The lowdown on Getafe CF

The lowdown on Getafe CF

A closer look at our next opponents, who we visit on Saturday at 4.00pm CEST

History

Though formed in 1923, this is actually the third different incarnation of the club. The modern-day Getafe Club de Fútbol started life in the lowest tier of Spanish football in 1983 and took just two decades to become, in 2004, only the fourth club from Madrid (after Real, Atlético and Rayo Vallecano) to play in the top flight.

And they’ve managed to hold on, having only missed out on one of the last sixteen editions of La Liga. They came within just two points of Champions League qualification last season, the club’s highest ever finish.

Stadium

Opened in 1998, the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez is named after the most famous player to ever come out of Getafe’s youth system, despite the fact that he never played a single senior game for the club! Instead, Alfonso Pérez made his professional debut for Real Madrid, made his name at Betis, and was also at FC Barcelona from 2000 to 2002.

The ground holds 17,393 spectators.

The other side of Getafe 1-2 Barça
The other side of Getafe 1-2 Barça

Head to head

The clubs first met for an official fixture in the 1978 Copa del Rey, and the unfancied Geta managed an impressive 3–3 draw at home before being thumped 8–0 at the Camp Nou.

Since becoming a first division club in 2004, Getafe have faced Barça 27 times and only won two of those encounters, the last time in 2011.

Getafe have only scored two goals in the last eight meetings, which have included two 6-0 drubbings, but also a couple of 0-0 draws.

In this fixture last season, first half goals from Leo Messi and Luis Suárez proved enough to win the game 2-1.

Form guide

Four of Getafe’s six league games thus far have ended in draws. Their sole defeat was in their opening fixture at Atlético while the only team they have beaten was Mallorca.

They’re also involved in the Europa League this season and they got off to a winning start in Group C by beating Turkish side Trabzonspor 1-0. Basel (Switzerland) and Krasnodar (Russia) are also in that group.

The squad

Barça connections: After playing on loan at Eibar last season, Marc Cucurella is now at Getafe, although Barça have retained the rights to the left back/midfielder.

Most capped internationals: Fayçal Fajr (Morocco, 33); Djené Dakonam (Togo, 24); Allan Nyom (Cameroon, 17); Nemanja Maksimović (Serbia, 15); Vitorino Antunes (Portugal, 13)

Top scorer 2019/20: Jaime Mata (3)

The boss

José Bordalás had only ever played or managed in the lower leagues until he guided Alavés to promotion to La Liga in 2016, but was rewarded with being sacked. Instead, he’s enjoying his first top flight experience at the helm of Getafe.

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