UD Almería

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UD Almería logo.svg
Full name Unión Deportiva Almería, S.A.D.
Founded 1989; 25 years ago (1989)
Ground Juegos Mediterráneos,
Almería, Andalusia,
Ground Capacity 22,000
Chairman Alfonso García
Manager Francisco Rodríguez
League La Liga
2012–13 Segunda División, 3rd (promoted)
Website Club home page
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours
Current season

Unión Deportiva Almería, S.A.D. is a Spanish football club based in Almería, in the autonomous community of Andalusia. Founded in 1989 as Almería Club de Fútbol it currently plays in La Liga, holding home games at Estadio de los Juegos Mediterráneos, with a 22,000-seat capacity.


AD Almería was a team that played in La Liga between 1979–81, but disappeared in 1982, and was arguably UD Almería's predecessor. In 1989, a club named Almería Club de Fútbol was born, but in 2001 was renamed Unión Deportiva Almería. After playing one season in the second division, it was relegated to the third and the fourth divisions.

After spending several seasons in the second level, Almería side was first promoted to the top flight after finishing runner-up in the 2006–07 season. After some outstanding performances, the team achieved a final 8th league place in 2007–08. At the club's helm was coach Unai Emery, as striker Álvaro Negredo finished team topscorer with 13 goals.

After Emery left for Valencia CF, Gonzalo Arconada stepped in, but was sacked on 21 December 2008, after a string of poor results, albeit without ever reaching the last three. Mexican Hugo Sánchez took the job, and fared slightly better, for a final mid-table position.

In 2010–11, Almería reached the semifinals of the Copa del Rey for the first time ever. In the league, however, the club was finally relegated after a four-year spell in the top flight; in November 2010, coach Juan Manuel Lillo was fired after a 0–8 home loss against FC Barcelona (precisely the team that ousted the Andalusians in the domestic cup's last-four, with the same score, but on aggregate), and his successor José Luis Oltra met the same fate, in April 2011.

Season to season[edit]

Season Level Division Place Copa del Rey
1989/90 5 Regional 1st
1990/91 5 Regional 3rd
1991/92 5 Regional 2nd
1992/93 4 2nd
1993/94 3 2ªB 11th
1994/95 3 2ªB 2nd
1995/96 2 16th
1996/97 2 17th
1997/98 3 2ªB 7th
1998/99 3 2ªB 18th
1999/00 4 4th
2000/01 3 2ªB 11th
2001/02 3 2ªB 3rd
Season Level Division Place Copa del Rey
2002/03 2 18th Round of 32
2003/04 2 13th Round of 32
2004/05 2 16th Second round
2005/06 2 6th First round
2006/07 2 2nd Third round
2007/08 1 8th Round of 32
2008/09 1 11th Round of 16
2009/10 1 13th Round of 32
2010/11 1 20th Semifinals
2011/12 2 7th Round of 32
2012/13 2 3rd Round of 32
2013/14 1 Round of 16

Current squad[edit]

As of 31 January 2014[1]

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

No. Position Player
1 Spain GK Esteban (3rd captain)
2 Argentina DF Marco Torsiglieri (on loan from Metalist Kharkiv)
3 Uruguay DF Marcelo Silva
4 Chile DF Hans Martínez (on loan from Universidad Católica)
5 Spain DF Ángel Trujillo
6 Spain MF Marcos Tébar
7 Spain MF Verza
8 Spain FW Aleix Vidal
9 Spain FW Óscar Díaz
10 Spain FW Rodri (on loan from Barcelona B)
11 Portugal MF Hélder Barbosa (on loan from Braga)
No. Position Player
15 Spain MF Corona (captain)
16 Argentina MF Sebastián Dubarbier
17 Spain MF Suso (on loan from Liverpool)
19 Burkina Faso FW Jonathan Zongo
20 Spain DF Rafita
21 Spain DF Mané
22 Portugal DF Nélson (on loan from Palermo)
23 Spain MF Fernando Soriano (vice-captain)
25 Spain GK Julián Cuesta (on loan from Sevilla)
31 Nigeria MF Ramon Azeez

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
Spain DF Raúl García (to Alavés until 30 June 2014)
Brazil DF Michel Macedo (to Atlético-MG until 30 June 2014)

Achievements / Milestones[edit]

Notable former players[edit]

Note: this list includes players that have appeared in at least 100 league games and/or have reached international status.

see also Category:UD Almería footballers


Players in bold means that he still playing for the club.

As of 26 March 20141

1 According to BDFutbol.


Years Manufacturers Sponsors
2001–07 Cejudo Obrascampo
2007–08 UDA
2008–10 None1
2010–12 Rasán Urcisol
2012– Nike

1 The shirt contained messages such as Isla del Fraile or Corredor de Vida.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Primer equipo" [First team] (in Spanish). UD Almería. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 

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