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UD Almeria.png
Full name Unión Deportiva Almería, S.A.D.
Founded 1989
Ground Estadio del Mediterráneo,
Almería, Andalusia,
(Capacity: 22,000)
Chairman Spain Alfonso García Gabarrón
Manager Spain Juan Manuel Lillo
League La Liga
2008-09 La Liga, 11th
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

Unión Deportiva Almería, S.A.D. is a Spanish top division football club based in Almería, Province of Almería. The club was founded in 1989, and currently plays in La Liga.



AD Almería was a team that played in the first division between 1979-1981, but disappeared in 1982, and was arguably UD Almería's predecessor. In 1989, a club named Almería Club de Fútbol was born, but in 2001 was renamed Unión Deportiva Almería. After playing one season in the second division, they got relegated to the second B and the third divisions.

After spending several seasons in the second division, the side was first promoted to the top flight after finishing runner-up in 2006-07. After some outstanding performances, the team achieved a final 8th league place in 2007-08. At the club's helm was coach Unai Emery, as striker Álvaro Negredo finished team topscorer with 13 goals.

After Emery left for Valencia CF, Gonzalo Arconada stepped in, but was sacked on December 21, 2008, after a string of poor results, without however never reaching the last three. Mexican Hugo Sánchez took the job, and fared slightly better, for a final mid-table position.


Famous matches in the first division


Season to season

Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1989/90 Regional
1990/91 Regional
1991/92 Regional
1992/93 2nd
1993/94 2ªB 11th
1994/95 2ªB 2nd
1995/96 16th
1996/97 17th
1997/98 2ªB 7th
1998/99 2ªB 18th
1999/00 4th
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
2000/01 2ªB 11th
2001/02 2ªB 3rd
2002/03 18th
2003/04 13th
2004/05 14th
2005/06 6th
2006/07 2nd
2007/08 8th
2008/09 11th

Current squad

The numbers are established according to the official website, and

No. Position Player
1 Brazil GK Diego Alves
2 Argentina DF Hernán Pellerano
3 Brazil DF Guilherme
4 Spain DF Chico
5 Nigeria FW Kalu Uche
6 Spain DF Domingo Cisma
7 Spain MF Miguel Ángel Nieto
8 Spain MF Albert Crusat
9 Argentina FW Esteban Solari
10 Spain FW José Ortiz (captain)
11 Argentina MF Pablo Piatti
13 Spain GK Esteban
No. Position Player
14 Spain MF Alex Quillo (on loan from Atlético Madrid)
15 Spain MF Corona
16 Brazil DF Michel
17 Spain FW Juanma Ortiz
18 Peru DF Santi Acasiete (vice-captain)
19 Cameroon MF Modeste M'Bami
20 Sweden FW Henok Goitom
21 Spain FW David Rodríguez
22 Colombia MF Fabián Vargas
23 Spain MF Fernando Soriano
24 Argentina MF Leonardo Borzani
25 Argentina MF Hernán Bernardello

Out on loan

No. Position Player
Spain DF Carlos García (at Betis)
Spain FW Natalio Poquet (at Murcia)

Starting 11

These charts below depict the most used starters in the most used start formation. The most recent starters/formations are listed when total starts are equal between two players/formations.

GS Notes
1 GK BRABrazil Alves 11 Esteban has zero starts
16 RB BRABrazil Michel 9
4 CB ESPSpain Chico 11 Pellerano has two starts
18 CB PERPeru Acasiete 10
6 LB ESPSpain Cisma 7 Guilherme has five starts
5 RW NGRNigeria Uche 9 Nieto has three starts
23 CM ESPSpain Soriano 9 M'Bami has five starts
25 CM ARGArgentina Bernardello 13
8 LW ESPSpain Crusat 10
11 FW ARGArgentina Piatti 7 José Ortiz has zero starts
17 FW ESPSpain Juanma 10 Goitom has zero starts

Last updated: 26 Nov 2009
Source: Squad stats and Start formations.
Only competitive matches.
Using the most used start formation.
Ordered by position on pitch (from back right to front left).

David Moreno

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