16 November 2022 - 1:00 PM
Why Orlegi Sports bought Real Sporting de Gijón: "It has all the elements to be a great club"
- The Spanish second division side become the first European club in the Mexican multi-club group. The new owners has a strong track-record of profitability in each and every club they run.
- Executive president David Guerra tells Off The Pitch Gijón will have access to the "shared services" provided to Orlegi's clubs with the goal to find synergies and efficiencies.
- Why it matters: Orlegi Group is the latest international investor to see value in Spain's second division with three clubs snapped up this summer.
- The perspective: Orlegi's multi-club model has proved successful in Mexico. Can it help restore Gijón to their former glories?
Last season was the worst in the 117-year history of Real Sporting de Gijón.
The club from the Asturias region of northern Spain finished 17th in Segunda División. It is a long way from the 1970s and 80s, when Gijón were runners-up in the top division and twice lost Copa del Rey finals. They were regulars in the top tier of Spanish football until the late 90s.
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