Real Avilés CF
|Full name||Real Avilés Club de Fútbol|
|Ground||Estadio Román Suárez Puerta|
|President||José María Tejero|
|Head coach||Juanma Castañón|
|League||3ª – Group 2|
|2017–18||3ª – Group 2, 17th|
Real Avilés Club de Fútbol is a Spanish football team based in Avilés, in the autonomous community of Asturias. Founded in 1903 it plays in Tercera División, holding home matches at Estadio Román Suárez Puerta, with an approximate capacity of 5,400 seats.
Avilés was founded in 1903 under the name Sport Club Avilesino, hence being considered the oldest football club in Asturias. In 1906 he joins the Sociedad Obrera Industrial as their football section with the name of Círculo Industrial y de Sport de Avilés,[non-primary source needed] but a few years later, the players and managers of the football team decide to become independent again, this time with the name of Stadium Club Avilesino.
In 1925 Stadium obtained the royal crown from Alfonso XIII, being renamed Real Stadium Club Avilesino.[non-primary source needed] A new name change took place in 1940, according to a government's prohibition of foreign names, and the club became Real Avilés Club de Fútbol.
In 1983 Avilés absorbed Club Deportivo Ensidesa and changed its name again, to Real Avilés Industrial Club de Fútbol. It played in Segunda División B (the third highest level of the league pyramid) for two seasons and returned to that level at the end of the 1987–88 campaign, being crowned champions three years later and thus promoting to Segunda División: after comfortably finishing in midtable in its first season, the team ranked second from bottom in the following, spending a further eight years in the third category then two more from 2002 to 2004, after which it returned to Tercera División (the fourth highest level).
The relegation to Tercera was followed by a serious financial and social crisis in the club, with almost all the supporters leaving the club. In 2010, the board of the club retook its old name Real Avilés Club de Fútbol.
Following an agreement with the investment group "Golplus", Real Avilés failed to promote to Segunda División B in 2012, but the club could buy a vacant berth in the third tier. Two years later, Real Avilés would play the promotion play-offs to Segunda División. They would eliminate FC Cartagena in the first round, but failed in the attempt to beat UE Llagostera in the second one. In October 2014, Golplus would leave the club due to the lack of support and Real Avilés would start a new crisis that ended with the relegation to Tercera División after being beaten in the relegation playoffs by CD Eldense.
On 3 July 2017, the Royal Spanish Football Federation would not allow Real Avilés to register its players in any of the categories due to an unpaid debt of €32,000 to their players. After paying it, the club continued involved in serious internal problems as José María Tejero, owner of the club, and the management group did not reach an agreement. Tejero decided to take the helm of the club despite the opposition of the management group, and without terminating the contract; this action started when during the preseason of the 2017–18 Tercera División, Tejero called private security for not allowing the coaches and the players, contracted by the management group, to train in the municipal facilities.
After this incident, the owner and the management group made a different team each one for playing in the 2017–18 Tercera División. Both hired one coach and signed several players, but finally only the ones contracted by the owner were finally registered.
The club changed the crest to the most recent one in 2017. The historical logo that was introduced in 1983, adding garnet colour, the colour of Ensidesa to the crest. However, in circa 2015 the club dropped the colour and restored to the old design. The club also deleted other elements that refer to Ensidesa from the club song.
the logo of the club from circa 2015 to 2017 and in 1983
the logo of the club from circa 2011 to 2015
- Sport Club Avilesino (1903–1906)
- Círculo Industrial y de Sport de Avilés (1906–1915)
- Stadium Club Avilesino (1915–1925)
- Real Stadium Club Avilesino (1925–1931)
- Stadium Club Avilesino (1931–1940)
- Real Avilés Club de Fútbol (1940–1983)
- Real Avilés Industrial Club de Fútbol (1983–1992)
- Real Avilés Industrial Club de Fútbol, SAD (1992–2010)
- Real Avilés Club de Fútbol, SAD (2010–)
Season to season
- Segunda División B: 1989–90
- Tercera División: 1932–33, 1944–45, 1951–52, 1964–65, 1966–67, 1967–68, 1982–83
- Copa RFEF: 2002–03
- Copa RFEF (Asturias tournament): 1999, 2001, 2002
Note: this list contains players that have played at least 100 league games and/or have reached international status.
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- "El Avilés no pagó y la Federación Española suspenderá sus derechos federativos". La Nueva España (in Spanish). 3 July 2017. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
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- "La plantilla del Avilés, entre dos tierras". El Comercio (in Spanish). 7 August 2017. Retrieved 16 August 2017.
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- Official website (in Spanish)