Past Players - Arsenio

ARSENIO IGLESIAS PARDO
Date of Birth: December 24, 1930
Place of Birth: Arteixo, Galicia
Time at Depor (coach): 1971-73, 1982-85, 1987-1994
Clubs as a player: Albacete (1965-1966), Real Oviedo (1963-1965), Granada (1958-1961), Sevilla (1957-1958), Deportivo (1951-1957)
Clubs as a coach: Galicia (2005-now), Real Madrid (1995-1996), Deportivo (1987-1994), Deportivo (1982-1985), Elche (1981-1982), Almer?­a (1980-1981), Real Burgos (1978-1979), Zaragoza (1977-1978), H?©rcules (1973-1977), Deportivo (1971-1973), Deportivo B (1967-1971)
Titles conquered: Copa Del Rey (1995)
Current status: Semi-retired (he coaches Galicia’s national team)


ARSENIO IGLESIAS is a legendary figure at Deportivo, one of those who have been rarely seen in football. He started his professional career as a player in Depor during the 50's, after his retirement he coached the Galician club in several occasions. Arsenio was the trainer of the squad during the first golden era, the one of the Superdepor and the first Copa del Rey title. Currently he’s the coach of Galicia.

Arsenio was born in Arteixo (La Coru?±a) in 1930, he was part of a big family of nine brothers. Arsenio played in his early years in Penouqueira, Ciudad Jard?­n and Berganti?±os. Then he arrived to Fabril (Deportivo B) and later the legendary ex-player and coach Chacho called him to the first squad. His debut occurred on October 28th, 1951 in the mythic Les Corts against the powerful Barcelona, the Galicians suffered a 1-6 defeat, despite of the result he showed his skills and participated in the goal of his squad. Seven days later, Arsenio appeared once again in the lineup, this time it was for the visit of RCD Espanyol to Riazor, Depor won the match and Arsenio scored one of Depor's goals.

The 21-year-old boy gave good sensations and continued to be in the line-ups of the Galician squad. The 50's were the first golden era of Deportivo and Arsenio took advantage of the occasion to demonstrate the great player that he was, he helped to achieve the first Teresa Herrera for Deportivo alone with other figures like Pahi?±o.

But the good times ended soon. The season 1956/1957 was very disappointing and Depor ended 15th in a Liga that was composed by 16 clubs. With the relegation to Segunda as a consequence, Depor had to sell its best assets and Arsenio Iglesias was part of it. But his legacy continued to be important, until the season 2006/07 Arsenio is the 24th man in the list of Depor's players with more minutes in Primera (12,907). He also occupies the 15th spot in the list of Deportivo's historic scorers with 32 goals.

He continued his career in Sevilla, Granada, Real Oviedo and Albacete. But the things weren't the same as he admitted it a few years later: "They (Deportivo) had to sell me. I wasn't the same and never enjoyed the pleasure of controlling the ball anymore." His best moment after leaving Depor is the goal that he scored with Real Oviedo in the last matchday of the season. It was against Athletic Bilbao in La Catedral. The goal saved Oviedo from the relegation to Segunda.

He ended his career as a player in 1966 and thanks to the advice of his friend Heriberto Herrera, he decided to start coaching. In 1967 he received an invitation to train Fabril, he accepted and maintained a double roll in the squad: training the youngsters and as the main assistance of the first coach, Chech?© Mart?­n. A big change in his life occurred on January 2nd, 1971. He received a call telling him that he was the new coach of the first team. At that time Depor was playing in Segunda.

Altough that it was his first serious experience as a coach, Arsenio did a good job and achieved the promotion to Primera. The following campaign (1971/1972) was also very positive. The club ended 14th and maintained its place in Primera, breaking the old legend of the "ascensor" (a club that one year goes up to Primera, and that in the following one goes down to Segunda).

But he couldn't fulfill the job in the following season. Depor sold his best player (Manolete) and as consequence, the team suffered all over the campaign and ended in the 17th spot in the table. It was the first and only time in his career that Arsenio Iglesias suffered the torment of been relegated as a coach.

He said goodbye to Deportivo and took command of a little team in Alicante: H?©rcules. The club was playing in Segunda, thanks to Arsenio's work the team won a surprising promotion to Primera, everybody though that the miracle will disappear in the next season, but H?©rcules surprised one more time and ended 5th in the table missing the UEFA cup by the goal-average. In the following campaign he repeated the results and H?©rcules ended 6th in la liga, but he was tired of the pressure from the fans and announced his exit from Alicante after the club ended 12th in the season 1976/1977. Since then, H?©rcules started to fall and nobody has bee able to repeat Arsenio's results with the team.

Arsenio Iglesias took the command of Zaragoza for the 1977/1978 campaign. Los Ma?±os were playing in Segunda and for the third time in his career, the Galician coach won a promotion to Primera. He didn't want to continue and preferred to coach Real Burgos, a club that at that time was in Primera. The main mission for the season 1978/1979 was to maintain its place in Primera and he fulfilled the job with merits: Burgos ended 13th that year.

But the Galician coach didn't continue and instead he chose to train Almer?­a in its Primera campaign (1980-1981). For the first time in his career, Arsenio didn't end the season as a coach, several internal disputes caused his exit from the job. In the following season he trained Elche in Segunda and missed the promotion to Primera by inches.

Finally, Arsenio Iglesias returned to Deportivo for the season 1982/1983. The season was brilliant, but as it happened with Elche, Arsenio missed the promotion to Primera in the last game of the season. The 1-2 home defeat against Rayo Vallecano aborted the promotion and it was the biggest hit that Arsenio received in his career (even stronger that la liga championship missed with the Djukic’s penalty).

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