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The Campeonato Nacional de Liga de Segunda División, commercially known as La Liga 2 and stylized as LaLiga Smartbank for sponsorship reasons is the second professional division of the Spanish football league system. The competition has a total of 22, with the top two teams receiving automatic promotion. The team placed third to sixth will play in the play-off that consists of two-legged semi-finals followed by a two-legged final for promotion to LaLiga. They will replace the three lowest-placed teams of that division. The bottom four of La Liga 2 are relegated to Primera División RFEF, the third tier of the Spanish football league system.
La Liga 2 was created in 1929 by the Royal Spanish Football Federation. The league has been national, single table except for a period from 1949 to 1968 in which it was regionalized into two North and South groups. Since 1984 it has been organized by the Liga Nacional de Fútbol Profesional. From 2006 they had a ten-year sponsorship agreement with the banking group BBVA. Initially rebranded as Liga BBVA, the Segunda División was renamed Liga Adelante two years later, after the BBVA sponsorship was extended to the Primera División, which received the Liga BBVA name. Another banking group, Banco Santander, took over the sponsorship of both divisions in 2016, upon which the Segunda División was renamed La Liga 1|2|3, before being renamed LaLiga Smartbank in time for the 2019–20 season. Since the 2010–11 season, a play-off has been played between the teams that finished 3rd to 6th with reserve teams not being eligible for promotion.
All active La Liga 2 teams are shortly introduced down below.
AD Alcorcón was founded in 1971 in Madrid. They have never featured in La Liga and have played 12 seasons in La Liga 2. Their owner is Josh Harris who also owns a stake in Crystal Palace FC and the Philadelphia 76ers basketball team.
UD Almería was founded 1989 as Almería Club de Fútbol, but in 2001 was renamed to Unión Deportiva Almería. They have the highest market value of any club in LaLiga Smartbankwith almost 60 million euros. That’s about 8% of the whole league value and about 10 times more than the lowest market value from AD Alcorcón.
Sociedad Deportiva Amorebieta also known as SD Amorebieta was founded in 1925. They play their home games at Campo Municipal de Urritxe, which seats 3000 spectators. This is their first active season in the La Liga 2 having been in the third and fourth tiers of Spanish football for 36 seasons.
Burgos CF was a Spanish football club based in Burgos, founded in 1936, it managed six seasons in the first division, mainly in the late 1970s. Due to serious economic debts, it disappeared in 1983. Two years later, the club was refounded with the same name, independent from its predecessor. This season they have made their return to La Liga 2 for the first time since the 2001-02 season.
FC Cartagena was founded on the 25th of July 1995 due to serious economic problems of the first team of the city, Cartagena FC. They have played a total of 5 seasons in La Liga 2 in their brief history. They have the highest average age of any team in La Liga 2 with 29,5 years old.
Sociedad Deportiva Eibar also known as SD Eibar was founded in 1940. The club played in LaLiga for seven consecutive seasons before relegating in the 2020-21 season. They have participated in 26 La Liga 2 seasons. The team plays in claret and blue shirts with their nickname being ‘Los Armeros’ which means ‘The Gunsmiths’.
CF Fuenlarada was founded in 1975 and play their home games at Estadio Fernando Torres which seats 5400 spectators. The stadium is named after famous footballer Fernando Torres who was born in Fuenlabrada. They have played three seasons in La Liga 2.
Girona FC was founded in 1930 and holds its home matches at the 11.200-capacity Estadi Montilivi. City Football Group holds a 47% stake in the club. They also own clubs like Manchester City and New York City FC. On the last matchday of the 2018-19 La Liga season, Girona was relegated to Segunda Division, ending their 2-year spell in the Spanish top tier. They have played a total of 24 seasons in La Liga 2.
Sociedad Deportiva Huesca or S.D. Huesca was founded on 29 March 1960. They play in the Segunda División, having played in the Spanish top division for the first time in the club’s history in the 2018–19 season, followed by another single season in 2020–21. SD Huesca plays its home games at Estadio El Alcoraz, which seats 7,638 spectators.
Unión Deportiva Ibiza is based in the town of Ibiza and was founded in 2015, holding home matches at Estadi Municipal de Can Misses, with a capacity of 4,500 seats. They were founded with the aim of replacing the former UD Ibiza-Eivissa that played two seasons in the third tier of Spanish football. In June 2017, the club was promoted to fourth tier after spending two seasons in the fifth tier. They were promoted last season to LaLiga2.
Unión Deportiva Las Palmas was founded in 1949 and hold their home games at the Estadio Gran Canaria, with a capacity of 32,400 seats. The club traditionally plays in yellow shirts with blue shorts and socks. The club remains the only one in Spanish football to achieve back-to-back promotions to La Liga in its first two seasons. They have been promoted to La Liga most recently from 2015 to 2018. Its main rivals are Tenerife from the neighbouring island. Las Palmas and Tenerife contest the Canary Islands derby. The two clubs are among the most isolated professional football clubs in Europe since they play their away games on the distant Spanish mainland.
CD Leganés was founded in 1928. It holds home games at the Estadio Municipal de Butarque, which seats 12.454 spectators. Their nickname is ‘Los Pepineros’ which means ‘the Cucumber Growers’. Their biggest rival is Getafe with whom they contest the South Madrid derby.
CD Luga was founded in 1953 and originated from a merger between SG Lucense and CD Polvorín. They have been in La Liga 2 for 9 consecutive seasons with their highest finishing position being 9th in the 2016-17 season.
Málaga CF was founded in 1904 and are one of the more successful clubs in La Liga 2. They have won the Segunda División 4 times and reached the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League in the 2012-13 season. Their main rival is Granada FC known as the Derby of eastern Andalusia. The clubs are located approximately 90 kilometres apart.
CD Mirandes was founded in 1927 and are nicknamed ‘Los Rojillos’ or ‘Jabatos’ which mean ‘The Reds’ and ‘Young Wild Boar’. They have played in La Liga 2 for 8 seasons with their highest ever finishing position being 8th in the 2014-15 season.
Real Oviedo was founded on 26 March 1926 because of the merger of two clubs that had maintained a large sporting rivalry for years in the city: Real Stadium Club Ovetense and Real Club Deportivo Oviedo. A few footballers, notably Santi Cazorla, Juan Mata, Michu and Adrián who all started their careers there, offered their financial support to save the club from bankruptcy. After a thirteen-year absence, the club confirmed their return to La Liga 2. Where they have played for 7 consecutive seasons now.
SD Ponferradina was founded in 1922. They play their home matches at the Estadio El Toralín with a seating capacity of 1400 spectators. The team’s kit consists of a blue and white striped shirt. They have played 9 seasons in La Liga 2, having never reached the top-flight of Spanish football.
Real Sociedad B was founded in 1955 and is the reverse team of La Liga team Real Sociedad. Reserve teams in Spain play in the same football pyramid as their senior team rather than a separate league. However, the team is ineligible for promotion to La Liga, the division in which the main side plays. Their head coach is famous footballer Xabi Alonso.
Sporting Gijón was founded in 1905. Their home ground is El Molinón which is the oldest professional football ground in Spain, the stadium is in use since at least 1908. They are known as Los Rojiblancos because of their red and white striped jerseys. They are one of only nine Spanish teams that have never played below the La Liga 2.
CD Tenerife was founded in 1912. They play their games at the Estadio Heliodoro Rodríguez López. Tenerife has a history playing in the top-flight of La Liga. The club managed to finish as high as fifth in the league table on two occasions during that period, which qualified them for the first round of the UEFA Cup. They most recently played in La Liga in the 2009–10 season.
Real Valladolid was founded in 1928. Historically, Valladolid is the 13th best team in Spain by overall league points. In September 2018 it was announced that Brazilian former international footballer Ronaldo Nazario had become the majority shareholder after purchasing a 51% controlling stake in the club. As of April 2020, Ronaldo owned 82% of the club shares.
Real Zaragoza was founded in 1932. The club has spent the majority of its history in La Liga, although they played in LaLiga 2 since they were relegated in 2013. They have won the La Liga 2 only one time while being the runners-up 8 times.
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