Manager – Javi Garcia
Captain – Sergio Paulo Barbosa Valente (Duda)
Ground – Estadio La Rosaleda, Malaga
Nickname – Los Boquerones/Albicelestes
Rivals – Real Betis/ Sevilla/ Granada CF
Founded in the year 1904 Malaga CF is one of the 20 teams that is going to be a part upcoming 2015/16 La Liga season. Malaga CF also known as the Bosquerones have been part of the La Liga in 35 out of the 83 seasons till date.
Malaga have failed to win any major title till date apart from the 2002 Intertoto Cup but have participated in all the major European competitions. Malaga share rivalries with all their fellow Andalusian clubs namely Real Betis, Granada CF and Sevilla FC.
Malaga play their home games at the Estadio La Rosaleda since 1941 and has a seating capacity of 30,000. The club is owned by Qatari businessman Abdullah bin Nasser bin Abdullah Al Ahmed Al Thani since 2010.
Malaga CF Beginnings
Malaga CF finds it’s roots in a local Andalusian football club based in Malaga named Malaga Football Club formed in the 1904 which was created with the thought of promoting the sport in the city. The club initially played against local cities from in and around the city, in 1907 with the thought of further popularizing the sport Malaga FC was officially formed.
In 1912 saw the formation of FC Malagueno who emerged as Malaga FC’s first major rival. Several other minor clubs based in Malaga came into existence over the next decade. In 1927 Malaga FC received royal patronage by King Alfonso XIII thus came to be known as Real Malaga FC.
When the La Liga was set up in 1929 both Real Malaga FC and FC Malagueno became the founding members of the Tercera Division (4th level of Spanish football). In 1930 Real Malaga reformed themselves as Malaga Sports Club.
In 1933 both Malaga SC and FC Malagueno merged together to form Club Deportivo Malacitano. The newly formed CD Malacitano made their debut in the 1934/35 Segunda division. After a few seasons in the Segunda division the Spanish Civil War broke out and thus league football was suspended in Spain.
In 1941 the club decided to change their name to Club Deportivo Malaga and in the same year they moved to the Estadio La Rosaleda which has been their home till date.
In 1948 CD Malaga adopted a junior club CD Santo Tomas and transformed it into a reserve team of the club named Club Atletico Malagueno. In the 1959/60 season both CD Malaga and Atletico Malagueno found themselves together in the Segunda division B this resulted in the latter separating from their parent club and registered themselves as an independent club.
In 1992 CD Malaga ran into financial difficulties and as a result was dissolved, however CA Malagueno continued playing and were in the Tercera Division during the 1992/93 season. The following season the club ran into financial difficulties and in a referendum part-taken by the club members the decision was taken to change the club name to Malaga Club de Futbol S.A.D thus becoming an official successor to CD Malaga.
Malaga Trophy Cabinet
Copa del Rey
Malaga took part in the Copa del Rey competitions for the first time in the 1934/35 when they were CD Malacitano. They were knocked out in the 5th round when they lost Elche CF 5-0 on aggregate. Malaga have never won the Copa del Rey competition in their history with their best ever performance being a semi-final appearance in the 1972/73 edition of the tournament when they lost to Athletic Bilbao 3-1 on aggregate.
When the La Liga was formed in 1929 FC Malagueno became one of the founding members of the Tercera division. Malaga made their first appearance in the La Liga during the 1949/50 season and finished 12th in the league that season narrowly escaping relegation.
As Malaga CF the club made their first ever appearance in the La Liga during the 1999/00 season and managed another 12th place finish in a 20 team division. Malaga’s best ever performance in the La Liga came in the 2011/12 season when they managed a 4th place finish thus qualifying for next seasons Champions League.
The Spanish championship is characteristic for having 2 football clubs that dominate over all over, Real Madrid and Barcelona. Thus it is a great achievement in its self when a small tier team like Malaga CF beats Real Madrid, watch as grandpa and nephew cry as Malaga beats Real Madrid:
Malaga FC International Achievements
Malaga’s only major trophy till date came in the form of the 2002 Intertoto Cup when they beat fellow Spanish club Villarreal 2-1 on aggregate in the finals, thereby qualifying for the 2002/03 UEFA Cup.
Malaga’s only appearance in the UEFA Cup/Europa league came in the 2002/03 season when they would reach the quarter-finals before getting knocked out by Portuguese club Boavista.
The Los Boquerones’s have also participated in the UEFA Champions League on one occasion in 2012/13, when they progressed to the quarter-finals of the tournament beating big vlubs teams including AC Milan and FC Porto, but ended up getting knocked out by German club Borussia Dortmund 3-2 on aggregate in the quarters.
Malaga CF Best Managers
Marcel Domingo managed Malaga for a total of three seasons between 1972 and 1975. Malaga CF which was CD Malaga back then played in the La Liga during all his three seasons with Boquerones. In the 1972/73 campaign he led Malaga to the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey competition which to this date remains their best ever performance in the tournament.
Jeno Kalmar also known as Janos Kalmar was a former Hungarian international that coaches Malaga for a total of four seasons in the 70’s in two separate stints. His first stint with the club was between 1970 and 1972 guiding a recently promoted CD Malaga team to a 9th place finish in the La Liga in his first ever season and also reaching the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey.
Kalmar left Malaga for the first time in 1972 but only after leading them to a 7th place finish in the La Liga. His second stint with CD Malaga was between 1978 and 1980. In his first ever season he led them back to the La Liga by finishing runners-up in the Segunda division. In 1980 he left the club for the second and last time after the club was relegated back to the Segunda division after just one season.
Antonio Fernandez Benitez
Antonio Fernandez Benitez simply known as Antonio Benitez is the only player to have been with Malaga for the entirety of his player career first as a youth player for CA Malagueno and then making his first team debut for CD Malaga in 1964.
Benitez played for Malaga between 1964 and 1976 playing mostly in the La Liga and a few seasons in between in the Segunda division. After retiring as a player in 1976 he took over as the coach of CA Malagueno and remained with them till 1979 before he was called by then first team coach Sebastian Viberti to be a part of the first team coaching staff.
In 1981 Benitez took over from Abdallah Ben Barek as the first team manager, and in his first ever season with them in 1981/82 he led them to a 3rd place in the Segunda division thereby gaining promotion for the La Liga. Malaga remained a La Liga side till his departure in 1985.
Bentiez would return to coach Malaga again in 1986 after the team struggled in the first part of the 1985/86 season under then manager Fuentes D’Acorsso, and steadied the ship guiding them to a 11th place finish in the 2nd division.
Bentiez would leave CD Malaga once in 1987 only to return to the helm 1988 and staying with them till 1990. In 1994 when Malaga CF was officially formed Bentiez became the club’s first manager coaching them for two seasons between 1994 and 1996.
Joaquin Peiro Lucas
Joaquin Peiro was a former Spanish international that coached Malaga CF between 1998 and 2003. In his first ever season with the club in 1998/99 he led them to a 2nd place finish in the Segunda Division thereby gaining promotion of the 1999/00 La Liga campaign.
In the next four seasons that Peiro was with Malaga he stabilized the team in La Liga side with an 8th place finish in the 2000/01, being their best ever performance in the league under him. Malaga won their only major tournament till date under Lucas in 2002 when they won the Intertoto Cup by beating Villarreal in the final.
The 2002/03 UEFA Cup campaign under Peiro, when Malaga reached the quarters remains to this date their best performance in the Europa league. Peiro left the club in 2003 but to this date remains the most successful manager in Malaga’s history.
The former Chilean international and manager, coached Malaga for a total of three season between 2010 and 2013. Pellegrini took over as the coach of Malaga after a one year managerial stint with Spanish Real Madrid. In his first ever season in 2010/11 Malaga finished mid-table three points clear of the relegation zone.
In the 2011/12 season however Malaga were a totally different unit accumulating a club record of 58 points and securing their best ever La Liga finish -4th, and thereby gaining entry into the Champions League competitions for the first time ever. In the 2012/13 Champions League campaign Malaga managed to reach the quarter-finals before getting knocked out by Borussia Dortmund 3-2 on aggregate.
Pellegrini left Malaga at the end of the season but not before securing a 6th place in La Liga.