CD Tenerife

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CD Tenerife logo.svg
Full nameClub Deportivo Tenerife, S.A.D.
Founded21 November 1912; 109 years ago (1912-11-21)
GroundHeliodoro Rodríguez López
OwnerMiguel Concepción
PresidentMiguel Concepción
Head coachLuis Miguel Ramis
LeagueSegunda División
2020–21Segunda División, 14th of 22
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Club Deportivo Tenerife, S.A.D. is a Spanish football club based in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Tenerife, in the Canary Islands. Founded in 1912, the club plays in the Segunda División, holding home matches at the Estadio Heliodoro Rodríguez López, with a 22,824-seat capacity. The traditional home colours are white shirts and blue shorts.

Tenerife has a history playing in the top flight of La Liga. They have been promoted to the top tier on four occasions, including a 10-year stint from 1989 to 1999. The club managed to finish as high as fifth in the league table on two occasions during that period, which qualified them for the first round of the UEFA Cup. They most recently played in La Liga in the 2009–10 season.

Being based on the offshore Canary archipelago, while playing its away games on the Spanish mainland, it and rival Las Palmas from Gran Canaria are two of the most geographically isolated European professional clubs. Tenerife and Las Palmas contest the Canary Islands derby.


Match between CD Nacional of Madeira and CD Tenerife in 1925.

Club Deportivo Tenerife was founded in 1912 as Sporting Club Tenerife, which had come about as a merger between two or more previous football clubs on the island. The club changed its name to Club Deportivo Tenerife in 1922. La Liga started in 1928, but the team played in regional divisions until it was promoted to the Segunda División in 1953. It first reached the top flight in 1961, being immediately relegated back and, in the following 27 years, played almost exclusively in the second level, also spending three years in Tercera División and six – five in a row – in Segunda División B, the newly created division three (in 1978).

In 1985, when Tenerife were relegated to the third division for a second time, Javier Pérez became president of the club. The side was promoted this year to the second level and, two years later, returned to the first, after winning the promotion playoff against Real Betis (4–1 on aggregate).

In 1991, Jorge Valdano took charge of the club as manager, and the Argentine would help rob former side Real Madrid of two consecutive league titles in the last round, to the benefit of Barcelona. In the first season, the Canary Islands outfit barely avoided relegation, but would finish in a best-ever fifth position in the following year, eventually reaching the round of 16 in the subsequent UEFA Cup, losing to Juventus 2–4 on aggregate.

German Jupp Heynckes became head coach of Tenerife in 1995, leading the club to another fifth-placed finish and the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey. In the 1996–97 UEFA Cup, the islanders fared better, reaching the last-four after defeating Maccabi Tel Aviv, Lazio, Feyenoord and Brøndby (the winner coming late in extra time from an Antonio Mata free-kick), only bowing out to eventual winners Schalke 04.

Tenerife then went on a downward spiral which eventually led to relegation to the "silver category" in 1999, prompting various managerial changes within the club. In 2001, the club was again promoted, led by Rafael Benítez, who promptly left to take up the manager's job at Valencia; the promotion was achieved in the last match of the campaign thanks to a goal from Hugo Morales.

Match: Tenerife – Real Sociedad, in 2008

Pepe Mel became the new trainer but the first division season never took off, as Tenerife were beaten heavily at home by Barcelona 0–6, which cost the manager his job. Javier Clemente, formerly with the Spain national team, took the reins, but could not help prevent the eventual immediate relegation.

Tenerife suffered from serious economic problems in the following years, owing more than €40 million. President Pérez was replaced with Víctor Perez de Ascanio, who resigned due to bad management, leaving his position to Miguel Concepción, who negotiated with local politicians and businessmen, also creating a construction company as a subsidiary of the side.

On 13 June 2009, Tenerife secured a top flight return after a seven-year absence after a 1–0 win at Girona. In the following season, even though the team held on until the last round, another relegation befell, after the 0–1 loss at third-placed Valencia.

2010–11 brought with it three coaching changes,[2] as Tenerife eventually suffered another relegation, returning to the third division after 24 years. On 2 June 2013, the club, led by Álvaro Cervera, returned to the second level after winning the promotion play-off against Hospitalet (3–2 on aggregate).

Other sports sections[edit]

Academy in China[edit]

On 16 October 2017 it was agreed to start the CD Tenerife Academy in China. Thanks to the agreement between International Football Academy Hong Kong and CD Tenerife, the club starts the internationalization of its training. The director of the academy is Roberto Mickel. On 23 April 2018, the academy began its activity, with boys and girls between four and eighteen years old, in the city of Shenzhen, in the province of Canton. Initially, the first steps were aimed at creating the structure of the technification academy and promoting the CD Tenerife methodology and competition values, but with fair play. The collaboration agreement between the International Football Academy and the CD Tenerife was signed until 2021. In this way, in Shenzhen, with the CD Tenerife shield and the white and blue colors that represent the club, training methods developed in the base football area run by Sesé Rivero.


Season to season[edit]

European cup history[edit]

Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1993–94 UEFA Cup Last 64 France Auxerre 2–2 1–0 3–2
Last 32 Greece Olympiacos 2–1 3–4 5–5
Last 16 Italy Juventus 2–1 0–3 2–4
1996–97 UEFA Cup Last 64 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv 3–2 1–1 4–3
Last 32 Italy Lazio 5–3 0–1 5–4
Last 16 Netherlands Feyenoord 0–0 4–2 4–2
Quarterfinals Denmark Brøndby 0–1 2–0 2–1
Semifinals Germany Schalke 04 1–0 0–2 1–2



Semi-finals (1): 1993–94
Quarter-finals (4): 1960–61, 1961–62, 1975–76, 1995–96


Semi-finals (1): 1996–97


Winners (1): 1993

Current squad[edit]

As of 12 January 2022

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Spain ESP Juan Soriano
2 MF Spain ESP Pablo Larrea
3 DF Spain ESP Álex Muñoz
4 DF Spain ESP José León
6 MF Spain ESP Álex Corredera
9 FW Spain ESP Elady Zorrilla
10 MF England ENG Samuel Shashoua
11 MF Spain ESP Álex Bermejo
12 DF Spain ESP Sergio González
13 GK Venezuela VEN Dani Hernández
14 DF Spain ESP Carlos Ruiz
15 DF Spain ESP Carlos Pomares
16 MF Spain ESP Aitor Sanz (captain)
17 MF Spain ESP Matías Nahuel
No. Pos. Nation Player
18 FW Spain ESP Enric Gallego
19 MF Spain ESP Rubén Díez
20 FW Nigeria NGA Manu Apeh
21 DF United States USA Shaq Moore
22 DF France FRA Jérémy Mellot
23 DF Serbia SRB Nikola Šipčić
24 MF Spain ESP Míchel Herrero
26 MF Spain ESP Félix Alonso
27 FW Spain ESP Ethyan González
28 FW Spain ESP Víctor Mollejo (on loan from Atlético Madrid)
30 GK Spain ESP Víctor Méndez
31 FW Spain ESP Thierno
32 DF Spain ESP David Rodríguez
34 MF Spain ESP Teto

Other players under contract[edit]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
MF Spain ESP Javi Alonso

Reserve team[edit]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
33 DF Spain ESP Yeremy Socorro
35 MF Spain ESP Dylan Perera
No. Pos. Nation Player
40 GK Spain ESP Alejandro Medina

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. Pos. Nation Player
DF Spain ESP Alberto Jiménez (at Albacete until 30 June 2022)
MF Spain ESP Álex Benítez (at Mensajero until 30 June 2022)
FW Spain ESP Elliot Gómez (at Hércules until 30 June 2022)
FW Spain ESP Borja Llarena (at Costa Brava until 30 June 2022)
No. Pos. Nation Player
FW Spain ESP Joel Caballero (at San Fernando until 30 June 2022)
FW Spain ESP Jorge Padilla (at Atlético Levante until 30 June 2022)
FW Spain ESP Joselu (at Lugo until 30 June 2022)

Current technical staff[edit]

Position Staff
Manager Spain Luis Miguel Ramis
Assistant manager Spain José Manuel Gil
Fitness coach Spain Miguel Ángel Fernández
Spain Maykol Hernández
Technical assistant Spain Iván Madroño
Goalkeeping coach Spain Zeben Ortiz
Analyst Spain Carlos Rodríguez
Youth football coordinator Spain Sesé Rivero

Last updated: May 2021
Source: CD Tenerife

International players[edit]

Notable coaches[edit]


Fans of Tenerife are called Chicharreros because in early days, the inhabitants of a small fishing village called Santa Cruz (later the capital of Tenerife) consumed "chicharros" (Atlantic horse mackerel) as a main part of their diet.

Other inhabitants of Tenerife and the Canary Islands used the moniker as a pejorative name, but finally the inhabitants of Santa Cruz accepted it affectionately.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Instalaciones" (in Spanish). CD Tenerife. Retrieved 26 May 2016.
  2. ^ "David Amaral es el nuevo entrenador del Tenerife" [David Amaral is new Tenerife coach] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 5 April 2011. Retrieved 22 April 2011.

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