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Recreativo Huelva sell out stadium as closure looms

HUELVA, SPAIN -- Spain's oldest surviving football club say they are facing closure because of financial problems.

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

The fans responded by lining up to buy tickets at El Nuevo Colombino stadium with more than 20,000 tickets sold, the club said via Twitter: "OFFICIAL: SOLD OUT. We are overcome with emotion by the response from everyone toward Recreativo....

Spain FA chief Angel Maria Villar under probe in Recreativo Huelva case

Spain FA chief Angel Maria Villar is being investigated for his involvement in alleged fraud surrounding third-tier club Recreativo Huelva.

Spain's secretary of sport Miguel Cardenal has described as "very serious" reports that Spanish FA [RFEF] chief Angel Maria Villar broke his own organisation's rules to help out struggling third-tier club Recreativo de Huelva.

The Spanish government is investigating whether fraud took place amid claims that the RFEF disregarded...

Recreativo Huelva's anniversary celebration has British and Irish roots

Barcelona helped to commemorate Recreativo Huelva's 125th anniversary in the summer.

Editor's note: This article has been adapted from a speech about the origins of football in Spain, given by the writer in Spanish on July 18, 2014.

Like any good story, this one starts in the pub. Football was born officially in the Freemason's Arms, near Covent Garden in London, in October 1863. It was there that "The Rules and Regulations of the Game" were written and from there that football took over the world, Spain included. They call bullfighting the "fiesta nacional," but Spain's true fiesta...

Man United beat Inter on penalties


Darren Fletcher converted the decisive fifth penalty in Manchester United's victory over Inter Milan after a scoreless draw on Tuesday night in the second game for both teams in the International Champions Cup.

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Marco Andreolli struck the crossbar on Inter's fourth spot kick, the only miss of nine attempts as United won 5-3 on spot-kicks.

United created the majority of chances throughout regulation time, in a match between two traditional European powers both...

Real Madrid held by Xativa

Real Madrid suffered the humiliation of being held 0-0 against Segunda B side Olimpic de Xativa in the Copa del Rey last-32 clash on Saturday night.

Karim Benzema shows his frustration.
Karim Benzema shows his frustration.

Real were beaten 2-1 by capital rivals Atletico Madrid in the final of the competition last season but, playing without the suspended Ronaldo, looked short of ideas and they could not break through against a side who has managed 26 points from their 16 matches leaving them...