Sporting de Gijón

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Real Sporting de Gijón
Real Sporting de Gijon.svg
Full name Real Sporting de Gijón, SAD
Nickname(s) Rojiblancos (Red-and-Whites)
Founded 1 June 1905; 111 years ago (1905-06-01) (as Sporting Gijonés)
Ground El Molinón
Ground Capacity 30,000
President Javier Fernández
Manager Abelardo Fernández
League La Liga
2015–16 La Liga, 17th
Website Club home page
Current season

Real Sporting de Gijón, S.A.D. is a Spanish football club from Gijón, Asturias. Founded on 1 June 1905, it plays in La Liga. Known as Los Rojiblancos because of their red and white striped jerseys, their home ground is El Molinón stadium, the oldest professional football ground in Spain, in use since at least 1908. Its name is often abbreviated to Real Sporting or just Sporting. Its Asturian name is Real Sporting de Xixón.

History[edit]

1905–1940: First years[edit]

The club was established in 1905 with the name Sporting Gijonés, Anselmo López being the first club president. The first game of the club is dated on 18 August 1907, against Sport Ovetense.[1] The decline of other local clubs like Gijón Sport Club (founded in 1903) and Sportiva Gijonesa allowed Sporting Gijonés to became the main team in the city.[2] In 1912, King Alfonso XIII accepted the Royal patronage of the club for the Spanish Crown, introducing the term "Real" (Spanish for Royal) to its name, becoming Real Sporting Club Gijonés.[2]

In 1914, Sporting Gijón won its first Regional Championship of Asturias, success repeated two years later when the club started the first steps to buy El Molinón, where Sporting started to play its games in 1915. On 2 April 1916, a new change took place to adopt today's denomination, Real Sporting de Gijón. Thank to the win at the Regional Championship, in 1917 the club made its debut in the Copa del Rey, but was eliminated in the first round by Arenas Club de Getxo. Sporting lost both games by 0–1 in Gijón and 0–7 at the Basque Country.

On 9 October 1921, Manolo Meana became the first Sporting Gijón player to be called up with the Spanish national team, for a friendly game against Belgium. In 1929, Sporting Gijón joins Segunda División. In its first season, the club finished in the fourth position.[3]

1944–1976: Real Gijón era[edit]

Logo during the years the club was named as Real 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 to La Liga for the first time as champion of the 1943–44 Segunda División. The first game in the top tier was played on 24 September 1944, against RCD Español at Sarriá. The game finished without goals. The first goal was scored in the next game against Deportivo de La Coruña, by Gundemaro, but the first win did not arrive until the week 6, when the team beat Atlético Aviación by 2–0. Sporting remained four seasons in La Liga before its relegation, but it would come back in 1951, after winning the 1950–51 Segunda División and scoring 100 goals.

Until the 1970, Sporting would alternate both divisions, but spent all the 1960s in Segunda División. In 1970, the club would start its consolidation in La Liga, but in 1975 Sporting was relegated again to Segunda División. This year would mean the start of the golden era of the club.

1975–1992: The golden years and the EuroSporting[edit]

Just after promoting in 1976, Sporting Gijón started the 1977–78 season by accumulating eight matches without losses. Finally, the Rojiblancos finished in the fifth position qualifying for the first time to the UEFA Cup.

Players like Quini, Cundi, Enzo Ferrero or Antonio Maceda and others would make history in the 1978–79 club's season, considered the best one in the history of the club. The season started with the first round of the UEFA Cup, where on 13 September 1978 Sporting beat Torino by 3–0 at El Molinón. In the second round, Sporting was eliminated by Red Star Belgrade. The club finished the first half of La Liga as leader, tied in points with Real Madrid, but a loss against the Merengues by 0–1 kept off the possibilities of the club to win the league title.[4]

In 1981, the club played for the first time the Cup Final. In the game played at Estadio Vicente Calderón on 18 June 1981, Sporting was defeated 1–3 by FC Barcelona. Former Sporting Gijón player Quini, considered as the most important player in the club's history, scored two goals for the blaugranas. Sporting repeated success in 1982, but this time Real Madrid beat the rojiblancos 1–2. During the 1980s Sporting accumulated four more participations at UEFA Cup, but always was eliminated in the first round. On 16 September 1987, Sporting won the first leg game against Arrigo Sacchi's AC Milan, but a 0–3 defeat in Italy cut off Sporting's possibilities. In that 1986–87 season, Sporting beat FC Barcelona at Camp Nou by 0–4, the biggest win away in the club's history. One year before, Manuel Vega-Arango, president since 1977, left office.

The last UEFA Cup participation was during the 1991–92 season. Sporting Gijón eliminated Partizan after a penaly shootout, but failed to defeat Steaua București in the second round.

1992–2008: Decline of the club[edit]

In 1992, following the laws, Real Sporting de Gijón becomes a Sociedad Anónima Deportiva, being its name since that moment Real Sporting de Gijón, S.A.D. The internal financial crisis and the leave of important players triggers the decline of the club pushing it to the lower positions in La Liga. In the 1994–95 season, Sporting remains in La Liga thanks to winning the relegation playoffs against UE Lleida, but three years later, following a disastrous 1997–98 campaign were Sporting only earned 13 points (two wins and seven draws in 38 games), the club was relegated to Second Division finishing its 21-year continuous stretch in La Liga.

Due to the financial crisis, during the 2000s, the club was menaced by its dissolution and was forced to sell the Escuela de Fútbol de Mareo to the Municipal Town Hall by €12m in August 2001.

The 2004–05 season started with several doubts after the transfer of David Villa to Real Zaragoza and the election of Marcelino García Toral as head coach, who previously relegated the reserve team to Tercera División. However, the club was close to promote to La Liga, but failed to accomplish the goal, finishing in the fifth position.

The financial troubles continued in the club during this era, accumulating €51m of debts in its worst years, before the arrival of manager Manolo Preciado to the club.

2008–2012: Return to La Liga with Manuel Preciado[edit]

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

With Manuel Preciado at the helm of the team since 2006, the 2007–08 season started with the club unbeaten during the first nine games. Finally, on 15 June 2008, the club secured promotion back to La Liga after beating 2–0 SD Eibar in the last round.

In its first season after the return, the 2008–09, Sporting conceded 20 goals in its first five games, but achieved important wins like the one at Mestalla against Valencia by 3–2 or the 1–0 win against Sevilla. In a season where the team broke La Liga record of 29 consecutive games without any draw (a 1–1 finish with Athletic Bilbao on 3 May 2009), Sporting avoided relegation in the last round after a win by 2–1 against last qualified Recreativo de Huelva.

On 2 April 2011, they beat Real Madrid 1–0 at Santiago Bernabéu Stadium to end Real manager José Mourinho's nine-year home league unbeaten run.[5][6] This was the best season of the club since the last promotion, as it finished in the 10th position.

The 2011–12 season started without wins in the first eight games and the team remained in the relegation positions almost all the season. On 31 January 2012, after a 5–1 loss against Real Sociedad, Manolo Preciado was sacked.[7] The Cantabrian coach ended his era after nearly six years in the club and being very appreciated by all the club supporters. Javier Clemente was hired for avoiding the relegation, but despite keeping the possibilities until the last round, failed and the club was condemned to a new relegation, that carried a new financial crisis in the club.

2014–present: Abelardo and Los guajes[edit]

On 4 May 2014, Abelardo Fernández was appointed as head coach after José Ramón Sandoval was sacked. In his first season at the first squad, Abelardo could not achieve the promotion to La Liga after being eliminated in the semifinals of the play-offs by UD Las Palmas.

However, the manager extended his contract for two years. Sporting was not allowed to sign any player out from the reserve team during 2014–15 season due to the non-payments, but despite this disadvantage, Sporting once again returned to La Liga with a squad where 17 players played before in the reserve team or any of the youth teams of the club. After only two losses in all the season, Sporting promoted in the last round by beating 3–0 Real Betis at Benito Villamarín stadium and a late equaliser conceded by rival Girona in their separate match against CD Lugo, when Sporting's game just finished.

During its comeback season, Sporting had the same sanction due to a delay in payments to the players during the previous season. The club was only allowed to sign, by loan, three new under-23 players without experience in La Liga (Antonio Sanabria from Roma, Alen Halilović from Barcelona and Omar Mascarell from Real Madrid). In this 2015–16 season, the club announced it sold 22,906 season tickets, surpassing the record of the 1982–83 La Liga.[8]

The season started with a 0–0 draw against Real Madrid, managed by Rafa Benítez, at El Molinón. Despite an irregular path, Sporting obtained very important wins like a 1–0 at Mestalla, a 2–1 against Atlético Madrid or a 5–1 against Real Sociedad. After earning a 1–1 draw at Getafe CF, the club finally avoided relegation in the last round after beating Villarreal by 2–0 and taking advantage of the win of Real Betis against Getafe.[9]

Sporting finished that season with 23,400 season tickets; this record would be beaten in August 2016, when the club reached the 24,000 tickets sold.[10]

Club colours and crest[edit]

Flag of Gijón
Real Sporting de Gijón's flag.

Real Sporting de Gijón have worn red and white striped jerseys since their inception, being the first Spanish team to wear red and 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.[11] Traditionally, Sporting wears both blue shorts and socks.

Like most old football clubs, Real 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.[12]

Flag[edit]

The official flag of Real 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[edit]

Stadium[edit]

Main article: Estadio El Molinón

El Molinón, with a capacity for 30,000 spectators, holds the games of Sporting de Gijón.

Despite being opened in 1908, Sporting did not start to use it until 1915. Before this year, the club played its games in different zones of the city. Firstly at San Lorenzo beach and later in the pitches of Prau Redondu (near El Humedal), La Matona in Somió, that was rented by the club for three months by paying 100 pesetas, and La Flor de Valencia in La Guía.

Mareo facilities[edit]

The club headquarters, in Mareo

The Escuela de Fútbol de Mareo is the training ground and academy base of Sporting de Gijón. It was opened on 28 March 1978 and it also has the club headquarters in it.

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, eight pitches, one service building (including team catering areas), a gymnasium, and a medical centre. The main pitch, where Sporting de Gijón B plays its games, is called Campo Pepe Ortiz and has a capacity for 3,000 people.

Mareo is a very prolific cantera, where several international football players grown being widely famous like Eloy, Ablanedo, Luis Enrique, Abelardo, Manjarín, Juanele or David Villa, World Champion in 2010 with the Spain national team.

Supporters[edit]

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.[14] In addition to socios, the club has more than 240 peñas (official, club-affiliated supporters' groups) in Spain and abroad.[15] During the 2008–09 season, Sporting had the tenth-highest average attendance in the league, 21,491, and the fifth-highest average percentage, 84% of the total stadium capacity.[16]

Sporting de Gijón supporters commonly call themselves Sportinguistas in order to show their dedication to the club.[17] Sportinguistas are widely regarded as one of the most loyal, traveler, and cheerful supporter groups in La Liga,[18][19][20] providing one of the best atmospheres in the competition.[21] 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.[22]

Rivalries[edit]

The team's historic rival is Real Oviedo.[23] When both teams play in the same division, they compete in the Asturian derby.

Honours[edit]

National titles[edit]

Individual honours[edit]

Pichichi Trophy[edit]

Zamora Trophy[edit]

Seasons[edit]

Recent seasons[edit]

Season Pos. PI W D L GS GA P Manager Notes
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
2009–10 1D 15 38 9 13 16 36 51 40 Spain Manuel Preciado
2010–11 1D 10 38 11 14 13 35 47 47 Spain Manuel Preciado
2011–12 1D 19 38 10 7 21 42 69 37 Spain Manuel Preciado / Spain Iñaki Tejada / Spain Javier Clemente Relegated
2012–13 2D 10 42 15 11 16 60 53 56 Spain Manolo / Spain José Ramón Sandoval
2013–14 2D 5 42 16 16 10 63 51 64 Spain José Ramón Sandoval / Spain Abelardo Fernández
2014–15 2D 2 42 21 19 2 57 27 82 Spain Abelardo Fernández Promoted
2015–16 1D 17 38 10 9 19 40 62 39 Spain Abelardo Fernández

Season to season[edit]

Season Division Pos. Significant events Copa del Rey
1929 Segunda División 4 Round of 32
1929–30 Segunda División 2 Round of 32
1930–31 Segunda División 4 Round of 16
1931–32 Segunda División 3 Quarter-finalist
1932–33 Segunda División 6 Round of 16
1933–34 Segunda División 6 Round of 16
1934–35 Segunda División 3 Round of 16
1935–36 Segunda División 3 Third round
Spanish Civil War
1939–40 Segunda División 3 Round of 16
1940–41 Segunda División 3 Third round
1941–42 Segunda División 1 Promotion Play-off Round of 32
1942–43 Segunda División 1 Promotion Play-off Round of 32
1943–44 Segunda División 1 Promoted Round of 32
1944–45 La Liga 7 Round of 16
1945–46 La Liga 9 Round of 16
1946–47 La Liga 10 First round
1947–48 La Liga 14 Relegated Sixth round
1948–49 Segunda División 6 Fifth round
1949–50 Segunda División 3 Second round
1950–51 Segunda División 1 Promoted Quarter-finalist
1951–52 La Liga 13
1952–53 La Liga 7 Round of 16
Season Division Pos. Significant events Copa del Rey
1953–54 La Liga 16 Relegated
1954–55 Segunda División 4
1955–56 Segunda División 7
1956–57 Segunda División 1 Promoted
1957–58 La Liga 12 Round of 16
1958–59 La Liga 15 Relegated Round of 16
1959–60 Segunda División 5 Quarter-finalist
1960–61 Segunda División 13 Round of 32
1961–62 Segunda División 13 First round
1962–63 Segunda División 5 Round of 32
1963–64 Segunda División 2 Promotion Play-off First round
1964–65 Segunda División 3 Quarter-finalist
1965–66 Segunda División 3 Round of 32
1966–67 Segunda División 2 Promotion Play-off First round
1967–68 Segunda División 5 Round of 32
1968–69 Segunda División 5
1969–70 Segunda División 1 Promoted Fourth round
1970–71 La Liga 12 Round of 32
1971–72 La Liga 11 Round of 16
1972–73 La Liga 14 Semi-finalist
1973–74 La Liga 13 Fifth round
1974–75 La Liga 14 Fourth round
1975–76 La Liga 18 Relegated Round of 16
Season Division Pos. Significant events Copa del Rey
1976–77 Segunda División 1 Promoted Third round
1977–78 La Liga 5 Semi-finalist
1978–79 La Liga 2 Played UEFA Cup Third round
1979–80 La Liga 3 Played UEFA Cup Semi-finalist
1980–81 La Liga 7 Played UEFA Cup Runner-up
1981–82 La Liga 14 Runner-up
1982–83 La Liga 8 Semi-finalist
1983–84 La Liga 13 Quarter-finalist
1984–85 La Liga 4 Quarter-finalist
1985–86 La Liga 6 Played UEFA Cup Third round
1986–87 La Liga 4 Second round
1987–88 La Liga 9 Played UEFA Cup Round of 16
1988–89 La Liga 13 Round of 16
1989–90 La Liga 13 Quarter-finalist
1990–91 La Liga 5 Semi-finalist
1991–92 La Liga 8 Played UEFA Cup Semi-finalist
1992–93 La Liga 12 Fifth round
1993–94 La Liga 14 Round of 16
1994–95 La Liga 18 Relegation Play-off Semi-finalist
1995–96 La Liga 18 Round of 16
1996–97 La Liga 15 Third round
Season Division Pos. Significant events Copa del Rey
1997–98 La Liga 20 Relegated Second round
1998–99 Segunda División 9 Fourth round
1999–00 Segunda División 9 First round
2000–01 Segunda División 7 Round of 64
2001–02 Segunda División 6 Round of 16
2002–03 Segunda División 10 Round of 64
2003–04 Segunda División 5 Round of 64
2004–05 Segunda División 11 Round of 64
2005–06 Segunda División 9 First round
2006–07 Segunda División 13 Second round
2007–08 Segunda División 3 Promoted Second round
2008–09 La Liga 14 Quarter-finalist
2009–10 La Liga 15 Round of 32
2010–11 La Liga 10 Round of 32
2011–12 La Liga 19 Relegated Round of 32
2012–13 Segunda División 10 Round of 32
2013–14 Segunda División 5 Promotion Playoff Second round
2014–15 Segunda División 2 Promoted Second round
2015–16 La Liga 17 Round of 32
2016–17 La Liga

Real Sporting de Gijón in European football[edit]

Sporting de Gijón played six editions of the UEFA Cup, but only in two times it passed the first round.

Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Agg.
1978–79 UEFA Cup R64 Italy Torino 3–0 0–1 3–1
R32 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Crvena Zvezda 0–1 1–1 1–2
1979–80 R64 Netherlands PSV Eindhoven 0–0 0–1 0–1
1980–81 R64 Czechoslovakia Bohemians 2–1 1–3 3–4
1985–86 R64 Germany Köln 1–2 0–0 1–2
1987–88 R64 Italy Milan 1–0 0–3 1–3
1991–92 R64 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Partizan 2–0 0–2 2–2
R32 Romania Steaua București 2–2 0–1 2–3

Players[edit]

For a list of all former and current Sporting de Gijón players with a Wikipedia article, see Category:Sporting de Gijón players.

Current squad[edit]

As of 23 August 2016.[27][28]

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

No. Position Player
1 Spain GK Iván Cuéllar (vice-captain)
2 Brazil DF Douglas (on loan from Barcelona)
3 France DF Jean-Sylvain Babin
4 Spain DF Jorge Meré
5 Venezuela DF Fernando Amorebieta
6 Spain MF Sergio Álvarez
7 Spain MF Víctor Rodríguez
8 Algeria MF Rachid Aït-Atmane
9 Spain FW Carlos Castro
10 Spain MF Nacho Cases
11 Spain DF Alberto Lora (captain)
13 Spain GK Diego Mariño
No. Position Player
14 Spain MF Burgui (on loan from Real Madrid)
15 Spain DF Roberto Canella
16 Spain DF Lillo
17 Qatar FW Akram Afif (on loan from Villarreal)
18 Spain DF Isma López
19 Spain MF Carlos Carmona
20 Cameroon MF Dani Ndi
21 Spain MF Xavi Torres
23 Spain MF Moi Gómez
24 Croatia FW Duje Čop (on loan from Cagliari)
25 Spain FW Borja Viguera
30 Spain GK Óscar Whalley

From the reserve team[edit]

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

No. Position Player
29 Spain DF Juan 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. Position Player
Spain DF Julio Rodríguez (at Barnsley until 30 June 2017)
Spain MF Álvaro Bustos (at Mirandés until 30 June 2017)
Spain MF Pablo Pérez (at Alcorcón until 30 June 2017)

Personnel[edit]

For a list of all former and current Sporting de Gijón managers with a Wikipedia article, see Category:Sporting de Gijón managers.
For a full list of Sporting de Gijón managers, see List of Sporting de Gijón managers.

Current technical staff[edit]

Position Staff
Manager Spain Abelardo Fernández
Assistant Manager Spain Iñaki Tejada
Goalkeeping Coach Spain Isidro Fernández
Physical Fitness Coach Spain Gerardo Ruiz
Director of Football Spain Nicolás Rodríguez
Delegate Spain Mario Cotelo
Academy Director Spain Manolo Sánchez Murias
Head Coach Reserve Team Spain José Alberto López

Last updated: August 2015
Source: Sporting de Gijón Official Website

Current Board of Directors[edit]

Office Name
President Javier Fernández Rodríguez
Vicepresident Javier Martínez Fernández
Counselor Fernando Losada
Secretary of the council Ramón de Santiago
Chief executive Carlos Barcia Alonso
Ambassador Quini
Press secretary José Luis Rubiera

Last updated: June 2016
Source: Sporting de Gijón Official Website

Presidents[edit]

Until 1992[edit]

  • Anselmo López Sánchez (1905–15)
  • Fernando Fernández Quirós Suárez (1905–17)
  • Manuel Ignacio González Riera (1917–19)
  • Enrique Guisasola Martínez (1919–21)
  • Ismael Figaredo Herrero (1921–28)
  • Roberto González de Agustina (1928–30)
  • Pedro Garnung Portilla (1930–34)
  • Emilio Tuya García (1934–35)
  • Félix Guisasola García-Castañón (1935–38)
  • Pedro González del Río (1938–40)
  • Secundino Felgueroso Fernández-Nespral (1940–45)
  • Juan Velasco Nespral (1945–46)
  • Jesús Fernández Hernández (1946–47)
  • José María Fernández Álvarez (1946–47)
  • Secundino Felgueroso Fernández-Nespral (2) (1948–49)
  • Paulino Antón Trespalacios (1949–54)
  • Joaquín Alonso Díez (1954–55)
  • Eustaquio Campomanes González (1955–57)
  • Alejandro Pidal Guilhou (1957–59)
  • Ramón Gómez Lozana (1959–60)
  • Aurelio Menéndez González (1960–61)
  • Francisco Quirós Rodríguez (1961)
  • Víctor Manuel Felgueroso Suardíaz (1967–68)
  • Antonio Roibás de Inza (1967–68)
  • Carlos Méndez Cuervo (1968–73)
  • Ángel Viejo Feliú (1973–77)
  • Manuel Vega-Arango Alvaré (1977–86)
  • Ramón Muñoz Fernández (1986–89)
  • Plácido Rodríguez Guerrero (1989–92)

Since the conversion into SAD in 1992[edit]

  • Eloy Calvo Capellín (1992–94)
  • Manuel Calvo Pumpido (1994)
  • José Fernández Álvarez (1994–97)
  • Ángel García Flórez (1997–98)
  • Germán Ojeda Gutiérrez (1998–99)
  • Juan Manuel Pérez Arango (1999–2002)
  • Manuel Vega-Arango Alvaré (2) (2002–13)
  • Antonio Veiga Suárez (2013–16)
  • Javier Fernández Rodríguez (2016–)

Women's team[edit]

Further information: Sporting de Gijón (women)

Partnerships[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "1910–1920" (in Spanish). Sporting de Gijón. Retrieved 4 October 2016. 
  3. ^ "1920–1930" (in Spanish). Sporting de Gijón. Retrieved 4 October 2016. 
  4. ^ "¡Así, así gana el Madrid!" (in Spanish). As. 14 November 2010. 
  5. ^ "Mourinho's unbeaten home run ends". London: BBC. 2 April 2011. Retrieved 2 April 2011. 
  6. ^ Lowe, Sid (4 April 2011). "After nine years, 151 games and four clubs, José Mourinho's record ends". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 17 June 2012. 
  7. ^ ""Lamento si hice algo mal, seré de este equipo siempre"" ["I'm sorry if i did something wrong, this will be my team for always"] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 31 January 2012. 
  8. ^ "El Sporting bate el récord histórico de abonados: 22.906" (in Spanish). Sporting de Gijón. 30 September 2015. 
  9. ^ "Sporting Gijón escape drop as Getafe, Rayo Vallecano go down". As. 15 May 2016. Retrieved 30 May 2016. 
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  11. ^ "Las Banderas del Club" (in Spanish). RealSporting.com. Retrieved 2009-10-08. 
  12. ^ "Los Escudos" (in Spanish). RealSporting.com. Retrieved 2009-10-08. 
  13. ^ Kappa vestirá al equipo; La Nueva España, 29 March 2011 (Spanish)
  14. ^ "El Sporting alcanza los 21.000 socios" (in Spanish). La Nueva España. Retrieved 2009-10-08. 
  15. ^ "Premio para el consejero Mariano Fernández" (in Spanish). La Nueva España. Retrieved 2010-01-20. 
  16. ^ Attendances – Liga BBVA 2008–2009
  17. ^ PortalSportinguista.com
  18. ^ "Sporting Gijon To Take 4,000 Fans To Valladolid". Goal.com. Retrieved 2009-10-08. 
  19. ^ "Spanish Inquisition: Sporting de Gijón, the darlings of Spain". Goal.com. Retrieved 2009-10-08. 
  20. ^ Lowe, Sid (22 September 2008). "Even the result can't spoil Real Sporting de Gijón's party". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-10-08. 
  21. ^ "Spanish Debate: The Best Stadium In La Liga". Goal.com. Retrieved 2009-10-08. 
  22. ^ "Gijón está de fiesta 10 años después" (in Spanish). Marca. Retrieved 2009-10-08. 
  23. ^ "Real Oviedo, Real who?". SpanishFootball.info. Retrieved 2011-05-24. 
  24. ^ Spain – Final Table 1978-79
  25. ^ Spain – Cup 1981
  26. ^ Spain – Cup 1982
  27. ^ "Plantilla RSG". Sporting de Gijón. 
  28. ^ "Real Sporting de Gijón SAD". La Liga (USA) Inc. 
  29. ^ El Sporting y el Storm FC (Miami) firman un acuerdo de colaboración; Sporting de Gijón, 6 October 2014 (Spanish)
  30. ^ Storm FC partners with Real Sporting Gijón (Spain); Storm FC, 1 October 2014

External links[edit]

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