Real Oviedo

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Real Oviedo Club de Fútbol is a Spanish football club based in Oviedo, Asturias. Founded on March 26, 1926, it was the first team from the region ever to play in La Liga, and currently play in Segunda División B - Group 2.

The club plays in blue shirts and white shorts in the Estadio Carlos Tartiere, which seats 30,500 spectators.

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History

Founded in 1926 after a merge with Stadium Ovetense, Oviedo first reached the top division seven years later, shortly after its inception. However, the gap caused by the Civil War meant that the club could not improve on its early achievements, until the arrival of one of its greatest players, Tristán Esperanza.

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 Estadio Carlos Tartiere 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, 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 FC Barcelona).

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