Club Atlético Osasuna was founded in 1920 and recently celebrated its first century of existence. The club is a part of a small group of just four teams that share the trait of being owned by shareholding fans who elect the team's president. Osasuna is used as “strength” and “vigor” in translation from Basque. The club is the only Navarrese side to ever participate in Primera Division. With local clubs being out of the picture, the team's rivalries aren't based on geographical reasons. Real Madrid, Real Zaragoza, and Atheltic Bilbao are amongst the fiercest opponents of Osasuna.
The Navarrese team's home kit consists of a red shirt paired with blue shorts, but the side is nicknamed Los Rojillos or The Reds. They are credited with having a finely functioning youth academy that often springs talent to life, and the players that we've compiled on the current list are no exception.
CA Osasuna Transfers
Raul Garcia to Atlético Madrid for £13 Million in 2007 – Raul Garcia was a player who made a name for himself through hard work and dedication. Getting into football with his hometown club CA Osasuna, Garcia would grow to become a Primer Division veteran. His professional debut came in 2004 in the third tier of Spanish football – Segunda Division B. During the same season, he appeared 28 times for Osasuna B team but also made his debut for the senior squad in a loss versus Barcelona. In the campaign of 2005/2006, at the age of just 19, Garcia started in 28 out of the 33 league matches in which he participated. He finished the 2006/2007 season with 52 games for Osasuna across all competitions, which was enough for Atlético Madrid to buy the midfielder. The fee agreed upon was £13 Million, with which Garcia became The Reds' most expensive player ever.
César Azpilicueta to Marseille for £6 Million in 2010 – Garcia's last season with Osasuna was also when César Azpilicueta made his debut for the senior squad of the club. At first, the Spaniard was playing as a forward before later switching to a midfielder role. Due to numerous injured players, in 2007/2008, Azpilicueta secured his spot as a first-choice player for the senior squad. However, the available position for him was the one of the right-back. It seems like defending suited him well as he stuck with it in the future. In his three years with Osasuna, he played in 108 matches before being bought by Marseille. Two years later, Chelsea attracted Azpilicueta, and he reached new career heights with the Blues even becoming captain of
Nacho Monreal to Malaga CF for £6 Million in 2011 – Yet another youth academy graduate on our list. Starting out with the B-team in 2004, by 2007, Monreal had earned his spot as a regular starter. He then paired up in defense with future Premier League footballer César Azpilicueta. In 2011 Monreal got sold to fellow Spanish club Malaga CF for £6 Million. Later, he joined Arsenal, where he spent the majority of his career and grew to prominence.
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