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Club Polideportivo Mérida was a Spanish football team based in Mérida, in the autonomous community of Extremadura.

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Full nameClub Polideportivo Mérida
GroundRomano, Mérida
1999–00Segunda División, 6th

Having played twice in La Liga (1995–96 and 1997–98), the club disappeared in 2000,[1][2] due to serious economic debts. Its successor was renamed Mérida UD.[3]



The team founded in 1912 under the name Sportiva Emeritense. It became one of the first teams from Extremadura to play proffesional football. The club first began playing football in 1943, when it was admitted to Tercera Division. They spent four years there, after which the team was relegated to regional leagues for 2 years. Merida returned to Tercera division in 1949. Following 12 years in the third tier, Merida was again demoted to the fourth tier in 1961, but only for one year. Until 1980, the team kept bouncing between the third and fourth tiers.

In 1980, Merida first promoted to the newly created Spanish third tier - the Segunda Division B. They returned to Segunda B in 1989, where they stayed for two seasons. The period from 1990 is generally considered the "golden age" in Merida's history.

The team promoted to Segunda Division for the first time ever in 1991, when they finished 4th in Segunda B. Three strong seasons were followed by another, even better, when the team managed to win Segunda Division and promote to La Liga for the very first time in 1995. The 1995-96 La Liga season was difficult and ended in relegation for Merida. They, however returned to the elite one season later, for the 1997-98 La Liga season. However, the team could not avoid relegation again, and were demoted to Segunda once more.

Following 2 decent seasons in Segunda, the owners of Merida declared bankruptcy and the team folded in 2000. A successor club, named Merida UD. This was mainly done by fans of the original club, who wanted to preserve the legacy and traditions of the old club, since the city was left without a proffesional club.

As of 2019, CP Merida and CF Extremadura are the only 2 teams from Extremadura to have played football in La Liga.

Club backgroundEdit

  • Sportiva Emeritense — (1912–20)
  • Club Catalanes — Club MZA — (1920–21)
  • Club Emerita — (1921–36)
  • Spanish Civil War – No team — (1936–39)
  • SD Emeritense — (1939–66)
  • Mérida Industrial CF — (1966–85)
  • CP Mérida — (1985–2000)
  • Mérida UD — (1990–2013)
  • Mérida AD — (2013–present)


Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1943/44 10th
1944/45 8th
1945/46 10th
1946/47 7th
1947/48 Regional
1948/49 Regional
1949/50 16th
1950/51 9th
1951/52 4th
1952/53 9th
1953/54 4th
1954/55 2nd
1955/56 3rd
1956/57 1st
1957/58 4th
1958/59 11th
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1959/60 4th
1960/61 15th
1961/62 Regional
1962/63 9th
1963/64 11th
1964/65 9th
1965/66 9th
1966/67 6th
1967/68 4th
1968/69 10th
1969/70 7th
1970/71 17th
from 71–72 Regional
to 75–76 Regional
1976/77 15th
1977/78 8th
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1978/79 4th
1979/80 1st
1980/81 2ªB 18th
1981/82 2nd
1982/83 6th
1983/84 6th
1984/85 4th
1985/86 7th
1986/87 12th
1987/88 2nd
1988/89 1st
1989/90 2ªB 8th
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1990/91 2ªB 4th
1991/92 7th
1992/93 9th
1993/94 9th
1994/95 1st
1995/96 21st
1996/97 1st
1997/98 19th
1998/99 10th
1999/00 6th