Out of the Primera Liga’s newly promoted clubs, Levante got their campaign off to the least auspicious start and were very unfortunate to come up against La Liga’s most ‘in-from’ side at the moment, Sevilla, in their opening game. The best equipped of the three promoted sides to stay in the Primera Liga, Levante will be looking to bounce back from that 4-0 defeat in their next game, at home to Real Madrid.
Levante hail from Valencia and are the city's second largest club, forever in the shadow of their more illustrious neighbours, they moved to their current stadium, the 25,354 seater Ciudad de Valencia around 35 years ago. Former star players include Johan Cruyff and Caszely. Levante fans are known as Granotes, or frogs.
Former Real Madrid manager Juan Lopez Caro has made some astute signings in the summer and has every chance of avoiding relegation with a Levante side that finished third in division 2 last season after just one season away from the top flight.
French duo Laurent Robert and Frederic Dehu alongside Damiano Tommasi will bring experience to the side, but perhaps the most interesting summer purchase and the potential star of Levante this season will be Cameroon striker Albert Meyong Ze, the leading scorer in Portugal last season.
English speaking fans of La Liga will be familiar with Levante’s Ian Harte and the former Leeds United player will be hoping to avoid a repeat of the clubs dramatic descent from 4th place toward relegation the last time they were in the top flight a year ago.
La Liga Review thinks they might just be good enough to stay up and are certainly in better shape than some of the more established Primera Liga clubs who will find themselves scrapping it out at the wrong end of the table this season.
Tommasi (Roma), Albert Meyong Ze (Belenenses), Álvaro (Levante), César (Deportivo), Robert (Benfica), Dehú (Olympique Marsella), López Caro (manager), Manolo Gaspar (Almería), Nino (Elche)
Nagore, Sandro y Jesule (Málaga), Culebras (Tenerife), Javi Rodríguez (Lorca), Congo (Sporting), Lombardi