|Full name||Hércules de Alicante Club de Fútbol, S.A.D.|
|Nickname(s)||Los Herculanos (The Herculeans)
Los Griegos (The Greeks)
Los Blanquiazules (The White and Blues)
|Ground||José Rico Pérez, Alicante,
|Chairman||Carlos Parodi García-Pertusa|
|League||2ª B – Group 3|
|2014–15||2ª B – Group 3, 4th|
Hércules de Alicante Club de Fútbol, S.A.D. (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈerkules]) is a Spanish football team based in Alicante, in the autonomous community of Valencian Community. Founded in 1922 it currently plays in Segunda División B, and holds home games at the Estadio José Rico Pérez, which seats 30,000 spectators.
After first appearing in La Liga in the 1935–36 season, Hércules would play sporadically in the category for the next forty years, playing mainly in the second division but going as low as the third. From 1961 to 1969, neighbours Alicante CF acted as its feeder club.
After a ten-year spell in the top flight, encompassing 12 seasons in the 1970s/80s, the club only returned again in the 1996–97 campaign: though eventually relegated it managed two remarkable comeback wins over FC Barcelona, which ultimately handed the league title to Real Madrid.
In 2004–05, after five years in the third level, Hércules finished second, being subsequently promoted to the "silver category". After posting three consecutive solid seasons, the club narrowly missed out on a return to the top division in 2009, finishing fourth three points behind last-promotee CD Tenerife.
The 2009–10 campaign saw Hércules promoted back into the top flight after 13 years, in dramatic fashion: losing 0–1 at half-time at Rayo Vallecano, the team fought back to win 2–1 in the penultimate game of the season and leap frog Real Betis into third place. In the last round, a 2–0 away win against relegation-threatened Real Unión guaranteed promotion, with the 4–0 win of Betis over Levante UD eventually counting for nothing (all three teams – Levante, Hércules and Betis – ended with the same number of points).
Early into the 2010–11 season, one year, three months and 19 days after Barcelona's last home defeat in the league, Hércules recorded a shock 2–0 win at the Camp Nou, thanks to a brace from Nelson Valdez – Barça had won their last 11 home matches, scored at least three times in each of their last six league fixtures and were protecting a 17-game unbeaten streak. Amazingly, however, this was the Alicante outfit's third successive win over the Catalans, having won both meetings in their previous top flight campaign 14 years before; after a solid first round of 19 games the team slumped in the table, eventually ranking in 19th position for an immediate relegation back.
Season to season
- 20 seasons in La Liga
- 43 seasons in Segunda División
- 13 seasons in Segunda División B
- 7 seasons in Tercera División
- As of 14 August 2015
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see also Category:Hércules CF footballers
Relationships with other teams
- Iraklis Thessaloniki F.C. - Since 2003, fans of both teams formed a friendship through the internet, because Iraklis is the Greek version of Hércules. There is even a Hércules CF supporters club that bares the name Iraklis, in honor of their friendship.
- "Hércules de Alicante CF – Datos del club" [Hércules de Alicante CF – Club data] (in Spanish). Hércules CF.
- "Valdez brace sinks champions". ESPN Soccernet. 11 September 2010. Retrieved 29 September 2010.
- Remarkable runs and a seismic shock; FIFA.com, 15 September 2010
- El Hércules proyecta su imagen en otros tres equipos europeos. Noticia de 2005 de La Verdad.
- Official website (Spanish)
- Futbolme team profile (Spanish)
- BDFutbol team profile
- Macho Hércules, fansite (Spanish)