PHOTO: LUIS MANSO
Alza el rabu, Marinín. The chant of Marino de Luanco says a lot about the identity of the Asturias-based club, the next opponent of Ibiza at Can Misses this coming Sunday. The team represents a town of nearly ten-thousand people and, as the club name suggests, has strong connections to the Cantabrian sea and its fishing industry.
The club plays its home matches at the Miramar stadium, a ground that is only a couple of hundred metres separated from the sea. Having a strong home record is one of the strengths of Marino having collected more than half of its current points tally in front of its home crowd (13 of 24). Away from home, the performances of the team coached by Oli -former forward of Real Oviedo, Real Betis and Cádiz CF in his third season with the club- have been more modest (seven points collected in eight matches), but the Asturias side travels to Ibiza having found some form.
The last match on the road by the Marinín ended in a victory (1-2 away at Ferrol), a result which was followed by with another three points last week in the derby against Sporting B. These two results have moved the team clear of the drop zone, propelling the club to a mid-table position.
The club is currently competing in its thirteenth season in the Segunda B Division. Founded in 1931, the club first got promoted to Segunda B in the 96/97 season. This season, Marino is competing to stay in the highly competitive group I with a squad consisting of mainly Asturian players. Its first eleven boasts considerable experience. Oli’s most used players are Luis Morán and Alberto Lora, two veterans with extensive experience in both the first and second divisions having played for Sporting de Gijón.