Sitting on the terraces on a warm evening at Málaga CF’s La Rosaleda Stadium is a real pleasure for football fans. No wonder so many ex-pat residents of the Costa del Sol have become season ticket holders there. In spite of languishing in the Spanish 2nd Division Málaga CF’s for the last few seasons the club has continued to attract a healthy following for many home games. However, with a capacity of 29,500 visitors can usually get Málaga football tickets at the club shop in the week leading up to a match or on the day of the game.
Almost unbelievably, Malaga CF were relegated to the third tier of Spanish football at the end of the 2022-23 season!
Málaga Football Tickets and Fixtures 2023-24
You should check the Málaga Club de Fútbol website for ticket information and upcoming fixtures. The Liga de Fútbol Profesional Website confirms kick-off day and time just over a week before the game.
What Happened to Málaga CF?
Considering the current state of affairs at Málaga CF, it’s hard to believe that they almost reached the Champions League semi-final as recently as the 2012-13 season. With Manuel Pellegrini as manager they had a host of top notch players in their ranks including Isco, Demichelis, Joaquin, Julio Baptista, and Roque Santa Cruz. Having already beaten Porto in the first knockout stage they came up against Jurgen Klopp’s Borussia Dortmund in the quarter-final.
Following a 0-0 draw in the first-leg at La Rosaleda, Málaga went to Dortmund as underdogs and were robbed of victory by a contentious refereeing decision in the dying seconds. With 89 minutes on the clock Málaga were leading 1-2 but two injury time goals from Borussia Dortmund including a blatant offside put them out of the competition.
GOAL! Borussia Dortmund 3-2 Málaga (Felipe Santana, 90+3 min)
Unbelievable! Incredible! Incomprehensible! Lewandowski crosses from the left – four Borussia players offside – and it ping-pongs around a bit before breaking to Santana – offside again – who taps in from a yard. What were those Scottish officials thinking there?The Guardian: Live Blog (9th April 2013)
The club’s Qatari owner had spent €85 million in three transfer windows following his takeover of the club in 2010. But the club soon found itself in a precarious financial situation and was banned from European competition for the 2013-14 season for breaking Financial Fair Play rules. A number of star players moved on as they weren’t being paid and the club started to rely on free transfers.
At the end of the 2017-18 season the club was relegated to the 2nd tier of Spanish football following 10 seasons in the top flight. And in May 2023 the club dropped into the regional 3rd division of Spanish football.
Málaga CF’s La Rosaleda Stadium
Getting to La Rosaleda
The Málaga football stadium lies less than 3km from the Álameda Principal in the city centre. It’s only a short distance off the MA-20 road through Málaga (see map below) so is easily accessible from the resorts of the Costa del Sol. Parking is the shopping centre next to the stadium is a possibility but getting away aftervthe match takes ages. There is some street parking but local police have a ball issuing tickets at some matches. It’s easier (and allows you to have a beer) to either book a seat on a coach being with the Málaga Supporters Club who are mainly British ex-pats who live on the Costa del Sol and follow Málaga CF. Otherwise get the train to Málaga which stops at Málaga Centro-Álameda and you can walk to the stadium in about 15 minutes. The number 17 bus from the Álameda Principal also goes to the stadium.
La Rosaleda Stadium Plan
Just check out the following map of the stadium to help you decide where you’d prefer sit before ordering tickets.