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Unió Esportiva Lleida, S.A.D. is a Spanish Catalan football club based in Lleidamarker, Spainmarker. They currently play in Segunda División B. Originally formed as Lérida Balompié-AEM in 1939, they became Unión Deportiva Lérida in 1947, after a merger with CD Leridano. They adopted the Catalan version of their name in 1978. The club has spent most of it’s history in the lower divisions. However in the early 1950s and early 1990s the club won promotion to La Liga. During the 1990s the club was managed by Mané, Juande Ramos and Víctor Muñoz. All three subsequently became successful managers with other clubs. Since 1987 the club has organised it’s own summer trophy, the Ciutat de Lleida Trophy.


Early Lleida football Clubs

Football was first introduced to Lleidamarker in 1910 by Manuel Azoz, a Barcelonamarker business man. Among the earliest clubs in the city were Montserrat, founded in 1913 by Marist Brothers, and FC Lleida founded in 1914. Both played their early games in the district of Pla d’en Gardeny. In 1915 the Associació Cultural Lleidatana was founded by Catalan nationalists. By 1917 two other clubs Club Colonial and Athlètic Metalúrgic began playing at the Camp de Mart. In 1918 FC Joventut was formed by left-wing Catalan republicans and during the 1920s they emerged as the city’s strongest side. In 1919 they became the first club to use the Camp d´Esportsmarker. However this club was dissolved in 1927. Other clubs of the 1920s included AE Lleida Calaveres, Lleida Sport Club and AEM Lleida, all of which disappeared during the 1930s.

Lérida Balompié and CD Leridano

After the Spanish Civil War, former members of AE Lleida Calaveres, Lleida Sport Club and AEM Lleida formed Lérida Balompié-AEM. After playing in regional leagues for four seasons they made their debut in the Tercera División in 1943. In 1944 the club spilt into two separate clubs, Lérida Balompié and AEM. Meanwhile in 1941 Spanish nationalists formed CD Leridano and a local rivalry developed between them and Lérida Balompié. On March 9 1947 Lérida Balompié and CD Leridano merged to become Unión Deportiva Lérida. The new team retained both the blue and white colours and club shield of Lérida Balompié. The first president of the new club was Eduard Estadella.

First Golden Era

UD Lérida enjoyed a golden age in the late 1940s and early 1950s when they progressed from the Tercera División to La Liga in three seasons. In 1949 they won the Tercera División and the following season, 1949-50, they made their debut in the Segunda División. The season saw the club achieve their biggest league win to date, a 9-2 win against CD Lugo. They also finished as Segunda División runners-up and were then promoted to La Liga for the 1950-51 season. However the club were out of their depth and were heavily defeated on several occasions. Their second game saw them lose 9-0 to CD Málaga and in subsequent games they lost 10-1 to Deportivo de La Coruña and 10-0 to Athletic Bilbao. It was no surprise when at the end of the season they were relegated. First eleven in La Liga was: Rivero, Rigau, Telechea, Carrillo, Esquerda, Roca, Gausí, Pellicer, Ramón, Bidegain and Fustero.

The Mané Era

In the late 1980s and early 1990s the club enjoyed a second golden era under coach Mané. He joined the club in 1988 and took them from Segunda División B to La Liga. In 1990 they were Segunda División B champions and in 1993 they won the Segunda División. The following season, 1993-94, saw UE Lleida return to La Liga for a second time. Despite a 1-0 win over the FC Barcelona Dream Team at the Camp Noumarker and a 2-1 win at the Camp d´Esportsmarker over Real Madrid, UE Lleida only managed to win five other games and were relegated once again. First eleven in the return to La Liga was: Ravnic, Tomás, Virgilio, David, Txema, Gonzalo, Jaime, Rubio, Bartolo, Urbano and Parés. The 1994-95 season saw them finish third in the Segunda División but they then lost a promotion play-off against Sporting Gijón.

Club background

Lérida SC - (¿?–1938) → ↓Lérida Balompié - (1938–1947)AE Lleida Calaveres - (¿?–1938) → ↑-------CD Leridano - (1941–1947) → ↓Unió Esportiva Lleida - (1947–)Lérida Balompié - (1938–1947) → ↑




  • Best League performance: 16th, La Liga, 1950–51
  • Best Cup performance: Last 16 (six times), 1986, 1993, 1995, 1997, 2000, 2005
  • Most League points: 68, 2003–04 (three points for a win) 60, 1957–58 (two points for a win)
  • Most League goals: 102, 1957–58
  • Most League wins in one season: 26, 1957–58
  • Best League win home: 9-0 v. Calella, 30 November 1941
  • Best League win away: 8-1 v. Europa, 22 February 1942
  • Best Cup win: 7-0 v. Sant Andreu, 19 December 1985


  • Most League appearances: 460, Miguel Rubio (1982–96)
  • Most League goals in total: 82, Mariano Azcona (1984–91)
  • Most League goals in a season: 25, Mariano Azcona (1989–90)
  • Most League goals in a match: 5, Mariano Azcona 6-1 v. Fraga, 15 October 1989
  • Most International appearances: 14, Miguel Mea Vitali (Venezuela) (2000–01)




As of 30 October 2009.
  • U-23 players (minimum of six).


From youth system

Out on loan


Current technical staff

Head Coach Emili Vicente
Assistant Coach Josep Gil
Athletic Trainer Miquel Gomila
Physio Jordi Escura
Athletic Readaptor Dani Colell

Selected Former Managers

see also


  • Sebastià Tàpies 1939 -1940
  • Joan Porta 1941 - 1947
  • Eduard Estadella 1947 - 1951
  • Llorenç Agustí 1951 - 1954
  • Josep Servat 1954 - 1957
  • Antoni Rocafort 1957
  • Laureà Torres 1957 - 1960
  • Antoni Teixidó 1960 - 1962
  • Ramon Vilaltella 1962 - 1967
  • Josep Jové 1967 - 1968
  • Pere Roig 1968 - 1969
  • Manel Rosell 1969 - 1970
  • Miquel Martínez 1970 - 1972
  • Josep Montañola 1972 - 1974
  • Lluís Nadal 1974 - 1977
  • Josep Esteve 1977 - 1979
  • Joan Planes 1979 - 1982
  • Antoni Gausí 1982 - 1986
  • Màrius Durán 1986 - 1996
  • Josep Lluís González 1996 - 1997
  • Màrius Durán 1997 - 1998
  • Antoni Gausí 1998 - 2002
  • Miquel Pons 2002 - 2006
  • Xavier Massana 2006 - 2007
  • Ignasi Rivadulla 2007 -

Selected former players

Only international players or UEFA Champions League winners. Flags represents the national teams he played for.

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