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10 Apr 2010
Santander and A Coruña are two cities separated by just 547 kilometers, and in recent years this short distance has allowed to see almost twenty players switching between Depor and Racing.

On Sunday four familiar faces will be seen at the Riazor; Xisco will have the chance to face the club that allowed his debut at Primera División, while Antonio Tomas will live the same, though in the opposite side of the pitch. Pedro Munitis also faces a part of his successful career, while Pablo Alvarez faces the club where he spent a few months loaned.

That coincidence of players facing their former teams isn’t unusual when the clubs involved are Racing Santander and Deportivo La Coruña, because on the recent past both clubs have exchanged players in all kind of ways. Actually, since the last promotion of Depor to Primera, Lendoiro has made 17 negotiations with the Cantabrians. All started at the middle of the 1990’s as Russian Dimitri Radchenko was transferred to Depor for 380 millions of Pesetas (€2.28 million).

Bu the move wasn’t successful and soon the player was loaned to Rayo Vallecano and Merida, then in 1998 Lendoiro paid €2.1 million for Javi López and €3 million for Argentine Gabriel Schurrer; neither of them had a long career at Depor. The first success came until the following year as Depor’s president paid €7.2 million for Víctor Sánchez del Amo, who was part of the ‘Superdepor’ that conquered the first liga for the Galicians.

As “exchange”, Racing bought Manjarin for €1.2 million, who joined the Cantabrian club as there was no room for him at Deportivo. Then Lendoiro started to look to Racing as a “solution” to his problems with the excess of players at the Galician club. In 2000 midfielder Jaime Sánchez was loaned to the Cantabrian club as he failed to convince Irureta for a spot at the team.

One year later, defender Luis Miguel Ramis was loaned to Racing as an emergency solution to the relegation problems of the Cantabrians, he neither had a spot with Irureta. Racing couldn’t avoid the abysm and ended at Segunda División, which caused the next operation: midfielder José Emilio Amavisca, the captain of Racing that cost €1.8 million to Depor.

After the return of Racing to Primera División, Caparrós was replacing Irureta and the Andalusian bet in a central defender that he knew from his stage at Recreativo de Huelva: Juan Manuel Delgado 'Juanma'. He was ending his contract with Racing and arrived for free to the Riazor.

Then it came “the mother of all the operations”, the swamp made in 2006 that took Pedro Munitis to Racing and that included the loans of Rubén Castro Momo, it was an exchange for the services of keeper Dudu Aouate and Antonio Tomas, and that also included the 50% of the selling rights over Sergio Canales, an unknown youngster at the time and that exploded until the present season.

It was an exhausting operation for both parties and since then Lendoiro hasn’t signed anyone from Racing, in the period the only three moves between both clubs were the exits of Aldo Duscher and Lionel Scaloni to Santander, which were zero-cost transfers, and the loan of Pablo Alvarez during the winter window of 2008.

For the present season Racing signed Xisco, but that loan was negotiated with Newcastle United. On Sunday presidents Augusto César Lendoiro and Francisco Pernía will watch the match from the stands and, as far as history can tell, nobody should feel surprised if any transfer rumour comes out after this meeting.



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