The “Superdepor”, a classic in Europe

The “Superdepor”, a classic in Europe

There was a time not long ago, where talk of Deportivo Coruna, He was talking about a formidable team nobody wanted to face. A large Europe and Spain strolling through the world the name of a city that barely reaches 250.000 population. a set, who for many years it played havoc wherever he went.




Despite being a team with a very old tradition (Deportivo creation dates from 1906), it was not until 1992 when the Galicians lift that label team that had won would be removed due to its continuous promotions and demotions. And it's going to take to become the “Superdepor”. And it is that this summer 1992 It would mark a turning point in the history of the Galician box. The team had managed to climb to first the 10 June 1991 and that first year had served to consolidate in the top flight.

The second season was coming as marked by two important events: conversion into a corporation due to the entry of the law forcing teams to become SA (with the exception of R. Madrid, Barcelona, Athletic and Osasuna) and investing in big signings that would result in the quality leap.

Those already Liaño, Fran, Claudio Barragan Lopez Rekarte or, Cesar Augusto entity Lendoiro added the signings of two Brazilian star ,Bebeto and Mauro Silva, and a Serbian central Miroslav Djukic huge projection called. all, under the baton of a war veteran: Arsenio Iglesias, “the Witch Arteixo”.

Bebeto Arsenio Iglesias with two of the greatest exponents of Superdepor.
Bebeto Arsenio Iglesias with two of the greatest exponents of Superdepor.




How could it be otherwise, the results were swift and the team finished third behind only Barcelona and Real Madrid. further, Liano won the Zamora and Bebeto was the top scorer in the league.

The season 93-94 It would be the consecration of the elite team. Depor led the league since the day 14 and only squandered a penalty by Djukic in the last minute of the League against Valencia would prevent the box Coruñes win their first League. However, The year was not all bad, as the team made its debut in the UEFA reaching eighth and also became the meanest team in the history of the league in a season (18 goals in 38 matches).

Djukic that fateful penalty that cost the league to Deportivo 1994.
Djukic that fateful penalty that cost the league to Deportivo 1994.

Next year, the 95, He would assume the first official title of Superdepor. The Galician side was to proclaim Cup champion by defeating Valencia 2-1 in an eventful final had to be suspended due to the rainfall in the Bernabeu. further, Arsenio Iglesias team would get a new league runner-up.

From that year, Depor would have a few years of staking where the highlight was to be a semifinal of the Recopa in the campaign 95-96 ante el Paris Saint Germain. But nevertheless, the entrance of the Bosman Law and succulent television contracts led the team out arming themselves with great players they would bring the club more nights of glory. ( Rivaldo, Djalminha, Makaay, Naybet, Victor Romero o)

That was how the season 1999-2000, Jabo Irureta already on the bench, the team would be crowned champions for the first time in its history thus closing the wound of that penalty missed by Djukic. Successes that were to follow exhibits the following year, Champions where the team would fall against Leeds in the quarter after two initial phases fruitful, and League, with a new runner-up.

Depor was league champion in the 2000 hand Jabo Irureta.
Depor was league champion in the 2000 hand Jabo Irureta.



The season 2001-02 It would be the Centenariazo. Birthday party Real Madrid had marked its peak the 6 March with the date of the final of the Copa del Rey. The host, a team full of galactic figures, I would fall defeated before his audience with a memorable performance of Valeron, Sergio and Diego Tristán. Thus, the Superdepor became his second Cup, This more value if possible, the stage, the rival, and how he had gotten. further, in Europe despite falling again into quarters, It is displaying a wonderful game that served to win at Highbury was, Old Trafford among other stadiums mythical.

The bell 2003-04 It would be the last of a great Depor. The team would get to reach the semifinals of the Champions League after back from a 4-1 to Milan in the quarterfinals. But nevertheless, Porto Mourinho would end the dream Galician to remove thanks to a penalty I called in Riazor. further, League, the team would finish being third. With the departure of Jabo Irureta and Mauro Silva, the last symbol in 2005 and the loss of economic capacity, Galician club was going backwards prominence over the years to reach down into the season 2010-11 and in the 2012-13.

Mauro Silva was in the Depor up 2005.
Mauro Silva was in the Depor up 2005.
Julio Muñoz

Julio Muñoz

Journalist, specialist in international football and retro. I write in Colgadosporelfutbol.com and you can follow me at @ juliomv1982

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