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,[2] the club plays in Segunda División, and plays their homes games at Estadio de los Juegos Mediterráneos,[3] with a 15,000-seat capacity.[4]

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Full nameUnión Deportiva Almería, S.A.D.
Nickname(s)Rojiblancos, La Unión, Almeriensistas, UDA, Indálicos
Founded26 July 1989; 30 years ago (1989-07-26)
GroundJuegos Mediterráneos,
Almería, Andalusia,
Capacity15,000 [1]
OwnerTurki Al-Sheikh
PresidentTurki Al-Sheikh
Head coachGuti
LeagueSegunda División
2018–19Segunda División, 10th
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 January 19, 2001 the mayor of Almeria Santiago Martínez Cabrejas announced in the City Council that the new club UD Almería was born after the merge of two city's 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, 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.[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), 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 Javier Rodríguez Vílchez;[6] the team eventually managed to survive in 2013–14, finishing 16th.[7][8]

Francisco was sacked in December 2014, after only managing two points out of 24,[9] and was later replaced by Juan Ignacio Martínez.[10] "JIM" also only lasted until April of the following year,[11] and even with new manager Sergi Barjuán,[12] the club was relegated after finishing 19th.[13][14]

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.[15]

On 2 August 2019 Turki Al-Sheikh became the owner of the club, replacing Alfonso García Gabarrón.[16] He named Mohamed El Assy as general director,[17] Dario Drudi as sporting director, who replaced Miguel Ángel Corona,[18] and manager Óscar Fernández was replaced by Pedro Emanuel.[19] On 5 November 2019 at 0:47 (UTC) it was announced Guti replaced Emanuel.[20]

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 10th First round

Current squadEdit

As of 23 January 2020[21]

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)
3   DF Iván Martos
4   DF José Romera
5   MF Sergio Aguza
6   MF César de la Hoz
7   MF Gaspar
8   MF Radosav Petrović
9   FW Sekou Gassama
10   MF Chema Núñez
11   FW Juan Muñoz (on loan from Leganés)
12   DF Jonathan
13   GK Fernando
No. Position Player
14   MF Wilfrid Kaptoum (on loan from Real Betis)
15   DF Juan Ibiza
16   MF José Lazo (on loan from Getafe)
17   MF José Corpas
18   DF Nikola Maraš (on loan from Chaves)
19   MF Ante Ćorić (on loan from Roma)
20   DF Iván Balliu
21   FW Darwin Núñez
22   DF Valentine Ozornwafor (on loan from Galatasaray)
23   MF Valentín Vada
25   GK Antonio Sivera (on loan from Alavés)
31   FW Arvin Appiah

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   FW Dani Albiar
30   GK Jero Lario
34   FW Rubén Enri
No. Position Player
43   FW Nano
49   DF Fermín Ruiz
50   DF Vertiz

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
  GK Dragan Rosić (at Celta B until 30 June 2020)
  DF Mathieu Peybernes (at Lugo until 30 June 2020)
No. Position Player
  MF Mario Abenza (at Sanluqueño until 30 June 2020)
  MF Yanis Rahmani (at Lugo until 30 June 2020)

Technical staffEdit

Position Staff
Head coach   Guti
Fitness coach   Víctor Fortes
Goalkeeping coach   Ricardo Molina

Last updated: September 2019
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 2011–12 season.
Period Kit Manufacturer Sponsors
2001–07 Cejudo Obrascampo
2007–08 UDA
2008–10 None1
2010–12 Rasán Urcisol
2012–2019 Nike
2019– Adidas

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. ^ "Francisco Javier Rodríguez, nuevo entrenador del Almería". El Economista (in Spanish). Editorial Ecoprensa, S.A. EcoDiario. 29 June 2013. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  7. ^ "2013/14 Spanish Liga BBVA Table / Table". ESPN FC. 2013–2014. Archived from the original on 11 April 2014. Retrieved 2 August 2019.CS1 maint: date format (link)
  8. ^ "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.CS1 maint: date format (link)
  9. ^ Espino, Rafa (9 December 2014). "El Almería destituye a Francisco". AS (in Spanish). Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  10. ^ Europa Press (11 December 2014). "Juan Ignacio Martínez, nuevo entrenador del Almería hasta final de temporada". 20 Minutos (in Spanish). Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  11. ^ Europa Press (5 April 2015). "El Almería destituye a Juan Ignacio Martínez". La Voz de Galicia (in Spanish). Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  12. ^ EFE (6 April 2015). "Sergi Barjuán, nuevo entrenador del Almería". Diario de Navarra (in Spanish). Grupo La Información. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  13. ^ "Clasificación Liga BBVA". Liga BBVA (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 17 January 2015. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  14. ^ "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.
  15. ^ "2018-2019 La Liga 2 Stats". FBref.com. Retrieved 2019-10-17.
  16. ^ 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.
  17. ^ "Su excelencia Turki Al-Sheikh, nuevo propietario de la UD Almería". Unión Deportiva Almería (in Spanish). 2 August 2019. Retrieved 3 August 2019.
  18. ^ "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.
  19. ^ Góngora, Rafa (2 August 2019). "Pedro Emanuel sería el nuevo entrenador del Almería". La Voz de Almería (in Spanish). Retrieved 3 August 2019.
  20. ^ de Rivas, Eduardo (5 November 2019). "Guti, nuevo entrenador del Almería". ABC (in Spanish). Vocento. Retrieved 5 November 2019.
  21. ^ "Plantilla Unión Deportiva Almería SAD". UD Almería (in Spanish). Urcisol. Retrieved February 1, 2018.

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