Hailing from the Madrid suburbs, Club Deportivo Leganes were founded in 1928 and never rose higher than the third tier until 1992, when they won promotion to the Segunda Division for the first time in their history.

Argentine impresario Daniel Grinbank bought Leganes in 2003, which saw Colombia boss Jose Pekerman appointed sporting director, but he abandoned the club midway through the following season, resulting in them dropping back into Segunda B.

However, the arrival of Asier Garitano in 2013 set the side up for the big time as they returned to the second tier a year later and followed that up with a historic promotion to La Liga in 2016. Better yet, Lega stayed up on their maiden, top-flight voyage.

Leganes’ nickname is Los Pepineros, which translates to ‘cucumber growers’, due to the town of Leganes once being an agricultural village and a renowned source of cucumbers.

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