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20.06.2010 10:51

Back to the Rico Pérez 13 years later

Jesús Carrillo

Thirteen years after they last played a La Liga game there, Barca will return to Alicante to play Hercules next season, after ex-Barca man Esteban Vigo guided his team to the third promotion spot on Saturday.

Hercules were regulars in the top flight throughout the 70s and 80s and booked their place back in the top flight after 13 years in the wilderness with a 0-2 win over Irun that gave them second place and promotion alongside Llevant and Real Sociedad.

Three ex-Barca players

esteban.jpgThere are currently three ex-Barca players in the Hercules squad: Rufete, Cristian Hidalgo and Sergio Rodríguez, whilst manager Esteban Vigo was a player and reserve team coach at the club.

Barca dominate

FC Barcelona and Hèrcules have met 38 times in the league, with Barca wining 18 times, Hercules 6 and 14 games ending in a draw. Barca have scored a total of 75 goals and conceded 44.
Back to the Rico Pérez 13 years later
Two defeats last time round
The last two times that Hercules played Barca, they came away with the points – beating Robson’s 1996/7 team 2-3 at the Nou Camp and 2-1 at the Rico Pérez –to deny Barca the league title that season.

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