Getafe Club de Futbol is one of Spain's most recently founded clubs. Beginning its history in 1983, the club has climbed from the 7th tier of the Spanish football system to the top-flight La Liga in 2004. With the sole exception of the 2016-2017 campaign, Getafe has participated in the Primera Division ever since joining. The club hosts its home matches at the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez stadium which can fit 17,393 total spectators. Interestingly enough the team lacks a nickname. However, the side continues to impress becoming an upper half of the table team in the last couple of campaigns. They are yet to win the Primera Division or the Copa del Rey, but they surely are threating to break into the top La Liga trio consisting of Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Notable Getafe Transfers, Rumours and Gossip
Roberto Soldado from Real Madrid for £6 Million in 2008 – Roberto Soldado is a product of Real Madrid's Castilla and played regularly for Los Blancos’ B team. It was evident that the striker is equipped with serious goalscoring abilities during his time at Segunda Division and Segunda Division B, but was unable to replicate the results in La Liga with Real Madrid’s senior squad. He was sold to Getafe where he settled decently and quickly returned to scoring. He moved to Valencia for £10 Million in 2010, but not before netting 33 times in 66 games. Tottenham Hotspur later paid £30 Million in order to acquire Soldado.
Dani Parejo from Real Madrid for £3 Million in 2009 – With Los Blancos Parejo only managed to take part in 5 fixtures. It was during his loan to Championship side Queens Park Rangers when he was able to display his abilities. In the middle of the loan, he got recalled to Santiago Bernabeu after a couple of the first-team midfielder were out with injuries. Joining Getafe Parejo was able to contribute to qualifying for the UEFA Europa League in 2009/2010 for the second time in the club’s history. In the following campaign he featured more frequently and helped saving the club from relegation. In 2011 he was bought by Valencia for £6 Million and he went on to become a prominent player under his new team.
Pedro León from Real Valladolid for £4 Million in 2009 – León was on Getafe’s radar for a long time. The club was rumored to be signing him the previous season but Valladolid got to him first. Getafe didn’t give up and continued pursuing his signature and eventually reached an agreement with Valladolid in 2009. León spent just a single season with his new club, but had one of his most productive campaigns in his career. Scoring 9 goals and providing 12 assists Real Madrid quickly picked up on the promising winger. Los Blancos paid £10 Million to acquire León, but he never managed to settle in Santiago Bernabeu. Real Madrid seemingly regretted buying the player and later let him return to Getafe on loan. In 2013 he was re-purchased by his former club for £6 Million.