Fixtures

Spain Primera Liga 05/24 19:00 38 Girona vs Granada - View

Results

Spain Primera Liga 05/19 17:00 37 [19] Granada v Celta Vigo [16] L 1-2
Spain Primera Liga 05/15 17:30 36 [16] Rayo Vallecano v Granada [19] L 2-1
Spain Primera Liga 05/11 16:30 35 [19] Granada v Real Madrid [1] L 0-4
Spain Primera Liga 05/05 19:00 34 [13] Sevilla v Granada [19] L 3-0
Spain Primera Liga 04/28 14:15 33 [19] Granada v Osasuna [11] W 3-0
Spain Primera Liga 04/19 19:00 32 [5] Athletic Bilbao v Granada [19] D 1-1
Spain Primera Liga 04/14 14:15 31 [19] Granada v CD Alaves [13] W 2-0
Spain Primera Liga 04/04 18:00 26 [19] Granada v Valencia [8] L 0-1
Spain Primera Liga 03/29 20:00 30 [18] Cadiz v Granada [19] L 1-0
Spain Primera Liga 03/16 13:00 29 [15] Mallorca v Granada [19] L 1-0
Spain Primera Liga 03/09 17:30 28 [19] Granada v Real Sociedad [7] L 2-3
Spain Primera Liga 03/03 13:00 27 [13] Villarreal v Granada [19] L 5-1

Stats

 TotalHomeAway
Matches played 41 21 20
Wins 7 6 1
Draws 9 6 3
Losses 25 9 16
Goals for 43 28 15
Goals against 74 33 41
Clean sheets 5 4 1
Failed to score 16 5 11

Wikipedia - Granada CF

Granada Club de Fútbol (Spanish pronunciation: [gɾaˈnaða ˈkluβ ðe ˈfuðβol]), known simply as Granada or "Graná", is a professional Spanish football club based in the city of Granada, in the autonomous community of Andalusia, that currently plays in La Liga, having being promoted from the Segunda División in the 2022–23 season. Its main shareholder is the Chinese company Desport, and its president Jiang Lizhang. The club was founded in 1931 with the name of Club Recreativo Granada, and plays its home matches at the Nuevo Estadio de Los Cármenes.

Since 17 July 2020, the club is located at position 22 of the historical points classification of the First Division, and 20 of the historical First Division number of seasons classification, where it has participated in 25 seasons and finished in sixth place twice. Granada was the Copa del Rey runner-up in 1959 (the competition was then known as the Copa del Generalísimo). The club finished the 2019–20 season in 7th, qualifiying for their first-ever European appearance, in the UEFA Europa League, where they were quarter-finalists.

History

Foundation

Granada Club de Fútbol was founded on 6 April 1931, originally as Recreativo de Granada; the first president was Julio López Fernández. It was him who registered the club in the Registry of Associations in the Civil Government and presented the first Board of Directors.

The first football match was played against the Deportivo Jaén on 6 December 1931, which resulted in a 2–1 victory. The first goal in the match, and in the club's history, was scored by Antonio Bombillar. The first home match was played against U.D. Andújar two weeks later. Granada won it 1–0. It took place at Campo de Las Tablas stadium. In the 1931–32 season, the club finished 2nd in the Tercera Regional – Región Sur championship. 4 wins in 6 matches helped Granada achieve promotion to the Segunda Regional. The club started the season in a new division with a new president, Gabriel Morcillo Raya. During the 1932–33 season the club had the biggest win in its history, 11–0 against Xerez on 23 April 1933.

La Liga entry and peak

After several promotions, in 1941–42 the club made its La Liga debut. It was the match against the Celta on 28 September 1941. The game ended up in 1–1 draw. The first Granada goal in the highest Spanish division was scored by César Rodríguez Álvarez. During that season the Granada had some historical home wins, among them 8–0 against Real Oviedo and 6–0 against Barcelona. Granada finished the season in the 10th position among 14 teams.

From 1942 until the 1980s, it alternated between the top flight and the Segunda División, with its golden age coming during the late 1960s and mid 70s, as the Andalusian club had eight consecutive top flight seasons between 1968–69 and 1975–76 and made the Copa del Rey semi and quarter-finals on 4 occasions. These seasons also included a best-ever sixth league places in the 1971–72 and 1973–74 seasons. Granada finished the 1971–72 season with 9 wins in the last 10 home games, with powerhouses Barcelona and Real Madrid being among those wins.

In 1959 Granada achieved its greatest landmark, being the runner-up of the Copa del Generalísimo (later Copa del Rey). In the final, played at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, the team lost to Barcelona 4–1. The only goal for Granada was scored by the Argentinian forward Ramón Carranza.

Chart of Granada CF league performance 1929–2023

In the 1980s, Granada had some brief appearances in the second division. In 1983–84, they finished 8th among 20 teams in the Segunda División, just 10 points away from the champion the Real Madrid Castilla and the runner-up the Bilbao Athletic. In 1984–85, Granada finished 18th and were relegated to the Segunda División B; in the same season, the club was eliminated by fourth-tier club Estepona in the second round of the Copa del Rey. Although the club returned to the Segunda División after two years for the 1987–88 season, it was relegated again that same season after finishing 19th.

Decline and revival

Granada spent most of the following seasons in the Segunda División B, and were relegated to the fourth tier in 2002–03, due to failing to pay its players under the presidency of Francisco Jimena. 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. In the 2005–06 season Granada won Group 9 of the Tercera División and qualified for the promotional play-offs, where the first rival was Linense. After the two games ended up in 1–1 draws, Granada won in the penalty shootout. After that they had to face Guadalajara, winning 3–1 on aggregate, which gave them promotion to the third tier.

In 2006–07, Granada played in Group IV of the third level after four seasons in the Tercera. The president Paco Sanz, with the massive support of the fans, continued to lead the project with the intention of bringing the team to the top division, but the lack of time after the promotion led to hasty actions. In July 2009, the club was in such financial difficulty that it was on the brink of dissolving. The solution to the crisis came with the signing of a partnership agreement between Granada and 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. At the end of the season, Granada won its group and then got promoted by beating Alcorcón in the play-offs, returning to the second division after 22 years.

Granada's Youssef El-Arabi and Adalberto Peñaranda during a La Liga fixture versus SD Eibar in 2016
Deportivo de La Coruña vs. Granada.

In 2010–11, Granada finished in fifth position, with most of the players loaned by Udinese still on board. 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.

In June 2016, Chinese businessman Jiang Lizhang became the new owner of the club, buying the Pozzo family's controlling stake. After surviving in the top flight for six seasons, the team was relegated in 2016–17 after being defeated by Real Sociedad.

Under new manager Diego Martínez, Granada returned to the top flight as runners-up to CA Osasuna in the 2018–19 Segunda División. The following season, the team finished 7th in the top flight, earning qualification for the UEFA Europa League, the first time the club qualified for any European competition. It also reached the Copa del Rey semi-finals for the first time in 50 years, narrowly losing to Athletic Bilbao on away goals after a 2–2 aggregate draw. They reached the quarter-finals in Europe, being eliminated by Manchester United. On 22 May 2022, the team was relegated after a draw against Espanyol. In the 2022–23 season, Granada returned to La Liga, by sealing a 1st position in the table on the very last match day of the season.

Granada is a professional soccer team based in the city of Granada, Spain. The team was founded in 1931 and currently competes in La Liga, the top tier of Spanish football. Known as "Los Nazaríes," Granada plays their home matches at the Estadio Nuevo Los Cármenes, which has a seating capacity of over 19,000 spectators.

Granada has a rich history in Spanish football, with several successful seasons in La Liga and the Segunda División. The team has a passionate fan base and a strong rivalry with other Andalusian clubs such as Sevilla and Malaga.

In recent years, Granada has enjoyed a resurgence in form, achieving promotion to La Liga and establishing themselves as a competitive team in the top flight. The team is known for their attacking style of play and talented players, making them a formidable opponent for any team in Spain.

Overall, Granada is a respected and well-established club in Spanish football, with a proud history and a bright future ahead.