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Club Deportivo Tenerife, S.A.D. is a List of football clubs in Spain based in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Tenerife, in the Canary Islands. Founded in 1922, it currently plays in Segunda División B, holding home matches at Estadio Heliodoro Rodríguez López, with a 24,000-seat capacity.


Club Deportivo Tenerife was founded in 1912, but some documents show the existence of Sporting Club Tenerife ten years, which could have been the club's precursor. Spain's La Liga started in 1928, but the team played in regional divisions until it was promoted to Segunda División in 1953. It first reached the top flight in 1961, 1961–62 La Liga and, in the following 27 years, played almost exclusively in the second level, also spending three years in Tercera División and six - five in a row - in Segunda División B, the newly-created division three (in 1978).

In 1985, when Tenerife were relegated to the third division for a second time, Javier Pérez became president of the club. The side was promoted this year to the second level and, 1988–89 Segunda División, returned to the first, after winning the promotion playoff against Real Betis (4–1 on aggregate).

In 1991, Argentina Jorge Valdano took charge of the club as manager, and would help rob former side Real Madrid C.F. of two consecutive league titles in the last round, to the benefit of FC Barcelona; in 1991–92 La Liga, the Canary Islands outfit barely avoided relegation, but would 1992–93 La Liga, eventually reaching the round of 16 in 1993–94 UEFA Cup UEFA Europa League, losing to Juventus F.C. 2–4 on aggregate.

Germany Jupp Heynckes became coach of Tenerife in 1995, 1995–96 La Liga, and the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey. In the 1996–97 UEFA Cup, the islanders fared better, reaching the last-four, after defeating Maccabi Tel Aviv F.C., S.S. Lazio, Feyenoord and Brøndby IF (the winner coming late in Overtime (sports) from an Antonio Mata Direct free kick), only bowing out to eventual winners FC Schalke 04.

Tenerife then went on a downward spiral which eventually led to relegation to the Segunda División in 1999, prompting various managerial changes within the club. In 2000–01 Segunda División the club was again promoted, led by Rafael Benítez, who promptly left to take up the manager's job at Valencia CF; the promotion was achieved in the last match of the campaign, thanks to a goal from Hugo Morales.
Pepe Mel became the new trainer but the first division season never took off, as Tenerife were beaten heavily at home by Barcelona 0–6, which cost the manager his job. Javier Clemente, the former manager of Spanish national football team, took the reins, but could not help prevent 2001–02 La Liga.

Tenerife suffered from serious economic problems in the following years, owing more than Euro40 million. President Pérez was replaced with Víctor Perez de Ascanio, who resigned due to bad management, leaving his position to Miguel Concepción, who negotiated with local politicians and businessmen, also creating a construction company as a subsidiary of the side.

On 13 June 2009, Tenerife 2008–09 Segunda División after a seven-year absence, after a 1–0 win at Girona FC 0–1. In 2009–10 La Liga, even though the team held on until the last round, another relegation befell, after the 0–1 loss at third-placed Valencia CF.

2010–11 Segunda División brought with it three coaching changes, as Tenerife eventually suffered another relegation, returning to the third division after 24 years.


Recent seasons


- 35 seasons in Segunda División
- 7 seasons in Segunda División B
- 3 seasons in Tercera División
- 22 seasons in Divisiones Regionales de Fútbol

European cup history

- Oscar Dertycia
- Esteban Fuertes
- Diego Latorre
- Gerardo Martino
- Hugo Morales
- Marcelo Ojeda
- Pablo Paz
- Martín Posse
- Fernando Redondo
- Aurelio Vidmar
- Stefan Lexa
- Meho Kodro
- André Luiz Moreira
- César Belli
- Aguinaldo Roberto Gallon
- Leandro Machado
- Daniel Ngom Kome
- Francisco Rojas

- Pedro Portocarrero
- Pavel Hapal
- Juvenal Edjogo
- Robert Enke
- Oliver Neuville
- Frantz Bertin
- Gilberto Yearwood
- Gal Alberman
- Gerardo Torrado
- Moulay El Ghareff
- Roy Makaay
- Rommel Fernández
- Crispín Maciel
- José del Solar
- Percy Olivares
- Tomasz Frankowski
- Bino (Portuguese footballer)
- Domingos Paciência

- Sylvain N'Diaye
- Miroslav Đukić
- Slaviša Jokanović
- Veljko Paunović
- Samuel Slovák
- Sizwe Motaung
- David Nyathi
- Juan Carlos Aguilera
- Francisco Arencibia
- Ángel Arocha
- Rubén Cano
- Chano (footballer)
- Ignacio Conte
- Curro Torres
- Diego Rodríguez Fernández
- Quique Estebaranz
- Albert Ferrer
- Alfonso Rodríguez Salas

- Gabriel Jorge
- Juanele
- Felipe Miñambres
- Mista (footballer)
- Luis Molowny
- José Manuel Ochotorena
- Pier Luigi Cherubino
- Juan Antonio Pizzi
- Víctor (footballer born 1974)
- Voro (footballer)
- Bengt Andersson (footballer)
- Javier Zeoli
- Julio Álvarez
- Jonay Hernández
- Rafael Ponzo
- Josmar Zambrano

- Jorge Solari
- Jorge Valdano
- Vicente Cantatore
- Ljubiša Broćić
- Jupp Heynckes
- Bernd Krauss
- Ewald Lienen
- Mauro Sandreani

- Artur Jorge (footballer)
- David Amaral Rodríguez
- Gonzalo Arconada Echarri
- Xabier Azkargorta
- Rafael Benítez
- Fernando Castro Santos
- Javier Clemente
- Ignacio Eizaguirre

- José Iglesias Fernández
- Juan Manuel Lillo
- Antonio López Habas
- Juan Carlos Mandiá
- Pepe Mel
- Vicente Miera
- Felipe Miñambres
- José Luis Oltra

- Antonio Tapia
- Eduardo Toba
- Dagoberto Moll
- Héctor Núñez
(later the capital of Tenerife) consumed "chicharros" (Atlantic horse mackerel) as a main part of their diet.

Other inhabitants of Tenerife and Canary Islands used the moniker as a pejorative name, but finally the inhabitants of Santa Cruz accepted it affectionately.

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