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FCB - REAL ZARAGOZA / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ

HISTORY

Real Zaragoza FC was formed in 1932 by the fusion of various local clubs – the oldest of which,
Iberia, dated back to the start of the century. After a first decade in which the Civil War limited
their participation, the team enjoyed their first real taste of success in the 1960s when they
were known as “Los Magnificos” and reached four Spanish Cup and two Fairs Cup finals,
winning the domestic trophy twice and beating Valencia 2-1 in the Camp Nou in the 1964
Fairs Cup final for their first ever European title. In the 1973-74 season, Zaragoza came third
in the league and the following season they went one better ending as runners up, but they
were then relegated in 1977 and spent a year in the second division before bouncing back
and beating Barça 1-0 in the 1986 Spanish Cup Final . The 1990s saw them take their second
European title when in the last minute of extra time, Nayim lofted a spectacular 50-yard effort
over the head of Arsenal keeper David Seaman to give his team the UEFA Cup in 1995. After
another season in the second division in 2002, just a year after they had won another Spanish
Cup, a title they again took in 2004 and followed up with the Spanish Super Cup, they rounded
off what looked to be a successful return to the elite by beating Barça and Real Madrid on their
way to the 2006 Spanish Cup Final. However, they were well beaten by Espanyol and two years
later they were again relegated. Although they came straight back up, the last three seasons
have seen them struggle with relegation and this year they are again down at the bottom.

FORM GUIDE

When Antonio Jimenez took over as boss in January, it looked as if Zaragoza were doomed to
relegation and that impression grew as they took just 5 points from their next 7 games, leaving
them 11 points off safety at the start of March. Last month saw the start of an incredible fight
back though, as Zaragoza beat Villarreal. Valencia, Atletico Madrid and Sporting, as well as
drawing with Osasuna. Those 13 points in six games have taken them up to 18th, just 4 points
off Villarreal and safety and they have now gone three games unbeaten at home.

THE BARÇA CONNECTION

There have been plenty of players who’ve played at both La Romareda and the Camp Nou over
the years, of the current squad most notably David Villa(2003-05) and Gerard Piqué (2006-
07), whilst ex-boss Frank Rijkaard played with Zaragoza in the 87-89 season and Barça legend
Victor Muñoz started his career with them, playing from 1976 to 1981 and then returned to
managed them between 2004 and 2006.

ONES TO WATCH

Helder Postiga was once hailed as the latest Portuguese wonder kid and was a leading light
in Mourinho’s UEFA Cup winning team at Porto. However, a disappointing season in England
with Spurs was followed by an unhappy return to Porto, before moving to Panathanaikos and
Sporting, where he again failed to fulfil his early promise. In 2011 he signed for Zaragoza and
although it’s been a tough season, he is the team’s leading scorer with seven goals.

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