For years played Deportivo Alaves in the Segunda División A, until in 1998 the club promoted to the Primera Liga. Pretty soon the Basque club at work to one of the top and in 2000 won the sixth place.
This position meant that Alaves in the 2000-2001 season in the UEFA Cup and could play in this tournament was the modest club is excellent, including a 5-1 victory over 1. FC Kaiserslautern.
Only in the very exciting and rich goal final against Liverpool FC had Alaves has to give: 5-4 after extra time. After this exceptional achievement went into decline with Alaves and in 2003 the club relegated to the Segunda División A.
After two seasons in the second division in 2005 but won promotion again. The 2005-2006 season went disappointing and degradation could not be avoided. In 2009 Alaves even relegated to the Segunda División B.
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