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CF Extremadura

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Club de Fútbol Extremadura was a List of football clubs in Spain based in Almendralejo, in the autonomous community of Extremadura. Founded in 1924, it played two seasons in La Liga, and held home games at Estadio Francisco de la Hera, with a capacity of 11,580 seats.


Extremadura was founded in 1924, and spent the first 30 years of its existence in the regional leagues, promoting to the Segunda División after winning the regional championship in Tercera División.

The club lasted seven seasons in the category, finishing in fifth position in the 1958–59 Segunda División. Subsequently, the following 29 years were spent in the third level - in 1977 it became the fourth, after the creation of Segunda División B - with the addition of three relegations to the regional championships.

In 1990, after finishing first, Extremadura promoted to division three. Four years later, after 1993–94 Segunda División B, it returned to the second, after an absence of 34 years. During that period of time, football in the region of Extremadura experienced a rise, with CD Badajoz and CP Mérida also competing in that level in the mid-1990s.

Extremadura finished in fifth position in 1995–96 Segunda División. However, Real Madrid Castilla was ineligible for the playoffs, and Extremadura took its place, achieving promotion to La Liga for the first time ever, after disposing of Albacete Balompié 2–0 on aggregate; Iosu Ortoundo was the manager.

The first season in the top flight was difficult as expected: the team lost its first nine matches, and only won one of the first 19, but eventually recovered, 1996–97 La Liga. In 1997–98 Segunda División, with a young Rafael Benítez in charge, immediate promotion back was easily attained, as runner-up.

In the 1998–99 La Liga, Extremadura finished in 17th position, and the second top flight campaign also ended in relegation, after losing in the playoffs against Rayo Vallecano. The club's financial situation was precarious, and it dropped another division in 2002; in 2002–03 Segunda División B, a fifth position meant a narrow miss in the subsequent promotion playoffs, and the following four years were also spent in the division, with the club never finishing higher than 10th.

After the Season (sports) in 2006–07 Segunda División B, Extremadura faced UD Pájara Playas de Jandía from the island of Fuerteventura in the relegation playoffs: after a 0–3 away loss, a 1–1 home draw returned the club to the fourth division, after 17 years. Shortly afterwards, it emerged that the club could not settle its economic problems, with players being due several months in wages. After confirmation by the Spanish Football Association on 1 August 2008, the club was relegated a further division.

Extremadura's sporting and financial troubles continued in the following years, with the club never ranking higher than 16th. In August 2010, it folded, being dissolved by its major shareholder, the Extremadura City Hall. That fate had already befallen Mérida, with Badajoz being saved in the last minute, replaced by another team in Almendralejo and being dropped to level four.

Season to season

- 13 seasons in Segunda División
- 10 seasons in Segunda División B
- 26 seasons in Tercera División


CF Extremadura’s first permanent ground was called Campo de Santa Aurora, which was located on Camino Alange. It was used from 1928 to 1935, when the club moved to nearby Campo Santa Elvira.

In 1950, the idea of building a municipal stadium was formed, and the club moved to a plot of land adjacent to the proposed stadium. For just over one season, it played at the site, called Los Cañizos. On 12 October 1951, Extremadura played Sevilla FC in the inaugural match at the new grounds, Estadio Francisco de la Hera. The stadium remained relatively unchanged until 1996, when it was demolished to make way for a revamped one, with and a seated capacity of 11,580.

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- Gonzalo Pavone
- José Basualdo
- Carlos Duré
- Walter Silvani
- Walter del Río
- Luis Rueda
- Ronny Gaspercic
- Renaldo Lopes da Cruz
- Rubenilson Monteiro Ferreira
- Raymond Kalla
- Carlos Fernando Navarro Montoya
- Iván Zarandona
- Laurent Viaud
- Igor Gluščević
- Hassan Kachloul
- Virgilio Ferreira
- Vítor Pereira (footballer born 1978)
- Goran Bogdanović (footballer)

- Dejan Osmanović
- Kiko (footballer)
- Rubén Torrecilla
- David Aganzo
- Ito (Spanish footballer)
- David Castedo
- David Casablanca
- Ismael Santiago López
- Changui (footballer)
- Hipólito Fernández Serrano
- Edu Moya
- Antonio Jesús Vázquez Muñoz
- Quique Estebaranz
- David Karanka
- Pier Luigi Cherubino
- Antonio Esposito
- Víctor López

- Iosu Ortoundo

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