FC Cartagena

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Cartagena crest
Full name Fútbol Club Cartagena
Nickname(s) Efesé, Aladrokes, Albinegros,
Boquerones, Cartagos
Founded 1995
Ground Cartagonova, Cartagena,
Murcia, Spain
Ground Capacity 15,105
Chairman Paco Belmonte
Manager Alberto Monteagudo
League 2ªB – Group 4
2017–18 2ªB – Group 4, 1st
Current season

Fútbol Club Cartagena is a Spanish football team based in Cartagena, in the autonomous community of Murcia. Founded in 1995 it currently plays in Segunda División B, holding home games at Estadio Cartagonova, with a capacity of 15,105 spectators.

The club is considered to be a continuation of Cartagena CF, founded in 1919.


Fútbol Club Cartagena was founded on 25 July 1995 due to serious economic problems of the first team of the city, Cartagena FC, the first president Florentino Manzano was the founder. In the first eight years it was known as Cartagonova Fútbol Club, and first played in the third division in the 1998–99 season.

Cartagonova logo

The club then changed its name to Fútbol Club Cartagena and Luis Oliver took over as president, starting his tenure with the club immerse in economic problems and close to relegation. Being saved from folding by local entrepreneur Francisco Gómez after the 2002–03 campaign, it consolidated itself in the third level and achieved another promotion, now to division two, in 2009.[1]

Historic side Cartagena FC, which was founded much earlier, acted as reserve team between 2003 and 2009, eventually re-gaining its independence. In 2009–10's second division season Efesé nearly achieved another promotion, finishing eventually in fifth position; all promotion hopes were dashed in the 41st and penultimate matchday, with a 0–1 away loss against Recreativo de Huelva.[2]

Season to season[edit]

Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1995/96 5 Preferente 2nd -
1996/97 4 1st -
1997/98 4 1st -
1998/99 3 2ªB 2nd Second round
1999/00 3 2ªB 8th Preliminary
2000/01 3 2ªB 13th -
2001/02 3 2ªB 12th -
2002/03 3 2ªB 11th -
2003/04 3 2ªB 15th -
2004/05 3 2ªB 13th -
2005/06 3 2ªB 1st -
2006/07 3 2ªB 5th Second round
2007/08 3 2ªB 8th Second round
2008/09 3 2ªB 1st -
2009/10 2 5th Third round
2010/11 2 13th Second round
2011/12 2 20th Second round
2012/13 3 2ªB 2nd First round
2013/14 3 2ªB 2nd Round of 32
2014/15 3 2ªB 16th First round
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
2015/16 3 2ªB 7th
2016/17 3 2ªB 4th Second round
2017/18 3 2ªB 1st Round of 32

Current squad[edit]

As of 15 June 2018

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

No. Position Player
Belgium GK Alex Craninx
Spain GK Marcos Morales
Spain GK Pau Torres
Spain DF Alberto Aguilar
Spain DF Jesús Álvaro
Venezuela DF Josua Mejías
Spain DF Juan Morros
Spain DF Míchel Zabaco
Spain DF Moisés García
Spain DF Óscar Ramírez
Ivory Coast MF Adama Fofana
Spain MF Alejandro Chavero
Spain MF Cristo Martín
No. Position Player
Spain MF Diego Benito
Spain MF Hugo Rodríguez
Spain MF José Gaspar
Spain MF Miguel Ángel Cordero
Spain MF Sergio Jiménez
Spain FW Isaac Aketxe
Spain FW Dani Abalo
Uruguay FW Kuki Zalazar
Guinea FW Moussa Camara
Ghana FW Owusu Kwabena
Spain FW Rubén Cruz
Spain FW Aitor Ruibal

Reserve team[edit]

FC Cartagena B is FC Cartagena's reserve team since 2015. It was founded in that year and plays in Tercera División.

In the past, other sides such as Cartagena Promesas, FC Cartagena-La Unión, Cartagena FC and CD Algar were the club's B-team.


Cartagena holds home matches at Estadio Cartagonova. Inaugurated on 7 February 1988, it has a capacity of 14,532 spectators, measuring 105 x 68 meters; it underwent renovation in January 2000.

The ground's biggest attendance was recorded 30 June 1999 in a second division promotion playoff match against Córdoba CF, with 20,000 spectators in the stands. On 26 January of the following year, the first Spanish national team game ever hosted in the Region of Murcia took place, a friendly with Poland.

Kit evolution[edit]


Famous players[edit]

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

Famous coaches[edit]


  1. ^ "Cartagena vuelve a Segunda 22 años después" [Cartagena returns to Segunda 22 years later] (in Spanish). Marca. 24 May 2009. Retrieved 27 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "El Cartagena deja en Huelva sus opciones de ascenso" [Cartagena leaves promotion options in Huelva] (in Spanish). Marca. 13 June 2010. Retrieved 27 February 2014. 

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