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Unión Deportiva Las Palmas, S.A.D. is a Spanish football team based in Las Palmas, in the autonomous community of Canary Islands. Founded on 22 August 1949, it plays in Segunda División, holding home games at the Estadio Gran Canaria, with a capacity of 32,400 seats.

Las Palmas
UD Las Palmas logo.svg
Full nameUnión Deportiva Las Palmas, S.A.D.
Nickname(s)La Union Deportiva
Founded22 August 1949; 69 years ago (1949-08-22)
GroundEstadio Gran Canaria
Capacity32,400
PresidentMiguel Ángel Ramírez
Head coachPepe Mel
LeagueSegunda División
2018–19Segunda División, 12th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

The club remains the only one in Spanish football to achieve back-to-back promotions to La Liga in its first two seasons. It had a 19-year run in the competition, ending in 1982–83. They have been promoted to La Liga on three additional occasions since that time (a total of eight additional seasons), most recently from 2015 to 2018.

Its main rivals are Tenerife from said neighbouring island. Las Palmas and Tenerife contest the Canary Islands derby. The two clubs are among the most isolated professional football clubs in Europe, since they play their away games on the distant Spanish mainland.

Contents

HistoryEdit

Foundation and early yearsEdit

 
Real Club Victoria in 1910.
 
Marino Fútbol Club shield.

Even though the club registered with the Royal Spanish Football Federation on 6 June 1949, UD Las Palmas was officially founded on 22 August of that year, as the result of a merger between all five clubs on the island: Club Deportivo Gran Canaria, Atlético Club de Fútbol, Real Club Victoria, Arenas Club and Marino Fútbol Club. The union was to create a club strong enough to keep Canarian players on the island and not to seek a better career on the mainland.

Debate was held on the name of the club, which it was agreed would not include the names of any of its predecessors. An early option, Deportivo Canarias, was scrapped due to referring to the Canary Islands on a whole rather than the island of Gran Canaria. The name Las Palmas by itself was also put forward, and then rejected due to the name having already been taken by a defunct club in the city; Unión Deportiva Las Palmas was finally chosen due to its connection to the union which created the team, and its home city of Las Palmas. The first training session at the new club was held on 16 September 1949.[1]

Las Palmas finished second in their first season in the Tercera División (1949–50), ranking third in the following year's Segunda División to reach La Liga for the first time ever, and became the first Spanish club to achieve consecutive promotions in its first two years of existence. The first season in the top flight ended, however, in relegation, but the team returned to the category in 1954, going on to enjoy a six-year spell.

Top-flight successEdit

After Las Palmas returned to La Liga at the end of the 1963–64 season, again as champions, the club went on to have their most successful spell in the competition. Managed by Vicente Dauder, they finished third in 1967–68 behind Real Madrid and FC Barcelona, and four club players made the Spain squad which hosted and won the UEFA Euro 1964 tournament; the following season the team fared even better and only lost the league to Real Madrid, and thus qualified for European competition for the first time in its history, appearing in the 1969–70 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup and being knocked out in the first round by Germany's Hertha BSC (0–0 home draw, 0–1 away loss).

Las Palmas player Juan Guedes died suddenly on 9 March 1971 at the age of 28. The next season, French coach Pierre Sinibaldi led the club to the fifth place, with subsequent qualification for the UEFA Cup: after disposing of Torino F.C. and ŠK Slovan Bratislava, the Spaniards bowed out to Dutch club FC Twente; at the end of 1974–75 another team player, Tonono – a defender who played with Guedes – died of a liver infection.

Las Palmas' third appearance in European competition came with the 1977–78 UEFA Cup, where they defeated FK Sloboda Tuzla of Yugoslavia in the first round before falling to the English side Ipswich Town.[2] Under the management of Miguel Muñoz, and with players such as Argentines Miguel Ángel Brindisi, Daniel Carnevali (the first to arrive in 1973), Carlos Morete and Quique Wolff, the club also reached their first final of the Copa del Rey in that year, losing on 19 April to Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium (1–3).[3]

From the 1990s onwards, Las Palmas played mainly in the Segunda División, but also spent six years in Segunda División B – the new third level created in 1977 – and, from 2000–02, competed in the top flight. On 3 October 2001 the side managed a 4–2 home win against Real Madrid, with youth product Rubén Castro scoring two goals for the hosts, but the season ended nonetheless in relegation.[4] On the 22 December 2001, Las Palmas played its 1,000th game in La Liga. On 21 June 2015, Las Palmas was promoted back to La Liga after defeating Real Zaragoza on the away goals rule.

SeasonsEdit

Season to seasonEdit

 
Carlos Morete, the second top scorer in the history of the club after Germán Dévora.
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1949–50 3 2nd DNP
1950–51 2 3rd DNP
1951–52 1 15th DNP
1952–53 2 4th 3rd round
1953–54 2 1st Round of 16
1954–55 1 12th Round of 16
1955–56 1 11th Round of 16
1956–57 1 10th Round of 16
1957–58 1 11th Quarterfinals
1958–59 1 14th Round of 32
1959–60 1 16th Round of 32
1960–61 2 5th Round of 16
1961–62 2 4th 1st round
1962–63 2 3rd Round of 16
1963–64 2 1st 1st round
1964–65 1 9th Round of 16
1965–66 1 10th Round of 16
1966–67 1 11th Round of 16
1967–68 1 3rd Round of 16
1968–69 1 2nd Round of 16
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1969–70 1 9th Round of 16
1970–71 1 14th Round of 16
1971–72 1 5th Round of 16
1972–73 1 11th 5th round
1973–74 1 11th Semifinals
1974–75 1 13th Quarterfinals
1975–76 1 13th Quarterfinals
1976–77 1 4th Round of 16
1977–78 1 7th Runner-up
1978–79 1 6th 4th round
1979–80 1 12th 3rd round
1980–81 1 15th 1st round
1981–82 1 15th Round of 16
1982–83 1 16th 3rd round
1983–84 2 11th Semifinals
1984–85 2 1st 4th round
1985–86 1 13th 4th round
1986–87 1 14th 4th round
1987–88 1 20th Round of 16
1988–89 2 11th Round of 32
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1989–90 2 6th 1st round
1990–91 2 15th Round of 16
1991–92 2 20th 4th round
1992–93 3 2ªB 1st 4th round
1993–94 3 2ªB 2nd 3rd round
1994–95 3 2ªB 3rd 4th round
1995–96 3 2ªB 1st 2nd round
1996–97 2 7th Semifinals
1997–98 2 3rd 3rd round
1998–99 2 6th 4th round
1999–00 2 1st 2nd round
2000–01 1 11th Round of 32
2001–02 1 18th Round of 32
2002–03 2 5th Round of 64
2003–04 2 20th Round of 64
2004–05 3 2ªB 7th Round of 64
2005–06 3 2ªB 3rd 3rd round
2006–07 2 18th 3rd round
2007–08 2 8th Round of 32
2008–09 2 18th 2nd round
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
2009–10 2 17th 3rd round
2010–11 2 15th 2nd round
2011–12 2 9th 2nd round
2012–13 2 6th Round of 16
2013–14 2 6th Round of 32
2014–15 2 4th Round of 32
2015–16 1 11th Quarterfinals
2016–17 1 14th Round of 16
2017–18 1 19th Round of 16
2018–19 2 12th 2nd round

Recent seasonsEdit

Season Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Notes
1999–00 2D 1 42 20 12 10 60 41 72 Promoted
2000–01 1D 11 38 13 7 18 42 62 46
2001–02 1D 18 38 9 13 16 40 50 40 Relegated
2002–03 2D 5 42 16 16 10 53 43 64
2003–04 2D 20 42 10 14 18 46 68 44 Relegated
2004–05 2DB 7 38 17 9 12 50 33 60
2005–06 2DB 3 38 18 13 7 45 24 67 Promoted
2006–07 2D 18 42 13 12 17 51 59 51
2007–08 2D 8 42 15 12 15 51 55 57
2008–09 2D 18 42 10 17 15 46 51 47
2009–10 2D 17 42 12 15 15 49 49 51
2010–11 2D 15 42 13 15 14 56 71 54
2011–12 2D 9 42 16 10 16 58 59 58
2012–13 2D 6 42 18 12 12 62 55 66
2013–14 2D 6 42 18 9 15 51 50 63
2014–15 2D 4 42 22 12 8 73 47 78 Promoted
2015–16 1D 11 38 12 8 18 45 53 44
2016–17 1D 14 38 10 9 19 53 74 39
2017–18 1D 19 38 5 7 26 24 74 22 Relegated
2018–19 2D 12 31 9 15 7 35 33 42

Current squadEdit

As of 16 July 2019.[5]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1   GK Raúl Fernández
3   DF Alberto de la Bella
6   DF Eric Curbelo
7   FW Rubén Castro
8   MF Maikel Mesa
10   FW Sergio Araujo
12   MF David Timor
14   DF Álvaro Lemos
15   DF Deivid
17   FW Tomáš Pekhart
18   MF Javi Castellano
19   MF Iñigo Ruiz de Galarreta
23   DF Dani Castellano
24   MF Slavoljub Srnić
No. Position Player
25   DF Aythami Artiles
26   MF Cristian Cedrés
27   MF Fabio González
30   GK Josep Martínez
31   DF Kirian Rodríguez
  DF Álex Suárez
  DF Martín Mantovani
  DF Mauricio Lemos
  DF Diego Parras
  MF Benito Ramírez
  MF Mateo García
  MF Christian Rivera
  FW Edu Espiau
  GK Jaylan Hankins

Reserve teamEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
32   MF Toni Segura
34   GK Álvaro Vallés
No. Position Player
37   MF Carlos González
38   DF Jesús Fortes

Out on loanEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
  MF Tana (at Zhejiang Greentown until 31 December 2019)

HonoursEdit

Former playersEdit

List of coachesEdit

Affiliated teamsEdit

Las Palmas has used farm teams since 1954, but its official B-team, Las Palmas Atlético, was founded in 1976.[6] A third side was founded in 2006 and reached the highest division of regional football, the Preferente, before folding in 2010 and being re-created the following season.[7]

The club also had a women's team in the top division between 2009 and 2011. In 2010 Las Palmas founded an indoor football team for the Liga de Fútbol Indoor, staging matches at the Centro Insular de Deportes.[8]

CrestEdit

Las Palmas' badge is a blue shield with yellow scrolls on top with the club's name, city and archipelago. The municipal arms, granted by the city's mayor, feature in the centre of the design. Underneath lie the five crests of the clubs which united in 1949 to create the club: from left to right – Victoria, Arenas, Deportivo, Marino and Atlético; a smaller white scroll above them displays the city motto Segura tiene la palma.

In Spanish football, many clubs possess royal patronage and thus are permitted to use the prefix Real in their name and use an image of the Spanish crown. Las Palmas does not have such patronage, but tops its crest with the Spanish crown due to the patronage held by Real Club Victoria.

The crest is the central emblem of the club flag, a horizontal bicolour with yellow on top and blue underneath. The flag of the island of Gran Canaria uses these colours diagonally.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Historia – Nombre del club (History – Club name) Archived 18 November 2012 at the Wayback Machine; Las Palmas' official website ‹See Tfd›(in Spanish)
  2. ^ Historia – De las tragedias del destino a los argentinos (71–83) (Historia – From twists of fate to Argentines (71–83)) Archived 29 November 2010 at the Wayback Machine; Las Palmas' official website ‹See Tfd›(in Spanish)
  3. ^ Spain – Cup 1978; at RSSSF
  4. ^ Liga – El 'niño' que eclipsó a Zidane reta al Madrid (Liga – The 'boy' who eclipsed Zidane challenges Madrid); Yahoo! Deportes, 12 October 2011 ‹See Tfd›(in Spanish)
  5. ^ "Top Team". UD Las Palmas. Retrieved 27 June 2019.
  6. ^ El filial: vivero del fútbol canario (The farm team: feeding ground of Canarian football); Historia del Fútbol Canario ‹See Tfd›(in Spanish)
  7. ^ La UD Las Palmas volverá a tener equipo "C" (UD Las Palmas to have a "C" team again) Archived 5 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine; Las Palmas' official website, 20 June 2011 ‹See Tfd›(in Spanish)
  8. ^ La UD Las Palmas crea un equipo de Fútbol Indoor (UD Las Palmas creates Indoor Football team) Archived 6 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine; Las Palmas' official website, 23 September 2010 ‹See Tfd›(in Spanish)

External linksEdit