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The Escuela de Fútbol de Mareo, officially Escuela de Fútbol Ángel Viejo Feliú, is the training ground and academy base of the Spanish football club Sporting de Gijón. It was officially opened in 1978 and used by the main team and the youth teams of the club. The designer was architect Miguel Díaz Negrete.

Escuela de Fútbol de Mareo
Escuela de Mareo 01.JPG
LocationGijón
Asturias, Spain
Coordinates43°29′53″N 05°40′50″W / 43.49806°N 5.68056°W / 43.49806; -5.68056Coordinates: 43°29′53″N 05°40′50″W / 43.49806°N 5.68056°W / 43.49806; -5.68056
OwnerGijón City Council
TypeFootball training ground
Construction
Opened28 March 1978
Construction cost50 million pesetas
Tenants
Sporting de Gijón (training) (1978–present)
Website
Escuela de Fútbol de Mareo

Covering an area of 112,000 m² in the parish of Leorio, Gijón, it is used since 1978 for youth and senior teams trainings.[1]

FacilitiesEdit

  • Campo Pepe Ortiz with 680 seats at its main tribune and a capacity for 3,000 people, is the home stadium of Sporting de Gijón B, the under-19 team and the women's team.
  • 3 regular-sized natural grass training pitches.
  • 3 regular-sized artificial turf training pitches.
  • 1 artificial turf pitch for 8-a-side football.
  • 1 pitch for goalkeepers training.
  • 1 futsal court.
  • 2 sand pitches, for beach football and footvolley.
  • Service centre with gymnasium.

HistoryEdit

 
Map of Mareo

In January 1974, Sporting de Gijón club board led by Ángel Viejo Feliú appointed Yugoslavian Branko Zebec as head coach, but he left the city after few days due to the precarious resources.[2] After this circumstance, the club starts a plan for purchasing terrains where to build the appropriate installations for a La Liga team. The income from the transfer of Ignacio Churruca to Athletic Bilbao, 50 million pesetas, were destinated entirely for this purpose. Finally, the Escuela de Fútbol de Mareo was inaugurated on 28 March 1978.[3]

On 1 August 2001, due to the deep financial crisis of Sporting Gijón, president Juan Arango sold the terrains to the Gijón City Hall by €12 million. After this transfer, Sporting Gijón signed an agreement for using the installations on loan.

On 25 June 2017, the Campo Pepe Ortiz, main pitch of the academy, beat its attendance record with about 4,000 people at the last round of the 2017 Tercera División play-offs against SD Beasain.[4]

 
Tribune of Campo Pepe Ortiz, during the attendance record match against SD Beasain.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Mareo
  2. ^ "El Sporting es de Mareo" (in Spanish). El País. 23 September 2016.
  3. ^ "El presidente de la Federación prometió ampliar la ayuda federativa" (in Spanish). El Comercio. 29 March 1978. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  4. ^ "Así fue el partido que dio el ascenso al Sporting B" (in Spanish). Sporting de Gijón. 26 June 2017. Retrieved 29 June 2017.