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01 Jun 2014
Despite the fears and worries, Deportivo La Coruña only needed one season at Segunda to return to the elite of Spanish football. The team didn’t convince with its performance, but it was the most regular team in the competition.

Criticized or not, the Deportivo of coach Fernando Vázquez has clinched the promotion to Liga BBVA despite the countless problems lived in the summer, because nobody foresee this positive outcome on July 31, day in which the club was close to suffer the relegation to Segunda B due to the incredible issues that surrounded the club throughout the unique administration case lived in A Coruña.

Contrary to what happened two years ago, the expectations weren’t so high, and only a few wanted to target at the beginning of the season the promotion as a real goal for the team. The general consensus was that Depor were going to try to clinch the promotion in two or three years, but if it could take place before, the better.

In the end Deportivo turned to be the most regular team in the most equal Segunda División of all times; it has been the tea that spent more matchdays among the first six places (32), it has been the team that spent more time in direct promotion seats (27 matchdays), and finally it has been the team that spent more matchdays at the first place (15).

It’s also true that the team didn’t convince in many games with its performance. It presented a solid defense, but having lagoons at the moment of defending the set-pieces. The offensive game was the issue that awoke more criticism and the coach was pointed for his decisions at the moment of managing the potential of the team, mainly in the second round. There were good streaks and bad moments, but in the end the goal has been achieved.

The fans celebrating Marchena’s goal

Party Unleased in A Coruña during Saturday’s night

This is the eleventh promotion of Deportivo to Primera División, the second within the last three years. Los Blanquiazules are now the third club with more promotions to the elite of Spanish football tied with RC Celta and Real Betis, only Real Murcia and Malaga CF have more (12).

The Galician club is returning to Primera División; the season 2014/15 will mean Depor’s campaign number 43 at the elite. Only twelve clubs have spent more years at Primera: Real Madrid (83), Barcelona FC (83), Athletic Bilbao (83), Valencia CF (79), RCD Espanyol (79), Atlético Madrid (77), Sevilla CF (70), Real Sociedad (67), Real Zaragoza (58), Real Betis (49), RC Celta (48) and Racing Santander (44).

This is the second promotion for Fernando Vázquez at Segunda in his three campaigns in the league. He was with Real Betis (2000/01) and the club clinched the promotion, but El Profesor was fired before the end of the season, later he clinched the goal with RC Celta (2004/05). The record of promotions is for Roque Olsen with seven in sixteen seasons, two of them with Depor (1963/64 & 1970/71).



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