Recreativo de Huelva

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Recreativo Huelva
File:Recreativo Huelva logo.svg
Full name Real Club Recreativo de Huelva, S.A.D.
Nickname(s) Recre
El Decano (The Dean)
Founded 1889
Ground Nuevo Colombino, Huelva,
Andalusia, Spain
Ground Capacity 21,600
Chairman Benjamín Naranjo
Manager Alejandro Ceballos
League 2ª B – Group 4
2014–15 Segunda División, 20th (relegated)
Website Club home page
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, it currently plays 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

It all began courtesy of two Scots, Alexander Mackay and Robert Russell Ross, overseas British 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 3 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

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 RCD Mallorca 0–3. In 2005–06, after beating CD 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 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 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 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, 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

  • As Onuba Fútbol Club
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1939/40 6th
  • As Recreativo Onuba
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1940/41 2nd
1941/42 Regional
1942/43 Regional
1943/44 6th
1944/45 6th
  • As Recreativo de Huelva
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1945/46 6th
1946/47 1st
1947/48 2nd
1948/49 4th
1949/50 4th
1950/51 1st
1951/52 6th
1952/53 8th
1953/54 10th
1954/55 5th
1955/56 7th
1956/57 1st
1957/58 15th
1958/59 1st
1959/60 13th
1960/61 1st
1961/62 5th
1962/63 5th
1963/64 11th
1964/65 9th
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1965/66 11th
1966/67 11th
1967/68 13th
1968/69 1st
1969/70 4th
1970/71 3rd
1971/72 13th
1972/73 8th
1973/74 1st
1974/75 14th
1975/76 10th
1976/77 9th
1977/78 2nd
1978/79 18th
1979/80 12th
1980/81 16th
1981/82 14th
1982/83 10th
1983/84 12th
1984/85 10th
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1985/86 9th
1986/87 3rd
1987/88 15th
1988/89 5th
1989/90 19th
1990/91 2ªB 2nd
1991/92 2ªB 6th
1992/93 2ªB 8th
1993/94 2ªB 3rd
1994/95 2ªB 14th
1995/96 2ªB 8th
1996/97 2ªB 4th
1997/98 2ªB 2nd
1998/99 12th
1999/00 21st
2000/01 6th
2001/02 3rd
2002/03 18th Final
2003/04 6th Second round
2004/05 5th Round of 16
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
2005/06 1st Second round
2006/07 8th Round of 32
2007/08 16th Round of 16
2008/09 20th Round of 32
2009/10 9th Round of 16
2010/11 12th Second round
2011/12 17th Second round
2012/13 13th Second round
2013/14 8th Round of 32
2014/15 20th Third round
2015/16 2ªB First round

Current squad

As of 18 August 2015

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 Rubén Gálvez
Portugal GK Luís Ribeiro (on loan from Sporting CP)
Spain DF Juan Zamora
Portugal DF Mica Pinto (on loan from Sporting CP)
Spain DF Álvaro Moreno
Spain DF Diego Jiménez
Spain DF Edu Moya
Spain DF Carlos Delgado
Spain DF Mario Marín
Portugal DF Nuno Malheiro
Spain MF Antonio Núñez
Ghana MF Nana Asare
No. Position Player
Spain MF Jesús Vázquez (captain)
Portugal MF Kikas (on loan from Sporting CP)
Spain MF Manu Molina
Spain MF Ernesto Cornejo
Spain MF Dani Molina
Spain MF Álex Zambrano
Spain MF Miguelito
Guinea MF Karamokoba Keita
Brazil FW Arthuro
Spain FW Rubén Mesa
Spain FW Antonio Domínguez
Spain FW Cristian Fernández

Youth players


Notable coaches

International players


External links