Celta Vigo: 100 Years of success

August 23, 2023
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Celta Vigo is 100 years old as of today.

Celta Vigo: 100 Years of success

Celta Vigo is celebrating their 100th anniversary. They join 14 other La Liga clubs as centenary clubs in the league. Manuel de Castro, well known as “Handicap,” was a journalist who fought for the formalization of Celta Vigo into the organization it is today. Celta Vigo was first formed through the amalgamation of Real Fortuna Club and Vigo FC.

They are one of ten clubs to have participated in La Liga for 57 seasons or more, and they are ranked 11th in Spain all-time. Their sole achievement is the Intertoto Cup, which they won in 2000. Soon after, they welcomed one of the strongest teams in their history, led by Alexander Mostovoi and Valery Karpin, who catapulted them into the Champions League.

Celta Vigo: The Spanish Club is 100 years old now

Celta Vigo have gone close to winning the Copa del Rey three times, reaching the final but falling short. Three times—in 1936, 1982, and 1992—they have won the Segunda; their most recent effort was in 2001. In addition, they won Segunda B in 1981 and Tercera in 1941.

Os Celestes also came close to reaching the Europa League final in 2017. However, they were pipped by Manchester United after a late chance at Old Trafford. Aspas, known as the best player in club history, is the captain of both that team and the current one.

Aspas, Celta’s top goalscorer with 195 goals and only 17 games away from second place on the club’s all-time appearance list, has become a symbol of Celta and Galicia. Only Manolo Rodriguez (533 games) appears to be out of reach.

Celta are now renovating their Balaidos stadium and will open a new museum to commemorate the milestone, while musical star C. Tangana has produced a centenary ‘himno’ to be played before matches.

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