Real Oviedo’s Promotion, by Juan Mata

The Spanish footballer remembers what happened a few months ago at the Ramón de Carranza with Sid Lowe. The dialogue is an excerpt from ‘Un derbi solidario’ (A Solidary Derby), a book which profits will go to charity.

Juan Mata left Oviedo at 15 but has always been proud of his origins. Shareholder and supporter of the team in the city where he grew up, he remembers Real Oviedo’s promotion to Second Division ( on May 31) in a conversation with Sid Lowe, an English journalist and also a fan of Real Oviedo. The conversation is part of the book named ‘Un derbi solidario’ (A Solidary Derby), a recently presented book in which they speak about the promotions of Sporting and Oviedo.

Juan, in the company of Sid, describes his feelings during that special Sunday in which the ‘Carbayón’ team defeated Cádiz in the Ramón de Carranza. He explains where he was when the referee blew the final whistle, the emotion he felt when he saw the happiness of the fans and he also reveals an illusion he is hoping to achieve in a few years.

The profit of the work will go to the ‘Messengers of Peace’ NGO. You can read the conversation between Juan Mata and Sid Lowe clicking here.

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