SPORT – CD Jávea

CD Jávea have been part of the community for more than 80 years. Very much a provincial club, the rojiblancos have rarely breathed the purer air of the upper echelons of the Spanish league pyramid but have established themselves as one of the more progressive lower league clubs in the region. Occasional spells in the Third Division have interrupted an otherwise solid presence in the Valencian Regional Preferente, one of the more powerful regional set-ups in Spain.

CD Jávea were last promoted to the Third Division in the early 90s but within three years they were back in the Regional Preferente and here the team has remained until 2023 when it qualified for new regional elite league known as the FFCV Lliga Comunitat. However, after just one season, the club suffered its first relegation for almost three decades, finishing bottom of the table. In the 2024-2025 season, it will be playing in the FFCV Primera, the second tier of regional football in the Comunidad Valenciana, and step 6 in the Spanish football league pyramid.

The club boasts a well-respected football academy which has produced several players who have gone on to greater things, such as goalkeepers Ádrian Ortolá, currently at CE Sabadell CF and Antonio Sivera (Deportivo Alavés).

Current Season

Previous Seasons

Season 2023-24

Lliga Comunitat Grupo Sud
P30 W7 D8 L15 F29 A55 29pts
Coach: Julio Ivorra.
Top Scorer: José Cabo, 9.

A new elite league featuring the best sides in the Valencian region was never going to be an easy task for a club like CD Jávea against some well-funded sides such as David Villa’s CF Benidorm – who would finish champions – Crevillente Deportivo and CD Olímpic. The season opened with a crushing 2-5 defeat at Hércules CF ‘B’ which was followed by a painful 0-2 home defeat to arch rivals CD Dénia and an away trip to early pace-setters CD Eldense ‘B’ during which the side shipped another five goals to leave them rock bottom of the table after the first three games. It was going to be hard but no-one expected such a disappointing start to the campaign. By the end of October, the rojiblancos had picked up four points to climb into 14th spot but a bruising 0-7 defeat by CF Benidorm, the heaviest loss for CD Jávea for over 40 years. By the end of the first half of the season, the rojiblancos were bottom of the club with 13 points from 15 games and just 13 goals scored. Head coach Julio Ivorra needed to work his magic again and he almost did so. With three games remaining, after a stunning 3-2 home win over champions-elect CF Benidorm put the travelling army celebrations on hold for 24 hours, CD Jávea was out of the relegation zone. However, just one point from those final three games confirmed the inevitable, the club’s first relegation since the end of the 1994/95 season.

Season 2022-23

Regional Preferente Grupo V
P34 W14 D8 L12 F50 A45 50pts
Coach: Juan Carlos Signes (16 games) / Julio Ivorra (18 games) .
Top Scorer: José Cabo, 8.

A true season of two halves. Although regional league restructuring meant that there would be no relegation, it was no fun to see the rojiblancos struggling at the wrong of the table by Christmas time. Coach Juan Carlos Signes was shown the door and former player and youth coach Julio Ivorra was handed the task of recovering the season for CD Jávea. And he did so in fine style. Not only did he change the style of play to a slow build-up from the back, drawing on the importance of keeping hold of the ball, he also instilled renewed confidence amongst the players and the side climbed up the league table to record one of the best season second-half records to finish in 8th spot and claim a place in the new Lliga Comunitat. More than 1,500 people packed into the ground for the last game of the season to watch the rojiblancos beat group champions 2-1 and spark amazing celebrations on and off the pitch.

Season 2021-22

Regional Preferente Grupo V
P30 W9 D12 L9 F41 A45 39pts
Coach: Manuel Esteban (15 games) / Lauro Techeira (15 games) .
Top Scorer: Carlos Quintana, 7.

Pre-season preparations were not the best after the whole board of directors resigned in protest at the delay in financial support from the town hall. But early performances saw CD Jávea top the league for the first time in 19 years and there were early ambitions of claiming one of the top three spots and chance at promotion to the Third Division. But an extraordinary winter collapse saw the side free-fall down the table and those ambitions turned to concerns that relegation might be the destiny of a club in administrative turmoil. But a mixed run of results secured safety and CD Jávea finished in the bottom half of the table for the first time since 2013.

Season 2020-21

Regional Preferente Grupo V
P26 W13 D6 L7 F42 A29 45pts
Coach: Diego Miñana.
Top Scorer: Juan Manuel Guerrero, 11.

The COVID-19 pandemic meant that the Regional Preferente would be divided into six groups instead of four and only the top two sides in each would play-off for promotion to the national system. The league started in October then was suspended for three months over the winter after the third wave of infections swept across the country and finally an outbreak of infections at the club itself meant that it had to play its final three games in six days. CD Jávea finished third, the highest position for almost two decades, but results weren’t good enough to catch top two CFI Alicante and CF UE Tavernes proved to be too strong.

Season 2019-20

Regional Preferente Grupo III
P26 W14 D6 L6 F37 A25 48pts
Coaches: Juan Carlos Signes (17 games) & Roberto Granero (9 games).
Top Scorer: Juan Manuel Guerrero, 16.

A decent opening half of the season was not enough for the board of directors and Juan Carlos Signes was gone. His replacement Roberto Granero tried to lift the club into another gear but the season was suspended after 26 games due to the COVID-19 health crisis and formally brought to a close by the FFCV without another ball being kicked; CD Jávea finished 5th.

Season 2018-19

Regional Preferente Grupo III
P34 W16 D15 L3 F57 A23 63pts
Coaches: Antonio Villaescusa (16 games) & Juan Carlos Signes (18 games).
Top Scorer: Favio Osorio, 11.

CD Jávea went undefeated for the first 16 games of the season but ten of those matches ended in a draw and the victories were less than inspiring. Coach Villaescusa was dismissed and replaced by Juan Carlos Signes – who lost in first game in charge, the club’s first defeat of the season. The goals started flowing but the side couldn’t lift themselves above 4th.

Season 2017-18

Regional Preferente Grupo III
P34 W15 D8 L11 F52 A43 53pts
Coach: Antonio Villaescusa.
Top Scorer: Lucas Bou, 11.

A 1-4 home defeat to CD Dénia made an uncomfortable start to the season but the side rallied and was challenging for a top three spot by Christmas. A new roof over part of the main stand did not receive universal approval of the fans and a collapse of form on the pitch during the second half of the season saw them joke that it might be jinxed. The side finished in 7th spot, way off the play-offs.

Season 2016-17

Regional Preferente Grupo III
P34 W15 D11 L8 F39 A23 56pts
Coach: Antonio Villaescusa.
Top Scorer: Petu, 10.

A disappointing start to the season saw CD Jávea struggling in the lower half of the season by Halloween, a nightmare compared to the ambitions of the coach. But a run of 11 games without defeat lifted the club towards towards the top three before just two wins in the final seven games put an end to those ambitions and the club finished 6th.

Season 2015-16

Regional Preferente Grupo III
P34 W14 D10 L10 F46 A34 52pts
Coaches: Jesús Moratal (12 games), Franco Borrás (6 games) & Juanjo Cháfer (16 games)
Top Scorer: Faye, 13.

It took eight games for CD Jávea to claim its first victory by which time the side had slipped into the relegation zone. Coach Moratal was dismissed in November with sports director Franco Borrás taking over as caretaker either side of Christmas, lifting the club into the top half. Juanjo Cháfer’s arrival saw an immediate impact and Jávea made a strong bid for a play-off spot before a curious late collapse saw the side finish in 8th position.

Season 2014-15

Regional Preferente Grupo III
P34 W16 D10 L8 F67 A44 58pts
Coach: José Luis Bisquert
Top Scorer: Álex Bertó, 14.

CD Javea finished sixth but had put in a claim for a top three place for much of the season until a 0-6 home defeat to Recambios Colon CF applied the brakes on the ambition. The rojiblancos also recorded some of their biggest wins in their history when they crushed CD Chella 8-1 before defeating relegation-bound Catarroja CF 6-0 on their own pitch. The club finished third top scoring team in the league with 67 goals in 34 games behind UD Alginet (81) and Recambios Colon CF (70) and scored 21 of those goals in their last five games of the season.

Season 2013-14

Regional Preferente Grupo III
P34 W11 D11 L12 F47 A47 44pts
Coach: José Luis Bisquert
Top Scorer: Dani García, 11.

With coach José Luis Bisquert able to add some experience to the side during the summer of 2013, including the arrival of Dani García from CD Dénia and Sergio Mesa from CD Llosa, the 2013/14 season would be very interesting. An unlucky opening day defeat at CD Dénia was followed by an eight-game unbeaten run in which Dani García would score four goals, including two stunning strikes that would have been worthy of a greater stage. The rojiblancos would finish in 8th spot.

Season 2012-13

Regional Preferente Grupo III
P34 W9 D15 L10 F32 A37 42pts
Coach: José Luis Bisquert
Top Scorer: García, 9.

The 2012/13 season delivered a campaign to forget, despite a promising start which saw CD Jávea in early contention for a play-off spot. The ‘rojiblancos’ drew 15 of their 34 games and won just two games in the second half of a season which included a depressing eleven-game run without a win. The two victories – one at home against Racing Algemesi and the second away at UD Ondarense – would be against two sides who would ultimately be relegated, scant consolation for such a miserable season. CD Jávea finished 10th.

Season 2011-12

Regional Preferente Grupo III
P34 W15 D9 L10 F41 A32 54pts
Coach: José Luis Bisquert
Top Scorer: Pablo, 10

The 2011/12 season was ultimately one of the most successful seasons for almost a decade. A run of six wins in seven games lifted the side into fourth spot and within a whisker of a play-off place. But then a miserable final run of five games without a win saw CD Jávea slip to 6th, including a 1–0 home defeat to relegated Torrent C.F. on the last day of the season, a loss that ended hopes of lasting the whole season undefeated at home. Yet, it was the club’s highest finish since 2003 and promised much for the future.

Season 2010-11

Regional Preferente Grupo IV
P34 W11 D9 L10 F41 A32 54pts
Coach: José Luis Bisquert
Top Scorer: Armando, 11.

The 2010/11 season began badly, the worst start for some time with five straight defeats and two draws which saw CD Jávea firmly established at the very bottom of the table. After a 3–2 home victory over U.D. Horadada, the ‘rojiblancos’ gradually lifted themselves away from the wrong end of the table with a series of much improved performances, including a 4–1 thumping of play-off contenders Hércules C.F. “B”. The season continued to be a mixed bag of results, the most disappointing of all being the spineless 5–1 defeat at close rivals U.D. Altea who would finish the season as group champions and ultimately win promotion to the Third Division through the play-offs.

Season 2009-10

Regional Preferente Grupo IV
P34 W12 D6 L16 F49 A47 42pts
Coaches: Kenny Brown (3 games) & José Luis Bisquert (31 games).
Top Scorer: Ivars, 15.

The 2009/10 season began with coach Kenny Brown leaving the club after just three games to take up an assistant manager position at Grays Athletic. Former player and captain Jose Luis Bisquert was appointed as head coach a few days later. In October 2009 President Mark Catlin resigned from his position and a caretaker board took responsibility for the running of the club. Through their hard work, support for the club began to build again despite the lack of progress on the pitch. The club finished in 13th spot and, although relegation was ultimately avoided, it had come close for a few weeks during the late winter.

Season 2008-09

Regional Preferente Grupo III
P34 W12 D6 L16 F49 A47 42pts
Coach: Kenny Brown.
Top Scorer: Onieva, 11.

With a British interest growing in the club, three players from Southend United joined CD Jávea on a six-month loan, with James Lindie making a instant impact by scoring 7 goals in the opening half of the season. But the club was making little impact on the top three and would finish the season well adrift the play-off zone in 7th spot. For the record, the link with Southend United disappeared as soon as it emerged.

Season 2007-08

Regional Preferente Grupo IV
P34 W14 D8 L12 F47 A49 50pts
Coach: Kenny Brown.
Top Scorers: Alex, 7.

The appointment of local expat businessman Mark Catlin as president suggested a new era for the club, hoping to capitalise on the 5,000 or so British residents in Jávea. The club even appeared on British television in a Sky Sports special called “La Lower Liga” which explored the impact of the British ex-pat community on football on Spain’s Costa Blanca, following the fortunes of the club and our fledgling international supporter’s club called ‘Peña Javeamigos’. On the pitch, however, things weren’t so exciting and the club finished in 9th spot.

Season 2006-07

Regional Preferente Grupo IV
P34 W8 D11 L15 F29 A40 35pts
Coaches: Alberto Araujo (17 games) & Juan Mitgeta (17 games)
Top Scorers: Javi / Salva Costa / Ismael, 4

CD Jávea almost left the Regional Preferente but in the wrong direction in a chaotic season for the football club. Young manager Alberto Araujo was tasked with putting together an exciting side that could challenge for promotion but by late November the club was just above the relegation zone. Kenny Brown was sought as a replacement but the FFCV decreed he couldn’t be appointed so Juan Mitgeta returned to the club in a caretaker role. Jávea won just once in 21 games between 5 November 2006 and 6 May 2007 and a 0–1 home defeat at the hands on UD Altea forced the rojiblancos into the drop zone. Yet somehow the players pulled themselves off their knees and carved out two remarkable wins, a 2–1 away victory at Albatera CF and a 4–2 home win over CD Polop on the last day of season – which was watched by the youth squad of Manchester City – a victory which secured safety by two points.

Season 2005-06

Regional Preferente Grupo IV
P34 W14 D9 L11 F40 A30 51pts
Coaches: Franco Borrás (19 games) & Alberto Araujo (15 games).
Top Scorers: Cebolla, 10

A decent start to the season saw the club sitting nicely in third place by the end of November. And then the collapse began with five straight defeats plunging the rojiblancos into the bottom half of the table and the board had to act by dismissing Franco Borrás and appointing up-and-coming coach Alberto Araujo who had an immediate effect with two victories away from home in his first two games, including a particularly delicious 3-0 win at Altea. But there was not enough time for a late charge for the top three, despite five victories in the last six games, and CD Jávea finished 8th.

Season 2004-05

Regional Preferente Grupo IV
P34 W16 D10 L8 F41 A29 58pts
Coach: Franco Borrás.
Top Scorers: –

This was a season that almost was the one. A great start saw Jávea sitting comfortably in the top three but a crushing 0-6 defeat at eventual champions CD Alone burst the buddle and the club slid down into the bottom half. However after Christmas there was a charge for the top with just three defeats and with two games to go, the club seemed poised to claim one of the three play-off spots. However, a home draw against Altea and then defeat to Hercules CF ‘B’ on the last day of the season put paid to those hopes and CD Jávea finished fifth.

Season 2003-04

Regional Preferente Grupo IV
P34 W13 D9 L12 F37 A38 48pts
Coach: Juan Mitgeta
Top Scorers: –

Just five wins in the opening half of the season saw the club enter the break firmly positioned in the bottom half of the table but coach Juan Mitgeta is a man who never throws in the towel and he guided the club to finish just inside the top half, although a decent run in January and February saw Jávea reach the lofty heights of 7th before dropping back to 9th.

2002-2003 · P34 W20 D9 L5 F62 A31 69pts | 2nd
2001-2002 · P34 W14 D14 L6 F56 A28 56pts | 5th
2000-2001 · P32 W14 D13 L5 F48 A33 55pts | 5th
1999-2000 · P34 W14 D10 L10 F45 A40 52pts | 6th
1998-1999 · P34 W18 D8 L8 F49 A28 62pts | 5th
1997-1998 · P30 W9 D10 L11 F25 A25 | 9th

1996-1997 · 11th · P38 W 12 D13 L13 · F33 A41 · 49pts
1995-1996 · 14th · P36 W9 D10 L17 · F37 A50 · 37pts

1994-1995 · 18th · P38 W7 D12 L19 · F23 A48 · 26pts
1993-1994 · 16th · P38 W9 D12 L17 · F38 A45 · 30pts
1992-1993 · 10th · P38 W14 D12 L12 · F43 A28 · 40pts

1991-1992 · 7th · P34 W15 D12 L7 · F46 A25 · 42pts
1990-1991 · 3rd · P34 W17 D13 L4 · F47 A24 · 47pts

1989-1990 · 1st · P34 W22 D9 L3 · F54 A15 · 53pts
1988-1989 · 8th · P42 W16 D15 L11 · F62 A45 · 47pts
1987-1988 · 8th · P42 W20 D11 L11 · F63 A34 · 51pts
1986-1987 · 8th · P38 W17 D7 L14 · F64 A42 · 41pts

1985-1986 · 1st · P38 W25 D9 L4 F98 A28 · 59pts
1984-1985 · 5th · P36 W15 D13 L8 · F52 A38 · 48pts
1983-1984 · 14th
1982-1983 · 2nd
1981-1982 · 2nd
1980-1981 · 7th
1979-1980 · 10th
1978-1979 · 6th
1977-1978 · 5th
1976-1977 · 15th
1975-1976 · 13th
1974-1975 · 16th

1973-1974 · 20th
1972-1973 · 16th
1971-1972 · 9th
1970-1971 · 17th

1969-1970 · 7th
1968-1969 · 16th

1967-1968 · 16th
1966-1967 · 16th

1965-1966 · 2nd
1964-1965 · 4th

1964-1965 · 2nd