Unión Popular de Langreo is a Spanish football team based in Langreo, in the autonomous community of Asturias. Founded in 1961, it plays in Segunda B, holding its home games at Estadio Ganzábal in La Felguera, with a capacity of 4,024 seats. UP Langreo was founded on 4 July 1961, after the merge of local teams CP La Felguera and Racing de Sama, who both had a fiercy rivalry; the merge was made with the aim of overcoming from the rivalry between Sama and La Felguera not only in football, but in all areas. In its first season, Langreo achieved promotion to Segunda División, where it played during eight seasons out of the next ten years. Since its second relegation from Segunda to Tercera División, the club always played between Tercera and Segunda División B, the new third tier created in 1977, where UP Langreo played for the first time in its inaugural season. In 1994, Langreo played the promotion playoffs to Segunda División, but it finished in the last position of its group, composed by CF Extremadura, AEC Manlleu and CD Numancia.
Since that year, Langreo continues playing alternatively between Segunda División B and Tercera División. In 2018, Langreo qualified for the Copa del Rey thus ending with an 18-year absence in the competition, the largest in the club's history. Since its foundation, Langreo plays in Estadio Ganzábal. Renovated in 2006, it has capacity for 4,024 spectators. Langreo's historic rival is Caudal Deportivo. Both teams meet in the Asturian Mining basins derby; the club has a strong rivalry with Real Avilés. 8 seasons in Segunda División 17 seasons in Segunda División B 33 seasons in Tercera División As of 19 January 2019Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Tercera División: 1961–62, 1969–70, 1981–82, 1985–86, 2001–02 Copa RFEF: 1997, 2008, 2017 Kily Juan Carlos Álvarez Michu David Villa Source: Official website Non official website BDFútbol team profile
Spain the Kingdom of Spain, is a country located in Europe. Its continental European territory is situated on the Iberian Peninsula, its territory includes two archipelagoes: the Canary Islands off the coast of Africa, the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea. The African enclaves of Ceuta, Peñón de Vélez de la Gomera make Spain the only European country to have a physical border with an African country. Several small islands in the Alboran Sea are part of Spanish territory; the country's mainland is bordered to the south and east by the Mediterranean Sea except for a small land boundary with Gibraltar. With an area of 505,990 km2, Spain is the largest country in Southern Europe, the second largest country in Western Europe and the European Union, the fourth largest country in the European continent. By population, Spain is the fifth in the European Union. Spain's capital and largest city is Madrid. Modern humans first arrived in the Iberian Peninsula around 35,000 years ago. Iberian cultures along with ancient Phoenician, Greek and Carthaginian settlements developed on the peninsula until it came under Roman rule around 200 BCE, after which the region was named Hispania, based on the earlier Phoenician name Spn or Spania.
At the end of the Western Roman Empire the Germanic tribal confederations migrated from Central Europe, invaded the Iberian peninsula and established independent realms in its western provinces, including the Suebi and Vandals. The Visigoths would forcibly integrate all remaining independent territories in the peninsula, including Byzantine provinces, into the Kingdom of Toledo, which more or less unified politically and all the former Roman provinces or successor kingdoms of what was documented as Hispania. In the early eighth century the Visigothic Kingdom fell to the Moors of the Umayyad Islamic Caliphate, who arrived to rule most of the peninsula in the year 726, leaving only a handful of small Christian realms in the north and lasting up to seven centuries in the Kingdom of Granada; this led to many wars during a long reconquering period across the Iberian Peninsula, which led to the creation of the Kingdom of Leon, Kingdom of Castile, Kingdom of Aragon and Kingdom of Navarre as the main Christian kingdoms to face the invasion.
Following the Moorish conquest, Europeans began a gradual process of retaking the region known as the Reconquista, which by the late 15th century culminated in the emergence of Spain as a unified country under the Catholic Monarchs. Until Aragon had been an independent kingdom, which had expanded toward the eastern Mediterranean, incorporating Sicily and Naples, had competed with Genoa and Venice. In the early modern period, Spain became the world's first global empire and the most powerful country in the world, leaving a large cultural and linguistic legacy that includes more than 570 million Hispanophones, making Spanish the world's second-most spoken native language, after Mandarin Chinese. During the Golden Age there were many advancements in the arts, with world-famous painters such as Diego Velázquez; the most famous Spanish literary work, Don Quixote, was published during the Golden Age. Spain hosts the world's third-largest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Spain is a secular parliamentary democracy and a parliamentary monarchy, with King Felipe VI as head of state.
It is a major developed country and a high income country, with the world's fourteenth largest economy by nominal GDP and sixteenth largest by purchasing power parity. It is a member of the United Nations, the European Union, the Eurozone, the Council of Europe, the Organization of Ibero-American States, the Union for the Mediterranean, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, the Schengen Area, the World Trade Organization and many other international organisations. While not an official member, Spain has a "Permanent Invitation" to the G20 summits, participating in every summit, which makes Spain a de facto member of the group; the origins of the Roman name Hispania, from which the modern name España was derived, are uncertain due to inadequate evidence, although it is documented that the Phoenicians and Carthaginians referred to the region as Spania, therefore the most accepted etymology is a Semitic-Phoenician one.
Down the centuries there have been a number of accounts and hypotheses: The Renaissance scholar Antonio de Nebrija proposed that the word Hispania evolved from the Iberian word Hispalis, meaning "city of the western world". Jesús Luis Cunchillos argues that the root of the term span is the Phoenician word spy, meaning "to forge metals". Therefore, i-spn-ya would mean "the land where metals are forged", it may be a derivation of the Phoenician I-Shpania, meaning "island of rabbits", "land of rabbits" or "edge", a reference to Spain's location at the end of the Mediterranean. The word in question means "Hyrax" due to Phoenicians confusing the two animals. Hispania may derive from the poetic use of the term Hesperia, reflecting the Greek perception of Italy as a "western land" or "land of the setting sun" (Hesperia
Esteban Andrés Suárez, known as Esteban, is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a goalkeeper. He started and finished his extensive senior career, which spanned more than two decades, at Real Oviedo, he appeared in 280 matches in La Liga during 13 seasons representing in the competition Atlético Madrid, Sevilla and Almería. Born in Avilés, Esteban began his career with hometown's SD Navarro CF in 1993, but soon moved to local giants Real Oviedo after a stint at Real Avilés Industrial. During five seasons with the first team – four of those spent in La Liga – he only missed 12 league games combined, moved to Atlético Madrid in the summer of 2002 as the Colchoneros had just returned to the top flight after a two-year absence, finishing the campaign as starter after beginning as understudy to Germán Burgos. Esteban joined fellow league club Sevilla FC in August 2003. After two solid seasons with the Andalusians he signed for Celta de Vigo, backing up José Manuel Pinto in the second division side until the latter moved to FC Barcelona in January 2008.
In the 2008 off-season, Esteban joined UD Almería in the top level, where he was second-choice to Diego Alves in his first year. However, profiting from injury to the starter in late March 2009, he was put between the posts and remained there until the end of the season when the Brazilian recovered. In the 2009–10 campaign, Esteban's league output consisted of 30 minutes – the last round notwithstanding– after Alves was sent off in a 0–3 home defeat against Valencia CF. At the season's end, the 35-year-old renewed his contract for another year. Esteban continued as Alves' backup in 2010–11, he was first-choice, however, in Almería's Copa del Rey run, which saw the club reach the competition's semi-finals for the first time ever. In the final stretch of the campaign, as they were relegated and Alves announced his departure to Valencia, he appeared in four matches and conceded 11 goals, including eight in a 1–8 loss at Real Madrid. Subsequently, at 36, Esteban became Almería's first-choice, he played all 42 league games during the second division season, conceding 43 goals as the team finished seventh.
Esteban did not miss one single match in the 2013–14 campaign, as the Rojiblancos were again in the Spanish top flight and managed to stay afloat. On 13 May 2014, Esteban announced. An undisputed starter in his first two seasons, he was overtaken by new signing Juan Carlos in 2016–17. On 29 June 2017, despite Esteban's willingness to play a further season, he retired and was included in the club's backroom staff. Oviedo Segunda División B: 2014–15 Spain U21 UEFA European Under-21 Championship: 1998 Esteban at BDFutbol Esteban at Futbolme Esteban at Soccerway
Club Deportivo Colonia Moscardó is a Spanish football team based in Madrid, in the namesake community. Founded in 1945 it plays in Tercera División Group 7, holding home matches at Estadio Román Valero with a capacity of 14,000 seats; the club was born in 1944 with the aim to create a team for the players of the neighbourhoods of Usera and Colonia de Moscardó. It was registered in the Castilian Football Federation on 23 July 1945, belongs to the Madrid Football Federation. In 1964, Moscardó promoted for the first time to Tercera División, six years to Segunda División; the club only could remain in the second tier one season before being relegated again to Tercera. Since that relegation, the club alternated Tercera División and Preferente until 1989, when it promoted to Segunda División B, alternated Segunda B and Tercera during the 1990s. In the 2000s, the club ended its second golden era and continues playing between fourth and fifth tier. Moscardó play their games with capacity for 5,000 people.
During the 1960s, it was expanded for 12,000 people and in the 1970s, the turf was installed. In the 1990s, one of the stands was demolished due to safety reasons. In 2008, the pitch was replaced by an artificial one. 1 season in Segunda División 4 seasons in Segunda División B 36 seasons in Tercera División Lino Oscar Téllez Futmadrid profile Futbolme team profile
Real Unión Club de Irún, S. A. D. is a Spanish football club based in Irun, in the autonomous community of the Basque Country, in the province of Gipuzkoa, near the border with France. Founded in 15 May 1915 it plays in Segunda División B – Group 2, holding home matches at the 5,000-seater Stadium Gal. Real Unión were among the early pioneering Spanish football teams and, along with fellow Basque clubs Athletic Bilbao, Real Sociedad and Arenas Club de Getxo were founding members of La Liga, in 1928; the club was formed in Racing Club de Irún. The former was founded in 1902 as Irún Foot-Ball Club, changing its name in 1907; the latter, formed in 1908, had won the 1913 Copa del Rey, beating Athletic Bilbao 1–0 in a replayed final. The club was known as Unión Club Irún before Alfonso XIII gave the club royal approval. During the Second Spanish Republic the club reverted to this name. Real Unión subsequently won the Copa del Rey a further three times, beating Real Madrid in 1918 and again in 1924. In 1927 they defeated Arenas Getxo in the only all-Basque final to date.
In 1922 they were runners-up. The club were relegated from La Liga in 1932. In 1920, when Spain made their international debut at the Olympic Games, the club provided the squad with three players—Egiazabal, Vázquez and Arabolaza. Another Real Unión player, René Petit, took part in the same Olympic Games with France. In the 70s and 80s, Spanish internationals Javier Irureta and Roberto López Ufarte began their career with the club. On 11 November 2008, in the 2008–09 Copa del Rey against Real Madrid, Real Unión lost 3–4 at the Santiago Bernabéu, but secured a famous aggregate victory following a 3–2 home victory in the first leg, it was the first time in history that Real Madrid were eliminated by a Segunda División B team at home. The club returned to the Segunda División after a 44-year absence, successively defeating CE Sabadell FC and AD Alcorcón in the 2008–09 promotion play-offs. However, it would be a short-lived return, as the team was relegated, after ranking 21st. 4 seasons in La Liga 10 seasons in Segunda División 25 seasons in Segunda División B 40 seasons in Tercera División 7 seasons in Categorías Regionales As of 6 November 2017Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules.
Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Copa del Rey: Winners 1913, 1918, 1924, 1927 Runners-up: 1922 Copa Federación de España: Winners 2014–15 Segunda División B: Winners: 2002–03, 2008–09 Tercera División: Winners1957–58, 1963–64. Category:Real Unión footballers Steve Bloomer Javier Zubillaga Official website Futbolme team profile
Club Deportivo Lugo is a Spanish football team based in Lugo, in the autonomous community of Galicia. Founded in 16 June 1953, it plays in Segunda División, holding home games at Estadio Anxo Carro. Lugo promoted for the first time to Segunda División in 1992, but could not remain more than one season in the league. 20 years the club promoted again to the second division after beating Cádiz in the last round of the promotion play-offs, after a penalty shootout. In October 2017, after twelve rounds of the 2017–18 season, Lugo achieved for the first time in their history the first position of the Segunda División. 8 seasons in Segunda División 23 seasons in Segunda División B 34 seasons in Tercera División 1 season in Categorías Regionales As of 14 February 2019Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. CD Lugo play, it has a capacity of 8,000. Built in 1974 it was inaugurated on 31 August 1974, with a triangular tournament featuring Deportivo de La Coruña and Club Lemos. Google map of Anxo Carro Note: this list includes players that have appeared in at least 100 league games and/or have reached international status. Official website Futbolme team profile BDFutbol team profile
José "Pepe" Mel Pérez is a Spanish football manager and retired player. He is the manager of UD Las Palmas. A striker, he played 215 matches and scored 78 goals over eight seasons in the Segunda División, for Real Madrid Castilla, Castellón and Betis, he played in La Liga with the last Betis. In 1999 Mel took up coaching, has since managed several teams, his longest spells have been with Rayo Vallecano and Betis, who he led to the Segunda División championship in 2011 and 2015. Born in Madrid, Mel started his career with Real Madrid. In late 1987, after a brief spell with CA Osasuna, he moved to Segunda División with CD Castellón where he played two years, helping the Valencian Community club return to La Liga in his second season after an absence of seven years. Mel enjoyed his best years at Real Betis, signing with the Andalusia team in 1989 and helping them achieve promotion in his debut campaign whilst winning the Pichichi Trophy with 22 goals, one better than in the previous season at Castellón.
In the following year he played his first and only season in the top level, scoring 14 times but once again suffering immediate relegation. Mel played his remaining years in the third division in Spain, in France, with Granada CF – two years – Benidorm CF and Getafe CF, splitting his final season between Angers SCO and Écija Balompié, he retired with a Spanish second division tally of 195 games and 73 goals. Mel started coaching one year after retiring, his first club being amateurs CD Coslada in the Community of Madrid. In 2001, after one year at Real Murcia in division two, he replaced Valencia CF-bound Rafael Benítez at the helm of CD Tenerife, having his first spell in the top flight as a coach and suffering relegation. In the following four seasons, Mel worked in the second level, being sacked early into 2005–06 by Polideportivo Ejido. Shortly after he dropped down a level and moved to Rayo Vallecano, helping the Madrid club return to the second division in his second year and subsequently leading it to the fifth place, with chances of promotion until the last month of competition.
On 15 February 2010, after a string of poor results, Mel was sacked by Rayo, being replaced by director of football Felipe Miñambres who helped the club to the 11th place. In the summer he signed with former side Betis in the second tier, leading the Verdiblancos back to the top division in his first year. Mel coached Betis to the seventh position in the 2012–13 campaign, with the subsequent qualification to the UEFA Europa League, he was relieved of his duties on 2 December 2013, after falling to a 0–4 derby loss at Sevilla FC and conceding a last-minute 2–2 home equaliser to Rayo Vallecano. On 9 January 2014, Mel signed an 18-month contract with West Bromwich Albion of the Premier League, his first match in charge came 11 days a 1–1 home draw against Everton. Mel obtained his first win in English football after seven games, with a 2–1 success at Swansea City on 15 March 2014. On 12 May 2014, one day after the end of the season where he led the Baggies to the 17th place, he left by mutual consent with a record of three wins from 17 games.
Mel returned to former club Betis in December 2014, with a contract lasting until the end of the campaign. He was the April 2015 Segunda División Manager of the Month after his team won all their games, scoring 11 goals and conceding two. On 24 May, after only one loss in his tenure, the league was won as champions and promotion achieved with a 3–0 win over AD Alcorcón. Mel was sacked on 11 January 2016, with his team in 15th place following a poor run of form. On 28 February 2017, Mel was appointed at Deportivo de La Coruña until the end of the season, replacing the sacked Gaizka Garitano at a team two points above the relegation zone in the top division and winless in the new year, he was himself fired on 24 October, due to poor results. Mel was named manager of UD Las Palmas on 4 March 2019, replacing Paco Herrera, sacked earlier the same day, he signed a contract until the end of the season. Mel is a novelist, having published three books, The Road to the Afterlife and The Test; as of match played 6 April 2019 Castellón Segunda División: 1988–89 Rayo Vallecano Segunda División B: 2007–08Betis Segunda División: 2010–11, 2014–15 Pichichi Trophy: 1989–90 Segunda División Manager of the Month: April 2015 Pepe Mel at BDFutbol Pepe Mel manager profile at BDFutbol Betisweb stats and bio Pepe Mel at WorldFootball.net