Girona FC

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Girona FC
For article Girona FC.svg
Full name Girona Futbol Club, S.A.D.
Founded 1930
Ground Montilivi, Girona,
Catalonia, Spain
Ground Capacity 9,286
Chairman Francesc Rebled
Manager Pablo Machín
League Segunda División
2013-14 Segunda División, 15th
Current season

Girona Futbol Club, S.A.D. is a Spanish football team based in Girona, in the autonomous community of Catalonia. Founded on 23 July 1930 it plays in Segunda División, holding home games at Estadi Montilivi, which has a capacity of 9,286 spectators.

The club also has youth and amateur women's teams for competition.

History[edit]

On 23 July 1930, in the cafè Norat in La Rambla of Girona, Girona Fútbol Club was founded upon the disappearance of Unió Esportiva Girona for economic reasons. The team subsequently entered in the second division of the Catalan Championships, the first official match being against Colònia Artigas with the lineup: Florenza, Teixidor, Farró, Flavià, Comas, Corradi, Ferrer, Escuder, Clara, Torrellas and Taradellas.

1935–36 was the first season Girona played in Segunda División, and the club finished in top position in its group, subsequently appearing in the playoff stage against Celta de Vigo, Real Zaragoza, Arenas Club de Getxo, Real Murcia and Xerez CD but finishing second from bottom, thus out of the La Liga promotion zone.

After the Spanish Civil War the club fluctuated between the second level and Tercera División, falling into the latter category in 1959 and being further demoted in 1980 – Segunda División B was created as the new division three in 1977, and the team lasted three years in the competition. In 1968 Estadi Montilivi began being built, with home matches being held there on a permanent basis from 1970 onwards, after nearly five decades at Vista Alegre.

In the following decades Girona alternated between the third and the fourth division, even spending three seasons in the regional championships (1982–83, 1997–99).[1] On 16 June 2008, after defeating AD Ceuta 1–0 in the playoffs, the Raúl Agné-led side achieved a second consecutive promotion, returning to the "silver category" after a 49-year absence.[2][3]

On 22 July 2010, a group of local businessmen led by Ramon Vilaró, Joaquim Boadas and Josep Slim bought 72% of the shares previously held by former president Josep Gusó and Josep Rofes, thus becoming the new owners of Girona. Vilaró was elected the new president, whilst Agné, after a spell with Recreativo de Huelva, returned as manager for the upcoming second division campaign, lasting in the position until 14 January 2012 when he was sacked following a 0–3 loss at precisely his former club.[4]

In 2011 Girona created a reserve team, having previously grown a natural grass pitch in Palau.[5] On 9 May 2013 the board of directors, under the slogan "El Girona FC también es mío" (Girona FC is mine too), approved an increase of the club's capital in 300.000 to be distributed in €10 shares, aiming to balance its estate.[6]

Season to season[edit]

Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1933/34 1st
1934/35 4th
1935/36 1st
1939/40 3rd
1940/41 4th
1941/42 5th
1942/43 6th
1943/44 5th
1944/45 3rd
1945/46 6th
1946/47 4th
1947/48 1st
1948/49 10th
1949/50 9th
1950/51 16th
1951/52 6th
1952/53 8th
1953/54 2nd
1954/55 1st
1955/56 2nd
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1956/57 9th
1957/58 9th
1958/59 15th
1959/60 11th
1960/61 4th
1961/62 2nd
1962/63 4th
1963/64 6th
1964/65 7th
1965/66 7th
1966/67 3rd
1967/68 8th
1968/69 11th
1969/70 3rd
1970/71 2nd
1971/72 8th
1972/73 2nd
1973/74 3rd
1974/75 6th
1975/76 3rd
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1976/77 2nd
1977/78 2ªB 6th
1978/79 2ªB 13th
1979/80 2ªB 19th
1980/81 7th
1981/82 18th
1982/83 Regional 1st
1983/84 9th
1984/85 7th
1985/86 2nd
1986/87 7th
1987/88 2ªB 19th
1988/89 1st
1989/90 2ªB 12th
1990/91 2ªB 7th
1991/92 2ªB 3rd
1992/93 2ªB 15th
1993/94 2ªB 15th
1994/95 2ªB 18th
1995/96 13th
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1996/97 19th
1997/98 Regional 5th
1998/99 Regional 1st
1999/00 7th
2000/01 8th
2001/02 9th
2002/03 2nd
2003/04 2ªB 7th
2004/05 2ªB 17th
2005/06 1st
2006/07 2nd
2007/08 2ªB 1st
2008/09 16th
2009/10 14th
2010/11 11th Second round
2011/12 15th Second round
2012/13 4th Second round
2013/14 15th Round of 32

Current squad[edit]

The numbers are established according to the official website:www.gironafutbolclub.com and www.lfp.es Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Spain GK Jorge Palatsí
3 Spain DF David García
4 France DF Florian Lejeune
5 Spain MF Cristian Gómez (on loan from Espanyol)
6 Spain MF Álex Granell
7 Spain DF Richy
8 Spain MF Eloi Amagat
9 Spain FW Jaime Mata
10 Spain FW Gerard Bordas
11 Spain MF Aday Benítez
13 Spain GK Isaac Becerra
17 Spain MF Juanlu
No. Position Player
19 Spain MF Felipe Sanchón
21 Spain FW Francisco Sandaza
22 Spain DF Miguel Ángel Garrido (on loan from Elche)
23 Spain DF David Juncà
24 Spain DF Jonás Ramalho (on loan from Athletic Bilbao)
26 Spain MF Albert Vivancos
27 Spain MF Marcel Serramitja
28 Spain DF Carles Mas
29 Spain MF Pere Pons
32 Spain FW Sebastián Coris
Spain DF Pablo Íñiguez (on loan from Villarreal)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Historia" [History] (in Spanish). Girona's official website. Retrieved 2 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "El Girona entona el alirón" [Girona sings "We are the champions"] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 16 June 2008. Retrieved 2 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "El Girona aconsegueix un ascens històric a la Segona Divisió en vèncer el Ceuta per la mínima (1–0)" [Girona achieves historic promotion to Second Division by beating Ceuta by odd goal (1–0)] (in Catalan). Esport 3. 16 June 2008. Retrieved 2 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Cesado por sus malos resultados deportivos" [Fired for poor sporting results] (in Spanish). Huelva Ya. 14 January 2012. Retrieved 2 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "El Llagostera entrena en el campo del Girona" [Llagostera trains in Girona pitch] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 25 May 2011. Retrieved 2 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "“El Girona FC también es mío”" [“El Girona FC también es mío”] (in Spanish). Girona's official website. 9 May 2013. Retrieved 2 July 2013. 

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