Málaga CF

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Full name Málaga Club de Fútbol
Nickname(s) Los Boquerones (The Anchovies), Albicelestes (The White and Sky Blue)
Founded 1904; 115 years ago (1904)
Ground La Rosaleda
Ground Capacity 30,044[1]
Owner Sheikh Abdullah Al Thani
President Sheikh Abdullah Al Thani
Manager Javi Gracia
League La Liga
2014–15 La Liga, 9th
Website Club home page
Current season

Málaga Club de Fútbol (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈmalaɣa ˈkluβ ðe ˈfuðβol]), or simply Málaga, is a Spanish football club based in Málaga, Spain. The team currently plays in La Liga, the top division of Spanish football.

The club has played 33 seasons in La Liga, 34 in Segunda División, four in Segunda División B and eleven in Tercera División.[2] They also won the UEFA Intertoto Cup in 2002 and qualified to the following season's UEFA Cup, reaching the quarter-final stages. They also qualified for the 2012–13 UEFA Champions League, where they were quarter-finalists. Since June 2010, the owner of the club is Qatari investor Abdullah bin Nasser bin Abdullah Al Ahmed Al Thani.


Club replacement in 1992

CD Málaga had a reserve club, founded on 25 May 1948 when CD Málaga took over a junior club, CD Santo Tomás, with the purpose of establishing a reserve team. The club was renamed Club Atlético Malagueño, reviving the name of one of the two clubs that had merged to form CD Málaga in 1933.

During the 1959–60 season, CA Malagueño and CD Málaga found themselves together in the third level. As a reserve team, the former should have been relegated. To avoid this, they separated from their parent club and registered as an independent club with the Royal Spanish Football Federation.

In 1992, when CD Málaga dissolved after financial difficulties, CA Malagueño continued playing. The 1992–93 season saw them playing in Tercera División Group 9. After a successful campaign, the club was promoted to Segunda División B. The following season, however, the club was relegated again and, facing financial difficulties, were in danger of folding. On 19 December 1993, in a referendum, the club's members voted in favour of changing names and, on 29 June 1994, CA Malagueño changed their name to Málaga Club de Fútbol S.A.D., becoming an official successor[citation needed] to what was previously called Club Deportivo Málaga.

Rise to prominence in the early 2000s

In the early 2000s, Málaga were a club rich in youth and top quality players, and boasted a more modern and developed stadium. Although they never pushed for a Champions League place, Málaga were always successful under the popular Joaquín Peiró.

They made a solitary appearance in the UEFA Intertoto Cup in 2002, clinching their only official trophy by beating Gent, Willem II and an improving Villarreal. Málaga's run in the UEFA Cup was something of an overachievement, and ended in a defeat on penalties in the quarter-finals to Boavista, after beating Željezničar Sarajevo, (who had been eliminated from the Champions League by Newcastle United), Amica Wronki, Leeds United (after a 2–1 win at Elland Road, courtesy of two Julio Dely Valdés goals) and AEK Athens.

After Peiró's retirement, a mass exodus slowly started. Darío Silva, Kiki Musampa, Dely Valdés and Pedro Contreras all left the club. Juande Ramos took over as coach and oversaw a 5–1 home thrashing of Barcelona, the club's biggest victory against the Catalan giants, with a hat-trick from loanee Salva Ballesta, who would end up missing out on the Pichichi Trophy by just two goals. Ramos, however, left for Sevilla and Gregorio Manzano took charge.

Slow decline and financial issues

Although steering Málaga to their second consecutive tenth-placed finish, Manzano could not prevent a lacklustre side from being relegated, and they finished bottom of the league with a paltry 24 points to their name.

Málaga began the new second division season well. However, their form dipped dramatically and for two of the remaining six weeks were in the relegation zone. Málaga managed to address this situation and survived their first Segunda season.

The 2007–08 Segunda División also began impressively, with seven straight victories. Málaga seemed to be on track for promotion but, after another slump in form, they were overtaken as leaders by Numancia. They needed a victory in their final game, at home to Tenerife, to assure promotion. Two goals from Antonio Hidalgo secured a 2–1 triumph and Málaga returned to the top flight as runners-up.

Abdullah Al Thani era (2010–present)

Due to the club's economic problems, the at time president Fernando Sanz found investments at Doha in Qatar to launch an ambitious project, entering in conversations with sheikh Abdullah ben Nasser Al Thani.[3] On 11 June 2010, after week of negotiations, Al Thani became in the entity's new owner,[4] being named president on 28 July[3] in the members' meeting.

On 28 June 2010, Jesualdo Ferreira was appointed as coach and Moayad Shatat was appointed as a vice president and general manager. Following this was the signing of prominent players like Salomón Rondón and Eliseu. In November, however, Jesualdo was fired because he had not obtained the desired performance, positioning the club in the relegation places.[5] Later, Shatat confirmed Manuel Pellegrini as coach.[6]

Under "The caretaker" in charge, it was decided to discard players of the squad and strengthen with players like centre back Martín Demichelis and midfielder Júlio Baptista.[7] After a record five consecutive La Liga wins,[8] alongside a draw against Athletic Bilbao at San Mamés at the start of January 2011, helped the team maintain momentum in the league,[9] finishing the 2010–11 season in 11th place.

In preparation for the 2011–12 season, the club signed with Nike as supplier of the club's kits.[10] Málaga also reached a collaboration agreement with UNESCO, which, in addition, became the principal sponsor of the club's kit.[11] The more prominent signings of that season were the Dutchman Ruud van Nistelrooy,[12] the ex-Lyon French midfielder, Jérémy Toulalan,[13] and the most expensive signing in the club's history, Santi Cazorla, who arrived from Villarreal in a 21 million deal.[14] Other less prominent players like Isco, former Spanish international midfielder Joaquín and left back Nacho Monreal, were key in the successful season which followed for Málaga, where the club qualified for first time in its history for the Champions League after finishing the 2011–12 La Liga campaign in fourth.[15]

In their first ever participation in the Champions League, Málaga were paired with Italian giants Milan and reigning Belgian and Russian champions Anderlecht and Zenit Saint Petersburg, respectively. Malaga made it out of the group stage unbeaten, winning against all three clubs. In the Round of 16, the team drew Portuguese champions Porto, losing the first away game 1–0 while winning at home 2–0, advancing to the quarter-finals. In a highly-anticipated tie against German champions Borussia Dortmund, the home game ended 0–0, leaving Malagauistas with a reasonable chance to advance on the back of a draw in the away fixture. In a second leg marked by controversial referee decisions, the scoreboard showed 1–2 at the full 90 minutes mark, seemingly ensuring Málaga's place in the semi-finals, but two late goals by Marco Reus (90+1th minute) and Felipe Santana (90+3th minute) turned the table in favour of the home team.[16] Immediately after the elimination, club President Abdullah Al Thani announced a formal complaint would be filed with UEFA and FIFA.[17]

The following season, Málaga was banned by UEFA, along with other clubs for its debts, so the agency in a statement declared that the club will be excluded from a subsequent competition, for which it would otherwise qualify, in the next four seasons.[18] However, the ban was eventually downgraded to one season and the club was excluded from the 2013–14 Europa League.

In the summer of 2013, Isco was sold to Real Madrid,[19] Joaquín to Fiorentina and midfielder Jérémy Toulalan to Monaco.[20] The managerial position also changed, with Bernd Schuster taking over from Manuel Pellegrini.[21]

Eastern Andalusia Derby

Competition Played Granada wins Draws Málaga wins
La Liga 20 8 5 7
La Liga Play-off 2 1 1 0
Segunda 36 10 10 16
Segunda Play-off 2 1 0 1
Segunda B 8 3 5 0
Tercera 2 2 0 0
Copa del Rey 9 5 1 3
Overall 79 30 22 27





Trofeo Costa del Sol

Between 1961 and 1983, the club organised its own summer tournament, the Trofeo Costa del Sol. In this first age of the tournament, the club won this competition themselves on three occasions, beating Real Madrid, Red Star Belgrade and Derby County in the finals. After a long time of inactivity from 1983 onwards, the competition was revived in 2003. Since then, the club has won the competition on five occasions, beating Newcastle United, Real Betis, and Parma in the finals. All eight trophies are currently placed together in the Museo Malaguista in La Rosaleda.

Current squad

As of 7 January 2016[22]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Cameroon GK Carlos Kameni
2 Spain DF Raúl Albentosa (on loan from Derby County)
3 Brazil DF Weligton (vice-captain)
4 Portugal DF Flávio Ferreira
5 Uruguay MF Chory Castro
6 Spain MF Ignacio Camacho
7 Spain MF Juan Carlos (on loan from Braga)
8 Portugal MF Fábio Espinho
9 Brazil FW Charles
10 Portugal MF Ricardo Horta
11 Morocco MF Nordin Amrabat
12 Argentina MF Fernando Tissone
13 Mexico GK Guillermo Ochoa
14 Spain MF Recio
No. Position Player
15 Argentina DF Marcos Angeleri
16 Morocco MF Hachim Mastour (on loan from Milan)
17 Portugal MF Duda (captain)
18 Venezuela DF Roberto Rosales
19 Ivory Coast DF Arthur Boka
20 Croatia FW Duje Čop (on loan from Dinamo Zagreb)
21 Belarus DF Egor Filipenko
22 Morocco MF Adnane Tighadouini
23 Spain DF Miguel Torres
24 Paraguay FW Roque Santa Cruz (on loan from Cruz Azul)
28 Venezuela MF Juanpi
31 Spain MF Pablo Fornals
39 Spain MF Javi Ontiveros

Out on loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Spain GK Pol Ballesté (on loan at Cádiz)
Panama DF Roberto Chen (on loan at Linense)
Spain MF Rafa de Vicente (on loan at Murcia)
Argentina FW Ezequiel Rescaldani (on loan at Puebla)
Cameroon FW Fabrice Olinga (on loan at Mouscron-Péruwelz)


Current technical staff

See also Category:Málaga CF managers
Position Staff
Head Coach Spain Javi Gracia
Assistant Coach Uruguay Marcelo Romero
Coach Spain Ibán Andrés
Executive Vice President Qatar Nasser Al Thani
General Manager Vacant
Sporting Director Spain Francesc Arnau
Fitness Trainer Spain Juan Solla
Goalkeeper Coach Spain Íñigo Arteaga Nieto
Technical Assistant Spain Vicente Valcarce
Youth Advisor Spain Manel Casanova Capdevila

Last updated: 10 June 2014
Source: Málaga CF



Recent seasons

Season Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Spanish Cup Notes
1999–00 1D 12 38 11 15 12 55 50 48 2nd Round
2000–01 1D 8 38 16 8 14 60 61 56 2nd Round
2001–02 1D 10 38 13 14 11 44 44 53 Round of 32
2002–03 1D 13 38 11 13 14 44 49 46 Round of 16
Quarter-finals UEFA Cup
2003–04 1D 10 38 15 6 17 50 55 51 Round of 16
2004–05 1D 10 38 15 6 17 40 48 51 Round of 32
2005–06 1D 20 38 5 9 24 36 68 24 3rd Round
2006–07 2D 15 42 14 13 15 49 50 55 Round of 16
2007–08 2D 2 42 20 12 10 58 42 72 Round of 32
2008–09 1D 8 38 15 10 13 55 59 55 Round of 32
2009–10 1D 17 38 7 16 15 42 48 37 Round of 16
2010–11 1D 11 38 13 7 18 54 68 46 Round of 16
2011–12 1D 4 38 17 7 14 54 53 58 Round of 16
2012–13 1D 6 38 16 9 13 53 50 57 Quarter-finals Quarter-finals Champions League
2013–14 1D 11 38 12 9 17 39 46 45 Round of 32
2014–15 1D 9 38 14 8 16 42 48 50 Quarter-finals

European record

Season Competition Round Opposition First leg Second leg Aggregate
2002 UEFA Intertoto Cup Third round Belgium Gent 3–0 1–1 4–1
Semi-finals Netherlands Willem II 2–1 0–1 3–1
Finals Spain Villarreal 0–1 1–1 2–1
2002–03 UEFA Cup First round Bosnia and Herzegovina Željezničar 0–0 1–0 1–0
Second round Poland Amica Wronki 2–1 1–2 4–2
Third round England Leeds United 0–0 1–2 2–1
Fourth round Greece AEK Athens 0–0 0–1 1–0
Quarter-finals Portugal Boavista 1–0 1–0 1–1 (p)
2012–13 UEFA Champions League Play-off round Greece Panathinaikos 2–0 0–0 2–0
Group C Russia Zenit St. Petersburg 3–0 2–2 1st place
Belgium Anderlecht 0–3 2–2
Italy Milan 1–0 1–1
Round of 16 Portugal Porto 1–0 2–0 2–1
Quarter-finals Germany Borussia Dortmund 0–0 3–2 3–2

Season to season

La Liga was founded in 1929.-

  • As Fútbol Club Malagueño
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1929/30 3rd 2nd
1930/31 3rd 2nd
1931/32 3rd 3rd
1932/33 3rd 1st
  • As Club Deportivo Malacitano
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1933/34 3rd 3rd
1934/35 2nd 5th 5th Round
1935/36 2nd 5th 3rd Round
1939/40 2nd 3rd 1st Round
1940/41 2nd 5th 3rd Round
  • As Club Deportivo Málaga
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1941/42 2nd 4th Round of 32
1942/43 2nd 5th Round of 32
1943/44 3rd 1st
1944/45 3rd 2nd
1945/46 3rd 1st
1946/47 2nd 9th Round of 16
1947/48 2nd 4th 6th Round
1948/49 2nd 2nd 5th Round
1949/50 1st 12th Round of 16
1950/51 1st 13th
1951/52 2nd 1st Quarter-finals
1952/53 1st 15th
1953/54 2nd 3rd
1954/55 1st 16th
1955/56 2nd 11th
1956/57 2nd 5th
1957/58 2nd 14th
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1958/59 2nd 15th 1st Round
1959/60 3rd 1st
1960/61 2nd 12th 1st Round
1961/62 2nd 2nd Round of 16
1962/63 1st 16th Quarter-finals
1963/64 2nd 9th Round of 32
1964/65 2nd 2nd 1st Round
1965/66 1st 13th Round of 16
1966/67 2nd 1st Round of 32
1967/68 1st 10th Round of 16
1968/69 1st 14th Quarter-finals
1969/70 2nd 2nd Round of 32
1970/71 1st 9th Quarter-finals
1971/72 1st 7th 5th Round
1972/73 1st 10th Semi-finals
1973/74 1st 7th 5th Round
1974/75 1st 16th Round of 16
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1975/76 2nd 3rd Round of 16
1976/77 1st 18th 3rd Round
1977/78 2nd 13th 3rd Round
1978/79 2nd 2nd 4th Round
1979/80 1st 18th 4th Round
1980/81 2nd 6th 2nd Round
1981/82 2nd 3rd Round of 16
1982/83 1st 10th 4th Round
1983/84 1st 9th 4th Round
1984/85 1st 16th 3rd Round
1985/86 2nd 11th 4th Round
1986/87 2nd 6th 3rd Round
1987/88 2nd 1st 4th Round
1988/89 1st 16th Round of 32
1989/90 1st 17th Round of 16
1990/91 2nd 4th 5th Round
1991/92 2nd 18th 5th Round
  • As Club Atlético Malagueño
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1992/93 3rd 1st 1st Round
1993/94 2nd B 18th 1st Round
  • As Málaga Club de Fútbol
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1994/95 3rd 1st 1st Round
1995/96 2nd B 5th 1st Round
1996/97 2nd B 5th 2nd Round
1997/98 2nd B 1st
1998/99 2nd 1st 3rd Round
1999/00 1st 12th 2nd Round
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
2000/01 1st 8th 2nd Round
2001/02 1st 10th Round of 32
2002/03 1st 13th Round of 32
2003/04 1st 10th Round of 16
2004/05 1st 10th Round of 32
2005/06 1st 20th 3rd Round
2006/07 2nd 15th Round of 16
2007/08 2nd 2nd Round of 32
2008/09 1st 8th Round of 32
2009/10 1st 17th Round of 16
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
2010/11 1st 11th Round of 16
2011/12 1st 4th Round of 16
2012/13 1st 6th Quarter-finals
2013/14 1st 11th Round of 32
2014/15 1st 9th Quarter-finals
2015/16 1st Round of 32

La Liga was founded in 1929.-

Stadium information

Notable players

see also Category:CD Málaga footballers
see also Category:Málaga CF footballers

Notable coaches

see also Category:CD Málaga managers
see also Category:Málaga CF managers

See also


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  23. Standings Archive Liga BBVA

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