Elche Club de Football, S.A.D. , is a Spanish football team based in Elx, Province of Alacant, in the Valencian Community. Founded in 1923, the club plays in La Liga, holding home matches at Estadio Manuel Martínez Valero, with a capacity of 33,732 seats. Founded in 1923 as the result of a merger between all of the town's clubs, Elche entered the league system in 1929, reaching Segunda Division in 1934 and La Liga in 1959, finishing fifth in the latter tournament in 1963–64. It was runner-up in the Copa del Rey in 1969. It has been the first and only club in the history of La Liga to be relegated due to unpaid tax debts in the 2014–15 season. Elche returned to La Liga 2020-21 after being promoted to La Liga Smartbank and La Liga in the last three seasons.