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EXPERIENCE FOR THE GOAL

28 Jun 2014
In recent decades Deportivo have always sought for experience at the moment of hiring a goalkeeper for the first team. Lux is a continuity of this policy. The last time a young keeper was a normal starter at Depor was in the 1980’s.

The continuity of German Lux at the goal of Deportivo means an extension of the club’s policy after more than three decades: to rely in experienced players for this position. Names like Paco Liaño, Jacques Songo’o, Francisco Molina, Dudu Aouate and Daniel Aranzubia always had something in common: their experience playing at the elite before joining the club.

In some cases the formula used by the club was to mix their knowledge with younger and less experienced goalkeepers like Fabricio or Juanmi. In other seasons the club relied in two experienced men for the position like it happened with Gustavo Munúa or what happened two seasons ago when both Aranzubia and Lux were sharing the spot.

But things weren’t always like that. During the 1970’s Deportivo decided to rely in young keepers for the starting spot. As example the Segunda season 1976/77, time when 18-year-old Francisco Buyo was the starting keeper in all the 38 matches of the league season.

Actually, one season later coach Juan Arza had two young and unexperienced goalkeepers at the first team, because Buyo was joined by 20-year-old Jorge García Santos, who later turned to be the starting keeper after Buyo was loaned to SD Huesca and eventually transferred to Sevilla CF.

The last young keeper that had the chance to be a normal starter with Depor was Fernando Iglesias Chamorro during the 1980’s. For the Segunda season 1987/88 coach Luis Rodríguez Vaz promoted the 21-year-old keeper from Fabril in order to replace Jorge García Santos, who already was a 30-year-old veteran.

Fernando Iglesias stayed two more seasons at the club under the supervision of coach Arsenio Iglesias, in his last campaign at the club (1989/90) he played the half of the Segunda matches as a starter, while veteran Jorge García Santos played the other half. Unfortunately Fernando passed away ten years later in a tragic working accident.

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