Originally known as Recreativo de Granada, Granada CF was founded in 1931 and debuted in La Liga in the 1941-1942 season.
The club’s biggest highlight was probably reaching the final of the 1959 Copa del Generalísimo (as the Copa del Rey was known during the dictatorship), which they lost 4-1 to FC Barcelona.
About Granada CF
From 1941 until the 1980s Granada played in the top two divisions of Spanish football, ending the 1971-72 and 1973-74 seasons in sixth place, their best ever finishes. However, the club dropped into the Segunda B and then the Tercera in 2002-2003 after failing to play their players.
The club again qualified for the Segunda B for the 2006-2007 season after former Real Madrid president Lorenzo Sanz and his son arrived at the club to help revive its fortunes, and then the Segunda in 2010-2011.
Recent & forthcoming FC Barcelona vs Granada fixtures
This period of the club’s history almost saw them go under after running into severe financial difficulties that were finally resolved by partnering with Italian club Udinese Calcio. The agreement saw the Italian club provide players from its squad, as well as the youth team and reserve squad.
This clearly worked as not only was Granada saved but for the first time in 35 years it made it back to the first division for the 2011-2012 season.
Since then Granada has remained in the top tier of Spanish football, finishing 17th and 15th in its first two seasons and currently (March 2014) in fourteenth place.
Los Cármenes Stadium
Granada CF plays at the Estadio Nuevo Los Cármenes, owned by the city council and inaugurated in 1995. The stadium holds 23,000 and was built next to Palacio Municipal de Deportes, a sports arena primarily used for basketball. The stadium was designed to be multi-use as well as home to Granada and therefore has an athletics track separating the stands from the pitch.