Not many teams can brag about their successes at both La Liga and Segunda División levels, and Unión Deportiva Almería is the exception. Based in Almería (Andalusia), Spain, the club’s roots date back to 1979 where it has since then served as the starting point for some of Europe’s most skilled players and coaches.
Despite its rich history, the club’s recent achievements took off in the 2006/7 season when the team advanced to La Liga from Segunda División. Even though players score the goals, there are other individuals in the club’s dynamic that celebrate the same successes. After some exceptional performances, the fresh La Liga team placed 8th in the season’s standings – a considerable feat to make in the same year as a league promotion. The club enjoyed more success in matches against football giants and in 2011 qualified for the semifinals of the Copa del Rey, only to be defeated by FC Barcelona.
It comes as no surprise that victories with UD Almeria also lie off the pitch. Like any well-rounded team, it is not only rankings that put UD Almeria on the football map, but its players whose skills advanced them to more prominent positions. The club always served as a platform for future stars, including famous Spanish striker, Alvaro Negredo. In 2011, he finished the season as Almeria’s top scorer with 13 goals and soon after moved to Manchester City due to his consistency and skills. In 2011, the coaching staff promoted a promising right winger from it’s B team, Aleix Vidal, who left as a club legend and moved to Sevilla in 2014 and later to FC Barcelona in 2015. Red Bull Salzburg’s top scorer, Jonathan Soriano, who in 2014 scored more goals than Cristiano Ronaldo, is also a UD Almeria alum.
Other successful transfers include midfielder Felipe Melo when he moved to Serie A team, Fiorentina, while UD Almeria icon – goalkeeper Diego Alves – made an important move to Valencia in 2011, and later to the Brazilian national team. Alves also holds the record for most penalty saves in the history of La Liga, equalling the tally of the legendary Barcelona goalkeeper Andoni Zubizarreta.
With a combination of promising young players and experienced veterans, UD Almería continues to fight for its titles. The arrival of José Ángel Pozo from Manchester City symbolises that their ambitions are as high as ever, with hopes of returning to La Liga as soon as possible. The club is trying everything to be as sharp on and off the field, even utilising modern technology to enhance their opportunities. The coaching staff at Almeria are using this mentality as the basis of their partnership with Fieldoo.
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Vamos Almeria, vamos Fútbol!