Getafe CF

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Full name Getafe Club de Fútbol S.A.D.
Nickname(s) Azulones (The Deep Blues), El Geta
Founded 8 July 1983; 33 years ago
Ground Coliseum Alfonso Pérez, Getafe, Spain
Ground Capacity 17,393
Owner Ángel Torres Sánchez
Chairman Mario Medina
Manager José Bordalás
League Segunda División
2015–16 La Liga, 19th (relegated)
Website Club home page

Getafe Club de Fútbol (Spanish pronunciation: [xeˈtafe ˈkluβ ðe ˈfuðβol]), or simply Getafe, is a Spanish professional football club contesting in Segunda División. The club is based in Getafe, a city in the Madrid metropolitan area. Getafe was founded in 1946 and refounded in 1983.

Getafe has been in the top level since 2004–05. The club's home stadium is Coliseum Alfonso Pérez which was founded in 1998 and can hold 17,393 spectators.

The club's main rivalries are against Leganés, based in close proximity to the city of Getafe, and a friendly rivalry against Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid.



Getafe Football Club was founded in 1924, only playing in lower divisions from 1928 to 1932. After the Spanish Civil War, in 1945 five Getafe locals – Enrique Condes García, Aurelio Miranda Olavaria, Antonio Corridor Lozano, Manuel Serrano Vergara and Miguel Cubero Francés – while meeting at La Marquesina bar, decided to form a local team. Officially founded on 24 February 1946, the club was named Club Getafe Deportivo.[1]

The club originally played in the Campo del Regimiento de Artillería, which lacked goal posts. Shortly after, the club moved to San Isidro, housed in the current Municipal Sports Center of San Isidro. Here, Club Getafe was promoted to the third division following their victory against CP Villarrobledo in the 1956–57 season. Getafe was nearly promoted to the Segunda in 1957–58, but was defeated by CD Almería.[2]

On 2 September 1970, the club inaugurated its own stadium after being promoted back to the Tercera División. Presided by chairman Francisco Vara, Las Margaritas won a 3–1 victory over Michelín. The team survived in the third level that season, and six years later gained their first promotion to the second division.[3]

Second Division[edit]

Club Getafe Deportivo

Club Getafe Deportivo played six seasons in the Segunda División, with little success. From 1976 to 1982, they placed below tenth level all six years.

In 1978, they advanced to play against Barcelona in the Copa del Rey round of 16. Playing at home in the first leg, Getafe drew with a star-studded Barcelona team 3–3, before traveling away for the second leg and being thrashed 8–0 at the Nou Camp.

At the conclusion of the 1981–82 season, players having not been paid, Getafe was automatically relegated and subsequently liquidated.

Meanwhile, on 1 September 1976, a new club was founded in the National Sports Council and the Regional Federation of Castille. The club was called Peña Madridista Getafe (the Real Madrid supporter's club of Getafe). This club played for four seasons in various divisions, until taking the name Club Deportivo Peña Getafe, and played under this name for a further two seasons. On 10 July 1982, they joined forces with the much older Club Getafe Promesas, and were registered again in the Regional Federation of Castille.[4]

Present existence[edit]

Based on the merger the previous year, the present Getafe Club de Fútbol was officially founded on 8 July 1983, after passing through the general partners assembly.[4]

Starting in the regional leagues in 1983–84, Getafe was promoted for four consecutive seasons until reaching Segunda División B. The club started a new period with its promotion into Segunda in 1994–95, staying only two years.[5] Threatening absolute disappearance just a few years later in 1997, Getafe survived relegation into the fourth level Tercera División following a two-legged playoff victory over Huesca.

Meanwhile, Getafe's current stadium, the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez, was inaugurated on 1 January 1998.[6]

Returning to the second division for 1999–2000, Getafe lasted another two seasons. One year later, however, they would return following an amazing promotion during 2001–02 during which one of their players, Sebastián "Sebas" Gómez, was murdered, and controversy regarding unpaid payments of players following a debt of 3 million.[7]

Consolidating their position after one year, Getafe had a fantastic season in Segunda. At the top of the table for most of the year, the side travelled to the Canary Islands on the final matchday needing a win to assure a historic promotion to the first division. Amazingly, they defeated Tenerife 5–3 with five goals from Sergio Pachón,[8] thus becoming along with Real Madrid, Atlético Madrid and Rayo Vallecano the fourth team from the Community of Madrid and the first of them from outside of the capital to ever play in La Liga.[9] With this promotion, Getafe had ascended the whole Spanish football pyramid, achieving this feat in only 20 years.

La Liga[edit]

Getafe Club de Fútbol vs. FC Barcelona.

The club started 2004–05 poorly, lying at the bottom of the table. Home wins over Espanyol, Athletic Bilbao, Valencia and Real Madrid,[10] followed by a sole away win of the season over Athletic Bilbao,[11] saw Getafe climb to finish 13th, being the only promoted side to avoid relegation. At the end of the season, the club lost coach Flores and several players to rival clubs.[12] In Getafe's next season, the club briefly topped the table[13] before slipping to finish ninth.[14] During the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Argentine-born Mariano Pernía became Getafe's first ever Spanish international,[15] before moving to Atlético Madrid.[16]

In 2006–07, Getafe again finished ninth in the league,[17] conceding only 33 goals in 38 matches and goalkeeper Roberto Abbondanzieri was awarded the Zamora Trophy, having recorded 12 clean sheets. The highlight of the club's season was reaching the 2006–07 Copa del Rey final, a competition in which Getafe had never even reached the quarter-finals before. The run included a two-legged semi-final against Barcelona in which Getafe lost the first leg 5–2 at the Camp Nou[18] before producing a 4–0 rout in the second leg at the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez.[19] Getafe lost their first ever major final 1–0 to Sevilla at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium.[20] Through this, the club qualified for the following season's UEFA Cup qualification, as Sevilla had already qualified for the UEFA Champions' League through their league position.

The following season, coach Bernd Schuster left after two seasons to become head coach at Real Madrid,[21] and Getafe appointed Michael Laudrup as his replacement.[22] Under Laudrup, Getafe again finished the league mid-table. In the UEFA Cup, the team managed to progress to the quarter-finals after finishing top of Group G, only losing once,[23] setting up a tie against four-times European Cup winners Bayern Munich. Getafe drew the away leg 1–1,[24] thanks to an injury time equaliser from Cosmin Contra. In the second leg, Rubén de la Red was sent off after six minutes. Contra put Getafe ahead just before half-time, but in the 89th minute Franck Ribéry equalised, sending the game into extra time. Two quick goals, from Javier Casquero and substitute Braulio, gave Getafe a 3–1 lead but Bayern pulled a goal back from Luca Toni, before Toni again scored seconds before the end of extra time, giving Bayern an away goals win.[25] Getafe also had successful run in the Copa del Rey, reaching the final for a second year running. In the final, at the Vicente Calderón Stadium, Getafe were beaten 3–1 by Valencia.[26]

On 2015-16 season, Getafe were relegated to second division after 12 years stayed on first campaign.


Getafe play at the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez, located in Getafe. Its pitch dimensions are 105x70 metres. The stadium was inaugurated on 1 January 1998, named after the Spanish international (and of Real Madrid fame) Alfonso Pérez. Though he never played for or against Getafe, or even in the stadium, he is perhaps the most famous footballer to come out of the area and was at the height of his career during the mid-1990s.[6]

Before playing in the Coliseum, Getafe played their home matches at the nearby Estadio de las Margaritas, part of the greater Sports City of Las Margaritas. The Coliseum was subsequently built as a natural extension to the much smaller facilities at Las Margaritas. Since its foundation, the stadium has had numerous renovations, and now seats 14,400 people and several thousand more standing. As such, the exact capacity of the is variable and ambiguous. Getafe generally fill the stadium for local matches against Real and Atlético Madrid, as well as against Barcelona, most famously in the 2006–07 Cup semi-final. For the first time in their history, Getafe pre-sold out the whole of the Coliseum before their second leg match against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Cup quarter-final.[27]

Getafe president Ángel Torres expressed interest in upgrading the Coliseum to a much greater 20,000 seat arena, in conjunction with Madrid's bid for the 2012 Olympic Games.[28] The failure of this bid and poor crowd averages put this redevelopment in doubt.

Getafe use the nearby Sports City when training. These facilities include several training pitches with both grass and artificial turf, full medical rooms and recuperation facilities.


Commonly called Marea Azul, or Azulones, Getafe supporters have steadily grown to their team. The team has 18 peñas ("supporter clubs") and 12,000 socios ("associates"). Former Real Madrid player Francisco Pavón is a well-known Getafe socio, while Fernando Alonso and Rafael Nadal have attended matches at the Coliseum in the past.

Getafe supporters have grown far beyond the area and are now known to have fans in Australia, Sweden, Finland, Argentina, Scotland, Denmark, the United States and Mexico. In 2007, a peña was founded in Venezuela to extend the worldwide club reach.

Getafe also created controversy in 2007 when their season ticket campaign included biblical references of Abraham, Moses and Jesus sacrificing themselves for the team. The club responded by withdrawing the first scene involving Abraham.

Upon important or famous victories, Getafe fans celebrate at the Cibelina statue in the town centre. Prior to the 2007 Cup final, Torres implored the fans to "tear down the Cibelina" upon victory, promising to pay for a new design. During that final, thousands of supporters rushed to get tickets and packed into the Santiago Bernabéu, yet were vastly outnumbered by Sevillistas. However, those who failed to get tickets – most of which went to season ticket holders for the 2007–08 campaign – were able to watch the match on a big screen in Getafe's central square.

Getafe has also a small group of Ultras supporters, called Comandos Azules ("blue commandos").


Historically, due to their close geographical position, Getafe has always held a strong rivalry with Leganés. They played out numerous encounters in the lower division before the two teams fortunes began to contrast as Getafe gained ascendency and Leganés began to deteriorate.

In the first division, the side has held some tremendous matches in the last few years with Real Madrid, with the ledger being most recently squared at three wins each. Real Madrid's greater stature, budget and squad has never stopped Getafe from often playing their best football against their "bigger brother".

In addition to this, Getafe has developed somewhat of a rivalry with Barcelona, which culminated in their famous 4–0 victory over their more fancied opponents during the 2006–07 Copa del Rey semi-final. Also, Valencia has succumbed numerous times to el Geta, often quite heavily, as was the case during the 2006–07 Copa del Rey, which ensured Getafe's first ever appearance in the Copa's quarter-finals with a 2–4 win at Valencia's Mestalla Stadium. However, this result was turned around in the 2008 Copa del Rey final, as Valencia would deny Getafe their first ever trophy with a 3–1 victory. This rivalry is propped up healthily by the regular transfer of Getafe players (and coach Quique Sánchez Flores) to Valencia.

European cups history[edit]

UEFA Cup / UEFA Europa League:

Season Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
2007–08 1R Netherlands Twente 1–0 2–3 (aet) 3–3 (a)
Group England Tottenham Hotspur 2–1 1st
Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv 1–2
Denmark Aalborg 2–1
Belgium Anderlecht 2–1
1/16 Greece AEK Athens 3–0 1–1 4–1
1/8 Portugal Benfica 1–0 2–1 3–1
QF Germany Bayern Munich 3–3 (aet) 1–1 4–4 (a)
2010–11 Play-off Cyprus APOEL 1–0 1–1 (aet) 2–1
Group Denmark Odense 2–1 1–1 3rd
Switzerland Young Boys 1–0 0–2
Germany VfB Stuttgart 0–3 0–1


Runners-up (2): 2006–07, 2007–08
Winners: 1998–99

Recent seasons[edit]

Season Pos Pld W D L GF GA Pts Cup Notes
1983–84 2ª Reg 1st 34 30 2 2 133 21 62 Promoted
1984–85 1ª Reg 1st 34 26 7 1 118 20 59 Promoted
1985–86 Pref. 1st 34 23 10 1 90 28 56 Promoted
1986–87 6th 38 17 10 11 63 45 44 Promoted due to league expansion
1987–88 2ª B 3rd 38 18 11 9 71 41 47 Fourth round
1988–89 2ª B 6th 38 16 11 11 52 36 43 First round
1989–90 2ª B 2nd 38 18 15 5 54 30 51
1990–91 2ª B 4th 38 16 13 9 45 24 45 Fourth round Lost promotion playoffs
1991–92 2ª B 6th 38 17 11 10 56 35 45 Fifth round
1992–93 2ª B 4th 38 15 17 6 42 28 47 Third round Lost promotion playoffs
1993–94 2ª B 2nd 38 17 16 5 53 31 50 Fourth round Promoted through playoffs
1994–95 18th 38 5 20 13 26 42 30 Third round Relegation reversed due to league expansion
1995–96 19th 38 7 11 20 30 52 32 Second round Relegated
1996–97 2ª B 16th 38 12 9 17 44 54 45 First round Won relegation playoff
1997–98 2ª B 7th 38 17 6 15 45 40 57
1998–99 2ª B 1st 38 21 9 8 50 23 72 Promoted
1999–00 19th 42 13 9 20 39 51 48 Second round
2000–01 21st 42 8 11 23 42 65 35 First round Relegated
2001–02 2ª B 5th 38 17 10 11 48 37 61 First round Promoted through playoffs
2002–03 11th 42 13 14 15 52 55 53 Second round
2003–04 2nd 42 20 16 6 55 38 76 First round Promoted
2004–05 13th 38 12 11 15 38 46 47 Last 16
2005–06 9th 38 15 9 14 54 49 54 Last 16
2006–07 9th 38 14 10 14 39 33 52 Runner-up Qualified for 2007–08 UEFA Cup
2007–08 14th 38 12 11 15 44 48 47 Runner-up UEFA Cup quarterfinals
2008–09 17th 38 10 12 16 50 56 42 Round of 16
2009–10 6th 38 17 7 14 58 48 58 Semifinals Qualified for 2010–11 UEFA Europa League
2010–11 16th 38 12 8 18 49 60 44 Round of 16 Europa League group stage
2011–12 11th 38 12 11 15 40 51 47 Round of 32
2012–13 10th 38 13 8 17 43 57 47 Round of 16
2013–14 13th 38 11 9 18 35 54 42 Round of 16
2014–15 15th 38 10 7 21 33 64 37 Quarterfinals
2015–16 19th 38 9 9 20 37 67 36 Round of 32 Relegated

2ª Reg=Segunda Regional
1ª Reg=Primera Regional
Pref.=Regional Preferente

Season to season[edit]

Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1983–84 7 2ª Regional 1st
1984–85 6 1ª Regional 1st
1985–86 5 Preferente 1st
1986–87 4 6th
1987–88 3 2ªB 3rd Fourth round
1988–89 3 2ªB 6th First round
1989–90 3 2ªB 2nd
1990–91 3 2ªB 4th Fourth round
1991–92 3 2ªB 6th Fifth round
1992–93 3 2ªB 4th Third round
1993–94 3 2ªB 2nd Fourth round
1994–95 2 18th Third round
1995–96 2 19th Second round
1996–97 3 2ªB 16th First round
1997–98 3 2ªB 7th
1998–99 3 2ªB 1st
1999–00 2 19th First round
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
2000–01 2 21st Round of 64
2001–02 3 2ªB 5th Round of 64
2002–03 2 11th Round of 32
2003–04 2 2nd Round of 64
2004–05 1 13th Round of 16
2005–06 1 9th Round of 16
2006–07 1 9th Runner-up
2007–08 1 14th Runner-up
2008–09 1 17th Round of 32
2009–10 1 6th Semi-finalist
2010–11 1 16th Round of 16
2011–12 1 11th Round of 32
2012–13 1 10th Round of 16
2013–14 1 13th Round of 16
2014–15 1 15th Quarter-finals
2015–16 1 19th Round of 32
2016–17 2 Second round

Current squad[edit]

As of 1 February 2017[29]

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

No. Position Player
1 Spain GK Alberto García
2 Spain DF Carlos Peña
4 Argentina MF Alejandro Faurlín
5 Romania MF Paul Anton (on loan from Dinamo București)
6 Argentina DF Cata Díaz (2nd captain)
7 Argentina FW Emi Buendía
8 Algeria MF Medhi Lacen (captain)
10 Serbia FW Stefan Šćepović
11 Spain FW Chuli (on loan from Almería)
12 Spain MF Francisco Portillo (on loan from Real Betis)
13 Spain GK Vicente Guaita
No. Position Player
14 Spain MF David Fuster
15 Spain DF Francisco Molinero
16 Spain DF Cala
17 Argentina DF Nicolás Gorosito
18 Argentina MF Facundo Castillón (on loan from Racing Club)
19 Spain FW Jorge Molina
20 Spain MF Dani Pacheco (on loan from Real Betis)
22 Uruguay DF Damián Suárez
23 Spain MF Álvaro Jiménez (on loan from Real Madrid)
25 Spain MF Sergio Mora

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
Venezuela DF Rolf Feltscher (at Zaragoza until 30 June 2017)
Germany MF Johannes van den Bergh (at SpVgg Greuther Fürth until 30 June 2017)
France MF Karim Yoda (at Almería until 30 June 2017)

Staff and board[edit]

  • Manager: José Bordalás
  • Assistant Manager: Javier Casquero
  • Goalkeeper Coach: Emilio López
  • Fitness Coach: Oscar García Hermo
  • President: Ángel Torres Sánchez
  • Vice President: Agustín Clemente Alonso
  • Club Captain: Jordan Leckey

Stadium information[edit]

  • NameColiseum Alfonso Pérez
  • CityGetafe
  • Capacity – 18,000
  • Inauguration – 1998
  • Pitch size – 105 x 68 m
  • Other Facilities: – Ciudad Deportiva

Kit information[edit]

Getafe wear their traditional blue strip. Small strips of white and red also tend to be incorporated in their kit. Generally, their away strip is red, however this has changed in recent years. Their shirt manufacturer is Joma.

Previous sponsors

  • Opción (Centro de Ocio) (2004–05)
  • PSG (2005–06)
  • Grupo Galco (2006–09)
  • Burger King (2009–2012)
  • Confremar (2012–2014)
  • Tecnocasa (2014– )



Famous coaches[edit]


  1. ^ En 1945 se comenzaba a crear un histórico, Getafe history (Spanish)
  2. ^ Los primeros encuentros en el Campo del Regimiento de Artillería, Getafe history (Spanish)
  3. ^ En Tercera en Las Margaritas, Getafe history (Spanish)
  4. ^ a b El actual Getafe CF, Getafe history (Spanish)
  5. ^ Vuelve a resurgir a lo más alto, Getafe history (Spanish)
  6. ^ a b El estadio del Getafe CF, Getafe stadium (Spanish)
  7. ^ Un policía mata a tiros a Sebas, central del Getafe, El Mundo, August 27, 2001 (Spanish)
  8. ^ 2003/04 Spanish Second Division match reports
  9. ^ Spain – Regional Analysis
  10. ^ ESPNsoccernet Match Report
  11. ^ ESPNsoccernet Match Report
  12. ^ 2005/06 Spanish Primera Transfers
  13. ^ 2005/06 Spanish Primera Standings, Matchday 8 (Spanish)
  14. ^ 2005/06 Spanish Primera Final Table
  15. ^ Spain send for Pernia, Sky Sports, May 30, 2006
  16. ^ Pernia completes Atletico transfer, CNN, June 30, 2006
  17. ^ 2006/07 Spanish Primera Final Table
  18. ^ ESPNsoccernet Match Report
  19. ^ ESPNsoccernet Match Report
  20. ^ ESPNsoccernet Match Report
  21. ^ Schuster confirmed as new Real coach, The Guardian, July 9, 2007
  22. ^ Getafe appoint Laudrup as Schuster's replacement, Reuters, July 9, 2007
  23. ^ UEFA Cup Group G
  24. ^ ESPNsoccernet Match Report
  25. ^ Heartbreak for Getafe as Bayern fight back, FourFourTwo, April 10, 2008
  26. ^ Valencia win Copa del Rey,, April 16, 2008
  27. ^ El Coliseum se llenará por primera vez, El Mundo, April 8, 2008
  28. ^ "Con este campo el Getafe estaría entre los grandes", As, November 3, 2006
  29. ^ "Primer equipo" [First team] (in Spanish). Getafe CF. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Official websites