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Real Oviedo is a Spanish football club based in Oviedo, Asturias. Founded on 26 March 1926 as a result of the merger of two clubs who had maintained a large sporting rivalry for years in the city: Real Stadium Club Ovetense and Real Club Deportivo Oviedo. The club plays in the Segunda División, the second tier of the Spanish football league system. The club plays in blue shirts and white shorts in the Estadio Carlos Tartiere, which seats 30,500 spectators, opened on 30 September 2000, and is the largest sports stadium in Asturias. In the all-time league table for the Spanish top division, Oviedo ranks in 18th place.

Real Oviedo
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Full nameReal Oviedo, S.A.D.
Nickname(s)Carbayones,
Los Azules (The Blues),
El Rey de Asturias (The King of Asturias),
Los Godos (The Goths),[1]
Oviedistas
Founded26 March 1926; 93 years ago (1926-03-26)
GroundCarlos Tartiere, Oviedo,
Asturias, Spain
Capacity30,500
OwnerGrupo Carso
PresidentJorge Menéndez Vallina
Head coachJavi Rozada
LeagueSegunda División
2018–19Segunda División, 8th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

HistoryEdit

Founded in 1926 after a merger with Stadium Ovetense and Real Club Deportivo Oviedo, Oviedo first reached La Liga seven years later.

Their attacking quartet of Emilín, Galé, Herrerita and Isidro Lángara (all represented Spain in this period), as well as Casuco and Ricardo Gallart modernised the game with their pace and running off the ball tied with sharp passing and one-touch football, played in a style 30/40 years before its time, being dubbed Delanteras Eléctricas ("The electric forwards"); all this was connected with a rigid training and fitness regime started by a former manager of the club, Englishman Fred Pentland.

 
Isidro Lángara won three consecutive Pichichi trophies from 1933-34 to 1935-36.

Lángara won the Pichichi Trophy three years in a row prior to the Spanish Civil War, as Oviedo broke all scoring records (174 goals in 62 league games). With the outbreak of the conflict, however, the team broke up: Lángara emigrated to South America, Herrerita and Emilín signed with FC Barcelona, Galé with Racing de Santander and Gallart with Racing de Ferrol.

When football in the country resumed in 1939, Oviedo was relegated to the second division, as their pitch was deemed unplayable – Francisco Franco's troops had used the stadium as an ammunition dump. During the following decades, the club bounced back between the first (38 seasons) and second levels (32), the high point being a best-ever third position in 1962–63 (ranking joint-first with Real Madrid after the first 15 rounds), while the lowest was the side's first relegation to Segunda División B, in 1978 (for a single season).

With the FIFA World Cup to be held on home soil in 1982, the Carlos Tartiere Stadium was completely renewed, the first match being held with the Chilean national team (0–0). In 1984–85 Oviedo won the soon-to-be-defunct Spanish League Cup (second division), after successively defeating UD Salamanca, Bilbao Athletic, CF Lorca Deportiva, CE Sabadell FC and Atlético Madrileño (the latter with a 2–1 aggregate in the final).

In 1988 Oviedo returned to the top division, after ousting RCD Mallorca in the promotion playoffs (2–1 on aggregate, with striker Carlos, who would feature prominently for the club in the following years, scoring one of the goals), and remained in that level for 13 consecutive seasons – in 1990–91 it finished sixth, qualifying once again for Europe, and being knocked out in the first round by Genoa C.F.C. of Italy (2–3, although Oviedo bounced back from that defeat immediately, with a 2–1 win at the Camp Nou over Barcelona).[2][3]

 
Real Oviedo first squad in 1926.

After that successful year, there were more brilliant seasons and others where relegation was narrowly dodged (in 1998 Real Oviedo succeeded in a relegation playoff to stay up after beating UD Las Palmas). In a nutshell, the Carbayones had an outstanding run in La Liga during the 1990s with a team which lined up top international players. In 1992 Real Oviedo as well as most Spanish football clubs was forced to become public limited sports company. The initial capital stock for Real Oviedo amounted to €3.6 million.[4]

On 4 October 1995, Real Oviedo played its 1,000th game in La Liga.

In 2000, the new Carlos Tartiere Stadium with 30,500 seats became Real Oviedo’s new ground. It was officially opened on 20 September 2000 with a match between Real Oviedo and Partizan Belgrade, where Real Oviedo lost 0-2 to the Serbian side. Three days before, Real Oviedo and UD Las Palmas had got a 2-2 draw on the first fixture in the 2000–01 season.[5]

After being relegated two consecutive times, Real Oviedo suffered severe economic troubles, which, when coupled with a profound lack of institutional support from the city's government, resulted in the team's inability to pay its players. The club was then forced to drop all the way to the fourth division of Spanish football, for the 2003–04 season; at this point the team nearly folded but eventually recovered and regrouped, returning to level three in the following campaign.

Oviedo lasted two further campaigns before dropping down a level again. In another playoff against a Mallorca team – this time the reserves, the club returned again to the third division, after a penalty shootout; however, its survival remained at risk in the following years, due to continuing financial difficulties.[6]

The financial dire straits continued into the 2012–13 season, when Oviedo called on supporters to buy shares in the club. A few footballers, notably Santi Cazorla, Juan Mata, Michu and Adrián who all started their careers there, offered their financial support in an attempt to save the club from bankruptcy – the club had until 17 November to raise 2 million in order to prevent closure.[7][8][9]

On 17 November 2012 Carlos Slim, the second richest man in the world, invested $2.5 million in the club, therefore gaining a controlling stake.[10][11]

On 31 May 2015, Oviedo confirmed their return to the Spanish Segunda División after a thirteen-year absence with a 2–1 aggregate victory over Cádiz in the 2015 Segunda División B play-offs.

Season to seasonEdit

Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1929 2 7th Round of 16
1929/30 2 5th Quarterfinals
1930/31 2 8th Round of 16
1931/32 2 2nd Round of 16
1932/33 2 1st Round of 16
1933/34 1 6th Semifinals
1934/35 1 3rd Round of 16
1935/36 1 3rd Round of 16
1940/41 1 8th Quarterfinals
1941/42 1 11th Round of 16
1942/43 1 6th Round of 16
1943/44 1 4th Round of 16
1944/45 1 4th Quarterfinals
1945/46 1 5th Semifinals
1946/47 1 8th Round of 16
1947/48 1 9th Round of 16
1948/49 1 5th Round of 16
1949/50 1 14th Quarterfinals
1950/51 2 6th DNP
1951/52 2 1st Quarterfinals
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1952/53 1 9th Round of 16
1953/54 1 15th DNP
1954/55 2 2nd DNP
1955/56 2 2nd DNP
1956/57 2 4th DNP
1957/58 2 1st DNP
1958/59 1 11th Round of 16
1959/60 1 6th Round of 16
1960/61 1 13th Round of 16
1961/62 1 10th Round of 16
1962/63 1 3rd Round of 16
1963/64 1 14th Round of 16
1964/65 1 15th Round of 16
1965/66 2 4th Round of 16
1966/67 2 5th Round of 32
1967/68 2 6th Round of 32
1968/69 2 11th DNP
1969/70 2 7th Round of 16
1970/71 2 14th Round of 16
1971/72 2 1st Round of 32
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1972/73 1 12th Round of 16
1973/74 1 18th Round of 16
1974/75 2 1st Round of 16
1975/76 1 16th Round of 16
1976/77 2 5th Round of 32
1977/78 2 17th Round of 16
1978/79 3 2ª B 2nd Round of 32
1979/80 2 11th Round of 16
1980/81 2 10th Round of 32
1981/82 2 16th Round of 32
1982/83 2 12th Round of 32
1983/84 2 13th Round of 32
1984/85 2 16th Round of 16
1985/86 2 8th Round of 16
1986/87 2 16th Round of 32
1987/88 2 4th Round of 32
1988/89 1 12th Round of 32
1989/90 1 11th Round of 16
1990/91 1 6th Round of 16
1991/92 1 11th Round of 16
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1992/93 1 16th Quarterfinals
1993/94 1 9th Quarterfinals
1994/95 1 9th Round of 32
1995/96 1 14th Round of 16
1996/97 1 17th Round of 16
1997/98 1 18th Round of 32
1998/99 1 14th Round of 32
1999/00 1 16th Round of 16
2000/01 1 18th Round of 32
2001/02 2 7th Round of 32
2002/03 2 21st Round of 16
2003/04 4 1st Round of 32
2004/05 4 1st Second round
2005/06 3 2ª B 7th Second round
2006/07 3 2ª B 19th First round
2007/08 4 1st DNP
2008/09 4 1st Second round
2009/10 3 2ª B 2nd Second round
2010/11 3 2ª B 8th Second round
2011/12 3 2ª B 6th Round of 32
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
2012/13 3 2ª B 3rd Second round
2013/14 3 2ª B 5th First round
2014/15 3 2ª B 1st Round of 32
2015/16 2 9th Third round
2016/17 2 8th Second round
2017/18 2 7th Second round
2018/19 2 8th Second round

European historyEdit

Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Agg.
1991–92 UEFA Cup R64   Genoa 1–0 1–3 2–3

Current squadEdit

The numbers are established according to the official website: www.realoviedo.es

As of 4 September 2019

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

No. Position Player
1   GK Alfonso Herrero
2   DF Diegui Johannesson
3   DF Alejandro Arribas
5   DF Javi Fernández
6   DF Carlos Hernández
7   MF Omar Ramos
8   MF Marco Sangalli
9   FW Joselu
10   FW Saúl Berjón
11   MF Édgar Bárcenas (on loan from Chiapas)
12   DF Juanjo Nieto
13   GK Nereo Champagne
No. Position Player
14   MF Jimmy
15   FW Alfredo Ortuño (on loan from Albacete)
17   FW Ibrahima Baldé
18   DF Christian Fernández
19   MF Borja Sánchez
20   MF Sergio Tejera
21   MF Lolo González
22   MF Edu Cortina
23   DF Mossa
24   DF Lucas Ahijado
27   MF Viti Rozada
32   FW Steven Prieto

Reserve teamEdit

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

No. Position Player
28   MF Riki Rodríguez
30   FW Samuel Obeng
33   DF Josín Martínez

Current technical staffEdit

Position Staff
Head coach Javi Rozada
Assistant coach José Luis Baroja
Goalkeeping coach Sergio Segura
Doctor Manuel Rodríguez
Physiotherapist Gabriel Díaz Peláez
Physio Diego Suárez
Physio José Carlos De Pedro

Last updated: June 2019
Source: Real Oviedo

HonoursEdit

Winners (5): 1932–33, 1951–52, 1957–58, 1971–72, 1974–75
Runners-up (3): 1931–32, 1954-55, 1955-56
Winners: 1984–85
Winners: 2014–15
Winners (4): 2003–04, 2004–05, 2007–08, 2008–09

IndividualEdit

Pichichi TrophyEdit

Zamora TrophyEdit

Notable former playersEdit

PersonnelEdit

 
Jorge Menéndez Vallina is the current president of the club since December 2013.

ManagementEdit

Office Name
President   Jorge Menéndez Vallina
Vice President   Manuel Paredes González
Counselor   Fernando Corral Mestas

Last updated: July 2014
Source: Real Oviedo Official Website

CoachesEdit

 
Luis Aragonés was player and coach of the club.
Dates Name
1926–27   Fred Pentland
1927–28   Frank Burton
1928–29   Antonín Fivébr
1929–31   Patrick O'Connell
1931–33   Vicente Tonijuán
1933–35   Emilio Sampere
1935–36   José María Peña
1940–41   Cristóbal Martí
1941–42   Óscar Álvarez
1942–47   Manuel Meana
1947–48   Francisco Gamborena
1948–50   Juan Urquizu
1950–51   Patricio Caicedo
1951–54   Luis Urquiri
1954–55   Domènec Balmanya
1955   Óscar Álvarez
1955–56   Luis Pasarín
1956–57   Eduardo Toba
1957   Fernando Argila
1957–59   Abel Picabéa
1959   Luis Pasarín
1959–60   Fernando Argila
1960–61   Sabino Barinaga
Dates Name
1961   Fernando Argila
1961–62   Álvaro Pérez
1962   Antón
1962–63   Juan Ochoa
1963–64   Enrique Orizaola
1964   Eduardo Toba
1964–65   Enrique Martín
1965   Luis Diestro
1965–66   Francisco Antúnez
1966   Antón
1966–67   Juan Rodríguez Aretio
1967–68   Juan Ochoa
1968   Toni Cuervo
1968–69   Ramón Cobo
1969   Pedro Eguíluz
1969–70   Enrique Casas
1970   Horacio Leiva
1970–71   José Mª García de Andoín
1971   Toni Cuervo
1971–73   Eduardo Toba
1973–74   Sabino Barinaga
1974–76   Vicente Miera
1976–77   Toni Cuervo
Dates Name
1977–78   Manuel Ruiz Sosa
1978   Sabino Barinaga
1978–79   Lalo
1979   José Mª García Lavilla
  Luis Diestro
1979–81   Nando Yosu
1981–82   José Víctor Rodríguez
1982–83   José Mª García Lavilla
1983–84   Luis Costa
1984–86   José Luis Romero
1986   Antonio Ruiz
1986–87   José Carrete
1987–89   Vicente Miera
1989–93   Javier Irureta
1993–95   Radomir Antić
1995–96   Ivica Brzić
1996–97   Juan Manuel Lillo
1997   José Antonio Novo
1997–98   Óscar Tabárez
1998–99   Fernando Vázquez
1999–00   Luis Aragonés
2000–01   Radomir Antić
2001–02   Enrique Marigil
Dates Name
2002–03   Vicente González
2003   Miguel Sánchez
2003–06   Antonio Rivas
2006–07   Antonio Velázquez
2007   Ramiro Solís
2007   Ismael Díaz
2007–08   Francisco José Carrasco
2008   Fermín Álvarez
2008–09   Julio Raúl González
2009   Fermín Álvarez
2009–10   Pichi Lucas
2010–11   José Manuel Martínez
2011–12   Pacheta
2012–13   Félix Sarriugarte
2013–14   José Carlos Granero
2014   Roberto Robles
2014–2016   Sergio Egea
2016   David Generelo
2016–2017   Fernando Hierro
2017–2019   Juan Antonio Anquela
2019   Sergio Egea
2019–   Javi Rozada

RivalriesEdit

The Asturian derby has been closely contested throughout its history and the two teams have met 117 times in all competitions. Real Oviedo have won 49 times, while Sporting de Gijón have done so in 38 games; 30 draws have been produced.

Sporting won the first match ever played, a 2–1 win for the Regional Championships on 6 December 1926. The first top flight derby took place during the 1944–45 season, and honours were split over the two games: Oviedo won its home fixture 2–1, but lost by a record 0–6 at El Molinón.[12]

The inaugural second level season, 1929, also brought two local derbies – Oviedo thrashed Sporting 6–2 at home, while Sporting won 3–2 in the return fixture. On 15 March 1998, in the top level, the last contest took place, and Oviedo emerged victorious 2–1 at the Tartiere, eventually managing to stay afloat (only through the play-offs though) whilst the Rojiblancos suffered direct relegation as 20th and last.

SupportersEdit

After the first relegation in its history to Tercera División, 2003–04 season, the historical record of the category was established with 10,759 season ticket holders, up to that time, the record was for Málaga CF in 1995 with 4,200.

5,200 members are kept since 2001, when Real Oviedo was relegated from La Liga and achieved its particular record of 19,132 season ticket holders.

Real Oviedo supporters maintain friendly relations with fans of Deportivo La Coruña, Real Valladolid and Sevilla and internationally with fans of Genoa and Žilina.

Sponsorships and manufacturersEdit

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
1990–1991 Kelme CLAS
1991–1993 Cajastur
1993–1998 Joluvi
1998–2000 Erima
2000–2001 Puma
2001–2003 Principality of Asturias
2003–2008 Joluvi
2008–2012 Nike
2012–2014 Joma None
2014–2015 ASAC Comunicaciones[13]
2015–2016 Hummel GAM
2016–2017 Adidas Procoin
2017– Huawei

Real Oviedo BEdit

The reserve team, which plays since 2018 in the third level (Segunda B), was formerly named Vetusta. Vetusta was also the original name of the team, before the Royal Spanish Football Federation decree which banned unique reserve club names in the early 1990s.

Real Oviedo (women)Edit

On 28 August 2017, women's club Oviedo Moderno CF signed an agreement with Real Oviedo for using their name and their blue and white colors, instead of their classic black and green, since the 2017–18 season, with the aim to be completely integrated into the structure of the club for the 2018–19 season onwards.[14] The club formerly used the blue and white colors for the 2016–17 promotion play-offs.

Oviedo currently plays in second level.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Jägerskiöld Nilsson, Leonard (15 November 2018). World Football Club Crests: The Design, Meaning and Symbolism of World Football's Most Famous Club Badges. Bloomsbury Publishing. p. 80. ISBN 9781472954251.
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  3. ^ "Skuhravy rompió el sueño" [Skuhravy shattered dream] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 4 October 1991. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
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  6. ^ "Real Oviedo – The people's club". Football Friends Online. 7 November 2012. Archived from the original on 10 November 2013. Retrieved 10 November 2012.
  7. ^ "Spanish stars join Real Oviedo fight". ESPN FC. 9 November 2012. Retrieved 10 November 2012.
  8. ^ "Michu answers a Real SOS back home". Swansea AFC. 7 November 2012. Retrieved 8 November 2012.[dead link]
  9. ^ "Real Oviedo – the remarkable story of a club the world united to save". The Guardian. 29 November 2012. Retrieved 7 May 2013.
  10. ^ "Mexican tycoon buys majority share in Real Oviedo". The New York Times. 17 November 2012. Retrieved 20 November 2012.
  11. ^ "Investing in football: a Real Oviedo shareholder's tale". CNN. 21 November 2012. Retrieved 7 May 2013.
  12. ^ "El Derbi Asturiano: Sporting and Oviedo on course to resume old acquaintances". El Centrocampista. 3 April 2012. Retrieved 2 September 2012.
  13. ^ ASAC Comunicaciones, nuevo patrocinador del Real Oviedo (ASAC Comunicaciones, new sponsor of Real Oviedo); RTPA, 25 September 2014
  14. ^ "El Oviedo Moderno se convierte en Real Oviedo Femenino" [Oviedo Moderno becomes Real Oviedo Femenino] (in Spanish). Oviedo Moderno. 28 August 2017. Archived from the original on 28 August 2017. Retrieved 28 August 2017.

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