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, they are the oldest football club in Spain, and currently play 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.

History

Foundation/Early years

It all began courtesy of two Scots, Alexander Mackay and Robert Russell Ross, overseas 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 three 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 Mallorca 0–3. In 2005–06, after beating 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. 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 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

SeasonDivisionPlaceCopa del Rey
1939/406th
1940/412nd
1941/42Regional
1942/43Regional
1943/446th
1944/456th
1945/466th
1946/471st
1947/482nd
1948/494th
1949/504th
1950/511st
1951/526th
1952/538th
1953/5410th
1954/555th
1955/567th
SeasonDivisionPlaceCopa del Rey
1956/571st
1957/5815th
1958/591st
1959/6013th
1960/611st
1961/625th
1962/635th
1963/6411th
1964/659th
1965/6611th
1966/6711th
1967/6813th
1968/691st
1969/704th
1970/713rd
1971/7213th
1972/738th
SeasonDivisionPlaceCopa del Rey
1973/741st
1974/7514th
1975/7610th
1976/779th
1977/782nd
1978/7918th
1979/8012th
1980/8116th
1981/8214th
1982/8310th
1983/8412th
1984/8510th
1985/869th
1986/873rd
1987/8815th
1988/895th
1989/9019th
SeasonDivisionPlaceCopa del Rey
1990/912ªB2nd
1991/922ªB6th
1992/932ªB8th
1993/942ªB3rd
1994/952ªB14th
1995/962ªB8th
1996/972ªB4th
1997/982ªB2nd
1998/9912th
1999/0021st
2000/016th
2001/023rd
2002/0318thFinal
2003/046thSecond round
2004/055thRound of 16
2005/061stSecond round
2006/078thRound of 32
SeasonDivisionPlaceCopa del Rey
2007/0816thRound of 16
2008/0920thRound of 32
2009/109thRound of 16
2010/1112thSecond round
2011/1217thSecond round
2012/1313thSecond round
2013/148thRound of 32
2014/1520thThird round
2015/162ªB13thFirst round
2016/172ªB12th
2017/182ªB

Current squad

As of 7 November 2017.

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No.PositionPlayer
GKMarc Martínez
GKRubén Gálvez
DFJosé Manuel Casado
DFSergio González
DFDiego Jiménez
DFIván Malón
DFMario Marín
DFNacho Monsalve
DFRafa Navarro
DFJulio Rodríguez
MFCarlos Calvo
No.PositionPlayer
MFDjakaridja Traoré
MFJosé Carlos Lazo
MFRafa de Vicente
MFJonathan Vila
MFÁlex Zambrano
FWAntonio Domínguez
FWBoris Garrós
FWSanti Luque
FWAntonio Núñez
FWGorka Santamaría
FWDavid Segura

Youth players

Honours

Notable coaches

International players