Villarreal CF was founded as Villarreal CD on 10 March 1923 "to promote all sports especially football." The stadium was rented for 60 pesetas a month and ticket prices were set at half a peseta for men and a quarter of a peseta for children. Women were granted free admission. On 17 June 1923, CD Castellón, a modern rival of the club, played the first match against a club named after Cervantes. On 21 October of that year, Villarreal played their first game ever, playing against Castellón. Villarreal started off with a kit of white shirts and black shorts, reflected in their first badge.
Villarreal's Primera Liga debut started with a match against then European champions Real Madrid in the Santiago Bernabéu on 31 August 1998. The first home game was against Celta de Vigo the week after. Because of a difficult season, Villarreal were relegated to the Segunda División for the 1999–2000 season. By finishing third, they were then promoted back to the Primera Liga.
Villarreal has supported a long rivalry with CD Castellón for geographical reasons, since both are from the province of Castellón. They also rival Valencia CF, since the two had been the most competitive teams of the Valencian Community; this clash is called the "Derby de la Comunitat."
Estadio El Madrigal.
The stadium has a capacity of 24,890, a figure which is half the population of the city of Villarreal. There is a statue of a yellow submarine outside the stadium to represent the club's nickname, El Submarino Amarillo.
A modest football club, based in a small municipality of Castellón, in the northern region of the Valencian Community. The club's home games attract mostly sell-out crowds, which equate to approximately half of the population of the city. The club's following is strong, but small, dwarfed by neighbouring giants Valencia to the south. Castellón also shares a border with the region of Catalonia, where Spain's most widely supported football club, FC Barcelona, are based. A domineering force who effortlessly attract supporters from all corners of the country - and the world!
Villarreal: Moving forwards...
Villarreal has experienced a mixture of successes in their meagre 16 year top flight stretch, including a Champions League semi final defeat to Arsenal, two Europa League semi finals, a 2nd placed finish under Manuel Pellegrini, as well as two relegations quickly followed up by immediate promotions.
The club have lofty ambitions, but are currently without a head coach. 2014/2015 is prove to be an uncertain and exciting time for El Submarino Amarillo.