Levante Unión Deportiva, S.A.D. is a football club based in Valencia. The name Levante is a tribute to the famous Levante beach in La Malvarrosa, where the club used to host its matches after its establishment in 1909. Levante is the oldest football club in the region of Valencia, as local rivals, Valencia CF, didn’t come to existence until 1919. Originally founded as Levante FC, the club got its current name,Levante UD, when it merged with Gimnástico FC in 1939. The club inherited its blue-garnet home colours from Gimnástico. Nicknamed Granotas (The Frogs), the club currently plays its home games at 26,354-seater Ciutat de València.
Levante UD: Honors
The team has played in 14 La Liga seasons so far, but they never succeeded to bring the trophy home. Their highest league finish came in 2011/12 when they finished 6th. They made their first European appearance in the Europa League the following season. The club never progressed past the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey.
Copa del Rey
Semi-finals (1): 1935
Copa de la España Libre
Winners: 2003–04, 2016–17
Segunda División B
Winners: 1978–79, 1988–89, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1998–99
Winners: 1931–32, 1943–44, 1945–46, 1953–54, 1955–56, 1972–73, 1975–76
Campeonato de Valencia
Levante UD: Famous Player
Current Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Keylor Navas honed his craft at Levante before making his big move to Real Madrid in 2014. The Costa Rica international arrived at Levante on loan from Segunda División outfit Albacete Balompié in 2012, and the move was made permanent the following year. In 2013/14, Navas was named the best goalkeeper of the league and made a league-high 267 saves. The 33-year-old is considered one of the best goalkeepers in the world right now. He is also widely considered to be the all-time best goalkeeper in the CONCACAF region.
In 2011/12, they finished sixth in the league for the first time in the club’s history. They played their first European competition the next season, and they progressed to the Europa League Round of 16 before being knocked out by Russian side Rubin Kazan. In 2015/16, the club got relegated from La Liga, but they won the Segunda División title the following season to confirm a La Liga return in 2017/18.
In 2018/19, Levante UD finished 7 points clear off the relegation zone to secure the 15th spot for successive times upon their La Liga return in 2017/18. Their Copa del Rey run ended in the Round of 16. Levante spent €26m on arrivals and made €33m from departures.
Levante sat 13th on the table, when the league went on a break for the Covid-19 outbreak. They were eliminated from the Copa del Rey Round of 16. The club spent €12.6m on new signings and earned €14.3m from sales.
Style of Play
Levante UD have shown great admiration for the classic 4-4-2 setup this season. This formation basically breaks down to a 4-1-3-2 while progressing the ball or defending opposition attacks. The defensive midfielder drops down to shelter the centre-backs while the fullbacks move forward to provide more width to the attack. Levante have threatened their opponents from the wings, but their aerial fragility made them suffer defending set-pieces.
Levante UD: Present Players
Aitor Fernández starred in his team’s 1-0 win against title hopefuls Real Madrid, making seven saves. That man of the match performance sums up the entirety of the 29-year-old’s season, who made the highest number of saves in the league (121) before the league was suspended.
José Campaña’s goal-assist numbers are nothing out of the ordinary (2 goals, 5 assists), but the 22-year-old has played an instrumental role for the Granotas. The midfielder has been a work horse in the middle of the park and also been responsible for the team’s fluid build ups.
Roger Marti is not the ideal player to play link up with, but his strong finishing makes him an indispensable asset in the Levante squad. The 29-year-old has already touched double-digit figures (11) in scored goals.
Official club name: Levante Unión Deportiva S.A.D.
Address: San Vicente de Paul 44
46019 Valencia (Residents: 794.288). Spain
Tel: +34 (902) 220304
Fax: +34 (963) 379531
Founded: Nov 30, 1908
Members: 22.589 (Score: Jan 22, 2020)
Name of stadium: Ciutat de València
Total capacity: 25.354
Seats: 25.354. Built: 1969
Formerly: Estadio Antonio Román (1969-1972) Nou Estadi del Levante U.D. (1972-1999)
Under-soil heating: No
Running track: No
Surface: Natural grass
Pitch size: 107m x 70m