Granada Club de Futbol was originally founded as Recreativo de Granada in 1931 and 10 years later became the third Andalusian team to compete in La Liga, after Sevilla and Real Betis.

However, their stay lasted just four seasons and for the next 35 years Granada mainly alternated between the top two categories, although the greatest success to date was achieved in 1959 with a runners-up spot in the Copa del Generalisimo – later the Copa del Rey – after defeat to Barcelona in the final.

The late 1960s and mid-1970s were El Grana’s golden years with eight seasons spent in the top flight, including a best-ever sixth place finish achieved in both 1972 and 1974, before relegation at the end of the 1975-76 season.

Since then the club has spent most of its time in Segunda B or below, interspersed with some brief seasons in La Segunda, but in 2009 a partnership deal was signed with Italian outfit Udinese that has contributed to the side’s successive promotions and a return to La Primera in 2011 after a 35-year absence.

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