Third Millennium

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.

Mijatovic firma con el Levante sobre la bocina

El tiempo expiraba. El plazo de inscripciones para la temporada 2002-2003 tocaba a su fin y el Levante agilizó los movimientos efectuados para cerrar la contratación de Pedja Mijatovic. El atacante montenegrino se convirtió en el fichaje estrella de la categoría de Plata. Durante una temporada defendería la elástica azulgrana en Segunda División A. La noticia había saltado con anterioridad....

La carrera entre Ballesteros y Ronaldo

El tiempo pareció quedar inmovilizado durante unos interminables segundos y los focos del Ciutat dimensionaron el espacio geográfico ocupado por Ballesteros y Ronaldo recortando sus figuras y ennobleciéndolas sobre el resto. La imagen perdura en el imaginario del levantinismo. Un balón en profundidad auguró un tremendo desafío entre Ballesteros y Ronaldo. Los dos jugadores representaban fuerzas antitéticas. Ballesteros bajó la...

El Levante entre los 25 líderes históricos en Primera División

El Levante abandonó el Estadio de El Madrigal en Villarreal ungido con la condición de líder de la Primera División en la noche del 23 de octubre. Los goles de Juanlu, en dos ocasiones, y Koné catapultaron a la sociedad de Orriols al firmamento de la clasificación general ante la mirada de asombro del balompié nacional. Al valor alegórico de...