|Full name||Unión Club Ceares|
|Ground||La Cruz, Gijón,
|Manager||Tino del Corzo|
|League||3ª – Group 2|
|2015–16||3ª – Group 2, 10th|
|Website||Club home page|
Unión Club Ceares is a Spanish football team based in the neighbourhood of Ceares, Gijón, in the autonomous community of Asturias. Founded in 1946, it plays in Tercera División – Group 2, holding home games at Campo de La Cruz, which has a capacity of 1,500 spectators.
- 1 History
- 2 Stadium
- 3 Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors
- 4 Current squad
- 5 Season to season
- 6 Statistics and records
- 7 Famous players
- 8 Head coaches
- 9 Memorial Pepe Ortiz
- 10 Awards
- 11 Notes
- 12 References
- 13 External links
The club was founded in 1946 as a merger of two clubs: Blancoval and Fortuna. In 1965 and being Mr. José Ramón Elvira Sastre the president, UC Ceares promotes for the first time to Tercera División, but finished in the last position, being subsequently relegated. Ceares continued playing in regional divisions until 1986, year that the team returned to Tercera División and played in it two years.
2000s: Comeback to Tercera División
In the seasons 2001–02 and 2002–03, UC Ceares achieved two consecutive promotions from Primera Regional to Tercera División with Rogelio García as head coach. He would coach UC Ceares during six consecutive seasons, with a break in 2007, remaining in Tercera starting the longest streak of the club in this division.
In 2007, former Sporting de Gijón footballer José Antonio Redondo replaced him until 2009, when he resigned. Rogelio would take the team again until the end of the 2008–09 season. After that season, Florentino Angulo was hired as new manager. Angulo managed Ceares until 2012.
2010s: "Popular football" project and promotion playoffs
Before the 2011–12 season, a new board takes the control of the club and gives it a new philosophy based on a claim of social and popular sport and criticism the actual business in football. For this philosophy, UC Ceares board inspired on English football and clubs like FC St. Pauli or F.C. United of Manchester.
The 2013–14 season was the 14th of the club in this league (the 11th consecutive one) and the second of Nacho Cabo as manager. Ceares started the season with only one defeat in the first fifteen games, earning 34 points, which allowed the club to lead the table during two weeks, after a win at L'Entregu CF by 1–3 in its 500th game in Tercera.
Finally, Ceares qualified for the promotion playoffs to Segunda División B in the last week, after winning by 0–3 to Luarca CF. The team finished in the third position with 74 points, 21 wins, 54 goals scored and only 31 allowed. All these numbers were records in the history of the club.
In the first round, Ceares dropped Águilas FC by 2–1 in the aggregate. In the first leg, the brickers earned a draw by 1–1 thanks to a goal of Pablo Martínez in the 87th minute. Martínez also scored the only goal in the second game. This was the second time La Cruz registered an attendance of 1,500 fans. The first one was in 2003, when Real Oviedo visited the field for the first time.
Ceares faced CF Trival Valderas, the champion of the group of Madrid, in the second round, but was widely defeated in the first leg, played in Gijón, by 0–3. The team earned a 2–2 draw at Alcorcón, in a game where Borja Noval missed a penalty when the game was 2–1 for the brickers.
|18 May 2014||Águilas||1 – 1||Ceares||Águilas|
|17:00 (CEST)||Ginés Meca 65'||Report||Pablo Martínez 87'||Stadium: El Rubial
Referee: Pérez León
|25 May 2014||Ceares||1 – 0
|17:00 (CEST)||Pablo Martínez 35'||Report||Stadium: La Cruz
Referee: Martín Pérez
|1 June 2014||Ceares||0 – 3||Trival Valderas||Gijón|
|17:00 (CEST)||Report||Óscar 16', 51'
|Stadium: La Cruz
Referee: Díaz Álvarez
|8 June 2014||Trival Valderas||2 – 2
|11:30 (CEST)||Palacios 45'
Juan Carlos 67'
|Stadium: La Canaleja
Referee: Creus Rodríguez
On 30 August 2014, Bryan Jiménez became the first Ceares player who played an international game. He made his debut with the Dominican Republic national team in a loss friendly against El Salvador.
Main entrance to La Cruz
|Full name||Campo de La Cruz|
|Field size||99 × 65 m|
Gijón FF (2015–)
During the 1960s, UC Ceares played its matches in the old pitch of Los Fresno, in Viesques, neighbourhood of Gijón. This location is today occupied by a school. During some years, due to not having an own stadium, played its matches in several fields until actual Campo de La Cruz was built.
The pitch is made of natural grass and has dimensions of 99 by 65 meters. The stadium has got a lateral tribune, improved in 2004, with 250 seats. It's located in Parque de Los Pericones in Gijón.
In April 2017, Ceares agreed with the Gijón Town Hall the renovation of the facilities and the construction of a second pitch made of artificial turf for Gijón FF and the youth teams of the club.
Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors
|Period||Kit manufacturer||Shirt sponsors|
|2008–2010||SEAT Asturias Motor|
|2012–2013||Fachadas El Llano
- As of 12 January 2017
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Season to season
|Season||Tier||Division||Pos||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||Pts||Copa Federación||Top scorer(s)|
|2005–06||4||3ª||16th||38||10||10||18||35||49||40||Group stage||David Bouzo
José Mª Luengo
|2006–07||4||3ª||9th||38||12||12||14||48||58||48||José Mª Luengo||12|
|2007–08||4||3ª||12th||38||14||8||16||53||55||50||Group stage||Javi Castaño||10|
|2013–14||4||3ª||3rd||38||21||11||6||54||31||74||Group stage||Borja Noval||11|
|2014–15||4||3ª||6th||38||16||15||7||51||41||63||Group stage||Álvaro Ponte||11|
|2015–16||4||3ª||10th||38||13||6||19||42||60||45||Group stage||Marcos Iglesias||20|
- 17 seasons in Tercera División
Statistics and records
In Tercera División
Updated as of the end of the 2015–16 season.
- Seasons in Tercera División: 16th.
- Best position: 3rd (2013–14).
- Consecutive season in Tercera División: 13th (2003–04 to 2015–16).
- Rounds leading the league table: 3 (round 1, 1965–66; rounds 14 to 15, 2013–14).
- Consecutive rounds leading the league table: 2 (rounds 14 to 15, 2013–14).
- Record home win: 5–0 vs CD Lieres (1965–66).
- Record away win: 0–4 vs CD Llanes (2012–13).
- Consecutive games undefeated: 12 (round 8 to 20, 2014–15).[N 1]
- Consecutive wins: 4 (round 12 to 15, 2013–14).
- Consecutive games without goals against: 5 (round 18 to 22, 2009–10).
- Top scorer: Jimmy (47 goals).
- Most games played: Jimmy (221 games).
- Coach with more games: Rogelio García (208 games).
League and playoff games are counted.
|Redondo, José AntonioJosé Antonio Redondo||2007||2008||20||8||2||10||26||27||.400|
|RogelioRogelio García (2)||2008||2009||56||16||18||22||72||85||.286|
|Angulo, FlorentinoFlorentino Angulo||2009||2012||114||34||21||59||118||117||.298|
|Cabo, NachoNacho Cabo||2012||2014||80||35||22||23||101||85||.438|
|Eraña, IñakiIñaki Eraña||2015||2016||31||8||6||17||33||53||.258|
|CorzoTino del Corzo||2016||–|
Memorial Pepe Ortiz
Since 2011, UC Ceares starts the pre-season playing a friendly trophy called Memorial Pepe Ortiz in hommage of the former player of Sporting de Gijón from 1949 to 1963, considered as the best player of the history of the neighbourhood.
Jimmy Greaves trophy
This award is conceded since the 2011–12 season to the top scorer.
George Best trophy
The best player of the year is awarded every year since the 2011–12 season with this trophy. It is decided by popular votings during all the season.
- Not including the game against Cudillero, awarded by 2–0 after its retirement.
- "El Ceares es el mejor club para la despedida" (in Spanish). El Comercio. 26 April 2007. Retrieved 12 January 2016.
- "De las gradas a los despachos: Fútbol popular y anglófilo en Ceares" (in Spanish). Los ideales del gol. 6 January 2011. Retrieved 12 January 2016.
- "El Ceares se hace con el liderato en casa de L'Entregu" (in Spanish). El Comercio. 18 November 2013. Retrieved 12 January 2016.
- "2-0.El Salvador vence a dominicanos en primer triunfo en era del español Roca" [2-0.El Salvador defeat to Dominicans in first victory in era of Spanish Roca] (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 31 August 2014. Retrieved 31 August 2014.
- "Resumen de la Asamblea Extraordinaria de soci@s" (in Spanish). UC Ceares. 6 March 2015.
- "El Ceares ampliará las instalaciones de La Cruz con un segundo campo" (in Spanish). El Comercio. 18 April 2017. Retrieved 18 April 2017.
- "Ceares y Gijón Femenino tendrán sintético" (in Spanish). FutbolAsturiano.es. 20 April 2017. Retrieved 21 April 2017.
- "III Trofeo 'Pepe Ortiz': UC Ceares – Real Avilés" (in Spanish). UC Ceares website. 24 July 2013.