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, the club plays in the Segunda División, holding home matches at the Estadio Heliodoro Rodríguez López, with a 22,824-seat capacity. The traditional home colours are white shirts and blue shorts.

Full nameClub Deportivo Tenerife, S.A.D.
Founded21 November 1912; 110 years ago (1912-11-21)
GroundHeliodoro Rodríguez López
OwnerPaulino Rivero Baute
PresidentPaulino Rivero Baute
Head coachAsier Garitano
LeagueSegunda División
2022–23Segunda División, 10th of 22
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Tenerife has a history playing in the top flight of La Liga. They have been promoted to the top tier on four occasions, including a 10-year stint from 1989 to 1999. The club managed to finish as high as fifth in the league table on two occasions during that period, which qualified them for the first round of the UEFA Cup. They most recently played in La Liga in the 2009–10 season.

Being based in the Canary archipelago off the Atlantic coast of Africa, while playing its away games on the Spanish mainland, both the club and rival Las Palmas from Gran Canaria are two of the most geographically isolated European professional clubs. Tenerife and Las Palmas contest the Canary Islands derby.

History Edit

Match between CD Nacional of Madeira and CD Tenerife in 1925.

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 the 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 head coach of Tenerife in 1995, leading the club to another fifth-placed finish and the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey. 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.

Club Deportivo Tenerife league performance 1929-2023.

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,[2] 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).

Seasons Edit

Season to season Edit

European cup history Edit

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

Honours Edit

Domestic Edit

Continental Edit

Friendly Edit

Current squad Edit

As of 11 September 2023.[3]

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 Juan Soriano
2 DF   ESP Aitor Buñuel
3 DF   ESP Fernando Medrano
4 DF   ESP José León
5 DF   ESP Sergio González
6 DF   ESP José María Amo
7 FW   ESP Elady Zorrilla
8 MF   ESP Javi Alonso
9 FW   ESP Ángel Rodríguez
10 MF   ESP Álex Corredera
11 FW   GHA Mo Dauda
13 GK   ESP Tomeu Nadal
No. Pos. Nation Player
14 MF   ESP Roberto López (on loan from Real Sociedad)
15 MF   FRA Yann Bodiger
16 MF   ESP Aitor Sanz (captain)
17 MF   ESP Waldo Rubio
18 FW   ESP Enric Gallego
19 MF   ESP Álvaro Romero
20 MF   ESP Pablo Hernández
21 FW   ESP Teto
22 DF   FRA Jérémy Mellot
23 DF   MNE Nikola Šipčić
24 DF   ESP Nacho Martínez
27 MF   ESP Luismi Cruz (on loan from Sevilla)

Reserve team Edit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
28 FW   ESP Alassan
30 GK   ESP Moha Ramos
31 DF   ESP Loïc Williams
No. Pos. Nation Player
32 FW   ESP Jesús Belza
41 GK   ESP Martín Cascajo
FW   ESP Ethyan González

Out on loan Edit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK   ESP Javi Díaz (at Fuenlabrada until 30 June 2024)
DF   ESP David Rodríguez (at Antequera until 30 June 2024)
DF   ESP Jeremy Socorro (at Antequera until 30 June 2024)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   ESP Rubén Díez (at Ibiza until 30 June 2024)
FW   ESP Dani Selma (at San Fernando until 30 June 2024)
FW   ESP Jorge Padilla (at Mérida until 30 June 2024)

Current technical staff Edit

Position Staff
Manager   Luis Miguel Ramis
Assistant manager   José Manuel Gil
Technical assistant   Iván Madroño
Analyst   Carlos Rodríguez
Goalkeeping coach   Ortiz Zebenzui
Fitness coach   Miguel Ángel Fernández
  Maykol Hernández
Director of Medical Services   Dámaso M.
Physiotherapist   José Cristóbal R.
  Luis P.
  Aday P.
Nutricionist   Alejandro T.
Rehab fitness coach   Yeray A.
Podologist   Marta P.
Delegate   Víctor P.
Kit man   Jonathan G.
  Ángel S.

Last updated: September 2022
Source: CD Tenerife

Notable players Edit

Notable coaches Edit

Fans Edit

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

See also Edit

References Edit

  1. ^ "Instalaciones" (in Spanish). CD Tenerife. Retrieved 26 May 2016.
  2. ^ "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.
  3. ^ "Plantilla Club Deportivo Tenerife SAD 22-23" [Squad] (in Spanish). CD Tenerife. Retrieved 26 September 2022.

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