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No excuses, this will just be a general string of articles related to the Málaga FC. You will get rumours, photos, gossip …..and maybe a few facts too. Enjoy!

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Bernd Schuster
Bernd Schuster

Estadio La Rosaleda is a football stadium in the city of Málaga, in Andalucia, southern Spain. It is the home of Malaga CF who are currently in the Liga BBVA. We took a tour of the stadium the day after Malaga drew 1-1 with Real Madrid in February 2016.

All the goals from the 2011/2102 season:

Encuentra más vídeos como este en El Desmarque

January 12th – confirmed dates/times

Sunday, 15th January Sporting Gijón (A) 7,45pm (On Canal+)

January 10th – Sad, knocked out of the Copa del Rey by Real Madrid.
We were beaten in the away leg 3-2 ….after leading 2-0! So, hopes were high for the return leg where even a 1-0 or 2-1 win would have been enough to get us into the next round where we had already been drawn against the winners of Osasuna/Barcelona. Tragically, it was not to be. An absolute howler by Willy Caballero resulted in a tame shot from Benzema going THROUGH his body for the only goal of the game. Watch it here. Embarrassing! So, just the league to focus on. After dropping two points against Atletí with El Chulo managing in his first game, we really need points in the next few games.

December 26
Happy Christmas. It’s football Spanish style here today……none! Unlike the UK where Boxing Day is an integral part of the calendar, there is none here. So, a quick look back. I suppose it’s “So far so good”. We are still in La Copa del Rey after a non-too impressive victory over Getafe with Real Madrid (H/A) in the first two weeks of January and still in the Europa League spot in La Primera. A big improvement on last season but there are a lot of games left and whole pack of chasing clubs just behind us. The table is pretty much as expected with Levante and Osasuna over-achieving and Villarreal probably the only team much further down the table than would have been expected.

Monday, 28th November Málaga – Villarreal, 21.00 hours
Sunday, 4th December: Real Sociedad-Málaga, 16.00 hours
Sunday, 11th December: Málaga-Osasuna, 18.00 hours

(Confirmed times)

Two years ago the International Fans at Málaga FC presented Björn Heidenström a peña shirt as he cycled from Norway to South Africa. It is pride of place in the completed shirt. Thanks all. More details here

Málaga go TOP of the table. Yes for approximately 18 hours until Levante beat Betis, Málaga CF were top of La Liga on October 2

This incredible goal by Julio Baptista in the 93rd minute was enough to send La Rosaleda ecstatic. Yes, 3-2 against Getafe when they had been losing up until minute 88!

Great overview of the International Fans in Sur (P 47) 23 September

So after the first week of the season is called off, football starts for new-look Málaga FC with a tricky away tie at Sevilla. Won’t be easy but I’m not going to changes my predictions for the 2011/2012.

Real Madrid – I think Mou will have them focussed on getting La Liga back. He has strength in depth, can carry a few injuries and make progress in three competitions.

Barcelona – It will go to the wire. No way can I see a title-winner outside the top two. I just have a feeling that if Real Madrid can get at least 4 points from the superclásicos that it will be enough.

Valencia – a lot of points behind the top two but leading the chasing pack. Sound manager and some consistency will see them well.

Málaga – it could be heaven or it could be hell. Huge amount of money poured in with some MASSIVE signings. Cazorla and Van Nistelrooy will make it difficult for any defence and Joaquín is there to soften them up. A few cards and a few goals I expect from the ex-Valencia player. They SHOULD do well. If they are not top 4/5 by New Year could fall badly.

Villarreal – a small “Big” club who I think will punch above their weight again.

Athletic – Llorente will get them goals. Strong squad and difficult to beat at home. Getting stronger by the year. Could get up to 3rd.

Sevilla -if I ignore their odious president and keep to football, I suppose I have to put them 6th/7th. They need a big push to get them above that.

Espanyol – good enough to flatter last season but I can’t see them improving on that.

Sporting – I can see a 6/8 point gap on the next group and there is frankly not much to separate them and none will be completely safe with 4/5 games to go I think. Yes, this season again, there is likely to be more activity at the bottom than the top.

Racing – difficult to believe some of the things that have happened but they should be too good to stay up.

Mallorca – huge problems but capable players. If they win a good number of games against the bottom teams they will be OK.

Real Sociedad – consolidated last season. Can’t see them doing much better.

Atlético – could be a very tricky season. Have lost Kun and De Gea. Could lose Forlán….and could lose their top half status! No surprise if they are scrambling for points with only a few games to go. Very experienced manager has seen the good, the bad and the ugly before. Might be what they need even to stay up! 

Levante – Over-performed last time out. Think they’ll scrape enough points to stay up again. Not sure about new manager.

Betis – they’ll be glad to be back and their noisy fans should help them get enough home points to stay up.

Zaragoza – despite what their president says they are not good enough to stay up on their name/history alone. Nothing ever impresses me and I’d not lose sleep if they drop down ……and they could.

Osasuna A few late results and a cluster of teams on almost identical points flattered them. I never thought they were as good as they seemed. I think they’ll struggle this time.

Getafe Oh dear! My beloved Getafe! “Investors” arrive and then promptly drain the club. They lose their best players and a good young manager. I fear this could be a disaster. Sure they’ll pull a couple of amazing results but the weeks after they will let in a handful.

Granada – it would be nice to think they are strong enough to stay up …..but they won’t. Life!

Rayo Vallecano – no money, no depth in the squad and a long, hard season culminates in relegation.


Singing Fans


Here’s one of the club’s songs:

Málaga, ole, ole , ó
Málaga, ole, ole, ó
Málaga el equipo de mi vida
Malagueña el alma
Malagueño el corazón

Málaga el equipo de mi vida
Malagueña el alma
Malagueño el corazón

(½ tono arriba)

Málaga el equipo de mi vida
Malagueña el alma
Malagueño el corazón

…and if you want to hear it sung, here it is.

The new shirt for Málaga’s partnership with Unesco
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