Football

About Real Oviedo

Real Oviedo were once a La Liga team but are now in the third tier of the Spanish league, the Segunda B.

After struggling with financial problems since 2003, the club launched a share issue from Nov 3, 2012 to raise at least two million euros ($3m) to keep them from entering administration.

British journalist Sid Lowe started a Twitter campaign and the hashtag #SOSRealOviedo trended globally.

A total of 30,000 people from 86 countries responded, paying 10.75 euros per share. Even the world's richest man, Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim, put 2m euros into Oviedo.

The club are now on a firm financial footing and are top of the Segunda B Group 1 table after 21 games.

Notable ex-players include Michu (on loan at Napoli from Swansea), Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) and Juan Mata (Man United).