Spanish football: CD Leganés
Spain Buddy’s Spanish football series returns with a look at CD Leganés, as Matthew Hirtes resumes his trip around the Primera Liga clubs.
CD Leganés…in 90 seconds
CD Leganés host opponents at the Estadio Municipal Butarque, a stadium named after the Madrid satellite’s patron saint, Nuestra Señora de Butarque; the image of which, legend has it, a miller literally stumbled over as it was covered by brambles and wild grass. The club played their first game (a 1-1 draw with Xerez) on the 14th February 1998, after relocating from the Estadio Luis Rodríguez de Miguel.
It’s no major shock to discover that the greatest player to wear the not-so-famous blue and white shirts of CD Leganés was a loanee. For it was Samuel Eto’o farmed out on loan by Real Madrid to gain some first-team experience in the 1997-98 season. But this was a Eto’o who was still learning his trade and he managed just four goals in 30 appearances.
CD Leganés Form Guide
La Liga virgins, CD Leganés popped their cherry in 2016 by finishing runners up to Alavés. The only actual silverware they’ve accrued is a couple of lower-league titles. Leganés won 2B in 1992-93 and La Tercera in 1985-86.
Club Shop Essential Purchase
CD Leganés 2016/17 home shirt with scratch-and-sniff club crest revealing the aroma of the pitch retails at 54,99€ (49,99€ for season-ticket holders).
Cerveceria San Miguel III‘s very much a football bar, where locals go to chew the fat over the fortunes of their nearest and dearest club. The owner, Miguel Piqueras, is a CD Leganés aficionado and is always happy to chip in with an opinion. Located in the Plaza Inmaculada, its draught beer is reassuringly as cold as ice.
The Butarque can hold 10,954. However, such are the quirks of Spanish football that their record crowd on their way to a 17th-place finish and survival was for the 27th August 2016 0-0 draw with Atlético Madrid. Where the reported crowd was capacity plus four extra supporters.
Damage to Your Wallet
At the time of going to press, CD Leganés had not yet confirmed all the ticket-price details for the 2017-18 season. When they do, you’ll be able to find them on their Entradas page; albeit only in Spanish. However, they have frozen upper-tier season tickets at last season’s prices: €350 for adults, €340 for pensioners and teenagers, and €95 for children.
Matthew Hirtes, our resident broadsheet journalist, moved to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria back in 2004. He’s travelled extensively through Spain, covering it for such publications as Telegraph Travel, Metro, and The Independent. The author of Going Local in Gran Canaria: How To Turn a Holiday Destination into a Home, Matthew truly is a resident expert.