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Getafe Club de Fútbol is a Spain La Liga football (soccer) club based in Getafe, a city in the Madrid metropolitan area, founded in 1946 and refounded in 1983.

In the top level since 2004–05 La Liga, it holds home games at the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez.

On 25 April, 2011 the club was bought by the Dubai-based Royal Emirates Group for between €70 and €90 million euros.



The first season of play for Getafe Club de Fútbol was in 1945, when five Getafe locals, Enrique Condes García, Aurelio Miranda Olavaria, Antonio Corridor Lozano, Manuel Serrano Vergara and Miguel Cubero Francés, decided to form a team of the area while meeting at the "La Marquesina" bar. Officially founded on 24 February 1946, the club was named Getafe Deportivo.

The club originally played in Campo del Regimiento de Artillería, which lacked goal posts. Shortly after, the club moved to San Isidro, Alicante, housed in the current Municipal Sports Center of San Isidro. Here, Club Getafe was promoted to the Tercera División following their victory against CP Villarrobledo in the 1956/57 season. Getafe was nearly promoted to the Segunda División during 1957/58, but was defeated by C.D. Almería.

On September 2, 1970, the club inaugurated its own stadium after being promoted back to the Tercera División. Presided by chairman Francisco Vara, Las Margaritas (Madrid) was won a 3-1 victory over Michelín. The team survived in the third level that season, and six years later gained a historic promotion to Segunda División.

Second Division

Club Getafe Deportivo played six seasons in the Segunda División (Second Division), with little success. From 1976-1982, they placed below tenth level all six years.

In 1978, they advanced to play against FC Barcelona in the Copa del Rey Round of 16. Playing at home in the first leg, Getafe drew with a star-studded Barcelona team 3-3, before travelling away for the Second Leg and being thrashed 8-0 at the Nou Camp.

At the conclusion of the 1981–82 Segunda División, players having not been paid, Getafe was automatically relegated and subsequently liquidated.

Meanwhile, on September 1, 1976, a new club was founded in the National Sports Council and the Regional Federation of Castille. The club was called Peña Madridista Getafe (the Real Madrid supporter's club of Getafe). This club played for four seasons in various divisions, until taking the name Club Deportivo Peña Getafe, and played under this name for a further two seasons. On July 10, 1982, they joined forces with the much older Club Getafe Promesas, and were registered again in the Regional Federation of Castille.

Present existence

Based on the merger the previous year, the present Getafe Club de Fútbol was officially founded on July 8, 1983, after passing through the general partners assembly. Threatening absolute disappearance just a few years later in 1997, Getafe survived relegation into the fourth level Tercera División following a two-legged playoff victory over SD Huesca.

Meanwhile, Getafe's current stadium, the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez, was inaugurated on the January 1, 1998.

Returning to the second division for 1999–2000 Segunda División, Getafe lasted another two seasons. One year later, however, they would return, following an amazing promotion during 2001/02 during which one of their players, Sebastián "Sebas" Gómez, was murdered, and controversy regarding unpaid payments of players following a debt of 3 million euros.

Consolidating their position after one year, Getafe had a fantastic 2003–04 Segunda División in Segunda. At the top of the table for most of the year, the side travelled to the Canary Islands on the final matchday needing a win to assure a historic promotion to La Liga. Amazingly, they defeated CD Tenerife 5-3 with five goals from Sergio Pachón, thus becoming along with Real Madrid C.F., Atlético Madrid and Rayo Vallecano the fourth team from the Community of Madrid and the first of them from outside of the Madrid to ever play in La Liga . With this promotion, Getafe had ascended the whole Spanish football league system, achieving this feat in only twenty years.

La Liga

The club started La Liga 2004-05 poorly, lying at the bottom of the table. Home wins over Espanyol, Athletic Bilbao, Valencia CF and Real Madrid, followed by a sole away win of the season over Athletic Bilbao, saw Getafe climb to finish 13th, being the only promoted side to avoid relegation. At the end of the season the club lost coach Flores, and several players to rival clubs. In Getafe's next season the club briefly topped the table before slipping to finish 9th. During the 2006 World Cup, Argentina-born Mariano Pernía became Getafe's first ever Spain national football team, before moving to Atlético Madrid.

In La Liga 2006-07 Getafe again finished ninth in the league, conceding only 33 goals in 38 matches and Goalkeeper (association football) Roberto Abbondanzieri was awarded the Ricardo Zamora Trophy, having recorded 12 clean sheets. The highlight of the club's season was reaching the Copa del Rey 2006-07 final, a competition in which Getafe had never even reached the quarter-finals before. The run included a two-legged semi-final against FC Barcelona in which Getafe lost the first leg 5-2 at the Camp Nou before producing a 4-0 rout in the Getafe CF 4–0 FC Barcelona at the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez. Getafe lost their first ever major final 1–0 to Sevilla FC in the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. Through this the club qualified for the following season's UEFA Cup qualification, as Sevilla had already qualified for the UEFA Champions' League through their league position.

La Liga 2007-08, coach Bernd Schuster left after two seasons to become head coach at Real Madrid, and Getafe appointed Michael Laudrup as his replacement. Under Laudrup's leadership Getafe again finished the league mid-table. In the UEFA Cup 2007-08, the team managed to progress to the quarterfinals after finishing top of Group G, only losing once, setting up a tie against four-times European Cup winners FC Bayern Munich. Getafe drew the away leg 1-1, thanks to an injury time equaliser from Cosmin Contra. In the second leg Rubén de la Red was red card (sports) after six minutes. Cosmin Contra put Getafe ahead just before halftime, but in the 89th minute Franck Ribéry equalised, sending the game into extra time. Two quick goals, from Javier Casquero and substitute Braulio Nóbrega, gave Getafe a 3-1 lead but Bayern pulled a goal back from Luca Toni, before Toni again scored seconds before the end of extra time, giving Bayern an away goals win. Getafe also had successful run in the Copa del Rey 2007-08, reaching the final for a second year running. In the final, at the Vicente Calderón Stadium, Getafe were beaten 3–1 by Valencia.


Getafe play at the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez, located in Getafe. Its pitch dimensions are 105x70 metres. The stadium was inaugurated on January 1, 1998, named after the Spanish international (and of Real Madrid fame) Alfonso Pérez. Though he never played for or against Getafe, or even in the stadium, he is perhaps the most famous Association football to come out of the area and was at the height of his career during the mid-1990s.

Getafe president Ángel Torres has expressed interest in upgrading the Coliseum to a much greater 20,000 seat arena, in conjunction with Madrid 2012 Olympic bid. The failure of this bid and poor crowd averages has put this redevelopment in doubt.

Getafe use the nearby Sports City when training. These facilities include several training pitches with both grass and artificial turf, full medical rooms and recuperation facilities.


Commonly called Marea Azul, or Azulones, Getafe supporters have steadily grown to their team. The team has 18 peñas (supporter clubs), and 12,000 socios (associates). Former Madrid player Francisco Pavón is a well-known Getafe associate, while Fernando Alonso and Rafael Nadal have attended matches at the Coliseum in the past.

Getafe supporters have grown far beyond the area and are now known to have fans in Australia, Sweden, Finland, Argentina, Scotland, Denmark, United States of America and Mexico. In 2007, a peña was founded in Venezuela to extend the worldwide club reach.

Getafe also created controversy in 2007 when their season ticket campaign included biblical references of Abraham, Moses and Jesus sacrificing themselves for the team. The club responded by withdrawing the first scene involving Abraham.

Upon important or famous victories, Getafe fans celebrate at the Cibelina statue in the town centre. Prior to the 2007 Cup final, Torres implored the fans to "tear down the Cibelina" upon victory, promising to pay for a new design. During that final, thousands of supporters rushed to get tickets and packed into the Santiago Bernabéu, yet were vastly outnumbered by Sevillistas. However, those who failed to get tickets - most of which went to season ticket holders for the 2007/08 campaign - were able to watch the match on a big screen in Getafe's central square.

Getafe has also a small group of Ultras supporters, called Comandos Azules. (Blue commandos).


Historically, due to their close geographical position, Getafe has always held a strong rivalry with CD Leganés. They played out numerous encounters in the lower division, before the two teams fortunes began to contrast as Getafe gained ascendency and Leganés began to deteriorate.

In the first division, the side has held some tremendous matches in the last few years with Real Madrid, with the ledger being most recently squared at 3 wins each. Real Madrid's greater stature, budget and squad has never stopped Getafe from often playing their best football against their "bigger brother". Getafe and Atlético Madrid joined together in rivalry with Real Madrid.

In addition to this, Getafe has developed somewhat of a rivalry with FC Barcelona, which culminated in their famous 4-0 victory over their more fancied opponents during the Copa del Rey 2006-07. Also, Valencia CF has succumbed numerous times to el Geta, often quite heavily, as was the case during the Copa del Rey 2006-07, which ensured Getafe's first ever appearance in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals with a 2-4 win at the Mestalla. This result was turned around in the Copa del Rey 2007-08, however, as Valencia would deny Getafe their first ever trophy with a 3-1 victory. This rivalry is propped up healthily by the regular transfer of Getafe players (and coach Quique Sánchez Flores) to Valencia.

European Cups History


- Copa del Rey
- Segunda División B

- Zamora Trophy for Roberto Abbondanzieri in La Liga 2006-07

Recent seasons


- 8 seasons in La Liga
- 6 seasons in Segunda División
- 11 seasons in Segunda División B
- 1 seasons in Tercera División
- 3 seasons in Divisiones Regionales de Fútbol

As of 24 June 2011.

From Getafe B

Out on Loan

Staff & Board

- Manager: Luis García Plaza
- Assistant Manager: Juan Esnáider
- Goalkeeper Coach: Juan Carlos Arévalo Aguilar
- Trainer: Ángel López Pérez
- President: Ángel Torres Sánchez
- Vice President: Agustín Clemente Alonso

Stadium information

- Name - Coliseum Alfonso Pérez
- City - Getafe
- Capacity - 18,000
- Inauguration - 1998
- Pitch size - 105 x 68 m
- Other Facilities: - Ciudad Deportiva

Kit information

Getafe wear their traditional blue strip. Small strips of white and red also tend to be incorporated in their kit. Generally, their away strip is red, however this has changed in recent years. Their shirt manufacturer is Joma.

Previous sponsors
- Opción (Centro de Ocio) (2004-05)
- PSG (2005-06)
- Grupo Galco (2006-09)
- Burger King (2009-)


- Antonio de Miguel (1983-92)
- Francisco Flores (1992-00)
- Felipe González (2000-01)
- Domingo Rebosio (2001)
- Ángel Torres (2002-)


Famous coaches

- Quique Sánchez Flores
- Bernd Schuster
- Michael Laudrup

Notes and references

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