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Real Sporting de Gijón

Sporting de Gijón
Full name Real Sporting de Gijón, S.A.D.
Nickname(s) Rojiblancos (Red-and-Whites)
Founded 1905 (as Sporting Gijonés)
Ground El Molinón,
Gijón, Asturias,
Ground Capacity 29,538
President Antonio Veiga
Manager José Ramón Sandoval
League Segunda División
2012–13 10th
Website Club home page
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours
Current season

Real Sporting de Gijón, S.A.D. is a Spanish football club from Gijón, Asturias. Founded in 1 June 1905, it plays in Segunda División. Known as Los Rojiblancos because of their red and white striped jerseys, their home ground is El Molinón stadium, the oldest professional football ground in Spain, in use since at least 1908.


The club was established in 1905 with the name Sporting Gijonés, Anselmo López being the first club president. King Alfonso XIII accepted the Royal patronage of the club for the Spanish Crown in 1912, introducing the term "Real" (Spanish for "Royal") to its name, becoming Real Sporting Club Gijonés. In 1916, a new change took place to adopt today's denomination, Real Sporting de Gijón. From 1941 until the 1970s, due to a temporary law forbidding the use of foreign words in football club names, the team's official denomination was Real Gijón.

In 1944, the club was promoted into the Spanish First Division for the first time, and played thereafter in both the first and second divisions, achieving greatest success in the late 1970s and early 1980s, competing for league and national cup titles and laying the groundwork for a 21-year continuous stretch in La Liga. During this period, Sporting competed in the UEFA Cup six times, losing in the Round of 32 four times and the Round of 16 twice, most recently in the 1991–92 season.

Following a disastrous 1998 campaign, the club was relegated to Second Division, where they played for a ten seasons stretch. On 15 June 2008, the club secured promotion back to Primera for the 2008–09 season. In that season, their best victories came against Valencia CF (2–3) and Sevilla FC (1–0). In their first five games of the 2008–09 season, they conceded 20 goals. That season also saw them break La Liga record of 29 consecutive games without a draw. They played 33 games before their only draw of the season, a 1–1 finish with Athletic Bilbao on 3 May 2009. On 2 April 2011, they beat Real Madrid 1–0 to end Real manager José Mourinho's nine-year home league unbeaten run.

Club colours and crest

Sporting de Gijón have worn red and white striped jerseys since their inception, being the first spanish actual first division's team to wear red and white, as both Athletic Bilbao and Atlético Madrid wore blue and white until 1909. The colors are those of the official flag of Gijón, which itself is based on the flag of the maritime province of Gijón, established in 1845.[1]

Like most old football clubs, Sporting de Gijón did not initially have any badge displayed on their shirts. Their first official badge was introduced in the 1920s. It consisted of a traditionally shaped shield split into three sections, representing the club and the city.

From 1931 to 1936, during the Spanish Second Republic, the badge consisted of a circular shield and had the royal crown in the top replaced by a mural crown.

The club's badge is a triangle with red and white vertical stripes with 'S' (for Sporting) and 'G' (for Gijón) intertwined, in gold, across them. A crown in the top symbolizes the royal patronage.[2]


The official flag of Sporting de Gijón consist of, in a rectangular field with ratio 2:3, nine equal horizontal stripes of red (top and bottom) alternating with white. The logo of the club is displayed in the centre.

Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsors
1985–1986 Adidas none
1986–1989 Cajastur
1989–1992 Rasán
1992–1995 Lotto
1995–1997 Joma
1997–2002 Astore Gijón City Council
2002–2011 Gijón City Council

Government of the Principality of Asturias

2011–2013 Kappa
2013– Gijón City Council

Stadium information

  • Name - El Molinón
  • City - Gijón
  • Capacity - 29,800
  • Opened - 1908
  • Pitch size - 105 x 68 m
  • Other facilities: - Escuela de Fútbol Ángel Viejo Feliú, a.k.a. Escuela de Fútbol de Mareo, simply Mareo

Mareo facilities

The Escuela de Fútbol de Mareo is the training ground and academy base of Sporting de Gijón. It was opened on 28 March 1978.

Located just 7 km away from the city center and covering 112,000 m2, it is used for training and youth teams matches. At present, facilities include inter alia, eight pitches, one service building (including team catering areas), a gymnasium, and a medical centre.


During most home matches, the majority of the seats in the stadium are occupied by season ticket holders, or socios ("associates"), of which there are 21,000.[3] In addition to socios, the club has more than 240 peñas (official, club-affiliated supporters' groups) in Spain and abroad.[4] During the 2008–09 season, Sporting had the tenth-highest average attendance in the league, 21,491, and the fifth-highest average percentage, 84% of the total stadium capacity.[5]

Sporting de Gijón supporters commonly call themselves Sportinguistas in order to show their dedication to the club.[6] Sportinguistas are widely regarded as one of the most loyal, traveler, and cheerful supporter groups in La Liga,[7][8][9] providing one of the best atmospheres in the competition.[10] When following their team in large groups through the country, they are referred to as La Mareona, Spanish for The Big Tide.

About 300,000 fans showed up when Sporting's latest promotion was celebrated in June 2008.[11]


The team's historic rival is Real Oviedo.[12] When both teams play in the same division, they compete in the Asturian derby. This derby is currently on hold as Oviedo are playing in third level.


National titles

Individual honours

Pichichi Trophy

Zamora Trophy


Recent seasons

Season Pos. PI W D L GS GA P Manager Notes
2003–04 2D 5 42 20 10 12 58 40 70 Spain Marcelino García Toral
2004–05 2D 9 42 15 12 15 41 39 57 Spain Marcelino García Toral
2005–06 2D 9 42 13 17 12 41 34 56 Spain Ciriaco Cano
2006–07 2D 13 42 16 8 18 53 53 56 Spain Manuel Preciado
2007–08 2D 3 42 20 12 10 61 40 72 Spain Manuel Preciado Promoted
2008–09 1D 14 38 14 1 23 47 79 43 Spain Manuel Preciado
2009–10 1D 15 38 9 13 16 36 51 40 Spain Manuel Preciado
2010–11 1D 10 38 11 14 13 35 47 47 Spain Manuel Preciado
2011–12 1D 19 38 10 7 21 42 69 37 Spain Manuel Preciado / Spain Iñaki Tejada / Spain Javier Clemente Relegated
2012–13 2D 10 42 15 11 16 60 53 56 Spain Manolo / Spain José Ramón Sandoval

Season to season

Season Division Pos. Significant events Copa del Rey
1929 Segunda División 4 Round of 32
1929–30 Segunda División 2 Round of 32
1930–31 Segunda División 4 Round of 16
1931–32 Segunda División 3 Quarterfinalist
1932–33 Segunda División 6 Round of 16
1933–34 Segunda División 6 Round of 16
1934–35 Segunda División 3 Round of 16
1935–36 Segunda División 3 Third round
Spanish Civil War
1939–40 Segunda División 3 Round of 16
1940–41 Segunda División 3 Third round
1941–42 Segunda División 1 Promotion Playoff Round of 32
1942–43 Segunda División 1 Promotion Playoff Round of 32
1943–44 Segunda División 1 Promoted Round of 32
1944–45 La Liga 7 Round of 16
1945–46 La Liga 9 Round of 16
1946–47 La Liga 10 First round
1947–48 La Liga 14 Relegated Sixth round
1948–49 Segunda División 6 Fifth round
1949–50 Segunda División 3 Second round
1950–51 Segunda División 1 Promoted Quarterfinalist
1951–52 La Liga 13
1952–53 La Liga 7 Round of 16
Season Division Pos. Significant events Copa del Rey
1953–54 La Liga 16 Relegated
1954–55 Segunda División 4
1955–56 Segunda División 7
1956–57 Segunda División 1 Promoted
1957–58 La Liga 12 Round of 16
1958–59 La Liga 15 Relegated Round of 16
1959–60 Segunda División 5 Quarterfinalist
1960–61 Segunda División 13 Round of 32
1961–62 Segunda División 13 First round
1962–63 Segunda División 5 Round of 32
1963–64 Segunda División 2 Promotion Playoff First round
1964–65 Segunda División 3 Quarterfinalist
1965–66 Segunda División 3 Round of 32
1966–67 Segunda División 2 Promotion Playoff First round
1967–68 Segunda División 5 Round of 32
1968–69 Segunda División 5
1969–70 Segunda División 1 Promoted Fourth round
1970–71 La Liga 12 Round of 32
1971–72 La Liga 11 Round of 16
1972–73 La Liga 14 Semifinalist
1973–74 La Liga 13 Fifth round
1974–75 La Liga 14 Fourth round
1975–76 La Liga 18 Relegated Round of 16
Season Division Pos. Significant events Copa del Rey
1976–77 Segunda División 1 Promoted Third round
1977–78 La Liga 5 Semifinalist
1978–79 La Liga 2 Runners-up

Played UEFA Cup

Third round
1979–80 La Liga 3 Played UEFA Cup Semifinalist
1980–81 La Liga 7 Played UEFA Cup Runner-up
1981–82 La Liga 14 Runner-up
1982–83 La Liga 8 Semifinalist
1983–84 La Liga 13 Quarterfinalist
1984–85 La Liga 4 Quarterfinalist
1985–86 La Liga 6 Played UEFA Cup Third round
1986–87 La Liga 4 Second round
1987–88 La Liga 9 Played UEFA Cup Round of 16
1988–89 La Liga 13 Round of 16
1989–90 La Liga 13 Quarterfinalist
1990–91 La Liga 5 Semifinalist
1991–92 La Liga 8 Played UEFA Cup Semifinalist
1992–93 La Liga 12 Fifth round
1993–94 La Liga 14 Round of 16
1994–95 La Liga 18 Relegation Playoff Semifinalist
Season Division Pos. Significant events Copa del Rey
1995–96 La Liga 18 Round of 16
1996–97 La Liga 15 Third round
1997–98 La Liga 20 Relegated Second round
1998–99 Segunda División 9 Fourth round
1999–00 Segunda División 9 First round
2000–01 Segunda División 7 Round of 64
2001–02 Segunda División 6 Round of 16
2002–03 Segunda División 10 Round of 64
2003–04 Segunda División 5 Round of 64
2004–05 Segunda División 11 Round of 64
2005–06 Segunda División 9 First round
2006–07 Segunda División 13 Second round
2007–08 Segunda División 3 Promoted Second round
2008–09 La Liga 14 Quarterfinalist
2009–10 La Liga 15 Round of 32
2010–11 La Liga 10 Round of 32
2011–12 La Liga 19 Relegated Round of 32
2012–13 Segunda División 10 Round of 32
2013–14 Segunda División Second round

European cup history

Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Agg.
1978–79 UEFA Cup R64 Italy Torino 3–0 0–1 3–1
R32 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Crvena Zvezda 0–1 1–1 1–2
1979–80 R64 Netherlands PSV Eindhoven 0–0 0–1 0–1
1980–81 R64 Czechoslovakia Bohemians 2–1 1–3 3–4
1985–86 R64 Germany Köln 1–2 0–0 1–2
1987–88 R64 Italy Milan 1–0 0–3 1–3
1991–92 R64 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Partizan 2–0 0–2 2–2
R32 Romania Steaua București 2–2 0–1 2–3


For a list of all former and current Sporting de Gijón players with a World Heritage Encyclopedia article, see Category:Sporting de Gijón footballers.

Current squad

As of 12 August, 2013. Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Spain GK Iván Cuéllar
2 Spain DF Luis Hernández
4 Spain MF Mandi
5 Colombia DF Bernardo Espinosa
6 Spain MF Sergio Álvarez
7 Spain MF Javier Casquero
8 Spain MF Álex Barrera
9 Spain FW Miguel Guerrero
10 Spain MF Nacho Cases
11 Spain MF Alberto Lora
12 Serbia FW Stefan Šćepović (on loan from Partizan)
14 Spain DF Iván Hernández
No. Position Player
15 Spain DF Roberto Canella (captain)
16 Serbia FW Dejan Lekić (on loan from Gençlerbirliği)
17 Spain MF Santi Jara
18 Spain MF Isma López
19 Spain MF Carlos Carmona
20 Spain MF Aritz López Garai
21 Spain FW Hugo Fraile
22 Guinea-Bissau MF Formose Mendy
23 Spain MF Cristian Bustos (on loan from Celta)
24 Spain FW Álex Serrano
25 Spain GK Alberto

Youth system

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
26 Spain DF Álex Menéndez

Out on loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Spain MF Juan Muñiz (on loan to Mirandés)
Spain DF Pedro Orfila (on loan to Racing de Santander)


For a list of all former and current Sporting de Gijón managers with a World Heritage Encyclopedia article, see Category:Sporting de Gijón managers.
For a full list of Sporting de Gijón managers, see List of Sporting de Gijón managers.

Current technical staff

Position Staff
Manager Spain José Ramón Sandoval
Assistant Manager Spain Ismael Martínez
Goalkeeping Coach Spain Sergio Sánchez
Physical Fitness Coach Spain Pablo Muñiz
Director of Football Spain Raúl Lozano
Delegate Spain Quini
Academy Director Spain José María M. Acebal
Head Coach Reserve Team Spain Abelardo Fernández

Last updated: August 2012
Source: Sporting de Gijón Official Website


For a full list of Sporting de Gijón presidents, see List of Sporting de Gijón presidents.

Current Board of Directors

Office Name
President Spain Antonio Veiga
Counselor Spain Amador Yenes Argüelles
Counselor Spain Mariano Fernández Prendes
Counsel Secretary Spain Carlos Barcia Alonso
General Manager Spain Alfredo García Amado
Honorary president Spain Manuel Vega-Arango

Last updated: 1 September 2009
Source: Sporting de Gijón Official Website

Women's team

Sporting has also a women's football team which currently plays in Segunda División with the name of Escuela de Fútbol de Mareo and wearing the second kit of the club.[16]

See also


External links

Official websites
  • Official club website (Spanish)
  • Liga de Fútbol Profesional official website (Spanish) (English)
  • UEFA official website
News sites
  • Sporting de Gijón news BDFutbol
  • Sporting de Gijón news Futbolme (Spanish)
  • Marca (Spanish)
  • AS (Spanish)
  • Sporting de Gijón news Canal Rojiblanco (Spanish)
  • Sporting de Gijón news Polish Site (Polish)

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