1st Oct 2023 @ 5:00 am

On the 10th September the Rojillos (the reds) won their opening match of the new season in the tercera division (fifth tier) 2-1 against Gran Canarian side UD Teror. The prospect of an exciting campaign lies ahead under the new leadership of ex-River Plate and Osasuna star Leonel “Pipa” Gancedo. Ian Lane writes about the season ahead.

The 52-year-old manager has played football at the highest level and is determined along with his team to make sure that UD Lanzarote are challenging for promotion come mid-May.

Pipa and his team have managed to secure the signings of several young Argentine players who were in the youth sides and B teams of River Plate, Boca Juniors and San Lorenzo that all play at the highest level in Argentina.

With the experienced captains Ayoze Pérez, Raúl and goalkeepers Alejandro and Ruyman, along with an abundance of local talent, Rojillo supporters have good reason to be optimistic about ending their 14-year reign in the Tercera, and maybe dream of a return to Spain’s shop window of football in Segunda B.

The Rojillo supporters have just seen that one game to date, where throughout the match Lanzarote were dominant and were 2-0 to the good. However, a hatful of chances were missed to kill the game before later on the newly promoted side won a penalty and made it 2-1, which led to a nervy ending.

Going to see a home match is simple though always double check on either the website or Facebook page (details below) regarding confirmation of date and time of match.

If you are coming from Puerto Del Carmen or Costa Teguise just jump on bus number 3 that goes back and forth every 30 minutes and drops you within 100 metres of Ciudad Deportiva football stadium. Pay on the door (not online).

Playa Blanca bus number 60 leaves at 9.55am and returns on the hour every hour and if you are driving you will be able to park within a 100 metres of the stadium.


(There is no need to reserve tickets just pay on the door)

Adults 10 Euros (Residents 7 Euros)

Pensioners 8 Euros (Residents 5 Euros)

Under 16s Free

Season tickets are available from our shop in Costa Teguise (details below) or on match day at the ticket booth, Adults 75 Euros and Pensioners 50 Euros.


(Normally it is Sunday at 12 noon but please check.)



Go to Lanzarote Football Club (Facebook page) or www.mercancialanzarote.com for info, season ticket & membership details etc. All shirts and other merchandise can be bought at the Teguise market stall on Sundays; online at www.mercancialanzarote.com/shop/ or at the shop in Costa Teguise which is based at Centro Comercial Nautical, local 25 (up from Decades bar and behind Café Bonjour). The shop is open Mon to Fri 10am to 1pm.

For regular updates, pictures and videos of Lanzarote be sure to like and follow our Facebook page “Gazette Life Lanzarote”.