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SEASON 2011/12: FOUR AWARDS TO DEPORTIVO

14 Nov 2012
The LFP offered the rewards to the best players at Primera and Segunda during the past season; Depor claimed four of the seven awards at Liga Adelante with Valerón chosen as the best player in the league.

The players and coaches at Primera and Segunda División voted and selected the best players of the season 2011/12. On Tuesday, The LFP gave a press conference and presented the winners in Madrid; Real Madrid and FC Barcelona picked almost all the awards at liga BBVA, while Depor and RC Celta did it at liga Adelante.

In the case of Deportivo, the Blanquiazul outfit picked four of the seven awards; with Juan Carlos Valerón named the best player at Segunda; José Luis Oltra was the best coach, Andrés Guardado the best offensive midfielder and Daniel Aranzubia the best goalkeeper.

Winners at both leagues:

Liga BBVA
Best player: Leo Messi (Barcelona)
Best coach: Pep Guardiola (Barcelona)
Best keeper: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid)
Best defender: Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
Best defensive midfielder: Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid)
Best offensive  midfielder: Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona)
Best attacker: Leo Messi (Barcelona)
Fair play: Carles Puyol (Barcelona)
Best rookie: Francisco Alarcón ‘Isco’ (Málaga)

Liga Adelante
Best player: Juan Carlos Valerón (Deportivo)
Best coach: José Luis Oltra (Deportivo)
Best keeper: Dani Aranzubía (Deportivo)
Best defender: Marc Bartra (Barcelona B)
Best defensive midfielder: Álex López (Celta)
Best offensive  midfielder: Andrés Guardado (Deportivo)
Best attacker: Iago Aspas (Celta)
Fair play: Miguel Ángel García "Corona" (UD Almería)
Best rookie: Javi Hervás (Córdoba)

Oltra, Guardado, Aranzubia and Valerón were all part of the event. Depor’s coach is receiving the award for the second time after doing it with CD Tenerife. He commented that, ”I’m grateful with the players, because they are the ones that make possible the results. Segunda is always an equal league, but now it has more quality. I had committed players, solidary people and the team displayed good football, the same than Celta and Valladolid; other teams that did it, but they couldn’t be promoted. It was a pretty and excitement tournament.”

Meanwhile, Valerón said that, ”These rewards make you feel important; it’s exciting, because you are voted by the people with the same profession. Some years ago it was unthinkable that you can watch a Segunda match on TV, now you can watch all of them. It suggests that the level has raised and it’s an interesting league.”

Aranzubia was remembering the hard times lived after the relegation, ”The relegation to Segunda was a hard hit. We all were saddened, but after living the experience it turned to be a pretty year, we broke some records and the team didn’t stop winning, this no matter we had problems trying to adapt. Truly we lived the difficulty of Segunda, a league that turns to be too long. It’s good to receive this award, especially since it was joined by a collective achievement.”

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