Vila-real - also named Villarreal - is a village in the Castellòn region of Spain, north of Valencia.

Situated alongside the river Mijares, it has a population of 40,124. It is the second city in the Castellòn province.

Villarreal, nicknamed the 'Yellow Submarines', qualified for their first ever Champions League campaign through a third-place finish in La Liga behind Real Madrid and champions Barcelona.

They started their campaign in August in the third qualifying round with a 4-2 aggregate victory over Everton.

Villarreal then topped Group D, finishing unbeaten above Benfica, Lille and bottom-placed Manchester United.

Rangers were overcome in the first knockout round on away goals (3-3 on aggregate) before Villarreal did the same to Inter Milan in the Quarter-Finals (2-2 on aggregate).

29.03.2006 v Internazionale (A) 1-2
04.04.2006 v Internazionale (H) 1-0

First Knockout Round
22.02.2006 v Rangers (A) 2-2
07.03.2006 v Rangers (H) 1-1

Group Stage
14.09.2005 v Man. United (H) 0-0
27.09.2005 v Lille (A) 0-0
18.10.2005 v Benfica (H) 1-1
02.11.2005 v Benfica (A) 1-0
22.11.2005 v Man. United (A) 0-0
07.12.2005 v Lille (H) 1-0 Group D Team P W D L F A Pts Villarreal 6 2 4 0 3 1 10 Benfica 6 2 2 2 5 5 8 Lille 6 1 3 2 1 2 6 Manchester United 6 1 3 2 3 4 6

Third Qualifying Round
09.08.2005 v Everton (A) 2-1
24.08.2005 v Everton (H) 2-1

Full Name
Villarreal CF

Villarreal, Eastern Spain

Manager / Coach
Manuel Pellegrini


Javier Lòpez Vallejo
Sebastián Viera
Mariano Barbosa
Juan Carlos Sánchez
Iván Pascual
Vicente Flor Bustos

Gonzalo Rodríguez
Rodolfo Arruabarrena
Quique Álvarez
Javi Venta
Juan Manuel Peña
Samuel Álvarez
Carlos Alcántara

César Arzo
Juan Román Riquelme
Roger García
Javier Calleja
Juan Pablo Sorín
Héctor Font
Alessio Tacchinardi
Marcos Senna
Santiago Cazorla
José Javier Rubio Gòmez

Diego Forlán
Antonio Guayre
José María Romero
Xisco Nadal
Guillermo Franco

Euopean honours
UEFA Intertoto Cup

El Madrigal


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6 Apr 2006