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300 MATCHES FOR MANUEL PABLO

16 Dec 2010
On Saturday, Manuel Pablo will reach the mark of 300 matches at Primera División; all of those games played for Deportivo. And in a few matchdays the Canarian will become into the fourth Depor’s player with more games at the elite.

Saturday’s game against Sporting Gijón will be a special occasion for Manuel Pablo, one of the captains at the team, because the Canarian will reach the mark of 300 matches at Primera División; a privilege only at the reach of a few players in la liga. Currently, only other three players at Depor have reached that mark: Aranzubia, Valerón and Lopo, this last player did it a few weeks ago in the match against Villarreal.

But the special thing on the case of Manuel Pablo is that the Canarian side defender has completed all of his 299 Primera matches playing for Deportivo; for this reason he is currently the fourth player in the history of the club in terms of more matches at the elite, just below Fran (435), Mauro Silva (369) and Donato (303). In four matchdays ‘Manolo’ will be the third man on the list as he is about to catch Donato.

Manuel Pablo was only 22-years old when he joined Deportivo in the summer of 1998. He was signed together with Argentinean striker ‘Turu’ Flores but more or less was considered a ‘bonus’ in this package deal. At that time Las Palmas was playing at Segunda. Manolo made his debut in the Primera División on 15 November, 1998 in the 2-2 draw at home against Alavés. He also played for the national team of Spain and suffered a complicate injury in September 30th, 2001, setback that almost left him out of football.

He returned and has played with regularity since then; Manuel Pablo ends hid contract in June of the next year, but will renew his contract for an additional season if he completes twenty-five appearances on the present liga season, so far he has completed thirteen between Liga and Copa, and therefore the Canarian will probably retire at Depor.

The career of Manuel Pablo at Deportivo:

Season

Games played

Games as starter

minutes

yellow cards

red cards

goals

1998-1999

14

10

949

1

0

0

1999-2000

37

33

3,068

3

0

0

2000-2001

37

37

3,321

4

0

1

2001-2002

5

5

412

0

0

0

2002-2003

10

7

591

1

0

0

2003-2004

18

15

1,398

3

0

0

2004-2005

30

30

2,542

3

0

0

2005-2006

31

28

2,576

7

1

0

2006-2007

15

12

1,185

1

0

0

2007-2008

34

34

2,988

5

0

0

2008-2009

23

23

2,070

4

0

0

2009-2010

33

33

2,970

5

0

0

2010-2011

12

12

1,080

2

0

0

Totals

299

279

25,150

39

1

1

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