- Address: Málaga
- Country: Spain
- Capacity: 30,000
- Opened: 15 September 1941
- Main use: Football
- Tenants: Málaga CF (football)
Extra stadium info – Estadio La Rosaleda
The Estadio La Rosaleda is among the main sports venues in Andalusia. It was renovated several times. In 1982, the venue hosted FIFA World Cup matches of the national football teams of New Zealand, Scotland and the USSR. The first-ever FIFA World Cup game at the stadium took place on 15 June 1982. Scotland won the game against New Zealand 5-2 in front of 36,000 spectators. It was the first-ever world championship game of the national football team of New Zealand.
Málaga Club de Fútbol, the first sports club from the city of Málaga with 1 million followers on its main social media page, use the stadium for home games. The club was founded in 1904. In 2012, they were one of the 32 UEFA Champions League participants for the first time in their history. Málaga CF played against AC Milan, Anderlecht, Borussia Dortmund, FC Porto and Zenit in their inaugural UEFA Champions League season. The same year, Rutgerus Johannes Martinus van Nistelrooij ended his professional career with Malaga CF.
Ruud van Nistelrooij
The former Dutch striker Rutgerus Johannes Martinus van Nistelrooij, commonly known as Ruud van Nistelrooij, started his professional football career with the Dutch side FC Den Bosch. The world famous football legend also played professional football for sc Heerenveen, PSV, Manchester United, Real Madrid and HSV before he joined Malaga CF in 2011. Van Nistelrooij also played numerous matches for the national football team of the Netherlands. In 2001, Ruud van Nistelrooij left the Dutch side PSV from Eindhoven for the English football giants Manchester United for a British record transfer fee. He scored twice in his first-ever Premier League match, which was won by Manchester United Football Club after beating Fulham Football Club 3-2.