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Recreativo Huelva

Recreativo Huelva is a football (soccer) club from Spain.

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About Recreativo Huelva

Real Club Recreativo de Huelva, S.A.D. is a List of football clubs in Spain based in Huelva, in the autonomous community of Andalusia. Founded on 23 December 1889, it is the oldest football team in Spain, and currently plays in the Segunda División, 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

It all began courtesy of two Scotland, Alexander Mackay and Robert Russell Ross, overseas England workers at the Rio Tinto (river) Mining, and the club was originally named Huelva Recreation Club. The doctors founded the club in order to provide the mine workers under their care with physical recreation.

During the 1910s, the club won several Andalusian regional leagues, and became the first Spanish side to defeat a Portugal 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

In 1977–78 Segunda División, led by, amongst others, former Real Madrid C.F. youth graduate Hipólito Rincón, Recreativo first gained promotion to the La Liga. 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 La Liga, in another short-lived experience. However, it achieved one of the most significant honours in the club's history by 2002–03 Copa del Rey of the Copa del Rey for the first time, being defeated by RCD Mallorca 0–3. In 2005–06 Segunda División, after beating CD Numancia on 4 June 2006, it mathematically secured promotion with two matches left to be played.

2006–07 La Liga 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 CF. 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 Denmark legend Michael Laudrup a contract to coach the club in 2007–08 La Liga. 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 CF 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 La Liga, 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

- 35 seasons in Segunda División
- 8 seasons in Segunda División B
- 23 seasons in Tercera División
- 2 seasons in Divisiones Regionales de Fútbol

As of 1 February 2012

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- Segunda División: 2005–06 Segunda División
- Copa del Rey: Runner-up 2002–03
- Andalusia Championship: 1903–14

Notable coaches

- Lucas Alcaraz
- Joaquín Caparrós
- Marcelino García Toral
- Víctor Muñoz
- Manuel Zambrano

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