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KNOWING ?‰CIJA BALOMPI?‰

KNOWING ?‰CIJA BALOMPI?‰

21 May 2008
?‰cija is an Andalusian city -located between Cordova and Sevilla- with a population of almost 40,000 inhabitants. ?‰cija Balompi?© is a club founded in the year 1939 and that has played two seasons in Segunda Divisi??n, twenty two in Segunda B and eight in Tercera. The squad coached by Josep Mar?­a Nogu?©s ended first in group four and has been undefeated within the last ten liga games.

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REVIEWING DEPOR'S SECOND ROUND

REVIEWING DEPOR'S SECOND ROUND

20 May 2008
Deportivo became the first team in Spain that qualifies for a European tournament after ending the first round in relegation. In the end, Depor added thirty five points in the last nineteen matches played of the season, numbers that put Lotina's team as the fifth best squad in the second round and with the Intertoto ticket inside the pocket.

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REVIEW: DEPORTIVO 0 (5) - CELTA 0 (6) (COPA GALICIA)

REVIEW: DEPORTIVO 0 (5) - CELTA 0 (6) (COPA GALICIA)

20 May 2008
Deportivo couldn't conquer the copa Galicia after Lotina's team fell down at O Couto (Ourense) in the penalty shoot-out. Filipe Luis failed his shot while Galician youngster Dani Abalo decided the game for Celta. It was a good match in the first half, but it lost the pace in the second part, mainly for the several substitutions made in both teams.

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WHAT THE PAPERS WROTE: DEPORTIVO VS. VILLARREAL

WHAT THE PAPERS WROTE: DEPORTIVO VS. VILLARREAL

19 May 2008
The papers praised the good season of Villarreal and also the one made by Deportivo. The qualification for the Intertoto was so much celebrated by the papers as the fans did at the Riazor. About the game, the lack of depth by the wings was appointed as the main reason why Depor missed the chance to create more occasions to score a goal.

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REVIEW: DEPORTIVO 0 - VILLARREAL 2 (LIGA)

REVIEW: DEPORTIVO 0 - VILLARREAL 2 (LIGA)

18 May 2008
Sweet defeat for Deportivo. The Galicians ended its positive streak at the Riazor and suffered the first and only setback at home during the second round. But the result of Athletic Bilbao at Sevilla secured the pass to the Intertoto, meaning that Depor returns to Europe after two seasons. Each half of the game was for one team, Villarreal was better in the first half, while Depor had countless chances in the second period.

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LOTINA VS. PELLEGRINI

LOTINA VS. PELLEGRINI

16 May 2008
Lotina searches his first victory against Pellegrini. Depor’s coach hasn’t been able to defeat Villarreal’s boss after seven confrontations in la liga. The Basque commented before the game the reasons why Deportivo’s players are wishing to play in Europe, while he also commented about the rumours linking Omar Bravo with the Galician club.

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PREVIEW: DEPORTIVO - VILLARREAL (LIGA, SUNDAY 21h00)

PREVIEW: DEPORTIVO - VILLARREAL (LIGA, SUNDAY 21h00)

15 May 2008
Two of the most in-form clubs in la liga are colliding at the Riazor. Villarreal is now the team that has collected the biggest number of points during the second round, and it's travelling to La Coru?±a with the intention of celebrating its historic second place with a new victory. Meanwhile, Lotina's Deportivo searches for a positive result in order to secure the Intertoto spot. The novelty is the return of Lafita and the presence of Guardado on the bench.

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LOTINA THINKS OF VILLARREAL

LOTINA THINKS OF VILLARREAL

14 May 2008
The squad started to prepare the game against Villarreal during Wednesday's morning. The main novelties were the absences of Verd??, Guardado, Wilhelmsson, Aouate, Filipe, Coloccini and Xisco. After the session ended, Lotina talked with reporters about the present of his team.

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SEARCHING FOR AN HISTORIC QUALIFICATION

SEARCHING FOR AN HISTORIC QUALIFICATION

13 May 2008
If Deportivo is able to clinch the Intertoto spot on Sunday, Lotina's team will make history. Because it will become the first club in Spain to play a European competition after ending the first round in relegation. There are some precedents in la liga about big comebacks, but nobody has reached an Europe tournament after been in the drop zone at the end of the first round.

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