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Unión Deportiva Almería, S.A.D. is a List of football clubs in Spain based in Almería, in the autonomous community of Andalusia. Founded in 1989 as Almería Club de Fútbol
, it currently plays in Segunda División
, holding home games at Estadio de los Juegos Mediterráneos
, with a 22,000-seat capacity.
AD Almería was a team that played in La Liga between 1979–81, but disappeared in 1982, and was arguably UD Almería's predecessor. In 1989, a club named Almería Club de Fútbol
was born, but in 2001 was renamed Unión Deportiva Almería
. After playing one season in the Segunda División, it was relegated to the Segunda División B and the Tercera División.
After spending several seasons in the second level, Almería side was first promoted to the top flight after finishing runner-up in the 2006–07 Segunda División. After some outstanding performances, the team achieved a final 8th league place in 2007–08 La Liga. At the club's helm was coach Unai Emery, as Forward (association football) Álvaro Negredo finished team topscorer with 13 goals.
After Emery left for Valencia CF, Gonzalo Arconada Echarri stepped in, but was sacked on 21 December 2008, after a string of poor results, albeit without ever reaching the last three. Mexico Hugo Sánchez took the job, and fared slightly better, for a 2008–09 La Liga.
In 2010–11 La Liga, Almería 2010–11 Copa del Rey of the Copa del Rey for the first time ever. In the league, however, the club was finally relegated after a four-year spell in the top flight; in November 2010, coach Juan Manuel Lillo was fired after a 0–8 home loss against FC Barcelona (precisely the team that ousted the Andalusians in the domestic cup's last-four, with the same score, but on aggregate), and his successor José Luis Oltra met the same fate, in April 2011.
Season to season
- 8 seasons
in Segunda División
- 6 seasons
in Segunda División B
- 2 seasons
in Tercera División
- 3 seasons in Divisiones Regionales de Fútbol
Retrieved in 2 September 2011
Youth team players
- Promoted to Segunda División in 1994–95
- Relegated to Segunda División B in 1996–97
- Relegated to Tercera División in 1998–99
- Promoted to Segunda División B in 1999–00
- Promoted to Segunda División in 2001–02
- Promoted to La Liga in 2006–07
- Relegated to Segunda División in 2010–11
Notable former players
- Pablo Piatti
- Diego Alves Carreira
- Felipe Melo
- Fabián Vargas
- Diego Barreto
- José Manuel Flores
- Miguel Ángel Carrilero
- Álvaro Negredo
- Juan Manuel Ortiz