CD Tenerife

Full name Club Deportivo Tenerife, S.A.D.
Nickname(s) Tete, Chicharreros, Insulares, Blanquiazules
Founded 1912
Ground Heliodoro Rodríguez López,
Tenerife, Canary Islands,
Ground Capacity 23,660
Chairman Miguel Concepción
Manager José Luis Martí
League Segunda División
2015–16 Segunda División, 13th
Website Club home page

Club Deportivo Tenerife, S.A.D. is a Spanish football club based in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Tenerife, in the Canary Islands. Founded in 1912, it currently plays in Segunda División, holding home matches at the Estadio Heliodoro Rodríguez López, with a 23,660-seat capacity.


Club Deportivo Tenerife was founded in 1912, as Sporting Club Tenerife which had come about as a merger between two or more previous football clubs on the island. The club changed its name to Club Deportivo Tenerife in 1922. La Liga started in 1928, but the team played in regional divisions until it was promoted to Segunda División in 1953. It first reached the top flight in 1961, being immediately relegated back and, in the following 27 years, played almost exclusively in the second level, also spending three years in Tercera División and six – five in a row – in Segunda División B, the newly created division three (in 1978).

In 1985, when Tenerife were relegated to the third division for a second time, Javier Pérez became president of the club. The side was promoted this year to the second level and, two years later, returned to the first, after winning the promotion playoff against Real Betis (4–1 on aggregate).

In 1991, Jorge Valdano took charge of the club as manager, and the Argentine would help rob former side Real Madrid of two consecutive league titles in the last round, to the benefit of Barcelona. In the first season, the Canary Islands outfit barely avoided relegation, but would finish in a best-ever fifth position in the following year, eventually reaching the round of 16 in the subsequent UEFA Cup, losing to Juventus 2–4 on aggregate.

German Jupp Heynckes became coach of Tenerife in 1995, leading the club to another fifth position and the quarter-finals of the domestic cup. In the 1996–97 UEFA Cup the islanders fared better, reaching the last-four after defeating Maccabi Tel Aviv, Lazio, Feyenoord and Brøndby (the winner coming late in extra time from an Antonio Mata free kick), only bowing out to eventual winners Schalke 04.

Tenerife then went on a downward spiral which eventually led to relegation to the "silver category" in 1999, prompting various managerial changes within the club. In 2001, the club was again promoted, led by Rafael Benítez, who promptly left to take up the manager's job at Valencia; the promotion was achieved in the last match of the campaign thanks to a goal from Hugo Morales.

Match: Tenerife – Real Sociedad, in 2008

Pepe Mel became the new trainer but the first division season never took off, as Tenerife were beaten heavily at home by Barcelona 0–6, which cost the manager his job. Javier Clemente, formerly with the Spain national team, took the reins, but could not help prevent the eventual immediate relegation.

Tenerife suffered from serious economic problems in the following years, owing more than €40 million. President Pérez was replaced with Víctor Perez de Ascanio, who resigned due to bad management, leaving his position to Miguel Concepción, who negotiated with local politicians and businessmen, also creating a construction company as a subsidiary of the side.

On 13 June 2009, Tenerife secured a top flight return after a seven-year absence after a 1–0 win at Girona. In the following season, even though the team held on until the last round, another relegation befell, after the 0–1 loss at third-placed Valencia.

2010–11 brought with it three coaching changes,[1] as Tenerife eventually suffered another relegation, returning to the third division after 24 years. On 2 June 2013, the club, led by Álvaro Cervera, returned to the second level after winning the promotion play-off against Hospitalet (3–2 on aggregate).


Season to season

Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1928–53 Regional - -
1953/54 6th Did not play
1954/55 9th DNP
1955/56 9th DNP
1956/57 13th DNP
1957/58 2nd DNP
1958/59 4th Round of 32
1959/60 10th 1st round
1960/61 1st Quarter-finals
1961/62 16th Quarter-finals
1962/63 10th Round of 16
1963/64 5th Round of 32
1964/65 11th Round of 32
1965/66 8th 1st round
1966/67 11th Round of 32
1967/68 9th 1st round

Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1968/69 5th DNP
1969/70 2nd 1st round
1970/71 1st Round of 32
1971/72 9th 4th round
1972/73 14th 4th round
1973/74 4th Round of 32
1974/75 12th 4th round
1975/76 7th Quarter-finals
1976/77 6th 1st round
1977/78 19th Round of 16
1978/79 2ªB 6th 2nd round
1979/80 2ªB 3rd 2nd round
1980/81 2ªB 5th 2nd round
1981/82 2ªB 13th 3rd round
1982/83 2ªB 2nd DNP
1983/84 15th 1st round

Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1984/85 11th Round of 16
1985/86 19th Round of 16
1986/87 2ªB 1st 2nd round
1987/88 12th 4th round
1988/89 3rd Round of 32
1989/90 18th Round of 16
1990/91 14th 5th round
1991/92 13th 5th round
1992/93 5th 3rd round
1993/94 10th Semi-Finals
1994/95 15th 3rd round
1995/96 5th Quarter-finals
1996/97 9th Round of 16
1997/98 16th 2nd round
1998/99 19th 4th round
1999/00 14th 2nd round

Season Division Place Copa del Rey
2000/01 3rd Round of 16
2001/02 19th Round of 64
2002/03 8th Round of 64
2003/04 8th Round of 64
2004/05 9th Round of 32
2005/06 18th 1st round
2006/07 7th 2nd round
2007/08 11th 3rd round
2008/09 3rd 3rd round
2009/10 19th Round of 32
2010/11 20th 2nd round
2011/12 2ªB 2nd 1st round
2012/13 2ªB 1st 2nd round
2013/14 11th 2nd round
2014/15 17th 2nd round

Season Division Place Copa del Rey
2015/16 13th 2nd round

European cup history

Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1993–94 UEFA Cup Last 64 France Auxerre 2–2 1–0 3–2
Last 32 Greece Olympiacos 2–1 3–4 5–5
Last 16 Italy Juventus 2–1 0–3 2–4
1996–97 UEFA Cup Last 64 Israel Maccabi Tel-Aviv 3–2 1–1 4–3
Last 32 Italy Lazio 5–3 0–1 5–4
Last 16 Netherlands Feyenoord 0–0 4–2 4–2
Quarterfinals Denmark Brøndby 0–1 2–0 2–1
Semifinals Germany Schalke 04 1–0 0–2 1–2


Semi-finals (1): 1996–97
Semi-finals (1): 1993–94
Quarter-finals (4): 1960–61, 1961–62, 1975–76, 1995–96

Current squad

As of 23 July 2016

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Spain GK Ismael Falcón
2 Spain MF Edu Oriol
3 Spain DF Germán Sánchez
4 France DF Samuel Camille
5 Spain DF Alberto Jiménez
6 Spain MF Vitolo
7 Spain MF Omar Perdomo
8 Spain MF Marc Crosas (on loan from Cruz Azul)
9 Honduras FW Anthony Lozano (on loan from Olimpia)
10 Spain MF Suso (Captain)
11 Spain MF Iñaki Sáenz
14 Spain DF Carlos Ruiz
No. Position Player
16 Spain MF Aitor Sanz
17 Spain MF Aarón
18 Tunisia FW Haythem Jouini (on loan from Espérance)
19 Spain MF Jairo Izquierdo
20 Spain MF Álex García
21 Spain DF Jorge Sáenz
23 Spain DF Raúl Cámara
25 Venezuela GK Dani Hernández
26 Spain FW Cristo González
29 Spain MF Ale Pipo
31 Senegal FW Amath Ndiaye (on loan from Atlético Madrid)
32 Spain FW Giovanni

Reserve team

Main article: CD Tenerife B

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
28 Spain DF Óscar González
33 Honduras FW Darixon Vuelto (on loan from Victoria)
34 Spain MF Roberto Bolaños

Out on loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Spain GK Carlos Abad (on loan at Real Madrid Castilla until 30 June 2017)
Spain MF Santi Luque (on loan at Melilla until 30 June 2017)
Spain FW Ale González (on loan at Mensajero until 30 June 2017)

International players

Notable coaches


Fans of Tenerife are called Chicharreros because in early days, the inhabitants of a small fishing village called Santa Cruz (later the capital of Tenerife) consumed "chicharros" (Atlantic horse mackerel) as a main part of their diet.

Other inhabitants of Tenerife and Canary Islands used the moniker as a pejorative name, but finally the inhabitants of Santa Cruz accepted it affectionately.

See also


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