June 13, 2009

Spain: the 3 promoted clubs in the 2008-09 season, from the Segunda Division to La Liga.

Filed under: Football Stadia,Spain — admin @ 4:02 pm


One more weekend remains in Spain’s Segunda Division,  but all 3 clubs at the top have clinched promotion…CD Tenerife,  Xerez CD,  and Real Zaragoza. 

CD Tenerife are the most successful football club from the Canary Islands. The club plays in the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the second-most populous city in the autonomous community of the Canary Islands. Its metro-area has a population of 399,000 (2008 estimate).  CD Tenerife count a significant amount of English expatriates as supporters;  see this site { }.  CD Tenerife have spent 12 seasons in La Liga. Tenerife’s second-to-last spell in La Liga included two impressive UEFA Cup runs (making it to the round of 16 in 1992,  and to the semi-finals in 1995),  but they were relegated in 1999.  Tenerife gained promotion two seasons later,  but were relegated the next year.  They drew 16,684 in 2001-02,  their last season in La Liga.  Tenerife will probably surpass that figure in 2009-10,  seeing as how they drew in the high 15,000′s this season in the 2nd division.     

Xerez CD are from Jerez de la Frontera, Andalusia,  57 miles from Gibraltar.  The region got an early start in football,  in the late nineteenth century (owing to the sherry production in the area,  which drew an English presence),  and Xerez Fútbol Club was founded in 1909.  This club merged with Club Deportivo Jerez in 1947 to create Xerez Club Deportivo.   The club has never been in the first division.  Xerez drew 9,110 per game in 2008-09.

Real Zaragoza bounces straight back to La Liga after one season in the Segunda Division.  The club is from the city of Zaragoza,  which is in the autonomous community and former kingdom of Aragon.  The city is the fifth largest in Spain, with a population of 682,000,  and a metropolitan population of 783,000 (2006 estimates).  The club has spent 54 seasons in the first division,  and the La Liga all-time table has Real Zaragoza in the 9th position {see this}.  The club could be described as cup specialists,  as they have never really challenged for the La Liga title (with just one second place finish),  but have won the Copa del Rey 6 times (most recently in 2004).  Zaragoza play at La Romareda,  which has a capacity of 34,596.  The club drew 30,711 in 2007-08,  their last season in La Liga.  

Thanks to,  for Segunda Division attendance figures {click here}.   Thanks to the contributors to the pages at Wikimedia {click here (2009-2010 La Liga page)}.

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