Squad news


06 Sep 2012
For the first time in the history Deportivo is having eight foreigners coming from the same country. And it’s that Oltra is having eight Portuguese players at the first team, nine considering that another one plays at Deportivo B.

The closure of the transfer window left Deportivo with eight Portuguese players at the first team. Suddenly the club was filed with Lusitanian players, because just two years ago the club only had centre back Ze Castro coming from Portugal. The Coimbra-born player joined Depor in 2009 through a loan deal with Atlético Madrid that included a buyout option.

The drastic change started on the past season, president Lendoiro contacted super-agent Jorge Mendes and the club became the host of the Portuguese brigade, which started with the arrivals of left winger Diogo Salomão and right winger Bruno Gama.

Deportivo returned to Primera División and became an important showcase for the interests of Mendes; in this sense six additional Portuguese players joined the team for the season that has just started. First it was centre midfielder André Santos, then it was the turn of left winger Pizzi

The Portuguese invasion continued with the arrival of the duo composed by centre back Roderick Miranda and striker Nélson Oliveira. The last Lusitanian that landed at Deportivo was left-back Tiago Pinto, who was presented this week.

And the number could raise up to nine Portuguese players taking into account the presence of Paulo Teles, a 19-year-old midfielder that performs for Fabril. He arrived from SL Benfica and already trained with the first team coached by Oltra.

It’s a record at the club as never before there were so many foreigners at the first team coming from the same country. The last time a similar situation occurred was on the season 1996/97 as Deportivo had five Brazilian players at the first team: Flávio Conceição, Donato, Mauro Silva, Renaldo and Rivaldo

There’s a second group that stands at Deportivo: the Canarians. Currently the Galician outfit has four players coming from the Canary Islands: playmaker Juan Carlos Valerón, right-back Manuel Pablo, centre back Aythami Artiles and left-back Ayoze Diaz.

Three are the players that were born in Madrid: right-back Laureano Sanabria ´Laure´, striker Iván Sánchez Rico ´Riki´ and left winger Javier Camuñas. Other three were born in Andalusia: centre back Carlos Marchena, centre midfielder Jesús Vázquez and striker Rodolfo Bodipo, who chose the Equatoguinean nationality but he was born in Seville.

The Galician region is only represented by three players: centre midfielders Álex Bergantiños and Juan Dominguez, plus right-back Diego Seoane. The remaining four players are coming from different places.

In the recent past Argentina was represented by more than two players at the same time, now there’s only one man coming from that country: goalkeeper German Lux. There's one Brazilian at the team: Evaldo Fabiano. The other South American player at the team is Colombian midfielder Abel Aguilar. Finally the other keeper at the team, Dani Aranzubia, is from La Rioja, while winger Saul Fernandez is Asturian.



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