After a brief interlude in Second Division B (1998-1999), Levante got ready to promote to First Division thanks to Pedro Villaroel, the club’s main stockholder and president at that moment, and Mijatovic and Amato as the standard bearers (2002-2003). Pehaps the ascent broke a ‘tradition’ of 40 years of shortage, but it also put Antonio Blasco on top of the institutional representatives, meanwhile Alberto Rivera’s figure personified the pitch, by means of a penalty in Xerez, which gave dimension to the ‘granota’ squad in June, 2004. Manolo Preciado drove a group which endures in Levante’s memory. It was a sweet and sour stage. Levante stepped on First Division’s unreachable threshold in a humble manner, while economic problems eclipsed the achievements in the field.
The institutional crisis caused Pedro Villaroel’s depart, and the entity got inside a chaotic context. From an administrative point of view, the team was immersed in a bankrupcy proceeding that anticipated Francisco Catalán’s arrival as main director, before becoming president of the entity. The Fundación Cent Anys (foundation) became the survival guarantee of the club. This came along with the institution’s centenary, developed by José Ballester. The culmination of the one-hundred-years existance concluded getting back to the elite with an unforgettable victory facing Castellón (3 - 1 in Orriols). Thanks to Luis García, the club was brought back to the first category. The closure of the bankrupcy proceeding in 2010-2011 joined the continuity in the First Division, a heroic fact provided that Levante had the most exiguous budget among the twenty teams defining the League.
The beginning of season 2011 - 2012, together with Ignacio Martínez, was supreme with Levante UD fighting for the title of leader after Villareal and Real Sociedad celebrated titles. That year became the best in the 102 years since the club was founded, being classified for the first time in European competition, obtaining the sixth place in the BBVA League, which allowed the team to enter the UEFA League in season 2012 - 2013. This achievement made Levante known all over Europe. Juan Ignacio’s squad visited Germany, Netherlands and Sweeden, then Athens and Moscow, the last stop to face Rubin Kazan. The complexity of thisundertaking didn’t distract the team from domestic competition. First Division atmosphere reenacts every and each of its steps. In the sunrise of season 2015 - 2016, it’s enjoying its sixth experience in a row inside the elite.