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Unión Deportiva Almería, S.A.D. (Spanish pronunciation: [uˈnjon depoɾˈtiβ(a) almeˈɾi.a]) is a Spanish football club based in Almería, in the autonomous community of Andalusia. Founded in 26 July 1989 and known as Almería Club de Fútbol until 2001,[1] the club plays in Segunda División, and plays their homes games at Estadio de los Juegos Mediterráneos,[2] with a 15,200-seat capacity.[3]

Almería
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Full nameUnión Deportiva Almería, S.A.D.
Nickname(s)Rojiblancos, La Unión, Almeriensistas, UDA, Indálicos
Founded26 July 1989; 29 years ago (1989-07-26)
GroundJuegos Mediterráneos,
Almería, Andalusia,
Spain
Capacity15,000
OwnerAlfonso García
PresidentAlfonso García
Head coachFran Fernández
LeagueSegunda División
2017–18Segunda División, 18th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

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HistoryEdit

AD Almería is a team that played in La Liga between 1979–81, but disappeared in 1982, and was arguably UD Almería's predecessor. In 1989, a club named Almería Club de Fútbol was born, but in 2001 was renamed Unión Deportiva Almería. After playing one season in the second division, it was relegated to the third and the fourth divisions.

After spending several seasons in the second level, Almería side was first promoted to the top flight after finishing runner-up in the 2006–07 season. After some outstanding performances, the team achieved a final 8th league place in 2007–08. At the club's helm was coach Unai Emery, as striker Álvaro Negredo finished team topscorer with 13 goals.

After Emery left for Valencia CF, Gonzalo Arconada stepped in, but was sacked on 21 December 2008, after a string of poor results, albeit without ever reaching the last three. Mexican Hugo Sánchez took the job, and fared slightly better, for a final mid-table position.

In 2010–11, Almería reached the semifinals of the Copa del Rey for the first time ever. In the league, however, the club was finally relegated after a four-year spell in the top flight; in November 2010, coach Juan Manuel Lillo was fired after a 0–8 home loss against FC Barcelona (precisely the team that ousted the Andalusians in the domestic cup's last-four, with the same score, but on aggregate), and his successor José Luis Oltra met the same fate, in April 2011.

After two seasons in the second level, Almería returned to the main category of Spanish football on 22 June 2013, after defeating Girona FC in the play-offs. After the departure of manager Javi Gracia, the club appointed their former player and manager of the reserves at the time Francisco; the team eventually managed to survive in 2013–14, finishing 16th.

Francisco was sacked in December 2014, after only managing two points out of 24, and was later replaced by Juan Ignacio Martínez. "JIM" also only lasted until April of the following year, and even with new manager Sergi Barjuán, the club was relegated after finishing 19th.

Season to seasonEdit

Season Level Division Place Copa del Rey
1989/90 5 Reg. Pref. 1st
1990/91 5 Reg. Pref. 3rd
1991/92 5 Reg. Pref. 2nd
1992/93 4 2nd
1993/94 3 2ªB 11th Fourth round
1994/95 3 2ªB 2nd Second round
1995/96 2 16th Second round
1996/97 2 17th Second round
1997/98 3 2ªB 7th First round
1998/99 3 2ªB 18th
1999/00 4 4th
2000/01 3 2ªB 11th
2001/02 3 2ªB 3rd
2002/03 2 18th Round of 32
2003/04 2 13th Round of 32
2004/05 2 16th Second round
2005/06 2 6th First round
2006/07 2 2nd Third round
2007/08 1 8th Round of 32
2008/09 1 11th Round of 16
Season Level Division Place Copa del Rey
2009/10 1 13th Round of 32
2010/11 1 20th Semifinals
2011/12 2 7th Round of 32
2012/13 2 3rd Round of 32
2013/14 1 17th Round of 16
2014/15 1 19th Round of 16
2015/16 2 18th Round of 32
2016/17 2 15th Second round
2017/18 2 18th Second round
2018/19 2 Round of 32

Current squadEdit

As of 4 February 2019[4]

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 René (captain)
2   DF Fran Rodríguez
3   DF Lucien Owona
4   DF José Romera
5   DF Ángel Trujillo (2nd captain)
6   MF César de la Hoz
7   MF Gaspar
8   MF Chema Núñez
9   FW Pablo Caballero
10   MF Juan Carlos
11   FW Ermedin Demirović (on loan from Alavés)
12   FW Juanjo Narváez (on loan from Betis)
13   GK Fernando
No. Position Player
14   MF Luis Rioja
15   DF Juan Ibiza (on loan from Villarreal)
16   MF Sergio Aguza
17   MF José Corpas
18   DF Andoni López (on loan from Athletic Bilbao)
20   FW Álvaro Giménez
21   DF Nano (3rd captain)
22   DF Adri Montoro
23   MF David Rocha
24   DF Esteban Saveljich (on loan from Levante)
25   MF Yan Eteki
29   DF Iván Martos

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 Francisco Callejón
27   DF Dani Urri
30   GK Jero Lario
32   GK Albert Batalla
No. Position Player
33   FW Sergio Pérez
36   MF Mario Abenza
39   MF Lin Liangming (on loan from Real Madrid)

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
  MF Pablo Siles (on loan at Atlético Mancha Real until 30 June 2019)
  FW Hicham Khaloua (on loan at UCAM Murcia until 30 June 2019)
  FW Sekou Gassama (on loan at Valencia Mestalla until 30 June 2019)

Technical staffEdit

Position Staff
Head coach   Fran Fernández
Assistant coach   Jesús Muñoz
Fitness coach   Víctor Fortes
Fitness coach   Edu Frapoli
Goalkeeping coach   Ricardo Molina

Last updated: July 2018
Source: UD Almería

Notable playersEdit

UniformEdit

 
Almería's uniform in the 2011–12 season.
Years Manufacturers Sponsors
2001–07 Cejudo Obrascampo
2007–08 UDA
2008–10 None1
2010–12 Rasán Estrella Damm
2012– Nike

1 The shirt contained messages such as Isla del Fraile or Corredor de Vida.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Un club joven con un gran futuro". UD Almeria SAD (in Spanish). 2007. Archived from the original on October 16, 2007. Retrieved January 18, 2018.
  2. ^ "Estadio Juegos del Mediterráneo". UDA Almeria SAD (in Spanish). Retrieved January 18, 2018.
  3. ^ "Estadio de los Juegos Mediterráneos". Ideal (in Spanish). Retrieved January 18, 2018.
  4. ^ "Plantilla Unión Deportiva Almería SAD". UD Almería (in Spanish). Urcisol. Retrieved February 1, 2018.

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