Whilst football has been played in Teruel since 1917, this regional capital did not have an organised championship until 1931. Many of the clubs who competed in those early years did not reappear after the Civil War and it took until the summer of 1940 for a federated club to emerge from the town. The club, Teruel Club de Fútbol initially played in the lower leagues of the Aragonese Regional Championship, but following the Spanish Federation’s decision of 1943 to offer clubs from regional capitals a place in the Tercera, the club was reformed as Union Deportiva Teruel. After a promising few seasons the club folded with high debts, primarily due to the travel commitments of playing teams from Valencia and the Balearic Islands. For a few seasons, Sociedad Deportiva Turolense represented the town, but they went under at the end of the 1952-53 season. The town’s current representative Club Deportivo Teruel, was founded in September 1954 and by 1956, had made its way into the Tercera.
Teruel in 1964 & the basic La Pinilla stands in the foreground
La Pinilla has been the principal location for senior football in Teruel since 1930. It was originally called the Campo de El Ensanche or colloquially known as La Viaducto, The enclosure was developed and re-inaugurated on 8 September 1957 when CD Teruel played Osasuna in a friendly, before taking on the name of La Pinilla in 1964. In 1969, the club was relegated to the regional leagues and they would stay their until 1984. During their time in the regional league, La Pinilla was renamed the Campo Municipal Adolfo Masiá, before returning to La Pinilla in 1987 when the club won promotion to Segunda B for the first time. The high point of their four season stay was a fourth place finish in the 1988-89 season, but two years later the club was relegated following a calamitous season that saw only five wins. There followed 20 consecutive seasons in the Tercera before a second Tercera title was won in 2009-10 and promotion to Segunda B was secured when SD Noja were disposed of in the play-offs. CD Teruel’s stay in Segunda B ended after three seasons with relegation back to the Tercera in June 2013.
La Pinilla has occupied a wedge of land next to Teruel’s School of Languages since 1930
The Estadio La Pinilla features a simple main stand with a propped cover on the west side of the ground. This cover dates from the club’s promotion to Segunda B in 1987. It is around 35 metres in length and features four broad bands of red & blue seats, either side of a narrow central seated area for club officials. To the left of the stand is a short uncovered terrace, with faded red steps. Opposite is the main terrace with its steps painted red & blue. This runs the length of the pitch, but narrows towards the southern end to accommodate club offices. A narrow, barely functional cover stands at the back of the terrace. In the summer of 2016, seats were installed on the terrace, which had been donated to the club by Levante. There is an area of hard standing behind the north goal, whilst the space behind the south goal is turfed. La Pinilla is one of those stadiums that is well suited to life in the Tercera, but starts to look a little archaic when placed against the modern builds that sprung up over Spain in the decade following the turn of the millennium.