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22 Oct 2014
The circumstances caused a special situation during the home clash against Valencia. Last Sunday Pablo Insua was the captain of Deportivo during a league meeting; it’s the youngest player to wear the armband in 30 years.

In football the captains are called to be the leaders on the pitch, normally the captain are named at the beginning of each season. In some countries the role is decided by the coach, but in Spain normally the function is for the most veteran players at the teams.

In the case of Deportivo the tradition is that the players with more years at the team are the ones named as the team captains. So, normally the captains are 25 or older. Within the last years the first captain of the Galician club has been Manuel Pablo, who landed at the club in 1998. The others captain are Juan Dominguez, Laure and Álex Bergantiños, trio that, beyond spending some years at the first team, is also coming out from Depor B.

And there were special circumstances in the past game against Valencia CF. Juan Dominguez was out injured, Manuel Pablo wasn’t picked for the first time on the season, while Laure and Álex started on the bench, so it was decided that Pablo Insua should be the captain of the team.

Insua is only 21 and became into the youngest captain at Deportivo in 30 years playing for one single game in a league competition. The last time Depor had a young captain for one single league match was for the Segunda season 1984/85.  There was a strike hitting professional football and coach Arsenio Iglesias had to present a team with players from the Juvenile team in order to face CD Tenerife at the Riazor.

The captain in that game was José Antonio Vieites ‘Chechu’, who was 21 and later became a well-known coach in Galicia. The considered best captains in the history of the club are Fran González and José Luis Vara, both came out from the academy and both played the role of captain at his 20’s, but never before been 22.

On Monday, Insua talked to reporters and said that it was a pride to be the captain of the team, “It was a big pleasure, though it’s a small symbol to carry the captain’s armband. It’s something to be proud, especially for been coming out from the academy.  I felt it and it was a very special moment.”

The true is that Insua is used to shine at a very young age. In 2010, at the age of 16, he became into the youngest player to debut with Deportivo B during the decade in which the team was under the command of Tito Ramallo. Three years later he debuted with the first team. 




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