Last week, we debuted our new feature, ‘Team Spotlight’, with the oldest football club in Spain, Recreativo de Huelva. This time, it is the newest in the top three Spanish leagues. Merida AD.
They may be 124 years younger than Recre, but just a point separates the two clubs in Group 4 of the Segunda B division.
Although the Extremadura club were only founded in 2013, it is far from the beginning of football in the region’s capital, Merida.
The latest Merida
Merida AD are the most recent form of the city’s football club, having started as Sportiva Emeritense in 1912. However, economic problems have been a common thing in the area, with no less than eight different clubs have been established in the Merida’s history.
The sixth, Merida CP, are the among the most successful, having played in the Spanish top flight as recent as 1998, but dissolved just two years later due to financial plight.
The current club bought the Tercera Division place from its previous incumbents, Merida UD, after they ceased to exist in 2013.
Promotion or relegation?
In their two seasons in the fourth tier, Merida lost just four matches in the regular league campaign. They were beaten in the promotion play-off by UP Langero in 2014, but won against CD Ladero the following year to secure promotion to the Segunda B division, where they have remained ever since.
The Romanos finished eight in their first season, along with playing the current denomination’s debut Copa del Rey fixture, but lost 3-0 to Peña Sport. The following campaign, they finished agonisingly close to reaching the play-offs, missing out by a single point, but their position meant they qualified once again for the Spanish cup.
That led to their highlight so far this season, as Merida reached the second round after receiving a bye, only to lose to Fuenlabrada. In the league, while they languish down in 10th at the moment, only eight points separate them from the play-offs. However, the Romanos will have to be careful of the drop, with potential relegation just three points behind them.