Season 1962-1963: The first ascent of Levante UD to First Division

Season 1962-1963: The first ascent of Levante UD to First Division
Levante formation in the match against Deportivo meant the rise (Photo: Levante UD)

Last update March 25, 2024 by colgadosporelfutbol

It has been many years since that season 1962-1963 in which Levante UD and the Deportivo La Coruna They fought for a place in First division. Granota chasing the dream of playing for the first time in the top flight of Spanish football, coruñeses tried to save themselves from relegation.

The Sports He finished the season as third-bottom of First so he must play the promotion against the second-ranked Southern Group Second Division, that is to say, the Levante. granota, They had aspired to direct ascent until the last day, and they accomplished the second summing point less than the Real Murcia last time the teams met on land Murcia ending the match with a tie.

The precedent of the Spanish Cup

In this way, Galicians and Valencians should see their faces in a playoff to Return to decide which team would play first the next season. The Levante She had hope after completing a second round of championship Wanderlei's arrival to the front. Precisely, Both teams had faced each other a few weeks earlier to contest the knockout Cup final. Granota had managed to qualify after drawing in Coruña (0-0) and Valencia (1-1). Then away goals not double value so it had to play a playoff game in Santiago Bernabeu and the Catalan side emerged victorious by 3-1.

In that series he stuck the Levante to realize that he could defeat a First Division team as Coruña (as it was known then). The first match played in Galicia, He was placed face for Valencia after ejection of the minute Miche 40. But nevertheless, despite playing with 10 players, the Coruña managed to take the lead and come to rest with a good result 1-0. Granota struggled to bring a good result in Valencia and with two goals in the last quarter-hour mark they got a 1-2 (Dominguez Y Wanderley) that tasted glory.

The first promotion in the history of Levante UD

The big day has arrived. Vallejo, Old Stadium Levante UD, He was too small to push theirs to First Division for the first time in its history. The 2 June 1963 granotas must decide whether or deportivistas would be victorious. The locals, with Rodri, Calpe, Pedreño, lawns, Currucale, valley, Castellon, Camarasa, Serafín, Dominguez and Wanderlei. Visitors with Betancort, Front, Dominguez, Lariño, Carlos, Ruiz, ling, Montalvo, Larraz, Veloso and Jaime Blanco. In the dugout, the historic tandem Quique Y Balaguer in granota and Lele, who had just trained the granotas that season until the day 15 Second Division, in the blue and white.

Levante goal
Serafin at which achieves the first goal against Levante in Vallejo penalty Coruna (Photo: Levante UD)

How could it be otherwise, the Levante He suffered a great time despite bringing an advantage of Coruña. Barça managed early lead with a goal from penalty Serafín, but Montalvo put the tie in 70 party so visitors were set a goal to level the tie. It was in '82′ party when the madness erupted in the stands of endearing Vallejo with the goal of valley who won the 2-1 for granotas and, in this way, He claimed the first ascent of the club's history.

Levante celebrates its first promotion to First Division in a big way

Valencia streets were filled with fans who cheered granotas overhand a milestone. The Levante, both he had suffered, finally he achieved his dream and codearía with larger, also achieving permanence and making great games the following season. Going through the top flight was short, two seasons, and it took a lot back (40 years), so he is still gave more value to the achievements that 2 June 1963.

Ascent Levante
Granota fans celebrated the rise overhand (Photo: Levante UD)


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