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Getafe
Getafe logo
Full nameGetafe Club de Fútbol S.A.D.
Nickname(s)Azulones (Deep Blue Ones)
Founded8 July 1983; 38 years ago (1983-07-08)
GroundColiseum Alfonso Pérez
Capacity17,000
OwnerÁngel Torres Sánchez [es]
PresidentÁngel Torres Sánchez
Head coachQuique Sánchez Flores
LeagueLa Liga
2021–22La Liga, 15th of 20
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Getafe Club de Fútbol (Spanish pronunciation: [xeˈtafe ˈkluβ ðe ˈfuðβol]), or simply Getafe, is a professional Spanish football club based in Getafe, a city in the south of the Community of Madrid. The team competes in La Liga, the highest tier of the Spanish football system. The club's home stadium is Coliseum Alfonso Pérez which was opened in 1998 and can hold 17,393 spectators. The club was founded in 1946 and refounded in 1983.

Getafe participated in the top level of Spanish football for twelve years between 2004 and 2016, and again since 2017.

The club's main rivalry is against neighbours Leganés, who are based near the town of Getafe, and a friendly rivalry against Atlético Madrid and Real Madrid.

History[edit]

Beginnings[edit]

Sociedad Getafe Deportivo was founded in 1923,[1] 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.[2]

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 Villarrobledo in the 1956–57 season. Getafe was nearly promoted to the Segunda División in 1957–58, but was defeated by CD Almería.[3]

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.[4]

Second Division[edit]

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.

Pedro León with Getafe in 2013

In 1978, the club 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 Camp Nou.

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 supporters' 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.[5]

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 assembly.[5]

Starting in the regional leagues in 1983–84, Getafe was promoted for four consecutive seasons until reaching the Segunda División B. The club started a new period with its promotion into Segunda in 1994–95, staying only two years.[6] 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.[7]

Returning to the second division for 1999–2000, Getafe lasted another two seasons. However, one year later, they would return following an amazing promotion in 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.[8]

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 La Liga, the top-flight. Amazingly, they defeated Tenerife 5–3 with five goals from Sergio Pachón,[9] 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.[10] 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,[11] followed by a sole away win of the season over Athletic Bilbao,[12] saw Getafe climb to finish 13th, being the only promoted side to avoid relegation. At the end of the season, the club lost head coach Quique Sánchez Flores and several players to rival clubs.[13] In Getafe's next season, the club briefly topped the table[14] before slipping to finish ninth.[15] During the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Argentine-born Mariano Pernía became Getafe's first ever Spanish international,[16] before moving to Atlético Madrid.[17]

In 2006–07, Getafe again finished ninth in the league,[18] 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 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[19] before producing a 4–0 rout in the second leg at the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez.[20] Getafe lost their first ever major final 1–0 to Sevilla at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium.[21] 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,[22] and Getafe appointed Michael Laudrup as his replacement.[23] 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,[24] setting up a tie against four-time European Cup winners Bayern Munich. Getafe drew the away leg 1–1,[25] 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 equalized to send the match 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.[26] 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.[27]

In the 2015–16 season, Getafe were relegated to second division after spending 12 years in first campaign. However, in 2016–17, the club immediately returned to La Liga after defeating Huesca and Tenerife to gain promotion via the play-offs. In the 2017–18 season Getafe finished in the 8th position, easily avoiding the relegation back to Segunda División.[28]

2019–present[edit]

In the 2018–19 season Getafe finished 5th, their highest finish in the first division, and qualified for the 2019–20 UEFA Europa League group stage. They finished 2nd in their group, with 12 points from 6 games, which allowed them to advance to the next round. They managed to beat Ajax 3–2 on aggregate in the Round of 32. Due to that win, they faced Inter Milan in the round of 16, where their European dream ended with a 2–0 loss.

Stadium[edit]

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.[7]

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 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.[29]

Getafe club 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.[30] 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.

Supporters[edit]

Commonly called Marea Azul, or Azulones, Getafe supporters have steadily increased in number with the success of the team in recent years. There are 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 local area and are now known to have fans in Australia, Sweden, Finland, Czech Republic, 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 some 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 congregate to 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").

Zombies Calientes de Getafe[edit]

In 2011, Getafe released a humorous tongue-in-cheek advertising campaign, pretending to decry the club's relatively small fanbase and encouraging male supporters to donate sperm in order to breed more fans.[31] To inspire those donations, the club produced a short pornographic film called "Zombies Calientes de Getafe" (Horny Zombies of Getafe), "shot in the style of a 1970s porn film", and delivered it to sperm donation clinics in Madrid.[32]

Rivalries[edit]

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 exciting matches in the last few years with Real Madrid, with the ledger being most recently squared at three wins each. Real Madrid's much greater stature, huge budget and expensive squad has never stopped Getafe from rising to the challenge and 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 head coach Quique Sánchez Flores) to Valencia.

European record[edit]

The club has not appeared in any European competition except in the UEFA Europa League (formerly the UEFA Cup).[33]

The club appeared only three times in this tournament, In 2007–08 they qualified for the tournament as Copa del Rey runner-up in the previous season's for Sevilla, who qualified for the UEFA Champions League, and progressed from the group and round of 16 before being beaten by Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals.[34] three years later, in 2010–11 they were paired with APOEL in the playoff round, and qualified by eliminating them, but then they were eliminated from the group stage as third place.[35]

In the 2019–20 season, Getafe appeared in the tournament for the third time, and they were able to qualify from the group stage in second place, and they also managed to pass the round of 16 after eliminating Ajax, but they were eliminated in the next round against Inter Milan in one match due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[36][37]

Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Aggregate
2007–08 UEFA Cup 1R Netherlands Twente 1–0 2–3 (aet) 3–3 (a)
Group G England Tottenham Hotspur N/A 2–1 1st
Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv 1–2 N/A
Denmark Aalborg BK N/A 2–1
Belgium Anderlecht 2–1 N/A
R32 Greece AEK Athens 3–0 1–1 4–1
R16 Portugal Benfica 1–0 2–1 3–1
QF Germany Bayern Munich 3–3 (aet) 1–1 4–4 (a)
2010–11 UEFA Europa League PO Cyprus APOEL 1–0 1–1 (aet) 2–1
Group H Denmark Odense 2–1 1–1 3rd
Switzerland Young Boys 1–0 0–2
Germany VfB Stuttgart 0–3 0–1
2019–20 UEFA Europa League Group C Switzerland Basel 0–1 1–2 2nd
Russia Krasnodar 3–0 2–1
Turkey Trabzonspor 1–0 1–0
R32 Netherlands Ajax 2–0 1–2 3–2
R16 Italy Inter Milan 0–2

Season to season[edit]

Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1983–84 7 2ª Reg. 1st
1984–85 6 1ª Reg. 1st
1985–86 5 Reg. Pref. 1st
1986–87 4 6th
1987–88 3 2ª B 3rd Fourth round
1988–89 3 2ª B 6th First round
1989–90 3 2ª B 2nd
1990–91 3 2ª B 4th Fourth round
1991–92 3 2ª B 6th Fifth round
1992–93 3 2ª B 4th Third round
1993–94 3 2ª B 2nd Fourth round
1994–95 2 18th Third round
1995–96 2 19th Second round
1996–97 3 2ª B 16th First round
1997–98 3 2ª B 7th
1998–99 3 2ª B 1st
1999–2000 2 19th First round
2000–01 2 21st Round of 64
2001–02 3 2ª B 5th Round of 64
2002–03 2 11th Round of 32
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
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 3rd Second round
2017–18 1 8th Round of 32
2018–19 1 5th Quarter-finals
2019–20 1 8th Second round
2020–21 1 15th Second round
2021–22 1 15th Second round

Honours[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 1 February 2022[38]

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 Rubén Yáñez
2 DF Togo TOG Djené (captain)
3 DF Uruguay URU Erick Cabaco
4 DF Uruguay URU Gastón Álvarez (on loan from Boston River)
5 MF Portugal POR Florentino Luís (on loan from Benfica)
6 MF Spain ESP Gonzalo Villar (on loan from Roma)
7 FW Spain ESP Jaime Mata
8 MF Spain ESP Vitolo (on loan from Atlético Madrid)
10 FW Turkey TUR Enes Ünal
11 MF Spain ESP Carles Aleñá
12 FW Spain ESP Sandro Ramírez (on loan from Huesca)
13 GK Spain ESP David Soria
No. Pos. Nation Player
14 DF Argentina ARG Jonathan Silva
15 DF Spain ESP Jorge Cuenca (on loan from Villarreal)
16 MF Czech Republic CZE Jakub Jankto
17 DF Uruguay URU Mathías Olivera
18 MF Uruguay URU Mauro Arambarri
19 MF Turkey TUR Okay Yokuşlu (on loan from Celta Vigo)
20 MF Serbia SRB Nemanja Maksimović
21 DF Spain ESP Juan Iglesias
22 DF Uruguay URU Damián Suárez
23 DF Serbia SRB Stefan Mitrović
24 MF Spain ESP Óscar Rodriguez (on loan from Sevilla)
25 FW Spain ESP Borja Mayoral (on loan from Real Madrid)
27 GK Spain ESP Diego Conde

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
28 DF Ghana GHA Koffi Akurugu
29 MF Spain ESP Ángel Algobia
30 MF Republic of Ireland IRL John Patrick
32 MF Spain ESP Pablo Montero
No. Pos. Nation Player
33 MF Spain ESP Santi García
34 MF Spain ESP Diego López
36 MF Spain ESP Totti
37 DF Spain ESP Álvaro López
DF Spain ESP Chinchu

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 Chema (at Eibar until 30 June 2022)
DF Spain ESP Ignasi Miquel (at Huesca until 30 June 2022)
DF Spain ESP Miguel Ángel (at Burgos until 30 June 2022)
No. Pos. Nation Player
FW Spain ESP Darío Poveda (at Huesca until 30 June 2022)
FW Spain ESP Hugo Duro (at Valencia until 30 June 2022)
FW Scotland SCO Jack Harper (at Racing Santander until 30 June 2022)

Club officials[edit]

Current technical staff[edit]

Position Staff
Head coach Spain Quique Sánchez Flores
Assistant coach Spain Juan Carlos Mandiá
Goalkeeping coach Spain Toni Mengual
Fitness coach Spain José Francisco Vallejo
Technical assistants Spain Santos Ramírez
Spain Quique Sanz
Doctors Spain Ana De la Torre
Spain Cris Oyola
Physiotherapists Spain Fermin Valera
Spain Quique Pascual
Spain Álvaro García
Spain Javi Beloqui
Spain Luis Peñálver
Spain Pepe Ramos
Physical readapter Spain Sergio Jiménez
Kit men Spain Costel Borta
Spain Javier Cabeza
Spain Javi Martín
Spain Jony Suazo
Delegate Spain Mejuto González

Last updated: 6 October 2021
Source: Getafe CF

Board of directors[edit]

Office Name
President Ángel Torres
First vice president Felipe Triguero
Second vice president Valentín Sánchez
Secretary Juan Leif
Vice secretary Fernando Santos
Treasurer María Ángeles Carlos Vara
General director José María Durán
Sporting director Carlos Guerrero
Academy director Damián Jiménez Fraile
Academy coordinator Juan Manuel Hernández Cáceres
Administration and operations director José Antonio Ramirez
Financial director Angeles Carlos
Financial treasurer Patricia Torres
Communication director Luz Monzón
Social media director David Torres
Marketing director Alberto Heras

Last updated: 9 April 2019
Source: Getafe CF

Coaches[edit]

Presidents[edit]

  • Antonio de Miguel (1983–92)
  • Francisco Flores (1992–2000)
  • Felipe González (2000–01)
  • Domingo Rebosio (2001–02)
  • Ángel Torres (2002–)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ lafutbolteca.com
  2. ^ En 1945 se comenzaba a crear un histórico, Getafe history (in Spanish)
  3. ^ Los primeros encuentros en el Campo del Regimiento de Artillería, Getafe history (in Spanish)
  4. ^ En Tercera en Las Margaritas, Getafe history (in Spanish)
  5. ^ a b El actual Getafe CF, Getafe history (in Spanish)
  6. ^ Vuelve a resurgir a lo más alto, Getafe history (in Spanish)
  7. ^ a b El estadio del Getafe CF, Getafe stadium (in Spanish)
  8. ^ Un policía mata a tiros a Sebas, central del Getafe, El Mundo, August 27, 2001 (in Spanish)
  9. ^ 2003/04 Spanish Second Division match reports
  10. ^ Spain – Regional Analysis
  11. ^ "ESPNsoccernet Match Report". Archived from the original on October 13, 2012. Retrieved July 23, 2008.
  12. ^ "ESPNsoccernet Match Report". Archived from the original on October 13, 2012. Retrieved July 23, 2008.
  13. ^ 2005/06 Spanish Primera Transfers
  14. ^ 2005/06 Spanish Primera Standings, Matchday 8 (in Spanish)
  15. ^ 2005/06 Spanish Primera Final Table
  16. ^ Spain send for Pernia, Sky Sports, May 30, 2006
  17. ^ Pernia completes Atletico transfer, CNN, June 30, 2006
  18. ^ 2006/07 Spanish Primera Final Table
  19. ^ "ESPNsoccernet Match Report". Archived from the original on December 9, 2012. Retrieved July 23, 2008.
  20. ^ "ESPNsoccernet Match Report". Archived from the original on December 8, 2012. Retrieved July 23, 2008.
  21. ^ "ESPNsoccernet Match Report". Archived from the original on October 13, 2012. Retrieved July 23, 2008.
  22. ^ Schuster confirmed as new Real coach, The Guardian, July 9, 2007
  23. ^ Getafe appoint Laudrup as Schuster's replacement, Reuters, July 9, 2007
  24. ^ UEFA Cup Group G
  25. ^ "ESPNsoccernet Match Report". Archived from the original on December 10, 2012. Retrieved July 23, 2008.
  26. ^ Heartbreak for Getafe as Bayern fight back Archived July 18, 2011, at the Wayback Machine, FourFourTwo, April 10, 2008
  27. ^ Valencia win Copa del Rey, FIFA.com, April 16, 2008
  28. ^ "Primera División, Temporada 2017/2018 - laliga, liga santander, la liga santander, campeonato nacional de liga de primera división, liga española". www.resultados-futbol.com. Retrieved November 20, 2019.
  29. ^ El Coliseum se llenará por primera vez, El Mundo, April 8, 2008
  30. ^ "Con este campo el Getafe estaría entre los grandes", As, November 3, 2006
  31. ^ Burgen, Stephen (August 19, 2011). "Getafe fans urged to become sperm donors and breed more supporters". The Guardian. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  32. ^ Nudd, Tim (August 31, 2011). "Ad of the Day: Getafe (NSFW)". adweek.com. Adweek. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  33. ^ "Getafe CF – Historical results". worldfootball.net.
  34. ^ "Getafe 3–3 Bayern". UEFA.com. April 10, 2008.
  35. ^ "Europa League 2010-11". GetafeCF.com (in Spanish).
  36. ^ "Internazionale-Getafe 2020 History". UEFA.com. August 5, 2020.
  37. ^ "Coronavirus: UEFA confirms Inter Milan- Getafe & Sevilla-Roma postponements in Europa League". Sky Sports. March 11, 2020.
  38. ^ "Primer equipo" (in Spanish). Getafe CF. Retrieved October 5, 2020.

External links[edit]

Official websites