Málaga

Founded In
1948
Location
Malaga, Spain

Málaga

About Málaga

Málaga Club de Fútbol was formed in 1904, initially as Málaga Football Club and eventually as Club Deportivo Málaga. In total, the club has spent 31 seasons in the top division of Spanish football and is known for its large British following, partly due to the number of British ex-pats living in the area.

In 1992, the club faced major financial issues and CD Málaga was effectively dissolved. The club's reserve team, named Club Atlético Malagueño, was established in 1948, but registered as an independent club in 1959. Club Atlético Malagueño continued to play after CD Málaga's closure, and gained promotion to the Segunda División B at the end of the 1992-93 season. Later in the year, a referendum was held and the club's members voted for Club Atlético Malagueño to change its name to Málaga Club de Fútbol, effectively replacing CD Málaga. Due to this, there is some discrepancy as to whether the current club, Málaga CF, was founded in 1904 or 1948.

The team enjoyed small levels of success in the 1970s, reaching the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey in the 1972-1973 season and establishing themselves as a top tier side over the course of that decade. Following on from their financial difficulties in the 1990s, the club returned to La Liga under the management of Joaquín Peiró. The popular coach led his side to win the Intertoto Cup in 2002 and guided Málaga to the quarter finals of the UEFA Cup the following year. In 2010, Sheikh Abdullah Al-Thani took over as the club's owner and President, giving the club significant financial backing and eventually taking them into the UEFA Champions League for the 2012-13 season.

Recent seasons have seen the arrival of several high profile players, including Joaquín, Javier Saviola, Santi Cazorla, Júlio Baptista and Isco.

The club's home stadium is the Estadio La Rosaleda, which has a total capacity of 29,500. Their closest rival are Granada C.F. and they contest the Derby of eastern Andalusia also know as the Andalucia Oriental derby.