Marbella FC

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Marbella FC escudo.jpg
Full nameMarbella Fútbol Club
Nickname(s)Blanquillos (Little Whites)
Founded1997
GroundEstadio Municipal, Marbella,
Andalusia, Spain
Capacity7,300
PresidentAlexander Grinberg
Head coachDavid Cubillo
League2ª B – Group 4
2017–182ª B – Group 4, 2nd
Current season

Marbella Fútbol Club, formerly known as Unión Deportiva Marbella, is a Spanish football team based in Marbella, in the autonomous community of Andalusia. Founded in 1997 it currently plays in Segunda División B – Group 4, holding home matches at Estadio Municipal de Marbella.

History[edit]

Unión Deportiva Marbella was founded in 1997 immediately after the defunction of Club Atlético Marbella, which was born 38 years before and was owned by Jesús Gil, also the chairman of Atlético de Madrid. In 2000–01, the team won its Tercera División group but came second to Real Betis B in the promotion play-offs. It subsequently qualified to the Copa del Rey for the first time, losing 0–1 at home to CD Díter Zafra in the preliminary round. In 2003, it finally promoted to Segunda División B.

Marbella was taken over by leading businessmen Ian Radford and Wayne Elliott of the HI Group, an international sports, leisure, property and travel company in September 2007.[1] In 2009, the club contested the play-offs for promotion to Segunda División for the first time, losing 2–1 on aggregate to Lorca Deportiva. In the ensuing domestic cup season, it reached the last 32 before an 8–0 aggregate loss to Atlético;[2] the league campaign ended with relegation after seven years in the third tier.

On 28 June 2013 Unión was renamed Marbella Fútbol Club, by consent of the Russian ownership presided by Alexander Grinberg, in order to appeal to a wider foreign fanbase.[3] At the end of the season, it ended four years in the fourth division with a 3–2 aggregate win over CD Eldense after extra time in the play-offs.[4] By finishing second in the regular season, Marbella played in the 2018 Segunda División B play-offs, and lost on penalties in the first round to Celta de Vigo B.[5]

Club background[edit]

  • Atlético Marbella – (1947–97)
  • UD Marbella – (1997–2013)
  • Marbella FC – (2013–)

Season to season[edit]

UD Marbella[edit]

Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1997/98 5 Reg. Pref. 1st
1998/99 4 6th
1999/00 4 8th
2000/01 4 1st
2001/02 4 6th Preliminary
2002/03 4 2nd
2003/04 3 2ªB 15th
2004/05 3 2ªB 5th
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
2005/06 3 2ªB 12th Preliminary
2006/07 3 2ªB 7th
2007/08 3 2ªB 15th
2008/09 3 2ªB 4th
2009/10 3 2ªB 19th Round of 32
2010/11 4 10th
2011/12 4 3rd
2012/13 4 11th

Marbella FC[edit]

Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
2013/14 4 1st
2014/15 3 2ªB 10th First round
2015/16 3 2ªB 14th
2016/17 3 2ªB 7th
2017/18 3 2ªB 2nd Second round
2018/19 3 2ªB First round

Current squad[edit]

As of 28 May 2018

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

No. Position Player
Spain GK Wilfred
Spain GK Juanfran Rico
Spain GK León Zuazua
Spain GK Víctor Barrera
Spain DF Marcos Ruiz
Spain DF Manuel Pavón
Spain DF Alejandro Catena
Spain DF José Manuel Alonso
Spain DF José Peris
Spain DF Ángel Román
No. Position Player
Spain DF Álex García
Spain DF Mario Enríquez
Spain MF Javier Añón
Spain MF Sergio Narváez
Spain MF Javi Moreno
Spain MF Víctor Estébanez
Spain FW Francis Ferrón
Spain FW Chus Hevia
Spain FW Juanfran
Spain FW Diego

Honours[edit]

Former players[edit]

Former managers[edit]

Stadium[edit]

Marbella plays its home games at Estadio Municipal de Marbella, which has a capacity of 7,300 spectators. It is a fairly basic oval-shaped stadium with one small covered stand.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "HI Group Aquire Second Division Spanish Club "UD MARBELLA"". HI Group. 22 October 2007. Retrieved 13 February 2017.
  2. ^ "El Marbella paga los platos rotos del derbi" [Marbella is the fall guy for the derby]. Marca (in Spanish). Retrieved 14 March 2017.
  3. ^ "La UD Marbella hace oficial su cambio de nombre por Marbella FC" [UD Marbella officially changes its name to Marbella FC] (in Spanish). Marbella 24 Horas. 28 June 2013. Retrieved 13 February 2017.
  4. ^ "Épico ascenso del Marbella a Segunda B" [Marbella's epic promotion to Segunda B]. Diario Sur (in Spanish). 24 May 2014. Retrieved 14 March 2017.
  5. ^ "El Celta B elimina al Marbella en los penaltis y sueña con el ascenso" [Celta B eliminate Marbella on penalties and dream of promotion]. Faro de Vigo (in Spanish). 27 May 2018. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  6. ^ Google Map for Estadio Municipal de Marbella

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