Groundhopper Guide to UD Las Palmas

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Groundhopper Guide to UD Las Palmas

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Groundhopper Guide to UD Las Palmas

Fútbol probably won’t be your primary reason for visiting the Canary Islands, but if you are headed that way for sun, outdoor fun and relaxation, you should take an evening to explore the real local culture by seeing Los Amarillos of UD Las Palmas play a game.

Here is our groundhopper’s guide to the club, which will be updated as soon as we make it to a game there.

Groundhopper Paul has actually seen Las Palmas play — at Real Zaragoza.

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Las Palmas players at Real Zaragoza in 2023.

Get to Know UD Las Palmas

Location: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain

Contact and Social: udlaspalmas.es, +34 928 241 342, #LaUniónHaceLasPalmas

Nicknames: Los Amarillos for the club’s bright yellow jerseys

History of UD Las Palmas

Unión Deportiva (Sports Club) Las Palmas was founded in 1949 when 5 clubs in the Canary Islands were merged together to provide a solution for financials issues caused by the Spanish civil war. Following the merger, Las Palmas applied to the Royal Spanish Football Federation to enter into the third division, and after some deliberation they were allowed to enter the next season.

Las Palmas finished 2nd in their first season in the third division, which earned them a promotion to the second division. The very next year they achieved a second consecutive promotion, getting them all the way to La Liga. This was the first time in Spanish football history that a club achieved two consecutive promotions during its first two years of existence.

In 1968, Las Palmas finished 3rd in La Liga behind Real Madrid and Barcelona, which is their best finish to date. During the 70s Las Palmas also made several appearances in European competitions, but failed to win a trophy.

During the 90s, Las Palmas spent the majority of their time in the 2nd and 3rd division. They spent a lot of time in the early 2000s and 2010s bouncing between the first and second division, while narrowing avoiding the third division on several occasions. 

Las Palmas have recently gained promotion back to La Liga after finishing second in the second division with a win on the very last day of the 2022-23 season.

2022-23 SEASON: 2nd in Segunda Division (promoted to La Liga), Copa del Rey 2nd round

2023–24 SEASON: La Liga

UD Las Palmas Song

There is an official club anthem, but the song Amarillo es mi color (Yellow is my color) is a much better watch:

UD Las Palmas Rivalries

Las Palmas shares a fierce rivalry with fellow Canary Island club, Tenerife. The Canary Islands Derby is widely considered as one of the best rivalries in Spain and has been going on since the formation of Las Palmas in 1949. The two teams have met a total of 67 times, with Las Palmas securing 25 wins to Tenerife’s 17, with 25 draws.

Stadium: Las Palmas have played at Estadio Gran Canaria since 2003. It has a capacity of 32,400, making it the largest in the Canary Islands. Since its opening in 2003, it has gone through renovations in 2014 to remove the track around the field, making it a football specific stadium.

UD Las Palmas Tickets

Tickets can be purchased directly from the club. Visit Las Palma’s ticket page to learn more.

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Written By Paul Gerald
Paul Gerald, Owner and Founder of Groundhopper Soccer Guides · Profile
Paul is a traveler, writer, publisher and soccer freak. He started Groundhopper Soccer Guides as EnglishSoccerGuide.com in 2014. When he's not kicking around England working on this site and his book, you can find him at Providence Park in Portland, cheering on the Portland Timbers.

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