Real Club Recreativo de Huelva
is a Spanish football
team, founded on December 23 1889
. This makes it the oldest football team in Spain.
It all began courtesy of Dr.Alexander Mackay and overseas British
workers at the Rio Tinto mines
, and it was originally named Huelva Recreation Club
. Due to its long-standing existence (it is the oldest surviving team of Spanish professional football), the team is often referred to as El Decano
("the oldest one") 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. They have hosted the Trofeo Colombino there, since 1965.
After three seasons in Segunda División, Recre achieved promotion to the top flight after beating CD Numancia on June 4, 2006, mathematically securing promotion with two matches left to be played.
2006-08: La Liga promotion/Consolidation
The new season in La Liga
was one of overachievements. They finished eighth in the table, at 54 points. Among the victories was a 3-0 win against Real Madrid
at the Bernabéu
and 2-0 against Valencia CF
. The club's leading goalscorer was Florent Sinama-Pongolle
with 12 goals to his name. Coach Marcelino García Toral
announced on May 30, 2007 that he would leave the club at the end of the season, subsequently joining Racing de Santander
, after also being the coach that previously achieved the 2006 promotion for Recreativo.
"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 2007-2008. 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, Real Mallorca's 3-2 success against Real Zaragoza, contributed to Huelva's final 16th position.
''The numbers are established according to the official website: www.recreativohuelva.com
As of August 25, 2008
Non-EU foreigners 2006/07
In the Spanish league only three non-EU nationals can be registered and given a squad number for the first team. 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.
In addition, players from the ACP countries—countries in Africa, the Caribbean, and the Pacific that are signatories to the Cotonou Agreement—are not counted against non-EU quotas, due to the Kolpak ruling. However, Recre currently have no players on their first-team squad who are ACP nationals.