Anyone wants to of own a bit of an Spanish football club?
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Placed right in the heart of the Principality of Asturias, Oviedo is the capital city of this northern Spanish coastal region by the Bay of Biscay. From the time you enter this city, you are in for a real surprise: sightseeing becomes a dream-like experience where cleanliness and order preserve the past and look into the future. In such a charming urban environment, described by Woody Allen as a ‘fairy-tale town’, it would not be expected to find another defining element that shapes its identity apart from its Pre-Romanesque monuments or its one-towered Gothic Cathedral, but there is a major one.
Please, let us introduce you to Real Oviedo. This historic club was established back in 1926 and became the first Asturian club to promote to First Division in 1933. Unfortunately, the Spanish Civil War prevented it from becoming part of that reduced group of La Liga winners. The mid-30s had been a real golden age for football in Oviedo, finishing in third position for two seasons in a row. Notwithstanding this, in the end, the outbreak of the Spanish conflict brought the trenches right into Real Oviedo’s home ground, the magical Buenavista Stadium.
Then, let us travel fast forward in time and we could find Real Oviedo at the beginning of the new millennium playing in the top-flight at a brand-new stadium called Carlos Tartiere, which holds 30,5000 spectators, before more than 21,000 season-ticket holders after thirty-seven seasons among the Spanish elite. Expectations were great at the beginning of that ill-fated 2000-2001 season, Real Oviedo was struggling to qualify to play UEFA Cup once again by the January transfer-window. Six months on and it got sadly relegated to Second Division on the last fixture of the season. There and then its 2001 misery odyssey began.
Two seasons later, Real Oviedo tragically plummeted to the Spanish Fourth Division. Once more, it had been caught in the middle of the political crossfire of the people in power, it had been neglected by its board of directors, betrayed by its players and trampled under the feet of a whimsical mayor. However, against all the odds, its supporters kept this football club alive by getting involved in all the needs it demanded to be saved from a more than likely demise.
However, against all the odds, its supporters kept this football club alive by getting involved in all the needs it demanded to be saved from a more than likely demise.
Today, almost ten years later, Real Oviedo is in Segunda B (Third Division), and the struggle to get back to First Division keeps the supporters going. There are more than 11,500 season-ticket holders whose hearts are still beating in blue, full of hope for a better future.
Their unique identity has been the result of their painful banishment from the place they belong to, their true feelings have been shaped by all that bitterness they have been through: forsaken by local and regional governments, looted by former owners and mocked by rivals.
Now, Real Oviedo tries to avoid its nemesis and November 17th is the deadline, the supporters try to prevent their beloved club from uttering its swansong. Please, step ahead and become a hero: contribute to Real Oviedo’s dreams of a better future to come by buying even just a single share (€10.75). Then, as this traditional supporters’ chant goes, ‘We shall be back in First Division
Cost of each share is only EUR 10.75.
Michu, Mata or Cazorla started their careers at Oviedo.
All foreigners that become shareholders will have free entry to he games whenever they come to Oviedo, and if you need another reason. Stan Collimore played there..... (not even half season)