Lorca Fútbol Club was a Spanish football team based in Lorca, in the autonomous community of the Region of Murcia. Founded in 2003, it last played in Preferente Autonómica de Murcia – Group 1, holding home games at Estadio Francisco Artés Carrasco, which has a capacity of 8,120.

Lorca FC
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Full nameLorca Fútbol Club, S.A.D.
Founded1 June 2003; 19 years ago (1 June 2003)
as La Hoya Deportiva Club de Fútbol
Dissolved2022
GroundFrancisco Artés Carrasco
Lorca, Murcia, Spain
Capacity8,120
LeaguePreferente Autonómica
2020–213ª – Group 13 (B), 11th of 11
3ª – Group 13 (E), 10th of 10 (relegated)

HistoryEdit

 
La Hoya Deportiva, during a match of the 2009–10 season.
 
Logo used from 2010 to 2016.

The club was founded in 2003 as La Hoya Deportiva Club de Fútbol by constructor Pedro Rosell, whose enterprise sponsored the team in its first years.

In 2010, the club changes its name to La Hoya Lorca Club de Fútbol in 2010, after the promotion of the club to Tercera División, but continues playing in La Hoya. Rossell resigned as president and Luis Jiménez replaced him. During these years, the team was nicknamed as El Brócoli Mecánico (The Clockwork Broccoli) after the vegetable, a major local export. In 2011, La Hoya Lorca started playing its games at Estadio Francisco Artés Carrasco in Lorca.

In 2013, La Hoya Lorca won promotion to Segunda División B via the play-offs, defeating SCR Peña Deportiva on away goals after a 4–4 aggregate draw.[1] The club previously finished the Copa Federación de España as runner-up, in the club's first success in national football.[2]

In successive seasons, the club attracted attention for their kit which had broccoli imprinted over the entire shirt and shorts.[3][4]

On 8 July 2016, the club changed its name to Lorca Fútbol Club when it was bought by former Chinese international player and manager Xu Genbao.[5] When Lorca played FC Jumilla in November 2016 the match was broadcast live over the internet in China as Jumilla are also under Chinese ownership.[6]

On 27 May 2017, the club achieved promotion to Segunda División after a 0–0 away draw against Albacete Balompié in the play-offs (1–1 on aggregate).[7] Three weeks later, rumours about a possible transfer of the club started to appear. Xu Genbao supposedly would sell the club and its place in the second division for €9 million and the owner of Hércules CF would be interested in refounding the club from this one, as his own had serious financial trouble.[8]

In the 2017–18 season, Lorca were relegated with 33 points in 42 matches. During the summer, the Royal Spanish Football Federation announced that the team would be banned for playing in the third tier the following season for not meeting the economic requirements.[9]

In the 2018-19 season the club finished 3rd in Tercera División, Group 18 with 80 points.[10]

Club backgroundEdit

  • La Hoya Deportiva Club de Fútbol - (2003–2010)
  • La Hoya Lorca Club de Fútbol - (2010–2016)
  • La Hoya Lorca Club de Fútbol, S.A.D. - (2016–2017)
  • Lorca Fútbol Club, S.A.D. - (2017–present)

Season to seasonEdit

  • As La Hoya Deportiva
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
2003–04 6 1ª Terr. 13th
2004–05 6 1ª Terr. 4th
2005–06 6 1ª Terr. 6th
2006–07 6 1ª Terr. 3rd
2007–08 5 Terr. Pref. 10th
2008–09 5 Terr. Pref. 15th
2009–10 5 Terr. Pref. 1st
  • As La Hoya Lorca
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
2010–11 4 7th
2011–12 4 4th
2012–13 4 1st
2013–14 3 2ªB 2nd First round
2014–15 3 2ªB 13th First round
2015–16 3 2ªB 6th
  • As Lorca FC
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
2016–17 3 2ªB 1st Second round
2017–18 2 21st Second round
2018–19 4 3rd Third round
2019–20 4 7th
2020–21 4 11th / 10th
2021–22 6 Pref. Aut. (R)

HonoursEdit

Champions (1): 2016–17
Champions (1): 2012–13

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Crónica Promoción Ascenso 2ª Div.B: La Hoya Lorca 1 – 1 Peña Deportiva" (in Spanish). Fútbol Balear. Retrieved 13 February 2017.
  2. ^ "Sant Andreu se proclama vencedor de la Copa Federación" (in Spanish). Marca. 12 April 2013. Retrieved 30 May 2017.
  3. ^ "Broccoli football kit for Spanish football team". BBC Sport. 17 October 2013. Retrieved 27 April 2016.
  4. ^ "Crazy! Spanish team La Hoya Lorca announce new broccoli away kit". Metro. 4 October 2013. Retrieved 27 April 2016.
  5. ^ "Nace el Lorca Fútbol Club" [Lorca Fútbol Club is born] (in Spanish). La Verdad de Murcia. 8 July 2016. Retrieved 21 July 2016.
  6. ^ "El Jumilla-Lorca podrá ser visto en China por 300 millones de personas" [Jumilla—Lorca will be seen in China by 300 million people] (in Spanish). FC Jumilla. Archived from the original on 2016-11-14. Retrieved 2016-11-13.
  7. ^ "El Lorca se convierte en nuevo equipo de Segunda de la mano de David Vidal" [Lorca become the new team of Segunda because of David Vidal] (in Spanish). Marca. 27 May 2017. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  8. ^ "El Hércules medita comprar la plaza del Lorca FC" [Hércules contemplate buying Lorca FC's place]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 14 June 2017. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  9. ^ "OFICIAL. El Lorca FC, inhabilitado al no cumplir los requisitos económicos" [OFFICIAL. Lorca FC, excluded for not fulfilling the economic requirements] (in Spanish). Royal Spanish Football Federation. 7 August 2018. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  10. ^ "Histórico Lorca FC - Tercera División G 13". www.resultados-futbol.com. Retrieved 2019-11-17.

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