La Nucía – Estadio Olimpico Camilo Cano

La Nucía is a small town of 18,000 inhabitants, around 6 miles north of Benidorm. Club de Fútbol La Nucia is a relative newcomer to the Spanish football scene having been formed in 1995 and for the first decade or so spent its time in the lower regional leagues.

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Quite some backdrop – La Nucia’s Camilo Cano

Having reached the Regional Preferente (Level 5) in 2006-07, they surprised everybody by finishing fourth and qualifying for the play-offs to the Tercera. In the final round, they were pitted against Olimpic de Xativa and having drawn the away leg 1-1, things were looking very promising with the scores at 0-0 in the 93rd minute of the second leg. Then Olimpic scored with a speculative strike for 30 yards to win promotion. Resigned to another season in the Preferente, La Nucia was reprieved when CF Dolores stood down from the Tercera and the Valencian Football Federation offered their place to the club. And they made good of their opportunity, racking-up a series of top ten finishes and three appearances at the end of season play-offs, before dropping back to the Regional Preferente in 2016. Two years later, the club returned to the Tercera, finishing second at the end of the 2018-19 season. La Nucia saw off the challenges of UD Logroñés Promesas, Arandina CF & Linares Deportivo turn earn a place in Segunda B for the first time.

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The main stand at the Estadio Camilo Cano

The Estadio Camilo Cano is part of the town’s Ciutat Esportiva, which has become a regular mid-season location for Europe’s elite sports stars seeking warm-weather training. The Estadio Camilo Cano was already reasonably well developed prior to their promotion to the Tercera in 2007. The main stand is on the west side of the ground and runs for 60 metres from the southern corner. It has a canvas-covered canopy roof, propped behind the back of 10 rows of red & black seats. The rest of the ground is made up of narrow banks of red and black seats, with the eastern side having a thin cover, similar in design the main stand. With an overall capacity of 4,000, it seems perfectly adequate for the club now they have reached Segunda B.

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The Estadio Olimpico Camilo Cano with its predecessor in the background

However, not content with their existing enclosure, La Nucia moved 150 metres eastwards to the newly built Estadio Olimpico Camilo Cano. This is the new athletics enclosure at the Ciutat Esportiva, which comprises of one covered stand on the western side, and open seating on the opposite east side. A rather baffling move as the Estadio Olimpico offers less cover and worse sight lines. La Nucia played its first match at their new home on 25 August 2019, earning a 1-0 victory over UE Cornellà. Levante UD also hosted matches at the Olimpico Camilo Cano at the end of the 2019-20 season, when their own home, the Estadi Ciutat de Valencia, underwent major renovation.

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