U.D. Las Palmas, the most historically successful football club in the Canaries, won promotion to the Liga Santander last night, finally returning to Spain’s top tier five years after they were last relegated.
A 0-0 draw against Alavés was enough to see Los Canarios finish as runners-up in the second division, although it was a tight-run thing. Las Palmas finished with an identical points records to Levante, and went through with a superior goal difference of just difference of 4.
The match was tense and tough, an unofficial play-off that would have secured automatic promotion for either side. But Las Palmas held on, and the reward will be the opportunity to host teams such as Real Madrid and Barcelona at the Estado de Gran Canaria next season.
Celebrations went on throughout the eastern islands, with plenty of horn-peeping and chanting of “Pio, pio!” ( the “tweet tweet” chant of the Canaries). Las Palmas are the favourite “big” side of many Lanzarote locals, especially older fans who remember the club’s hey-day in the late 60s and early 70s.
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