pride and therefore wave the flags during matches. Deportivo were given the mark of royalty by King Alfonso XIII, changing their name to Real Club Deportivo de La Coruña in 1906. (Other clubs marked by royalty have 'Real' in their name as well).
Famous Players: Luis Suárez, Rivaldo, Álvaro Arbeloa, Joan Capdevila, Fabricio Coloccini
Club Honors and Trophies: La Liga: 1; Copa del Rey: 2; Supercopa de España: 1
Basics: Founded: 1900 Nickname: Periquitos, Blanquiblaus; Stadium: Estadio Olimpico Lluis Companys
HBICs: Manager: Mauricio Pochettino President: Daniel Sanchez Llibre
Biggest Rival: Barcelona
You Need to Know: Espanyol was founded in part to contrast Barcelona’s foreign founders; in other words, their founding members were Spanish rather than the foreigners who established most of the other clubs in Spain, including Barcelona. It is this ‘Spanishness’ that has loomed large in the club’s history. Given royal patronage by Alfonso XIII in 1912, the club then became Real Club Deportivo Español. But later changed the spelling of 'Español' to the Catalan language, 'Espanyol'. Although they frequently live in the shadow of their neighbor, Barcelona, Espanyol is a force to be reckoned with, even though they've never won La Liga. Like Sevilla, Espanyol has also suffered the loss of a tram member recently. Dani Jarque, their captain, passed away from a heart attack while the team was training during the preseason, in August 2009.
Fun Facts: When the club was first started, their kits consisted of bright yellow shirts and the color of shorts determined by the individual team member. Their kits were later changed to striped white and blue. Ricardo Zamora became one of Spain's first world class goalkeepers. He started his first game at the age of 16. The Zamora Trophy, the award for the best La Liga goalkeeper, has his namesake. In recent years, Espanyol has been financially restrained, spending most of their money on building their new stadium.
Famous Players: Ricardo Zamora, Luis Aragonés, Juande Ramos, Daniel Jarque, Raul Tamudo,
Club Honors and Trophies: Copa Del Rey: 4; UEFA Cup Runners Up: 2
Basics: Founded: 1920 Nickname: Los Rojillos, Gorritxoak Stadium: Reyno de Navarra
HBICs: Manager: José Antonio Camacho President: Patxi Isco
Biggest Rival: Athletic Bilbao, Zaragoza
You Need to Know: Commonly known as the "hometown" club, Osasuna is one of the few La Liga teams with the highest amount of local players, trained and grown in the lower divisions, from there, they progress and step into the first team squad. This has always been one of Osasuna’s main features, with young local team-mates sharing values throughout their progress within the club, up to their arrival to the first squad. Even though they have the third lowest budget in La Liga, Osasuna have made appearances in European competitions and in 2006, finished fourth in La Liga, their highest position, ever.
Fun Facts: 'Osasuna' is a toast to good health in the Basque language. Among all the clubs in La Liga, Osasuna is second in the ranking of season-ticket holders per city inhabitants, only after Villarreal CF. In the past six seasons, they've only purchased one player, with the others coming from rising through the ranks of Osasuna or coming from the lower divisions.
Famous Players: Nuno, Aitor Ocio, Carlos Vela; Javi Martinez was played for Osasuna B. Rafa Benitez was a manager and Real Madrid legend Camacho is their present one.
Club Honors and Trophies: They've won trophies in the lower leagues but their greatest achievement in La Liga has been runner up in Copa Del Rey and made the semifinals of the UEFA Cup.
Basics: Founded: 1989 Nickname: Rojiblancos; Stadium: Juegos Mediterraneos
HBICs: Manager: President:
Biggest Rival: Any team in Andalucia
You Need to Know: UD America was originally founded in 1989 as Almeria Club de Futbol (Almeria CF) but in 2001 they merged with Polideportivo Almeria to form UD Almeria. UD Almeria is often confused with AD Almeria who played in La Liga between 1979 and 1981 and went defunct the very next year. AD Almeria and UD Almeria are totally different clubs. They have spent most of their time in the Segunda Division but were promoted for finishing 2nd in 2007 at the helm of Unai Emery (Valencia's current manager). In their first year in the Premier division finished 8th.
Fun Facts: UD Almeria is the youngest club in La Liga.
Famous Players: Ranko Popović, Rolon, Alvaro Negredo
Club Honors and Trophies: None yet! But they're still young.
Basics: Founded: 1932; Nickname: Blanquillos, Maños; Stadium: La Romareda
HBICs: Manager: José Aurelio Gay; President: Agapito Iglesias
Biggest Rival: Osasuna
You Need to Know: Real Zaragoza have played the majority of their history, a total of 45 seasons, in La Liga. Being more of a specialist cup side, they have not managed to win the league, although they have come in second on one occasion. In the 2001-02 season they were relegated from the Primera for the first time in 25 years; however, they earned promotion back to La Liga the following season. Their last appearance in European competition was during the 2006-07 season.
Fun Facts: Real Zaragoza was originally formed out of two rival teams, Iberia SC and Real Zaragoza CD. They didn't win their first award until the 1960's and those are considered their glory years. They were nicknamed 'Los Magnificos' and while they failed to capture the league title, they did succeed in finishing in the top 5 every year from the 1960/61 season up until the 1968/69 season
Famous Players: Canario, Eleutario Santos, Marcelino, Juan Seminario, Diego Milito, Jermaine Pennant
Club Honors and Trophies: Copa Del Rey: 6; Spanish Supercup: 1; UEFA Cup Winners Cup: 1
Basics: Founded: 1905 Nickname: Rojiblancos; Supporters: Sportinguistas; Stadium: El Molinón
HBICs: Manager: Manuel Preciado; President: Manuel Vega-Arango
Biggest Rival: Real Oviedo (they're no longer in La Liga, though :( )
You Need to Know: Sporting Gijon have a long history in Spanish football, being the 6th oldest club, but it was only in the 2008-09 season that Sporting returned after 10 years in the Segunda Division. During their 'golden era,' (1977-1998) they stayed in La Liga for 27 out of 28 seasons. A major title still eludes them but they have finished second in La Liga, have had two appearances in the final of the Copa del Rey and six UEFA Cup campaigns over the years.
Fun Facts: They have had four name changes and 10 different crests. All have included red and white stripes, which comes from the flag of the city. Sporting play in the oldest football stadium in Spain, El Molinón, using it since 1915.
Famous Players: Joaquín, Quini, David Villa
Club Honors and Trophies: La Liga: Best finish was 2nd; Segunda Division Titles: 6
Basics: Founded: 1913 Nickname: Racinguistas, Verdiblancos, Montañeses; Stadium: El Sardinero
HBICs: Manager: Miguel Angel Portugal President: Francisco Pernia
Biggest Rival: Real Valladolid
You Need to Know: The best result of the club was 2nd in 1930-31 season. They qualified for the UEFA Cup in the 2006/2007 season, and also reached the semi-final of the Copa del Rey in 2010.
Fun Facts: The nickname 'Verdiblancos' translates as 'the Green and White' for the club colors while 'Montañeses' is a name for natives of Cantabria. The Racing Santander emblem includes a crown to symbolize their royal patronage, and an old school football. Their stadium is two blocks from the beach and they share the same name, El Sardinero.
Famous Players: Yossi Benayoun, Ezequiel Garay, Sergio Canales
Club Honors and Trophies: none in La Liga but they've won one title in the Segunda Division
Basics: Founded: Technically 1948 but the present form was started in 1994; Nickname: Boquerones; Stadium: La Rosaleda
HBICs: Manager: Jesualdo Ferreira President: Fernando Sanz
Biggest Rival: any club from Andalucia
You Need to Know: Malaga CF in its present form is a relatively young team having been constituted on the 29th June 1994. Before that it was known as Atlético Malagueño and was founded in 1948. Their first seasons (from 92-95) were spent in the third division, had some financial difficulties and were at the point of disappearing from the football scene when in 94/95 Federico Beltrán and Fernando Puche came to their rescue financially. Since then, they have risen through the Segunda Division and in 99, made La Liga. Two years later, they qualified for European competition.
Fun Facts: Between 1961 and 1983 the club organized its own summer tournament, the Trofeo Costa del Sol. The former CD Málaga won this competition themselves on three occasions, beating Real Madrid, Red Star Belgrade and Derby County in the finals. After a long time of inactivity from 1983 onwards, the competition was revived in 2003. Since then, the current Málaga CF has won the competition on two occasions, beating Newcastle United F.C. and Real Betis.
Famous Players: Alexis, Duda
Club Honors and Trophies: UEFA Intertoto Cup: 1; Segunda Division: 1
Basics: Founded: 1909; Nickname: Txuri-urdin; Stadium: Anoeta
HBICs: Manager: Martín Lasarte President: Jokin Aperribay
Biggest Rival: Athletic Bilbao
You Need to Know: The team has generally fluctuated between La Liga and the Segunda Divisions, and in one period (during the 1940s) managing to be relegated and promoted seven times. The best period of the team's history must be the early 1980s. In 2002-03 season, led by home grown star, Xabi Alonso, Real Sociedad finished second in La Liga.
Fun Facts: Like Athletic Bilbao, Real Sociedad used to only sign and play Basque players. This changed in 1989 when they signed John Aldridge, an Irishman from Liverpool. The club name means Royal Society of Football and in Basque, is called 'Erreala'
Famous Players: John Aldridge, Xabi Alonso,
Club Honors and Trophies: La Liga: 2; Copa Del Rey: 2; Supercopas: 1
Basics: Founded: 1909 Nickname: Granotes Stadium: Ciutat de València
HBICs: Manager: Luis García Plaza President: Quico Catalán
Biggest Rival: Valencia
You Need to Know: During the civil war the Levante FC ground was destroyed but their squad remained intact. In contrast Gimnástico CF had a ground, Campo de Vallejo, but had lost most of their players. As a result, the two clubs merged in 1939 to become Unión Deportiva Levante-Gimnástico. In 1941 they adopted the current name Levante Unión Deportiva.
Fun Facts: Levante have only spent 4 seasons in La Liga, making their first appearance in 1963. In 2009, as a protest to not being paid, the players refused to move for several seconds of their game vs Deprotivo.
Famous Players: Johann Cruyff, Sergio Garcia
Club Honors and Trophies: none in La Liga
Basics: Founded: 1992 Nickname: Herculanos, Blanquiazules, Stadium: José Rico Pérez
HBICs: Manager: Esteban Vigo President: Valentin Botella Ros
Biggest Rival: any team from Valencia
You Need to Know: Hercules has spent most of their time in Segunda Division with only a couple appearances in La Liga
Fun Facts: This season will be their first in La Liga since 1996.
Famous Players: Mario Kempes, Waldo, Luis Aragonés,
Club Honors and Trophies: none in La Liga
The three teams who were relegated are: Valladolid, Tenerife, Xerez
Source: google, wiki, my brain, my twitter friends, oleole, la liga weekly, anais_molko , etc., probably random people in this community too.