Although the club had a long streak in the first division during the 1960s and 70s, Elche only returned to top flight Spanish football for the 2013-2014 season, the first time since 1988-1989.
With Elche playing for many years in the lower divisions there have not been many recent FC Barcelona vs Elche fixtures. However, the club’s performance after returning to top flight football kept them to the towards the top of the lower third of the table.
About Elche CF
Elche Club de Fútbol was formed in 1923 from the merger of the existing football clubs in the town, which is located to the south of the Valencia region in the province of Alicante. It was first known as Elche Football Club but, like the many Spanish teams with Anglicised names, forced to adopt a Spanish name by Franco.
Recent & forthcoming FC Barcelona vs Elche fixtures
Elche CF entered the third division during its first season in the domestic league, in 1929-1930, and for the first three decades of their existence they remained there with played occasional promotion to the second division, first achieved in 1934 for three seasons.
The club finally made it to the first division in 1959-1960 after two successive promotions from the third division, and apart from two years in the lower division in the 1971-72 and 1972-73 seasons Elche remained in the top tier of Spanish football.
They remained in the second division from 1978 until 1991 with only two seasons in the first, but then were related to the Segunda B (the divisions were changed in 1977 so that Segunda B is the real third division, with the Tercera being the fourth), where they were to remain for seven of the next eight seasons.
However, Elche’s luck changed for the better and in 1999 there once again made the second division for a fourteen years stretch. In 2013 they qualified for the primera again for the first time in quarter of a century.
Manuel Martinez Valero stadium
Elche has played the Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero since 1976, replacing the club’s original stadium which had been constructed in 1923. The stadium was one of the venues for the 1982 World Cup held in Spain and hosted the 2003 Copa del Rey. Capacity currently stands at 36,000 on two tiers.