Málaga CF

Málaga CF
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Full name Málaga Club de Fútbol, S.A.D.
Nickname(s) Los Boquerones (The Anchovies)
Founded 1948 (as Club Atlético Malagueño)
Ground La Rosaleda,
Málaga, Andalusia, Spain
(Capacity: 28,963)
President Sheikh Abdullah Al Thani
Manager Manuel Pellegrini
League La Liga
2010–11 La Liga, 11th
Website Club home page
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours
Current season

Málaga Club de Fútbol is a Spanish football club based in Málaga, Andalusia. The team currently plays in Spain's La Liga.

Málaga CF is generally seen as the successor to CD Málaga, one of the most historical Andalusian football clubs, by being a near-identical looking football club that even shares the same fan base and traditions, although in legal terms it's a different entity with a separate register and another founding date, that of its former reserve team, Atlético Malagueño. As such, after the 20 seasons in La Liga, 29 in Segunda División, and nine in Tercera División played by the now defunct CD Málaga, the current Málaga CF has played nine seasons in La Liga three in Segunda División, three in Segunda División B and one in Tercera División. They also won the UEFA Intertoto Cup in 2002 and qualified for the following season's UEFA Cup, reaching the quarter-final stages.

In 2006 Lorenzo Sanz, a former Real Madrid president, purchased a 97% holding in the club and then appointed his son Fernando Sanz, the former captain of the team, as club president. The club was again sold in June 2010, as Qatari investor, Abdullah bin Nasser bin Abdullah Al Ahmed Al Thani, bought the club from Sanz.

The club, which has a reserve team, Atlético Malagueño, also has a sizeable British following, mainly down to the large amount of British expats residing on the Costa del Sol.

Málaga participated in the Peace Cup 2009, held in Andalucia, with Sevilla, Huelva, Jerez and Málaga the host venues. Málaga were drawn against English team Aston Villa and the Mexicans Atlante. Málaga beat Aston Villa but lost to Atlante and finished bottom of their group.

Note: All related to former CD Málaga, here CD Málaga. Nowadays, Málaga CF do not have an official relationship with CD Málaga.



Club replacement in 1992

CD Málaga had a reserve club, founded on May 25 1948 when CD Málaga took over a junior club, CD Santo Tomás, with the purpose of establishing a reserve team. The club was renamed Club Atlético Malagueño, reviving the name of one of the two clubs that had merged to form CD Málaga in 1933.

During the 1959-60 season, CA Malagueño and CD Málaga found themselves together in the third level. As a reserve team, the former should have been relegated. To avoid this, they separated from their parent club and registered as an independent club with the Royal Spanish Football Federation.

In 1992, when CD Málaga dissolved after financial difficulties, CA Malagueño continued playing. The 1992-93 season saw them playing in Tercera Division Group 9. After a successful campaign, the club was promoted to Segunda División B. However, the following season the club was relegated again and, facing financial difficulties, were in danger of folding. On December 19, 1993, in a referendum, the club’s members voted in favour of changing names and, on June 29, 1994 CA Malagueño changed their name to Málaga Club de Fútbol S.A.D., becoming an official successor to what was previously called Club Deportivo Málaga.

Rise to prominence in the early 2000's

In the early 2000s Málaga, were a club rich in youth and top quality players, and boasted a more modern and developed stadium. Although they never pushed for a Champions League place, Málaga were always successful under the hugely popular Joaquín Peiró.

They made a solitary appearance in the UEFA Intertoto Cup in 2002, clinching their only official trophy by beating Gent, Willem II and an improving Villarreal CF. Málaga's run in the UEFA Cup wa something of an overachievement, and ended in a defeat on penalties in the quarter-finals to Boavista FC, after beating FK Željezničar Sarajevo, (who had been eliminated from the Champions League by Newcastle United), Amica Wronki, Leeds United (after a 2-1 win at Elland Road, courtesy of 2 Julio Dely Valdés goals) and AEK Athens.

After Peiró's retirement, a mass exodus slowly started. Dario Silva, Kiki Musampa, Dely Valdés and Pedro Contreras all left the club. Juande Ramos took over as coach and oversaw a 5-1 home thrashing of FC Barcelona, the club's biggest victory against the Catalan giants, with a hat-trick from loanee Salva Ballesta (who would end up missing out on the Pichichi Trophy by just 2 goals). However, Ramos left for Sevilla FC and Gregorio Manzano took charge.

Slow decline and financial issues

Although steering Málaga to their second consecutive 10th-placed finish, Manzano could not prevent a lacklustre side from being relegated, and they finished bottom of the league with a paltry 24 points to their name.

Malaga began the new second division season well. However, their form dipped dramatically and for two of the remaining six weeks were in the relegation zone. Málaga managed to address this situation and survived their first Segunda season.

The 2007–08 Segunda División also began impressively, with seven straight victories. Málaga seemed to be on track for promotion but, after another slump in form, they were overtaken as leaders by CD Numancia. They needed victory in their final game, at home to CD Tenerife, to guarantee promotion. Two goals from Antonio Hidalgo secured a 2-1 triumph and Málaga returned to the top flight as runners-up.

The arrival of Sheikh Al Thani

A member of the Qatari Royal Family, Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nassar Al-Thani purchased the club for a reported 36 million euros on June 11, 2010. Sheikh Al-Thani became president of the club on July 28.[1][2]Jesualdo Ferreira was brought in as coach but was sacked after a series of bad results. Chilean Manuel Pellegrini, who had previously been in charge of Villarreal and Real Madrid, took the reins while the club was in the relegation zone. He oversaw a revival thanks to five consecutive wins later in the season, a historic first for the club. With several new signings, which included Enzo Maresca, Martín Demichelis, and Júlio Baptista, the club managed to finish in 11th place.

Manuel Pellegrini "Era"

Manuel Pellegrini was given a contract extension of 3 years to coach at Málaga, mainly due to saving them from relegation. In the new season he released 11 players and reinforced the team with quality veteran players, such as Dutchman Ruud van Nistelrooy and Joris Mathijsen, good enough to compete for a European place in La Liga.

Affiliated clubs

The following clubs are currently affiliated with Málaga CF:

Andalusia Derby


Honours CD Málaga

Note: CD Málaga material trophies and belongings are now possession of Málaga CF, placed in its display cabinet

Trofeo Costa del Sol

Between 1961 and 1983 the club organised its own summer tournament, the Trofeo Costa del Sol. The former CD Málaga won this competition themselves on three occasions, beating Real Madrid, Red Star Belgrade and Derby County in the finals. After a long time of inactivity from 1983 onwards, the competition was revived in 2003. Since then, the current Málaga CF has won the competition on three occasions, beating Newcastle United F.C., Real Betis Balompie and Parma FC in the finals. The six trophies are currently placed together in Málaga CF display cabinet.

Shirt sponsor

On 27 August 2009, Málaga CF announced that they had signed a three year sponsorship agreement with gambling company William Hill, where the William Hill brand will be displayed on the front of the Málaga CF shirts.[5] The contract however ended already in 17th September 2010 as the new Málaga ownership didn't want to continue with a company dealing with gambling as it was against his religion. Málaga made a sponsorship agreement with UNESCO on June 2011.

Current squad

The numbers are established according to the official website: www.malagacf.es and www.lfp.es

As of 3 September 2011

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

No. Position Player
1 Spain GK Rubén Martínez
2 Spain DF Jesús Gámez (captain)
3 Brazil DF Weligton (vice-captain)
4 Denmark DF Kris Stadsgaard
5 Argentina DF Martín Demichelis
6 Spain MF Ignacio Camacho
7 Spain MF Joaquín Sánchez
8 France MF Jérémy Toulalan
9 Netherlands FW Ruud van Nistelrooy
10 Spain MF Apoño
11 Uruguay FW Sebastián Fernández
12 Spain MF Santi Cazorla
13 Argentina GK Willy Caballero
14 Netherlands DF Joris Mathijsen
15 Spain DF Nacho Monreal
No. Position Player
16 Italy MF Enzo Maresca
17 Portugal MF Duda (3rd captain)
18 Portugal DF Eliseu
19 Brazil MF Júlio Baptista
20 Argentina MF Diego Buonanotte
21 Spain DF Sergio Sánchez
22 Spain MF Isco
23 Venezuela FW Salomón Rondón
24 Portugal FW Edinho
25 Portugal DF Hélder Rosário
26 Spain FW Juanmi Jiménez
27 Spain MF Francisco Portillo
28 Spain MF Recio
Argentina DF Javier Malagueño

Out on loan

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

No. Position Player
Spain DF Iván González (at Real Madrid Castilla)
Spain MF Javi López (at Real Jaén)
No. Position Player
Brazil MF Sandro Silva (at Internacional)
Spain MF Xavi Torres (at Levante)


Current technical staff

Chilean Manuel Pellegrini is the current manager of the team.
See also Category:Málaga CF managers
Position Staff
Head Coach Chile Manuel Pellegrini
Assistant Coach Argentina Rubén Cousillas
Sporting Director Spain Fernando Hierro
Fitness Trainer Spain José Cabello Rodríguez
Goalkeeper Coach Spain Xabi Mancisidor
Technical Assistant Spain Vicente Valcarce

Last updated: 13 July 2011
Source: Málaga CF


Recent seasons

Season Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Spanish Cup Europe Notes
1999-00 1D 12 38 11 15 12 55 50 48 2nd Round
2000-01 1D 8 38 16 8 14 60 61 56 2nd Round
2001-02 1D 10 38 13 14 11 44 44 53 Round of 32
2002-03 1D 14 38 11 13 14 44 49 46 Round of 32 UC quarter-final
2003-04 1D 10 38 15 6 17 50 55 51 Round of 16
2004-05 1D 10 38 15 6 17 40 48 51 Round of 32
2005-06 1D 20 38 5 9 24 36 68 24 3rd Round relegated
2006-07 2D 15 42 14 13 15 49 50 55 Round of 16
2007-08 2D 2 42 20 12 10 58 42 72 Round of 32 promoted
2008-09 1D 8 38 15 10 13 55 59 55 Round of 32
2009-10 1D 17 38 7 16 15 42 48 37 Round of 16
2010-11 1D 11 38 13 7 18 54 68 46 Round of 16

Season to season (Former CD Málaga)

  • As Fútbol Club Malagueño
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1929/30 2nd
1930/31 2nd
1931/32 3rd
1932/33 1st
  • As Club Deportivo Malacitano
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1933/34 3rd
1934/35 5th 5th Round
1935/36 5th 3rd Round
1939/40 3rd 1st Round
1940/41 5th 3rd Round
  • As Club Deportivo Málaga
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1941/42 4th Round of 32
1942/43 5th Round of 32
1943/44 1st
1944/45 2nd
1945/46 1st
1946/47 9th Round of 16
1947/48 4th 6th Round
1948/49 2nd 5th Round
1949/50 12th Round of 16
1950/51 13th
1951/52 1st Quarterfinals
1952/53 15th
1953/54 3rd
1954/55 16th
1955/56 11th
1956/57 5th
1957/58 14th
1958/59 15th 1st Round
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1959/60 1st
1960/61 12th 1st Round
1961/62 2nd Round of 16
1962/63 16th Quarterfinals
1963/64 9th Round of 32
1964/65 2nd 1st Round
1965/66 13th Round of 16
1966/67 1st Round of 32
1967/68 10th Round of 16
1968/69 14th Quarterfinals
1969/70 2nd Round of 32
1970/71 9th Quarterfinals
1971/72 7th 5th Round
1972/73 10th Semifinals
1973/74 7th 5th Round
1974/75 16th Round of 16
1975/76 3rd Round of 16
1976/77 18th 3rd Round
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1977/78 13th 3rd Round
1978/79 2nd 4rd Round
1979/80 18th 4rd Round
1980/81 6th 2nd Round
1981/82 3rd Round of 16
1982/83 10th 4th Round
1983/84 9th 4th Round
1984/85 16th 3rd Round
1985/86 11th 4rd Round
1986/87 6th 3rd Round
1987/88 1st 4th Round
1988/89 16th Round of 32
1989/90 17th Round of 16
1990/91 4th 5th Round
1991/92 18th 5th Round

Season to season (Current Málaga CF)

(From 1948 to 1994, Málaga CF was known as Club Atlético Malagueño)

  • As Club Atlético Malagueño (as reserve team of CD Málaga)
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1948/49 Regional
1949/50 Regional
1950/51 12th
1951/52 14th
1952/53 16th
1953/54 15th
1954/55 7th
1955/56 11th
1956/57 12th
1957/58 7th
1958/59 5th
1959/60 6th
1960/61 7th
1961/62 4th
1962/63 2nd
1963/64 1st
1964/65 4th
1965/66 4th
1966/67 5th
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1967/68 8th
1968/69 12th
1969/70 Regional
1970/71 13th 1st Round
1971/72 11th 3rd Round
1972/73 19th 1st Round
1973/74 Regional
1974/75 Regional
1975/76 Regional
1976/77 Regional
1977/78 14th
1978/79 12th 1st Round
1979/80 11th 2nd Round
1980/81 15th
1981/82 4th
1982/83 12th 1st Round
1983/84 6th
1984/85 4th 1st Round
1985/86 5th 1st Round
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1986/87 9th 2nd Round
1987/88 2nd
1988/89 3rd
1989/90 5th
1990/91 6th
1991/92 4th
  • As Club Atlético Malagueño (as independent team)
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1992/93 1st 1st Round
1993/94 2ªB 18th 1st Round
  • As Málaga Club de Fútbol
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1994/95 1st 1st Round
1995/96 2ªB 5th 1st Round
1996/97 2ªB 5th 2nd Round
1997/98 2ªB 1st
1998/99 1st 3rd Round
1999/00 12th 2nd Round
2000/01 8th 2nd Round
2001/02 10th Round of 32
2002/03 13th Round of 32
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
2003/04 10th Round of 16
2004/05 10th Round of 32
2005/06 20th 3rd Round
2006/07 15th Round of 16
2007/08 2nd Round of 32
2008/09 8th Round of 32
2009/10 17th Round of 16
2010/11 11th Round of 16

  • As Málaga CF:

(as reserve team of CD Málaga)

(as independent team)

Stadium information

Selected former players

(This list includes players of CD Málaga and current Málaga CF)

  • Peru Pedro Aicart
  • Portugal Angola Edgar
  • Portugal Joaquim Agostinho
  • Portugal Litos
  • Spain Antonio Hidalgo
  • Spain Francesc Arnau
  • Spain Canillas
  • Spain Pedro Bazán
  • Spain Fernando Peralta

see also Category:CD Málaga footballers
see also Category:Málaga CF footballers

Selected former coaches

(This list includes managers of CD Málaga and current Málaga CF)

  • Argentina Sebastian Viberti (1978–80) (unofficial, Jenő Kálmár assisted and figured as official)
  • Morocco Abdellah Ben Barek (1980–81), (1990–91)
  • Spain Antonio Benítez (1981–85), (1985–87), (1988–90), (1994–95)
  • Spain Hungary Ladislao Kubala (1987–88)
  • Spain Luis Costa (1988)
  • Spain Joaquín Peiró (1998–03)
  • Spain Juande Ramos (2003–04)
  • Spain Gregorio Manzano (2004–05)
  • Spain Antonio Tapia (2005–06), (2008–09)
  • Spain Marcos Alonso (2006)
  • Spain Juan Muñiz (2006–08), (2009–10)
  • Portugal Jesualdo Ferreira (2010)
  • Chile Manuel Pellegrini (2010-)

see also Category:CD Málaga managers
see also Category:Málaga CF managers

See also


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