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C.D. Leganes says goodbye to Victoria and Felipe

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23/06/2022 11:00

Victoria Pavón and Felipe Moreno will not continue managing C.D. Leganés. The club's president and first vice-president for the last thirteen and a half years will not continue in their positions after the change of hands of the majority shareholding of the company, which now passes to the American group Blue Crow Sports Group, was confirmed.

More than thirteen years have passed since 24 December 2008, when Victoria and Felipe took over a club in serious danger of disappearing due to its financial problems, with the team in Segunda División 'B' and a disenchanted and decreasing fan base.

Since then, and despite the difficulties of the day, their daily work, together with that of the rest of the staff, has borne fruit, bringing the club closer to the city, making it more present in schools, hospitals, in the streets of Leganés, trying to get the neighbours involved with the club and making Butarque more and more populated. The results were coming, with the record number of season ticket holders in the club's history being beaten almost every season.

Promotion to Second Division in 2014, to First Division in 2016 and semifinals of Copa del Rey in 2018

At the same time, the club's finances were getting healthier, while on the sporting side, the first three attempts to return to professional football fell by the wayside in the playoffs of 2009 (Jaén), 2011 (Badalona) and 2013 (Lleida). The fourth time, in 2014, in L'Hospitalet with that iconic goal by Carlos Álvarez that returned Leganés to the Second Division ten years later. Thousands of pepineros, in the stands of La Feixa Llarga and in the city's Plaza Mayor, celebrated the return to professional football of that team coached by Asier Garitano.

But the best was yet to come. Barely two years later, the historic promotion from Anduva arrived. On 4 June 2016, Leganés reached the First Division of our football for the first time after a historic season. It would be no less than four years in the elite with a Copa del Rey semi-final in 2018, a territory never before inhabited by Leganés in its 90-year history, together with two more campaigns in LaLiga SmartBank.

Sporting, social and infrastructural growth in their thirteen years at the club

All of this, beyond the purely sporting aspect, was enhanced by a social mass that exceeded 10,000 season ticket holders, a renovated stadium that grew from 8,000 to 12,454 seats, as well as the construction of the Butarque Sports Facility for the daily training sessions of the first team and the lower categories. Women's football was also a pioneering venture during these years, and currently has a total of five teams.

With her departure, the president of the most successful period of C.D. Leganés leaves the club, thirteen years (the last eight in professional football) in which Leganés has experienced its best times of sporting, social and economic growth. Thank you very much, Victoria! Thank you very much, Felipe!