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Las 'Eléctricas' del Real Oviedo

The 'Electrics' of Real Oviedo

Real Oviedo was not one of the founding clubs of the First Division Championship in 1929, losing to Real Betis in the quarterfinals of the qualifying tournament for the tenth place available. For this reason, he had to start his career in the silver category of Spanish football and it took him five years to establish himself in the elite. The mythical striker called 'Electrica' was largely to blame for this. The first version of the three that Carbayones fans would enjoy for a decade.

The nickname was given to him by the journalist "Moncho" who wrote the chronicles in La Voz de Asturias. With this quintet they were the highest scoring team in the Second Division and whenever they played at home the fans expected them to score at least five goals.

The members of the attack were "Casuco", Gallart, Lángara, Galé and Inciarte. Julio Fernández "Casuco" was an agile and fast right-footed striker whose runs from the wing used to end with crosses into the area, while Juan Manuel de Inciarte played at the other end, also very fast but whose best virtue was the ingenuity he gave to all his actions. In the inner zone we find Ricardo Gallart, a short but combative player, fighter and talented, and Gonzalo Diez Galé, a young prodigy with a keen eye for goal who had joined Real Madrid at the age of 17 but returned to Asturias to continue his studies and later signed for Oviedo. At the tip of the attack was one of the most brilliant strikers in the world, Isidro Lángara. Tall, physically powerful, powerful, he finished off from any angle and position, and gave enormous power to his shots. An excellent scorer who did not care about the rival who was in front of him. His magnificent professional background includes having been the top scorer in three different championships, in Spain with Oviedo on three consecutive occasions (1934, 1935 and 1936), in Argentina with San Lorenzo de Almagro and in Mexico with Spain on two occasions. opportunities (1944 and 1946).

"Casuco", Gallart, Lángara, Galé and Inciarte in the Buenavista field

At the premiere in the First Division of Spanish football for the Asturian club, the second striker “Electrica” and the most famous and highest quality of all, came into action. The novelties were Eduardo Herrerita and Emilín García, two myths of the blue team. Herrerita, recently signed from Club Gijón in a record transfer at that time, soon began to demonstrate the reasons why he was called the "Wizard". He captivated fans with a fine and brilliant style, adding a great mastery of the leather, some fantastic physical qualities and some master plays. At his side, Emilín became the owner of the left wing, brimming with quality, dribbling, millimeter centers and even Olympic goals thanks to the formidable thread that hit the ball.

The coming-out of this mythical striker could not have had a better setting or rival, the Buenavista stadium and FC Barcelona. Ninety minutes later, Oviedo had overwhelmed the Catalans with a storm of football and goals 7-3. Lángara in his line was the most effective with a hat-trick, Herrerita scored a brace and Gallart scored another goal for the lead.

Teams such as Arenas de Getxo or Valencia who succumbed by seven goals or the Spanish who suffered the best Lángara in 1935, with five goals from the striker and eight in total from the team coached by Emilio Sampere, also left defeated and thrashed in the Asturian countryside. . In the last season in Spanish football before the outbreak of the Civil War, the second striker "Electrica" ​​achieved its best goal scorer and a record figure by scoring 63 goals in 22 games among its five members.

"Casuco", Gallart, Lángara, "Herrerita" and "Emilín" in the Oviedo Coliseum

Finally, the third forward "Electrical" came after the terrible war that devastated Spain. The left wing was maintained with Emilín and Herrerita and the new members at the front of the attack were Antón Sánchez, "Goyín" Villagrá and Esteban Echevarría. Lángara had emigrated to Argentina, "Casuco" had died and Gallart, already a veteran, was a member of Lugo.

Antón was the extreme on the right side and in the beginning some called him the "Other Lángara". Very fast and with an electric dribble, his kick was so powerful that on occasion it broke the goal net. "Goyín" for his part was an interior that was always discussed but no matter how many signings they made for his position, in the end he ended up playing. A fighter and hard-fought player, he was not exempt from technique and ability, his best specialty being the header. The striker position was for Echevarria who had the difficult test of substituting for Lángara. Effective and with a brilliant shot, his career was on the rise until he was hit by a car and had to remain idle for a long time. With fight and tenacity he returned to play although without equaling the goalscoring efficiency of some time ago.

The five members had a devastating debut in Nervión in November 1942. Except for Emilín, the other four attackers scored and took the victory of Sevilla by 0-5 on the scoreboard before which the great goalkeeper Busto could do nothing. A year later in Buenavista the Oviedo fans witnessed other goals to remember. In barely a month, Spanish and Sabadell passed through there, receiving six and nine goals respectively. The striker Echevarría was living a great moment and made a poker against the parrots, while he scored four against the harlequinados, accompanied by a hat-trick from Antón and a double from Herrerita.

The last great memorable afternoon of the third “Eléctrica” in Spanish football came in 1947. With Echevarría miraculously recovered from his injury, they overwhelmed Real Madrid in a game that even today is remembered by the most veteran Oviedo members and fans. The whites, with one of the rockiest defenses in the country, made up of Corona and Clemente, found themselves powerless against local talent and success. Echevarría achieved the second poker of his life and Herrerita stood out with two other beautiful goals to sign a magical 7-1 result.

"Antón", "Goyín", Echevarría, "Herrerita" and "Emilín"

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