Founded in 1912 the club was original called Sporting Club Tenerife, but when several clubs on the island merged together in 1922 they became known as Club Deportivo Tenerife. The newly named club began its footballing journey in the Spanish regional divisions until promotion pushed them up to the Segunda Division in 1953.
Tenerife reached the top flight division in 1961 but were relegated in their first season. It wasn’t until 1991 that Tenerife started challenging in the top flight again. They were nearly relegated in their first season back but qualified for Europe the following year by finishing 5th. Tenerife have been up and down the divisions spending a few season in La Liga, most seasons in the Segunda Division and a few in the lower divisions; Segunda Division B and the Tercera Division. Their best season in European football was in 1997 when they reached the UEFA Cup semi final, going out to Juventus.
The reserve team, CD Tenerife B, currently play in the Tercera Division.
Tenerife can boast having a number of reputable players on their books in previous seasons including Fernando Redonodo, the legendary Argentinian international midfielder. After four seasons with Tenerife he joined Real Madrid in 1994, where he went on to win both La Liga and the Champions League twice each.
Newcastle United striker, Ayoze Perez, also played for Tenerife and was signed by Newcastle for around £1.5 million in 2014. He was born in Santa Cruz de Tenerife and spent around 6 seasons with the club. Another familiar name to followers of English football is Rafa Benitez, he managed Tenerife in the 2000/01 season and gained promotion in his one and only season at the club. Playing under Benitez was another familiar name, Luis Garcia, who Benitez later signed for Liverpool.
Other recognisable names to have worn the Tenerife shirt include strikers Oliver Neuville (a World Cup winner with Germany) and Roy Makaay (ex Bayern Munich and Dutch international).
Tenerife traditionally wear a white shirt and blue shorts combo for their home kit, the same colours as used on their club badge. Their away kit is a pink/salmon coloured shirt mixed with dark blue and their third kit is similar to the home kit but in reverse (blue shirt, white shorts).