DEPORTIVO HISTORY

Jose Maria Abalo, a Spanish student who had recently returned from England, introduced football to La Coruna in 1902 and two years later the first ‘official’ game was played at the local bullring against the crew of the English ship ‘Dilligent’.

Granted royal patronage before the end of the decade, Depor were founder members of La Segunda in 1928 but had to wait until 1941 for promotion to the top flight. The Galicians finished runners-up eight years later, yet the end of the 1950s saw a 15-year period when the team became one of the yo-yo outfits of Spanish football, disaster striking in the early 1970s with relegation to the third tier for the first time.

However, despite instant promotion back to La Segunda, Depor did not return to the top flight until 1991, after which followed the club’s ‘Golden Age’ with a first La Liga success in 2000 and Copa del Rey wins in 1995 and 2002, as well three Spanish Supercopas, in 1995, 2000 and 2002.

There was also a Champions League semi-final appearance in 2004, going down 1-0 to Porto on aggregate, before financial hardship bit towards the end of the decade culminating in relegation to La Segunda in 2011.

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