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 By PA Sport

Osasuna beat Girona to earn La Liga return via playoffs

Osasuna fans celebrate their return to La Liga.

Osasuna returned to the Primera Division after a two-season absence with a 1-0 win at Girona in the second leg of their promotion playoff final.

The Pamplona club, who finished in sixth place in the Segunda Division, held a 2-1 advantage from the first leg at El Sadar.

Forward Kenan Kodro scored a crucial away goal on 48 minutes, with the Rojillos holding out for a comfortable aggregate victory as Girona finished with 10 men when defender Florian Lejeune was sent off late on for a second caution.


ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Fernando Hierro to be presented as Oviedo manager

Fernando Hierro will be presented on Wednesday as the new coach at Oviedo.

Real Madrid legend Fernando Hierro will be presented as the new coach at Spanish Segunda Division club Real Oviedo this Wednesday, one week after being signed to a one-year contract to replace David Generelo.

Hierro is in Mexico this week to meet with club majority shareholder Arturo Elias Ayub, of Grupo Carso, and is expected to address the media regarding the names of the rest of his coaching staff and his plans for the 2016-17 season.

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.

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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Alaves seal promotion back to La Liga after 10-year absence

Alaves secured their place back in La Liga on Sunday evening with a 2-0 win at home to Numancia.

The Basque side, who were beaten 5-4 by Liverpool in a thrilling UEFA Cup final in 2001, were last in the top flight in 2006 and spent four years in the third tier since then.

The club have only enjoyed 11 seasons in the top division in their 86-year history, but that will become 12 after first-half goals from Manuel Garcia and Raul gave them the victory they needed.

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 By Chris Wright

Spanish side CD Palencia unveil bizarre new 'human muscle' kit

Down in the lower reaches of Spanish football, it would appear that there is something of a contest raging between all the competing sides to produce the most horrendous kit possible.

We've seen teams use their new strips to pay homage to octopuses, beer, ham and even broccoli in the recent past, but fourth-tier side CD Palencia may well have just taken top prize with their latest, ever so slightly gory effort.