Granada CF

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Granada CF
Logo of Granada Club de Fútbol.svg
Full nameGranada Club de Fútbol, S.A.D.
Nickname(s)Nazaríes (Nasrids)
Short nameGRA
Founded14 April 1931; 89 years ago (1931-04-14)
as Club Recreativo Granada
GroundNuevo Los Cármenes Stadium
Capacity19,336 [1]
PresidentRentao Yi
Head coachDiego Martínez
LeagueLa Liga
2019–20La Liga, 7th of 20
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Granada Club de Fútbol, S.A.D. (Spanish pronunciation: [gɾaˈnaða ˈkluβ ðe ˈfuðβol]), known simply as Granada, is a Spanish football club in the city of Granada, in the autonomous community of Andalusia. Its main shareholder is the Chinese company Desport, and its president Jiang Lizhang. The football club was founded on 14 April 1931 with the name of Club Recreativo de Granada, it plays in La Liga. The club plays its home matches at the Nuevo Estadio de Los Cármenes.

Since 17 July 2020 the Club is located at position 22 of the historical points classification of the First Division, and 20 of the historical First Division number of seasons classification, where it has participated in 25 seasons and finished in sixth place twice. The Granada was the Copa del Rey runner-up in 1959. During the 2019–20 season, Granada was a Copa del Rey semifinalist, knocking out the previous season champion Valencia CF among others. The club finished the 2019–20 season with a historic 4-0 win over Athletic Club which allowed its first time qualification to play in the UEFA Europa League in history.[2]



Granada Club de Fútbol was founded on 14 April 1931,[3] originally as Recreativo de Granada; the first president was Julio López Fernández. It was him who registered the club in the Registry of Associations in the Civil Government and presented the first Board of Directors.[4]

The first football match was played against the Deportivo Jaén on 6 December 1931, which resulted in a 2–1 victory.[5] The first goal in the match, and in the club's history, was scored by Antonio Bombillar. The first home match was played against the U.D. Andújar two weeks later. Granada CF won it 1-0. It took place at Campo de Las Tablas stadium.[5] In the 1931–32 season, the club finished 2nd in the Tercera Regional – Región Sur championship.[5] 4 wins in 6 matches helped Granada CF to be promoted to the Segunda Regional. The club started the season in a new division with a new president, Gabriel Morcillo Raya.[6] During the 1932-33 season the club had the biggest win in its history, 11–0 against the Xerez FC on 23 April 1933.[7]

La Liga entry and peak[edit]

After several promotions, in 1941–42 the club made its La Liga debut. It was the match against the Celta on 28 September 1941. The game ended up in 1–1 draw.[8] The first Granada goal in the highest Spanish division was scored by César Rodríguez Álvarez.[9] During that season the Granada had some historical home wins, among them 8–0 against the Real Oviedo and 6–0 against the Barcelona.[5] The Granada finished the season in the 10th position among 14 teams.[10] From here until the 1980s, it alternated between that category and the Segunda División, with its golden age coming during the 1970s, with eight top flight seasons, which included a best-ever two sixth league places (1971–72, 1973–74). The Granada finished the 1971-72 season with 9 wins in the last 10 home games, among them wins against the Barcelona and the Real.[5]

In 1959 the Granada achieved its greatest sports landmark, being the runner-up of the Copa del Generalísimo (later Copa del Rey). In the final, played at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, the team lost to the Barcelona 4–1. The only goal for the Granada was scored by the Argentinian forward Ramón Carranza.[11]

In the 1980s, the Granada had some brief appearances in the second division. In 1983–84, they finished 8th among 20 teams in the Segunda División, just 10 points away from the champion the Real Madrid Castilla and the runner-up the Bilbao Athletic.[12] In 1984–85, the Granada finished 18th and were relegated to the Segunda División B;[13] in the same season, the club was eliminated by the Estepona in the first round of the Copa del Rey.[14]

Decline and revival[edit]

Granada spent most of the following seasons in the Segunda División B, the dropping another level in 2002–03, due to non-payment to its players.[15] After four seasons in the fourth division, former Real Madrid president Lorenzo Sanz, along with his son Paco, arrived at the club. With their help, the Andalusian side was again promoted to the third category but got itself into serious financial trouble. In the 2005–06 season the Granada became a champion of the Tercera División Group 9 and qualified for the promotional play-offs, where the first rival was the Linense. After the two games ended up in 1-1 draws, the Granada won in the penalty shootout.[16]

In 2006–07, the Granada played in Group IV of the third level after four seasons in the Tercera. The president Paco Sanz with the massive support of the fans continued to lead the project with the intention of bringing the team to the top division, but the lack of time after the promotion led to hasty actions.[17] In July 2009, the club was in such financial difficulty that it was on the brink of closing.[18] The solution to the crisis came with the signing of a partnership agreement with the Udinese Calcio, with the Spaniards incorporating large numbers of players contracted to the Italian club as well as receiving its youth players and reserves as part of the agreement.[18] At the end of the season, the Granada won its group then got promoted in the play-offs, returning to the second division after 22 years.

In 2010–11, the Granada finished in fifth position, with most of the players loaned by the Udinese still on board.[18] On 18 June 2011, the club became the first winner of the promotion play-offs – a different system was used from 1985 to 1999 – after successively defeating the Celta de Vigo (1–1, penalty shootout) and the Elche (1–1 on aggregate, away goals rule), thus returning to the top division after a 35-year absence.[19][20] In June 2016, Chinese businessman Jiang Lizhang became the new owner of the club, buying the Pozzo family's controlling stake.[21] After surviving in the top flight for six seasons, the team was relegated in 2016–17 after being defeated by the Real Sociedad.[22]

Under new manager Diego Martínez, Granada returned to the top flight as runners-up to the CA Osasuna in the 2018–19 Segunda División.[23] The following season, the team finished in 7th in the top flight, qualifying for the first time to the UEFA Europa League.[24]


Nuevo Los Cármenes stadium
Fuente de las Batallas in Granada, meeting point of the fans for the celebrations.
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1931–32 4 Regional 2nd
1932–33 4 Regional 2nd
1933–34 3 1st
1934–35 2 7th First round
1935–36 2 6th First round
1939–40 2 2nd
1940–41 2 1st Round of 16
1941–42 1 10th Quarter-finals
1942–43 1 12th First round
1943–44 1 8th Quarter-finals
1944–45 1 12th Semi-finals
1945–46 2 4th Quarter-finals
1946–47 2 7th First round
1947–48 2 7th Sixth round
1948–49 2 3rd Quarter-finals
1949–50 2 9th Second round
1950–51 2 7th
1951–52 2 13th
1952–53 2 9th Round of 16
1953–54 2 4th
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1954–55 2 3rd
1955–56 2 8th
1956–57 2 1st
1957–58 1 13th Round of 16
1958–59 1 13th Runner-up
1959–60 1 12th Round of 32
1960–61 1 16th Round of 32
1961–62 2 3rd Round of 32
1962–63 2 6th Round of 32
1963–64 2 6th First round
1964–65 2 7th Round of 32
1965–66 2 2nd First round
1966–67 1 14th Quarter-finals
1967–68 2 1st First round
1968–69 1 8th Semi-finals
1969–70 1 12th Round of 16
1970–71 1 10th Round of 16
1971–72 1 6th Round of 16
1972–73 1 13th Quarter-finals
1973–74 1 6th Quarter-finals
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1974–75 1 15th Quarter-finals
1975–76 1 17th Round of 16
1976–77 2 10th Fourth round
1977–78 2 9th Fourth round
1978–79 2 6th Second round
1979–80 2 13th First round
1980–81 2 17th Round of 16
1981–82 3 2ªB 10th Second round
1982–83 3 2ªB 1st Second round
1983–84 2 8th Third round
1984–85 2 18th Second round
1985–86 3 2ªB 7th Third round
1986–87 3 2ªB 3rd First round
1987–88 2 19th First round
1988–89 3 2ªB 16th Second round
1989–90 3 2ªB 4th
1990–91 3 2ªB 5th First round
1991–92 3 2ªB 9th First round
1992–93 3 2ªB 3rd Third round
1993–94 3 2ªB 6th Second round
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1994–95 3 2ªB 13th Second round
1995–96 3 2ªB 2nd
1996–97 3 2ªB 6th Third round
1997–98 3 2ªB 4th
1998–99 3 2ªB 6th First round
1999–00 3 2ªB 1st
2000–01 3 2ªB 5th Quarter-finals
2001–02 3 2ªB 10th Preliminary
2002–03 4 4th
2003–04 4 1st
2004–05 4 5th First round
2005–06 4 1st
2006–07 3 2ªB 13th First round
2007–08 3 2ªB 5th
2008–09 3 2ªB 10th First round
2009–10 3 2ªB 1st
2010–11 2 5th Third round
2011–12 1 17th Round of 32
2012–13 1 15th Round of 32
2013–14 1 15th Round of 32
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
2014–15 1 17th Round of 16
2015–16 1 16th Round of 16
2016–17 1 20th Round of 32
2017–18 2 10th Second round
2018–19 2 2nd Second round
2019–20 1 7th Semi-finals
2020–21 1 Qualified


Current squad[edit]

As of 1 February 2021 [25]

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 Portugal POR Rui Silva
2 DF Guadeloupe GLP Dimitri Foulquier
3 DF Argentina ARG Nehuén Pérez (on loan from Atlético Madrid)
4 MF France FRA Maxime Gonalons
5 MF Spain ESP Luis Milla
6 DF Spain ESP Germán (vice-captain)
7 FW Colombia COL Luis Suárez
8 MF Cameroon CMR Yan Eteki
9 FW Spain ESP Roberto Soldado (3rd captain)
10 FW Spain ESP Antonio Puertas
11 FW Venezuela VEN Darwin Machís
12 MF Portugal POR Domingos Quina (on loan from Watford)
13 GK Spain ESP Aarón
No. Pos. Nation Player
14 MF Spain ESP Fede Vico
15 DF Spain ESP Carlos Neva
16 DF Spain ESP Víctor Díaz (captain)
17 DF Spain ESP Quini
18 DF Spain ESP Adrián Marín
19 MF Spain ESP Ángel Montoro (4th captain)
20 DF Spain ESP Jesús Vallejo (on loan from Real Madrid)
21 MF Venezuela VEN Yangel Herrera (on loan from Manchester City)
22 DF Portugal POR Domingos Duarte
23 FW Spain ESP Jorge Molina
24 MF Brazil BRA Kenedy (on loan from Chelsea)
26 MF Spain ESP Alberto Soro

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
27 MF Spain ESP Antonio Aranda
28 DF Spain ESP Pepe Sánchez
29 MF Spain ESP Isma Ruiz
30 DF Spain ESP Raúl Torrente
31 GK Spain ESP Arnau Fàbrega
33 FW Spain ESP Echu
35 GK Portugal POR João Costa
36 MF Argentina ARG Juan Ignacio Brunet
No. Pos. Nation Player
37 MF Spain ESP Álvaro Bravo
38 FW Spain ESP Dani Plomer
39 MF Kosovo KVX Eris Abedini
40 DF Spain ESP Carlos León
41 GK Spain ESP Ángel Jiménez
42 DF Spain ESP Sergio Barcia
43 GK Spain ESP Rafael Romero
44 DF Ghana GHA Kingsley Fobi

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
MF Nigeria NGA Ramon Azeez (at Cartagena until 30 June 2021)
FW Spain ESP Antoñín (at Rayo Vallecano until 30 June 2021)

Current technical staff[edit]

Position Staff
Head coach Spain Diego Martínez
Assistant coach Spain Raúl Espínola
Fitness coach Spain Víctor Lafuente
Goalkeeping coach Spain Juan Carlos Fernández
Analyst Spain Jesús Roche
Analyst Spain Álvaro García

Last updated: October 2019
Source: Granada CF



Runners-up: 1958–59
7th: 2019-2020

Regional tournaments[edit]

  • Andalucia Cup : 1932–33
  • Andalucia Championship reservations : 1971–72



Pichichi Trophy[edit]

European record[edit]

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2020–21 UEFA Europa League 2QR Albania Teuta N/A 4–0 N/A
3QR Georgia (country) Locomotive Tbilisi 2−0 N/A N/A
PO Sweden Malmö FF N/A 3–1 N/A
Group E Netherlands PSV Eindhoven 0–1 2–1 2nd
Greece PAOK 0–0 0–0
Cyprus Omonia 2–1 2–0
R32 Italy Napoli 2–0 1–2 3–2
R16 Norway Molde

Derby of eastern Andalusia[edit]

Updated to derby #86 played on 17th January 2021 (Copa del Rey, last 16)

Competition Played Granada wins Draws Málaga wins Granada goals Málaga goals
La Liga 24 8 8 8 22 29
La Liga Play-off 2 1 1 0 3 2
Segunda 38 12 10 16 42 58
Segunda Play-off 2 1 0 1 3 3
Segunda B 8 3 5 0 6 3
Tercera 2 2 0 0 5 2
Copa del Rey 10 6 1 3 17 11
Overall 86 32 25 28 98 108


Granada playing at Nuevo Estadio de Los Cármenes against the Gimnàstic in 2010

After its foundation, the team played its home matches at the Campo de Las Tablas, inaugurated on 20 December 1931. On that day the Granada CF won the match against the U.D. Andújar 1-0 in the Tercera Regional.[26] The Granada's stay at this ground was a short one; on 23 December 1934, a new stadium, Estadio Los Cármenes, was opened.

The club played in this stadium until 1995 when a new facility, named Nuevo Los Cármenes Stadium, took its place. It was inaugurated on 16 May 1995, with an original capacity of 16,212 seats. This was expanded to 22,524 after the final promotion to La Liga in the summer of 2011.

After achieving the promotion to the First Division in 2019, the stadium has been remodelled,[27] such as the replacement of the grass pitch, the repairment and painting of seats, the expansion of the official store (now located on the corner where was the old tickets office), and finally, the replacement of the illumination system in order to be adapted for the requirments of LaLiga. In addition, the club is working with the Granada's council so that get a deal for a long-lasting surrender of use with the aim of perform a serie of inversions[28] like build the stadium corners, establish shopping and entertainment areas or the expansion and refurbishment of the sponsors and advertising areas.

Kit and colours[edit]

Upon its foundation, the club's kits were a shirt with blue and white vertical stripes and white shorts. After the Spanish Civil War the club owners went to Madrid to buy new ones, but they couldn't find other than red and white striped shirts. That became the official colour scheme from then on.

In the 1970s, the club changed the vertical stripes to horizontal. Since then, several changes (between horizontal and vertical) took place until 2004–05, when in a member assembly it was decided to use horizontal stripes definitively.

Shirt sponsors and manufacturers[edit]

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
1984–87 Ressy La General
1987–90 Umbro Puleva
1990–92 Joma Citroën
1992–93 Lotto CC Neptuno
1993–94 None
1994–95 Sierra Nevada 95
1995–96 Cervezas Alhambra
1996–98 Kelme
1998–00 Joma Jimesa
2000–03 La General
2003–04 Bemiser Caja Rural
2004–05 Elements Agua Sierra Cazorla
2005–06 Umbro Puertas Castalla
2006–07 CajaSur
2007–09 Patrick
2009–10 Macron Covirán
2010–12 Legea Caja Granada
2012–14 Luanvi
2014–16 Joma Solver
2016–18 Energy King
2018–19 Erreà None
2019-23 Nike Winamax



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