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THE MATCH OF THE DECADE

25 Dec 2009
The 4-0 ‘miracle’ win over AC Milan in Champions League has been selected has the best Depor’s match of the decade. It wasn’t an easy selection, because several of the best games ever played by Deportivo occurred in the period 2000-09.

The decade 2000-09 is without doubt the most successful period in the history of Deportivo La Coruña; it brought four titles (one liga, one Copa Del Rey and two Supercopas) and many satisfactions for the Blanquiazul fans around the globe. A great joy that included the big nights in Champions League, the assaults to the most feared stadiums in Europe, the continuous nightmare of Real Madrid playing at the Riazor, the first triumphs at the Camp Nou, the 0-5 win at Balaídos, and many more memories that will mark this glorious decade.  Of course there were bad moments too, like the 3-8 downfall at Monaco, but it’s clear that the happiness doubled the moments of sadness.

And the bigger of those memories was the huge and without precedents comeback over AC Milan during the UEFA 2003/2004 Champions League quarterfinals round. Depor needed to overcome the 1-4 set-back of the first-leg, and it seemed to be an impossible mission, but the players of Javier Irureta did it in just forty-five minutes, a lesson of offensive football that was complemented by a master class in defence during the second part. Unfortunately, Depor didn’t pass the semifinal round as it was eliminated by the Porto FC of Jose Mourinho, but that moment of glory will forever stay in the memory of the fans. So much that RCDLC.com decided to pick this confrontation as the best match of Deportivo during the decade.

It wasn’t because it was a huge score against a giant club in Europe, neither because it helped Depor to reach the semifinals in Champions League for the first time in its history, but for the passion shown by the players on the pitch. Never before was witnessed a similar intensity during a Depor’s match, just to remember how the fans at the Riazor were applauding their team at half-time as the players were running to the changing room, a classic moment that illustrates the unforgettable moments lived within the last ten years.

Another match that will stay in the collective memory is the final in Copa Del Rey 2001/02 against Real Madrid, which is known as Centenariazo due to the big repercussion carried by this triumph over the self-proclaimed “best team in the world” during its 100th anniversary celebration. It meant the fifth official title for Deportivo and the second Copa Del Rey going directly to the trophy room of the Riazor.

Third in the list is the match in which Deportivo conquered its only liga title, a 2-0 win over RCD Espanyol that fired the celebration in Galicia. The other two matches at the top-five list are victories obtained in the Champions League, more precisely the wins over Paris St-Germain and Manchester United, matches that beyond the three points, it carried prestige to a club that was starting to get known in Europe, that’s the reason why those games are important.

The best five matches of Deportivo on the decade 2000-09:

1- Deportivo 4 – AC Milan 0 (Champions League 2004/2005)
2- Real Madrid 1 – Deportivo 2 (Copa Del Rey 2001/2002)
3- Deportivo 2 – RCD Espanyol 0 (La Liga 1999/2000)
4- Deportivo 4 – PSG 3 (Champions League 2000/2001)
5- Manchester United 2 – Deportivo 3 (Champions League 2001/2002)

But the true is that this article is insufficient to list the great number of satisfactions that president Augusto César Lendoiro and his ‘little’ club in Galicia brought to the fans during this glorious decade. However, RCDLC.com presents a quick list to remember part of all those huge results conquered by Deportivo, and that demonstrates that the period 2000-2009 was, without any doubt, the happiest in the centenary history of the Galician club.

35 additional reasons why the period 2000-09 was the biggest one in the history of Deportivo:

* 06/Feb/2000: Deportivo 5 – Real Madrid 2 (la liga, season 1999/00)
* 07/May/2000: Deportivo 2 – Zaragoza 2 (la liga, season 1999/00)
* 26/Sept/2000: Juventus 0 – Deportivo 0 (Champions, 2000/01)
* 21/Nov/2000: PSG 1 – Deportivo 3 (Champions, 2000/01)
* 14/Jan/2001: Deportivo 2 – Valencia 0 (la liga, season 2000/01)
* 18/Feb/2001: Barcelona 2 – Deportivo 3 (la liga, season 2000/01)
* 25/Feb/2001: Deportivo 2 – Real Madrid 2 (la liga, season 2000/01)
* 13/Mar/2001: AC Milan 1 – Deportivo 1 (Champions, 2000/01)
* 26/Sept/2001: Deportivo 2 – Man Utd. 1 (Champions, 2001/02)
* 21/Nov/2001: Deportivo 2 - Arsenal 0 (Champions, 2001/02)
* 12/Mar/2002: Arsenal 0 – Deportivo 2 (Champions, 2001/02)
* 12/May/2002: Deportivo 3 – Real Madrid 0 (la liga, season 2001/02)
* 18/Aug/2002: Deportivo 3- Valencia 0 (first-leg, Supercopa 2002)
* 25/Aug/2002: Valencia 0 – Deportivo 1 (second-leg, Supercopa 2002)
* 18/Sept/2002: Bayern Munich 2 – Deportivo 3 (Champions, 2002/03)
* 29/Oct/2002: Deportivo 2 – Bayern Munich 1 (Champions, 2002/03)
* 13/Nov/2002: AC Milan 1 – Deportivo 2 (Champions, 2002/03)
* 22/Feb/2003: Deportivo 6 – Alavés 0 (la liga, season 2002/03)
* 12/Apr/2003: Barcelona 2 – Deportivo 4 (la liga, season 2002/03)
* 04/May/2003: Deportivo 5 – Recreativo 0 (la liga, season 2002/03)
* 18/Oct/2003: Barcelona 0 – Deportivo 2 (la liga, season 2003/04)
* 03/Jan/2004: Celta 0 – Deportivo 5 (la liga, season 2003/04)
* 25/Feb/2004: Deportivo 1 – Juventus 0 (Champions, 2003/04)
* 03/Oct/2004: Real Madrid 0 – Deportivo 1 (la liga, season 2003/04)
* 10/Mar/2004: Juventus  0 – Deportivo 1 (Champions, 2003/04)
* 15/May/2005 Deportivo 3 – Celta 0 (la liga, season 2003/04)
* 03/Aug/2005: Newcastle Utd 1 – Deportivo 2 (Intertoto 2005)
* 26/Oct/2005: Deportivo 3 – Real Madrid 1 (la liga, season 2005/06)
* 27/Aug/2006: Deportivo 3 – Zaragoza 2 (la liga, season 2006/07)
* 07/Jan/2007: Deportivo 2 – Real Madrid 0 (la liga, season 2006/07)
* 27/Jan/2008: Deportivo 3 – Valladolid 1 (la liga, season 2007/08)
* 01/Mar/2008: Deportivo 2 – Sevilla 1 (la liga, season 2007/08)
* 02/Oct/2008: Deportivo 2 – Brann Bergen 0 (UEFA Cup 2008/09)
* 21/Dec/2008: Deportivo 4 – Recreativo 1 (la liga, season 2008/09)
* 08/Mar/2009: Deportivo 5 – Racing 3 (la liga, season 2008/09)

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