Deportivo Alaves, also known as Alaves, is a Spanish football club based in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Basque Country. The club was founded in 1921 and has a long history in Spanish football, having played in the top tier of Spanish football, La Liga, on numerous occasions.
In recent years, Alaves has had a mixed record in La Liga, with some seasons finishing mid-table, and others fighting against relegation. Despite this, the club has had some memorable moments, such as reaching the final of the Copa del Rey in 2017, where they lost to Barcelona.
One of the standout features of Alaves is their passionate fan base, known as the "Babazorros". The club has a strong connection to the local community and their supporters are known for creating a vibrant atmosphere at home matches at the Mendizorrotza Stadium.
In terms of the team itself, Alaves has a solid defense, with experienced players such as Martin Aguirregabiria and Victor Laguardia anchoring the backline. In midfield, the club has a mix of youth and experience, with the likes of Tomás Pina and Pere Pons providing energy and creativity. Up front, Alaves has struggled for goals in recent seasons, but the acquisition of Lucas Pérez from West Ham United in the summer of 2021 could help to address this issue.
Overall, Alaves is a solid mid-table team in La Liga that is capable of competing with the bigger clubs on their day. While they may not always challenge for major honours, the club has a rich history and a passionate fan base that make them a beloved team in Spanish football.