Granada CF

Full name Granada Club de Fútbol, S.A.D.
Nickname(s) Nazaríes (Nasrids), El Graná,
El 5001, Filipinos
Founded 14 April 1931 (1931-04-14)
Ground Los Cármenes
Ground Capacity 23,934
Owner Jiang Lizhang[1]
Chairman Jiang Lizhang
Manager Lucas Alcaraz[2]
League La Liga
2015–16 La Liga, 16th
Website Club home page

Granada Club de Fútbol (Spanish pronunciation: [gɾaˈnaða ˈkluβ ðe ˈfuðβol], or simply Granada CF, is a Spanish football club based in Granada, in the autonomous community of Andalusia. Founded on 14 April 1931, it currently plays in La Liga, holding home matches at Estadio Nuevo Los Cármenes.

Granada was the third Andalusian football team after Betis and Sevilla to compete in La Liga, in 1941–42. The team is located at position 24 of the historical points classification of the First Division, where it has participated in 20 seasons and achieved 6th place twice. Granada has been runner-up of Copa del Rey in 1959.


Granada Club de Fútbol was founded on 14 April 1931,[3] originally as Recreativo de Granada; the first president was Julio López Fernández.

The first football match was played against Deportivo Jaén, which resulted in a 2–1 victory. The first goal in the match, and in the club's history, was scored by Antonio Bombillar. In the 1931–32 season, the club won the Tercera Regional – Región Sur championship.

After several promotions, in 1941–42 the club made its La Liga debut. From here until the '80s, it alternated between that category and Segunda División, with its golden age coming during the '70s, with eight top flight seasons, which included a career-best two sixth league places (1971–72, 1973–74).

In 1959 Granada achieved its greatest sports landmark, being runner-up of the Copa del Generalísimo (later Copa del Royal). In the final, played at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, the team lost to Barcelona 4–1.

In the 1980s, Granada had some brief appearances in the second division, but it spent most seasons in Segunda División B, dropping another level in 2002–03, due to non-payment to its players.[4] After four seasons in the fourth division, former Real Madrid president Lorenzo Sanz, along with his son Paco, arrived at the club. With their help, the Andalusian side was again promoted to the third category but got itself into serious financial trouble.

Deportivo de La Coruña vs. Granada CF.

In 2006–07, Granada played in Group IV of the third level after four seasons in Tercera. Three years later, in July 2009, the club was in such financial difficulty that it was on the brink of closing.[5] The solution to the crisis came with the signing of a partnership agreement with Udinese Calcio, with the Spaniards incorporating large numbers of players contracted to the Italian club as well as receiving its youth players and reserves as part of the agreement.[5] At the end of the season, Granada won its group then promoted in the play-offs, returning to the second division after 22 years.

In 2010–11, Granada finished in fifth position, with most of the players loaned by Udinese still on board.[5] On 18 June 2011, the club became the first winner of the promotion play-offs – a different system was used from 1985 to 1999 – after successively defeating Celta de Vigo (1–1, penalty shootout) and Elche (1–1 on aggregate, away goals rule), thus returning to the top division after a 35-year absence.[6][7]

Back in the top-flight after such a long absence, it was always going to be difficult. By the end of the 2011–12 season, Granada managed to survive though, finishing in 17th position.


Main article: Granada CF seasons
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1931/32 4 Regional 2nd
1932/33 4 Regional 2nd
1933/34 3 1st
1934/35 2 7th First round
1935/36 2 6th First round
1939/40 2 2nd
1940/41 2 1st Round of 16
1941/42 1 10th Quarterfinals
1942/43 1 12th First round
1943/44 1 8th Quarterfinals
1944/45 1 12th Semifinals
1945/46 2 4th Quarterfinals
1946/47 2 7th First round
1947/48 2 7th Round of 32
1948/49 2 3rd Quarterfinals
1949/50 2 9th Second round
1950/51 2 7th
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1951/52 2 13th
1952/53 2 9th Round of 16
1953/54 2 4th
1954/55 2 3rd
1955/56 2 8th
1956/57 2 1st
1957/58 1 13th Round of 16
1958/59 1 13th Runner-up
1959/60 1 12th Round of 32
1960/61 1 16th Round of 32
1961/62 2 3rd Second round
1962/63 2 6th Second round
1963/64 2 6th First round
1964/65 2 7th Second round
1965/66 2 2nd First round
1966/67 1 14th First round
1967/68 2 1st First round
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1968/69 1 8th Semifinals
1969/70 1 12th Round of 16
1970/71 1 10th Round of 16
1971/72 1 6th Round of 16
1972/73 1 13th Quarterfinals
1973/74 1 6th Quarterfinals
1974/75 1 15th Quarterfinals
1975/76 1 17th Round of 16
1976/77 2 10th Round of 32
1977/78 2 9th Round of 32
1978/79 2 6th Second Round
1979/80 2 13th First Round
1980/81 2 17th Round of 16
1981/82 3 2ªB 10th
1982/83 3 2ªB 1st
1983/84 2 8th Third Round
1984/85 2 18th First Round
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1985/86 3 2ªB 7th Third Round
1986/87 3 2ªB 3rd First Round
1987/88 2 19th
1988/89 3 2ªB 16th First Round
1989/90 3 2ªB 4th
1990/91 3 2ªB 5th
1991/92 3 2ªB 9th
1992/93 3 2ªB 3rd Third Round
1993/94 3 2ªB 6th
1994/95 3 2ªB 13th
1995/96 3 2ªB 2nd
1996/97 3 2ªB 6th Third Round
1997/98 3 2ªB 4th
1998/99 3 2ªB 6th First Round
1999/00 3 2ªB 1st
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
2000/01 3 2ªB 5th Quarterfinals
2001/02 3 2ªB 10th Preliminary
2002/03 4 4th
2003/04 4 1st
2004/05 4 5th First Round
2005/06 4 1st
2006/07 3 2ªB 13th First Round
2007/08 3 2ªB 5th
2008/09 3 2ªB 10th First Round
2009/10 3 2ªB 1st
2010/11 2 5th Third Round
2011/12 1 17th Round of 32
2012/13 1 15th Round of 32
2013/14 1 15th Round of 32
2014/15 1 17th Round of 16
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
2015/16 1 16th Round of 16
2016/17 1


Current squad

As of 29 August 2016 [8]

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

No. Position Player
1 Spain GK Oier Olazábal
2 Spain DF Tito
3 Uruguay DF Gastón Silva (on loan from Torino)
4 Spain MF Sergi Samper (on loan from Barcelona)
5 Nigeria DF Uche Agbo (on loan from Watford)
6 Spain DF David Lombán
7 Spain FW David Barral
8 Spain MF Javi Márquez
9 Argentina FW Ezequiel Ponce (on loan from Roma)
10 France MF Jérémie Boga (on loan from Chelsea)
11 Spain MF Jon Toral (on loan from Arsenal)
12 Brazil DF Gabriel Silva (on loan from Udinese)
13 Mexico GK Guillermo Ochoa (on loan from Málaga)
14 France DF Franck Tabanou (on loan from Swansea City)
No. Position Player
15 Israel MF Omer Atzili
16 Morocco MF Mehdi Carcela-González
17 Portugal DF Rúben Vezo (on loan from Valencia)
18 Brazil MF Andreas Pereira (on loan from Manchester United)
19 Spain MF Isaac Cuenca
20 France DF Matthieu Saunier
21 Slovenia MF Rene Krhin
22 France DF Dimitri Foulquier
23 Spain FW Alberto Bueno (on loan from Porto)
24 Ukraine FW Artem Kravets (on loan from Dynamo Kyiv)
25 Croatia GK Ivan Kelava
26 Ivory Coast MF Victorien Angban (on loan from Chelsea)
28 Portugal DF Luís Martins
33 Ecuador FW José Angulo

Out on loan

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

No. Position Player
Chile DF Valber Huerta (at Colo-Colo)
Argentina DF Emanuel Insúa (at Newell's Old Boys)
Spain DF Brian Oliván (at Cádiz)
Mali DF Molla Wagué (at Udinese)
Spain MF Fran Rico (at Eibar)
No. Position Player
Spain MF Rubén Pérez (at Leganés)
Spain FW Sergi Guardiola (at Adelaide United)
Brazil FW Luizinho (at Atibaia)
Venezuela FW Darwin Machís (at Leganés)
Ecuador FW Kevin Mercado (at Sarmiento)



Regional tournaments



Pichichi Trophy

Derby of eastern Andalusia

Updated to derby #81 played on April 8, 2016.

Competition Played Granada wins Draws Málaga wins Granada goals Málaga goals
La Liga 22 8 7 7 21 26
La Liga Play-off 2 1 1 0 3 2
Segunda 36 10 10 16 40 58
Segunda Play-off 2 1 0 1 3 3
Segunda B 8 3 5 0 6 3
Tercera 2 2 0 0 5 2
Copa del Rey 9 5 1 3 15 10
Overall 81 30 24 27 93 104


Granada playing at Estadio Nuevo Los Cármenes against Tarragona in 2010

After its foundation, the team played its home matches at Campo de Las Tablas, inaugurated on 20 December 1931. Granada's stay at this ground was a short one; on 23 December 1934, a new stadium, Estadio Los Cármenes, was opened

The club played in this stadium until 1995 when a new facility, named Estadio Nuevo Los Cármenes, took its place. It was inaugurated on 16 May 1995, with an original capacity of 16,212 seats. This was expanded to 22,524 after the final promotion to La Liga in the summer of 2011.

Kit and colours

Upon its foundation, the club's kits were a shirt with blue and white vertical stripes and white shorts. After the Spanish Civil War the club owners went to Madrid to buy new ones, but they couldn't find other than red and white striped shirts. That became the official colour scheme from then on.

In the 1970s, the club changed the vertical stripes to horizontal. Since then, several changes (between horizontal and vertical) took place until 2004–05, when in a member assembly it was decided to use horizontal stripes definitively.

Shirt sponsors and manufacturers

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
1984–87 Ressy La General
1987–90 Umbro Puleva
1990–92 Puma Citroën
1992–93 Lotto CC Neptuno
1993–94 None
1994–95 Sierra Nevada 95
1995–96 Cervezas Alhambra
1996–98 Kelme
1998–00 Joma Jimesa
2000–03 La General
2003–04 Bemiser Caja Rural
2004–05 Elements Agua Sierra Cazorla
2005–06 Umbro Puertas Castalla
2006–07 CajaSur
2007–09 Patrick
2009–10 Macron Covirán
2010–12 Legea Caja Granada
2012–14 Luanvi
2014– Joma Solver



  1. "Jiang Lizhang será el primer presidente extranjero del Granada CF" (in Spanish). El Ideal de Granada. 16 June 2016. Retrieved 16 June 2016.
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  3. Datos del club (Club data); Granada official website (Spanish)
  4. "22 años en el infierno" [Granada, 22 years in hell] (in Spanish). Granada Hoy. 20 June 2011. Retrieved 20 June 2011.
  5. 1 2 3 "How Udinese beat the system and stands at the gates of La Liga". A Football Report. 14 June 2011. Retrieved 18 June 2011.
  6. "Granada promoted to La Liga". Sky Sports. 18 June 2011. Retrieved 19 June 2011.
  7. "Granada, en Primera 35 años después" [Granada, to Primera after 35 years] (in Spanish). Marca. 18 June 2011. Retrieved 18 June 2011.
  8. "Plantilla Granada Club de Fútbol".
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