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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 plays in Segunda División, holding home matches at the Estadio Heliodoro Rodríguez López, with a 22,824-seat capacity.

CD Tenerife logo.svg
Full nameClub Deportivo Tenerife, S.A.D.
Nickname(s)Tete, Chicharreros, Insulares, Blanquiazules
Founded21 November 1912
GroundHeliodoro Rodríguez López,
Tenerife, Canary Islands,
OwnerMiguel Concepción
PresidentMiguel Concepción
Head coachAritz López Garai
LeagueSegunda División
2018–19Segunda División, 16th
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 4 occasions, including a 10-year stint from 1989 to 1999. The club managed to finish as high as 5th in the league table on two occasions during that period, which qualified them for the first round of UEFA Cup. They most recently played in La Liga in 2010.

Being based on the offshore Canary archipelago, while playing its away games on the Spanish mainland, it and rivals Las Palmas from Gran Canaria are two of the most geographically isolated European professional clubs. Tenerife and Las Palmas contest the Canary Islands derby.


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.

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).

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Academy in ChinaEdit

On 16 October 2017 it was agreed to start the CD Tenerife Academy in China. Thanks to the agreement between International Football Academy Hong Kong and CD Tenerife, the club starts the internationalization of its training. The director of the academy is Roberto Mickel. On 23 April 2018, the academy began its activity, with boys and girls between four and eighteen years old, in the city of Shenzhen, in the province of Canton. Initially, the first steps were aimed at creating the structure of the technification academy and promoting the CD Tenerife methodology and competition values, but with fair play. The collaboration agreement between the International Football Academy and the CD Tenerife was signed until 2021. In this way, in Shenzhen, with the CD Tenerife shield and the white and blue colors that represent the club, training methods developed in the base football area run by Sesé Rivero.


Season to seasonEdit

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


Current squadEdit

As of 30 August 2019

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 Adrián Ortolá
2   DF Luis Pérez
3   DF Álex Muñoz
4   MF Iker Undabarrena
5   DF Alberto Jiménez
6   MF Luis Milla
7   FW José Naranjo
8   MF Borja Lasso
9   FW Dani Gómez (on loan from Real Madrid)
10   MF Suso (Captain)
11   FW Álex Bermejo
12   MF Matías Nahuel
No. Position Player
13   GK Ángel Galván
14   DF Carlos Ruiz
15   DF Mauro dos Santos
16   MF Aitor Sanz (2nd captain)
17   DF Róbert Mazáň (on loan from Celta)
18   DF Isma López
19   MF Samuel Shashoua
20   FW Ramón Miérez (on loan from Alavés)
21   DF Shaq Moore
22   FW Filip Malbašić
23   DF Nikola Šipčić
25   GK Dani Hernández

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 (at Xanthi until 30 June 2020)
  MF Josué (at Barakaldo until 30 June 2020)
  MF Samuel Arbelo (at Barakaldo until 30 June 2020)

Current technical staffEdit

Position Staff
Manager   Aritz López Garai
Assistant manager  
Assistant manager  
Fitness coach  
Goalkeeping coach   Zeben Ortiz
Analyst   Carlos Rodríguez

Last updated: September 2018
Source: CD Tenerife

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

See alsoEdit


  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.

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