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Deportivo Alavés 1921-2021

Published July 03, 2024 Updated July 03, 2024

Drawings by Guillem Bosch of famous Alavés footballers in celebration of the club’s centenary.

2020 Spain Heraclio Fournier Guillem Bosch Commemorative Football Sports Add to Collection

Deportivo Alavés (often simply called Alavés) is a Spanish football club based in Vitoria-Gasteiz. Although the club was founded in 1920, it celebrated its centenary on the 100th anniversary of the adoption of its current name (1921-2021). To mark the occasion, artist Guillem Bosch created this Spanish-suited pack with 40 black and white drawings of famous footballers who have played for the club. Each one is named top right alongside the dates that person was an active player. The team’s home kit is a blue and white-striped shirt and blue shorts. Fernando Pacheco (12 of Batons), who wears a crimson shirt, was a goalkeeper for the club. The tuck box is embossed in silver

Deportivo Alavés 1921-2021 centenary playing cards made by Naipes Heraclio Fournier, S.A., Legutiano, Spain, 2020 Deportivo Alavés 1921-2021 centenary playing cards made by Naipes Heraclio Fournier, S.A., Legutiano, Spain, 2020
Deportivo Alavés 1921-2021 centenary playing cards made by Naipes Heraclio Fournier, S.A., Legutiano, Spain, 2020

Above: Deportivo Alavés 1921-2021 centenary playing cards made by Naipes Heraclio Fournier, S.A., Legutiano, Spain, 2020. 40 cards + 1 title card in tuck box. Size: 61.5 x 95 mm. © 2020 Naipes Heraclio Fournier, S.A.

The club’s greatest achievement in modern times was reaching the 2001 UEFA Cup Final. In that match, Deportivo Alavés played Liverpool but lost 5‒4 by golden goal.

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