Sporting de Gijón (youth)
|Full name||Real Sporting de Gijón, SAD|
|Ground||Escuela de Fútbol de Mareo, Gijón,|
|League||División de Honor|
|2018–19||Group 1, 2nd|
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'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.
In 2010, Sporting youth graduate Míchel was sold to Birmingham City for £3 million, becoming the highest transfers in the history of the Asturian club, until the transfers of José Ángel to Roma, in 2011, by €4.5 million, and Jorge Meré to Köln, in 2017, for a fee between €8.5 million and €9 million.
The coaches are often former Sporting Gijón players who themselves graduated from Mareo.
|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|
- As of March 2017 
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Season to season (Juvenil A)Edit
|Season||Lvl||Grp||Pos||Copa de Campeones||Copa del Rey|
|1994–95||Liga de Honor||5th||First round|
|1995–96||DH||1||3rd||Round of 16|
|1999–00||DH||1||2nd||Round of 16|
|2003–04||DH||1||1st||Champion||Round of 16|
|2011–12||DH||1||1st||Semifinals||Round of 16|
|2012–13||DH||1||2nd||Round of 16|
|2016–17||DH||1||2nd||Round of 16|
|2017–18||DH||1||1st||Runner-up||Round of 16|
|2018–19||DH||1||2nd||Round of 16|
- "Las grandes leyendas del Sporting: de Quini a Villa" (in Spanish). As.com. 24 November 2016.
- "Birmingham City sign Michel from Sporting Gijon". The Guardian. 11 January 2010. Retrieved 17 November 2017.
- "La historia del mercado rojiblanco" (in Spanish). La Nueva España. 16 June 2013. Retrieved 17 November 2017.
- "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.
- "Meré, al Colonia por 9 millones" [Meré, to Cologne for 9 million]. El Comercio (in Spanish). 20 July 2017. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
- "Plantilla Juvenil A DH" (in Spanish). Sporting de Gijón.
- "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.
- "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.