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R.C. Recreativo de Huelva
Full name Real Club Recreativo de Huelva, S.A.D.
Founded 1889
Ground Estadio Nuevo Colombino,
Huelva, Andalucia, Spain
Ground Capacity 21,600
Chairman Francisco Mendoza Taboada
Manager Francisco Javier López Castro
League Segunda División
2008/09 La Liga, 20th

Real Club Recreativo de Huelva is a Spanish football club. The club was starting in 1889. It is the oldest football team in Spain.

The Club

Real Club Recreativo de Huelva is a Spanish football team formed on December 23 1889. This makes it the oldest football team in Spain, formed by Dr McKay and overseas British workers at the Rio Tinto mines. Originally named Huelva Recreation Club. Due to its long-standing existence (it is the oldest surviving team of Spanish professional soccer), the team is often referred to as El Decano ("the dean") of the Spanish football fraternity.

Commonly known as Recre, they play in white with blue vertical stripes and white shorts. Their home ground is the Nuevo Colombino stadium that seats 19,860.

After three seasons in Segunda División (Spanish second division), Recre achieved promotion to top flight after beating Numancia Soria on June 4, 2006, mathematically securing promotion with two matches left to be played. El Decano is again among the elite of Spanish football for the 2006/07 season.


  • 1889-? Huelva Recreation Club
  •  ?-present R.C. Recreativo de Huelva


  • Champions of Andalucía from 1903 to 1914.
  • Reached Primera División for 1978-79 (under coach Eusebio Ríos), 2002-2003 (under coach Lucas Alcaraz) and 2005-2006 (under coach Marcelino Garcia Toral).
  • Defeated finalists in Copa del Rey in 2003.

League position

Season League Position
2000/01 Segunda División 6th
2001/02 Segunda División 3rd
2002/03 La Liga 18th
2003/04 Segunda División 6th
2004/05 Segunda División 5th
2005/06 Segunda División Champions
2006/07 La Liga 8th
2007/08 La Liga 16th
2008/09 La Liga 20th

Former position

Foreigners 2006/07

Only three non-EU nationals can be on the pitch at anytime. Those with European ancestry can claim a passport from the nation their ancestors came from. If a player does not have European ancestry he can claim a Spanish passport by playing in Spain for 3 years.

  • France and Europe Bertrand Laquait
  • France and Europe Florent Sinama-Pongolle
  • Portugal and Europe Beto
  • Romaniaand Europe Laurenţiu Roşu
  • Nigeria and Europe Ikechukwu Uche

Famous players

Famous Coaches

  • Spain Eusebio Ríos
  • Uruguay Víctor Espárrago
  • Spain Joaquín Caparrós
  • Spain Lucas Alcaraz
  • Spain Marcelino García Toral
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