Founded in 1931, Granada will be celebrating its 90th birthday during the current season. The club is based in the city of Granada in the autonomous community of Andalusia. It’s one of the biggest Andalusian teams alongside Sevilla, Real Betis, Cadiz, and Almeria. Playing in La Liga, Granada is yet to acquire a major silverware, with their best achievements being three-time Segunda Division winners and being Copa del Rey runner-ups in 1959.
During the 2019/2020 campaign, Granada played the best football we've seen from them. After being promoted from Segunda Division, they went on to finish 7th, beating teams like Getafe, Valencia, and Athletic Bilbao to the Europa League qualifying place. This is a tremendous feat from them – the last time they got such a high ranked finish in La Liga was back in the 1973/1974 season, and this will be the first time ever they will compete in the Europa League.
Notable Granada CF Transfers
Jhon Córdoba from Chiapas FC for £1.83 Million in 2014 – Playing as a striker Córdoba struggled to find a team suitable for him. In his homeland Colombia he made 38 appearances paired with 11 goals and moved on to Mexican team Chiapas. He later played for Querétaro and Espanyol before finalizing his deal with Granada in 2014, however, the forward kept on lacking consistency. After a disappointing 4 goals season he was loaned to FSV Mainz. Córdoba once again failed to impress, but Mainz believed in him and decided to make his move permanent. The German club paid Granada £6.5 Million.
Isaac Success from Udinese for an undisclosed fee in 2014 – The Nigerian forward was brought to Europe by Udinese in the beginning of 2014. At the time Granada and Udinese were both owned by Gino Pozzo, so Success trained with both team’s youth academies. In the summer of 2014, he signed his first professional contract with the senior squad of Granada for virtually a non-existent fee as both teams shared their owner. In 2016 Success agreed to a £15 Million Watford move and became Granada’s most expensive player ever.
Guilherme Siqueira to Atletico Madrid for £10 Million in 2014 – Similarly to Success, Siqueira played in both Udinese and Granada before settling with the later team. His official transfer was announced on July 1st 2011 and was feeless. Playing as a left-back Siqueira contributed to the team’s La Liga promotion in 2011. For a defender, he scored frequently and concluded his Granada record with 13 goals in 108 matches. After spending the 2013/2014 season on loan with Benfica, Atletico Madrid bought him for £10 Million.
Maxime Gonalons from Roma for £4 Million in 2020 – A well-known French midfielder, Gonalons made a name for himself while playing for Olympique Lyon. Under his belt he has 8 seasons with The Kids before signing for Roma in 2017. Gonalons also played for Sevilla on loan. At 31-years-old the Frenchmen is equipped with a lot of experience which will definitely be in favor of Granada’s future campaigns.