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Girona
Full nameGirona Futbol Club, S.A.D.
Nickname(s)Blanquivermells (White and Reds), Gironistes
Founded23 July 1930; 93 years ago (1930-07-23)
GroundEstadio Municipal de Montilivi
Capacity14,624[1]
OwnerCity Football Group (47%)
Marcelo Claure (35%)
Girona Football Group (16%)
Others (1–2%)[2]
PresidentDelfí Geli
ManagerMíchel Sánchez
LeagueLa Liga
2023–24La Liga, 3rd of 20
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Girona Futbol Club, S.A.D. is a Catalan professional football club based in Girona, Catalonia, Spain. Founded on 23 July 1930, the team plays in La Liga, to which they gained promotion in the 2022 Segunda División play-offs.[3]

Girona holds its home matches at the 14,624-capacity Estadi Montilivi. It is a part of City Football Group Limited. The club also has youth and amateur women's teams for competition.

History[edit]

Football became of particular interest in Girona at the beginning of the 20th century. The first major club in the city was Strong Esport (founded in 1902 under the original name of FC Gerundense).[4] Some of the team's first players were Narciso Callicó and Salvador Hormeu, both of whom went on to play for FC Barcelona.[5] In the 1920s, football gained strength with clubs such as CE Gironí, founded in 1921, but above all by Unió Deportiva Girona, founded on 13 February of the same year, when the elements united of the Sports Center Gironenc, heirs of the dissolved Strong, with other sports enthusiasts.[5] The club soon became the strongest in the city. UD Girona, however, disappeared in 1929 due to financial problems, following a debt of around 200,000 pesetas (a real fortune for those times.[5] After the disappearance of the UD Girona it was decided to create a new football team in the city.[6]

On 23 July 1930, in the café Norat in La Rambla of Girona, Girona Futbol Club was founded upon the dissolution of Unió Esportiva Girona for economic reasons. On 1 August 1930, the city council authorized the club so that it could use the city's emblem on its badges. It was achieved thanks to the efforts of enthusiasts led by the club's first president Albert de Quintana de León.[6] The team subsequently entered in the second division of the Catalan Championships. Its first official match was against Colònia Artigas with the lineup: Florenza, Teixidor, Farró, Flavià, Comas, Corradi, Ferrer, Escuder, Clara, Torrellas and Taradellas.

1935–36 was the first season Girona played in Segunda División, and the club finished in top position in its group, subsequently appearing in the playoff stage against Celta de Vigo, Real Zaragoza, Arenas Club, Real Murcia and Xerez, but finishing second from bottom, thus out of the La Liga promotion zone.

Chart of Girona FC league performance 1929–2023

After the Spanish Civil War, the club fluctuated between the second level and Tercera División, falling into the latter category in 1959 and being further demoted in 1980 – Segunda División B was created as the new division three in 1977, and the club lasted three years in the competition. In 1968, construction of the Estadi Montilivi began, with home matches being held there on a permanent basis from 1970 onwards after nearly five decades at the Vista Alegre stadium.

In the following decades, Girona alternated between the third and the fourth divisions, even spending three seasons in the regional championships, in 1982–83 and 1997–99.[7] On 16 June 2008, after defeating Ceuta 1–0 in the play-offs, the Raül Agné-led side achieved a second consecutive promotion, returning to the second tier after a 49-year absence.[8][9]

On 22 July 2010, a group of local businessmen led by Ramon Vilaró, Joaquim Boadas and Josep Slim purchased 72% of the club's shares, previously held by former club president Josep Gusó and Josep Rofes, thus becoming the new owners of Girona. Vilaró was elected the new president while Agné, after a spell with Recreativo, returned as manager for the upcoming second division campaign, lasting in the position until 14 January 2012 when he was sacked following a 0–3 loss at Recreativo.[10]

In 2011, Girona created a reserve team, having previously grown a natural grass pitch in Palau.[11] On 9 May 2013, the club's board of directors, under the slogan "El Girona FC també és meu" ("Girona FC is mine too"), approved an increase of the club's capital in 300,000 to be distributed in €10 shares, aiming to balance its estate.[12]

On the last matchday of the 2014–15 season, Girona needed to beat Lugo at home to earn promotion to La Liga, but were denied by a last-minute goal by the visitors. Girona had to settle for a play-off place, but were eliminated in the semi-finals by Real Zaragoza, despite winning the first leg 3–0. The next season, they reached the play-off final but were defeated by Osasuna. Girona finally earned promotion to La Liga after the 2016–17 season as they finished runners-up to Levante. This was the first time that Girona had ever been promoted to La Liga in their 87-year history.[13]

On 23 August 2017, it was announced City Football Group (CFG), a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi United Group, had purchased 44.3% ownership in Girona. Another 44.3% was held by Girona Football Group, led by Pere Guardiola, the brother of CFG-owned Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola.[14] On 29 October 2017, Girona recorded a memorable victory, defeating reigning Champions League winners Real Madrid 2–1.[15][16]

On the last match day of the 2018–19 La Liga season, Girona were relegated to Segunda Division, after losing 2–1 against Deportivo Alavés, ending their two-year spell in the Spanish top tier. In the 2021–22 season Girona finished sixth in the Segunda Division and were promoted to La Liga in the play-offs, beating Tenerife 3–1 on aggregate in the final.[17] In the 2022–23 season they finished 10th with 49 points, 4 points away from a UEFA Europa Conference League play-off spot.

In the 2023–24 season, Girona reached the top 4 of La Liga for the first time after 2 matches, soon reaching the top of the La Liga table after 7 matches with 19 points, the club's best-ever start in top flight football. On 10 December 2023, they defeated FC Barcelona in the league for the first time, a 2–4 away victory taking them to the top of the table with 41 points and just 1 defeat, their best ever record in La Liga after just 16 rounds.[18] As of 5 February 2024, they sat second in the La Liga table, with 56 points from 23 games, and with only a single loss, placing them 2 points behind Real Madrid.[19] On 4 May 2024, Girona achieved a 4–2 victory over Barcelona, securing their first ever qualification to the UEFA Champions League and its first ever European qualification and finished the season in 3rd place with 81 points.[20]

Training centre[edit]

The club's new training facilities have been under construction since December 2017,[21] located at the PGA Catalunya Golf Course complex to the south of Girona. Occupying an area of 20,000 m2 (220,000 sq ft), the new complex will serve as the exclusive training centre of the club for the next 3+12 years. It will be home to a 110 m × 72 m (361 ft × 236 ft) training pitch of hybrid grass as well as a 160 m × 72 m (525 ft × 236 ft) pitch of natural grass, in addition to indoor training facilities.[22]

Season to season[edit]

Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1933–34 3 1st
1934–35 2 4th Third round
1935–36 2 1st Round of 16
1939–40 2 3rd First round
1940–41 2 4th Third round
1941–42 2 5th
1942–43 2 6th
1943–44 3 5th Second round
1944–45 3 3rd
1945–46 3 6th
1946–47 3 4th
1947–48 3 1st Third round
1948–49 2 10th Round of 16
1949–50 2 9th Third round
1950–51 2 16th
1951–52 3 6th
1952–53 3 8th
1953–54 3 2nd
1954–55 3 1st
1955–56 3 2nd
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1956–57 2 9th
1957–58 2 9th
1958–59 2 15th First round
1959–60 3 11th
1960–61 3 4th
1961–62 3 2nd
1962–63 3 4th
1963–64 3 6th
1964–65 3 7th
1965–66 3 7th
1966–67 3 3rd
1967–68 3 8th
1968–69 3 11th
1969–70 3 3rd Second round
1970–71 3 2nd First round
1971–72 3 8th First round
1972–73 3 2nd Second round
1973–74 3 3rd First round
1974–75 3 6th Second round
1975–76 3 3rd First round
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1976–77 3 2nd Third round
1977–78 3 2ª B 6th Third round
1978–79 3 2ª B 13th Third round
1979–80 3 2ª B 19th First round
1980–81 4 7th
1981–82 4 18th
1982–83 5 Reg. Pref. 1st
1983–84 4 9th
1984–85 4 7th
1985–86 4 2nd
1986–87 4 7th First round
1987–88 3 2ª B 19th
1988–89 4 1st First round
1989–90 3 2ª B 12th
1990–91 3 2ª B 7th Second round
1991–92 3 2ª B 3rd
1992–93 3 2ª B 15th Third round
1993–94 3 2ª B 15th First round
1994–95 3 2ª B 18th First round
1995–96 4 13th
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1996–97 4 19th
1997–98 5 1ª Cat. 5th
1998–99 5 1ª Cat. 1st
1999–2000 4 7th
2000–01 4 8th
2001–02 4 9th
2002–03 4 2nd
2003–04 3 2ª B 7th
2004–05 3 2ª B 17th Round of 32
2005–06 4 1st
2006–07 4 2nd First round
2007–08 3 2ª B 1st
2008–09 2 16th Third round
2009–10 2 14th Third round
2010–11 2 11th Second round
2011–12 2 15th Second round
2012–13 2 4th Second round
2013–14 2 15th Round of 32
2014–15 2 3rd Third round
2015–16 2 4th Second round
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
2016–17 2 2nd Second round
2017–18 1 10th Round of 32
2018–19 1 18th Quarter-finals
2019–20 2 5th Round of 32
2020–21 2 5th Round of 16
2021–22 2 6th Round of 16
2022–23 1 10th Second round
2023–24 1 3rd Quarter-finals
2024–25 1 TBD

Players[edit]

First team squad[edit]

As of 14 June 2024[23]

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 Carlos
3 DF Spain ESP Miguel Gutiérrez
4 DF Spain ESP Arnau Martínez
5 DF Spain ESP David López
7 FW Uruguay URU Cristhian Stuani (captain)
8 FW Ukraine UKR Viktor Tsyhankov
9 FW Ukraine UKR Artem Dovbyk
10 MF Spain ESP Borja García
11 DF Spain ESP Valery Fernández
13 GK Argentina ARG Paulo Gazzaniga
15 DF Spain ESP Juanpe
No. Pos. Nation Player
16 MF Brazil BRA Sávio (on loan from Troyes)
17 DF Netherlands NED Daley Blind
18 MF Spain ESP Pablo Torre (on loan from Barcelona)
19 MF Spain ESP Toni Villa
20 DF Brazil BRA Yan Couto (on loan from Manchester City)
21 MF Venezuela VEN Yangel Herrera
22 MF Colombia COL Jhon Solís
23 MF Spain ESP Iván Martín
24 FW Spain ESP Portu
25 DF Spain ESP Eric García (on loan from Barcelona)
26 GK Spain ESP Toni Fuidias
MF Czech Republic CZE Ladislav Krejčí

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 MF Spain ESP Silvi Clua
29 FW Spain ESP Alex Almansa
30 FW Spain ESP Iker Almena
31 FW Portugal POR Jastin García
32 MF Spain ESP Enric García
No. Pos. Nation Player
34 FW Venezuela VEN Juan Arango
35 DF Hungary HUN Antal Yaakobishvili
36 MF Spain ESP Ricard Artero
40 FW Spain ESP Carles Garrido (on loan from Cornellà)

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 Peru PER Alexander Callens (at AEK Athens until 30 June 2024)
MF Spain ESP Álex Sala (at Córdoba until 30 June 2024)
MF Mali MLI Ibrahima Kébé (at Mirandés until 30 June 2024)
FW Spain ESP Pau Víctor (at Barcelona Atlètic until 30 June 2024)
FW Morocco MAR Ilyas Chaira (at Mirandés until 30 June 2024)
No. Pos. Nation Player
FW Spain ESP Gabri Martínez (at Mirandés until 30 June 2024)
FW Spain ESP Arnau Ortiz (at Cartagena until 30 June 2024)
FW Dominican Republic DOM Óscar Ureña (at Leganés until 30 June 2024)
FW Spain ESP Manu Vallejo (at Zaragoza until 30 June 2024)

Club officials[edit]

Current technical staff[edit]

Position Staff
Manager Spain Míchel Sánchez
Assistant manager Spain Salvador Fúnez
Fitness coach Spain David Porcel
Goalkeeping coach Spain Juan Carlos Balaguer

Last updated: 8 November 2021
Source: Girona (in Spanish)

Board of directors[edit]

Office Name
President Delfí Geli
Board president Pere Guardiola
Board members Marcelo Claure
John MacBeath
Roger Solé
Simon Cliff
Ingo Bank
Secretary of the Board Ricard Capdevila
Chief executive officer Ignacio Mas-Bagà

Last updated: December 2022
Source: Girona FC

Coaches[edit]

Honours[edit]

National[edit]

Regional titles[edit]

Player records[edit]

Most appearances[edit]

Competitive, professional matches only. Up to date as of 26 May 2024

Rank Player Years League Cup Europe Other Total
1 Spain Juanpe 2016–present 224 10 0 12 246
2 Uruguay Cristhian Stuani 2017–present 225 11 0 10 246
3 Spain Borja García 2015–2020
2021–present
215 9 0 9 233
4 Spain Álex Granell 2014–2020 214 8 0 10 232
5 Spain Migue 2007–2014 224 7 0 0 231
6 Spain Pere Pons 2013–2019 198 7 0 6 211
7 Spain Aday Benítez 2014–2021 185 5 0 9 199
8 Spain Jonás Ramalho 2013–2021 168 20 0 3 191
9 Spain José 2005–2013 167 4 0 4 175
10 Spain Jandro 2010–2015 165 7 0 3 175

Top goalscorer[edit]

Competitive, professional matches only. Up to date as of 26 May 2024

Rank Player Years League Cup Europe Matches Total
1 Uruguay Cristhian Stuani 2017–present 120 6 0 246 129
2 Spain Portu 2016–2019
2023–present
35 2 0 151 37
3 Spain Jandro 2010–2015 36 1 0 175 37
4 Spain Felipe Sanchón 2005–2006
2009
2012–2017
35 1 0 153 36
5 Spain Fran Sandaza 2014–2015
2016–2018
25 0 0 73 25
6 Paraguay Javier Acuña 2011–2013 21 0 0 57 21
7 Spain Jaime Mata 2014–2016 21 0 0 82 21
8 Spain Borja García 2015–2020
2021–present
21 0 0 233 21
9 Spain Roberto Peragón 2009–2011 20 0 0 76 20
10 Serbia Ranko Despotović 2010–2011 18 1 0 35 19

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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