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The Sporting de Gijón youth teams are integrated in the club's youth academy, developing players from childhood through to the integration of the best prospects into the adult teams.

Sporting de Gijón
Real Sporting de Gijon.svg
Full nameReal Sporting de Gijón, SAD
GroundEscuela de Fútbol de Mareo, Gijón,
Asturias, Spain
ChairmanJavier Fernández
LeagueDivisión de Honor
2018–19Group 1, 2nd
WebsiteClub website
Current season

The final category within the youth structure is the Juvenil A under-18/19 team which represents the club in the top national competition. The successful graduates then usually move to the club's reserve team, Sporting de Gijón B which is also considered part of the cantera due to being a stage in progression towards the senior team, albeit competing in the adult league system.

The academy is based at the club training complex, Escuela de Fútbol de Mareo, which is often the name used informally to refer to the system itself.


The top football clubs in the Spanish leagues generally place great importance in developing their cantera to promote the players from within or sell to other clubs as a source of revenue, and Sporting de Gijón is no exception. Their youth recruitment network is focused around their home region of Asturias, and there are collaboration agreements in place with small clubs in the region.

Sporting de Gijón had many farm teams, like RD Oriamendi, until his official reserve team, Sporting de Gijón B, was established in 1960.

Sporting's academy, the Escuela de Fútbol de Mareo, built in 1974, is considered as one of the most important football academies in Spain. International players such as Luis Enrique, Abelardo, Javier Manjarín and David Villa learned their skills at Mareo.[1]

In 2010, Sporting youth graduate Míchel was sold to Birmingham City for £3 million,[2] becoming the highest transfers in the history of the Asturian club,[3] until the transfers of José Ángel to Roma, in 2011, by €4.5 million,[4] and Jorge Meré to Köln, in 2017, for a fee between €8.5 million and €9 million.[5]


Head coachesEdit

The coaches are often former Sporting Gijón players who themselves graduated from Mareo.

Squad Age Coach Tier League
Juvenil A 16-18 Ismael Piñera 1 División de Honor (Gr. I)
Juvenil B 16-17 Sergio Sánchez 2 Liga Nacional (Gr. II)
Cadete A 15-16 Alejandro Morán 1 Primera Cadete
Cadete B 14-15 Diego Galeano 2 Segunda Cadete

Current squadsEdit

Juvenil AEdit

As of March 2017 [6]

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

No. Position Player
  GK Cris
  GK Manuel Delgado
  DF Pelayo Suárez
  DF Ismael Azpiri
  DF Néstor Bustelo
  DF Rubén Expósito
  DF Alberto
  DF Miguel Prado
  DF Varo
  DF Alberto Espeso
  MF Pablo García
  MF Gaspar Campos
  MF Pablo Ferreiro
No. Position Player
  MF Diego Díaz
  MF Nacho
  MF Iván Elena
  MF Mateo Arellano
  MF Rehber
  MF Jaime Izquierdo
  MF Yoel Palacio
  FW Daniel Sandoval
  FW Joel Sanabria
  FW David Ruiz
  FW Mario Buelga
  FW Bertín

Season to season (Juvenil A)Edit


National competitionsEdit


  1. ^ "Las grandes leyendas del Sporting: de Quini a Villa" (in Spanish). 24 November 2016.
  2. ^ "Birmingham City sign Michel from Sporting Gijon". The Guardian. 11 January 2010. Retrieved 17 November 2017.
  3. ^ "La historia del mercado rojiblanco" (in Spanish). La Nueva España. 16 June 2013. Retrieved 17 November 2017.
  4. ^ "Acquisizione a titolo definitivo dei diritti alle pretazioni sportive del calciatore Josè Angel Valdès Diaz" [Permanent acquisition of rights to sporting services of footballer Josè Angel Valdès Diaz] (PDF) (in Italian). A.S. Roma. 19 July 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 June 2012. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
  5. ^ "Meré, al Colonia por 9 millones" [Meré, to Cologne for 9 million]. El Comercio (in Spanish). 20 July 2017. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  6. ^ "Plantilla Juvenil A DH" (in Spanish). Sporting de Gijón.
  7. ^ "Historia DH Juvenil. Sporting y Espanyol campeones en 2004" [History of Youth Honour Division; Sporting and Espanyol champions in 2004] (in Spanish). Vendovos Mareo. 11 March 2011. Retrieved 26 September 2017.
  8. ^ a b "Historia DH Juvenil: 2005. El doblete del Barça ante el Sporting" [History of Youth Honour Division; 2005, the double for Barça over Sporting] (in Spanish). Vendovos Mareo. 8 March 2011. Retrieved 26 September 2017.

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