CD Tenerife

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Full name Club Deportivo Tenerife, S.A.D.
Nickname(s) Tete, Chicharreros, Insulares, Blanquiazules
Founded 1912
Ground Heliodoro Rodríguez López,
Tenerife, Canary Islands,
Ground Capacity 23,660
Chairman Spain Miguel Concepción
Manager Spain Raül Agné
League Segunda División
2013–14 Segunda División, 11th
Website Club home page
Current season

Club Deportivo Tenerife, S.A.D. is a Spanish football club based in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Tenerife, in the Canary Islands. Founded in 1912, it currently plays in Segunda División, holding home matches at Estadio Heliodoro Rodríguez López, with a 23,660-seat capacity.


Club Deportivo Tenerife was founded in 1912, but some earlier documents show the existence of Sporting Club Tenerife, which could have been the club's precursor. La Liga started in 1928, but the team played in regional divisions until it was promoted to Segunda División in 1953; it first reached the top flight in 1961, being immediately relegated back and, in the following 27 years, played almost exclusively in the second level, also spending three years in Tercera División and six – five in a row – in Segunda División B, the newly created division three (in 1978).

In 1985, when Tenerife were relegated to the third division for a second time, Javier Pérez became president of the club. The side was promoted this year to the second level and, two years later, returned to the first, after winning the promotion playoff against Real Betis (4–1 on aggregate).

In 1991 Jorge Valdano took charge of the club as manager, and the Argentine would help rob former side Real Madrid of two consecutive league titles in the last round, to the benefit of FC Barcelona; in the first season the Canary Islands outfit barely avoided relegation, but would finish in a best-ever fifth position in the following year, eventually reaching the round-of-16 in the subsequent UEFA Cup, losing to Juventus FC 2–4 on aggregate.

German Jupp Heynckes became coach of Tenerife in 1995, leading the club to another fifth position and the quarterfinals of the domestic cup. In the 1996–97 UEFA Cup the islanders fared better, reaching the last-four after defeating Maccabi Tel Aviv FC, S.S. Lazio, Feyenoord and Brøndby IF (the winner coming late in extra time from an Antonio Mata free kick), only bowing out to eventual winners FC Schalke 04.

Tenerife then went on a downward spiral which eventually led to relegation to the "silver category" in 1999, prompting various managerial changes within the club. In 2001 the club was again promoted, led by Rafael Benítez, who promptly left to take up the manager's job at Valencia CF; the promotion was achieved in the last match of the campaign, thanks to a goal from Hugo Morales.

Match: Tenerife – Real Sociedad, in 2008

Pepe Mel became the new trainer but the first division season never took off, as Tenerife were beaten heavily at home by Barcelona 0–6, which cost the manager his job. Javier Clemente, formerly with the Spanish national team, took the reins, but could not help prevent the eventual immediate relegation.

Tenerife suffered from serious economic problems in the following years, owing more than €40 million. President Pérez was replaced with Víctor Perez de Ascanio, who resigned due to bad management, leaving his position to Miguel Concepción, who negotiated with local politicians and businessmen, also creating a construction company as a subsidiary of the side.

On 13 June 2009 Tenerife secured a top flight return after a seven-year absence, after a 1–0 win at Girona FC. In the following season, even though the team held on until the last round, another relegation befell, after the 0–1 loss at third-placed Valencia.

2010–11 brought with it three coaching changes,[1] as Tenerife eventually suffered another relegation, returning to the third division after 24 years. On 2 June 2013 the club, led by Álvaro Cervera, returned to the second level after winning the promotion playoff against CE L'Hospitalet (3–2 on aggregate).


Season to season[edit]

Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1928–53 Regional - -
1953/54 6th -
1954/55 9th -
1955/56 9th -
1956/57 13th -
1957/58 2nd -
1958/59 4th Second Round
1959/60 10th First Round
1960/61 1st Quarter-finals
1961/62 16th Second Round
1962/63 10th Round of 16
1963/64 5th Second Round
1964/65 11th Second Round
1965/66 8th First Round
1966/67 11th Second Round
1967/68 9th First Round
1968/69 5th -
1969/70 2nd First Round
1970/71 1st Round of 32
1971/72 9th Fourth Round
1972/73 14th Fourth Round
1973/74 4th Fourth Round
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1974/75 12th Fourth Round
1975/76 7th Quarter-finals
1976/77 6th First Round
1977/78 19th Round of 16
1978/79 2ªB 6th First Round
1979/80 2ªB 3rd Second Round
1980/81 2ªB 5th First Round
1981/82 2ªB 13th Third Round
1982/83 2ªB 2nd -
1983/84 15th First Round
1984/85 11th Round of 16
1985/86 19th Third Round
1986/87 2ªB 1st Second Round
1987/88 12th Fourth Round
1988/89 3rd Round of 32
1989/90 18th Round of 16
1990/91 14th Fifth Round
1991/92 13th Fifth Round
1992/93 5th Fifth Round
1993/94 10th Semifinals
1994/95 15th Third Round
1995/96 5th Quarter-finals
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1996/97 9th Fourth Round
1997/98 16th Second Round
1998/99 19th Fourth Round
1999/00 14th Second Round
2000/01 3rd Round of 16
2001/02 19th First Round
2002/03 8th First Round
2003/04 8th Second Round
2004/05 9th Third Round
2005/06 18th First Round
2006/07 7th Second Round
2007/08 11th Third Round
2008/09 3rd Third Round
2009/10 19th Round of 32
2010/11 20th Second Round
2011/12 2ªB 2nd First Round
2012/13 2ªB 1st Second Round
2013/14 11th Second Round
2014/15 Second Round

European cup history[edit]

Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1993–94 UEFA Cup Last 64 France Auxerre 2–2 1–0 3–2
Last 32 Greece Olympiacos 2–1 3–4 5–5
Last 16 Italy Juventus 2–1 0–3 2–4
1996–97 UEFA Cup Last 64 Israel Maccabi Tel-Aviv 3–2 1–1 4–3
Last 32 Italy Lazio 5–3 0–1 5–4
Last 16 Netherlands Feyenoord 0–0 4–2 4–2
Quarterfinals Denmark Brøndby 0–1 2–0 2–1
Semifinals Germany Schalke 04 1–0 0–2 1–2


Semi-finals (1): 1997
Semi-finals (1): 1994
Quarter-finals (4): 1961, 1962, 1976, 1996

Current squad[edit]

As of 20 August 2014. Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
3 Spain DF Igor Arnáez
4 Spain DF Hugo Álvarez
5 Spain DF Unai Albizua (on loan from Athletic Bilbao)
6 Spain MF Vitolo
7 Spain MF Iker Guarrotxena (on loan from Athletic Bilbao)
8 Spain MF Cristo Martín
9 Spain FW Aridane
10 Spain MF Suso (captain)
11 Uruguay FW Maxi Pérez (on loan from Fénix)
13 Spain GK Roberto
14 Spain DF Carlos Ruiz
No. Position Player
16 Spain DF Aitor Sanz
17 Spain DF Javi Moyano
18 Spain MF Ricardo León
19 Uruguay FW Diego Ifrán (on loan from Real Sociedad)
22 Spain MF Juan Carlos
23 Spain DF Raúl Cámara
25 Venezuela GK Dani Hernández
27 Spain MF Quique Rivero
30 Spain GK Carlos Abad
35 Spain FW Víctor García
39 Spain FW Abdón Prats

Youth players[edit]

Main article: CD Tenerife B

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

No. Position Player
28 Spain DF Jorge Sáenz
29 Spain FW Cristo González
31 Spain GK Dani Hernández
32 England MF Jordan McCourt
No. Position Player
33 Spain MF Cristo Díaz
34 Senegal MF Younousse Diop
37 Spain MF Santi Jiménez

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
Spain GK Ángel Galván (at Racing Ferrol)
Spain DF Alberto (at Valencia Mestalla)
Spain MF Abel Suárez (at La Roda)
No. Position Player
Spain MF Jairo (at Murcia)
Spain FW Nano (at Hospitalet)

International players[edit]

see also Category:CD Tenerife players

Famous coaches[edit]


Fans of Tenerife are called Chicharreros because in early days, the inhabitants of a small fishing village called Santa Cruz (later the capital of Tenerife) consumed "chicharros" (Atlantic horse mackerel) as a main part of their diet.

Other inhabitants of Tenerife and Canary Islands used the moniker as a pejorative name, but finally the inhabitants of Santa Cruz accepted it affectionately.

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