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Fútbol Club Cartagena, S.A.D. is a Spanish football team based in Cartagena, in the autonomous community of Murcia. Founded in 1995 it currently plays in Segunda División B, holding home games at Estadio Cartagonova, with a capacity of 15,105 spectators.

Cartagena crest
Full nameFútbol Club Cartagena, S.A.D.
Nickname(s)Efesé, Aladrokes, Albinegros,
Boquerones, Cartagos
Founded25 July 1995; 24 years ago (25 July 1995)
GroundCartagonova, Cartagena,
Murcia, Spain
PresidentPaco Belmonte
Head coachGustavo Munúa
League2ªB – Group 4
2017–182ªB – Group 4, 1st
WebsiteClub website
Current season

The club is considered to be a continuation of Cartagena CF, founded in 1919.



Fútbol Club Cartagena was founded on 25 July 1995 due to serious economic problems of the first team of the city, Cartagena FC, the first president Florentino Manzano was the founder. In the first eight years it was known as Cartagonova Fútbol Club, and first played in the third division in the 1998–99 season.

Cartagonova logo

The club then changed its name to Fútbol Club Cartagena and Luis Oliver took over as president, starting his tenure with the club immerse in economic problems and close to relegation. Being saved from folding by local entrepreneur Francisco Gómez after the 2002–03 campaign, it consolidated itself in the third level and achieved another promotion, now to division two, in 2009.[1]

Historic side Cartagena FC, which was founded much earlier, acted as reserve team between 2003 and 2009, eventually re-gaining its independence. In 2009–10's second division season Efesé nearly achieved another promotion, finishing eventually in fifth position; all promotion hopes were dashed in the 41st and penultimate matchday, with a 0–1 away loss against Recreativo de Huelva.[2]

Season to seasonEdit

Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1995/96 5 Preferente 2nd
1996/97 4 1st
1997/98 4 1st
1998/99 3 2ªB 2nd Second round
1999/00 3 2ªB 8th Preliminary
2000/01 3 2ªB 13th
2001/02 3 2ªB 12th
2002/03 3 2ªB 11th
2003/04 3 2ªB 15th
2004/05 3 2ªB 13th
2005/06 3 2ªB 1st
2006/07 3 2ªB 5th Second round
2007/08 3 2ªB 8th Second round
2008/09 3 2ªB 1st
2009/10 2 5th Third round
2010/11 2 13th Second round
2011/12 2 20th Second round
2012/13 3 2ªB 2nd First round
2013/14 3 2ªB 2nd Round of 32
2014/15 3 2ªB 16th First round
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
2015/16 3 2ªB 7th
2016/17 3 2ªB 4th Second round
2017/18 3 2ªB 1st Round of 32

Current squadEdit

As of 21 May 2019

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

No. Position Player
  GK João Costa (on loan from Porto)
  GK Mario Fernández
  DF Antonio López
  DF Jesús Álvaro
  DF Josua Mejías (on loan from Leganés)
  DF Luís Mata (on loan from Porto)
  DF Moisés García
  DF Pedro Orfila
  DF Sergio Ayala
  DF Óscar Ramírez
  MF Cristo Martín
  MF Jesús Manuel Carrillo
No. Position Player
  MF Julio Gracia
  MF Miguel Ángel Cordero
  MF Rui Moreira (on loan from Porto)
  MF Santi Jara
  MF Moyita (on loan from Mallorca)
  MF Vitolo
  FW Elady Zorrilla
  FW Fito Miranda
  FW Igor Paim
  FW Isaac Aketxe
  FW Rubén Cruz

Reserve teamEdit

FC Cartagena B is FC Cartagena's reserve team since 2015. It was founded in that year and plays in Tercera División.

In the past, other sides such as Cartagena Promesas, FC Cartagena-La Unión, Cartagena FC and CD Algar were the club's B-team.


Cartagena holds home matches at Estadio Cartagonova. Inaugurated on 7 February 1988, it has a capacity of 14,532 spectators, measuring 105 x 68 meters; it underwent renovation in January 2000.

The ground's biggest attendance was recorded 30 June 1999 in a second division promotion playoff match against Córdoba CF, with 20,000 spectators in the stands. On 26 January of the following year, the first Spanish national team game ever hosted in the Region of Murcia took place, a friendly with Poland.

Kit evolutionEdit


Famous playersEdit

Note: this list includes players that have played at least 100 league games and/or have reached international status.

Famous coachesEdit


  1. ^ "Cartagena vuelve a Segunda 22 años después" [Cartagena returns to Segunda 22 years later] (in Spanish). Marca. 24 May 2009. Retrieved 27 February 2014.
  2. ^ "El Cartagena deja en Huelva sus opciones de ascenso" [Cartagena leaves promotion options in Huelva] (in Spanish). Marca. 13 June 2010. Retrieved 27 February 2014.

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