Recreativo de Huelva are a well known team in the world of Spanish football. Founded in December 1889, the team is the oldest club in Spain. They are currently in their fourth year in the Segunda Division B (Second Division B), following relegation from the 2014-15 Segunda Division (Second Division).
As recently as ten years ago, Recreativo were in the Spanish top flight, competing against clubs such as Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Sevilla. Their fall from grace has been a surprise to most of footballing world, the club was almost forced into extinction in 2016 due to their financial issues, following years of the club overspending in order to try and get back into La Liga.
Fast forward to the present day and Recreativo currently sit third in the fourth group of the Spanish Second Division B, with only UD Melilla and FC Cartagena ahead of them in the table. For the past two seasons, the club had been close to relegation, in their first season back in Segunda Division B (2015-16), Recreativo finished thirteenth, escaping the trap door by only two points and in the 2016-17 season, the club once again scathed off relegation, by the same points margin as the previous season.
Last season, Recreativo finished one point above the relegation play-off place, the clubs finishing positions in the last three years have been influenced by their recent money struggles . In the time that Recreativo have been out of the Segunda Division they’ve had seven managers in just over four years, as shown below:
José Manuel Mártins Dominguez (March 2015-October 2015), Alejandro Ceballos (October 2015-October 2016), Juan Manuel Pavón (October 2016-July 2017), Javier Casquero (July 2017-November 2017), Ángel López Pérez (November 2017-February 2018), César Negredo Sánchez (February 2018-June 2018), José María Salmerón (July 2018-Present)
Under their current manager, Salmerón the clubs fortunes seem have to turned around, at this moment in time, Recreativo are currently unbeaten in their last fourteen league matches (10 wins and 4 draws), the club lasted tasted defeat in December 2018, meaning that they are currently unbeaten in 2019.
Recreativo will be hoping that they’ll return to the Second Division for the 2019-20 season, but before that can even be considered a possibility, the club have eight leagues games left and they take on Marbella FC on the 31 March, where they will be hoping to make it fifteen matches unbeaten and to put pressure on the clubs around them as they fight for top spot in their group.
It seems that Recreativo’s struggles are now becoming a thing of the past as the club appear to be rising from the ashes, like a phoenix. Recreativo seem to have gained momentum under their current manager, as they aren’t involved in their normal relegation fight because it seems that the pages have been turned as the team are now looking to have successful season on the pitch and to win their fans over. Instead of looking over their shoulders at the bottom of the league, the club can now look up at the two teams above them to try and be amongst some of elite Spanish teams in the Segunda Division, next season.