|Full name||Málaga Club de Fútbol, S.A.D.|
|Nickname(s)||Los Boquerones (The Anchovies)|
|Founded||3 April 1904
as Málaga Football Club
|Owner||Sheikh Abdullah Al Thani|
|President||Sheikh Abdullah Al Thani|
|2013–14||La Liga, 11th|
|Website||Club home page|
The club has played 33 seasons in La Liga, 34 in Segunda División, four in Segunda División B and eleven in Tercera División. They also won the UEFA Intertoto Cup in 2002 and qualified to the following season's UEFA Cup, reaching the quarter-final stages. They also qualified to the 2012–13 UEFA Champions League, where they were quarterfinalists. Since June 2010, the owner of the club is Qatari investor Abdullah bin Nasser bin Abdullah Al Ahmed Al Thani.
- 1 History
- 2 Affiliated clubs
- 3 Andalusia Derby
- 4 Honours
- 5 Current squad
- 6 Personnel
- 7 Stadium information
- 8 Notable players
- 9 Notable coaches
- 10 See also
- 11 References
- 12 External links
Club replacement in 1992
CD Málaga had a reserve club, founded on 25 May 1948 when CD Málaga took over a junior club, CD Santo Tomás, with the purpose of establishing a reserve team. The club was renamed Club Atlético Malagueño, reviving the name of one of the two clubs that had merged to form CD Málaga in 1933.
During the 1959–60 season, CA Malagueño and CD Málaga found themselves together in the third level. As a reserve team, the former should have been relegated. To avoid this, they separated from their parent club and registered as an independent club with the Royal Spanish Football Federation.
In 1992, when CD Málaga dissolved after financial difficulties, CA Malagueño continued playing. The 1992–93 season saw them playing in Tercera División Group 9. After a successful campaign, the club was promoted to Segunda División B. The following season, however, the club was relegated again and, facing financial difficulties, were in danger of folding. On 19 December 1993, in a referendum, the club's members voted in favour of changing names and, on 29 June 1994, CA Malagueño changed their name to Málaga Club de Fútbol S.A.D., becoming an official successor to what was previously called Club Deportivo Málaga.
Rise to prominence in the early 2000s
In the early 2000s, Málaga were a club rich in youth and top quality players, and boasted a more modern and developed stadium. Although they never pushed for a Champions League place, Málaga were always successful under the hugely popular Joaquín Peiró.
They made a solitary appearance in the UEFA Intertoto Cup in 2002, clinching their only official trophy by beating Gent, Willem II, and an improving Villarreal CF. Málaga's run in the UEFA Cup was something of an overachievement, and ended in a defeat on penalties in the quarter-finals to Boavista, after beating Željezničar Sarajevo, (who had been eliminated from the Champions League by Newcastle United), Amica Wronki, Leeds United (after a 2–1 win at Elland Road, courtesy of two Julio Dely Valdés goals) and AEK Athens.
After Peiró's retirement, a mass exodus slowly started. Darío Silva, Kiki Musampa, Dely Valdés and Pedro Contreras all left the club. Juande Ramos took over as coach and oversaw a 5–1 home thrashing of FC Barcelona, the club's biggest victory against the Catalan giants, with a hat-trick from loanee Salva Ballesta, who would end up missing out on the Pichichi Trophy by just two goals. Ramos, however, left for Sevilla FC and Gregorio Manzano took charge.
Slow decline and financial issues
Although steering Málaga to their second consecutive 10th-placed finish, Manzano could not prevent a lacklustre side from being relegated, and they finished bottom of the league with a paltry 24 points to their name.
Málaga began the new second division season well. However, their form dipped dramatically and for two of the remaining six weeks were in the relegation zone. Málaga managed to address this situation and survived their first Segunda season.
The 2007–08 Segunda División also began impressively, with seven straight victories. Málaga seemed to be on track for promotion but, after another slump in form, they were overtaken as leaders by CD Numancia. They needed a victory in their final game, at home to CD Tenerife, to assure promotion. Two goals from Antonio Hidalgo secured a 2–1 triumph and Málaga returned to the top flight as runners-up.
Abdullah Al Thani era (2010–Present)
Due to the club's economic problems, the at time president Fernando Sanz found investments at Doha in Qatar to launch an ambitious project, entering in conversations with sheikh Abdullah ben Nasser Al Thani. On 11 June 2010, after week of negotiations, Al Thani became in the entity's new owner, being named president on 28 July in the members' meeting.
On 28 June 2010, Jesualdo Ferreira was appointed as coach and Moayad Shatat was appointed as a vice president and general manager.Following this was the signing of prominent players like Salomón Rondón and Eliseu. However, in November, Jesualdo was fired because he had not obtained the desired performance, positioning the club in the relegation places. Later, Shatat confirmed Manuel Pellegrini as coach.
Under "The caretaker" in charge, it was decided to discard players of the squad and strengthen with players like centre back Martín Demichelis and midfielder Júlio Baptista. After a record five consecutive La Liga wins, alongside a draw against Athletic Bilbao at San Mamés at the start of January 2011, helped the team maintain momentum in the League, finishing the 2010–11 season in eleventh place.
In preparation for the 2011–12 season, the club signed with Nike as supplier of the club's different kits. Málaga also reached a collaboration agreement with UNESCO, which, in addition, became the principal sponsor of the club's kit. The more prominent signings of that season were the Dutchman Ruud van Nistelrooy, the ex-Lyon French midfielder, Jérémy Toulalan, and the most expensive signing in the club's history, Santi Cazorla, who arrived from Villarreal in a €21 million deal. Other less prominent players like Isco, former national team midfielder Joaquín Sánchez and left back Nacho Monreal, were key in the successful season which followed for Málaga, where the club qualified for first time in its history for the Champions League, after finishing in the 2011–12 La Liga in fourth position.
The following season Málaga was banned by UEFA, along with other clubs for its debts, so the agency in a statement declared that the club will be excluded from a subsequent competition, for which it would otherwise qualify, in the next four seasons. However, the ban was eventually downgraded to one season and the club was excluded from the 2013−14 Europa League.
In the summer of 2013, Isco was sold to Real Madrid C.F., Joaquín to Fiorentina and midfielder Jérémy Toulalan to AS Monaco. The managerial position also changed, with Bernd Schuster taking over from Manuel Pellegrini.
The following clubs are currently affiliated with Málaga CF:
|Competition||Played||Granada wins||Draws||Málaga wins|
|La Liga Play-off||2||1||1||0|
|Copa del Rey||9||5||1||3|
The best positions in the club's history:
- UEFA Champions League
- quarter-finals (1): 2013
- UEFA Europa League
- quarter-finals (1): 2003
- UEFA Intertoto Cup:
- Winners (1): 2002
- Primera División (La Liga)
- 4th place (1): 2011–12
- Copa del Rey (Spanish Cup)
- Copa Presidente FEF
- Winners (1): 1940
- Copa Federación de España (Federation Cup of Spain)
- Winners (1): 1947
- Ricardo Zamora Trophy: 1
- 1971–72 (Deusto)
- Trofeo Costa del Sol
- Winners (8): 1963, 1971, 1974, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012
Trofeo Costa del Sol
Between 1961 and 1983, the club organised its own summer tournament, the Trofeo Costa del Sol. In this first age of the tournament, the club won this competition themselves on three occasions, beating Real Madrid, Red Star Belgrade, and Derby County in the finals. After a long time of inactivity from 1983 onwards, the competition was revived in 2003. Since then, the club has won the competition on five occasions, beating Newcastle United, Real Betis, and Parma in the finals. All eight trophies are currently placed together in the Museo Malaguista in La Rosaleda.
- As of 31 January 2014
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Current technical staff
- See also Category:Málaga CF managers
|Head Coach||Javi Gracia|
|Assistant Coach||Marcelo Romero|
|Executive Vice President||Moayad Shatat|
|General Manager||Vicente Casado|
|Fitness Trainer||Juan Solla|
|Goalkeeper Coach||Íñigo Arteaga Nieto|
|Technical Assistant||Vicente Valcarce|
|Youth Advisor||Manel Casanova|
|Youth Advisor||Francesc Arnau|
Last updated: 10 June 2014
Source: Málaga CF
|2001–02||1D||10||38||13||14||11||44||44||53||Round of 32|
|2002–03||1D||13||38||11||13||14||44||49||46||Round of 16||
|2003–04||1D||10||38||15||6||17||50||55||51||Round of 16|
|2004–05||1D||10||38||15||6||17||40||48||51||Round of 32|
|2006–07||2D||15||42||14||13||15||49||50||55||Round of 16|
|2007–08||2D||2||42||20||12||10||58||42||72||Round of 32||
|2008–09||1D||8||38||15||10||13||55||59||55||Round of 32|
|2009–10||1D||17||38||7||16||15||42||48||37||Round of 16|
|2010–11||1D||11||38||13||7||18||54||68||46||Round of 16|
|2011–12||1D||4||38||17||7||14||54||53||58||Round of 16|
|2012–13||1D||6||38||16||9||13||53||50||57||Quarterfinals||Quarterfinals Champions League|
|Season||Competition||Round||Opposition||First leg||Second leg||Aggregate|
|2002||UEFA Intertoto Cup||Third round||Gent||3–0||1–1||4–1|
|2002–03||UEFA Cup||First round||Željezničar||0–0||1–0||1–0|
|Second round||Amica Wronki||2–1||1–2||4–2|
|Third round||Leeds United||0–0||1–2||2–1|
|Fourth round||AEK Athens||0–0||0–1||1–0|
|2012–13||UEFA Champions League||Play-off round||Panathinaikos||2–0||0–0||2–0|
|Group C||Zenit St. Petersburg||3–0||2–2||1st place|
|Round of 16||Porto||1–0||2–0||2–1|
Season to season
La Liga was founded in 1929.-
- As Fútbol Club Malagueño
- As Club Deportivo Malacitano
- As Club Deportivo Málaga
- As Club Atlético Malagueño
- As Málaga Club de Fútbol
La Liga was founded in 1929.-
- 34 seasons in La Liga
- 34 seasons in Segunda División
- 4 seasons in Segunda División B
- 11 seasons in Tercera División
Main article: Estadio La Rosaleda
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