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A FEW FACTS ON...GETAFE

Posted on 25 October 2007  - 12:00

Getting to know a little more about the Spanish side ahead of tonight's UEFA Cup clash at the Lane.

Getting to know a little more about the Spanish side ahead of tonight's UEFA Cup clash at the Lane.

- Getafe were founded in 1946 by a local Real Madrid supporters’ club and edged up into the lower reaches of the professional league system only in the early 1970s. In 1983 the historic link was formally ended when the club’s members endorsed a new constitution which enshrined the independent existence of Getafe Club de Futbol.

- Accession to the second division, for the first time, came in 1994 and – after a decade of ups and downs – was followed by promotion up among the elite of La Liga in 2004.

- Getafe’s promotion campaign went right to the wire: they grabbed the decisive points in their last game by winning 5-3 away to Tenerife. Remarkably, all five goals were scored by home-grown midfielder Sergio Valentin Pachon.

- After a poor start to their first season in La Liga, Getafe battled up to a concluding 13th place then even briefly led the league in 2005-06 before finishing ninth. They were ninth again last term.

- Last season they tied with Barcelona for the most miserly defence – 33 goals conceded – and scored a league win over champions-to-be Real Madrid.

- They reached the final of the Cope del Rey - their route into this season's UEFA Cup - via a stunning turn around against Barcelona.

- Getafe appeared on their way out when they crashed 5-2 in Camp Nou, but back home, in the Coliseum Alfonso Perez, Getafe punished Catalan complacency by winning 4-0 and reaching the final 6-5 on aggregate. They eventually lost to Sevilla in the final.

- Bernd Schuster guided Getafe to that final, their first appearance in the Spanish cup final, but was then lured away by champions Real Madrid to succeed Italian Fabio Capello.

- Danish legend Michael Laudrup took over.

- Getafe arrive at the Lane tonight for only their second away game in European competition - this is their first European campaign.

- Getafe have two players with experience of English football. Cosmin Contra played five games on loan at West Brom in 2004-05 and Kepa Blanco was on loan at West Ham last season.

- Blanco played against us last season - he came on as substitute in our memorable 4-3 win at Upton Park.

- Laudrup played six times against England for Denmark, winning one, drawing two and losing three.

- Getafe's only European away game to date ended in a 3-2 defeat against FC Twente - Martin Jol's former club.

- Goals from Kepa and Casquero secured a 2-0 as Getafe secured their first La Liga win of the season on Sunday, a 2-0 success against Murcia.