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Spanish football: UD Las Palmas

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Are you a fan of Spanish football? Meet fellow supporter Matthew Hirtes who has been closely following the fortunes of Spain’s leading and lesser lights since moving to the country back in 2004. His latest club guide is all about Gran Canaria’s one and only UD Las Palmas.

Spanish football: UD Las Palmas

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UD Las Palmas…in 90 seconds

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The swish shopping district of out-of-town Siete Palmas is home to Estadio Gran Canaria which UD Las Palmas moved to in 2003. Dedicated gamers will recognize the southerly view of the island’s mountainous interior from EA Sports’ FIFA (More Than a) Game. Longterm fans, however, will never forget the stadium’s home of Estadio Insular in the downtown Ciudad Jardín barrio which has since been turned into a park, maintaining some of the stadium’s original features in the process.

Legends

Born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria on the 16th November 1943, few have worn the yellow UD shirt with as much distinction as Germán Dévora Ceballos. Nicknamed El Maestro, he dictated play in the centre of the park like Franco conducting an orchestra. These days, there’s a Vecindario-based supporters association named after him, Peña Germán Dévora, who even have their own personalized bus complete with Dévora’s image in which they travel to home games.

UD Las Palmas have selected some great goalkeepers down the years. But none more so than Argentina international Daniel Carnevali who represented La Albiceleste on no fewer than 26 occasions. Since retiring, UD’s indisputable number one, erm, number one has formed his own junior team on the island: Club Daniel Carnevali.

Another played to have a supporters association named after them, Juan Carlos Valerón is another product of the south west of Gran Canaria’s Arguineguín football factory, along with current Manchester City and Spain idol David Silva. A midfield playmaker, Valerón returned to his home island from a title-winning spell at Galicia’s Deportivo de La Coruña to finish his career and he’s now employed by Las Palmas as a coach.

UD Las Palmas Form Guide

Unión Deportiva Las Palmas owe their name to the coming together of five pre-exisiting Gran Canaria football clubs in 1949: Club Deportivo Gran Canaria (formed in 1914), Atlético Club de Fútbol, Real Club Victoria, Arenas Club, and Marino Fútbol Club. UD have finished runners up in La Liga once, in 1968-69, and won La Segunda A four times; most recently in 1999-2000. Reaching the 1977-78 Copa del Rey final, they were defeated 3-1 by FC Barcelona.

Club Shop Essential Purchase

UD Las Palmas don’t have an online club shop but you can visit the stadium one which is open on non-match days too.

Eat/Drink At

There are quite a few Italian restaurants near Estadio Gran Canaria, the pick of which is probably Non Solo Pizza, whose menu, as the name suggests, offers pasta and risotto too. On the same Calle Fondos de Segura, Restaurante El Rincón is an old-school Spanish bar/restaurant in a new (town) setting. On Siete Palmas’ main drag, Avenida Pintor Felo Monzón, the images of frothy beer on Cervecería Caña Aquí‘s sign ensures nothing is lost in translation at Beer Here Pub.

Support 

Estadio Gran Canaria’s 32,000+ capacity is an upgrade on the Estadio Insular which could only fit in 10,000 less. Along with the supporters associations already mentioned, there are more than 30 more peñas. These are based on and off the island in locations as diverse as Córdoba, Lanzarote, Madrid, and Tenerife.

Terrace Anthem 

Damage to Your Wallet

You can buy UD Las Palmas tickets online. There are also various retailer in and out of the town, including the stadium itself, an Arucas hardware store, and Peña Germán Dévora’s headquarters. Tickets average around the 40€ mark.

2 Responses to Spanish football: UD Las Palmas

  1. John Maher November 9, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    Hi Matthew,
    I’m visiting Las Palmas in a couple of weeks.
    I know UD Las Palmas are not at home that weekend,
    but I’ve been instructed to collect some scarves/posters/etc for
    a bunch of chefs, big fans, that work at The White House GuestHouse, in Kinsale, Cork, Ireland.
    So…the question is, please,…do I have to go to the stadium to shop or can the gear be bought in town?

  2. Matthew Hirtes
    Matthew Hirtes November 9, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    Hi John,

    The club shop is the best place to go to for the likes of posters and scarves. Whereas the sports shops in Triana and El Corte Inglés on Mesa y López sell replica kits.

    Hope this helps,

    Matthew

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