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MR. IRON MAN

26 May 2009
On Saturday, Filipe Luis will become the only field player in la liga that will complete 38 appearances as starter on this season. Historically, only other eleven players at Depor have been able to complete a similar mark.

Finally, matchday 38 has arrived, and as it happened during the past season, Deportivo has a player that’s near to complete the mark of 38 appearances as starter: Filipe Luis. On the 2007/2008 campaign Fabricio Coloccini completed the mark and even achieved the perfect record of 3,420 minutes on the pitch.  Filipe is just missing nine minutes to tie that perfect mark.

But the Brazilian has something that Coloccini didn’t achieve: a mark of 62 straight matches as starter in la liga. Something that nobody in la liga can match, the ex-Real Madrid doesn’t miss a game since the 2-2 draw at san Mam?©s against Athletic Bilbao during the past season (November 25th, 2007).

Historically, only eleven players have been able to perform as starters during all the games disputed in one single season. Keeper Juan Acu?±a and Ricardo Garcia â€?Cucaâ€? were the first ones that did this in the first season of Depor at Primera Divisi??n (1941/42). Later Manuel Guimerans achieved the mark in three opportunities (44/45, 46/47, 48/49).

Dagoberto Moll and Arsenio Iglesias were also able to play all the game in one single season- Moll did it in four occasions (1949/50, 50/51, 52/53 and 53/54), while the Bruxo of Arteixo did it on the 1955/56 campaign.

Since the last promotion to Primera Divisi??n, other ten Depor’s players were able to perform as starter in all the games of one single season, three of them are goalkeepers: Lia?±o (1993/1994), Molina (2005/2006) and Aouate (2005/2006). The other three men are field players, two were able to repeat the mark twice: Djukic (91/92 – 92/93) and Fran (91/92 – 92/93). And the last one was Fabricio Coloccini on the past season.

Finally, Filipe is the only field player in la liga that, on the present season, is able to achieve this perfect mark of 38 games as starter. Recreativo’s right-back Morris was close to do it too, bur he got injured precisely in a match against Depor, reason why he has missed a couple of games lately. Filipe has just missed nine minutes, it was exactly one round ago as Depor lost with Sevilla at the Riazor and as the Brazilian was replaced at the end of the match (1-3 loss)

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