Albacete Balompié, S.A.D. is a Spanish football team based in Albacete, in the autonomous community of Castile-La Mancha. Founded on August 2, 1940, it currently plays in the second division, holding home matches at Estadio Carlos Belmonte, with a 17,300-seat capacity.
The club was founded in 1940, under the name Albacete Fútbol Asociación, being later changed in an attempt to make it sound "more Spanish". After years playing in the lower leagues, Albacete first played in the second level in 1985–86, repeating the feat five seasons later.
In 1989, Benito Floro consecutively promoted it from the third to La Liga, overachieving for a seventh place in the first season in the top level. Floro would later coach Real Madrid, returning to Alba two seasons later, as the club were relegated in 1995–96.
After years in the second division facing serious economic and sporting difficulties, Albacete returned to the topflight in the 2002–03 campaign, led by César Ferrando (later of Atlético de Madrid). However, it dropped in 2004–05, after just six wins from 38 matches, going on to stabilize in the subsequent seasons in the second level.
The numbers are established according to the official website: www.albacete-bp.es and www.lfp.es Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
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