Córdoba Club de Fútbol (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈkoɾðoβa]), competing as Unión Futbolística Cordobesa S.A.D., is a Spanish football club based in Córdoba, in the autonomous community of Andalusia. Founded in 1954 as Club Deportivo San Álvaro, it was refounded as Cordoba CF in 1954 after the dissolution of RCD Córdoba. Currently it plays in the Primera Federación - Group 2, with its home matches at the Estadio Nuevo Arcángel, which has a capacity of 25,800 seats.[1]

Córdoba
Full nameCórdoba Club de Fútbol (Unión Futbolística Cordobesa, S.A.D.)
Nickname(s)Los Califas (The Caliphs)
Los Blanquiverdes (The White and Greens)
Founded6 August 1954; 69 years ago (6 August 1954)
GroundNuevo Arcángel, Córdoba,
Andalusia, Spain
Capacity25,800
OwnerInfinity Capital
PresidentAbdulla Al-Zain
Head coachIván Ania
LeaguePrimera Federación – Group 2
2022–23Primera Federación – Group 1, 9th of 20
WebsiteClub website

History

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Chart of Córdoba CF league performance 1929-2023

Forerunners of Córdoba Club de Fútbol included names such as Sporting Fútbol Club de Córdoba, Sociedad Deportiva Electromecánicas and Racing Fútbol Club de Córdoba. The latter changed its name after the Spanish Civil War (as foreign names were banned under the new regime) to Club Deportivo Córdoba.[citation needed]

From 1940, its predecessor RCD Córdoba met varying success, spending most of its time in the second and third divisions of Spanish football. In 1944 it changed its home kit to green and white stripes, from the previous one of all white, and, the following year, Córdoba moved from Estadio America to Estadio del Arcángel. In 1954, RCD Córdoba was dissolved due to its many debts and Córdoba CF was refounded by acquiring the place of CD San Álvaro de Córdoba in the third category.[citation needed]

In the early 1960s and also in 1971–72, Córdoba amassed eight La Liga seasons. In its third presence it only conceded two goals at home as it went undefeated, the first being courtesy of Espanyol's Alfredo Di Stéfano. The club finished 5th, its best finish to date, but was not allowed to enter the following season's UEFA Cup due to city infrastructure issues.[citation needed]

In the following four decades Córdoba again fluctuated between divisions two and three, also spending 1984–85 in the fourth. After a successful 1999–2000 season in Segunda División B Córdoba was finally promoted to Segunda División.[2]

On 17 February 2014, former Spanish international Albert Ferrer was hired as Córdoba manager.[3] He led the team to a 7th-place finish, and then Córdoba defeated Las Palmas in the Segunda División play-off final to return to the top flight for the first time in 42 years. Ulises Dávila scored the decisive goal, a late equaliser in the away second leg, after Las Palmas fans had caused ten minutes to be added onto the game by invading the pitch.[4]

 
Match of Segunda División between Córdoba C.F. and C.D. Leganés (2:3), January 2016.

Córdoba experienced a difficult return to La Liga however. In their opening match of the 2014–15 season, Córdoba lost 2–0 away at Real Madrid, putting them in 19th place on the table, after round 1. Following that, the team did not achieve a single win, up until the 14th round, when they managed to win 0–1 away at Athletic Bilbao. This boosted their hopes for survival in the elite. Additional wins against CF Granada at home and Rayo Vallecano away in rounds 17 and 18 put the team in 14th place. However, ten straight defeats from rounds 20-29 again put the Andalusians in last place. The team did not improve, remaining in last place until the end of the season. They only collected two points from their last 18 games, thus losing all hopes for survival. At the end of the season, Córdoba only collected 20 points, 15 points behind Granada CF, which avoided relegation. Their relegation was confirmed with three games remaining after a 0–8 home defeat against FC Barcelona.[5]

On 15 June 2018, the club announced that it had purchased local women's club AD El Naranjo and their respective youth teams with the intention of turning them into the club's official women's team. The newly created Córdoba Club de Fútbol Femenino will play in the Spanish Segunda División (women) starting in the 2018–19 season.[6] After ranking second-to-last in the 2018–19 Segunda División (after disqualified Reus), the club was demoted to Segunda B.[7][8]

In December 2019, the club was purchased by Infinity, an investment fund from Bahrain, for a reported amount of €3.25 million[9][10] The club gained promotion to the Primera RFEF (third tier of the Spanish league system) in April 2022.[11]

Stadium

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Crowd at the Estadio Nuevo Arcángel

Córdoba currently plays at the Estadio Nuevo Arcángel, opened in 1993. Since 2004 the stadium has been going through a remodelling, converting it to a pure football stadium. Three of the four sides have been rebuilt. When the fourth stand is rebuilt the capacity will be 25,100 seats.

Season to season

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  • As CD San Álvaro
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1951–52 5 2ª Reg. 1st
1952–53 4 1ª Reg. 1st
1953–54 3 4th
  • As Córdoba CF
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1954–55 3 4th
1955–56 3 1st
1956–57 2 4th
1957–58 2 11th
1958–59 2 8th Round of 32
1959–60 2 2nd Round of 16
1960–61 2 9th Round of 32
1961–62 2 1st First round
1962–63 1 12th Round of 16
1963–64 1 11th Round of 16
1964–65 1 5th Round of 16
1965–66 1 11th Round of 16
1966–67 1 12th Semi-finals
1967–68 1 13th Round of 32
1968–69 1 16th Round of 16
1969–70 2 5th Round of 32
1970–71 2 4th Third round
1971–72 1 17th Fourth round
1972–73 2 13th Third round
1973–74 2 13th Fourth round
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1974–75 2 4th Fourth round
1975–76 2 8th First round
1976–77 2 15th Fourth round
1977–78 2 18th Fourth round
1978–79 3 2ª B 17th Third round
1979–80 3 2ª B 7th Second round
1980–81 3 2ª B 2nd First round
1981–82 2 13th Second round
1982–83 2 20th First round
1983–84 3 2ª B 19th First round
1984–85 4 2nd
1985–86 3 2ª B 3rd First round
1986–87 3 2ª B 9th First round
1987–88 3 2ª B 5th Fourth round
1988–89 3 2ª B 13th Third round
1989–90 3 2ª B 12th
1990–91 3 2ª B 3rd Third round
1991–92 3 2ª B 11th Third round
1992–93 3 2ª B 9th Fourth round
1993–94 3 2ª B 7th Third round
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1994–95 3 2ª B 1st Second round
1995–96 3 2ª B 4th Second round
1996–97 3 2ª B 1st First round
1997–98 3 2ª B 6th First round
1998–99 3 2ª B 3rd
1999–2000 2 12th First round
2000–01 2 12th Round of 64
2001–02 2 13th Quarter-finals
2002–03 2 15th Round of 64
2003–04 2 16th Round of 32
2004–05 2 19th Round of 32
2005–06 3 2ª B 6th Second round
2006–07 3 2ª B 4th First round
2007–08 2 18th Second round
2008–09 2 13th Second round
2009–10 2 10th Third round
2010–11 2 16th Round of 16
2011–12 2 6th Round of 16
2012–13 2 14th Round of 16
2013–14 2 7th Second round
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
2014–15 1 20th Round of 32
2015–16 2 5th Second round
2016–17 2 10th Round of 16
2017–18 2 16th Third round
2018–19 2 21st Round of 32
2019–20 3 2ª B 5th First round
2020–21 3 2ª B 5th / 3rd Round of 32
2021–22 4 2ª RFEF 1st First round
2022–23 3 1ª Fed. 9th
2023–24 3 1ª Fed.

Honours

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Notes

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  1. ^ Third tier
  2. ^ Not promoted in play-offs
  3. ^ Not promoted in play-offs
  4. ^ Third tier
  5. ^ Promoted in play-offs

Current squad

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As of 1 March 2024.

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   ESP Lluis Tarrés
2 DF   ESP Iván Rodríguez
3 DF   ESP José Calderón
4 DF   ESP Adrián Lapeña
5 DF   ESP Adri Castellano
6 MF   ESP Álex Sala (on loan from Girona)
7 FW   ESP Kike Márquez (captain)
8 DF   SRB Dragiša Gudelj
9 FW   ESP Kuki Zalazar
10 FW   MAR Simo Bouzaidi
11 FW   ESP Álvaro Leiva (on loan from Real Madrid Castilla)
13 GK   ESP Carlos Marín
No. Pos. Nation Player
14 MF   ESP Recio
15 MF   ESP Isma Ruiz
16 DF   ESP José Martínez
17 FW   POR Adilson
18 DF   ESP Carlos García-Die (on loan from Cádiz)
19 FW   ESP Alberto Toril
20 FW   ESP Antonio Casas
21 DF   ESP Carlos Albarrán
22 MF   MLI Yussi Diarra
23 MF   ESP Cristian Carracedo
27 DF   ESP Matías Barboza

Reserve team

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

No. Pos. Nation Player

Out on loan

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   ESP Cristian Delgado (at Numancia until 30 June 2024)

Retired numbers

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8   Juanín (deceased) (1960–70)

Current technical staff

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Position Staff
Manager   Germán Crespo
Assistant manager   Alfredo Sánchez
Fitness coach   Javier Ramos López

Last updated: June 2019
Source: Córdoba CF

Former players

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See Category:Córdoba CF footballers

Former coaches

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References

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  1. ^ "Cinco cosas que quizá no sabías del Nuevo Arcángel". Cinco cosas que quizá no sabías del Nuevo Arcángel. Archived from the original on 5 November 2019. Retrieved 5 November 2019.
  2. ^ "Historia del Córdoba | Córdoba - Web Oficial". Historia del Córdoba | Córdoba - Web Oficial (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 3 October 2019. Retrieved 19 October 2019.
  3. ^ "Albert Ferrer nuevo entrenador del Córdoba C.F." [Albert Ferrer new Córdoba C.F. manager] (in Spanish). Córdoba CF. 17 February 2014. Archived from the original on 2 March 2014. Retrieved 17 March 2014.
  4. ^ "Las Palmas-Cordoba La Liga play-off ends with pitch invasion". Goal.com. 23 June 2014. Archived from the original on 2 October 2018. Retrieved 30 June 2014.
  5. ^ "Cordoba 0 Barcelona 8: Suarez nets hat-trick as hosts are relegated". Four Four Two. 2 May 2015. Archived from the original on 18 May 2015. Retrieved 4 May 2015.
  6. ^ "Nace el Córdoba Club de Fútbol Femenino | Córdoba - Web Oficial". Nace el Córdoba Club de Fútbol Femenino | Córdoba - Web Oficial (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 23 August 2018. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  7. ^ López, Cisco (10 June 2019). "El Córdoba CF acaba como el peor equipo de LaLiga 1|2|3, y por méritos propios". El Día de Córdoba. Archived from the original on 25 September 2022. Retrieved 4 June 2022.
  8. ^ "El fracaso del descenso del Córdoba CF a Segunda B, en cinco datos dramáticos". 13 May 2019.
  9. ^ "El Córdoba, vendido a un grupo inversor de Baréin". sport.es. 5 December 2019. Archived from the original on 4 June 2022. Retrieved 4 June 2022.
  10. ^ Gómez, Javier (11 January 2022). "Los otros objetivos del Córdoba CF en la visita a Baréin". ABC. Archived from the original on 12 January 2022. Retrieved 4 June 2022.
  11. ^ "Las diez novedades del Córdoba CF con el ascenso a Primera RFEF". ABC. 21 April 2022. Archived from the original on 21 April 2022. Retrieved 4 June 2022.
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