The UD Las Palmas
begins its fifth consecutive seasonthirty-third overall,
in Second Division receiving a history of national football like Real Zaragoza, a rival with which it has traditionally faced in the highest category of national football.
In this scenario, the team now led by Xavier García Pimienta has so far played
1,229 matches, although officially they are 1,230 because the commitment that three campaigns ago had to face Reus in Catalan lands is reconciled as won by 0-1. Assuming that result is valid,
UD have won 481 matchestied 364 and lost 385. In total, including that goal, the island team has pierced the opposing nets 1,648 times while being one goal away from conceding 1,500.
The great protagonist of the Canarian squad is once again Jonathan Viera. The one from La Feria is the player with the most matches played in the yellow jersey of the current squad, 224, being 37th in the ranking, having the possibility this season of getting into the top 30, beating historic players like Manolo López, Daniel Carnevali or Alexis Trujillo. Far from Viera, but over a hundred duels, are Álvaro Lemos, 126, Eric Curbelo, 122, Benito Ramírez, 102, Vitolo, who on his return to the entity will be able to add more to the 101 he already has, and Kirian Rodríguez , 100.
With the possibility of reaching centenarians this season are Fabio González, who currently has 84, and Álvaro Vallés, with 67.
As for the success against the rival goal, the protagonist is once again Jonathan Viera, who has the option this year of getting into the 'top-ten' scorers of UD Las Palmas.
On the 21st he has 66 goals, only two less than José Manuel León, Luiso Saavedra and Rubén Castro, who share eighth place, while he is five behind Gilberto I, seven behind Marcos Márquez, and 10 behind fifth-placed Juani Castillo. Further away it seems the possibility that this campaign will reach the Chilean Koke Contreras who added 93 and is fourth behind the men who top the podium, Orlando Suárez, 97, Carlos Manuel Morete, 99, and the 'Maestro' Germán Dévora, leader of the ranking, with 119.
Viera is 18 hits away from becoming the Gran Canaria club's top scorer in the silver category of Spanish football. In this case, the first place so far is shared with 61 goals by Marcos Márquez and Rubén Castro, the only ones with more successes than La Feria in what is now known as the Smartbank League.
Fortieth in the general ranking of scorers with UD is Vitolo with 27 goals, one in the top flight and the rest in the Second Division, this year having the option of surpassing historic players on the list such as Andrés, Momo, Guedes, from Tenerife, Maciel, Julio Suárez, Gilberto II or the 'Pollo' Vidal.
As for newcomers, it should be noted that last year they premiered with the
first team 10 playersof which eight were first team players, Raúl Navas, Erick Ferigra, Omenuku Mfulu, Óscar Pinchi, Armando Sadiku, Adalberto Peñaranda, Unai Veiga and Hernani, and two did so with a record from the subsidiary chain, Ale García and Alberto Moleiro .
Ever since it made its debut in the silver category of Spanish football, on September 10, 1950, beating Cartagena 2-4 away from home, the day on which the island victory was decided by a hat-trick from Tacoronte and another goal from Cedrés, UD Las Palmas has has measured 106 rivals in the Second Division, the most recent being Ibiza, Real Sociedad B and Burgos, while this year it will add one more in the figure of Andorra, an old acquaintance from the Siete Palmas bench, Eder Sarabia, second in Quique Setién on his tour of the band at the Gran Canaria Stadium.
CD Tenerife is the team with which UD has met the most times in the Second Division, 40, four more times than against Hércules and Albacete and six more times than against Recreativo de Huelva and Elche.
The team that Las Palmas has beaten the most in this category is, by far, the Alicante club itself, 19, beating Real Madrid's first affiliate and Albacete in 16. The times he has tied the most have been in derbys with Tenerife, 18, while with Recreativo de Huelva he did it 14 times and in 11 he tied with Elche. Lastly, the one that UD has done the worst in this category is Córdoba, the island's executioner in 14 games, while they lost 13 to Murcia and 12 to Cádiz.
In the chapter on hits against the opponent's goal, Elche and Albacete are the rivals that the Gran Canarians have beaten the most times, 56, followed by Real Madrid Castilla, 50, while Salamanca was the team that scored the most yellow nets, 50, followed by the 42 made by the Blue and Whites from Alicante and Córdoba and the 40 from Real Murcia.
In the general computation, it should be noted that UD could reach the
500 wins in the category, a figure from which 19 games separate him, although he can also reach 400 defeats, 15 away. He is also eight boards away from the tie for 200 in the Segunda away from Gran Canaria. In the scoring chapter, UD is 52 points behind 1,700 in favor - 1,600 was achieved last year by Jonathan Viera.
Matches add Jonathan Viera with UD, being the player in the squad with the greatest presence in this ranking and on the hunt for several historical footballers such as Carnevali, Manolo López or Alexis Trujillo.
They have been the different rivals that the team has had in the silver category since its debut on this stage in 1950. In the campaign that starts tomorrow, it will add one more to the list: Andorra.
Times Las Palmas has measured strength against Tenerife in a derby in the Second Division. It is the most repeated game and the one that always generates the greatest expectation in the fans. Now at least two more classics will be added.