Getafe in its present form was founded in 1983 but the club’s first actual season was in 1945 with a team formed in the bar of a Madrid suburb. An almost 30-year struggle in the lower reaches of Spanish football ensued before promotion to the Segunda Division in 1976, where they stayed for six years.
At the end of the 1982 campaign, the players having not been paid, Getafe was automatically relegated and subsequently liquidated. However, Getafe Club de Futbol was officially founded on July 8, 1983, and after starting in the regional leagues was promoted for four consecutive seasons until reaching Segunda B in 1988.
Having narrowly survived extinction in 1997 the current stadium, the Coliseum Alfonso Perez, was inaugurated on January 1 1998. Then, in 2004, Getafe gained promotion to the top flight for the first time, becoming the fourth team from the Community of Madrid to play there but the first ever from just outside the capital.
Getafe had ascended the entire Spanish football pyramid in just 20 years and have remained in the top flight ever since, reaching the final of the Copa del Rey in 2007 and 2008 and quarter-finals of the 2007-08 UEFA Cup.
A lack of investment and poor management saw Los Azulones suffer relegation in 2016, but they spent just a season in the second tier, bouncing straight back up via the playoffs.