Granada CF

Granada Club de Fútbol (Spanish pronunciation: [gɾaˈnaða ˈkluβ ðe ˈfuðβol]), or simply Granada, is a Spanish football club in Granada, in the autonomous community of Andalusia. Founded on 14 April 1931, it plays in La Liga. The club plays its home matches at the Estadio Nuevo Los Cármenes.

Granada
Logo of Granada Club de Fútbol.svg
Full nameGranada Club de Fútbol, S.A.D.
Nickname(s)Nazaríes (Nasrids), El Graná,
El 5001, Matagigantes, Rojiblancos
Founded14 April 1931; 89 years ago (1931-04-14)
GroundNuevo Los Cármenes
Capacity19,336 [1]
OwnerDesports
PresidentJiang Lizhang
Head coachDiego Martínez
LeagueLa Liga
2019–20La Liga, 7th of 20
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Granada was the third Andalusian football team after Betis and Sevilla to compete in La Liga, in 1941–42. The team is located at position 24 of the historical points classification of the First Division, where it has participated in 20 seasons and finished in sixth place twice. Granada was Copa del Rey runner-up in 1959.

HistoryEdit

FoundationEdit

Granada Club de Fútbol was founded on 14 April 1931,[2] originally as Recreativo de Granada; the first president was Julio López Fernández. It was him who registered the club in the Registry of Associations in the Civil Government and presented the first Board of Directors.[3]

The first football match was played against Deportivo Jaén on 6 December 1931, which resulted in a 2–1 victory.[4] The first goal in the match, and in the club's history, was scored by Antonio Bombillar. The first home match was played against U.D. Andújar two weeks later. Granada CF won it 1-0. It took place at Campo de Las Tablas stadium.[4] In the 1931–32 season, the club finished 2nd in the Tercera Regional – Región Sur championship.[4] 4 wins in 6 matches helped Granada CF to be promoted to Segunda Regional. The club started the season in a new division with a new president, Gabriel Morcillo Raya.[5] During the 1932-33 season the club had the biggest win in its history, 11–0 against Xerez FC on 23 April 1933.[6]

La Liga entry and peakEdit

After several promotions, in 1941–42 the club made its La Liga debut. It was the match against Celta on 28 September 1941. The game ended up in 1–1 draw.[7] The first Granada goal in the highest Spanish division was scored by César Rodríguez Álvarez.[8] During that season Granada had some historical home wins, among them 8–0 against Real Oviedo and 6–0 against Barcelona.[4] Granada finished the season in the 10th position among 14 teams.[9] From here until the 1980s, it alternated between that category and Segunda División, with its golden age coming during the 1970s, with eight top flight seasons, which included a best-ever two sixth league places (1971–72, 1973–74). Granada finished the 1971-72 season with 9 wins in the last 10 home games, among them wins against Barcelona and Real.[4]

In 1959 Granada achieved its greatest sports landmark, being runner-up of the Copa del Generalísimo (later Copa del Rey). In the final, played at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, the team lost to Barcelona 4–1. The only goal for Granada was scored by the Argentinian forward Ramón Carranza.[10]

In the 1980s, Granada had some brief appearances in the second division. In 1983–84, they finished 8th among 20 teams in Segunda División, just 10 points away from the champion Real Madrid Castilla and the runner-up Bilbao Athletic.[11] The 1984–85, Granada finished 18th and were relegated to Segunda División B;[12] in the same season, the club was eliminated by Estepona in the first round of the Copa del Rey.[13]

Decline and revivalEdit

Granada spent most of the following seasons in Segunda División B, dropping another level in 2002–03, due to non-payment to its players.[14] After four seasons in the fourth division, former Real Madrid president Lorenzo Sanz, along with his son Paco, arrived at the club. With their help, the Andalusian side was again promoted to the third category but got itself into serious financial trouble. In the 2005–06 season Granada became a champion of the Tercera División Group 9 and qualified for the promotional play-offs, where the first rival was Linense. After the two games ended up in 1-1 draws, Granada won in the penalty shootout.[15]

In 2006–07, Granada played in Group IV of the third level after four seasons in Tercera. The president Paco Sanz with the massive support of the fans continued to lead the project with the intention of bringing the team to the top division, but the lack of time after the promotion led to hasty actions.[16] In July 2009, the club was in such financial difficulty that it was on the brink of closing.[17] The solution to the crisis came with the signing of a partnership agreement with Udinese Calcio, with the Spaniards incorporating large numbers of players contracted to the Italian club as well as receiving its youth players and reserves as part of the agreement.[17] At the end of the season, Granada won its group then got promoted in the play-offs, returning to the second division after 22 years.

In 2010–11, Granada finished in fifth position, with most of the players loaned by Udinese still on board.[17] On 18 June 2011, the club became the first winner of the promotion play-offs – a different system was used from 1985 to 1999 – after successively defeating Celta de Vigo (1–1, penalty shootout) and Elche (1–1 on aggregate, away goals rule), thus returning to the top division after a 35-year absence.[18][19] In June 2016, Chinese businessman Jiang Lizhang became the new owner of the club, buying the Pozzo family's controlling stake.[20] After surviving in the top flight for six seasons, the team was relegated in 2016–17 after being defeated by Real Sociedad.[21]

Under new manager Diego Martínez, Granada returned to the top flight as runners-up to CA Osasuna in the 2018–19 Segunda División.[22] The following season, the team came 7th in the top flight, qualifying for the first time to the UEFA Europa League.[23]

SeasonsEdit

 
Nuevo Los Cármenes stadium
 
Fuente de las Batallas in Granada, meeting point of the fans for the celebrations.
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1931–32 4 Regional 2nd
1932–33 4 Regional 2nd
1933–34 3 1st
1934–35 2 7th First round
1935–36 2 6th First round
1939–40 2 2nd
1940–41 2 1st Round of 16
1941–42 1 10th Quarter-finals
1942–43 1 12th First round
1943–44 1 8th Quarter-finals
1944–45 1 12th Semi-finals
1945–46 2 4th Quarter-finals
1946–47 2 7th First round
1947–48 2 7th Sixth round
1948–49 2 3rd Quarter-finals
1949–50 2 9th Second round
1950–51 2 7th
1951–52 2 13th
1952–53 2 9th Round of 16
1953–54 2 4th
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1954–55 2 3rd
1955–56 2 8th
1956–57 2 1st
1957–58 1 13th Round of 16
1958–59 1 13th Runner-up
1959–60 1 12th Round of 32
1960–61 1 16th Round of 32
1961–62 2 3rd Round of 32
1962–63 2 6th Round of 32
1963–64 2 6th First round
1964–65 2 7th Round of 32
1965–66 2 2nd First round
1966–67 1 14th Quarter-finals
1967–68 2 1st First round
1968–69 1 8th Semi-finals
1969–70 1 12th Round of 16
1970–71 1 10th Round of 16
1971–72 1 6th Round of 16
1972–73 1 13th Quarter-finals
1973–74 1 6th Quarter-finals
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1974–75 1 15th Quarter-finals
1975–76 1 17th Round of 16
1976–77 2 10th Fourth round
1977–78 2 9th Fourth round
1978–79 2 6th Second round
1979–80 2 13th First round
1980–81 2 17th Round of 16
1981–82 3 2ªB 10th Second round
1982–83 3 2ªB 1st Second round
1983–84 2 8th Third round
1984–85 2 18th Second round
1985–86 3 2ªB 7th Third round
1986–87 3 2ªB 3rd First round
1987–88 2 19th First round
1988–89 3 2ªB 16th Second round
1989–90 3 2ªB 4th
1990–91 3 2ªB 5th First round
1991–92 3 2ªB 9th First round
1992–93 3 2ªB 3rd Third round
1993–94 3 2ªB 6th Second round
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1994–95 3 2ªB 13th Second round
1995–96 3 2ªB 2nd
1996–97 3 2ªB 6th Third round
1997–98 3 2ªB 4th
1998–99 3 2ªB 6th First round
1999–00 3 2ªB 1st
2000–01 3 2ªB 5th Quarter-finals
2001–02 3 2ªB 10th Preliminary
2002–03 4 4th
2003–04 4 1st
2004–05 4 5th First round
2005–06 4 1st
2006–07 3 2ªB 13th First round
2007–08 3 2ªB 5th
2008–09 3 2ªB 10th First round
2009–10 3 2ªB 1st
2010–11 2 5th Third round
2011–12 1 17th Round of 32
2012–13 1 15th Round of 32
2013–14 1 15th Round of 32
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
2014–15 1 17th Round of 16
2015–16 1 16th Round of 16
2016–17 1 20th Round of 32
2017–18 2 10th Second round
2018–19 2 2nd Second round
2019–20 1 7th Semi-finals
2020–21 1 Quallified

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 5 August 2020 [24]

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 Rui Silva
2   DF Dimitri Foulquier
3   DF Álex Martínez
4   MF Maxime Gonalons
6   DF Germán (vice-captain)
8   MF Yan Eteki
9   FW Roberto Soldado
10   FW Antonio Puertas
12   MF Ramon Azeez
13   GK Aarón
No. Position Player
14   MF Fede Vico
15   DF Carlos Neva
16   DF Víctor Díaz (captain)
18   FW Antoñín
19   MF Ángel Montoro
22   DF Domingos Duarte
23   FW Darwin Machís
  DF Quini
  DF Neyder Lozano
  DF Bernardo Cruz
  MF Luis Milla

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
26   MF Antonio Aranda
27   FW Adrián Butzke
29   MF Isma
31   FW Mario Rodríguez
No. Position Player
32   DF Antonio Montoro
35   GK Unai Etxebarría
39   DF Pepe
40   GK João Costa

Current technical staffEdit

Position Staff
Head coach   Diego Martínez
Assistant coach   Raúl Espínola
Fitness coach   Víctor Lafuente
Goalkeeping coach   Juan Carlos Fernández
Analyst   Jesús Roche
Analyst   Álvaro García

Last updated: October 2019
Source: Granada CF

HonoursEdit

NationalEdit

Runners-up: 1958–59

Regional tournamentsEdit

  • Andalucia Cup : 1932–33
  • Andalucia Championship reservations : 1971–72

FriendlyEdit

IndividualEdit

Pichichi TrophyEdit

Derby of eastern AndalusiaEdit

Updated to derby #85 played on April 6, 2019.

Competition Played Granada wins Draws Málaga wins Granada goals Málaga goals
La Liga 24 8 8 8 22 29
La Liga Play-off 2 1 1 0 3 2
Segunda 38 12 10 16 42 58
Segunda Play-off 2 1 0 1 3 3
Segunda B 8 3 5 0 6 3
Tercera 2 2 0 0 5 2
Copa del Rey 9 5 1 3 15 10
Overall 85 32 25 28 96 107

StadiumEdit

 
Granada playing at Estadio Nuevo Los Cármenes against Gimnàstic in 2010

After its foundation, the team played its home matches at Campo de Las Tablas, inaugurated on 20 December 1931. On that day Granada CF won the match against U.D. Andújar 1-0 in the Tercera Regional.[25] Granada's stay at this ground was a short one; on 23 December 1934, a new stadium, Estadio Los Cármenes, was opened.

The club played in this stadium until 1995 when a new facility, named Estadio Nuevo Los Cármenes, took its place. It was inaugurated on 16 May 1995, with an original capacity of 16,212 seats. This was expanded to 22,524 after the final promotion to La Liga in the summer of 2011.

Kit and coloursEdit

Upon its foundation, the club's kits were a shirt with blue and white vertical stripes and white shorts. After the Spanish Civil War the club owners went to Madrid to buy new ones, but they couldn't find other than red and white striped shirts. That became the official colour scheme from then on.

In the 1970s, the club changed the vertical stripes to horizontal. Since then, several changes (between horizontal and vertical) took place until 2004–05, when in a member assembly it was decided to use horizontal stripes definitively.

Shirt sponsors and manufacturersEdit

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
1984–87 Ressy La General
1987–90 Umbro Puleva
1990–92 Joma Citroën
1992–93 Lotto CC Neptuno
1993–94 None
1994–95 Sierra Nevada 95
1995–96 Cervezas Alhambra
1996–98 Kelme
1998–00 Joma Jimesa
2000–03 La General
2003–04 Bemiser Caja Rural
2004–05 Elements Agua Sierra Cazorla
2005–06 Umbro Puertas Castalla
2006–07 CajaSur
2007–09 Patrick
2009–10 Macron Covirán
2010–12 Legea Caja Granada
2012–14 Luanvi
2014–16 Joma Solver
2016–18 Energy King
2018–19 Erreà None
2019-23 Nike Winamax

CoachesEdit

ReferencesEdit

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