Recreativo de Huelva

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Recreativo de Huelva
Recreativo huelva crest.png
Full nameReal Club Recreativo de Huelva, S.A.D.
Decano (Dean)
Abuelo (Grandfather)
Founded23 December 1889; 132 years ago (1889-12-23) as Huelva Recreation Club
GroundNuevo Colombino
PresidentJosé Antonio Sotomayor
Head coachAlberto Gallego
League3ª RFEF – Group 10
2020–212ª B – Group 4 (A), 8th of 10
2ª B – Group 4 (E), 6th of 8 (relegated)
WebsiteClub website

Real Club Recreativo de Huelva, S.A.D. (Spanish pronunciation: [reˈal ˈkluβ rekɾeaˈtiβo ðe ˈwelβa]) is a Spanish football club based in Huelva, in the autonomous community of Andalusia. Founded on 23 December 1889, they are the oldest football club in Spain, and currently play in Tercera División RFEF – Group 10, holding home games at Estadio Nuevo Colombino, which has a 21,670 capacity.

Team colours are white shirts with blue vertical stripes and white shorts.


Foundation/Early years[edit]

Two Scots, Alexander Mackay and Robert Russell Ross, overseas workers at the Rio Tinto mines, founded Huelva Recreation Club to provide their employees with physical recreation. Then they were invited by Sevilla F.C. to play their first football match. Very little is officially reported, being one of the most notable games of the time a knock-out stage in 1896 against Locomotoras Albacete Balón-Pie, precursor of the latter Albacete Balompié, in a national cup championship.

During the 1910s, the club won three non-official Andalusian regional cups, and became the first Spanish side to defeat a Portuguese team, winning against Sporting Clube de Portugal. In 1940, it first reached Segunda División, only lasting however one year and not returning until 1957. Since 1965, the team also began hosting the Trofeo Colombino.

Later years[edit]

In 1977–78, led by, amongst others, former Real Madrid youth graduate Hipólito Rincón, Recreativo first gained promotion to the top flight. After just one season, it returned to level two, staying there until 1990, the year of a Segunda División B relegation.

In 1999–2000, Recreativo were due to be relegated to the third division, but were redeemed when Atlético Madrid descended into the second and thus their reserves were ejected.[1] With a new stadium and the appointment of Luis Alcaraz as manager, and the club returned to the top flight for the first time in 23 years on 19 May 2002 with a 2–1 home win over fellow Andalusians Xerez CD.[2] After this one season at the top, the team was immediately relegated back. However, in the same campaign, it reached the final of the Copa del Rey for the first time, being defeated by Mallorca 0–3 in Elche.[2]

In 2005–06, after beating Numancia on 4 June 2006, Marcelino García Toral's Recreativo mathematically secured promotion with two matches left to be played. Ahead of the new season, the club bought players including France youth international striker Florent Sinama Pongolle from Liverpool,[3] and young winger Santi Cazorla from Villarreal CF, with a budget of only €15 million.[4] The club finished eighth in the table, at 54 points, a best-ever, and made headlines with a 3–0 win against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium.[4] The club's leading goalscorer was Sinama Pongolle with 12 goals to his name, while García Toral left at its conclusion for Racing de Santander.[5]

Recre narrowly avoided relegation the following season, and in 2008–09, one win in its last 15 matches led to it coming in last place and returning to Segunda after three years. Overspending in aim of returning to the top flight led to debts.[2] At the end of the 2014–15 season, the team fell into Segunda B for the first time in 18 years.[1] A year later, the club was nearing extinction due to financial problems.[6] In May 2021, due to restructuring of the Spanish football league system, the club was relegated two tiers to the fifth level for the first time in its history.[7] Journalist Damián Ortiz of the Diario de Huelva called the entire squad "bastards without honour" and "a black mark on the history of Recreativo de Huelva".[8]

Season to season[edit]

Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1939—40 2 6th
1940—41 3 2nd
1941—42 4 1ª Reg. 1st
1942—43 4 1ª Reg.
1943—44 3 6th
1944—45 3 6th
1945—46 3 6th
1946—47 3 1st
1947—48 3 2nd
1948—49 3 4th
1949—50 3 4th
1950—51 3 1st
1951—52 3 6th
1952—53 3 8th
1953—54 3 10th
1954—55 3 5th
1955—56 3 7th
1956—57 3 1st
1957—58 2 15th
1958—59 3 1st
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1959—60 2 13th
1960—61 2 1st
1961—62 2 5th
1962—63 2 5th
1963—64 2 11th
1964—65 2 9th
1965—66 2 11th
1966—67 2 11th
1967—68 2 13th
1968—69 3 1st
1969—70 3 4th
1970—71 3 3rd
1971—72 3 13th
1972—73 3 8th
1973—74 3 1st
1974—75 2 14th
1975—76 2 10th
1976—77 2 9th
1977—78 2 2nd
1978—79 1 18th
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1979—80 2 12th
1980—81 2 16th
1981—82 2 14th
1982—83 2 10th
1983—84 2 12th
1984—85 2 10th
1985—86 2 9th
1986—87 2 3rd
1987—88 2 15th
1988—89 2 5th
1989—90 2 19th
1990—91 3 2ªB 2nd
1991—92 3 2ªB 6th
1992—93 3 2ªB 8th
1993—94 3 2ªB 3rd
1994—95 3 2ªB 14th
1995—96 3 2ªB 8th
1996—97 3 2ªB 4th
1997—98 3 2ªB 2nd
1998—99 2 12th
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1999—2000 2 21st
2000—01 2 6th
2001—02 2 3rd Round of 32
2002—03 1 18th Runners-up
2003—04 2 6th Second round
2004—05 2 5th Round of 16
2005—06 2 1st Second round
2006—07 1 8th Round of 32
2007—08 1 16th Round of 16
2008—09 1 20th Round of 32
2009—10 2 9th Round of 16
2010—11 2 12th Second round
2011—12 2 17th Second round
2012—13 2 13th Second round
2013—14 2 8th Round of 32
2014—15 2 20th Third round
2015—16 3 2ªB 13th First round
2016—17 3 2ªB 12th
2017—18 3 2ªB 15th
2018—19 3 2ªB 1st
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
2019—20 3 2ªB 13th Round of 32
2020—21 3 2ªB 8th / 6th
2021—22 5 3ª RFEF

Current squad[edit]

As of 9 April 2021.[9]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Japan JPN Louis Yamaguchi
2 DF Spain ESP Antonio Leal (on loan from Villarreal B)
3 DF Spain ESP Jorge Morcillo
4 MF Spain ESP Dani Molina (on loan from Extremadura)
5 MF Spain ESP Antonio Ponce
6 MF Spain ESP Alberto Martín
7 MF Spain ESP José Antonio González
8 FW Spain ESP José Carlos
9 FW Spain ESP Jesús Sillero
10 MF Spain ESP Víctor Barroso
11 FW Spain ESP Alberto Quiles
12 FW Spain ESP Chuli
No. Pos. Nation Player
13 GK Spain ESP Nauzet Pérez
14 MF Argentina ARG Alexander Szymanowski
15 DF Spain ESP Diego Jiménez (captain)
16 DF Spain ESP Miguel Ángel Cera
17 DF Spain ESP Luis Madrigal
18 MF Brazil BRA Matheus Santana (on loan from Watford)
19 FW Spain ESP Seth Airam (on loan from Cádiz B)
20 MF Venezuela VEN Yaimil Medina (on loan from Albacete)
21 DF Spain ESP Jesús Valentín
22 FW Mali MLI Moha Traoré
27 DF Spain ESP Fran López
30 DF Spain ESP David Alfonso

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
DF Spain ESP Jesús López (at Xerez Deportivo until 30 June 2020)

Youth players[edit]


Notable coaches[edit]

International players[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "El Decano se vuelve a estrellar en El Sadar como hace 15 años" ["The Dean" crashes again in El Sadar just like 15 years ago]. Marca (in Spanish). 1 June 2015. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Stevens, Tom (23 February 2016). "'It's a real matter of faith:' Life as a Recreativo Huelva supporter". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Recreativo land Sinama-Pongolle". BBC Sport. 4 May 2007. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  4. ^ a b Lowe, Sid (21 December 2006). "Recreativo rip up the form book, and Real with it". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Marcelino, nuevo entrenador del Racing de Santander" [Marcelino, new Racing de Santander manager] (in Spanish). Cadena SER. 26 June 2007. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  6. ^ Farni, Azi (23 March 2016). "Recreativo de Huelva: Spain's oldest club on the brink of extinction". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  7. ^ Núñez, Manuel S. (9 May 2021). "El Recreativo de Huelva desciende sin jugar" [Recreativo go down without playing] (in Spanish). Huelva Información. Retrieved 9 May 2021.
  8. ^ Ortiz, Damián (9 May 2021). "¡Bajad, bastardos sin honor! (1-2)" [Go down, you bstards without honour!]. Diario de Huelva (in Spanish). Retrieved 13 May 2021.
  9. ^ "Plantilla" [Template]. Recreativo de Huelva. Retrieved 5 October 2018.

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