Club Deportivo Málaga was a Spanish football club based in Málaga, in the autonomous community of Andalusia. It played twenty seasons in La Liga, before being dissolved in 1992.
The foundational origins of the club are traced in 1904 when the team known as Málaga Football Club played the first matches in the city of Málaga. The rival club Football Club Malagueño, originated soon after, established a competition between both squads until it was decided that both should merge into a sole club, with the physical entity of FC Malagueño being used as basis due to the fact of having a wealthier economy and better players. In April 12, 1933, FC Malagueño was renamed to Club Deportivo Malacitano and, in 1934, made its debuts in the second level, when the category was expanded from ten teams to twenty four.
In 1941, the club changed its name once again to Club Deportivo Málaga. After last competing in division three in 1960, the team fluctuated between both major levels of Spanish football, achieving a best position in La Liga in the 1971–72 season and the 1973-74 season, finishing both in seventh position.
CD Málaga folded after the 1991–92 campaign, spent in the second division - being relegated - immersed in overwhelming financial problems. Málaga Club de Fútbol, the former reserve team of the club which was known as Club Atlético Malagueño, managed to ellude the folding through a claim of independent autonomy, and became since them the spiritual continuity of CD Málaga and all its line of heir. Málaga CF is currently working into obtaining a legal link to CD Málaga and being officially recognised by RFEF and LFP as the same club.
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