Real Oviedo

Full name Real Oviedo
Nickname(s) Carbayones,
Los Azules (The Blues),
Los Godos (The Goths)
Founded 1926
Ground Carlos Tartiere, Oviedo,
Asturias, Spain
Ground Capacity 30,500
Owner Grupo Carso
Chairman Jorge Menéndez Vallina
Manager Fernando Hierro
League Segunda División
2015–16 9th
Website Club home page

Real Oviedo (Asturian: Real Uviéu) is a Spanish football club based in Oviedo, in the autonomous community of 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, opened on 30 September 2000, is the largest sports stadium in Asturias. In the all-time league table for the Spanish top division, Oviedo rank in 17th place.


Founded in 1926 after a merger with Stadium Ovetense and Real Club Deportivo Oviedo, Oviedo first reached La Liga seven years later.

Lángara won three consecutive Pichichi trophies from 1933-34 to 1935-36.

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.

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 were relegated to the second division, 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 (38 seasons) and second levels (32), the high point being qualifying for the UEFA Cup after finishing a best-ever third 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 Chilean 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 once again for Europe, and being knocked out in the first round by Genoa C.F.C. of Italy (2–3, although Oviedo bounced back from that defeat immediately, with a 2–1 win at the Camp Nou over Barcelona).[1][2]

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 were forced to become public limited sports companies. The initial capital stock for Real Oviedo amounted to €3.6 million.[3]

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.[4]

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.

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.[5]

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.[6][7][8]

On 17 November 2012 Carlos Slim, the second richest man in the world, invested $2.5 million in the club, therefore gaining a controlling stake.[9][10]

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

Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1929 2nd 7th Round of 16
1929/30 2nd 5th Quarterfinals
1930/31 2nd 8th Eighth-finals
1931/32 2nd 2nd Round of 16
1932/33 2nd 1st Round of 16
1933/34 1st 6th Semifinals
1934/35 1st 3rd Eighth-finals
1935/36 1st 3rd Eighth-finals
1940/41 1st 8th Quarterfinals
1941/42 1st 11th Eighth-finals
1942/43 1st 6th Eighth-finals
1943/44 1st 4th Eighth-finals
1944/45 1st 4th Quarterfinals
1945/46 1st 5th Semifinals
1946/47 1st 8th Eighth-finals
1947/48 1st 9th Eighth-finals
1948/49 1st 5th Eighth-finals
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1949/50 1st 14th Quarterfinals
1950/51 2nd 6th DNP
1951/52 2nd 1st Quarterfinals
1952/53 1st 9th Eighth-finals
1953/54 1st 15th DNP
1954/55 2nd 2nd DNP
1955/56 2nd 2nd DNP
1956/57 2nd 4th DNP
1957/58 2nd 1st DNP
1958/59 1st 11th Round of 16
1959/60 1st 6th Eighth-finals
1960/61 1st 13th Eighth-finals
1961/62 1st 10th Eighth-finals
1962/63 1st 3rd Eighth-finals
1963/64 1st 14th Eighth-finals
1964/65 1st 15th Round of 16
1965/66 2nd 4th Round of 16
1966/67 2nd 5th Round of 32
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1967/68 2nd 6th Round of 32
1968/69 2nd 11th DNP
1969/70 2nd 7th Round of 16
1970/71 2nd 14th Round of 16
1971/72 2nd 1st Round of 32
1972/73 1st 12th Eighth-finals
1973/74 1st 18th Eighth-finals
1974/75 2nd 1st Round of 16
1975/76 1st 16th Eighth-finals
1976/77 2nd 5th Round of 32
1977/78 2nd 17th Round of 16
1978/79 2nd B 2nd Round of 32
1979/80 2nd 11th Round of 16
1980/81 2nd 10th Round of 32
1981/82 2nd 16th Round of 32
1982/83 2nd 12th Round of 32
1983/84 2nd 13th Round of 32
1984/85 2nd 16th Round of 16
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
1985/86 2nd 8th Eighth-finals
1986/87 2nd 16th Round of 32
1987/88 2nd 4th Round of 32
1988/89 1st 12th Round of 32
1989/90 1st 11th Eighth-finals
1990/91 1st 6th Round of 16
1991/92 1st 11th Eighth-finals
1992/93 1st 16th Quarterfinals
1993/94 1st 9th Quarterfinals
1994/95 1st 9th Round of 32
1995/96 1st 14th Round of 16
1996/97 1st 17th Round of 16
1997/98 1st 18th Round of 32
1998/99 1st 14th Round of 32
1999/00 1st 16th Eighth-finals
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
2000/01 1st 18th Round of 32
2001/02 2nd 7th Round of 32
2002/03 2nd 21st Round of 16
2003/04 3rd 1st Round of 32
2004/05 3rd 1st 2nd Round
2005/06 2nd B 7th 2nd Round
2006/07 2nd B 19th First Round
2007/08 3rd 1st DNP
2008/09 3rd 1st 2nd Round
2009/10 2nd B 2nd 2nd Round
2010/11 2nd B 8th 2nd Round
2011/12 2nd B 6th Round of 32
2012/13 2nd B 3rd 2nd Round
2013/14 2nd B 5th First Round
2014/15 2nd B 1st Round of 32
Season Division Place Copa del Rey
2015/16 2nd 9th Third round
2016/17 2nd Second round

European history

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

Current squad

The numbers are established according to the official website:

As of 19 August 2016

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 Esteban
2 Iceland DF Diegui Johannesson
3 Spain DF Francisco Varela
4 Spain MF Jonathan Vila
5 Spain DF David Fernández (captain)
6 Spain MF Jon Erice (vice-captain)
7 Spain MF Néstor Susaeta
8 Spain FW Michu
9 Spain FW Toché
10 Spain FW Miguel Linares
11 Spain FW Jonathan Pereira
12 Spain MF Héctor Nespral
13 Spain GK Juan Carlos
No. Position Player
14 Spain DF Héctor Verdés
15 Spain MF Lucas Torró (on loan from Real Madrid)
16 Spain MF Jorge Ortiz
17 Spain DF José Fernández
18 Spain DF Christian Fernández
19 Spain DF Carlos Peña
20 Spain MF David Rocha
21 Uruguay MF Martín Alaníz (on loan from River Plate)
22 Spain MF Nando García (on loan from Valencia)
23 Spain MF Edu Bedia
24 Spain DF Óscar Gil (on loan from Athletic Bilbao)
25 Spain GK Alfonso Herrero


For more details on this topic, see List of Real Oviedo records and statistics § Honours.


Third place (3): 1934-35, 1935-36, 1962-63
Winners (5): 1932–33, 1951–52, 1957–58, 1971–72, 1974–75
Runners-up (3): 1931–32, 1954-55, 1955-56
Winners: 1984–85
Winners: 2014–15
Winners (4): 2003–04, 2004–05, 2007–08, 2008–09


Pichichi Trophy

Zamora Trophy

Notable former players

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


Current technical staff


Position Staff
Manager Spain Fernando Hierro
Assistant Manager Spain Julián Calero
Physical trainer Spain Roberto Ovejero
Goalkeeping coach Spain Xavi Valero

Last updated: April 2016
Source: Real Oviedo Official Website

Jorge Menéndez Vallina is the current president of the club since December 2013.


Office Name
President Spain Jorge Menéndez Vallina
Vice President Spain Manuel Paredes González
Counselor Spain Fernando Corral Mestas
Consultant Mexico Joaquín del Olmo

Last updated: July 2014
Source: Real Oviedo Official Website


Fernando Hierro is the current manager.
Luis Aragonés was player and manager of the club.
Dates Name
1926–27 England Fred Pentland
1927–28 Mexico Frank Burton
1928–29 Austria-Hungary 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
Dates Name
1961 Spain Fernando Argila
1961–62 Spain Álvaro Pérez
1962 Spain Antón
1962–63 Spain Juan Ochoa
1963–64 Spain Enrique Orizaola
1964 Spain Eduardo Toba
1964–65 Spain Enrique Martín
1965 Spain Luis Diestro
1965–66 Spain Francisco Antúnez
1966 Spain Antón
1966–67 Spain Juan Rodríguez Aretio
1967–68 Spain Juan Ochoa
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
Dates Name
1977–78 Spain Manuel Ruiz Sosa
1978 Spain Sabino Barinaga
1978–79 Spain Lalo
1979 Spain José Mª García Lavilla
Spain Luis Diestro
1979–81 Spain Nando Yosu
1981–82 Spain José Víctor Rodríguez
1982–83 Spain José Mª García Lavilla
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 Serbia Radomir Antić
1995–96 Serbia Ivica Brzić
1996–97 Spain Juan Manuel Lillo
1997 Spain José Antonio Novo
1997–98 Uruguay Óscar Tabárez
1998–99 Spain Fernando Vázquez
1999–00 Spain Luis Aragonés
2000–01 Serbia Radomir Antić
2001–02 Spain Enrique Marigil
Dates Name
2002–03 Spain Vicente González
2003 Spain Miguel Sánchez
2003–06 Spain Antonio Rivas
2006–07 Spain Antonio Velázquez
2007 Spain Ramiro Solís
2007 Spain Ismael Díaz
2007–08 Spain Francisco José Carrasco
2008 Spain Fermín Álvarez
2008–09 Spain Julio 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
2014–2016 Argentina Sergio Egea
2016 Spain David Generelo
2016– Spain Fernando Hierro


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.[12]

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, in the top level, the last contest 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.

5,200 members are kept since 2001, when Real Oviedo was relegated from La Liga and achieved its particular record of 19,132 season ticket holders.

Sponsorships and manufacturers

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 None
2014–2015 ASAC Comunicaciones[13]
2015–2016 Hummel GAM
2016– Adidas

Real Oviedo B

The reserve team, which played since 2010 in the fourth level, was renamed Real Oviedo Vetusta in 2008. 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.


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