Getafe CF’s ascent into the first division took just 20 years from formation of the modern club in 1983. Fixtures against Getafe tend to be fairly hard fought and over the years some rivalry between the clubs means play can be uncompromising at times.
Getafe CF was formed when five regulars of a local Getafe bar decided to form a football team.
They first played in 1945 as Getafe Club de Futbol in 1945 and a year later officially formed the club as Club Getafe Deportivo. The club’s first pitch had no goalposts but soon moved to San Isidro, now a municipal sports stadium, and first promoted to the third division in 1956-1957.
Recent & forthcoming FC Barcelona vs Getafe fixtures
Getafe was promoted to the second division for the first time in 1976, but were unable to do any better than tenth place for the six seasons in which they remained there. They did make the last 16 of the 1978 Copa del Rey, but were knocked out by FC Barcelona; after a 3-3 draw in Getafe, Barça annihilated them 8-0 at the Nou Camp.
During this time a new club was formed in Getafe by supporters of Real Madrid. The club was played as Peña Madridista Getafe for four seasons and Club Deportivo Peña Getafe for two more. At the end of the 1981-1982 season Club Getafe Deportivo was in serious financial difficulty and, unable to pay players, it was relegated. With no future, the was wound up.
However, that is not the end of the story; in 1982 Club Deportivo Peña Getafe merged with another much older club, Club Getafe Promesas; today’s club came about the following year when they officially became Getafe Club de Futbol.
Although having quite a mixed performance, seeing them in and out of the second division a number of times and one one occasion approaching bankruptcy. However, the club was promoted to the second division for the 2002-2003 season where they remained for two seasons and then finally achieved promotion to the first division for the 2004-2005 season.
Since then Getafe have remained in Spain’s top football league, ending the 2009-2010 season in sixth place.
Coliseum Alfonso Pérez stadium
Getafe has played at the 17,000 seat Estadio Coliseum Alfonso Pérez, owned by the Getafe municipal council, since 1998. The stadium is located in Getafe, a highly industrialised town in the south of the Madrid metropolitan area.