The thirtieth season in the First Division for Málaga football was marked by the arrival of Sheikh Abdullah Al Thani as president, who made a major investment to reinforce the first team, with the initial objective of being within the 10 best teams in the competition.
Portuguese coach, Jesualdo Ferreira from Oporto, would assume the role of sports director, incorporating mostly foreign players with no experience of the national elite.
The League kicked off with a sensational away match, an anthological 3-5 win against Zaragoza, taking a 0-5 lead just 35 minutes into the first half, and Juanmi beating the record of the youngest bi-scorer in LaLiga. However, it was more negative at home, with various consecutive defeats that weighed heavily on team morale. After 10 matches, and sitting in the relegation zone, Ferreira was replaced by Chilean-born Manuel Pellegrini.
It took time for ‘The Engineer’ to put his stamp on MCF, with the Winter arrivals of players such as Demichelis and Baptista, plus goalkeeper, Willy Caballero, reinforcing a team who ended up breaking records with winning streaks in the First Division (five) in the final stage of the competition. Julio Baptista was the benchmark with nine goals in 11 matches played in the second round. As a result, the team claimed 13th place with 46 points.
Salomón Rondón, with 14 goals in LaLiga and two in the Copa, was Málaga Club de Fútbol’s best striker.