Recreativo de Huelva

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Real Club Recreativo de Huelva, S.A.D. is a Spanish football club based in Huelva, in the autonomous community of Andalusia. Founded on 23 December 1889, it is the oldest football team in Spain, and currently plays in the second division, 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, Dr. Alexander Mackay and Dr Robert Russell Ross overseas British workers at the Rio Tinto mines, and it was originally named Huelva Recreation Club. These doctors founded the club in order to provide the mine workers under their care with physical recreation. 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 Dean," i.e. the oldest one) of the Spanish football fraternity.

During the 1910s, the club won several Andalusian regional leagues, 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 topflight. 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.

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