Albion play their second Spanish friendly tomorrow evening against Sporting Gijon, let’s find out a little bit about them.
Gijon are a Segunda (Second) divison side in the Spanish league, although until relegated last season they were in La Liga for 4 years.
Nicknamed Rojiblancos (red and whites, seems the Spanish seem to lack imagination with their nicknames) they play their home games at the 29,538 capacity El Molinón stadium in Gijon. They play in red and white stripes with a second kit of all red, which seems a tad odd and they probably wear their all white 3rd kit more often than not when they are forced to change.
Gijon are managed by José Ramón Sandoval, who started his managerial career in Madrid with a host of Amateur sides before joining Rayo Vallecano B and later Gijon.
In their ranks they have a Martinique, Yes Martinique, international in defender Grégory Arnolin; he was once linked with West Bromich Albion but nothing came of it.
Gijon have 21,000 season ticket holders and regularly finish high up in the seasonal averages.They last played in the Eufa Cup in 1991/2 when they lost 3-2 on aggregate to Rumanians Steau Bucharest.
With kick off in Segovia tomorrow evening brought forward to 6pm GMT, the lads will find conditions difficult against a competent outfit hoping to bounce straight back into the Spanish premier division.
Come on you Seagulls!