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HISTORIC MARK FOR MANUEL PABLO

18 Dec 2013
Manuel Pablo is about to become the second player with more official games in the history of Deportivo; currently he’s tied with Mauro Silva. The captain of Deportivo is living his 16th season at the Galician club.

Captain Manuel Pablo was a starter in the last game visiting SD Eibar; the Galician outfit lost the match, but it meant history for the Canarian full-back as it was his official match number 459 wearing the Blanquiazul shirt.

He’s tying the mark of Mauro Silva, who completed the same number of appearances in the thirteen seasons the Brazilian spent at the club (1992-2005). Fran is the leader in this department at Deportivo with 699 official presentations. The fourth place in this historic chart is Valerón (422) followed by Donato (393) and Sergio González (383).

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. His debut took place on October 28, 1998 as Depor were visiting CD Xérez for Copa Del Rey (3-1 win). Fifteen years later he only needs one more game to become the second player with more official games at the club.

His consistency at Deportivo was possible as he was always a normal starter for the six coaches he met at the club: Javier Irureta, Joaquín Caparrós, Miguel Ángel Lotina, José Luis Oltra, Domingos Paciência and Fernando Vázquez.

The only problems that didn’t allow him to add more matches were the injuries, especially the serious injury that sidelined him in 2001, also the physical problems that left him at bay for almost the entire Segunda season 2011/12.  Currently the captain of Deportivo has played in 15 of the 18 matches on this Segunda season.



Manuel Pablo during his third season at Depor (2000/01)


Manuel Pablo during the Champions League years facing Manchester United (2002/03)



Manuel Pablo, the day he signed a two-year renewal (season 2009/10)



Manuel Pablo, the captain of Depor, during this season’s home game Vs. Castilla

The official matches of Manuel Pablo at Deportivo:

Primera División

341

Segunda División

23

Copa Del Rey

43

Spanish Supercup

2

UEFA Champions League

31

UEFA Cup

10

UEFA Intertoto Cup

9

Total

459

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