Although Malaga's institutional crisis may seem to overshadow what is occuring on the pitch, the team's current predicament is also extraordinary. One has to go back to the 1956-1957 season to find the last time Malaga played 10 games without winning a single one.
Back then, the division was divided into a northern category with 16 teams and a southern one with 20. That season, Malaga's winless streak was 13 matches, but this was due in large part to a plane crash the players were involved in in Tenerife, which only caused one fatality, a woman in a house the plane collided with, but left many members of the squad traumatised.
Fast forward 63 years and the club finds itself in similarly dire straits. Since Malaga's laboured victory away at Santander (0-1) on the first game of the season, five draws and the same number of defeats have followed. The players will have gone to the dressing room after many of these games thinking they had deserved more, with the clear exception of their defeat away to Huesca on matchday 10 (0-2).
If fans are to take encouragement from anything, it is from the fact that after the club's winless streak in 1956-57, Malaga went on a run which saw them win 13 of their 20 remaining league games that season, even taking 12 points from 12 in their final four fixtures.
Malaga have gone 10 games without winning more recently, but this came in the First Division, during José Gonzalez's brief spell as coach in 2018. They also failed to take three points in nine consecutive games in the Second Division in the 1977-1978 season.
As well as cementing their current winless run as their second worst in their Second Division history, the 2-1 home reverse to Cadiz also knocked Malaga down from 19th to 21st position in the league, after victories for rivals Mirandés and Oviedo last weekend. The club occupying last place is Deportivo la Coruña, only behind Malaga on goal difference, are in fact the Blue and Whites' opponents on Sunday (4pm) at the Riazor.