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HISTORY

Although a Getafe team was formed in the mid 1940s and played around the lower divisions
until they were disbanded after failing to pay players’ wages in 1982, the current incarnation
was not formed until 1983. After starting at the bottom of the pyramid, Getafe won promotion
four seasons on the run to end up in the third tier, where they remained, with the occasional
promotion and subsequent relegation from the second division, until 2004 when they won
promotion to the top flight for the first time in their history. It’s been a fairy tale story
since then, with big name coaches such as Bernd Schuster and Michael Laudrup, European
qualification(twice), a sixth place finish two seasons ago and a Spanish Cup final defeat.

THE BARÇA CONNECTION

In 1978, Getafe, who were then in the second division, drew Barça in the last 16 of the Spanish
Cup. After a heroic 3-3 draw at home, the minnows were then brought back to earth with
an 8-0 thrashing at the Camp Nou in the second leg. Nearly 20 years later, the two met again
in the Cup semi finals and this time the first leg was in Barcelona, where two Messi goals –
including what many consider to be one of his best ever- and one each for Xavi, Eto’o and
Gudjohnsen gave Barça what looked to be a definitive 5-2 lead going into the second leg, only
for Getafe to pull off a remarkable 4-0 win to take them through to the final.

The Boss

Luis Garcia is, at 39, one of a clutch of promising young Spanish coaches, having joined Getafe
last summer following three successful seasons at Levante, with whom he won promotion in
2010.

Form Guide

After a poor start that saw them flirting with the relegation zone, Getafe now lie tenth in La
Liga. Their 1-0 win over Barça in November was in many ways a turning point, losing just one
of their next seven games and they are currently enjoying their best form of the season, having
taken 13 points from their last six matches, with just the one defeat at the Vicente Calderon on
their last outing.