Levante Unión Deportiva was founded in 1909 in Valencia and predates Valencia FC by a decade. The club takes its name from a local beach with early games were played on land near the docks.
The modern club was formed when Levante FC and Gimnástico FC merged at the end of the Spanish Civil War during which the stadium of the former was destroyed while latter lost most of its players. The blue and maroon kit worn today was originally used by Gimnástico.
About Levante UD
The majority of Levante’s existence has seen the club compete in the lower divisions, first competing in the top tier of Spanish football in 1963 for two seasons. It was not until 2004 that the club was again promoted to the Primera División for a single season, again in 2006 for two season.
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Since their 2010 promotion the club as remained in La Liga’s the top tier and finished sixth in the 2011-2012 season after heading the table for a number of weeks. The finishing position also qualified them for Europe for the first time in their history.
When Levante FC and Gimnástico FC merged in 1939 they were first known as Unión Deportiva Levante-Gimnástico, but this must have proved to be too much of a mouthful as it was renamed two years later as Levante Unión Deportiva as it remains today.
Ciutat de València stadium
Levante plays in the Estadi Ciutat de València and has a capacity for 25,000 spectators. The stadium was inaugurated in 1969, with the first match being played against their Valencia, who won.
The stadium was originally called Estadio Antonio Román after the club’s president and later to Nou Estadi (New Stadium) before settling on the current name in honour of the club’s home city.