Real Oviedo

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Real Oviedo
Full nameReal Oviedo, S.A.D.
Los Azules (The Blues),
Founded26 March 1926; 97 years ago (1926-03-26)
GroundCarlos Tartiere
OwnerGrupo Pachuca (51%)[2]
Grupo Carso (20%)
Others (29%)
PresidentMartín Peláez
Head coachÁlvaro Cervera
LeagueSegunda División
2021–22Segunda División, 7th of 22
WebsiteClub website
Current season

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,[3] 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.

Its local rivals are Sporting Gijón on the sea coast to its north, with whom the club contests the Asturian derby.


Founded in 1926 after a merger of Stadium Ovetense and Real Club Deportivo Oviedo. The first one was founded by young people who had studied in England, where the "foot-ball" was already popular. And the second club was founded a few years later by a split in the first.[4] 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 could not play 1939–40 season, 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 and second levels, 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 Chile 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 for the first time for Europe, and being knocked out in the first round by Genoa C.F.C. of Italy (2–3). Oviedo bounced back from that defeat immediately, with a 2–1 win at the Camp Nou over Barcelona.[5][6]

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.[7]

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.[8]

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.

Chart of Real Oviedo league performance 1929-2023

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.[9]

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.[10][11][12]

On 17 November 2012, Carlos Slim, at the time the richest person in the world, invested $2.5 million in the club, therefore gaining a controlling stake.[13][14]

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 season[edit]

Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1929 2 7th Round of 16
1929–30 2 5th Quarter-finals
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 Semi-finals
1934–35 1 3rd Round of 16
1935–36 1 3rd Round of 16
1940–41 1 8th Quarter-finals
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 Quarter-finals
1945–46 1 5th Semi-finals
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 Quarter-finals
1950–51 2 6th DNP
1951–52 2 1st Quarter-finals
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 Quarter-finals
1993–94 1 9th Quarter-finals
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
1999–2000 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
2019–20 2 15th First round
2020–21 2 13th Second round
2021–22 2 7th First round
2022–23 2 Round of 32

European history[edit]

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

Current squad[edit]

The numbers are established according to the official website:

As of 26 March 2023

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK France FRA Quentin Braat
2 DF Spain ESP Abel Bretones
3 DF Spain ESP Rodrigo Tarín
4 DF Spain ESP David Costas
5 MF Spain ESP Luismi
6 MF Spain ESP Javi Mier
7 MF Spain ESP Viti Rozada
8 FW Spain ESP Manu Vallejo (on loan from Girona)
9 FW Spain ESP Borja Bastón (captain)
10 MF Spain ESP Borja Sánchez
11 MF Mexico MEX Marcelo Flores (on loan from Arsenal)
12 DF Spain ESP Dani Calvo
13 GK Spain ESP Tomeu Nadal
No. Pos. Nation Player
14 MF Spain ESP Jimmy
15 DF Spain ESP Oier Luengo
16 MF Spain ESP Víctor Camarasa
17 FW Argentina ARG Leonardo Sequeira
18 MF New Caledonia NCL Koba Koindredi (on loan from Valencia)
19 MF Spain ESP Ángel Montoro
20 MF Spain ESP Hugo Rama
21 DF Spain ESP Carlos Pomares
22 DF Spain ESP Juanfran
23 FW Spain ESP Sergi Enrich
24 DF Spain ESP Lucas Ahijado
31 MF Spain ESP Mangel
40 FW Spain ESP Raúl Moro (on loan from Lazio)

Reserve team[edit]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
26 GK Spain ESP Marco Coronas
27 MF Spain ESP Álex Cardero
29 DF Spain ESP Javi Moreno
30 DF Spain ESP Lucas Laso
32 DF Spain ESP Osky Menéndez
33 FW Spain ESP Mario Fuente
No. Pos. Nation Player
34 MF Spain ESP Yayo González
36 MF Spain ESP Víctor Blanco
37 FW Spain ESP Mario Sesé
38 FW Portugal POR Masca
39 FW Spain ESP Enol Rodríguez

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
DF France FRA Pierre Cornud (at Maccabi Haifa until 30 June 2023)
FW Ghana GHA Samuel Obeng (at Huesca until 30 June 2023)

Current technical staff[edit]

Position Staff
Head coach Spain Bolo
Assistant coach Spain Pablo Lago
Goalkeeping coach Spain Sergio Segura
Fitness coach Spain Pablo Santis
Spain Álvaro Cuello
Analyst Spain Asier
Doctor Spain Manuel Rodríguez
Physiotherapist Spain Gabriel Díaz Peláez
Spain Gerardo Yáñez
Spain Iván Garrido
Sports readaptator Spain Miguel Menéndez
Match delegate Spain Dani Bautista
Kit man Spain Silvino Aparicio
Spain Lito

Last updated: September 2022
Source: Real Oviedo (in Spanish)


Winners (5): 1932–33, 1951–52, 1957–58, 1971–72, 1974–75
Winners: 1984–85
Winners: 2014–15
Winners (4): 2003–04, 2004–05, 2007–08, 2008–09


Pichichi Trophy[edit]

Zamora Trophy[edit]

Notable former players[edit]

Note: this list includes players that have appeared in at least 100 league games and/or have reached international status.



Office Name
President Mexico Martín Peláez
Counselor Spain Jorge Menéndez Vallina
Counselor Spain Manuel Paredes González
Counselor Spain Fernando Corral Mestas
Institutional relations Spain César Martín Villar

Last updated: July 2022
Source: Real Oviedo Official Website


Luis Aragonés was player and manager of the club.
Dates Name
1926–27 England Fred Pentland
1927–28 England Frank Burton
1928–29 Czechoslovakia Antonín Fivébr
1929–31 Ireland Patrick O'Connell
1931–33 Spain Vicente Tonijuán
1933–35 Spain Emilio Sampere
1935–36 Spain José María Peña
1940–41 Spain Cristóbal Martí
1941–42 Spain Óscar Álvarez
1942–47 Spain Manuel Meana
1947–48 Spain Francisco Gamborena
1948–50 Spain Juan Urquizu
1950–51 Spain Patricio Caicedo
1951–54 Spain Luis Urquiri
1954–55 Spain Domènec Balmanya
1955 Spain Óscar Álvarez
1955–56 Spain Luis Pasarín
1956–57 Spain Eduardo Toba
1957 Spain Fernando Argila
1957–59 Argentina Abel Picabéa
1959 Spain Luis Pasarín
1959–60 Spain Fernando Argila
1960–61 Spain Sabino Barinaga
1961 Spain Fernando Argila
1961–62 Spain Álvaro Pérez
1962 Spain Antón
1962–63 Spain Juan Ochoantesana
1963–64 Spain Enrique Orizaola
1964 Spain Eduardo Toba
1964–65 Spain Enrique Martín
1965 Spain Luis Diestro
1965–66 Spain Francisco Antúnez
Dates Name
1966 Spain Antón
1966–67 Spain Juan Aretio
1967–68 Spain Juan Ochoantesana
1968 Spain Toni Cuervo
1968–69 Spain Ramón Cobo
1969 Spain Pedro Eguíluz
1969–70 Spain Enrique Casas
1970 Spain Horacio Leiva
1970–71 Spain José Mª García de Andoín
1971 Spain Toni Cuervo
1971–73 Spain Eduardo Toba
1973–74 Spain Sabino Barinaga
1974–76 Spain Vicente Miera
1976–77 Spain Toni Cuervo
1977–78 Spain Manuel Ruiz Sosa
1978 Spain Sabino Barinaga
1978–79 Spain Eduardo "Lalo" Gómez Gª-Barbón
1979 Spain José María
Spain Luis Diestro
1979–81 Spain Nando Yosu
1981–82 Spain José Víctor Rodríguez
1982–83 Spain José María
1983–84 Spain Luis Costa
1984–86 Spain José Luis Romero
1986 Spain Antonio Ruiz
1986–87 Spain José Carrete
1987–89 Spain Vicente Miera
1989–93 Spain Javier Irureta
1993–95 Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Radomir Antić
1995–96 Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Ivica Brzić
1996–97 Spain Juan Manuel Lillo
1997 Spain José Antonio Novo
Dates Name
1997–98 Uruguay Óscar Tabárez
1998–99 Spain Fernando Vázquez
1999–00 Spain Luis Aragonés
2000–01 Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Radomir Antić
2001–02 Spain Enrique Marigil
2002–03 Spain Vicente González-Villamil
2003 Spain Miguel Sánchez
2003–06 Spain Antonio Rivas
2006–07 Spain Toño Velázquez
2007 Spain Ramiro Solís
2007 Spain Ismael Díaz
2007–08 Spain Francisco José Carrasco
2008 Spain Fermín Álvarez
2008–09 Spain Raúl González
2009 Spain Fermín Álvarez
2009–10 Spain Pichi Lucas
2010–11 Spain José Manuel Martínez
2011–12 Spain Pacheta
2012–13 Spain Félix Sarriugarte
2013–14 Spain José Carlos Granero
2014 Spain Roberto Robles
2014–16 Argentina Sergio Egea
2016 Spain David Generelo
2016–17 Spain Fernando Hierro
2017–19 Spain Juan Antonio Anquela
2019 Argentina Sergio Egea
2019–20 Spain Javi Rozada
2020–2022 Spain José Ángel Ziganda
2022 Spain Bolo
2022– Spain Álvaro Cervera


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.[15]

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, the last contest in the top level 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.


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.

Real Oviedo achieved its season ticket holders record in the 2017–18 season with 20.796 people.

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 manufacturers[edit]

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
2014–2015 ASAC Comunicaciones[16]
2015–2016 Hummel GAM
2016–2017 Adidas Procoin
2017–2018 Huawei
2019–2020 Oviedo
2020– NMR

Real Oviedo B[edit]

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.[17] The club formerly used the blue and white colors for the 2016–17 promotion play-offs.

Oviedo currently plays in second level.


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