Honours

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)
SEASONS AT PRIMERA DIVISIÓN: 43
TITLES AT SEGUNDA DIVISIÓN: 6 (1939/40, 1961/62, 1963/64, 1965/66, 1967/68, 2011/12

LIGA

The national league of Spain, the Liga Nacional de Fútbol Profesional (LFP), started in 1928. Since then, both Real Madrid and Barcelona have dominated the competition and have created a legacy. Real Madrid have always been the biggest club around and even have won five consecutive titles from 1986 until 1990. Then it was time for Barcelona who dominated the Liga from 1991 until 1994. But the middle of the nineties a change in Spanish football happended and the appearance of relative smaller clubs like Atl?©tico (winning the 'double' in 1996), Valencia (champions in 2002 and 2004), and Deportivo (champions in 2000) performing reasonably well. On the summer of 2008, it was announced a change in the name of the league. Starting on the season 2008/2009, the competition is now called LIGA BBVA, since the bank BBVA (Banco Bilbao Vizcaya) started to sponsor the league.

The amount of matches to be played used to vary every season, but since the season 1997/98 the Liga consists of 38 matches for each team. Each team will meet all other teams twice, having 19 home matches and 19 away matches. The years before this amount of 38 matches, the competition consisted of 22 participants causing a schedule of 42 matches. Obviously, the team with most points at the end will be the champions and will be able to participate in the UEFA Champions League. The second placed team also entered the Champions League directly while the teams placed third and fourth earned a ticket to play pre-round Champions League. For the next two as well the Copa del Rey winners, UEFA Cup tickets await.

Deportivo have won one Liga so far, but this should (and could) have been two. In the season 1993/1994 the team had been leading the Primera División for months when the final match of the season arrived. Valencia were the opponent in Riazor and a win would guarantee a Liga victory. Although rivals Barcelona had difficulties with beating Sevilla at the same time, near the end of that match the score was 5-2 and obligated Deportivo to win their match. The team was awarded a penalty kick near the end but it was mised by Miroslav Djukic. A cruel reality was that Barcelona won the Liga 1993/1994 only on goal-difference.

Revenge was sweet six years later when the team finally clinched the Liga in the season 1999/2000. That season the main rival proved to be, again, Barcelona. History repeated itself as Deportivo dominated the competition but saw their distance crumbling down by the week. But the 2-0 home win against Espanyol on 19 May, 2000 finally brought relief to the city, the club and their supporters.

Since the promotion in 1991 and escaping relegation in 1992, Deportivo have done very well in the Liga until and including 2004. In 1994, as mentioned, the team finished second and this was repeated in 1995, 2001 and 2002. A third place was conquered in 1993, 1997, 2003 and 2004. In 1996 there was a disappointing ninth position while in 1998 position number twelve was reached. But no other Spanish team could claim to have finished among the first three within the years 2000-2004. Finishing eighth in the seasons 2004/2005 and 2005/2006 has spoiled this series. The thirteenth place in 2006/2007 was Depor's lowest position since 1991. For the 2007/2008 campaign, Depor ended eighth earning the UEFA Intertoto spot, a great achievement considering the team ended the first leg in relegation zone (19th). One year later the squad ended seventh. The Blanquiazul outfit was tenth for the season 2009/10 and then was 18th on the 2010/11, meaning the relegation to Segunda after two decades at the elite of Spanish football, but Depor returned immediately to the top after clinching its sixth title at Segunda for the season 2011/12.

LIGA WINNERS SINCE 1981:
1981
Real Sociedad
1982 Real Sociedad
1983 Athletic de Bilbao
1984 Athletic de Bilbao
1985 FC Barcelona
1986 Real Madrid
1987 Real Madrid
1988 Real Madrid
1989 Real Madrid
1990 Real Madrid
1991 FC Barcelona
1992 FC Barcelona
1993 FC Barcelona
1994 FC Barcelona
1995 Real Madrid
1996 Atlético de Madrid
1997 Real Madrid
1998 FC Barcelona
1999 FC Barcelona
2000 Deportivo
2001 Real Madrid
2002
Valencia
2003 Real Madrid
2004 Valencia
2005 FC Barcelona
2006 FC Barcelona
2007 Real Madrid
2008 Real Madrid
2009 Barcelona
2010 Barcelona
2011 Barcelona
2012 Real Madrid

COPA DEL REY 

The Spanish King's Cup, the Copa del Rey, started in 1902. In 2001 a big format change occurred as the two earliest rounds were played over one leg at the ground of the lesser division side. All Primera División teams entered the competition from the first round together with Segunda División A teams and winners from a preliminary round involving the top teams from the Segunda División B and the Tercera División.

Primera División clubs are seeded in the first two rounds, and clubs competing in European competitions are seeded from the last sixteen stage. The first two rounds were "regionalised", with clubs first of all being sorted into four geographical sections before the draw is made. This was considered a success by the Spanish football federation and was used since then. However, in the latest editions the cup has been played in one-game-series, at least in the first two rounds. It's also common that clubs competing in Europe are released to play the first rounds.

Deportivo have won the Copa del Rey two times in their almost 100 years of history. The first win, in 1995, was the first prize ever for Deportivo. Goals of Manjarí­n and Alfredo gave Deportivo a 2-1 win against Valencia in a dramatic encounter. The original match had to be postponed near the end because of heavy rain. Three days later both teams restarted the match at 1-1, but Alfredo scored a quick second goal to earn Deportivo the trophy.

In 2002 there was another dramatic Copa del Rey victory of Deportivo because of the circumstances. It was 6 March, 2002 and exactly 100 years ago that Real Madrid had been founded. This club had 'arranged' to have the Copa del Rey final match to be played in their stadium on the exact centenario day. Real Madrid had laid stress on the tournament that season because they desperately wanted to celebrate the day in style. But they didn't expect that all this had highly motivated Deportivo who seemed better prepared to handle the pressure and to win 1-2.

COPA DEL REY WINNERS SINCE 1972:
1972 Atlético de Madrid
1973
Athletic de Bilbao
1974
Real Madrid
1975
Real Madrid
1976
Atlético de Madrid
1977
Betis Sevilla
1978
FC Barcelona
1979
Valencia
1980
Real Madrid
1981
FC Barcelona
1982
Real Madrid
1983
FC Barcelona
1984
Athlétic de Bilbao
1985
Atlético de Madrid
1986
Real Zaragoza
1987
Real Sociedad
1988
FC Barcelona
1989
Real Madrid
1990
FC Barcelona
1991
Atlético de Madrid
1992
Atlético de Madrid
1993
Real Madrid
1994
Real Zaragoza
1995
Deportivo
1996
Atlético de Madrid
1997
FC Barcelona
1998
FC Barcelona
1999
Valencia
2000
Espanyol
2001
Real Zaragoza
2002
Deportivo
2003
Real Mallorca
2004
Real Zaragoza
2005
Betis Sevilla
2006
Espanyol
2007
Sevilla
2008 Valencia
2009 Barcelona
2010 Sevilla
2011 Real Madrid
2012 Barcelona
 

SPANISH SUPERCOPA

The Spanish Supercopa takes place before each season and goes between the previous winner of the Liga and the Copa del Rey. The current competition only began in 1982, but between 1940 and 1953 several other tournaments between the Liga and Copa winners were played.

In this period the Supercopa was named Copa del Generalí­simo, after Spanish dictator Franco. In 1940 it had the name of Copa de Campeones but it was not played until 1945 when the Ambassador of Argentina, due to the good relations with the Spanish military government, offered a trophy called Copa de Oro Argentina. In 1947 the Copa Eva Duarte de Perón was established as an annual tournament, as a tribute to the President of Argentina and his wife, the popular Evita. It was played between September and December, usually as one-match final.

Deportivo have played three Supercopa tournaments, and won all of them. The first one was against Real Madrid in 1995. Deportivo won 3-0 at home, and 1-2 in Madrid. The second Supercopa was won against Espanyol in 2000. The match in Barcelona finished 0-0 while Deportivo beat them 2-0 in La Coruña. The hattrick of SuperCopa triumphs was completed in 2002 when Liga champions Valencia were beaten 3-0 in Riazor and 0-1 at the Mestella. Deportivo have leaked just one goal in six Supercopa matches.

SUPERCOPA WINNERS SINCE 1982:
1982 Real Sociedad
1983 FC Barcelona
1984 -
(Athletic de Bilbao had won both the Liga and Copa)
1985
Atlético de Madrid
1986 - (R.Madrid and Zaragoza could not agree on dates)
1987 - (R.Madrid and Real Sociedad could not agree on dates)
1988
Real Madrid
1989 -
(Real Madrid had won both the Liga and Copa)
1990 Real Madrid
1991 FC Barcelona
1992 FC Barcelona
1993
Real Madrid
1994 FC Barcelona
1995
Deportivo
1996 FC Barcelona
1997 Real Madrid
1998
Real Mallorca
1999 Valencia
2000
Deportivo
2001 Real Madrid
2002 Deportivo
2003 Real Madrid
2004 Real Zaragoza
2005 FC Barcelona
2006 FC Barcelona
2007 Sevilla
2008 Real Madrid
2009 Barcelona
2010 Barcelona
2011 Barcelona
2012 Real Madrid

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

The Champions League is the European competition for the biggest clubs of each country. Prior to the 1992/1993 season, it was known as the European Cup, which was first staged in the 1955/1956 season.

From each country one or more clubs participate in this annual tournament, depending on the association's position in UEFA's coefficient ranking list. In the last editions (since 2003) the Champions League was set up with pre-rounds in August and one group phase after it. In the years before that, the tournament was constituted by two group phases and the Quarter Finals after it. Both winners and runners-up in each group progressed to the next round. The single final match takes place on a neutral venue.

Deportivo have participated five times in the Champions League. In the season 2000/2001 the team eliminated the giant club AC Milan from the second group phase and played a heroic match in Riazor against Paris-Saint Germain (4-3). The Quarter Finals would be the end as Leeds United proved to be too strong.

In the season 2001/2002 the Galicians added some other scalps as there was a home (2-1) and a away (2-3) win against Manchester United in the first group phase while in the second group phase the same happened against Arsenal (2-0 and 0-2). The revenge of Manchester United was there when it eliminated Deportivo from the Quarter Finals.

The season 2002/2003 was a 'mediocre' one compared to the others, but only because for the first time the team didn't survive a group phase. Nevertheless, Deportivo impressed Europe again with a double victory against Bayern Munich (2-1 and 2-3), the first ever win of a Spanish team in Munich. Qualification for the second group phase was sealed by another important away win, this time at AC Milan (1-2). But the second group phase proved to be too much for the team as Juventus and Manchester United qualified while even little Basel achieved a win (1-0) against the Galicians.

The 2003/2004 edition proved to be the best ever as Deportivo played the Semi-finals against winners FC Porto. In August 2003 the team still had to play pre-round matches against Rosenborg and it ended up as a narrow escape. In the group phase the team performed very irregular against PSV Eindhoven and AEK Athens and was severely beaten in Monaco (8-3). But with the single group phase done, the team made a serious come-back. Juventus, losing finalist the year before, were eliminated in the second round by two wins (1-0 and 0-1). In the Quarter Finals the team produced one of the biggest Champions League shocks ever, after the Galicians had lost the first match 4-1 at 2003 winners AC Milan. In the return match a storm swung through Riazor and the final score was 4-0. The campaign ended in the Semi-finals with two disappointing, and controversial, matches against Mourinho's FC Porto (0-0 and 0-1 home loss).

The last edition was a catastrophe. Deportivo had to play pre-round matches during the season 2004/2005 against Irish side Shelbourne to earn a place in the Group Phase. Only in the second half of the return match Deportivo broke their defence and won 3-0 after a goalless first match in Ireland. But this was an indication of the troubles to come.

The magic between Irureta's EuroDepor and Europe had completely vanished. A team like Olympiakos Piraeus used to suffer in Riazor, but this season escaped with a 0-0 draw in Riazor. Deportivo were quickly helpless in the second match when Monaco scored two early goals (2-0) although the team survived Liverpool's siege at Anfield Road (0-0). But that was it. Despite a good performance against The Reds (who would win the Champions League) in Riazor, the 0-1 defeat proved to be fatal. Not even finishing third, and with it qualification for UEFA Cup football, was possible after a 1-0 defeat at Olympiakos and a disastrous 0-5 home defeat against Monaco. Deportivo became the first ever team not to have scored a single goal in a group phase. The team achieved just two draws, lost four matches and leaked nine goals.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINALS SINCE 1993:
1993 Olympique Marseille 1 - AC Milan 0
1994 AC Milan 4 - FC Barcelona 0
1995 Ajax Amsterdam 1 - AC Milan 0
1996 Juventus 1 - Ajax Amsterdam 1 (Juventus win after penalty shoot-out)
1997 Borussia Dortmund 3 - Juventus 1
1998 Real Madrid 1 - Juventus 0
1999 Manchester United 2 - Bayern Munich 1
2000 Real Madrid 3 - Valencia 0
2001 Bayern Munich 1 - Valencia 1 (Bayern Munich win after penalty shoot-out)
2002 Real Madrid 2 - Bayer Leverkusen 1
2003 AC Milan 0 - Juventus 0 (AC Milan win after penalty shoot-out)
2004 FC Porto 3 - AS Monaco 0
2005 Liverpool 3 - AC Milan 3 (Liverpool win after penalty shoot-out)
2006 FC Barcelona 2 - Arsenal 1
2007 AC Milan 2 - Liverpool 1
2008 Manchester United 1 - Chelsea FC 1 (Man Utd. win after penalty shoot-out)
2009 Barcelona 2 - Manchester United 0
2010 Internazionale 2 - Bayern Munich 0
2011 Barcelona 3 - Manchester United 1
2012 Chelsea 1 - Bayern Munich 1 (Chelsea win after penalty shoot-out)