19 July 2012
Diego Jabalquinto / Translation by Michael J. O'Donnell
Historic La Liga side Real Oviedo will be Real Madrid's first opponent in the 2012/13 season. The team played for 38 years in the First Division and is currently in the Second Division B's Group I. Oviedo fought hard last season to be in the top four spots of their group, but eventually came in sixth place.
Nuevo Carlos Tartiere Stadium. Seats: 30,500.
Second Division League Cup: 1984/85.
- Former Oviedo player Langara was the first to win La Liga's Pichichi Trophy (presented to the top scorer) in three consecutive campaigns (1933/34-1935/36).
- Oviedo are the 17th best La Liga team of all-time and the 16th with the longest tenure in the First Division.
- The fans established a new attendance record for a Third Division match at the Nuevo Carlos Tartiere in 2009: 27,214.
Felix Sarriugarte Montoya (Vizcaya, Spain, 06-11-64): Played for Oviedo between 1989 and 1994 and has returned as coach to take the team back to the Second Division. He started his career as a youth at Berriz and Athletic Bilbao's academy, making his coaching debut with the latter in the First Division during the 2006/07 season. He reached the 11th position with Sestao in the Second Division B's Group II last season.
Alvaro Garcia Cuello (Oviedo, Spain, 07-01-89): Last season's bloomer. He was formed in the academy and reached the first team to cover important absences in defence, soon becoming a fixture as a left back despite being right-footed. He is versatile and capable of playing in any defensive position.
Manu Busto (Santander, Spain, 07-10-80): Oviedo's top scorer last season with 12 strikes. He is a class, experienced and fast attacking midfielder with a powerful shot.
Diego Cervero (Oviedo, Spain, 13-08-83): Has returned home after three years at Logroñes, with whom he became the top scorer of his Second Division B group two consecutive years.