Recreativo de Huelva

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Recreativo de Huelva
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Full name Real Club Recreativo de Huelva, S.A.D.
Nickname(s) Recre
El Decano (The Dean)
Founded 23 December 1889; 128 years ago (1889-12-23) as Huelva Recreation Club
Ground Nuevo Colombino, Huelva,
Andalusia, Spain
Ground Capacity 21,600
Chairman Manolo Zambrano
Manager Ángel López
League 2ª B – Group 4
2016–17 2ª B – Group 4, 12th
Website Club website
Current season

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 Segunda División B – Group 4, holding home games at Estadio Nuevo Colombino, which has a 21,600 capacity.

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


Foundation/Early years[edit]

It all began courtesy of two Scots, Alexander Mackay and Robert Russell Ross, overseas workers at the Rio Tinto mines, and the club was originally named Huelva Recreation Club. The doctors founded a recreation club in order to provide the mine workers under their care with physical recreation. Then they were invited by Sevilla F.C. to play their first football match.

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.

Recre would play again in the first division in 2002–03, in another short-lived experience. However, it achieved one of the most significant honours in the club's history by reaching the final of the domestic cup for the first time, being defeated by Mallorca 0–3. In 2005–06, after beating Numancia on 4 June 2006, it mathematically secured promotion with two matches left to be played.

The new season in the top level was one of overachievements. The club finished eighth in the table, at 54 points, a best-ever. Among the victories was a 3–0 win against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium and a 2–0 success against Valencia. The club's leading goalscorer was Florent Sinama Pongolle with 12 goals to his name. Coach Marcelino García Toral announced on 30 May 2007 that he would leave the club at the end of the season, subsequently joining Racing de Santander – he had also been the coach that previously achieved the 2006 promotion.

"Everything in life has a beginning and an end, and this is the moment to end my time at Recre," Marcelino told a news conference.

This fueled speculation in June 2007 that Recreativo had offered Danish legend Michael Laudrup a contract to coach the club in 2007–08. According to Laudrup's agent, the negotiations were ongoing and "very serious." However, Laudrup turned down the offer, and took the vacant manager's job at Getafe in July 2007. Recre' season was a rocky one, as they only achieved to maintain first division status in the very last matchday, drawing with Real Valladolid 1–1. Also, Mallorca's 3–2 success against Real Zaragoza, contributed to Huelva's final 16th position.

In 2008–09, Recreativo de Huelva lived in the mid-table regions for the vast majority of the campaign. However, after just one win in its last 15 matches (this included losing the last four) and one draw, it was finally relegated back, ranking last.

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
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1956/57 3 1st
1957/58 2 15th
1958/59 3 1st
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
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1973/74 3 1st
1974/75 2 14th
1975/76 2 10th
1976/77 2 9th
1977/78 2 2nd
1978/79 1 18th
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
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
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
1999/00 2 21st
2000/01 2 6th
2001/02 2 3rd
2002/03 1 18th Final
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
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
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

Current squad[edit]

As of 7 November 2017.

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

No. Position Player
Spain GK Marc Martínez
Spain GK Rubén Gálvez
Spain DF José Manuel Casado
Spain DF Sergio González
Spain DF Diego Jiménez
Spain DF Iván Malón
Spain DF Mario Marín
Spain DF Nacho Monsalve
Spain DF Rafa Navarro
Spain DF Julio Rodríguez
Spain MF Carlos Calvo
No. Position Player
Ivory Coast MF Djakaridja Traoré
Spain MF José Carlos Lazo
Spain MF Rafa de Vicente
Spain MF Jonathan Vila
Spain MF Álex Zambrano
Spain FW Antonio Domínguez
Spain FW Boris Garrós
Spain FW Santi Luque
Spain FW Antonio Núñez
Spain FW Gorka Santamaría
Spain FW David Segura

Youth players[edit]


Notable coaches[edit]

International players[edit]


External links[edit]