Elche CF

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Elche
Elche CF logo.svg
Full nameElche Club de Fútbol, S.A.D.
Nickname(s)Los Franjiverdes (The Green-striped ones)
Los Ilicitanos (The Ones from Elche)
Founded1923; 91 years ago (1923)
GroundMartínez Valero, Elche,
Valencia, Spain
Ground Capacity36,017
ChairmanJosé Sepulcre
ManagerFran Escribá
LeagueLa Liga
2013–14La Liga, 16th
WebsiteClub home page
Current season
 
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Elche
Elche CF logo.svg
Full nameElche Club de Fútbol, S.A.D.
Nickname(s)Los Franjiverdes (The Green-striped ones)
Los Ilicitanos (The Ones from Elche)
Founded1923; 91 years ago (1923)
GroundMartínez Valero, Elche,
Valencia, Spain
Ground Capacity36,017
ChairmanJosé Sepulcre
ManagerFran Escribá
LeagueLa Liga
2013–14La Liga, 16th
WebsiteClub home page
Current season

Elche Club de Fútbol, S.A.D. (Valencian: Elx Club de Futbol, S.A.D.), is a Spanish football team based in Elche, Province of Alicante, in the Valencian Community. Founded in 1923 it currently plays in La Liga, holding home matches at Estadio Manuel Martínez Valero, with a capacity of 36,017[1] seats.

Founded in 1923 as the result of a merger between all of the town's clubs, Elche entered the league system in 1929, reaching Segunda División in 1934 and La Liga in 1959, finishing fifth in the latter tournament in 1963–64. It was runner-up in the Copa del Rey in 1969.

History[edit]

Foundation and early years[edit]

Elche Club de Fútbol was founded in the summer of 1923, after the merger of all of the town's football teams. The club's first-ever game was against Monóvar, where they beat the home team 4–0, and its first official match was a 2–0 win over Crevillente Deportivo. The team played its first league season in 1929–30, in Tercera División, achieving promotion to Segunda División in 1934; it suffered relegation for the first time six years later, but promoted back the following season.

In the late 1950s, Elche achieved two consecutive promotions from the third level to La Liga, securing its first promotion to the latter competition with a 3–0 success against CD Tenerife in 1959.

1959–78: La Liga[edit]

Elche opened its first season in the top level with a 1–1 draw against Real Oviedo, the first goal being scored by Vicente Pahuet. The club finished tenth out of 16 sides, nine points ahead of relegated CA Osasuna – the campaign included a 2–1 comeback home victory over FC Barcelona, but also a 2–11 loss at Real Madrid. The following season saw the team having to compete in the relegation/promotion play-off, where it overcame a 0–1 loss in the away leg against Atlético Ceuta with a 4–0 home victory.[2]

Elche achieved their best-ever league finish in 1963–64, ranking in fifth position. The season also saw the club's reserve team, Elche Ilicitano, promote to Segunda División.[3]

In 1969 the club reached their first and only Copa del Rey final, following victories over Pontevedra CF, Valencia CF and Real Sociedad. The semi-final against the latter was won 2–0 in a replay in neutral Madrid, as the tie had finished 4–4 on aggregate; the final, played on 15 June at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in the same city, brought a 0–1 loss to Athletic Bilbao.[4]

After twelve seasons Elche was relegated to division two in 1971, having finished second from bottom.[5] Two years later the team returned to the main category, as champions. Its second spell in the top flight lasted five seasons, often immerse in relegation fights as the best campaign (1974–75) ended with the club in eighth position; at the end of 1977–78 the side returned to the second division after finishing 17th out of 18 clubs, the last game being a 4–4 draw with Atlético Madrid, which was led 2–4 with five minutes remaining.[6]

80s and 90s: severe financial crisis[edit]

After the relegation in 1978 Elche suffered. Although on paper they had a good team they never managed to gain promotion to the top flight – in fact, in the first five years since their return to the second level, they were fourth on three occasions and fifth on two (and on a further two, even on points with the third-placed team but with a worse goal difference), often losing the chance of promotion on the last matchday. Especially traumatic was the finish of the 1980–81 season: with one game remaining, they were second two points ahead of Rayo Vallecano and Racing de Santander, only needing a draw against Cádiz CF at the Martínez Valero; the game ended however in a loss, and Elche finished with 45 points alongside CD Castellón, Cádiz, Racing and Rayo.

A promotion finally occurred at the end of 1983–84, even though Elche only finished fifth in the regular season – the first two positions were occupied by Real Madrid Castilla and Athletic Bilbao B, who could not promote as reserve sides. The whole of the top division campaign was spent in the relegation zone, and relegation consequently befell as 17th. In 1988 they were promoted again for another cameo appearance, as the side went on to finish dead last with eighteen points, dropping down a category alongside Real Murcia, who they trailed by nine points; the last match for years in the category was a 1–3 away loss against Real Zaragoza, the goal coming courtesy of Alfonso Fernández.

After the relegation in 1989, Elche started to suffer heavily in the financial department, and relegated to Segunda División B – the new third level created in 1977 – at the end of 1990–91. During the better part of the 90's the club reached the second division promotion playoffs, only to consecutively fall short.

In 1997 Elche finally managed to return to division two, being immediately relegated back but gaining another promotion subsequently.

2010s: return to the top flight[edit]

In 2010–11, again in the "silver category", the team finished fourth and thus qualified for the playoffs: after disposing of Real Valladolid in the first round (3–2 on aggregate)[7] the dream of top flight promotion ended at the hands of Granada CF, on the away goals rule.[8]

On 18 May 2013, following FC Barcelona B and AD Alcorcón's 1–1 draw, Elche was automatically promoted to the top level, returning to the competition after 24 years.[9]

During the 2013-2014 season, the team managed to keep in the top competition, with an average attendance to home matches estimated at 25,104 people.[10]

Seasons[edit]

Recent seasons[edit]

SeasonPos.Pl.WDLGSGAP
2002–032D1642121416495250
2003–042D1442131118506350
2004–052D104216917515257
2005–062D1442131415475453
2006–072D1142161016474658
2007–082D1042141216445054
2008–092D1242131415525053
2009–102D64218915675763
2010–112D44218159554269
2011–122D114217619565857
2012–132D14223136542782[11]
2013–141D163891316305040[12]

Season to season[edit]

SeasonDivisionPlaceCopa del Rey
1929/302nd
1931/325th
1932/332nd
1933/342nd
1934/354th
1935/368th
1939/407th
SeasonDivisionPlaceCopa del Rey
1940/411st
1941/426th
1942/436th
1943/441st
1944/451st
1945/462nd
1946/472nd
1947/481st
1948/492nd
1949/5014th
1950/516th
1951/5213th
1952/5316th
1953/543rd
1954/551st
1955/563rd
1956/571st
1957/581st
1958/591st
SeasonDivisionPlaceCopa del Rey
1959/6010th
1960/6114th
1961/628th
1962/638th
1963/645th
1964/658th
1965/666th
1966/679th
1967/6811th
1968/699thRunner-up
1969/7011th
1970/7115th
1971/724th
1972/732nd
1973/7414th
1974/758th
1975/7615th
1976/7711th
1977/7817th
SeasonDivisionPlaceCopa del Rey
1978/795th
1979/804th
1980/814th
1981/824th
1982/837th
1983/845th
1984/8517th
1985/864th
1986/874th
1987/882nd
1988/8920th
1989/9014th
1990/9117th
1991/922ªB4th
1992/932ªB3rd
1993/942ªB12th
1994/952ªB6th
1995/962ªB3rd
1996/972ªB2nd
SeasonDivisionPlaceCopa del Rey
1997/9819th
1998/992ªB3rd
1999/0015th
2000/0118th
2001/025th
2002/0316th
2003/0414th
2004/0510th
2005/0614th
2006/0710th
2007/0810th
2008/0912th
2009/106th
2010/114thThird round
2011/1211thThird round
2012/131stSecond round
2013/1416thRound of 32
2014/15

Current squad[edit]

As of 1 September 2014[13]

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

No.PositionPlayer
1SpainGKManu Herrera
2UruguayDFDamián Suárez
3ChileDFEnzo Roco (on loan from Universidad Católica)
4SpainDFDavid Lombán
5SpainDFDomingo Cisma
6SpainMFPedro Mosquera
7SpainMFAarón Ñíguez
8SpainMFAdrián González
9SpainFWCristian Herrera
10SpainFWCoro
11Cape VerdeMFGarry Rodrigues (on loan from Levski Sofia)
No.PositionPlayer
14SpainDFJosé Ángel Alonso
17SpainMFVíctor Rodríguez
18SpainDFSergio Pelegrín
19SpainFWÁlvaro Giménez
20FranceMFFayçal Fajr
21SpainDFEdu Albácar (captain)
22BrazilFWJonathas
23GhanaMFMichael Anaba
24CroatiaMFMario Pašalić (on loan from Chelsea)
25PolandGKPrzemysław Tytoń (on loan from PSV)

Out on loan[edit]

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

No.PositionPlayer
EnglandDFCharlie I'Anson (at Alcorcón)
SpainMFFidel Chaves (at Córdoba)
SpainMFPelayo (at Lugo)

Honours[edit]

International players[edit]

see also Category:Elche CF footballers

Famous coaches[edit]

see also Category:Elche CF managers

Reserve team[edit]

Elche's reserve team, Elche CF Ilicitano, was founded in 1932. It managed to spend two seasons in the second division, when the main squad was in the top flight.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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