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INVADING GIJON

13 Mar 2009
For the first time since the semifinal in Champions League against FC Porto, Depor’s fans are planning a massive trip to Gij??n in order to support the team. Between 2,600 and 3,000 Deportivo’s supporters will be at El Molin??n for Sunday’s clash against Sporting.

The good moment lived by Deportivo and the closeness to Gij??n (300 Km) are pushing a big mobilization for Sunday’s clash between Depor and Sporting, between 2,600 and 3,000 Depor’s supporters are planning a visit to the Asturian city during the weekend, that means the biggest mobilization since 4,000 fans traveled to Porto in April of 2004 in order to follow the UEFA Champions League semifinal between Deportivo and FC Porto.

In the beginning, Sporting send 2,400 tickets to A Coru?±a at the price of 30 Euros, this as a part of a collaboration deal with Deportivo that moved 4,000 Sporting fans for the clash at the Riazor of the first round. Those tickets were sold rapidly and Depor asked for an additional package of 250 tickets, though these ones had a price between €50 and €60. By Friday, only 88 tickets were remaining. The game has also raised the expectations in Gij??n, and it has been informed that all the tickets are already sold; this means that 24,000 fans will be at El Molin??n on Sunday’s evening, it’s the third sell-out on the season for Sporting.

Deportivo always had good luck in liga and Copa when the squad has been supported by a large crow during an away game. Since the last promotion to Primera Divisi??n in 1991, four big mobilizations have occurred and Depor won three of those matches while the other game ended in a draw.

The first occasion was on May 8th 1994, it was the penultimate game of the season 93/94, the one of Djukic’s penalty, the squad was traveling to Logro?±o in order to face Logro?±es and 7,000 Depor’s supporters joined the team at Las Gaunas stadium. In the end, Depor won the game (2-0) though it lost the championship in the last matchday.

For the season 1999/2000, tournament in which Depor finally won la liga, the situation was repeated. Depor was visiting Racing Santander in the penultimate matchday and another 7,000 fans were at El Sardinero witnessing the 0-0 draw between the Galician and the Cantabrian squad.

In Copa Del Rey, the support was bigger, for the final of the season 94/95, 40,000 Depor’s fans watched the first 79 minutes against Valencia at the Bernab?©u stadium, the heavy rain forced to play the last eleven minutes three days later, and 20,000 Depor’s supporters were there. Seven years later, 26,000 Depor’s fans were at the same place watching the centenariazo.

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