DEPORTIVO HONORS 

LIGA: 1 (2000)
LIGA RUNNERS-UP: 5 (1950, 1994, 1995, 2001, 2002)
LIGA THIRD PLACE: 4 (1993, 1997, 2003, 2004)
COPA DEL REY: 2 (1995, 2002)
COPA DEL REY SEMI-FINALS: 4 (1999, 2003, 2006, 2007)
SPANISH SUPERCOPA: 3 (1995, 2000, 2002)
QUALIFICATION FOR CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: 5 (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004)
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SEMI-FINALS: 1 (2004; exit against winners FC Porto)
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE QUARTER-FINALS: 2 (2001, 2002)
QUALIFICATION FOR CUP WINNERS' CUP: 1 (1995)
CUP WINNERS' CUP SEMI-FINALS: 1 (1996; exit against winners PSG)
QUALIFICATION FOR UEFA CUP: 4 (1993, 1994, 1997, 1999)


LIGA

The national league of Spain, the Liga Nacional de Fútbol Profesional (LFP), started in 1928. Since then both Real Madrid and Barcelona have dominated the Liga and have created a long list of trophies won. Real Madrid have always been the biggest club around and even have won five consecutive titles from 1986 until 1990. Then it was time for Barcelona who dominated the Liga from 1991 until 1994. But the middle of the nineties saw a change in Spanish football and the appearance of relative smaller clubs like Atlético (winning the 'double' in 1996), Valencia (champions in 2002 and 2004), and Deportivo (champions in 2000) performing reasonably well. However, the past years have seen the return of the Liga being dominated by FC Barcelona (2005, 2006) and Real Madrid (2007, 2008).

The amount of matches to be played used to vary every season, but since the season 1997/98 the Liga consists of 38 matches for each team. Each will meet all other teams twice, having 19 home matches and 19 away matches. The years before this amount of 38 matches, the competition consisted of 22 participants causing a schedule of 42 matches. Obviously, the team with most points at the end will be champions and will play Champions League football. During the past seasons the second placed team also entered the Champions League directly while the teams placed third and fourth earned a ticket to play pre-round Champions League. For lower placed teams, including the Copa del Rey winners, UEFA Cup tickets await. The three worst teams are being relegated.

Deportivo have won one Liga so far, but this should (and could) have been two. In the season 1993/1994 the team had been leading the Primera División for months when the final match of the season arrived. Valencia were the opponent in Riazor and a win would guarantee a Liga victory. Although rivals Barcelona had difficulties with beating Sevilla at the same time, near the end of that match the score was 5-2 and obligated Deportivo to win their match. The team was awarded a penalty kick near the end but saw it being missed by Miroslav Djukic. A cruel reality was that Barcelona had won the Liga 1993/1994 only on goaldifference.

Revenge was sweet six years later when the team finally clinched the Liga in the season 1999/2000. That season the main rival proved to be, again, Barcelona. History repeated itself as Deportivo dominated the competition but saw their distance crumbling down by the week. But the 2-0 home win against Espanyol on 19 May, 2000 finally brought relief to the city, the club and their supporters.

Since the promotion in 1991 and escaping relegation in 1992, Deportivo have done very well in the Liga until and including 2004. In 1994, as mentioned, the team finished second and this was repeated in 1995, 2001 and 2002. A third place was conquered in 1993, 1997, 2003 and 2004. In 1996 there was a disappointing ninth position while in 1998 position number twelve was reached. But no other Spanish team could claim to have finished among the first three since in the years 2000-2004. Finishing eighth in the seasons 2004/2005 and 2005/2006 has spoiled this serie. The thirteenth place in 2006/2007 has been Depor's lowest position since 1991. But the ninth spot of the season 2007/2008 (after a terrible first half of the season) indicates that the team could return to the top places.

LIGA WINNERS SINCE 1981:

1981 Real Sociedad
1982 Real Sociedad
1983 Atlétic de Bilbao
1984 Atlétic de Bilbao
1985 FC Barcelona
1986 Real Madrid
1987 Real Madrid
1988 Real Madrid
1989 Real Madrid
1990 Real Madrid
1991 FC Barcelona
1992 FC Barcelona
1993 FC Barcelona
1994 FC Barcelona
1995 Real Madrid
1996 Atlético de Madrid
1997 Real Madrid
1998 FC Barcelona
1999 FC Barcelona
2000 Deportivo
2001 Real Madrid
2002 Valencia
2003 Real Madrid
2004 Valencia
2005 FC Barcelona
2006 FC Barcelona
2007 Real Madrid
2008 Real Madrid


COPA DEL REY

The Spanish King's Cup, the Copa del Rey, started in 1902. In 2001 a big format change occured as the two earliest rounds were played over one leg at the ground of the lesser division side. All Primera División teams entered the competition from the first round together with Segunda División A teams and winners from a preliminary round involving the top teams from the Segunda División B and the Tercera División.

Primera División clubs are seeded in the first two rounds, and clubs competing in European competitions are seeded from the last sixteen stage. The first two rounds are regionalized, with clubs first of all being sorted into four geographical sections before the draw is made. This was considered a success by the Spanish football federation and has been used since then.

Deportivo have won the Copa del Rey two times in their almost 100 years of history. The first win, in 1995, was the first prize ever of Deportivo. Goals of Manjarín and Alfredo gave Deportivo a 2-1 win against Valencia in a dramatic encounter. The original match had to be postponed near the end because of heavy rain. Three days later both teams restarted the match at 1-1, but Alfredo scored a quick second goal to earn Deportivo the trophy. At the same time it was Depor's revenge on Valencia, who spoiled the Galician end of the Liga in 1994.

In 2002 there was another dramatic Copa del Rey victory of Deportivo because of the circumstances. It was 6 March, 2002 and exactly 100 years ago that Real Madrid had been founded. This club had 'arranged' to have the Copa del Rey final match to be played on this exact day and in their stadium. Real Madrid had laid stress on the tournament that season because they desperately wanted to celebrate the day in style. But they didn't expect that all this had highly motivated Deportivo who seemed better prepared to handle the pressure and to win 1-2.

It's curious to note that Barcelona haven't won the trophy since 1998 while Real Madrid have to look back until 1993 to find their only win of the last sixteen tournaments. In 2004 the Galácticos were beaten 3-2 (aet) by Real Zaragoza in a dramatic final. The last seven editions of the tournament all have been won by different sides.

COPA DEL REY WINNERS SINCE 1972:

1972 Atlético de Madrid
1973 Athlétic de Bilbao
1974 Real Madrid
1975 Real Madrid
1976 Atlético de Madrid
1977 Betis Sevilla
1978 FC Barcelona
1979 Valencia
1980 Real Madrid
1981 FC Barcelona
1982 Real Madrid
1983 FC Barcelona
1984 Athlétic de Bilbao
1985 Atlético de Madrid
1986 Real Zaragoza
1987 Real Sociedad
1988 FC Barcelona
1989 Real Madrid
1990 FC Barcelona
1991 Atlético de Madrid
1992 Atlético de Madrid
1993 Real Madrid
1994 Real Zaragoza
1995 Deportivo
1996 Atlético de Madrid
1997 FC Barcelona
1998 FC Barcelona
1999 Valencia
2000 Espanyol
2001 Real Zaragoza
2002 Deportivo
2003 Real Mallorca
2004 Real Zaragoza
2005 Betis Sevilla
2006 Espanyol
2007 Sevilla
2008 Valencia


SPANISH SUPERCOPA

The Spanish Supercopa takes place before each season and goes between the previous winner of the Liga and the Copa del Rey. The current competition only began 1982, but between 1940 and 1953 several other tournaments between the Liga and Copa winners were played.

In this period the Supercopa was named Copa del Generalísimo, after Spanish dictator Franco. In 1940 it had the name of Copa de Campeones but it was not played again until 1945 when the Ambassador of Argentina, due to the good relations with the Spanish military government, offered a trophy called Copa de Oro Argentina. In 1947 the Copa Eva Duarte de Perón was established as an annual tournament, as a tribute to the President of Argentina and his wife, the popular Evita. It was played between September and December, usually as one-match final.

Deportivo have played three Supercopa tournaments, and won all of them. The first one was against Real Madrid in 1995. Deportivo won 3-0 at home, and 1-2 in Madrid. The second Supercopa was won against Espanyol in 2000. The match in Barcelona finished 0-0 while Deportivo beat them 2-0 in La Coruña. The hattrick of SuperCopa triumphs was completed in 2002 when Liga champions Valencia were beaten 3-0 in Riazor and 0-1 at the Mestella. Deportivo have leaked just one goal in six Supercopa matches.

SUPERCOPA WINNERS SINCE 1982:

1982 Real Sociedad
1983 FC Barcelona
1984 - (Athlétic de Bilbao had won both the Liga and Copa)
1985 Atlético de Madrid
1986 -
1987 -
1988 Real Madrid
1989 - (Real Madrid had won both the Liga and Copa)
1990 Real Madrid
1991 FC Barcelona
1992 FC Barcelona
1993 Real Madrid
1994 FC Barcelona
1995 Deportivo
1996 FC Barcelona
1997 Real Madrid
1998 Real Mallorca
1999 Valencia
2000 Deportivo
2001 Real Madrid
2002 Deportivo
2003 Real Madrid
2004 Real Zaragoza
2005 FC Barcelona
2006 FC Barcelona
2007 Sevilla
2007 Real Madrid or Valencia


CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

The Champions League is the European competition for the biggest clubs of each country. Prior to the 1992/1993 season, it was known as the European Cup, which was first staged in the 1955/1956 season.

From each country one or more clubs participate in this annual tournament, depending on the association's position in UEFA's coefficient ranking list. The last editions (since 2003) the Champions League was set up with pre-rounds in August and one group phase after it. The years before had seen the tournament having two group phases and the Quarter Finals after it. Both winners and runners-up in each group progressed to the next round. The single final match takes place on a neutral venue.

Deportivo have participated five times in the Champions League. In the season 2000/2001 the team eleminated big name AC Milan from the second group phase and played a heroic match in Riazor against Paris-Saint Germain (4-3). The Quarter Finals would be the end as Leeds United proved to be too strong.

In the season 2001/2002 the Galicians added some other scalps as there was a home (2-1) and away (2-3) win against Manchester United in the first group phase while in the second group phase the same happened to Arsenal (2-0 and 0-2). The revenge of Manchester United was there when it eliminated Deportivo from the Quarter Finals.

The season 2002/2003 was a 'mediocre' one compared to the others, but only because for the first time the team didn't survive a group phase. Nevertheless, Deportivo impressed Europe again with a double victory against Bayern Munich (2-1 and 2-3), the first ever win of a Spanish team in Munich. Qualification for the second group phase was sealed by another important away win, this time at AC Milan (1-2). But the second group phase proved to be too much for the team as Juventus and Manchester United qualified while even little Basel achieved a win (1-0) against the Galicians.

The 2003/2004 edition proved to be the best ever as Deportivo played the Semi Finals against winners FC Porto. In August 2003 the team still had to play pre-round matches against Rosenborg and it ended up as a narrow escape. In the group phase the team performed very irregular against PSV Eindhoven and AEK Athens and was severely beaten in Monaco (8-3). But with the single group phase done, the team made a serious come-back. Juventus, losing finalist the year before, were eleminated in the second round by two wins (1-0 and 0-1). In the Quarter Finals the team produced one of the biggest Champions League shocks ever after the Galicians had lost the first match 4-1 at 2003 winners AC Milan. In the return match a storm swung through Riazor and the final score was 4-0. The campagain ended in the Semi Finals with two disappointing, and controversial, matches against Mourinho's FC Porto (0-0 and 0-1 home loss).

The last edition, until now, was a catastrophe. Deportivo had to play pre-round matches during the season 2004/2005 against Irish side Shelbourne to earn a place in the Group Phase. Only in the second half of the return match Deportivo broke their defence and won 3-0 after a goalless first match in Ireland. But this was an indication of the troubles to come. The magic between Irureta’s EuroDepor and Europe had completely vanished. A team like Olympiakos Piraeus used to suffer in Riazor, but this season escaped with a 0-0 draw in Riazor. Deportivo were quickly helpless in the second match when Monaco scored two early goals (2-0) although the team survived Liverpool’s siege at Anfield Road (0-0). But that was it. Despite a good performance against The Reds (who would win the Champions League) in Riazor, the 0-1 defeat proved to be fatal. Not even finishing third, and with it qualification for UEFA Cup football, was possible after a 1-0 defeat at Olympiakos and a disastrous 0-5 home defeat against Monaco. Deportivo became the first ever team not to have scored a single goal in a group phase. The team achieved just two draws, lost four matches and leaked nine goals.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINALS SINCE 1993:

1993 Olympique Marseille 1 - AC Milan 0
1994 AC Milan 4 - FC Barcelona 0
1995 Ajax Amsterdam 1 - AC Milan 0
1996 Juventus 1 - Ajax Amsterdam 1 (Juventus win after penalty shoot-out)
1997 Borussia Dortmund 3 - Juventus 1
1998 Real Madrid 1 - Juventus 0
1999 Manchester United 2 - Bayern Munich 1
2000 Real Madrid 3 - Valencia 0
2001 Bayern Munich 1 - Valencia 1 (Bayern Munich win after penalty shoot-out)
2002 Real Madrid 2 - Bayer Leverkusen 1
2003 AC Milan 0 - Juventus 0 (AC Milan win after penalty shoot-out)
2004 FC Porto 3 - AS Monaco 0
2005 Liverpool 3 - AC Milan 3 (Liverpool win after penalty shoot-out)
2006 FC Barcelona 2 - Arsenal 1
2007 AC Milan 2 - Liverpool 1
2008 Manchester United 1 - Chelsea 1 (Manchester United win after penalty shoot-out)


TERESA HERRERA TOURNAMENT

Teresa Margarita Herrera y Posada was a woman from La Coruña (born on 10 November, 1712) who dedicated nothing less than 36 years of her life to the poor. The house were she lived was situated on Cordonería street and among her neighbours she became known as Teresa dos Demos. This was because they thought she was a witch as she always went on her knees to the San Nicolás Church to pray. This already shows her very religious character.

She and her nine brothers lost their father when Teresa was still very young, and her mother had to raise all of them on her own. Seven of the boys did not live to become an adult. Teresa Herrera, who later on took care of her mother, personally cared for a disabled woman. In her own home she also looked after some other woman from the street.

Her dream always was to build a hospital in La Coruña which would take care of the poor. This wish was to be fulfilled when she was 79-years old as the first stone of the new hospital (Hospital de Dolores) was laid in 1791. She died on 22 October of the same year.

The tournament Deportivo organizes every summer, which until 2000 was done by the city, is named after her and is dubbed "the most prestigious tournament in the world" since 1946. Deportivo have won the Trofeo Teresa Herrera 13 times (in 1955, 1962, 1964, 1969, 1995, 1997, 1998 and 2000-2005), more than any club. Real Madrid have won it 8 times, second only to Deportivo.

A common thought had been going around that if Deportivo win the tournament, the season it is preparing will end in a negative way. Until 1998 that could have been the case, but things seem different now. And this also depends on what is considered to play a "bad" season, because until 1995 the club had never won a prize. The eight latest editions (2000-2007) were won by Deportivo and in this period the team delivered four excellent Champions League participations. In the Liga the club finished twice on the second spot and twice on the third spot. Besides, the Copa del Rey and Supercopa were won in 2002. It seems Irureta turned the 'curse' around into a 'blessing' and coaches Caparrós and Lotina have continued with this 'tradition', at least in the Teresa Herrera.

TERESA HERRERA WINNERS SINCE 1946:

1946 Sevilla FC
1947 Athlétic de Bilbao
1948 FC Barcelona
1949 Real Madrid
1950 Lazio Roma
1951 FC Barcelona
1952 Valencia
1953 Real Madrid
1954 Sevilla FC
1955 Deportivo La Coruña
1956 Atlético de Madrid
1957 Vasco da Gama
1958 Nacional de Montevideo
1959 Santos
1960 Sevilla FC
1961 Sporting Lisbon
1962 Deportivo La Coruña
1963 AS Monaco
1964 Deportivo La Coruña
1965 Atlético de Madrid
1966 Real Madrid
1967 Club Ferrol
1968 Vitoria Setubal
1969 Deportivo La Coruña
1970 Ferencvaros
1971 Red Star Belgrade
1972 FC Barcelona
1973 Atlético de Madrid
1974 Peñarol
1975 Peñarol
1976 Real Madrid
1977 Fluminense
1978 Real Madrid
1979 Real Madrid
1980 Real Madrid
1981 Dinamo Kiev
1982 Dinamo Kiev
1983 Athlétic de Bilbao
1984 AS Roma
1985 Atlético de Madrid
1986 Atlético de Madrid
1987 Benfica
1988 PSV Eindhoven
1989 Bayern Munich
1990 FC Barcelona
1991 FC Porto
1992 Sao Paulo
1993 FC Barcelona
1994 Real Madrid
1995 Deportivo La Coruña
1996 Botafogo
1997 Deportivo La Coruña
1998 Deportivo La Coruña
1999 Celta de Vigo
2000 Deportivo La Coruña
2001 Deportivo La Coruña
2002 Deportivo La Coruña
2003 Deportivo La Coruña
2004 Deportivo La Coruña
2005 Deportivo La Coruña
2006 Deportivo La Coruña
2007 Deportivo La Coruña

But one cannot deny that the quality of the tournament and the interest of the public has been decreasing during the past years, actually since Deportivo have taken charge of the tournament (2000). It’s no secret that the club and the city have a troubled relationship, and without the city support it has been difficult to keep the quality up.

The tournament used to exist of four quality European teams, but the format immediately changed because of the single match between Deportivo and Lazio in 2000. Since that year and until 2007, mainly South-American clubs participated, and usually the same: Peñarol (2005, 2001), Cruz Azul (2002, 2001), Nacional de Montevideo (2006, 2005, 2003, 2002) and Club América (2003) have played the tournament and only have been accompanied by Atlético de Madrid (2006, 2004, 2002), Real Zaragoza (2004), Sporting Lisbon (2004), Real Madrid (2001), AC Milan (2006) and Lazio Roma (2000) since 2000. The editions of 2005 and 2003 were played in a triangular format. In 2007 it was an all-European affair again although teams like Belenenses (Portugal) and Atalanta (Italy) still didn't appeal much to the crowd.

PARTICIPANTS SINCE 1991:

1991 Deportivo, Real Madrid, FC Porto, Ajax Amsterdam
1992 Deportivo, FC Barcelona, Sao Paolo, Peñarol
1993 Deportivo, FC Barcelona, Sao Paolo, Lazio Roma
1994 Deportivo, Real Madrid, FC Porto, Sampdoria
1995 Deportivo, Real Madrid, Benfica, ?
1996 Deportivo, Botafogo, Juventus, Ajax Amsterdam
1997 Deportivo, PSV Eindhoven, Atlético de Madrid, Vasco da Gama
1998 Deportivo, Lazio Roma, Atlético de Madrid, Real Madrid
1999 Deportivo, Celta de Vigo, Boca Juniors, Corinthians
2000 Deportivo, Lazio Roma
2001 Deportivo, Peñarol, Real Madrid, Cruz Azul
2002 Deportivo, Atlético de Madrid, Cruz Azul, Nacional de Montevideo
2003 Deportivo, Club América, Nacional de Montevideo
2004 Deportivo, Atlético de Madrid, Real Zaragoza, Sporting Lisbon
2005 Deportivo, Peñarol, Nacional de Montevideo
2006 Deportivo, AC Milan, Atlético de Madrid, Nacional de Montevideo
2007 Deportivo, Real Madrid, Belenenses, Atalanta Bergamo

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