History of Levante U.D
Established in 1909, Levante Union Deportiva was first registered as Levante Football Club and they were the most senior club to come out of Valencia. Ten years after Levante began playing, their closest rivals Valencia CF was then formed and quickly became their biggest rivals. During the Spanish Civil War Levante only managed to acquire a place with the top four teams after Barcelona pulled out to tour the Americas. And because of this Levante was able to finish the tournament in first place.
Unfortunately, as the Civil War was going one during their early years, Levante’s home grounds were sadly destroyed. But a team close by called Gimnastico had a ground but had lost a considerable amount of players, and this situation therefore lead the two clubs to merge and then they became known as Union Deportiva Levante-Gimnastico. However, shortly after that they regained their name – Levante Union Deportiva but they have acquired their signature colours and the nickname of Gimnastico ‘Granota’.
The home ground which Levante still plays at today is called Ciutat de Valencia which was formerly Gimnastico’s Estadio de Vallejo as it was replaced in 1969 by the new 18,000 seater stadium. Within this venue you will see a number of supporters donning the signature red and blue stripes of Levante to display their club spirit in its home.
After an unfortunate stint in 16/17, Levante has successfully made it through the La Liga and are returning for their 13th season overall. However, they have had to work super hard to be able to make it to the top flight league, and to do so they had took part in a number of leagues. Below we take a look at their biggest achievements within these tournaments over the years.
- Tercera Division Winners – 1931/32, 1943/44, 1945/46, 1953/54, 1955/56, 1972/73, 1975/76
- Segunda Division B Winners – 1978/79, 1988/89, 1994/95, 1995/96, 1998/99
- Trofeo Costa de Valencia Winners – 1972, 1974, 1977
- Segunda Division Winners – 2003/4, 2016/17
- Copa de la Espana Libre Winners – 1937
- Campeonato de Valencia Winners – 1927/28
- Campeonato Levante-Sur Winners – 1934/35
- Trofeo Comunidad Valenciana Winners – 1986
- Trofeo Ciutat de Valencia Winners – 1995
- Trofeo Ciudad de Valencia Winners – 1997
- Trofeo de la Generalitat Valenciana
Macron Manufactures the Club Kits
Taking over after Nike, Macron signed their contract with the Spanish soccer club in order to produce their sportswear for a total of three years which takes them until the end of 18/19.
It is believed that Macron wished to collaborate with Levante due to its links and popularity with Italy and they wanted to accompany the likes of Tommasi, Storari and Rossi as well known Italian connections with the Spanish club. Also, they also wanted to work alongside this club as they are the oldest football team in Valencia which makes them well known and supported by a number of generations.
Prior to the agreement with Macron, Levante UD has partnered with a range of sportswear manufacturers for their core collections. And looking at their recent history with brands they have not managed to secure a longer term deal than 3 years which makes looking at the appearance of the kits overtime engaging as they have all been interpreted by the producer differently. This feature also makes the shirts an excellent item to collect for supporters and fans across the globe.
- Luanvi – 2009 to 2012
- Kelme – 2012 to 2014
- Nike – 2014 to 2016
- Macron – 2016 to present
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