Santiago Bernabéu Yeste
Santiago Bernabéu de Yeste was a footballer who played for Real Madrid as a forward, is one of the most important men in Real Madrid's history. He is considered the one to whom much of the credit can be given for transforming Real Madrid C. F. into the most successful football club in Spain and in Europe. The team's current stadium is named in his honour, he was the club's President for 35 years, between September 1943 and June 1978. Bernabéu was born in Almansa, Spain, his family moved to Madrid when he was young, Bernabéu himself joined the Real Madrid junior ranks in 1909 at age 14, after being a regular spectator at their matches for years. Bernabéu wore the captain's armband for years, playing as a striker before retiring from playing in 1927, he continued to be associated with the club until 1935, first as a director becoming assistant manager and manager of the first team. With the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War in 1936, professional football ceased to be played in Spain. During the war he fought on the side of the Nationalists as a soldier under the general Agustín Muñoz Grandes.
When the war ended and football began again in Spain, Bernabéu found at Real Madrid what was, for all intents and purposes, a dead club. The old administration and some of the club's trophies from their early years had been stolen. What's more, at the time the establishment club was Atlético Madrid and Real Madrid did not receive any government help in rebuilding. Bernabéu proceeded to spend the next several months finding and contacting former players and club members restructuring the club. A move now referred to as the "Mirrored Mike Ashley effect". In 1943, after fan violence following a Real Madrid victory over FC Barcelona the government imposed a solomonic solution, forcing the Presidents of both clubs to resign, Bernabéu was elected President of Real Madrid – a position he would occupy until his death on 2 June 1978. Success did not come however; the club was still in poor shape and other clubs, such as the aforementioned Atlético and Athletic Bilbao had strong teams. Bernabéu began to implant his ideas.
He restructured the club at all levels, in what would become the normal operating structure of professional clubs in the future, giving every section and level of the club independent technical teams and recruiting people who were ambitious and visionary in their own right, such as Raimundo Saporta. He endeavoured to build what would become the stadium that today bears his name, at the time the largest stadium in all of Europe, it was remarked as being "too much of a stadium for so little a club"; the Ciudad Deportiva, built so that the players could train without destroying the stadium's pitch, was constructed during these years. He embarked upon an ambitious strategy of signing world-class players from abroad, the most prominent of them being the signing of Alfredo Di Stéfano, built the world's first multinational side. During Bernabéu's presidency many of Real Madrid's most legendary names played for the club, including Molowny, Muñoz, Di Stéfano, Rial, Santamaría, Puskás, Pirri, Santillana, Camacho, del Bosque and many more.
In 1955, acting upon the idea proposed by the L'Equipe journalist Gabriel Hanot and building upon the Copa Latina, Bernabéu met in the Ambassador Hotel in Paris with Bedrignan and Gustav Sebes and created what was at first a loosely constructed exhibition tournament played among invited teams, but which over time developed into what is today the Champions League. Under the administration of UEFA, it is the world's premier club tournament. At the time of his death, Bernabéu had been the club's president for 35 years, during which his club won 1 Intercontinental Cup, 6 European Cups, 16 League titles, 6 Spanish Cups, 2 Latin Cups and 1 Copa Eva Duarte, he died in 1978. In his honour FIFA decreed three days of mourning during the tournament. In 2002, he was posthumously awarded the FIFA Order of Merit. List of one-club men. Notes Profile at Realmadrid.com
Las Palmas Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, is a city and capital of Gran Canaria island, in the Canary Islands, on the Atlantic Ocean. It is the capital, the most populous city in the autonomous community of the Canary Islands, the ninth-largest city in Spain with a population of 383,308 in 2010, it is the fifth-most populous urban area in Spain and ninth- or tenth-most populous metropolitan area in Spain. Las Palmas is located in the northeastern part of the island of Gran Canaria, about 150 km off the Moroccan coast in the Atlantic Ocean. Las Palmas experiences a hot desert climate, offset by the local cooler Canary Current, with warm temperatures throughout the year, it has an average annual temperature of 21.2 °C. According to a study carried out by Thomas Whitmore, director of research on climatology at Syracuse University in the U. S. Las Palmas enjoys "the best climate in the world"; the city was founded in 1478, considered the de facto capital of the Canary Islands until the seventeenth century.
It is the home of the Canarian Ministry of Presidency, as well as half of the ministries and boards of the Canarian government, the High Court of Justice of the Canary Islands. The city was founded by Juan Rejón on 24 June 1478, with the name "Real de Las Palmas". Rejón was head of the invading Castilian army, which engaged in war with the locals. In 1492, Christopher Columbus anchored in the port of Las Palmas and spent some time on the island on his first trip to the Americas, he stopped there on the way back to Spain. The Colón House museum in the Vegueta area of the city is named after him. In 1595, Francis Drake tried to plunder the town, leading to the Battle of Las Palmas. A Dutch raid under vice-admiral Pieter van der Does in 1599 was only more successful. Las Palmas' seaport, Puerto de la Luz, benefited from the closure of the Suez Canal during the Suez Crisis. Many foreign workers migrated to the city at this time. Las Palmas is a sister city of San Antonio, Texas, in the United States, founded in 1718 by about 25 Canary Islanders.
Las Palmas is divided into five administrative districts, which in turn are subdivided into districts, not consistent with the traditional neighborhoods. Las Palmas has a desert climate with warm dry summers and warm enough winters to classify it as a Tropical climate, its average annual temperature is 21.2 °C –28 °C during the day and 18 °C at night. In January, the coldest month, the temperature ranges from 19 to 23 °C during the day, around 15 to 16 °C at night, with an average sea temperature at 20 °C. In the warmest months — August and September — the temperature ranges from 27 to 30 °C during the day, above 21 °C at night, with the average sea temperature at 23 °C. Large fluctuations in temperature are rare. August 1990 was the warmest month on record, with the average maximum temperature of the month during the day being 30.6 °C. The highest temperature recorded was 44.2 °C, the coldest temperature recorded was 9.4 °C. The highest wind speed recorded was on 28 November 2005, measuring 113 km/h.
Las Palmas city has never recorded any snow or sleet. Annual average relative humidity is 66%, ranging from 64% in March to 69% in October; the amount of annual sunshine hours is above 2,800 per year, from around 190 in winter to around 300 in summer. It rains on average only 22 days a year, with total precipitation per year of only 151 mm; as of 2008, nearly half of Gran Canaria's inhabitants live in Las Palmas, as well as 18.35% of the Canary Islands' total population. According to a study by the National Statistics Institute of Spain Las Palmas de Gran Canaria has a life expectancy of 80.9 years. Throughout history, Las Palmas received waves of immigrants from mainland Spain and countries from every continent; the majority of the population is Spanish, although large North- and sub-Saharan African and Latin American communities exist, as well as important historical minorities such as Indians and Koreans and a growing Chinese population. Ethnically, most autochthonous Canarians are descendants of a mixture of aboriginal people of the Canary Islands, the Spanish conquistadores and European colonizers.
Las Palmas is home to University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria with about 25,000 students. The city has a wide variety of state and public primary and secondary schools. International schools include: Deutsche Schule Las Palmas The British School of Gran Canaria The American School of Las Palmas Lycée Français René-Verneau, the French international school, is in the city limits of Telde Colegio Japonés de Las Palmas, a Japanese international school, was located within Tafira Alta in the city; the Escuela Complementaria Japonesa de Las Palmas provided a weekend supplementary Japanese programme. Las Palmas offers a variety of theater, opera, visual arts and dance performances; the city hosts the Canary Islands Music Festival, the Theatre and Dance and the International Film Festi
Amancio Amaro Varela known as Amancio, is a former Spanish football player. Nicknamed El Brujo he played outside right for Deportivo de La Coruña, Real Madrid and the Spanish national team. Amancio Amaro began his career aged 15 at local side, Victoria Club de Futbol, in the district of Santa Lucia. In the 1958–59 season he joined Deportivo de La Coruña, which at that time was in the Spanish second division; when Deportivo were promoted to first division, Amancio started to call the attention of the scouts for major teams, such as Real Madrid. The signing of Amancio by Real Madrid did not happen. Along with the signing of Amancio by Real Madrid in June 1962, players such as Ignacio Zoco, Lucien Muller, Yanko Daucik arrived. During this time the team was in a transitional phase, since in earlier years the team had swept the competition both in Spain and outside its borders. Amancio made his debut in European competition opposite Anderlecht. During the 1963–64 season and Real Madrid reached the final of the European Cup, only to be beaten by Inter Milan by 3–1.
The following season brought more heartache, with Benfica eliminating the youthful Madrid side in the quarterfinals. The ensuing season brought success for Madrid, as Miguel Muñoz added young players such as Pirri, Velázquez, Sanchís and Grosso; this was known as the "Yé-Yé" team. Strong at the back, devastating going forward, Madrid fought their way to another final, this time against FK Partizan; the venue was Heysel Stadium in Brussels, on 11 May 1966, Amancio stepped out on to the pitch for his second and last European Cup final. FK Partizan's Velibor Vasović scored the first goal of the match. Amancio drew level twenty minutes from the end, after collecting a signature pass, faking out a defender and skillfully booting the ball past the Yugoslav keeper Milutin Šoškić. Five minutes a thunderous shot by teammate Serena from 30 metres out settled the game, it was Amancio's only European Cup winner's medal. In his first 6 seasons in Madrid, he won a breathtaking 6 La Liga titles, he would go on to win another 3, giving him 9 titles in total.
He took the title of Pichichi on back to back occasions, 1969 and 1970. As a Real Madrid player, Amancio's reputation reached such international fame, that he had the honour of being called for a world team, promoted by FIFA. Amancio joined the coaching staff of Real Madrid. Amancio wore the Spanish jersey on 42 occasions. With the team, Amancio was a participant of one of the greatest achievements in the history of the team: winning the 1964 European Football Championship by a 2–1 score against the defending champions, the Soviet Union. Upon retiring, Amancio began a new phase on the bench, he began coaching the junior teams of Real Madrid during a season. After one season he decided to dedicate himself to his businesses. In 1982, he was readmitted by Luis de Carlos. Amancio once again took charge of Castilla CF, with which he won the Segunda División in his second season; the team included the legendary Quinta del Buitre, Made up of Butragueño, Míchel, Martín Vázquez, Pardeza. In the 1984–85 season he took charge of the first team.
However, the outcome was not as good as expected, Amancio left his post. After a time as a consultant, Amancio left Real Madrid to join the sports company Kelme, becoming a representative responsible for the Madrid area. In July 2000 he put himself forward as a candidate for the Presidency and the board of directors of Real Madrid which the President of the Club, Florentino Pérez, ending up being elected member of the Board. From this position he favored the incorporation of former Real players in different positions of responsibility of the club; the board of directors agreed that Amancio would be in charge of the 100th anniversary of Real Madrid. Real MadridSpanish League: 1962–63, 1963–64, 1964–65, 1966–67, 1967–68, 1968–69, 1971–72, 1974–75, 1975–76 Spanish Cup: 1969–70, 1973–74, 1974–75 European Cup: 1965–66 SpainEuropean Football Championship: 1964 Pichichi: 1968–69, 1969–70 Pichichi: Second Division 1961–62 Ballon d'Or: Third Place 1964 UEFA European Championship Team of the Tournament: 1964 FIFA XI: 1968 Amancio Amaro at BDFutbol Amancio Amaro manager profile at BDFutbol National team data Amancio Amaro at National-Football-Teams.com Real Madrid archives International appearances at RSSSF Amancio Amaro – FIFA competition record
Spain national football team
The Spain national football team represents Spain in international men's association football since 1920, is controlled by the Royal Spanish Football Federation, the governing body for football in Spain. Spain is one of the eight national teams to have been crowned worldwide champions, having participated in a total of 15 of 21 FIFA World Cups and qualifying since 1978. Spain has won three continental titles, having appeared at 10 of 15 UEFA European Championships. Spain became the first European team to win a FIFA World Cup outside Europe, having won the 2010 tournament in South Africa, as well as having won back-to-back European titles in Euro 2008 and Euro 2012, defeating Germany and Italy in the respective finals, making them the only national team with three major titles in a row. According to this, from 2008 to 2013, the national team won the FIFA Team of the Year, the second-most of any nation, behind only Brazil. Between November 2006 and June 2009, Spain went undefeated for a record-equalling 35 consecutive matches, a record shared with Brazil.
Their achievements have led many experts and commentators to consider the 2008-2012 Spanish squads, among the best international sides in world football. Spain has been a member of FIFA since its foundation in 1904 though the Spanish Football Federation was first established in 1909; the first Spain national football team was constituted in 1920, with the main objective of finding a team that would represent Spain at the Summer Olympics held in Belgium in that same year. Spain made their debut at the tournament on 28 August 1920 against Denmark, silver medalists at the last two Olympic tournaments; the Spanish managed to win that match by a scoreline of 1–0 finishing with the silver medal. Spain qualified for their first FIFA World Cup in 1934, defeating Brazil in their first game and losing in a replay to the hosts and eventual champions Italy in the quarter-finals; the Spanish Civil War and World War II prevented Spain from playing any competitive matches between the 1934 World Cup and the 1950 edition's qualifiers.
At the 1950 finals in Brazil, they topped their group to progress to the final round finished in fourth place. Until 2010, this had been Spain's highest finish in a FIFA World Cup finals, which had given them the name of the "underachievers". Spain won its first major international title when hosting the 1964 European Championship held in Spain, defeating the Soviet Union 2–1 in the final at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium; the victory would stand as Spain's lone major title for 44 years. Spain was selected as host of the 1982 FIFA World Cup, reaching the second round, four years they reached the quarter-finals before a penalty shootout defeat to Belgium. Javier Clemente was appointed as Spain's coach in 1992, leading them to the quarter-finals of the 1994 World Cup; the match became controversial when Italian defender Mauro Tassotti struck Luis Enrique with his elbow inside Spain's penalty area, causing Luis Enrique to bleed profusely from his nose and mouth, but the foul was not noticed nor sanctioned by referee Sándor Puhl.
Had the official acknowledged the foul, Spain would have merited a penalty kick. In the 2002 World Cup, Spain won its three group play matches defeated the Republic of Ireland on penalties in the second round, they faced co-hosts South Korea in the quarter-finals, losing in a shootout after having two goals controversially called back for alleged infractions during regular and extra time. At UEFA Euro 2008, Spain won all their games in Group D. Italy were the opponents in the quarter-final match, they met Russia again in the semi-final, beating them 3–0. In the final, Spain defeated Germany 1–0, with Fernando Torres scoring the only goal of the game; this was Spain's first major title since the 1964 European Championship. Xavi was awarded the player of the tournament. In the 2010 World Cup, Spain advanced to the final for the first time by defeating Germany 1–0. In the decisive match against the Netherlands, Andrés Iniesta scored the match's only goal, coming in extra time. Spain became the third team to win a World Cup outside their own continent, the first European team to do so.
Goalkeeper Iker Casillas won the golden glove for only conceding two goals during the tournament, while David Villa won the bronze ball and silver boot, tied for top scorer of the tournament. Spain qualified top of Group I in qualification for UEFA Euro 2012 with a perfect 100% record, they became the first team to retain the European Championship, winning the final 4–0 against Italy, while Fernando Torres won the Golden Boot for top scorer of the tournament. Two years however, they were eliminated from the group stage of the 2014 World Cup. At Euro 2016 and the 2018 World Cup, the side reached the last 16. Spanish team is known by fans as "La Furia Roja", meaning The Red Fury in Spanish. However, there are another unofficial nicknames to refer to the national team of Spain; the other most common nickname, known by fans, is "Los Toros", since Spanish Fighting Bull is one of Spain's famous national treasures and used to define Spanish culture, often depicted by Spanish supporters alike. Spanish football team is sometimes referred as the Bulls due to this cultural heritage.
Spanish team received other nicknames "Toreros" or "Matador", both meanings are Bullfighters in Spanish, to describe its passionate and romantic style of football playing. During Spain's most successful period between 2008 and 2012, the team played a style of football dubbed'tiki-taka', a systems approach to football founded upon the ideal of team unity and a comprehensive understanding in the geometry of space on a football field. Tiki-taka
Brazil the Federative Republic of Brazil, is the largest country in both South America and Latin America. At 8.5 million square kilometers and with over 208 million people, Brazil is the world's fifth-largest country by area and the fifth most populous. Its capital is Brasília, its most populated city is São Paulo; the federation is composed of the union of the 26 states, the Federal District, the 5,570 municipalities. It is the largest country to have Portuguese as an official language and the only one in the Americas. Bounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the east, Brazil has a coastline of 7,491 kilometers, it borders all other South American countries except Ecuador and Chile and covers 47.3% of the continent's land area. Its Amazon River basin includes a vast tropical forest, home to diverse wildlife, a variety of ecological systems, extensive natural resources spanning numerous protected habitats; this unique environmental heritage makes Brazil one of 17 megadiverse countries, is the subject of significant global interest and debate regarding deforestation and environmental protection.
Brazil was inhabited by numerous tribal nations prior to the landing in 1500 of explorer Pedro Álvares Cabral, who claimed the area for the Portuguese Empire. Brazil remained a Portuguese colony until 1808, when the capital of the empire was transferred from Lisbon to Rio de Janeiro. In 1815, the colony was elevated to the rank of kingdom upon the formation of the United Kingdom of Portugal and the Algarves. Independence was achieved in 1822 with the creation of the Empire of Brazil, a unitary state governed under a constitutional monarchy and a parliamentary system; the ratification of the first constitution in 1824 led to the formation of a bicameral legislature, now called the National Congress. The country became a presidential republic in 1889 following a military coup d'état. An authoritarian military junta came to power in 1964 and ruled until 1985, after which civilian governance resumed. Brazil's current constitution, formulated in 1988, defines it as a democratic federal republic. Due to its rich culture and history, the country ranks thirteenth in the world by number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Brazil is considered an advanced emerging economy. It has the ninth largest GDP in the world by nominal, eight and PPP measures, it is one of the world's major breadbaskets, being the largest producer of coffee for the last 150 years. It is classified as an upper-middle income economy by the World Bank and a newly industrialized country, with the largest share of global wealth in Latin America. Brazil is a regional power and sometimes considered a great or a middle power in international affairs. On account of its international recognition and influence, the country is subsequently classified as an emerging power and a potential superpower by several analysts. Brazil is a founding member of the United Nations, the G20, BRICS, Union of South American Nations, Organization of American States, Organization of Ibero-American States and the Community of Portuguese Language Countries, it is that the word "Brazil" comes from the Portuguese word for brazilwood, a tree that once grew plentifully along the Brazilian coast.
In Portuguese, brazilwood is called pau-brasil, with the word brasil given the etymology "red like an ember", formed from brasa and the suffix -il. As brazilwood produces a deep red dye, it was valued by the European textile industry and was the earliest commercially exploited product from Brazil. Throughout the 16th century, massive amounts of brazilwood were harvested by indigenous peoples along the Brazilian coast, who sold the timber to European traders in return for assorted European consumer goods; the official Portuguese name of the land, in original Portuguese records, was the "Land of the Holy Cross", but European sailors and merchants called it the "Land of Brazil" because of the brazilwood trade. The popular appellation eclipsed and supplanted the official Portuguese name; some early sailors called it the "Land of Parrots". In the Guarani language, an official language of Paraguay, Brazil is called "Pindorama"; this was the name the indigenous population gave to the region, meaning "land of the palm trees".
Some of the earliest human remains found in the Americas, Luzia Woman, were found in the area of Pedro Leopoldo, Minas Gerais and provide evidence of human habitation going back at least 11,000 years. The earliest pottery found in the Western Hemisphere was excavated in the Amazon basin of Brazil and radiocarbon dated to 8,000 years ago; the pottery was found near Santarém and provides evidence that the tropical forest region supported a complex prehistoric culture. The Marajoara culture flourished on Marajó in the Amazon delta from 800 CE to 1400 CE, developing sophisticated pottery, social stratification, large populations, mound building, complex social formations such as chiefdoms. Around the time of the Portuguese arrival, the territory of current day Brazil had an estimated indigenous population of 7 million people semi-nomadic who subsisted on hunting, fishing and migrant agriculture; the indigenous population of Brazil comprised several large indigenous ethnic groups. The Tupí people were subdivided into the Tupiniquins and Tupinambás, there were many subdivisions of the other gro
Santiago Bernabéu Stadium
The Santiago Bernabéu Stadium is a football stadium in Madrid, Spain. With a current seating capacity of 81,044, it has been the home stadium of Real Madrid since its completion in 1947; the Santiago Bernabéu is one of the world's most famous football venues. It has hosted the final of the European Cup/UEFA Champions League on four occasions: in 1957, 1969, 1980 and 2010 and hosted the second leg of the 2018 Copa Libertadores Final; the final matches for the 1964 European Nations' Cup and the 1982 FIFA World Cup, were held at the Bernabéu, making it the first stadium in Europe to host both a UEFA European Championship, a FIFA World Cup final and a Copa Libertadores final. On 22 June 1944, the Banco Mercantil e Industrial bank granted a credit to Santiago Bernabéu and Rafael Salgado for the purchase of the land adjacent to the old Ramin Amin. On 5 September 1944, architects Manuel Muñoz Monasterio and Luis Alemany Soler were hired and the structure on the site began to give way to the new stadium.
On 27 October 1944, construction work on the stadium began. The Nuevo Estadio Chamartín was inaugurated on 14 December 1947 with a match between Real Madrid and the Portuguese side Os Belenenses, which resulted in a 3–1 victory for Los Blancos; the stadium had an initial capacity of 75,145 spectators, 27,645 of which had seats and 47,500 for standing fans. Sabino Barinaga was the first player to score in the new stadium; the first major renovation occurred in 1955. On 19 June of that year, the stadium expanded to accommodate 125,000 spectators. Thus, the Madrid coliseum became the biggest stadium of all the participants of the newly established European Cup. On 4 January 1955, after the General Assembly of Members Compromisaros, it was decided that the stadium adopt its present name in honour of club President Santiago Bernabéu. In May 1957, Real Madrid used electric stadium lighting in a game against Sport Recife of Brazil; the next big changes did not occur until the early 1980s with the hosting of the 1982 FIFA World Cup in Spain.
The stadium had to adapt to the changing times and with this, architects Rafael Luis Alemany and Manuel Salinas were hired for the stadium's renovation project. The brothers were sons of Luis Alemany Soler, who carried out the original construction project next to Muñoz Monasterio; the work lasted 16 months and had a cost of 704 million pesetas, of which 530 million was paid by the City of Madrid. The improvements included a number of points. First, FIFA forced two-thirds of the seating area to be covered. For this reason, Real Madrid installed a roof covering the perimeter of the first and second tiers of seating, except the east side; the stadium's capacity was reduced from 120,000 to 98,000 spectators, 24,550 of which were covered by the new roof. The project involved remodeling the façade, the installation of new electronic signs in the north and south ends, as well as the renovation of the press areas, lockers rooms and ancillary areas; the stadium hosted four matches in the World Cup: three second-round Group Two matches and the prestigious final match.
Following a series of spectator fatalities in the 1980s, English authorities released the Taylor Report on how to improve football spectator safety in English venues. UEFA followed suit across Europe; the stadium was forced to create separate shortcuts to different stadium sections and seats for all spectators. In the 1990s, the Santiago Bernabéu went through remodeling; the board of Ramón Mendoza awarded the project to Gines Navarro Construcciones, S. A; the work started on 7 February 1992 and concluded on 7 May 1994 with a final cost of more than 5 billion pesetas raising the debt of the club, having no institutional support. The work concluded with the creation of an amphitheater on the west side and in the foundations, coupled with the existing building by using hydraulic jacks. In total, 20,200 upgraded seats were installed, with each seat having a tilt of 87 degrees, ensuring a perfect view and proximity to the pitch. In addition, to access the new ring, four entrance towers were erected on the outside, each with two staircases and a central spiral ramp.
With the new structure, the height of the stadium was increased from 22 m to 45 m. This caused problems during the winter; this lack of sunlight led to grass deterioration on the pitch. For this reason, a polypropylene pipe network was installed at a 20 cm depth under the pitch. At over 30 km long the pipe system circulates hot water, keeping the turf from freezing in cold temperatures. Due to the height of the stand, it was necessary to improve and increase the lighting capability. A retractable protective roof was installed to protect the fans from the elements. After the renovation, the stadium's capacity was 110,000 spectators. In the summer of 1998, chaired by Lorenzo Sanz, the Santiago Bernabéu adopted an all-seating arrangement, bringing its capacity down to 75,328 spectators; as the club kept growing in all regards, thoughts for further changes to the stadium appeared. When Florentino Pérez became the president of the club, he launched a "master plan" with one goal: to improve the comfort of the Santiago Bernabéu and the quality of its facilities, maximise revenue for the stadium.
Pérez invested €127 million in five years by adding an expansion to the east side of the stadium, as well adding a new façade on Father Damien street, new costumes, new boxes and V
UD Las Palmas
Unión Deportiva Las Palmas, S. A. D. is a Spanish football team based in the autonomous community of Canary Islands. Founded on 22 August 1949, it plays in Segunda División, holding home games at the Estadio Gran Canaria, with a capacity of 32,400 seats; the club remains the only one in Spanish football to achieve back-to-back promotions to La Liga in its first two seasons. It had a 19-year run in the competition, ending in 1982–83, they have been promoted to La Liga on three additional occasions since that time, most from 2015 to 2018. Its main rivals are Tenerife from said neighbouring island. Las Palmas and Tenerife contest the Canary Islands derby; the two clubs are among the most isolated professional football clubs in Europe, since they play their away games on the distant Spanish mainland. Though the club registered with the Royal Spanish Football Federation on 6 June 1949, UD Las Palmas was founded on 22 August of that year, as the result of a merger between all five clubs on the island: Club Deportivo Gran Canaria, Atlético Club de Fútbol, Real Club Victoria, Arenas Club and Marino Fútbol Club.
The union was to create a club strong enough to keep Canarian players on the island and not to seek a better career on the mainland. Debate was held on the name of the club, which it was agreed would not include the names of any of its predecessors. An early option, Deportivo Canarias, was scrapped due to referring to the Canary Islands on a whole rather than the island of Gran Canaria; the name Las Palmas by itself was put forward, rejected due to the name having been taken by a defunct club in the city. The first training session at the new club was held on 16 September 1949. Las Palmas finished second in their first season in the Tercera División, ranking third in the following year's Segunda División to reach La Liga for the first time and became the first Spanish club to achieve consecutive promotions in its first two years of existence; the first season in the top flight ended, however, in relegation, but the team returned to the category in 1954, going on to enjoy a six-year spell. After Las Palmas returned to La Liga at the end of the 1963–64 season, again as champions, the club went on to have their most successful spell in the competition.
Managed by Vicente Dauder, they finished third in 1967–68 behind Real Madrid and FC Barcelona, four club players made the Spain squad which hosted and won the UEFA Euro 1964 tournament. Las Palmas player Juan Guedes died on 9 March 1971 at the age of 28; the next season, French coach Pierre Sinibaldi led the club to the fifth place, with subsequent qualification for the UEFA Cup: after disposing of Torino F. C. and ŠK Slovan Bratislava, the Spaniards bowed out to Dutch club FC Twente. Las Palmas' third appearance in European competition came with the 1977–78 UEFA Cup, where they defeated FK Sloboda Tuzla of Yugoslavia in the first round before falling to the English side Ipswich Town. Under the management of Miguel Muñoz, with players such as Argentines Miguel Ángel Brindisi, Daniel Carnevali, Carlos Morete and Quique Wolff, the club reached their first final of the Copa del Rey in that year, losing on 19 April to Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. From the 1990s onwards, Las Palmas played in the Segunda División, but spent six years in Segunda División B – the new third level created in 1977 – and, from 2000–02, competed in the top flight.
On 3 October 2001 the side managed a 4–2 home win against Real Madrid, with youth product Rubén Castro scoring two goals for the hosts, but the season ended nonetheless in relegation. On the 22 December 2001, Las Palmas played its 1,000th game in La Liga. On 21 June 2015, Las Palmas was promoted back to La Liga after defeating Real Zaragoza on the away goals rule. 34 seasons in La Liga 28 seasons in Segunda División 6 seasons in Segunda División B 1 season in Tercera División As of 12 March 2019. 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. Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. La LigaRunners-up: 1968–69Segunda DivisiónWinners: 1953–54, 1963–64, 1984–85, 1999–00Segunda División BWinners: 1992–93, 1995–96Copa del ReyRunners-up: 1978 Las Palmas has used farm teams since 1954, but its official B-team, Las Palmas Atlético, was founded in 1976.
A third side was founded in 2006 and reached the highest division of regional football, the Preferente, before folding in 2010 and being re-created the following season. The club had a women's team in the top division between 2009 and 2011. In 2010 Las Palmas founded an indoor football team for the Liga de Fútbol Indoor, staging matches at the Centro Insular de Deportes. Las Palmas' badge is a blue shield with yellow scrolls on top with the club's name and archipelago; the municipal arms, granted by the city's mayor, feature in the centre of the design. Underneath lie the five crests of the clubs which unite