Founded In
Valencia, Spain


About Levante

Levante Unión Deportiva was initially founded as Levante Fútbol Club in 1909, ten years earlier than their city rivals Valencia. By the end of the Spanish Civil War, Gimnástico Fútbol Club had lost many of their players, while Levante had lost their club stadium. The two clubs merged in 1939 to form Levante Unión Deportiva.

Despite the club's existece pre-dating their city rivals, Levante did not make it to the top tier of Spanish football until the 1960s, gaining promotion to La Liga at the end of the 1962-63 season.

Levante have never won a major trophy and the club has repeatedly bounced between the first, second and third tiers. However, the club reached new heights during the 2011-12 season. After beginning the campaign in style, a run of seven straight wins culminating in a victory over Real Sociedad saw the club top the league table for a brief period at the end of the 2011. By the end of the season, Levante's form had dipped, however it was still enough to secure a 6th place finish and qualification for the UEFA Europa League for the first time in the club's history.

Noteable past players include Dutch striker Faas Wilkes, who scored 20 goals for the club during the 1958–59 season; former Spanish international Vicente Rodríguez, who began his professional career with the club; Republic of Ireland international Ian Harte, who helped Levante to achieve promotion in 2005-06 and Italian international midfielder Damiano Tommasi. In 1981, legendary Dutch player Johan Cruyff played for the club in a bid to help Levante rise to the top division. Ultimately, this did not occur, the club was unable to keep to their financial commitments and Cruyff only played 10 matches for the team.

The club's home stadium is the Estadi Ciutat de València. Built in 1969, the ground has a total capacity of 25,354.