He Alaves added on June 17, 2023 its sixth promotion to the First Division in 102 years history, after beating Levante 0-1 at the Ciutat de Valencia stadium, in the second leg of the final for promotion to First Divisionthanks to a converted penalty from Asier Villalibre in the extension discount.
The first albiazul promotion took place in the 1929-1930 season with coach Francisco Baona on the bench. El Glorioso was the first team to be promoted to the highest category and was also proclaimed champion of Bizkaia, the federation in which it was registered. That first journey in the elite lasted three seasons.
The return to the category took place 21 years later, in the 1953-1954 campaign.with a new Second Division title and Manuel Echezarreta as technician. Alavés lost the category two years later and entered a journey in which he wandered through different categories of national football for 40 years.
His return to the elite in 1998, with José Manuel Esnal “Mané” as architect of that team. This jump brought to Vitoria the most important sporting moments of the club with two appearances in the UEFA Cup and a European final. Five seasons later consummated the decline and although he returned in two years, in 2005could only be a campaign with the best.
After ten years in Second and Second B, the babazorros reemerged powerfully to stand in the First Division in 2016, with José Bordalás in front. Alavés then signed the longest period in its history in the top flight, six years, until signing its relegation a year ago.
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