1960s - 1970s

Ascending to the elite seemed like an unrealistic fiction. The dream was fighting back, but in season 1962 - 1962, after beating Deportivo de la Coruña in a historic double confrontation, everything changed. And even though that day was covered by the shadow of Pope John XXIII’s death, for the team it was a glorious one. Antonio Román gave up the Presidency in favour of José Navarro, as the preface of Eduardo Clerigues landing as the head executive, with Blas Escrig in charge of the main economic management. The promotion to First Division fostered two unforgettable seasons. On its debut, Levante fought for the tenth position of the grid, but went back to the Second Division in 1964 - 1965, after a fatal meeting facing Málaga.

There were prestigious victories confronting F.C. Barcelona (5 - 1 in Stadium of Vallejo), and the city discovered a derby which had been rusted over time. Looking at this frame, Ernesto Domínguez’s call to Spain’s national team can be contextualised after a duel between ‘La Roja’ (Spain’s national team) and Belgium in Stadium of Mestalla. However, the situation didn’t last long, and the end of the 60s meant going back to the Third division. This fact came from the restructuring of the Second Division, and gave room to Antonio Román’s second stage as the club’s president. Nevertheless, on September 9th,1969 / the ninth of September, 1969, Levante played in Ciudad de Valencia Stadium for the first time, known at the time as Antonio Román Stadium, in a match against Valencia C.F. The Stadium’s opening went hand-in-hand with a too-long-period of poor results, and the team being in the midst of Second and Third Division, despite Manuel Grau’s incalculable effort, who followed Román in charge of the Presidency.

Grau Torralba was a man of action, as it was proved by the cheeky wager that meant Carlos Caszely’s hiring, Chile’s international. Caszely (known as ‘gerente’) stayed in Levante for two campaigns before leaving for Espanyol. Democracy’s coming didn’t bring any changes referred to the sports section, but highlighted difficulties in the economic one. Treasury was living a poverty-stricken situation, which led the team to Third Division in the season 1981 - 1982. This relegation was accented by another driven by outstanding payment. Not even Johan Cruyff’s recruit in February, 1981, could reverse the negative spiral of a society that had ed the competition from the start.

Domínguez; Internacional con España

Ernesto Domínguez saltó al verde de Mestalla el 1 de diciembre de 1963 con la elástica roja ceñida a su piel para enfrentarse a Bélgica. El momento fue histórico y perdura en la memoria del levantinismo. Domínguez llegó al clímax que significa alcanzar un espacio en la Selección Española como futbolista del Levante. Nadie lo ha vuelto a conseguir. Las...

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