Marbella FC

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Full name Marbella Fútbol Club
Nickname(s) Blanquillos (Little Whites)
Founded 1997
Ground Estadio Municipal, Marbella,
Andalusia, Spain
Ground Capacity 7,300
Chairman Alexander Grinberg
Manager Miguel Álvarez Jurado
League 2ª B – Group 4
2015–16 2ª B – Group 4, 14th
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]

Club background[edit]

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

Season to season[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
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
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
2012/13 4 11th
2013/14 4 1st
2014/15 3 2ªB 10th First round
2015/16 3 2ªB 14th
2016/17 3 2ªB

Current squad[edit]

As of 30 October 2016

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 Manu
Spain GK Ángel Bernabé
Spain GK Guille Lara
Spain DF Álex Serrano
Spain DF Andrés Sánchez
Dominican Republic DF Carlos Julio
France DF David Alcibiade
Spain DF Marcos Ruiz
Italy DF Michele Diana
Spain DF Carlos Neva
Argentina DF Nico Delmonte
Spain MF Javier Añón
Spain MF Joseba Beitia
No. Position Player
Argentina MF Damián Petkoff
Brazil MF Graxa
Spain MF Kike Márquez
Spain MF Lolo González
Nigeria MF Emmanuel Okoye
Spain MF Diego Peláez
Spain MF Asier Goti
Spain FW Chaco
Serbia FW Ranko Despotović
Russia FW Niko Abuladze
Guinea-Bissau FW Zé Turbo

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.[5]

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