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Sporting Gijón

Sporting Gijón is a football (soccer) club from Spain.

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About Sporting Gijón

Real Sporting de Gijón, S.A.D. is a Spain Football (soccer) club from Gijón, Asturias. Founded in 1 June 1905, it currently plays in La Liga. Known as 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. Sporting have a fierce and long time rivalry with their Asturians opponents Real Oviedo.

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 language 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 La Liga 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.

Club colours and crest

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.

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 Crown (heraldry) 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.

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


Stadium information

- Name - El Molinón
- City - Gijón
- Capacity - 29,800
- Opened - 1908
- Pitch size - 105 x 68 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 Football 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

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. In addition to socios, the club has more than 240 peñas (official, club-affiliated supporters' groups) in Spain and abroad. During the season La Liga 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.

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

Rivalries

The team's historic rival is Real Oviedo. When both teams play in the same division, they compete in the Asturias Local derby. This derby is currently on hold as Oviedo are playing in Segunda División B.

Honours


National titles

- La Liga: runners-up 1978-79
- Copa del Rey: runners-up 1981, 1982
- Segunda División: 1943–44 Segunda División, 1950–51 Segunda División, 1956–57 Segunda División, 1969–70 Segunda División, 1976–77 Segunda División; runners-up 1929–30 Segunda División

Individual honours

Pichichi Trophy

- La Liga: Quini (3) (1973–74, 1975–76, 1979–80)
- Segunda División: Ricardo (1956–57), Solabarrieta (1966–67), Quini (2) (1969–70, 1976–77)

Zamora Trophy

- La Liga: Juan Carlos Ablanedo (3) (1984–85, 1985–86, 1989–90)
- Segunda División: Roberto Fernández Alvarellos (2005–06)

Seasons

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- 41 seasons in Segunda División (level 2)
- Participations in UEFA Cup: 6

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