Head Coach: Abelardo
Deportivo Alavés, or Alavés, is a Spanish club based in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Alava. The club was founded in January 1921 but was initially known as Sport Friends Club. Currently, Alaves plays in the highest category of The Liga Nacional de Futbol Profesional, La Liga. Alaves moved up to the La Liga since the 2016-17 season after being promoted from the second division. The team uses a blue and white striped shirt for their home kits and holds home games at the Mendizorrotza Stadium.
It is acknowledged as the third best team in the Basque Country right after Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad. The club’s most notable achievement was in 2001 when, in the year of its debut in the European competition, it was among the finalists in the 2001 UEFA Cup Final against Premier League club Liverpool. However, Alaves was defeated 5-4 by golden goal. In 2017, the club reached the final of the Copa del Rey but lost 3-1 to Barcelona.