The ClubThe second largest football club from Valencia is appearing in the international U19 football tournament at the Gesa in Altstätten. The club from the third largest city in the country was founded in 1909 and play their home games at the Estadio Ciudad de Valencia. The home venue has a capacity of around 25,000 spectators. UD Levante was founded as FC Levante and as such are the oldest football club in existence in Valencia; however they have been continuously overshadowed by local rivals FC Valencia since the latter's foundation in 1919. In 1939 following the end of the Spanish civil war FC Levante, whose stadium at Camino Hondo had been destroyed, merged with Real Gimnástico CF. The name of the resulting club was Levante Unión Deportiva; in English "Levante Sports Union." The club's greatest success was celebrated during the civil war. In 1937 the Copa de España Libre (Free Spain Cup) was staged in that part of Spain under republican army control and with UD Levante winning against their local rivals FC Valencia. However this round of the cup was not officially recognized by the Spanish Football Association until 26 September 2007 and is therefore not included in the official statistics. For most of the time the club from Valencia played in the second highest Spanish division. At the turn of the millennium the club was an out and out yo-yo club. It has also been several years since their last significant achievement. In the 2012/2013 season the club qualified for the group stages of the UEFA Europa League. In the year 2015/2016 the club was relegated for the last time, only to be promoted to the top flight again one year later. Last season the club finished in 15th place in the league. The three most renowned names who once played for UD Levante are Johan Cruyff, Carlos Caszely and Predrag Mijatović. As far as Switzerland is concerned the Swiss player Fabio Celestini once played for the Spanish club.
The City (Valencia):The city of Valencia in the eastern region of Spain is home to the UD Levante football club. Valencia is the third largest city of the country after Madrid and Barcelona. Two million people live in the metropolitan area of Valencia. Valencia lies on the Mediterranean coast roughly 350 km south of Barcelona on the estuary of the Turia river and almost exactly on the same line of latitude as Majorca. The city of "Valentia" was founded in 138 BC. Around 100 years later the city was recognized as one of the first Hispanic cities of the Roman colony. The city is also the birthplace of the well-known rice dish paella.In this day and age the city is a popular destination in Spain for city breaks. Lonja de la Seda, the city silk exchange is regarded as one of the tourist attractions of the city. Since 1996 the building has been an UNESCO World Heritage Site. The cathedral of Valencia is also a visitor attraction. It was built in 1262 on the foundations of a former mosque. Additional attractions are the bullfighting arena in Valencia, the city's L’Umbracle botanical gardens, the biggest aquarium in Europe "L’Oceanografic", the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia and numerous historical bridges of the beautiful city. Valencia is known for being a sporting city and supports sports in spite of having financial difficulties. The pleasant climate and long coastline predestine the city as an ideal location for water sports such as sailing, surfing or water skiing. Thus the city has twice been the venue for the famous America's cup sailing regatta. Impressions of the city are infused with the numerous sporting locations. Hence the awe-inspiring Mastella football stadium in the heart of the city is an intrinsic part of the overall view of the townscape. From 2008 to 2012 Valencia also played host to Formula One racing. The best-known football club of the city is FC Valencia who to date have been Spanish champions six times. The last time the club managed this feat was in the 2003/2004 season. With UD Levante the city has a second football club in the Premier Division who play their matches at the Estadio Ciudad de Valencia and who qualified for the UEFA Europa League in the 2011/2012 season. Other popular sports in Valencia are American Football, Basketball and Tennis.