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Málaga CF

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Málaga Club de Fútbol is a Football in Spain association football club based in Málaga, Andalusia. The team currently plays in Spain 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 2002 in 2002 and qualified for the following season's UEFA Cup 2002-03, 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 People following, mainly down to the large amount of British expats residing on the Costa del Sol.

Málaga participated in the 2009 Peace Cup, held in Andalucia, with Sevilla, Huelva, Jerez and Málaga the host venues.
Málaga were drawn against English team Aston Villa and the Mexicans Atlante F.C.. 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 UEFA 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 K.A.A. 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, Abdullah_bin_Nasser_bin_Abdullah_Al_Ahmed_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.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:
- Real Jaén (2011–present)
- Córdoba CF (2011–present)

Andalusia Derby


- UEFA Intertoto Cup: 1
- - 2002
- Segunda División:
- - Winners 1998–99: 1
- - Runners-Up 2007–08: 1
- Segunda División B: Group IV
- - Winners 1997-98: 1
- Trofeo Costa del Sol: 4
- - 2005, 2008, 2010, 2011

Honours CD Málaga

- Ricardo Zamora Trophy: 1
- - 1971–72 (Deusto)
- Segunda División
- - Winners 1987–88: 1
- - Runners-Up 1948–49, 1969–70, 1978–79: 3
- Segunda División
- - Winners 1951–52, 1966–67: 2
- - Runners-Up 1961–62, 1964–65: 2
- Trofeo Costa del Sol: 3
- - 1963, 1971, 1974

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 F.C. 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 (bookmaker), where the William Hill brand will be displayed on the front of the Málaga CF shirts. 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.

The numbers are established according to the official website:

As of 19 January 2012

Out on loan


Current technical staff


Recent seasons


- 31 season in the Segunda División
- 9 season in the Tercera División
- As Málaga CF:
(as reserve team of CD Málaga)
- 37 season in Tercera División
- 7 seasons in Divisiones Regionales de Fútbol
(as independent team)
- 11 seasons in La Liga
- 3 seasons in Segunda División
- 4 seasons in Segunda División B
- 2 season in Tercera División

Stadium information


Selected former players

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

- Gustavo Matosas
- Óscar Regenhardt
- Sebastian Viberti
- Rodolfo Vilanova
- Carlos Guerini
- Ariel Silvio Zárate
- Catanha
- Fernando Baiano

- John Lauridsen
- Felipe Caicedo
- Abdallah Ben Barek
- Nabil Baha
- Kiki Musampa
- Julio Dely Valdés
- Antonio Cabral
- Sebastian Fleitas Miranda

- Edgar Pacheco
- Joaquim Agostinho da Silva
- Carlos Manuel de Oliveira Magalhães
- Antonio Hidalgo
- Francesc Arnau
- José Manuel Sánchez Canillas
- Pedro Bazán
- Fernando Peralta

- Juan Antonio Deusto
- Josemi
- Juan Gómez González
- Albert Luque
- José Díaz Macías
- Antonio Mata
- Miguel Ramos Vargas
- José Portalés

- Pedro Berruezo
- Miguel Ángel Bustillo
- Alberto Martín Goicoechea
- Fernando Sanz
- Francisco Rufete
- Sandro (Spanish footballer)
- Vicente Valcarce
- Esteban Vigo

- Diego Alonso
- Gonzalo de los Santos
- Marcelo Romero
- Darío Silva
- Ricardo Zamora (1949–51)
- Antonio Barrios (1951–52)
- Helenio Herrera (1952)
- Luís Casas Pasarín (1953–54)
- Sabino Barinaga (1961–63)
- José María Zárraga (1964), (1969)
- Domènec Balmanya (1964–65)
- Ernesto Pons Forn (1966–67)
- Otto Bumbel (1967-69)
- Jenő Kálmár (1970–72), (1978–80)
- Marcel Domingo (1972–74)
- Milorad Pavić (footballer) (1975–77)

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

see also

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