Fútbol Club Cartagena was founded on 25 July 1995 due to serious economic problems of the first team of the city, Cartagena FC, the first president Florentino Manzano was the founder. In the first eight years it was known as Cartagonova Fútbol Club, and first played in the third division in the 1998–99 season.
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Fútbol Club Cartagena is a Spanish football team based in Cartagena, in the autonomous community of Murcia. Founded in 1995 it currently plays in Segunda División B, holding home games at Estadio Cartagonova, with a capacity of 15,105 spectators.
As of 12 February 2015. The numbers are established according to the official website: www.futbolclubcartagena.com and www.lfp.es
The club is considered to be a continuation of Cartagena CF, founded in 1919.
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Cartagena FC acts as FC Cartagena's reserve team since 2011. It was founded in 1919 and plays in Tercera División. Before the economic crisis that hit the club in the 90's, it was the main club in city.
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The ground's biggest attendance was recorded 30 June 1999 in a second division promotion playoff match against Córdoba CF, with 20,000 spectators in the stands. On 26 January of the following year, the first Spanish national team game ever hosted in the Region of Murcia took place, a friendly with Poland.
In the past, other sides such as Cartagena Promesas and FC Cartagena-La Unión were the club's B-team.
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The club then changed its name to Fútbol Club Cartagena and Luis Oliver took over as president, starting his tenure with the club immerse in economic problems and close to relegation. Being saved from folding by local entrepreneur Francisco Gómez after the 2002–03 campaign, it consolidated itself in the third level and achieved another promotion, now to division two, in 2009.
Cartagena holds home matches at Estadio Cartagonova. Inaugurated on 7 February 1988, it has a capacity of 14,532 spectators, measuring 105 x 68 meters; it underwent renovation in January 2000.
Historic side Cartagena FC, which was founded much earlier, acted as reserve team between 2003 and 2009, eventually re-gaining its independence. In 2009–10's second division season Efesé nearly achieved another promotion, finishing eventually in fifth position; all promotion hopes were dashed in the 41st and penultimate matchday, with a 0–1 away loss against Recreativo de Huelva.