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 By Sid Lowe

Jonas Ramalho on Girona's La Liga promotion: "The beginning of something"

Girona's promotion should be a turning point for a Catalan club that has been forever in the shadows.

Damned no more, Girona Fútbol Club will be in the first division next season, finally making their debut well into their ninth decade.

"History!" declared Carles Puigdemont, president of the Catalan Generalitat. Closure, too. Girona striker Fran Sandaza likened it to a "wound that hadn't healed." Defender Jonas Ramalho called it a "thorn" in their sides. "Well," he says, "we've removed it now."

Girona has 98,255 residents, boasts a restaurant with three Michelin stars that has been named...

Girona overcome years of heartache to finally win promotion to La Liga

Girona has a football club in the Primera Division for the first time in 87 years.
 

On Sunday, Girona FC earned promotion to La Liga for the first time in their 87-year history. It was a magical moment for the Catalan town, and a sensational turnaround for a club that was sold for just one euro because of huge debts as recently as 2012.

Girona needed a point in the home fixture against Zaragoza on the Segunda Division's penultimate match day to be certain of finishing second. Their rivals had to draw in order to be mathematically safe from relegation. Perhaps the...

Girona earn promotion to Spain's top flight for first time in 87-year history

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Girona fans celebrate their team's 0-0 draw with Real Zaragoza that secured their promotion to Spain's top flight.

MADRID -- Girona will play in the Spanish Primera Division next season for the first time in the 87-year history of the club after earning promotion on Sunday.

A 0-0 draw with Real Zaragoza was good enough for the Catalan club to secure the point it needed to finish second in the Segunda Division with one round to go.

They join the already promoted Levante, the second-division winner, next season in the top flight.

Also on Sunday, Getafe, Cadiz and Tenerife earned spots in the playoff for the third...

Manchester City's Angelino and Pablo Maffeo join Girona on loan

Manchester City defenders Pablo Maffeo and Angelino have joined Spanish side Girona on loan until the end of the season.

Maffeo, 19, spent the second half of last season on loan at the same club making 13 appearances.

The Barcelona-born right-back returned in the summer and made his City debut in the Champions League playoff second leg with Steaua Bucharest and has started three games in total.

Angelino, 19, made his City debut last season after completing a loan spell with sister club New York...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Leganes earn first promotion to top flight as Alaves win Segunda Division

Leganes were promoted to the top flight of Spanish football for the first time in their history after winning on the final day of the Segunda Division season on Saturday.

Pablo Insua scored with a header following a corner in the 48th minute to give Leganes a 1-0 win at Mirandes to clinch promotion to the Primera Division.

Leganes were only promoted to the second tier in 2014 and will now find themselves playing alongside the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid next season.

They nearly were...