Spain Primera Liga 05/25 16:30 38 [16] Rayo Vallecano v Athletic Bilbao [5] L 0-1
Spain Primera Liga 05/19 17:00 37 [2] Barcelona v Rayo Vallecano [15] L 3-0
Spain Primera Liga 05/15 17:30 36 [16] Rayo Vallecano v Granada [19] W 2-1
Spain Primera Liga 05/12 16:30 35 [9] Valencia v Rayo Vallecano [17] D 0-0
Spain Primera Liga 05/05 19:00 34 [16] Rayo Vallecano v Almeria [20] L 0-1
Spain Primera Liga 04/28 16:30 33 [10] Villarreal v Rayo Vallecano [15] L 3-0
Spain Primera Liga 04/20 14:15 32 [16] Rayo Vallecano v Osasuna [11] W 2-1
Spain Primera Liga 04/13 14:15 31 [16] Rayo Vallecano v Getafe [11] D 0-0
Spain Primera Liga 03/31 12:00 30 [17] Celta Vigo v Rayo Vallecano [16] D 0-0
Spain Primera Liga 03/17 17:30 29 [17] Rayo Vallecano v Real Betis [7] W 2-0
Spain Primera Liga 03/10 13:00 28 [13] CD Alaves v Rayo Vallecano [16] L 1-0
Spain Primera Liga 03/02 15:15 27 [14] Rayo Vallecano v Cadiz [18] D 1-1


Matches played 49 19 30
Wins 11 4 7
Draws 19 8 11
Losses 19 7 12
Goals for 46 18 28
Goals against 62 26 36
Clean sheets 17 4 13
Failed to score 21 7 14

Wikipedia - Rayo Vallecano

Rayo Vallecano de Madrid, S.A.D. (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈraʝo βaʎeˈkano ðe maˈðɾið]), often abbreviated to Rayo (Spanish for "thunderbolt"), is a Spanish professional football club based in Madrid, in the neighbourhood of Vallecas. The club competes in La Liga, the top flight of Spanish football.

Founded on 29 May 1924, the club is known for its sociocultural tradition, recognized for representing the barrio-local culture and its working-class status. Its home matches has been played at the 14,708-capacity Campo de Fútbol de Vallecas stadium since 1976.

During its history, Rayo has spent 19 seasons in the top-flight, and have played in one European competition, the UEFA Cup in the 2000–01 season. The club won the 2017–18 Segunda División. By historical performance, Rayo is the third best club in Community of Madrid, after Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid.


Establishment and early years

Rayo Vallecano was founded on 29 May 1924 in the hometown of Prudencia Priego, wife of the club's first president Julián Huerta. Greatly inspired by River Plate (a Football club from Argentina), in 1949, after an agreement with Atlético Madrid, a red diagonal stripe was added to the team's kit, and the club reached Tercera División for the first time in its history.

Yo-yo years

One of the perennial yo-yo clubs of Spanish football, and always in the shadow of the two biggest clubs in the city (Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid), Rayo Vallecano spent many years during the 1980s and 1990s moving back and forth between La Liga and Segunda División. The 1983-84 season was the worst during the 1980s. The club finished in the last position in Segunda División and was relegated to Segunda División B.

Due to a tragedy Rayo Vallecano turned out to be Laurie Cunningham's last club; he was killed in a car crash just outside Madrid in 1989, after a sole season. He had recently won an F.A. Cup winners medal with Wimbledon F.C. in England the previous year and had also represented neighbours Real Madrid for four years.

They appeared to have consolidated their top flight status after gaining promotion in 1999, and the team's most successful season came in 2000–01 when they reached the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup, going out only to eventual runners-up Alavés; Rayo finished ninth in the previous campaign, but entered the competition via the fair play draw.

2003–11: Segunda División and below

Deportivo de La Coruña vs. Rayo Vallecano

However, the club shortly thereafter fell on hard times, enduring successive relegations in 2003 and 2004. For 2005–06 manager Míchel, a Real Madrid legend in the 1980s and '90s, was hired.

Rayo finished the 2006–07 season in second place in Segunda División B, winning the promotion play-off semifinal but losing in the final to Eibar (1–2 aggregate). The following campaign, the team returned to division two after a four-year absence after a victorious run in the playoffs, disposing of Benidorm in the semi-final and Zamora in the last game 2–1 on aggregate.

In its first seasons back in the second tier of Spanish football, Rayo finished comfortably, often either in or just outside the promotion places. In 2010–11, the team ranked in second position and returned to the top flight after an eight-year absence, only trailing champions Real Betis in spite of very serious economic problems.

2011–: La Liga and Segunda División yo-yo

Diego Costa with Rayo Vallecano in 2012
Chart of Rayo Vallecano league performance 1929–2023

In March 2014, Huawei agreed to sponsor Rayo Vallecano for two league matches against Real Madrid and Athletic Bilbao.

In August 2015, Rayo Vallecano purchased the majority of Oklahoma City FC, a NASL expansion franchise which had yet to officially play a game renaming the club to Rayo OKC, despite the stadium increasingly needing work. It was the first ever entry of a Spanish club into the American sports market and mirrored a 2013 sponsorship agreement with Qbao in terms of expanding the club's profile overseas. Rayo OKC folded after a year due to Rayo Vallecano's relegation from La Liga and a dispute between the co-owners led to less finance for the U.S. side.

In May 2016, Rayo Vallecano were relegated to the Segunda División, finishing 18th in the 2015–16 La Liga season. This ended their five-year streak in La Liga, their longest ever stay in the top-flight. Their first season back in the second division was a poor one, with both problems on the field and off, and they finished in 12th position. Rayo went through three managers in the 2016–17 Segunda División season before finally settling on club legend Míchel. He revived the club from the relegation places to 12th, almost making the playoffs.

At the start of the 2017–18 Segunda División season, the club appointed their recently retired goalkeeper David Cobeño as the sporting director of the club. They secured their promotion with a 1-0 over CD Lugo with one game remaining. That season the club won Segunda División with 76 points in 42 games.

Rayo players during an away La Liga fixture versus Real Valladolid in January 2019

On 20 March 2019, the club appointed Paco Jémez as head coach, and on 4 May, Rayo was relegated back to the Segunda División after losing 4–1 to Levante UD, eventually finishing last

In August 2020, the club appointed Andoni Iraola as head coach. They finished sixth and won promotion in the playoffs against Girona FC; despite losing the first leg at home 1–2, the team came back to win the second leg 2-0 away to claim a place in La Liga for 2021–22. In February 2022, Iraola's side defeated RCD Mallorca to make the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey; it was the second time in club history and first since 1982. The club finished 12th in La Liga. This was a big achievement as they were by far the leagues smallest team, and most had predicted that they would be relegated.

Rayo Vallecano is a professional soccer team based in Madrid, Spain. The team was founded in 1924 and currently competes in La Liga, the top tier of Spanish football. Rayo Vallecano is known for its passionate fan base and its commitment to social causes, often using its platform to raise awareness for issues such as poverty and inequality.

The team plays its home matches at the Estadio de Vallecas, a historic stadium located in the Vallecas neighborhood of Madrid. Rayo Vallecano's colors are white, red, and blue, and its mascot is a lightning bolt, reflecting the team's nickname, "Los Vallecanos" (The Vallecano).

Over the years, Rayo Vallecano has had its share of success, including winning the Segunda División title multiple times and competing in European competitions. The team has also produced talented players who have gone on to have successful careers in Spain and abroad.

Rayo Vallecano is known for its attacking style of play and its never-say-die attitude on the pitch. The team's fans, known as "Bukaneros," are some of the most passionate and dedicated in Spain, creating a vibrant atmosphere at home matches.

Overall, Rayo Vallecano is a respected and beloved club in Spanish football, with a rich history and a bright future ahead.