Brief History: The very beginning
In 1902 José María Abalo, a Coruña local who returned to his hometown after studying in England, introduced football to Corunna. It started when he introduced the game to his group of friends who practiced it in the Bullring; little did they know this sport would turn into a phenomenon.
In 1904, Abalo and his group of friends formed a football team called Coruna. The game reached a new popularity as members of a prestigious gymnasium called Sala Calvet took notice and began to practice this new sport considered "exotic" by the young people of the city. This was the start of football's passage of time in Corunna.
The start of Deportivo
In December 1906 these young men from Sala Calvet gymnasium created their own team called Club Deportivo da Sala Calvet, that in time would become Deportivo de A Coruña. Two and a half years later the club was given the mark of royalty by King Alfonso XIII and from then on would be known as Real Club Deportivo de A Coruña. At the time things were looking up as Deportivo moved into a new stadium called the Riazor (now called the Velho Riazor).
Deportivo turns professional
Deportivo would continue to play in various leagues in Galicia for two decades until 1928, when the Spanish league was formed. Deportivo would fail to achieve qualification for the "Primera División" and so would begin playing in the Segunda División. Deportivo remained in the Segunda División, their greatest achievement eliminating Real Madrid from the Copa del Rey until finally achieving promotion to the Primera División in 1941.
For a century, Coruña has lived through moments of sadness and joy, ups and downs, hope and disillusionment. Through uncertain periods immersed in great debt and relatively unknown; through resounding defeats and epic triumphs, until the greatest moment in Real Club Deportivo de La Coruña's history - the first League title of their history in the season of 1999-2000 - through the Champions League nights at Riazor.
Deportivo has supported a long national rivalry with fellow Galicians the Celta de Vigo due to the geographical situation and with Valencia due to the big duels disputed between both as those of league which is the most remembered of '98 since Deportivo was playing the league against Valencia in the last game, the final of the Copa del Rey of '95 or the "Supercopa de España". To the clash between both was named "El Otro Clasico", referring to the clash between Real Madrid and Barcelona.
LIGA: 1 (1999/2000)
LIGA RUNNERS-UP: 5 (1949/1950, 1993/1994, 1994/1995, 2000/2001, 2001/2002)
LIGA THIRD PLACE: 4 (1992/1993, 1996/1997, 2002/2003, 2003/2004)
COPA DEL REY: 2 (1995, 2002)
COPA DEL REY SEMI-FINALS: 4 (1999, 2003, 2006, 2007)
SPANISH SUPERCOPA: 3 (1995, 2000, 2002)
PARTICIPATIONS IN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: 5 (2000/2001, 2001/2002, 2002/2003, 2003/2004, 2004/2005)
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SEMI-FINALS: 1 (2003/2004; exit against winners FC Porto)
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE QUARTERFINALS: 2 (2000/2001, 2001/2002)
QUALIFICATION FOR CUP WINNERS' CUP: 1 (1995/1996)
CUP WINNERS' CUP SEMI-FINALS: 1 (1995/1996; exit against winners PSG)
QUALIFICATION FOR UEFA CUP: 5 (1993/1994, 1994/1995, 1997/1998, 1999/2000, 2008/2009)
QUALIFICATION FOR INTERTOTO CUP: 2 (2005, 2008)
Estadio Municipal de Riazor, 34,600 seats
Well I don't really watch La Liga, but for some reason or another I always keep in touch with Deportivo's progress. I just noticed there wasn't a thread, so I figured I'd make one for them. There are so many Deportivo fans around the world and in Spain, and I just think its been great how they have been playing so far this season. They have really improved their defense, and their recent victory against Sevilla showed their potential. I'd like to see them finish in the top 4, if they continue to take it one week at a time, and take advantage of teams like Atletico's current form and continue to stack up the points, then I think its very possible for them to reach the top 4.
So come in here, and discuss anything Deportivo related. Join the lovefest!