CD OLIMPIC DE XATIVA
THE 1ST INDIAN FOOTBALL CLUB TO EXPAND OPERATIONS TO EUROPE
Through the acquisition of C.D Olímpic de Xàtiva, a 3rd Division Club, Sudeva FC became the first Indian club to acquire a European club (in the Spanish League) situated in Xativa, 25 minutes from the city of Valencia. Indian football has, for long, needed a robust channel that gives young talent international exposure.
By acquiring a club that has the following teams:-
- 1 1st team- 3rd Division
- 1 reserve team- 6th Division
- 1 team- 4th Division- Only Sponsor
- 3 U-19 teams
- 2 U-16 teams and
- Numerous U-10/12/15 teams
Sudeva offers Indian players an established platform and gateway to Spanish football that will take them far beyond the current horizon of summer camps in Europe.
This acquisition is not just a step towards making Sudeva an international club but a step towards building a road map that for Indian football to fully integrate with our sport at a global level.
Talent in India is ripe and ready for a platform through which they can get exposure to play in world class clubs and teams across all age categories—whether grassroots, youth or professional level.
After a brief lull the club played in the third-tier in 1987-88 under the guidance of notable manager Benito Floro. Apart from coaching Sporting de Gijon, Villareal CF and many other clubs in the Valencia region, Floro has the honour of leading Real Madrid to a Copa Del Rey in 1991-92.
At the end of the 2010–11 season, after three unsuccessful attempts in the playoffs, C.D Olímpic de Xàtiva returned to Segunda B division after an absence of 20 years. We successfully saw of challenges from the likes of Atlético Malagueño, CD Anguiano and CD Izarra. On 7 December 2013, retaining its form, Xàtiva faced Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey round-of-32, managing a 0–0 home draw in the first leg against the Spanish giants.
On 7 December 2013, CD Olimpic De Xativa faced Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey’s round-of-32, managing a 0–0 home draw in the first leg.