Player of the year - season 2007/2008


May 25th, 2008. peña members elect each season the best player, the best newcomer and the best young player (U-23) at Depor's squad. This season, Julian De Guzmán has won the award of player of the year, while the best young award and best newcomer award is for Andrés Guardado. De Guzmán was a crucial piece in Lotina's midfield and Guardado was one the best players in the squad at the beginning of the liga tournament.

The procedure used is very simple: Each peña member awarded the three best Depor's players in every official match (liga & copa) with the options of 5, 3 or 1 point according to their performance. The totals of each match were added and the best three players on each game were awarded with 5, 3 or 1 point. The totals were accumulated and the winner resulted to be the player with the higher number of points according to the three categories

And the best player for the season 2007/2008 is Julian de Guzmán. The Canadian midfielder fulfilled his third season at Depor and once again demonstrated to be a vital piece at Depor's strategy. The ex-Hannover 96 was one of the four pivotes at the squad and was the one with more minutes on the liga season (2,923). He should be considered as the lung in midfield, the player responsible for the defensive tasks and the first line of defence against the rival's attacks.

One of his main characteristics is his consistency. De Guzmán only missed four matches in the whole liga campaign and in fact, he only missed 90 minutes on the pitch during the second round. And this absence was caused by a suspension for the visit game against RCD Mallorca. Encounter that Depor lost (0-1) and in which his absence was noticed. peña members always valued his heart and sacrifice in the games, that's why he was rewarded with 59 points in his 34 matches played on the liga campaign (he didn't play in copa del rey). As example the game against Villarreal at the Riazor, the last one of the season. Depor lost the encounter, but the work of the Canadian international was applauded by the peña members as all the voters for the game awarded him with the 5 points, the higher possible number in the voting system.

The final table of points for the season 2007/2008:


The award for the best young player (U-23) and best newcomer was created by peña members during the past season. It was in order to honour the "young blood" at the squad and also to recognise one of the hardest roles in a football team: the one of a recent signing. On the past season, the winner of the best newcomer award was Dudu Aouate, while the winner of the best young player award was for Javier Arizmendi. This time the winner of these two awards is one single person: Andrés Guardado.

Guardado is a Mexican winger that arrived at the beginning of the campaign from Atlas in Mexico. Despite his age (22), he didn't have any problem to shine and find quickly the pace in a league from another continent. He started to distinguish himself since the beginning and at matchday 3, he was already a hero for the fans after he scored the winning goal in the first victory of the season (1-0 Vs. Real Betis at the Riazor).

The Mexican was the most important player in attack during the first round. In fact, after matchday 19, he already was the pichichi of the squad (4 goals) and also the player with more assistances (5). Reason why he was even the leader in the general ranking of

However, two unfortunate injuries sidelined him during the second round in la liga, ironically, the period of time in which Depor displayed its best football. In the end, he was only able to play during 256 minutes in this part of the tournament while he only scored one goal. This is the reason why he was surpassed by other players in the ranking system, but the points collected in the first round were enough to keep the awards as best newcomer and young player of the season.