Granada CF

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Granada
Granada CF logotipo.svg
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 22,524
Owner Giampaolo Pozzo
Chairman John Purdy
Manager Joaquín Caparrós
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 C. F. 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. The club currently has about 14.002 subscribers. The Mayor of Granada José Torres Hurtado promised to build a new stadium for 40,000 spectators if the team remains in the First Division. The economic crisis affecting the whole country made such construction impossible at the moment.

Granada was the third Andalusian football team after Betis and Sevilla to compete in La Liga, in 1941–42.

History[edit]

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 FC 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 playoffs, 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 playoffs - a different system was used from 1985 to 1999 - after successively defeating Celta de Vigo (1–1, penalty shootout) and Elche CF (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.

Seasons[edit]

Main article: Granada CF seasons

Current squad[edit]

As of 17 July 2014[6]

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

No. Position Player
2 Cameroon DF Allan Nyom (on loan from Udinese)
4 Spain MF Fran Rico
5 Spain DF Diego Mainz (captain)
9 Morocco FW Youssef El-Arabi
10 Algeria MF Yacine Brahimi
11 Spain MF Dani Benítez (on loan from Udinese)
12 Argentina MF Diego Buonanotte
13 Spain GK Roberto
18 Chile MF Manuel Iturra
20 Spain FW Piti
21 Spain FW Riki
24 Colombia DF Jeison Murillo
Spain DF Borja Gómez
Senegal DF Pape Diakhaté
No. Position Player
Israel MF Gai Assulin
Spain MF Juanma Ortiz
Algeria MF Hassan Yebda
Spain MF Héctor Yuste
Spain FW Alfredo Ortuño
Martinique DF Jean-Sylvain Babin
Sweden FW Daniel Larsson
Spain DF Juanpe
Spain MF Javi Márquez
Spain MF Juan Carlos (on loan from Braga)
Spain GK Oier Olazábal
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
Honduras FW Jona (loan to Cádiz)
Brazil DF Douglas Santos (loan to Udinese)

Honours[edit]

Official[edit]

Regional tournaments[edit]

Friendly[edit]

Individual[edit]

Pichichi Trophy[edit]

Andalusia derby[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

Stadium[edit]

Granada playing at Estadio Nuevo Los Cármenes against Tarragona in 2010

After its foundation the team played its local matches at Campo de Las Tablas, inaugurated on 20 December 1931. The existence of this field ground is short because, on 23 December 1934, a new stadium was opened: Estadio Los Cármenes.

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 a capacity of 16,212 seats originally and was expanded to 22,524 after the last 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
1984–1987 Ressy La General
1987–1990 Umbro Puleva
1990–1992 Puma Citroën
1992–1993 Lotto CC Neptuno
1993–1994 None
1994–1995 Sierra Nevada 95
1995–1996 Cervezas Alhambra
1996–1998 Kelme
1998–2000 Joma Jimesa
2000–2003 La General
2003–2004 Bemiser Caja Rural
2004–2005 Elements Agua Sierra Cazorla
2005–2006 Umbro Puertas Castalla
2006–2007 CajaSur
2007–2009 Patrick
2009–2010 Macron Covirán
2010–2012 Legea Caja Granada
2012–2014 Luanvi
2014–2015 Joma None

Famous players[edit]

see also Category:Granada CF footballers

Famous coaches[edit]

Main category: Category:Granada CF managers

References[edit]

  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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