UD Almería

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, when was renamed Unión Deportiva Almería.[2] the club plays in Segunda División, and plays their homes games at Estadio de los Juegos Mediterráneos,[3] with a 15,274-seat capacity.[4]

Logo UD Almeria.svg.png
Full nameUnión Deportiva Almería, S.A.D.
Nickname(s)Rojiblancos, La Unión, Almeriensistas, UDA, Indálicos
Founded26 July 1989; 31 years ago (1989-07-26)
GroundEstadio de los Juegos Mediterráneos, Almería, Spain
Capacity15,274 [1]
OwnerTurki Al-Sheikh
PresidentTurki Al-Sheikh
Head coachJosé Gomes
LeagueSegunda División
2019–20Segunda División, 4th of 22
WebsiteClub website
Current season


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. On 19 January 2001 the mayor of Almeria Santiago Martínez Cabrejas announced in the city council that the new club UD Almería had been formed after the merger of two city teams - Polideportivo Almería and Almería CF.[5] But UD Almería was not official until June 28, 2001, when Almeria CF approved at the General Meeting of Shareholders the renaming.[5] 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, as the away win against Deportivo de La Coruña 3-0 in the first La Liga match, the team achieved a final 8th league place in 2007–08.[5] 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,[6] but was sacked on 21 December 2008, after a string of poor results, albeit without ever reaching the last three.[7] 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.[5] 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),[8][9] and his successor José Luis Oltra met the same fate,[10] in April 2011.[11] He was replaced by Roberto Olabe.[12]

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 Javier Rodríguez Vílchez;[13] the team eventually managed to survive in 2013–14, finishing 16th.[14][15]

Francisco was sacked in December 2014, after only managing two points out of 24,[16] and was later replaced by Juan Ignacio Martínez.[17] "JIM" also only lasted until April of the following year,[18] and even with new manager Sergi Barjuán,[19] the club was relegated after finishing 19th.[20][21]

In the 2018-2019 season, Almería finally escaped the tough fight for the permanence in Segunda División until the last matches as during 3 previous seasons. This time they were closer to the promotion play-offs to La Liga, and finished 10th from 22 teams participated.[22]

On 2 August 2019 Turki Al-Sheikh became the owner of the club, replacing Alfonso García Gabarrón.[23] He named Mohamed El Assy as general director,[24] Dario Drudi as sporting director, who replaced Miguel Ángel Corona,[25] and manager Óscar Fernández was replaced by Pedro Emanuel.[26] On 5 November 2019 at 0:47 (UTC) it was announced Guti replaced Emanuel.[27] On 26 June 2020 he was ceased and replaced by Mario Silva,[28][29] who was himself replaced by José Gomes on 27 July.

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 10th Round of 32
2019–20 2 4th First round

Current squadEdit

As of 22 January 2021[30]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   GEO Giorgi Makaridze
2 DF   ESP Aitor Buñuel
3 FW   ESP Jordi Escobar
5 MF   ESP Manu Morlanes (on loan from Villarreal)
6 MF   ESP César de la Hoz (captain)
7 FW   ESP Juan Villar
8 MF   SRB Radosav Petrović
9 FW   NGA Umar Sadiq
10 MF   ESP Ager Aketxe
11 MF   URU Cristian Olivera
12 DF   ESP Álex Centelles
13 GK   ESP Fernando (vice-captain)
14 MF   ARG Lucas Robertone
15 DF   ESP Sergio Akieme (on loan from Barcelona)
16 MF   ESP José Carlos Lazo
No. Pos. Nation Player
17 MF   ESP José Corpas (3rd captain)
18 DF   SRB Nikola Maraš
19 MF   POR João Carvalho (on loan from Nottingham Forest)
20 DF   ALB Iván Balliu
21 DF   ESP Chumi
22 MF   POR Samú Costa (on loan from Braga)
23 MF   ESP Fran Villalba (on loan from Birmingham City)
24 DF   ESP Jorge Cuenca (on loan from Villarreal)
25 DF   POR Ivanildo Fernandes (on loan from Sporting CP)
26 FW   POR Pedro Mendes (on loan from Sporting CP)
27 MF   ESP Dani Albiar
31 FW   ENG Arvin Appiah
32 MF   BEL Largie Ramazani
34 FW   URU Juan Manuel Gutiérrez
39 GK   ESP Lluis Tarrés

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK   SRB Dragan Rosić (at Fuenlabrada until 30 June 2021)
GK   ESP Jero Lario (at Logroñés until 30 June 2021)
DF   ESP Iván Martos (at Rayo Vallecano until 30 June 2021)
DF   BRA Jonathan (at Las Palmas until 30 June 2021)
DF   ESP Juan Ibiza (at Sabadell until 30 June 2021)
DF   FRA Mathieu Peybernes (at Zaragoza until 30 June 2021)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   ESP Francisco Callejón (at Betis B until 30 June 2021)
MF   ESP Sergio Aguza (at Ponferradina until 30 June 2021)
MF   ALG Yanis Rahmani (at Málaga until 30 June 2021)
MF   ARG Valentín Vada (at Tenerife until 30 June 2021)
FW   ESP Rubén Enri (at Andorra until 30 June 2021)

Technical staffEdit

Position Staff
Head coach   José Gomes
Assistant manager   Jorge Mendonça
Assistant manager   André Bikey
Fitness coach   Víctor Fortes
Fitness coach   Jaime Milheiro
Goalkeeping coach   Ricardo Molina
Goalkeeping coach   Jorge Baptista
Analyst   João Penedo
Analyst   Cláudio Lopes

Last updated: June 2020
Source: UD Almería

Notable playersEdit

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


Almería's uniform in the 2020–21 season.
Period Kit Manufacturer Sponsors
2001–07 Cejudo Obrascampo
2007–08 UDA
2008–10 None1
2010–12 Rasán Urcisol
2012–19 Nike
2019–20 Adidas Arabian Centres
2020– Puma

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

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ http://www.udalmeriasad.com/club/datosdelclub/estadio-juegos-del-mediterraneo
  2. ^ "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.
  3. ^ "Estadio Juegos del Mediterráneo". UDA Almeria SAD (in Spanish). Retrieved January 18, 2018.
  4. ^ "Estadio de los Juegos Mediterráneos". Ideal (in Spanish). Retrieved January 18, 2018.
  5. ^ a b c d "La historia del Club | Almería - Web Oficial". La historia del Club | Almería - Web Oficial (in Spanish). Retrieved 2019-10-16.
  6. ^ Europa Press (1 July 2008). "Gonzalo Arconada firma como nuevo entrenador del Almería para las dos próximas temporadas". Corporación de Radio y Televisión Española (in Spanish). Retrieved 14 July 2020.
  7. ^ EFE (21 December 2008). "Gonzalo Arconada, destituido como entrenador del Almería". Diario de Almería (in Spanish). Grupo Joly. Retrieved 14 July 2020.
  8. ^ EFE (20 November 2010). "Juan Manuel Lillo es destituido como entrenador del Almería". 20 Minutos (in Spanish). Retrieved 14 July 2020.
  9. ^ Europa Press (23 November 2010). "Lillo se despide, junto a sus ayudantes, de la plantilla del Almería". Marca (in Spanish). Unidad Editorial. Retrieved 14 July 2020.
  10. ^ "El Almería se encomienda a Oltra". ABC (in Spanish). Vocento. 25 November 2010. Retrieved 14 July 2020.
  11. ^ EFE (5 April 2011). "La UD Almería destituye a José Luis Oltra para salvarse en ocho jornadas". Cadena SER (in Spanish). Retrieved 14 July 2020.
  12. ^ EFE (5 April 2011). "Roberto Olabe sustituye a José Luis Oltra como técnico de la UD Almería". El Confidencial (in Spanish). Titania Compañía Editorial, S.L. Retrieved 14 July 2020.
  13. ^ "Francisco Javier Rodríguez, nuevo entrenador del Almería". El Economista (in Spanish). Editorial Ecoprensa, S.A. EcoDiario. 29 June 2013. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  14. ^ "2013/14 Spanish Liga BBVA Table / Table". ESPN FC. 2013–2014. Archived from the original on 11 April 2014. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  15. ^ "Clasificación Liga BBVA - Temporada 2013/2014.Jornada 7". Liga de Fútbol Profesional. Liga BBVA. 2013–2014. Archived from the original on 4 October 2013. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  16. ^ Espino, Rafa (9 December 2014). "El Almería destituye a Francisco". AS (in Spanish). Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  17. ^ Europa Press (11 December 2014). "Juan Ignacio Martínez, nuevo entrenador del Almería hasta final de temporada". 20 Minutos (in Spanish). Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  18. ^ Europa Press (5 April 2015). "El Almería destituye a Juan Ignacio Martínez". La Voz de Galicia (in Spanish). Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  19. ^ EFE (6 April 2015). "Sergi Barjuán, nuevo entrenador del Almería". Diario de Navarra (in Spanish). Grupo La Información. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  20. ^ "Clasificación Liga BBVA". Liga BBVA (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 17 January 2015. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  21. ^ "El Almería retira el recurso y acaba la Liga con 29 puntos". Super Deporte (in Spanish). Prensa Ibérica. 27 May 2015. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  22. ^ "2018-2019 La Liga 2 Stats". FBref.com. Retrieved 2019-10-17.
  23. ^ Góngora, Rafa; Miralles, Carlos (2 August 2019). "Turki Al-Sheikh ya es el dueño del Almería". La Voz de Almería (in Spanish). Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  24. ^ "Su excelencia Turki Al-Sheikh, nuevo propietario de la UD Almería". Unión Deportiva Almería (in Spanish). 2 August 2019. Retrieved 3 August 2019.
  25. ^ "Pedro Emanuel, Darío Drudi, Mohamed El Assy, los hombres fuertes del proyecto de Al-Sheihk". Diario de Almería (in Spanish). Joly Digital. 2 August 2019. Retrieved 3 August 2019.
  26. ^ Góngora, Rafa (2 August 2019). "Pedro Emanuel sería el nuevo entrenador del Almería". La Voz de Almería (in Spanish). Retrieved 3 August 2019.
  27. ^ de Rivas, Eduardo (5 November 2019). "Guti, nuevo entrenador del Almería". ABC (in Spanish). Vocento. Retrieved 5 November 2019.
  28. ^ "Guti, cesado como entrenador del Almería". Sport.es. 26 June 2020. Retrieved 14 July 2020.
  29. ^ Aguilera, Juanjo (26 June 2020). "Mario Silva dirige la primera sesión de trabajo post-'Guti'". Ideal (in Spanish). Vocento. Retrieved 14 July 2020.
  30. ^ "Plantilla Unión Deportiva Almería SAD". UD Almería (in Spanish). Urcisol. Retrieved February 1, 2018.

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