Granada CF

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Full name Granada Club de Fútbol, S.A.D.
Nickname(s) Nazaríes (Nasrids), El Graná,
El 5001, Filipinos
Founded 14 April 1931; 83 years ago (1931-04-14)
Ground Los Cármenes, Granada,
Andalusia, Spain
Ground Capacity 23,156
Owner Giampaolo Pozzo
Chairman John Purdy
Manager Abel Resino
League La Liga
2013-14 La Liga, 15th
Website Club home page
Current season

Granada Club de Fútbol (Spanish pronunciation: [gɾaˈnaða ˈkluβ ðe ˈfuðβol], or simply Granada CF, is a Spanish football club based in Granada, in the autonomous community of Andalusia. Founded on 14 April 1931, it currently plays in La Liga, holding home matches at Estadio Nuevo Los Cármenes.

Granada was the third Andalusian football team after Betis and Sevilla to compete in La Liga, in 1941–42. The team is located at position 24 of the historical points classification of the First Division, where it has participated in 20 seasons and achieved 6th place twice. Granada has been runner-up of Copa del Rey in 1959.


Granada Club de Fútbol was founded on 14 April 1931,[1] originally as Recreativo de Granada; the first president was Julio López Fernández.

The first football match was played against Deportivo Jaén, which resulted in a 2–1 victory. The first goal in the match, and in the club's history, was scored by Antonio Bombillar. In the 1931–32 season, the club won the Tercera Regional - Región Sur championship.

After several promotions, in 1941–42 the club made its La Liga debut. From here until the '80s, it alternated between that category and Segunda División, with its golden age coming during the '70s, with eight top flight seasons, which included a career-best two sixth league places (1971–72, 1973–74).

In 1959 Granada achieved its greatest sports landmark, being runner-up of the Copa del Generalísimo (later Copa del Rey). In the final, played at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, the team lost to Barcelona 4–1.

In the 1980s, Granada had some brief appearances in the second division, but it spent most seasons in Segunda División B, dropping another level in 2002–03, due to non-payment to its players.[2] After four seasons in the fourth division, former Real Madrid president Lorenzo Sanz, along with his son Paco, arrived at the club. With their help, the Andalusian side was again promoted to the third category.

Granada playing against Alhaurín de la Torre in May 2013

In 2006–07, Granada played in Group IV of the third level after four seasons in Tercera. Three years later, in July 2009, the club was in such financial difficulty that it was on the brink of closing.[3] The solution to the crisis came with the signing of a partnership agreement with Udinese Calcio, with the Spaniards incorporating large numbers of players contracted to the Italian club as well as receiving its youth players and reserves as part of the agreement.[3] At the end of the season, Granada won its group then promoted in the play-offs, returning to the second division after 22 years.

In 2010–11, Granada finished in fifth position, with most of the players loaned by Udinese still on board.[3] On 18 June 2011, the club became the first winner of the promotion play-offs - a different system was used from 1985 to 1999 - after successively defeating Celta de Vigo (1–1, penalty shootout) and Elche (1–1 on aggregate, away goals rule), thus returning to the top division after a 35-year absence.[4][5]

Back in the top-flight after such a long absence, it was always going to be difficult. By the end of the 2011–12 season, Granada managed to survive though, finishing in 17th position.


Main article: Granada CF seasons

Current squad[edit]

As of 30 January 2015[6]

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 Oier Olazábal
2 Cameroon DF Allan Nyom (on loan from Udinese)
3 Portugal DF Luís Martins
4 Spain MF Fran Rico
5 Spain DF Diego Mainz (captain)
6 Martinique DF Jean-Sylvain Babin
7 Portugal MF Daniel Candeias (on loan from Benfica)
8 Spain MF Javi Márquez
9 Morocco FW Youssef El-Arabi
10 Spain FW Piti (vice-captain)
11 Spain FW Riki
12 Spain MF Rubén Pérez (on loan from Atlético Madrid)
13 Spain GK Roberto
14 Azerbaijan MF Eddy Israfilov (on loan from Murcia)
15 Guinea MF Lass Bangoura (on loan from Rayo Vallecano)
No. Position Player
16 Chile MF Manuel Iturra
17 Spain FW Adrián Colunga (on loan from Brighton)
18 Colombia FW Jhon Córdoba
19 Spain DF Cala
20 Spain MF Juan Carlos (on loan from Braga)
21 Spain MF Robert Ibáñez (on loan from Valencia)
22 France DF Dimitri Foulquier
23 Spain FW Rubén Rochina
24 Colombia DF Jeison Murillo
25 Argentina DF Emanuel Insúa
26 The Gambia MF Sulayman Marreh
27 Venezuela FW Darwin Machís
29 Nigeria FW Isaac Success (on loan from Udinese)
35 Republic of Macedonia GK Stole Dimitrievski (on loan from Udinese)
France MF Abdoul Sissoko (on loan from Udinese)

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
Croatia GK Ivan Kelava (on loan at Spartak Trnava)
Spain DF Borja Gómez (on loan at Lugo)
Brazil DF Douglas Santos (on loan at Atlético Mineiro)
Spain DF Juanpe (on loan at Racing Santander)
Spain MF Álvaro García (on loan at Racing Santander)
Argentina MF Diego Buonanotte (on loan at Pachuca)
Ghana MF Mohammed Fatau (on loan at Rayo Vallecano)
No. Position Player
Spain MF Josan (on loan at Huesca)
Sweden MF Daniel Larsson (on loan at Esbjerg)
Spain MF Héctor Yuste (on loan at Mallorca)
Ghana FW Jafar (on loan at La Hoya Lorca)
Honduras FW Jona (on loan at Cádiz)
Spain FW Alfredo Ortuño (on loan at Las Palmas)
Ecuador FW Kevin Mercado (on loan at Godoy Cruz)



Regional tournaments[edit]



Pichichi Trophy[edit]

Derby of eastern Andalusia[edit]

Competition Played Granada wins Draws Málaga wins
La Liga 17 7 5 6
La Liga Play-off 2 1 1 0
Segunda 36 10 10 16
Segunda Play-off 2 1 0 1
Segunda B 8 3 5 0
Tercera 2 2 0 0
Copa del Rey 9 5 1 3
Overall 76 29 22 26


Granada playing at Estadio Nuevo Los Cármenes against Tarragona in 2010

After its foundation, the team played its home matches at Campo de Las Tablas, inaugurated on 20 December 1931. Granada's stay at this ground was a short one; on 23 December 1934, a new stadium, Estadio Los Cármenes, was opened

The club played in this stadium until 1995 when a new facility, named Estadio Nuevo Los Cármenes, took its place. It was inaugurated on 16 May 1995, with an original capacity of 16,212 seats. This was expanded to 22,524 after the final promotion to La Liga in the summer of 2011.

Kit and colours[edit]

Upon its foundation, the club's kits were a shirt with blue and white vertical stripes and white shorts. After the Spanish Civil War the club owners went to Madrid to buy new ones, but they couldn't find other than red and white striped shirts. That became the official colour scheme from then on.

In the 1970s, the club changed the vertical stripes to horizontal. Since then, several changes (between horizontal and vertical) took place until 2004–05, when in a member assembly it was decided to use horizontal stripes definitively.

Shirt sponsors and manufacturers[edit]

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
1984–87 Ressy La General
1987–90 Umbro Puleva
1990–92 Puma Citroën
1992–93 Lotto CC Neptuno
1993–94 None
1994–95 Sierra Nevada 95
1995–96 Cervezas Alhambra
1996–98 Kelme
1998–00 Joma Jimesa
2000–03 La General
2003–04 Bemiser Caja Rural
2004–05 Elements Agua Sierra Cazorla
2005–06 Umbro Puertas Castalla
2006–07 CajaSur
2007–09 Patrick
2009–10 Macron Covirán
2010–12 Legea Caja Granada
2012–14 Luanvi
2014–15 Joma Solver

Famous players[edit]

see also Category:Granada CF footballers

Famous coaches[edit]

Main category: Category:Granada CF managers


  1. ^ Datos del club (Club data); Granada official website (Spanish)
  2. ^ "22 años en el infierno" [Granada, 22 years in hell] (in Spanish). Granada Hoy. 20 June 2011. Retrieved 20 June 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c "How Udinese beat the system and stands at the gates of La Liga". A Football Report. 14 June 2011. Retrieved 18 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "Granada promoted to La Liga". Sky Sports. 18 June 2011. Retrieved 19 June 2011. 
  5. ^ "Granada, en Primera 35 años después" [Granada, to Primera after 35 years] (in Spanish). Marca. 18 June 2011. Retrieved 18 June 2011. 
  6. ^ "Primer equipo" [First team] (in Spanish). Granada CF. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 

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