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Sporting Gijón
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Full name Real Sporting de Gijón, S.A.D.
Nickname(s) Rojiblancos (Red-and-Whites)
Founded 1905 (as Sporting Gijonés)
Ground El Molinón,
Gijón, Asturias,
Spain
(Capacity: 26,000)
Chairman Spain Manuel Vega-Arango
Manager Spain Manuel Preciado
League La Liga
2008-09 La Liga, 14th
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

Real Sporting de Gijón, S.A.D. is a Spanish football club from Gijón, Asturias. Founded in 1 June 1905, it currently plays in Spanish first division.

Known as Rojiblancos because of their red and white striped jerseys, their home field is El Molinón stadium, the oldest professional football field in Spain, in use since at least 1908.

Sporting de Gijón is chronologically the sixth-oldest club in La Liga 2009-10. The club ranks 15th in the All-Time La Liga table, 2nd in the All-Time Segunda División table[1] and is one of nine clubs in Spanish football to have never been relegated from the second division.

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History

The club was established in 1905 with the name Sporting Gijonés, Anselmo López being the first president. King Alfonso XIII accepted the Royal patronage of the club for the Spanish crown in 1912, introducing the term "Real" (Spanish for "Royal") to its name, becoming Real Sporting Club Gijonés. In 1916 a new change took place to adopt today's denomination, Real Sporting de Gijón. From 1941 until the 1970s, due to a temporary law forbidding the use of foreign words in football club names, the team's official denomination was Real Gijón.

In 1944, the club was promoted into First Division for the first time, and played thereafter in both the first and second divisions, achieving greatest success in the late 1970s and early 1980s, competing for league and national cup titles and laying the groundwork for a 21-year continuous stretch in La Liga. During this period, Sporting competed in the UEFA Cup six times, losing in the Round of 32 four times, and the Round of 16 twice, most recently in 1991-92.

Football players celebrate with their fans the club's return to top-flight, 15th of June 2008

Following a disastrous 1998 campaign, the club was relegated to Second Division, where they played for a ten seasons stretch. On 15 June 2008, the club secured promotion back to Primera for the 2008-09 season. In the 08-09 season their best victories have came against Valencia (2-3) and Sevilla (1-0). In their first five games of the 08-09 season, they allowed 20 goals. The 08-09 season also saw them break La Liga record of 29 consecutive games without a draw. They played 33 games before their only draw of the season, 1-1 with Athletic Bilbao on 3 May 2009.

Club colours and crest

Flag of Gijón

Sporting de Gijón have worn red and white striped jerseys since their inception, being the first spanish actual first division's team to wear red & white, as both Athletic Bilbao and Atlético Madrid wore blue and white until 1909. The colors are those of the official flag of Gijón, which itself is based on the flag of the maritime province of Gijón, established in 1845.[2]

Like most old football clubs, Sporting de Gijón did not initially have any badge displayed on their shirts. Their first official badge was introduced in the 1920s. It consisted of a traditionally shaped shield split into three sections, representing the club and the city.

From 1931 to 1936, during the Spanish Second Republic, the badge consisted of a circular shield and had the royal crown in the top replaced by a mural crown.

The club's badge is a triangle with red and white vertical stripes with 'S' (for Sporting) and 'G' (for Gijón) intertwined, in gold, across them. A crown in the top symbolizes the royal patronage.[3]

Real Sporting de Gijón's flag.

Flag

The official flag of Sporting de Gijón consist of, in a rectangular field with ratio 2:3, nine equal horizontal stripes of red (top and bottom) alternating with white. The logo of the club is displayed in the centre.

Kit manufacturers and Shirt sponsors

Period Kit Manufacturer Shirt Sponsors
1985-86 Adidas none
1986-89 Cajastur
1989-92 Rasán
1992-95 Lotto
1995-97 Joma
1997-02 Astore Gijón City Council
2002- Gijón City Council

Government of the Principality of Asturias

Stadium information

  • Name - El Molinón
  • City - Gijón
  • Capacity - 26,000
  • Opened - 1908
  • Pitch size - 105 x 70 m
  • Other Facilities: - Escuela de Fútbol Ángel Viejo Feliú, a.k.a. Escuela de Fútbol de Mareo, simply Mareo

Mareo facilities

The Escuela de Fútbol de Mareo is the training ground and academy base of Sporting de Gijón. It was opened on March 28, 1978.

Located just 7 km away from the city center and covering 112.000 m2 it is used for training and youth teams matches. At present, facilities include, inter alia, 8 pitches, one service building (including team catering areas), gymnasium and medical center.

Supporters

Sporting de Gijón - Athletic de Bilbao, 2008-09

During most home matches the majority of the seats in the stadium are occupied by season ticket holders, or socios ("associates"), of which there are 21,000.[4] In addition to socios, the club has more than 180 peñas (official, club-affiliated supporters' groups) in Spain and abroad.[5] During the season 2008-09, Sporting de Gijón had the tenth-highest average attendance in the league, 21,491, and the fifth-highest average percentage, 84% of the total stadium capacity.[6]

Sporting de Gijón supporters commonly call themselves Sportinguistas in order to show their dedication to the club.[7] Sportinguistas are widely regarded as one of the most loyal, traveler and cheerful supporter groups in La Liga,[8][9][10] providing one of the best atmospheres in the competition.[11] When following their team in large groups through the country, they are referred to as La Mareona, Spanish for The Big Tide.

About 300,000 fans showed up when Sporting's latest promotion was celebrated in June 2008.[12]

Rivalries

The team's historic rival is Real Oviedo. When both teams play in the same division, they compete in the Asturian derby. This derby is currently on hold as Oviedo are playing in third level. However, Sporting's B team and Oviedo are in the Segunda División B Group 2, and will face off twice during the 09-10 season.

Honours

National titles

Regional titles

  • Asturian Championship:[16] 1916-17, 1917-18, 1918-19, 1919-20, 1920-21, 1921-22, 1922-23, 1923-24, 1925-26, 1926-27, 1929-30, 1930-31, 1939-40

Friendly tournaments

  • Ramón de Carranza Trophy:[17] 1984
  • Trofeo Villa de Gijón:[18] 1962-1965, 1970, 1972, 1975-1979, 1984-1986, 1988-1992, 1996, 2001, 2002, 2008
  • Trofeo Costa Verde:[19] 1962, 1963, 1965, 1970, 1972, 1975-1979, 1984-1986, 1988-1992
  • Trofeo Principado:[20] 1988, 1991, 1993, 1994, 2006
  • Trofeo Ciudad de Pamplona:[21] 1979
  • Torneo Ciudad de León:[22] 1997
  • Trofeo Presidente - Ciudad de Oviedo:[23] 1980, 1986
  • Trofeo Ciudad del Cid:[24] 1981
  • Trofeo Ibérico:[25] 1972, 1979
  • Trofeo Conde de Fontao:[26] 1969-1971, 1974, 1977, 1989
  • Trofeo Emma Cuervo:[27] 1957, 1960, 1963, 1967, 1972, 2007
  • Trofeo Ramón Losada:[28] 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2008, 2009
  • Trofeo Concepción Arenal:[29] 1970, 1971
  • Trofeo Luis Otero:[30] 2003, 2008

Individual Honours

Pichichi Trophy

In Spanish football, the Pichichi is the trophy awarded by Spanish sports newspaper 'Marca' to the top goalscorer for each league season.

Spanish League

Name Season Goals
Quini 1973-1974 20
Quini 1975-1976 18
Quini 1979-1980 24

Second Division

Name Season Goals
Ricardo 1956-1957 46
Solabarrieta 1966-1967 24
Quini 1969-1970 24
Quini 1976-1977 27
Ricardo Zamora Trophy

In Spanish football, the Ricardo Zamora is the trophy awarded by Spanish sports newspaper 'Marca' to the goalkeeper who has the lowest "goals-to-games" ratio for each league season.

Spanish League

Name Season Games Goal Coefficient
Ablanedo 1984-1985 33 22 0.66
Ablanedo 1985-1986 34 27 0.79
Ablanedo 1989-1990 31 25 0.80

Second Division

Name Season Games Goal Coefficient
Roberto 2005-2006 38 31 0.82

Seasons

Recent seasons

Season Pos. PI W D L GS GA P Manager Notes
1999-00 2D 9 42 17 9 16 54 48 60 Spain Pedro Braojos / Spain Ciriaco Cano
2000-01 2D 7 42 17 13 12 55 49 63 Argentina Vicente Cantatore / Spain José María M. Acebal
2001-02 2D 6 42 17 13 12 47 57 64 Spain José María M. Acebal
2002-03 2D 10 42 11 20 11 44 41 53 Spain José María M. Acebal / Spain Antonio Maceda
2003-04 2D 5 42 20 10 12 58 40 70 Spain Marcelino García Toral
2004-05 2D 9 42 15 12 15 41 39 57 Spain Marcelino García Toral
2005-06 2D 9 42 13 17 12 41 34 56 Spain Ciriaco Cano
2006-07 2D 13 42 16 8 18 53 53 56 Spain Manuel Preciado
2007-08 2D 3 42 20 12 10 61 40 72 Spain Manuel Preciado Promoted
2008-09 1D 14 38 14 1 23 47 79 43 Spain Manuel Preciado

Season to season

Season Division Pos. Significant Events
1929 Segunda División 4
1929-30 Segunda División 2
1930-31 Segunda División 4
1931-32 Segunda División 3
1932-33 Segunda División 6
1933-34 Segunda División 6
1934-35 Segunda División 3
1935-36 Segunda División 3
Spanish Civil War
1939-40 Segunda División 3
1940-41 Segunda División 3
1941-42 Segunda División 1 Promotion Playoff
1942-43 Segunda División 1 Promotion Playoff
1943-44 Segunda División 1 Champions
1944-45 La Liga 7
1945-46 La Liga 9
1946-47 La Liga 10
1947-48 La Liga 14 Relegated
1948-49 Segunda División 6
1949-50 Segunda División 3
1950-51 Segunda División 1 Champions
1951-52 La Liga 13
1952-53 La Liga 7
Season Division Pos. Significant Events
1953-54 La Liga 16 Relegated
1954-55 Segunda División 4
1955-56 Segunda División 7
1956-57 Segunda División 1 Champions
1957-58 La Liga 12
1958-59 La Liga 15 Relegated
1959-60 Segunda División 5
1960-61 Segunda División 13
1961-62 Segunda División 13
1962-63 Segunda División 5
1963-64 Segunda División 2 Promotion Playoff
1964-65 Segunda División 3
1965-66 Segunda División 3
1966-67 Segunda División 2 Promotion Playoff
1967-68 Segunda División 5
1968-69 Segunda División 5
1969-70 Segunda División 1 Champions
1970-71 La Liga 12
1971-72 La Liga 11
1972-73 La Liga 14
1973-74 La Liga 13
1974-75 La Liga 14
1975-76 La Liga 18 Relegated
Season Division Pos. Significant Events
1976-77 Segunda División 1 Champions
1977-78 La Liga 5
1978-79 La Liga 2 Runners-up

Played UEFA Cup

1979-80 La Liga 3 Played UEFA Cup
1980-81 La Liga 7 Spanish Cup Runners-up

Played UEFA Cup

1981-82 La Liga 14 Spanish Cup Runners-up
1982-83 La Liga 8
1983-84 La Liga 13
1984-85 La Liga 4
1985-86 La Liga 6 Played UEFA Cup
1986-87 La Liga 4
1987-88 La Liga 9 Played UEFA Cup
1988-89 La Liga 13
1989-90 La Liga 13
1990-91 La Liga 5
1991-92 La Liga 8 Played UEFA Cup
1992-93 La Liga 12
Season Division Pos. Significant Events
1993-94 La Liga 14
1994-95 La Liga 18
1995-96 La Liga 18
1996-97 La Liga 15
1997-98 La Liga 20 Relegated
1998-99 Segunda División 9
1999-00 Segunda División 9
2000-01 Segunda División 7
2001-02 Segunda División 6
2002-03 Segunda División 10
2003-04 Segunda División 5
2004-05 Segunda División 11
2005-06 Segunda División 9
2006-07 Segunda División 13
2007-08 Segunda División 3 Promoted
2008-09 La Liga 14
2009-10 La Liga

Players

Current squad

As of 15 January 2010 Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Spain GK Juan Pablo
2 Spain DF Alberto Botía (on loan from Barcelona)
3 Spain DF José Ángel
4 Spain MF Andreu
5 Spain MF Alberto Rivera
6 Spain MF Carmelo
7 Spain MF Pedro (vice-captain)
8 Spain MF Michu
9 Croatia FW Mate Bilić
10 Spain FW Francisco Maldonado
11 Spain MF Alberto Lora
12 France DF Grégory Arnolin
No.   Position Player
13 Spain GK Iván Cuéllar
14 Spain DF Iván Hernández
15 Spain DF Roberto Canella
16 Spain DF Gerard Autet
17 Spain MF Diego Castro (vice-captain)
18 Spain FW Luis Morán
19 Spain MF Diego Camacho
20 Spain MF Miguel de las Cuevas
21 Spain MF Kike Mateo
22 Spain DF Rafel Sastre (captain)
23 Spain FW David Barral
24 Spain MF Sergio Matabuena

From reserve team

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

No. Position Player
- Spain DF Joni López
- Spain MF Marcos Landeira
- Spain GK Raúl
- Spain DF Pedro Orfila
No.   Position Player
- Spain DF Alain
- Spain MF Pablo Acebal
- Spain FW Carlinos
- Spain MF Cristian Portilla

Out on loan

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

No. Position Player
- Spain DF Jorge (at Gimnàstic de Tarragona)

Some notable players

To appear in this section a player must have played at least 200 games for the club or amassed 30 caps as an international

see also Cat:Sporting de Gijón footballers

Player of the year (1967-2009)

The following players have been awarded the 'Molinón de Plata' since its creation in 1967, given to the best player of the year by the Federation of Sporting Gijón Supporters Clubs:[31]

 
Year Player
1967 Spain Alonso
1968 Spain Alberto
1969 Spain Florín
1970 Spain Puente
1971 Spain Castro & Cuervo
1972 Spain Churruca
1973 Spain Castro
1974 Spain Quini
1975 Spain José Manuel
1976 Spain Fanjul
1977 Spain Castro
 
Year Player
1978 Argentina Ferrero
1979 Spain Quini
1980 Spain Uría
1981 Spain Cundi
1982 Spain Redondo
1983 Spain Maceda
1984 Spain Maceda
1985 Spain Ablanedo
1986 Spain Joaquín
1987 Spain Jiménez
1988 Spain Joaquín
 
Year Player
1989 Spain Jiménez
1990 Spain Ablanedo
1991 Spain Ablanedo
1992 Spain Isierte
1993 Spain Abelardo
1994 Spain Abelardo
1995 Spain Ablanedo
1996 Spain Ablanedo
1997 Spain Ablanedo
1998 Spain The supporters
1999 Spain José Manuel
 
Year Player
2000 Côte d'Ivoire Yago
2001 Spain Pablo Amo
2002 Spain Villa
2003 Spain Borreguero
2004 Spain Samuel
2005 Spain Ismael Irurzun
2006 Spain Roberto
2007 Colombia Congo
2008 Spain Kike Mateo
2009 Spain Diego Castro

Player records

Most appearances

The 4 players with the most league appearances still at the club as of 1 September 2009 are:

Name Seasons Apps Goals
Spain Joaquín 1977–1992 479 65
Spain Jiménez 1979–1991 420 8
Spain Ablanedo 1982–1988 401 0
Spain Quini 1970–1980 / 1984–1987 348 165

Most goals

The 4 players with the most league goals still at the club as of 1 September 2009 are:

Name Seasons Goals Apps
Spain Quini 1970–1980 / 1984–1987 165 348
Spain Joaquín 1977–1992 65 479
Argentina Enzo Ferrero 1975–1985 54 241
Spain Pío Alonso 1944–1948 44

Personnel

Current Technical Staff

Position Staff
Manager Spain Manuel Preciado
Assistant Manager Spain Iñaki Tejada
Goalkeeping Coach Spain Isidro Fernández
Physical Fitness Coach Spain Gerardo Ruiz
Director of Football Spain Emilio de Dios
Academy Director Spain José María M. Acebal
Head Coach Reserve Team Spain Javier Vidales

Last updated: January 2010
Source: Sporting de Gijón Official Website

Former managers

The following is a list of Sporting de Gijón managers from the beginning of the club's official managerial records in 1922 to the present day.[32]

The club's longest-serving manager in La Liga is José Manuel Díaz Novoa, who had six spells managing the club from 1979 to 1999, totalling 227 matches.

Presidents

Current Board of Directors

Office Name
President Spain Manuel Vega-Arango Alvaré
Vice-president Spain Antonio Veiga Suarez
Counselor Spain Amador Yenes Argüelles
Counselor Spain Mariano Fernández Prendes
Counsel Secretary Spain Carlos Barcia Alonso
General Manager Spain Alfredo García Amado

Last updated: 1 September 2009
Source: Sporting de Gijón Official Website

See also

References

  1. ^ Spanish Second Division All-Time Table 1928-2008
  2. ^ "Las Banderas del Club" (in Spanish). RealSporting.com. http://www.realsporting.com/webrsg/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=75&Itemid=87. Retrieved 2009-10-08.  
  3. ^ "Los Escudos" (in Spanish). RealSporting.com. http://www.realsporting.com/webrsg/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=77&Itemid=89. Retrieved 2009-10-08.  
  4. ^ "El Sporting alcanza los 21.000 socios" (in Spanish). La Nueva España. http://www.lne.es/deportes/2009/10/08/sporting-alcanza--21000-socios/818289.html. Retrieved 2009-10-08.  
  5. ^ "Las Peñas" (in Spanish). RealSporting.com. http://www.realsporting.com/webrsg/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=74&Itemid=95. Retrieved 2009-10-08.  
  6. ^ Attendances - Liga BBVA 2008-2009
  7. ^ PortalSportinguista.com
  8. ^ "Sporting Gijon To Take 4,000 Fans To Valladolid". Goal.com. http://www.goal.com/en/news/12/spain/2009/05/21/1278611/sporting-gijon-to-take-4000-fans-to-valladolid. Retrieved 2009-10-08.  
  9. ^ "Spanish Inquisition: Sporting de Gijón, the darlings of Spain". Goal.com. http://www.goal.com/en/news/1717/editorial/2009/05/21/1278919/spanish-inquisition-sporting-de-gijon-the-darlings-of-spain. Retrieved 2009-10-08.  
  10. ^ "Even the result can't spoil Real Sporting de Gijón's party". The Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/blog/2008/sep/22/sportinggijon.barcelona. Retrieved 2009-10-08.  
  11. ^ "Spanish Debate: The Best Stadium In La Liga". Goal.com. http://www.goal.com/en/news/1717/editorial/2008/11/10/957600/spanish-debate-the-best-stadium-in-la-liga. Retrieved 2009-10-08.  
  12. ^ "Gijón está de fiesta 10 años después" (in Spanish). Marca. http://archivo.marca.com/edicion/marca/futbol/2a_division/sporting/es/desarrollo/1135323.html. Retrieved 2009-10-08.  
  13. ^ Spain - Final Table 1978-79
  14. ^ Spain - Cup 1981
  15. ^ Spain - Cup 1982
  16. ^ Spain - List of champions of Asturias
  17. ^ Trofeo Ramón de Carranza (Cádiz, Spain) 1955-2008
  18. ^ Trofeo Villa de Gijón (Gijón, Spain) 1963-2008
  19. ^ Trofeo Costa Verde (Gijón, Spain) 1962-1992) 1967-2005
  20. ^ Trofeo Principado de Asturias (Oviedo/Gijón, Spain) 1988-2007) 1967-2005
  21. ^ Trofeo Ciudad de Pamplona - Reino de Navarra (Pamplona, Spain) 1967-2008
  22. ^ Torneo Ciudad de León (León, Spain) 1974-1998
  23. ^ Trofeo Presidente - Ciudad de Oviedo (Oviedo, Spain) 1976-1996
  24. ^ Trofeo Ciudad del Cid (Burgos, Spain) 1977-1981
  25. ^ Trofeo Ibérico (Badajoz, Spain) 1967-2005
  26. ^ Trofeo Conde de Fontao (Foz, Spain)) 1969-1991
  27. ^ Trofeo Emma Cuervo (Ribadeo, Spain) 1952-2008
  28. ^ Trofeo Ramón Losada (Luarca, Spain) 1997-2008
  29. ^ Trofeo Concepción Arenal (Ferrol, Spain) 1953-2008
  30. ^ Trofeo Luís Otero (Pontevedra, Spain) 1959-2008
  31. ^ 'Molinón de Plata' Award - List of winners
  32. ^ Sporting de Gijón Managers

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