El Centrocampista

¡La cantera! – The changing face of one club in Spain

In the summer of 2009 Granada CF was a club weeks away from collapse. Italian investment, matched with the ambition and vision for the future of club president Quique Pina, saw the meteoric rise of Granada CF from Segunda B4 to Liga BBVA, with two amazing and consecutive promotions.

Whilst the first team has enjoyed an amazing journey over the last few years, the objective in their first season at the highest level for thirty-five years is to secure permanence. But tight as the league table is at the moment, they look to have enough about them, to secure their place amongst the Spanish elite.

It’s not just the first team squad that’s undergone changes and enjoyed success over the last few years though. The whole club is being shaped as part of a long term vision. From top to bottom, first team down to infant teams, Granada CF have taken great strides to establish a youth system that may one day rival the best in the country.

Over the next few pages we take a look at their plans, how they’ve done things and how they’re progressing this year.


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  2. Jafar

    16 March, 2012 at 13:52

    Great read and very interesting too.
    We will see how things will go in the future but as it looks now the future looks very bright.
    It’s a little but unfortunate that other teams in La Liga aren’t doing the same thing and try to improve instead of using Madrid and Barcelona dominance as an excuse and refuse to do anything or very little but it’s an advantage for Granada.

    • Heath Chesters

      16 March, 2012 at 14:12

      Yes, it’s very pleasing to see how things are gradually coming together at Granada CF.

      Interestingly last year, there were rumours about interest in buying the club from an anonymous Arabian billionaire. The rumours were quickly quashed at the time by club president Quique Pina.

      I actually prefer the way they’re doing things now at the club and it’s a really good model that other clubs could follow, that most importantly, is sustainable.

      Whilst the thoughts of spending stupid amounts of money like Málaga and Man City have with their owners may be tempting or appealing to some fans, I personally don’t think it’s entirely a good thing for football.

      • flipy

        31 March, 2012 at 22:56

        Spending stupid amounts of money may be tempting to some fun because it works, look at Malaga or Man City this years. I prefer a Barcelona/La masia model but i’m afraid football is money.

        Great post!!!

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