Following a number of successful seasons, Málaga CF made some changes to the squad in 2013/14 to come in line with Financial Fair Play regulations, and started a sporting project including experienced and younger players to provide a promising future for the Blue and Whites.
German-born coach, Bernd Schuster, who won the League championship with Real Madrid in 2007/08, was in charge of the Blue and Whites throughout a difficult season, following the Club’s League table success of previous years.
The 2013/14 League campaign was full of highs and lows, good matches and losing streaks for the Blue and Whites, impeding them from reaching the desired level of success. The team was eliminated from the Copa del Rey early on in the knockout stage, by CA Osasuna.
The big news during this year was the incorporation of La Academia players, Sergi Darder and Samuel to the first team, who were both fundamental when it came to scoring goals and their overall performance. Ignacio Camacho’s scoring ability was realised, as he got his fifth League goal with a powerful header.
The January transfer window saw the arrival of another important member of the team: Nordin Amrabat. The Dutch player of Moroccan origin arrived on loan from Galatasaray, and was a big part of the second round of the League competition.
The boys had a good run of results in away games against rivals including Celta de Vigo, CA Osasuna and Real Betis, as well as a draw with reigning League champions, Atlético de Madrid at the Vicente Calderón stadium.
The Blue and Whites finished the season in 11th position, and sealed their place in the First Division for the 8th season, matching the ‘Malaguista’ record for the number of consecutive seasons in the highest category of Spanish football.