ARMBAND FOR REAL SPORTING DE GIJÓN VS SD HUESCA
SD Huesca line up for LaLiga SmartBank matchday 20 charge, which will be held next Friday, December 10th at 9 p.m. (local time) in El Molinón, the hallowed stadium of Sporting de Gijón.
The armband tailored for the occasion makes a special mention to different leading figures of the history of the Club. It also celebrates their retro football milestones, and includes their home crowd, ‘la Mareona’.
‘Yogurinos de Mareo’ is the nickname for the most successful generation in the history of Sporting. It was the boom of a team that were promoted to the Spanish first division and even reached a European competition (old UEFA cup) in the early 90’s. Born between 1969 and 1971, a handful of players from Asturias delighted their fans.
It was a generation full of football legends, such as Juanele, Luis Enrique Martínez (current manager of the Spain national team), Javier Manjarín or ‘Pitu’ Abelardo. In fact, the last three of them were part of the gold-winning squad at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona.
El Molinón-Enrique Castro ‘Quini’-armband
El Molinón stadium is significant in the infographic about the armband design. It hosted several matches of the 1982 World Cup, whose official mascot was ‘Naranjito’, an anthropomorphised orange. Opened in 1908, El Molinón is the oldest football stadium in Spain.
In 2018, this venue was renamed as El Molinón-Enrique Castro ‘Quini’, in the memory of Real Sporting’s all-time top scorer.
If you have ever been lucky to go for a walk in San Lorenzo Beach in Gijon (we share our patron saint), which has fine and soft sand, you may have dodged a ball.
San Lorenzo Beach is a key venue for the king of sports at the beach in Gijon, as it offers the perfect conditions to play either an official or a casual friendly game – low tide, goals on the sand and classic rondos. Children and charity tournaments are sometimes held at the beach, too.
In this sense, La Inmaculada School, run by Jesuit priests, encouraged the establishment of children’s school teams, spreading the practice of this sport in the city.
It will be a great encounter against one of the historical teams in the competition, who will fight to find their best version, feeling the support from their excited ‘Mareona’ crowd.
All in all, SD Huesca will try and avoid the ‘Mareona effect’ by means of our play and style, and hopefully ultimately claim the spoils at the full-time whistle in Gijon over a historical team in the league.