Villarreal back up into top flight

FC Barcelona vs Villarreal in 2010 season PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB.
The 2006 Champion s League semi-finalists have won promotion back to the top flight after a single season in the second division.

Villarreal’s 1-0 win over Almeria on the final day of the season confirmed their promotion alongside league winners Elche.

The final promoted team will be decided in a play off between Almeria, Alcorcon, Girona and Las Palmas.

Always a tough opponent

During their successful 14 seasons in the top flight (1998-2012), which included Champions League qualification between 2005 and 2011,Villarreal played Barça 26 times, winning 8, drawing 6 and with 12 wins for Barça, they always proved to be a tough opponent.

Straight back up

Following their relegation at the end of 2012, Villarreal began their second division life under Julio Vazquez, before Marcelino García Toral took over and led the team to a spectacular climb up the table to promotion. The team still boasts well-known La Liga names such as Mellberg, Bruno, Cani and the veteran Marcos Senna.