SWith almost fourteen years of success. Two promotions, one sad decline in the pandemic season. And the construction of a historical heritage with the new Sports City, the expansion of the Butarque Stadium and the professionalization of the club, its great background. Will be announced in the next few hours the transfer of the shares to the company Blue Crow Sports, owned by Jeff Luhnow
The present and future of the cucumber group passes through the American company Blue Crow Sports, owned by Jeff Luhnow, who will direct Leganés from the main floor. Everything will be officially announced in the next few hours, as MARCA has been telling for a week
But the whole modern history of the club, and the ambitious future that seems to await it, is not conceived if the arrival of the Moreno & Pavón family at the club had not taken place. Among his achievements two key dates: June 22, 2014 (when a Chilean goal by Carlos Álvarez returned the pepineros to professional football). And on June 4, 2016 (with Pablo Insua’s header that promoted Leganés to the First Division). His successes took the club to the top of its historybut his legacy and his purchase at that time, for 500,000 euros, changed everything and saved the Lega from possible disappearance.
Last December 24 Victoria Pavón’s thirteenth year at the head of the cucumber entity, as president and visible head of the Blue and Whites, and Felipe Moreno, vice president. They landed in a complicated Christmas, that of 2008, in one of the saddest stages that Butarque experienced like his prostrate players on their knees due to non-payment and considering that the team could not finish the season. All after a season in which the squad gave all its professionalism and came to have the leading team in the table in Second B. After taking over from the previous president, Rubén Fernández, Felipe Moreno became the largest shareholder.
As a family business it began its path and year after year it became more professional. His first decision was to fulfill his promise to pay all the club’s employees and footballers from day one. Then came his second promise “not to die without seeing the Lega in First”. That company took longer, six long years to get out of the hell of the Second B, but with the magical afternoon Hospitalet everything changed.
So much so that two years later, in Anduva against Mirandés they were already celebrating promotion to First Division to look face to face at Cristiano’s Real Madrid or Messi’s Barcelona. And well they did! Led by the mentor from the bench, Asier Garitano, they achieved two magical seasons in the First Division, where they were never in relegation positions and in the second campaign they achieved the remembered pepinazo against Real Madrid, eliminating Zinedine Zidane’s team from the Copa del Rey.
With Mauricio Pellegrino on the bench, the other “Barca giant” fell and between Asier, Mauricio and Javier Aguirre (the last to arrive), the cucumber fans saw the best teams in Spain fall in Butarque in what was baptized as the cucumber fort .
Dedication and ambition alike
The work of the Moreno & Pavón family has been one of dedication, enthusiasm and ambition, although along the way there was also some sadness such as relegation against Real Madrid in a pandemic season, where Lega lost its two forwards (En-Nesyri and Braithwaite) signed by Sevilla and Barcelona in the middle of the competition, and saw two penalties awarded without the help of VAR outside the area. And they observed with the empty stands the possible hand of Jovic against Real Madrid that would have given them permanence in case of being called.
But without a doubt, a Sports City at the level of the best clubs, the expansion of the Butarque Municipal Stadium and the reorganized accounts, are the main bases that have made the Lega grow and the greatest of the legacies. This relief to Blue Crow Sports and Jeff Luhnow, they do it again with the conviction of leaving the club in good handsThere were many offers, but only this one from the American group has convinced them to continue to grow and improve a Club Deportivo Leganés that, perhaps, would not exist as it is known without them.