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Real Grupo de Cultura Covadonga is a multisport club based in Gijón, Spain. The club was founded in 1938 and is the biggest sports club in Asturias. It has 33,000 members, more than the most important football clubs of the region (Sporting de Gijón and Real Oviedo).[1]

Grupo Covadonga
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Full nameReal Grupo de Cultura Covadonga
NicknamesEl Grupo, Grupo Covadonga
Based inGijón, Asturias, Spain
ColorsRed and navy
PresidentAntonio Corripio
Active departments of Grupo Covadonga
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Field hockey
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The club


The club was founded on May 10, 1938 with the initial purpose of the club was to create an independent Sports Club. It was based near the beach of San Lorenzo in Gijón. In 1949, Grupo Covadonga purchases lands in the neighbourhood of Las Mestas, near the El Molinón football stadium.

In 2012, Grupo Covadonga was nominated to the Prince of Asturias Awards in the category of Sports.[2]

Notable sportsmenEdit

  • Mayte Fernández (archery). 1992 Barcelona Olympics
  • Herminio Menéndez (canoeing). 1976 Montreal Olympics (silver medal), 1980 Moscow Olympics (silver and bronze medals)
  • Javier Hernanz (canoeing). 2004 Athens Olympics, 2016 Rio Olympics
  • María Ángeles Rodríguez (field hockey). 1992 Barcelona Olympics (gold medal)
  • Juan Fernández (field hockey). 2008 Beijing Olympics (silver medal)
  • María López (field hockey). 2016 Rio Olympics
  • Mónica Martín (gymnastics). 1996 Atlanta Olympics
  • Verónica Castro (gymnastics). 1996 Atlanta Olympics
  • Saúl Cofiño (gymnastics). 2000 Sidney Olympics
  • José Palacios (gymnastics). 2000 NCAA Champion (Penn State)
  • Sara Moro (gymnastics). 2000 Sidney Olympics, 2004 Athens Olympics
  • Iván San Miguel (gymnastics). 2008 Beijing Olympics
  • Juan de la Puente (handball). 1980 Moscow Olympics, 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, 1988 Seoul Olympics
  • Chechu Villaldea (handball). Spanish National Team
  • Alberto Entrerríos (handball). 2008 Beijing Olympics (bronze medal)
  • Raúl Entrerríos (handball). 2008 Beijing Olympics (bronze medal)
  • Carlos Ruesga (handball). 2013 World Champion.
  • Pablo Carreño (tennis). ATP Tour
  • José Arconada (track and field). 1992 Barcelona Olympics
  • Carmen Beatriz Miranda (volleyball). 1992 Barcelona Olympics
  • Luis Bernardo Martínez (wrestling). 1992 Barcelona Olympics


Basketball teamEdit

Volleyball teamEdit

Grupo Covadonga
Full nameReal Grupo de Cultura Covadonga
GroundPolideportivo Braulio García,
Gijón, Asturias
(Capacity: 1,331)
Chairman  Antonio Corripio
Manager  Saúl Pérez
LeagueSuperliga 2
2013–14Superliga 2, 3rd

There's only women volleyball. The team currently plays in Superliga 2 and it played the Superliga Femenina de Voleibol during two seasons. In 2012 was runner-up of the Copa Princesa de Asturias.

Its young teams won several Spanish championships.

Season by seasonEdit

Season Tier League Pos. Cups
2000–01 1 Superliga 11th
2001–02 1 Superliga 13th
2002–07 2 Liga FEV
2007–08 2 Superliga 2 7th
2008–09 2 Superliga 2 6th[a]
2009–10 3 Liga FEV
2010–11 3 Liga FEV 1st
2011–12 2 Superliga 2 5th Copa Princesa runner-up
2012–13 2 Superliga 2 6th Copa Princesa semifinalist
2013–14 2 Superliga 2 3rd Copa Princesa semifinalist
2014–15 2 Superliga 2 5th
2015–16 2 Superliga 2 4th
2016–17 2 Superliga 2 2nd[b] Copa Princesa semifinalist
2017–18 2 Superliga 2 8th
  1. ^ Resigned to their place in Superliga 2
  2. ^ Resigned to promotion.

Handball teamEdit


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