With 23 games completed in the 2019-20 La Liga season, little Getafe, with 42 points, is in third place behind Barcelona with 49 and leaders Real Madrid with 52. As a means of comparison, Getafe’s home ground, the Coliseum Alfonso Perez, has a capacity of 17,393, while Madrid’s Bernabeu Stadium can fit 81,044 and Barcelona’s Camp Nou can sit 99,354.
Getafe is a small town just outside Madrid which can trace its origins to 1326 when local villagers united to form a single town along the royal road between Toledo and Madrid. The town of 160,000 contains the Hill of Angels, traditionally thought to be the geographic center of the Iberian Peninsula.
The town’s football club had several previous iterations dating back to 1923 but after floundering and being liquidated the club reincarnated in 1983 with its current name and began playing in the regional leagues. Over twenty years Getafe was continually promoted, ascending the entire set of stages from bottom to top, but with a few setbacks, until it reached the top flight in 2004. They remained in La Liga for 12 years, got relegated in 2015-16 but rebounded back to the top division where it has remained.
Aside from their historic ascent, Getafe has made the Copa del Rey final twice losing to Barcelona and Sevilla, and the small club also earned European play via the UEFA Europa League where they reached the quarterfinals before meeting Bayern Munich and being eliminated.
Since the 2016-17 season, Getafe has managed to stay consistently in the top 12 of the league easily avoiding relegation and today reaching a rare pinnacle this late in the competition.
On Friday, Alaves defeated visiting Eibar 2-1. The following Saturday, Levante won 2-0 at home over Leganes, while surprising Getafe did one better in their 3-0 home win over Valencia. Real Valladolid were held 1-1 by Villarreal, and Atletico Madrid eked out a customary 1-0 win at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Yesterday, Espanyol won 1-0 at home over Mallorca, Real Sociedad defeated visiting Athletic Bilbao 2-1, Osasuna fell 1-4 before their home crowd to Real Madrid, Celta Vigo made home turf count in their 2-1 victory over Sevilla, and Barcelona, playing away defeated Real Betis 3-2.
At week’s end, Barcelona’s Lionel Messi at 14 goals led the scorers’ table, followed by Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema with 13 and Barca’s Luis Suarez with 11.