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27 Jun 2011
Saturday of joy for Depor’s players, because on that day Adrian, Guardado and Rubén Pérez conquered a title with their national teams; the first two could be living their last days at Deportivo.

On Saturday Spain-U21 team conquered the UEFA European championship, and a few hours later Mexico was conquering the title in the CONCACAF Gold Cup; both triumphs had the contribution of Depor’s players: left-winger Guardado with the Mexicans, and striker Adrian and midfielder Rubén Pérez with the Spaniards.

Spain U-21 team defeated Switzerland with a 2-0 score, Adrian has been in the spotlight thanks to his five goals in the tournament, but this wasn’t his game as the Asturian missed some chances to score. In the end he was replaced at minute 80 by Jeffren Suárez.

Still, Adrián claimed the Adidas Golden Boot award; although he didn’t shine in the final match of the tournament Depor’s attacker made enough impact to be considered the MVP of the event, all thanks to the five goals scored in the previous matches, which left him as the top marksman in Denmark. It is the first time in which a Deportivo’s player receives this kind of honour.

Receiving his award, the former player of Oviedo was saying that, "It was suggested after the first game that we didn't have goals in the team but we never thought that, even if it was difficult against England on the first day for things to go as we wanted. The team has been scoring since then, we won one game easily [3-0 against Ukraine] and we're all delighted. Of course I'm personally very happy with this award. You never think that things can turn out this well. It's a dream, but you don't think it will happen."

Ruben Pérez was also part of the team that clinched the gold, but the Andalusian midfielder never had the chance to play as players with more experience, like Javi Martinez and Ander Herrera, were the preferred options of coach Luis Milla. This success is also opening the doors to Spain for the Summer Olympics that will take place in London 2012.

Meanwhile, at the other side of the planet, at the Rose Bowl in California, Mexico was clinching its sixth CONCACAF Gold Cup. It was an exciting final against the United States, because the locals were leading 0-2 early in the first half, but an impressive reaction of the Mexicans turned upside down the score to end 4-2.

Andrés Guardado played the full ninety minutes and scored the equalizer after collecting a rebound inside the area, later he assisted Pablo Barrera for the third goal. In the end Depor’s winger was an important player to conquer the title scoring three goals in the whole tournament plus giving four assists.

After receiving the cup, the winger talked to reporters and said that this is a relief after the relegation of Deportivo, “The true is that I am content in a personal and collective sense; I was needing to live something like this after all I went through, and now it’s time to enjoy. You are free from a lot of things, maybe later we will face other difficulties, other future stuff, things I don’t want to recall right now, but it’s time to enjoy. When this tournament started I said that this was like a personal revenge for me, an opportunity that could make me believe that anything else was just an accident; well now I am content.” He was also asked about his future, but he didn’t wasn’t to answer the question.

The true is that these three players have their days numbered at Deportivo; Adrian is just pending on the designation of a judge in order to decide if he is free to go to Atletico Madrid or if instead he will have to search for other solutions in order to break the link with Depor. Guardado is also at the door out as Lendoiro himself as admitted that right now the winger is the only Deportivo’s player at the market. Ruben Pérez is the only one that seems to have a fixed place in the team that will compete at Segunda, but it must be reminded that his loan deal with Atletico ends in June of 2012 and at that point he will have to return to the capital.



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