FC Cartagena

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 LaLiga Smartbank, holding home games at Estadio Cartagonova, with a capacity of 15,105 spectators.[2]

Cartagena crest
Full nameFútbol Club Cartagena, S.A.D.
Nickname(s)Efesé, Aladrokes, Albinegros,
Boquerones, Cartagos
Founded25 July 1995; 25 years ago (25 July 1995)
as Cartagonova Fútbol Club
GroundCartagonova, Cartagena,
Murcia, Spain
Capacity15,105 [1]
PresidentPaco Belmonte
Head coachBorja Jiménez
LeagueSegunda División
2019-202ªB – Group 4, 1st (promoted)
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.[3]

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.[4]

Cartagena was relegated from the second tier at the end of 2011–12.[5] In May 2015, a late goal from Carlos Martínez saved the club from a further drop by winning a play-off on the away goals rule against Las Palmas Atlético.[6] Three years later, the team fell at the final promotion hurdle to Extremadura UD by a single goal.[7]

On 19 July 2020, Cartagena was promoted to Segunda Division after an 8-year absence.

Season to seasonEdit

Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1995–96 5 Reg. Pref. 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
2018–19 3 2ªB 2nd Second round
2019–20 3 2ªB 1st Second round
2020–21 2 Qualified


Current squadEdit

As of 19 July 2020

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 Marc Martínez
2   DF David Andújar
3   DF David Forniés
4   DF Diego Johannesson (on loan from Oviedo)
5   DF Sergio Ayala
6   MF Miguel Ángel Cordero (captain)
7   MF Quim Araújo
8   MF Verza
9   FW Pablo Caballero
10   FW Santi Jara
11   FW Elady Zorrilla
13   GK Esteve Peña
No. Position Player
14   MF Alberto Cayarga
15   DF Álex Martín (on loan from Leganés)
16   MF José Ángel
17   MF Lucas de Vega
18   MF Adalberto Carrasquilla
19   FW Đorđe Jovanović (on loan from Cádiz)
20   DF Carlos David
21   FW Manu Viana
22   FW Vinicius Tanque (on loan from Botafogo)
30   FW William (on loan from Leganés)
  DF Markel Etxeberria


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

No. Position Player
23   MF Javier Vera
24   DF Uriel Jové
26   MF Ismael Martínez
No. Position Player
27   FW Óscar Siafa
29   MF Leomar Pinto

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
  DF Mauro Lucero (on loan at Villarrobledo until 30 June 2020)
  FW Rodrigo Sanz (on loan at Calahorra until 30 June 2020)

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. ^ "Estadio Cartagonova - Cartagena - The Stadium Guide". Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  2. ^ "Estadio Cartagonova - Cartagena - The Stadium Guide". Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  3. ^ "Cartagena vuelve a Segunda 22 años después" [Cartagena returns to Segunda 22 years later] (in Spanish). Marca. 24 May 2009. Retrieved 27 February 2014.
  4. ^ "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.
  5. ^ "El Córdoba condena al Cartagena al descenso" [Córdoba sentence Cartagena to relegation]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 22 May 2012. Retrieved 5 November 2019.
  6. ^ "Las Palmas Atlético muere en la orilla" [Las Palmas Atlético come so close] (in Spanish). La Segunda B. 31 May 2015. Retrieved 5 November 2019.
  7. ^ Sánchez, Diego (24 June 2018). "Otro amargo final" [Another bitter ending]. La Opinión de Murcía (in Spanish). Retrieved 5 November 2019.

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