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Match preview: #SportingMálaga

Málaga CF are visiting El Molinón-Enrique Castro ‘Quini’ on LaLiga 1|2|3 matchday 13. The match against Real Sporting de Gijón will get underway on Sunday at 18:00 (Movistar Partidazo).

The Blue and Whites, second in the standings with 25 points, are heading to Asturias to face the rival in 13th place with 14 points. The match will be officiated by Gorka Sagués Oscoz from the Basque Country, who will be refereeing MCF for the first time in an official game.

Players in common Sporting de Gijón-Málaga CF

Emilio, Ismael, Cañizares, Lekovic, Popovic, Rodrigão, Cristian Díaz, Ismael, Calandria, Diego Castro, Jorge Pina, Molinero, Xavi Torres, Duje Čop, Jony, Michael Santos and Luis Hernández

(*) Iván Hernández and Andreu who were part of Málaga B, also played for Sporting. Omar, Atlético Malagueño defender for three seasons, also passed through the Mareo youth ranks.

Coaches in common Sporting de Gijón-Málaga CF

José Manuel Díaz Novoa

Players in common Sporting de Gijón-CD Málaga

Camilo Liz*, Bachiller, Gundemaro, García, Comas, Cesáreo López, Vera, Beascoechea, Pellicer and Megido

(*) Under the CD Malacitano name

Coaches in common Sporting de Gijón-CD Málaga



To take into account

  • Adrián, Ontiveros, Ricca and N’Diaye will not be playing due to federation sanction. Also absent through injury are Luis Hernández, Juankar and homegrown players Mula and Harper.
  • With the debut of David Lombán against CA Osasuna, there are now 348 players who have played an official match with Málaga CF.
  • Sporting de Gijón have accumulated 3 victories and 3 draws in 6 games at their stadium this present season, with 7 goals scored and 2 conceded.


Stats and facts

  • Three league clashes in the Second Division between Sporting and Málaga CF, in Gijón, ended in two victories for the Blue and Whites (1-3 in the 2006/07 season and 0-1 in 2007/08) and one draw (1-1, 1998/99 season).
  • In total, Málaga CF have visited Sporting on 9 occasions: 6 in the First Division and 3 in the Second Division. The Malaguista balance of results is 4 victories, 2 draws and 3 defeats, with 12 goals scored and 10 conceded.
  • During the past three seasons in the Second Division, on matchday 13, MCF obtained 2 victories (3-2 against CD Logroñés and 4-2 against Racing de Ferrol) and 1 defeat (2-1 against Elche CF).


The match of… Muñiz

A special match for the Malaguista coach, who returns to his home city and the Club where he trained as a player. Juan Ramón López Muñiz, after breaking through in the Mareo lower categories, belonged to the Real Sporting de Gijón first team between 1991 and 1996.

A central defender, solid and expeditious, Muñiz accumulated 150 matches with Gijón (148 in the starting line-up and 142 complete games) in the First Division, scoring 6 goals. He also played another 27 matches in the Copa del Rey, all in the starting-11 and 26 complete (2 goals), plus 2 more promotion games to the elite, in the starting line-up for the 180 minutes of play.

As coach, this will be the fourth time he visits El Molinón and the third with Málaga CF. In the two previous visits with the Blue and Whites he obtained a victory (0-1) and a draw (2-2).