Malaga can trace its history back to 1904, with the formation of Malaga Football Club, which was granted royal patronage in 1927 by King Alfonso XIII. However, severe financial difficulties closed the club and saw them lose this title.
After a succession of mergers, Club Deportivo Malaga was created in 1941, with promotion to the top flight achieved in 1949, but a succession of ups and downs over the next few years marked the Costa del Sol club down as one of La Liga’s yo-yo outfits.
The 1970s brought about a golden period and a five-year stay in La Primera. But with little success on the pitch in the next two decades and money problems off it, CD Malaga was dissolved.
CA Malagueno was left to carry the banner before Malaga Club de Futbol was formed in 1994, with successive promotions in 1998 and 1999 seeing another return to the top flight.
The highlight of the next few years was a UEFA Cup appearance in 2002, with Malaga reaching the quarter-final stage where they were defeated by Boavista.
In 2010 a member of the ruling Qatari royal family purchased the club, signalling raised expectations on the Costa del Sol. After heavy investment from Sheikh Abdullah Al-Thani, the club finished fourth in La Liga in 2012-12, qualifying for the Champions League for the first time.
The following season saw an incredible Champions League run as Malaga reached the quarter-finals before losing out to Borussia Dortmund.