Elche CF

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Elche
Elche CF logo.svg
Full name Elche Club de Fútbol, S.A.D.
Nickname(s) Los Franjiverdes (The Green-striped ones)
Los Ilicitanos (The Ones from Elche)
Founded 1923; 91 years ago (1923)
Ground Martínez Valero, Elche,
Valencia, Spain
Ground Capacity 38,750
Chairman José Sepulcre
Manager Fran Escribá
League La Liga
2012–13 Segunda División, 1st (promoted)
Website Club home page
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours
Current season

Elche Club de Fútbol, S.A.D. (Valencian: Elx Club de Futbol, S.A.D.), is a Spanish football team based in Elche, Province of Alicante, in the Valencian Community. Founded in 1923 it currently plays in La Liga, holding home matches at Estadio Manuel Martínez Valero, with a capacity of 38,750 seats.

Founded in 1923 as the result of a merger between all of the town's clubs, Elche entered the league system in 1929, reaching Segunda División in 1934 and La Liga in 1959, finishing fifth in the latter tournament in 1963–64. It was runner-up in the Copa del Rey in 1969.

History[edit]

Foundation and early years[edit]

Elche Club de Fútbol was founded in the summer of 1923, after the merger of all of the town's football teams. The club's first-ever game was against Monóvar, where they beat the home team 4–0, and its first official match was a 2–0 win over Crevillente Deportivo. The team played its first league season in 1929–30, in Tercera División, achieving promotion to Segunda División in 1934; it suffered relegation for the first time six years later, but promoted back the following season.

In the late 1950s, Elche achieved two consecutive promotions from the third level to La Liga, securing its first promotion to the latter competition with a 3–0 success against CD Tenerife in 1959.

1959–78: La Liga[edit]

Elche opened its first season in the top level with a 1–1 draw against Real Oviedo, the first goal being scored by Vicente Pahuet. The club finished tenth out of 16 sides, nine points ahead of relegated CA Osasuna – the campaign included a 2–1 comeback home victory over FC Barcelona, but also a 2–11 loss at Real Madrid. The following season saw the team having to compete in the relegation/promotion play-off, where it overcame a 0–1 loss in the away leg against Atlético Ceuta with a 4–0 home victory.[1]

Elche achieved their best-ever league finish in 1963–64, ranking in fifth position. The season also saw the club's reserve team, Elche Ilicitano, promote to Segunda División.[2]

In 1969 the club reached their first and only Copa del Rey final, following victories over Pontevedra CF, Valencia CF and Real Sociedad. The semi-final against the latter was won 2–0 in a replay in neutral Madrid, as the tie had finished 4–4 on aggregate; the final, played on 15 June at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in the same city, brought a 0–1 loss to Athletic Bilbao.[3]

After twelve seasons Elche was relegated to division two in 1971, having finished second from bottom.[4] Two years later the team returned to the main category, as champions. Its second spell in the top flight lasted five seasons, often immerse in relegation fights as the best campaign (1974–75) ended with the club in eighth position; at the end of 1977–78 the side returned to the second division after finishing 17th out of 18 clubs, the last game being a 4–4 draw with Atlético Madrid, which was led 2–4 with five minutes remaining.[5]

80s and 90s: severe financial crisis[edit]

After the relegation in 1978 Elche suffered. Although on paper they had a good team they never managed to gain promotion to the top flight – in fact, in the first five years since their return to the second level, they were fourth on three occasions and fifth on two (and on a further two, even on points with the third-placed team but with a worse goal difference), often losing the chance of promotion on the last matchday. Especially traumatic was the finish of the 1980–81 season: with one game remaining, they were second two points ahead of Rayo Vallecano and Racing de Santander, only needing a draw against Cádiz CF at the Martínez Valero; the game ended however in a loss, and Elche finished with 45 points alongside CD Castellón, Cádiz, Racing and Rayo.

A promotion finally occurred at the end of 1983–84, even though Elche only finished fifth in the regular season – the first two positions were occupied by Real Madrid Castilla and Athletic Bilbao B, who could not promote as reserve sides. The whole of the top division campaign was spent in the relegation zone, and relegation consequently befell as 17th. In 1988 they were promoted again for another cameo appearance, as the side went on to finish dead last with eighteen points, dropping down a category alongside Real Murcia, who they trailed by nine points; the last match for years in the category was a 1–3 away loss against Real Zaragoza, the goal coming courtesy of Alfonso Fernández.

After the relegation in 1989, Elche started to suffer heavily in the financial department, and relegated to Segunda División B – the new third level created in 1977 – at the end of 1990–91. During the better part of the 90's the club reached the second division promotion playoffs, only to consecutively fall short.

In 1997 Elche finally managed to return to division two, being immediately relegated back but gaining another promotion subsequently.

2010s: return to the top flight[edit]

In 2010–11, again in the "silver category", the team finished fourth and thus qualified for the playoffs: after disposing of Real Valladolid in the first round (3–2 on aggregate)[6] the dream of top flight promotion ended at the hands of Granada CF, on the away goals rule.[7]

On 18 May 2013, following FC Barcelona B and AD Alcorcón's 1–1 draw, Elche was automatically promoted to the top level, returning to the competition after 24 years.[8]

Seasons[edit]

Recent seasons[edit]

Season Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P
2002–03 2D 16 42 12 14 16 49 52 50
2003–04 2D 14 42 13 11 18 50 63 50
2004–05 2D 10 42 16 9 17 51 52 57
2005–06 2D 14 42 13 14 15 47 54 53
2006–07 2D 11 42 16 10 16 47 46 58
2007–08 2D 10 42 14 12 16 44 50 54
2008–09 2D 12 42 13 14 15 52 50 53
2009–10 2D 6 42 18 9 15 67 57 63
2010–11 2D 4 42 18 15 9 55 42 69
2011–12 2D 11 42 17 6 19 56 58 57

Season to season[edit]

  • As Elche Football Club
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1929/30 2nd
1931/32 5th
1932/33 2nd
1933/34 2nd
1934/35 4th
1935/36 8th
1939/40 7th
  • As Elche Club de Fútbol
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1940/41 1st
1941/42 6th
1942/43 6th
1943/44 1st
1944/45 1st
1945/46 2nd
1946/47 2nd
1947/48 1st
1948/49 2nd
1949/50 14th
1950/51 6th
1951/52 13th
1952/53 16th
1953/54 3rd
1954/55 1st
1955/56 3rd
1956/57 1st
1957/58 1st
1958/59 1st
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1959/60 10th
1960/61 14th
1961/62 8th
1962/63 8th
1963/64 5th
1964/65 8th
1965/66 6th
1966/67 9th
1967/68 11th
1968/69 9th Runner-up
1969/70 11th
1970/71 15th
1971/72 4th
1972/73 2nd
1973/74 14th
1974/75 8th
1975/76 15th
1976/77 11th
1977/78 17th
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1978/79 5th
1979/80 4th
1980/81 4th
1981/82 4th
1982/83 7th
1983/84 5th
1984/85 17th
1985/86 4th
1986/87 4th
1987/88 2nd
1988/89 20th
1989/90 14th
1990/91 17th
1991/92 2ªB 4th
1992/93 2ªB 3rd
1993/94 2ªB 12th
1994/95 2ªB 6th
1995/96 2ªB 3rd
1996/97 2ªB 2nd
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1997/98 19th
1998/99 2ªB 3rd
1999/00 15th
2000/01 18th
2001/02 5th
2002/03 16th
2003/04 14th
2004/05 10th
2005/06 14th
2006/07 10th
2007/08 10th
2008/09 12th
2009/10 6th
2010/11 4th Third round
2011/12 11th Third round
2012/13 1st Second round
2013/14 Round of 32

Current squad[edit]

As of 31 January 2014[9]

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Spain GK Manu Herrera
2 Uruguay DF Damián Suárez
3 Spain DF Alberto Botía (on loan from Sevilla)
4 Spain DF David Lombán
5 Spain MF Alberto Rivera
6 Spain MF Rubén Pérez (on loan from Atlético Madrid)
7 Spain MF Aarón Ñíguez
8 Spain MF Sergio Mantecón
9 Ghana FW Richmond Boakye (on loan from Juventus)
10 Spain MF Javi Flores
11 Spain FW Coro
13 Spain GK Toño
14 Spain FW Manu del Moral (on loan from Sevilla)
No. Position Player
15 Spain MF Carles Gil (on loan from Valencia)
16 Spain MF Fidel
17 Spain MF Javi Márquez (on loan from Mallorca)
18 Spain DF Sergio Pelegrín
19 Romania DF Cristian Săpunaru
21 Spain DF Edu Albácar (captain)
23 Spain DF Domingo Cisma
24 Colombia MF Carlos Sánchez
25 Cape Verde MF Garry Rodrigues (on loan from Levski Sofia)
26 England DF Charlie I'Anson
27 Spain FW Álvaro Giménez
28 Spain FW Cristian Herrera

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Spain GK Diego Rivas (at Tenerife)
No. Position Player
Spain MF Pelayo (at Córdoba)

Honours[edit]

International players[edit]

see also Category:Elche CF players

Famous coaches[edit]

see also Category:Elche CF managers

Reserve team[edit]

Elche's reserve team, Elche CF Ilicitano, was founded in 1932. It managed to spend two seasons in the second division, when the main squad was in the top flight.

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