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Club Deportivo Tenerife, S.A.D. is a Spanish football club based in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Tenerife, in the Canary Islands. Founded in 1912, it currently plays in Segunda División, holding home matches at the Estadio Heliodoro Rodríguez López, with a 23,660-seat capacity.

CD Tenerife logo.svg
Full name Club Deportivo Tenerife, S.A.D.
Nickname(s) Tete, Chicharreros, Insulares, Blanquiazules
Founded 1912
Ground Heliodoro Rodríguez López,
Tenerife, Canary Islands,
Ground Capacity 23,660
Chairman Miguel Concepción
Manager José Luis Martí
League Segunda División
2015–16 Segunda División, 13th
Website Club home page
Current season



Club Deportivo Tenerife was founded in 1912 as Sporting Club Tenerife, which had come about as a merger between two or more previous football clubs on the island. The club changed its name to Club Deportivo Tenerife in 1922. La Liga started in 1928, but the team played in regional divisions until it was promoted to Segunda División in 1953. It first reached the top flight in 1961, being immediately relegated back and, in the following 27 years, played almost exclusively in the second level, also spending three years in Tercera División and six – five in a row – in Segunda División B, the newly created division three (in 1978).

In 1985, when Tenerife were relegated to the third division for a second time, Javier Pérez became president of the club. The side was promoted this year to the second level and, two years later, returned to the first, after winning the promotion playoff against Real Betis (4–1 on aggregate).

In 1991, Jorge Valdano took charge of the club as manager, and the Argentine would help rob former side Real Madrid of two consecutive league titles in the last round, to the benefit of Barcelona. In the first season, the Canary Islands outfit barely avoided relegation, but would finish in a best-ever fifth position in the following year, eventually reaching the round of 16 in the subsequent UEFA Cup, losing to Juventus 2–4 on aggregate.

German Jupp Heynckes became coach of Tenerife in 1995, leading the club to another fifth position and the quarter-finals of the domestic cup. In the 1996–97 UEFA Cup the islanders fared better, reaching the last-four after defeating Maccabi Tel Aviv, Lazio, Feyenoord and Brøndby (the winner coming late in extra time from an Antonio Mata free kick), only bowing out to eventual winners Schalke 04.

Tenerife then went on a downward spiral which eventually led to relegation to the "silver category" in 1999, prompting various managerial changes within the club. In 2001, the club was again promoted, led by Rafael Benítez, who promptly left to take up the manager's job at Valencia; the promotion was achieved in the last match of the campaign thanks to a goal from Hugo Morales.

Match: Tenerife – Real Sociedad, in 2008

Pepe Mel became the new trainer but the first division season never took off, as Tenerife were beaten heavily at home by Barcelona 0–6, which cost the manager his job. Javier Clemente, formerly with the Spain national team, took the reins, but could not help prevent the eventual immediate relegation.

Tenerife suffered from serious economic problems in the following years, owing more than €40 million. President Pérez was replaced with Víctor Perez de Ascanio, who resigned due to bad management, leaving his position to Miguel Concepción, who negotiated with local politicians and businessmen, also creating a construction company as a subsidiary of the side.

On 13 June 2009, Tenerife secured a top flight return after a seven-year absence after a 1–0 win at Girona. In the following season, even though the team held on until the last round, another relegation befell, after the 0–1 loss at third-placed Valencia.

2010–11 brought with it three coaching changes,[1] as Tenerife eventually suffered another relegation, returning to the third division after 24 years. On 2 June 2013, the club, led by Álvaro Cervera, returned to the second level after winning the promotion play-off against Hospitalet (3–2 on aggregate).


Season to seasonEdit

Season Division Place Copa del Rey
2000/01 3rd Round of 16
2001/02 19th Round of 64
2002/03 8th Round of 64
2003/04 8th Round of 64
2004/05 9th Round of 32
2005/06 18th 1st round
2006/07 7th 2nd round
2007/08 11th 3rd round
2008/09 3rd 3rd round
2009/10 19th Round of 32
2010/11 20th 2nd round
2011/12 2ªB 2nd 1st round
2012/13 2ªB 1st 2nd round
2013/14 11th 2nd round
2014/15 17th 2nd round
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
2015/16 13th 2nd round
2016/17 4th 3rd round

European cup historyEdit

Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1993–94 UEFA Cup Last 64   Auxerre 2–2 1–0 3–2
Last 32   Olympiacos 2–1 3–4 5–5
Last 16   Juventus 2–1 0–3 2–4
1996–97 UEFA Cup Last 64   Maccabi Tel-Aviv 3–2 1–1 4–3
Last 32   Lazio 5–3 0–1 5–4
Last 16   Feyenoord 0–0 4–2 4–2
Quarterfinals   Brøndby 0–1 2–0 2–1
Semifinals   Schalke 04 1–0 0–2 1–2


Semi-finals (1): 1996–97
Semi-finals (1): 1993–94
Quarter-finals (4): 1960–61, 1961–62, 1975–76, 1995–96

Current squadEdit

As of 21 January 2017

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

No. Position Player
1   GK Ismael Falcón
2   DF Edu Oriol
3   DF Germán Sánchez
4   DF Samuel Camille
5   DF Alberto Jiménez
6   MF Vitolo (2nd captain)
7   MF Omar Perdomo
8   MF Rachid Aït-Atmane (on loan from Sporting Gijón)
9   FW Anthony Lozano (on loan from Olimpia)
10   MF Suso (Captain)
11   DF Iñaki Sáenz
14   DF Carlos Ruiz
16   MF Aitor Sanz (3rd captain)
No. Position Player
17   MF Aarón
18   FW Haythem Jouini (on loan from Espérance)
20   MF Gaku Shibasaki
21   DF Jorge Sáenz
22   FW Tyronne (on loan from Las Palmas)
23   DF Raúl Cámara (4th captain)
25   GK Dani Hernández
26   FW Cristo González
31   MF Amath Ndiaye (on loan from Atlético Madrid)
32   FW Giovanni
34   MF Roberto Bolaños
35   DF Nahuel

Reserve teamEdit

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

No. Position Player
28   DF Óscar González
33   FW Darixon Vuelto (on loan from Victoria)

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Position Player
  GK Carlos Abad (on loan at Real Madrid Castilla until 30 June 2017)
  MF Álex García (on loan at Mirandés until 30 June 2017)
  MF Santi Luque (on loan at Melilla until 30 June 2017)
  FW Ale González (on loan at Mensajero until 30 June 2017)

International playersEdit

Notable coachesEdit


Fans of Tenerife are called Chicharreros because in early days, the inhabitants of a small fishing village called Santa Cruz (later the capital of Tenerife) consumed "chicharros" (Atlantic horse mackerel) as a main part of their diet.

Other inhabitants of Tenerife and Canary Islands used the moniker as a pejorative name, but finally the inhabitants of Santa Cruz accepted it affectionately.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "David Amaral es el nuevo entrenador del Tenerife" [David Amaral is new Tenerife coach] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 5 April 2011. Retrieved 22 April 2011. 

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