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Celta history by decades

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1923

On the 23rd of August 1923 RC Celta was born following the fusion of the Vigo Sporting and the Fortune of Vigo under the helm of Manuel of Castro “Handicap” and Juan Baliño Ledo. The team’s first colours were the red and black

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1928

On the 30th of December 1928, the stadium of Balaídos was inaugurated. RC Celta beat Real Union de Irún in a historic opening 7-0 victory.

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1936

In the 1935/36 season, RC Celta achieve promotion to the First Division for the first time, after finishing first in Second Division.

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1939

After three years without being able to play in LaLiga due to the Civil War, Nolete scored RC Celta’s first ever goal in First Division.

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1945

In July 1945 the mayor of Vigo, Luis Suárez Llanos Penacho, announces the acquisition of the Balaídos Stadium by Celta.

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1948

Chamartín hosted RC Celta’s first Cup final. Sevilla won 4-1 after the Vigo team was left three players down due to injury and without Pahiño, who was sent off.

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1950

RC Celta beat Nástic 10-1, in the biggest win in the history of the sky-blue team.

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1966

Manolo makes his debut, the player who would make the most appearances in the history of RC Celta.

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1971

RC Celta qualify for European competition for the first time. Their first rival was Aberdeen, who beat Celta in both games of the tie.

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1976

Goalkeeper Fenoy becomes the team's top scorer that season.

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1982

With Pavic as manager, RC Celta are promoted from Second Division B to First Division in just two seasons.

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1988

Quinocho, a historic RC Celta player, dies in an assault at the club's offices.

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1994

RC Celta play their second Cup final against Zaragoza. After reaching the penalty shootout, the game is won by Zaragoza.

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1997

RC Celta achieve their first win in European competition against the Romanian FC Argeş Piteşti thanks to a goal from Juan Sánchez.

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2000

RC Celta win the Intertoto Cup after beating Zenit Saint Petersburg in the final.

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2001

RC Celta returns to play a Cup final against Zaragoza and once again falls to the Aragonese team.

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2004

After a historic season, RC Celta qualify for the Champions League after finishing fourth in the League and beating Slavia Prague in the previous round.

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2012

RC Celta achieve their most recent promotion to the First Division.

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2013

RC Celta avoids relegation in an agonizing end of season, which the odds said were 4% probable.

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2017

In an unprecedented campaign, RC Celta reach the Cup and Europa League semi-finals. In both tournaments they are on the verge of contesting the final.