Marbella Fútbol Club, formerly known as Unión Deportiva Marbella, is a Spanish football team based in Marbella, in the autonomous community of Andalusia. Founded in 1997 it currently plays in Segunda División B – Group 4, holding home matches at Estadio Municipal de Marbella.
|Full name||Marbella Fútbol Club|
|Nickname(s)||Blanquillos (Little Whites)|
|Ground||Estadio Municipal, Marbella,|
|Head coach||David Cubillo|
|League||2ª B – Group 4|
|2017–18||2ª B – Group 4, 2nd|
Unión Deportiva Marbella was founded in 1997 immediately after the defunction of Club Atlético Marbella, which was born 38 years before and was owned by Jesús Gil, also the chairman of Atlético de Madrid. In 2000–01, the team won its Tercera División group but came second to Real Betis B in the promotion play-offs. It subsequently qualified to the Copa del Rey for the first time, losing 0–1 at home to CD Díter Zafra in the preliminary round. In 2003, it finally promoted to Segunda División B.
Marbella was taken over by leading businessmen Ian Radford and Wayne Elliott of the HI Group, an international sports, leisure, property and travel company in September 2007. In 2009, the club contested the play-offs for promotion to Segunda División for the first time, losing 2–1 on aggregate to Lorca Deportiva. In the ensuing domestic cup season, it reached the last 32 before an 8–0 aggregate loss to Atlético; the league campaign ended with relegation after seven years in the third tier.
On 28 June 2013 Unión was renamed Marbella Fútbol Club, by consent of the Russian ownership presided by Alexander Grinberg, in order to appeal to a wider foreign fanbase. At the end of the season, it ended four years in the fourth division with a 3–2 aggregate win over CD Eldense after extra time in the play-offs. By finishing second in the regular season, Marbella played in the 2018 Segunda División B play-offs, and lost on penalties in the first round to Celta de Vigo B.
- Atlético Marbella – (1947–97)
- UD Marbella – (1997–2013)
- Marbella FC – (2013–)
Season to seasonEdit
- As of 28 May 2018
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
- Tercera División: (2) 2001–02, 2013–14
Marbella plays its home games at Estadio Municipal de Marbella, which has a capacity of 7,300 spectators. It is a fairly basic oval-shaped stadium with one small covered stand.
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- "El Marbella paga los platos rotos del derbi" [Marbella is the fall guy for the derby]. Marca (in Spanish). Retrieved 14 March 2017.
- "La UD Marbella hace oficial su cambio de nombre por Marbella FC" [UD Marbella officially changes its name to Marbella FC] (in Spanish). Marbella 24 Horas. 28 June 2013. Retrieved 13 February 2017.
- "Épico ascenso del Marbella a Segunda B" [Marbella's epic promotion to Segunda B]. Diario Sur (in Spanish). 24 May 2014. Retrieved 14 March 2017.
- "El Celta B elimina al Marbella en los penaltis y sueña con el ascenso" [Celta B eliminate Marbella on penalties and dream of promotion]. Faro de Vigo (in Spanish). 27 May 2018. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
- Google Map for Estadio Municipal de Marbella