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Spain's oldest soccer club facing closure

2016-03-17 17:53
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Huelva - Spain's oldest surviving soccer club says it is facing closure because of financial problems.

Recreativo de Huelva, which plays in Spain's third division, is calling on fans to attend Saturday's game against Granada B, saying it "could be our last match."

The club, which was founded in 1889 by Scotsmen Alexander Mackay and Robert Russell, said tickets for the match were 1 euro ($1.13) each.

Recreativo is reportedly €22 million euros in debt and hasn't paid its players this season.

During its history, the club has played five seasons in the top Spanish league and its high-points were finishing eighth in the 2006-07 season — when it beat Real Madrid 3-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium — and reaching the Copa del Rey final in 2003, losing to Mallorca.

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