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30 Dec 2013
A look back to what Deportivo did in the year that’s ending, from the grief and sorrow after the first team suffered a second relegation in three years, to the hope and expectation after Depor ended the year as the leader at Liga Adelante.

2013 was a year of highs and downs for Deportivo La Coruña. Things were terrible wrong in January, the Galician outfit begin the year fighting to survive at Liga BBVA being the bottom team though only three points below the safety. Just in the New Year’s Eve José Luis Oltra was sacked and new boss Domingos Paciência was just getting used to the club.

And the hope was reborn in the first match in 2013 as Depor defeated Malaga CF 1-0 at the Riazor, which was only the third triumph for them on the Primera season. But that was only a mirage as it was the only victory with the Portuguese coach.

The following match was also acceptable as Depor grabbed a point visiting Champions League aspirant Real Sociedad (1-1). Then there was a debacle with Los Blanquiazules suffering four straight losses: 1-2 at CA Osasuna, 2-3 Vs. Valencia CF, 1-3 at Getafe CF and 0-3 Vs. Granada CF.

The latter was the biggest loss on the season playing at the Riazor and the most conflictive moment with the fans as there were many protests in the stadium leading to the exit of Paciência after only 44 days in the job. Fernando Vázquez landed and Deportivo unusually had three coaches in only one season.

Despite his optimistic speech the negative results continued and Depor spent fourth straight matches without victories: 1-3 at Sevilla CF; 1-2 Vs. Real Madrid, 0-0 Vs. Rayo Vallecano and 0-2 at FC Barcelona. It was matchday 27 (March 9) and Deportivo still was the bottom team, now nine points below the safety.

Eleven games were remaining, but Depor were going to star a miraculous comeback that began with four straight victories: 3-1 Vs. RC Celta, 3-2 at RCD Mallorca, 3-2 Vs. Real Zaragoza and 4-0 Vs. UD Levante. Despite the latter result was in doubt due to a match-fixing scandal the true is that Depor and Fernando Vázquez were on the spotlight, because in only a month the team was already out of relegation lying at the 16th position (April 13).

The run of victories was cut with three straight draws: 1-1 at home facing Athletic Bilbao, 1-1 visiting Real Betis and 0-0 at the Riazor against Atlético Madrid. The Galicians were undefeated within the previous seven games, but the draws pulled the team back into relegation. Then Depor suffered a 0-1 loss visiting Real Valladolid.

Hope returned to A Coruña after a 2-0 victory at the Riazor facing RCD Espanyol (May 19). Thanks to this result Depor were out of the pit, though only by one point. And after all the fight the relegation was consumed after the team lost the last two games in the season: 1-3 at Malaga CF and 0-1 Vs. Real Sociedad.

June 01, the worst day in 2013 with Depor suffering the relegation to Segunda
The summer was tough, Fernando Vázquez stayed, but there were many problems: problems with the Bankruptcy Administration, the creditors, the Tax Agency and even a conflict with the players that almost cost the relegation on July 31.

The financial problems forced the club to begin the new season with a short team only composed by eighteen men, a number that was increased to nineteen after the arrival of Antonio Núñez when the transfer window was already closed.

So, it wasn’t strange that the Segunda tournament 2013/14 began with Depor as one of the favourites, but with a big question mark surrounding its candidacy to promotion. The start was promising with a 1-0 win visiting UD Las Palmas.

But later the Galician team lost three of the next four matches, with two straight losses at the Riazor: 0-1 Vs. Córdoba CF and Real Murcia. In the middle a 3-0 win visiting CE Sabadell CF. The 0-2 loss visiting Sporting Gijón meant the lowest point for the team: 14th at the standings and four points below the promotion seats (September 15). Besides the team was eliminated in Copa Del Rey before Real Jaén (0-2), in the previous round there was an endless penalty shootout against Córdoba CF.

And then Deportivo bounced back spending five straight matches without defeats: 1-0 Vs. AD Alcorcón, 2-0 at Hércules CF, 0-0 Vs. CD Mirandés, 1-0 at Barcelona B and 1-1 Vs. Real Zaragoza. These results helped Los Blanquiazules to reach the promotion seats (October 20).

Then Depor suffered a disappointing 0-2 defeat visiting CD Tenerife, but it was just a tiny spot after Fernando Vázquez’s team clinched four straight victories: 2-0 Vs. Real Madrid Castilla, 1-0 Vs. Recreativo de Huelva, 3-1 Vs. RCD Mallorca and 1-0 Vs. SD Ponferradina.

November 24, the best day in 2013 as Depor reached the top of the standings at Segunda after defeating SD Ponferradina
This rally helped Depor to reach the leadership in the league (November 24), which was a big success after all the doubts had only two months before. Then there was a goalless game against CD Lugo, which was followed by a 2-1 win over Deportivo Alavés.

The 1-2 loss visiting SD Eibar was the last setback of the year and Depor closed the year with an exciting 3-3 draw at home hosting CD Numancia. The Galician outfit ended the year at the first place at Liga Adelante, truly only two points over chasers Sporting Gijón and Recreativo de Huelva, but more hopeful comparing to how the year began, and specially more optimistic after all the suffering had at the middle of 2013.

Deportivo played 42 games in the year (21 at Primera, 19 at Segunda and 2 in Copa Del Rey). The mark had by coaches Paciência and Fernando Vázquez was 18 victories, 6 draws and 16 defeats, with a goal difference of +1 as the Galicians netted 50 goals allowing 49.



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