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31 Dec 2009
During the year 2009, Filipe Luis was the third more active field player in Spain; only Capdevila and Mata, plus goalkeepers Víctor Valdés and Diego López, have had more appearances as starter compared to him.

It has been a phenomenal year for Filipe Luis, the left-back defender became an important player at Deportivo and everybody noticed it, from national coach Dunga, who allowed his debut with Brazil’s national team, to Joan Laporta, who tried to sign him for his Barcelona during the summer window.

And it’s that Filipe has not only shown his class over the pitch, but also his stamina. In 2009 he was the third field player with more activity in Spain, currently he holds the mark of consecutive appearances as starter in la liga: 78, and accumulates 40 appearances as starter in all the official competitions played by Depor in the year that’s ending.

During the period, Depor played 43 official games (37 in Liga, 4 in Copa Del Rey and 2 in the UEFA Cup), which means that the Brazilian defender only missed three matches, the three of them in Copa Del Rey, both legs against Real Murcia and the past season’s first-leg game against Sevilla FC. In the rest of games Filipe was a starter and only missed five minutes as he was replaced at minute 85 during a liga confrontation against Athletic Bilbao.

In Spain, only two field players have played more official games as starter during 2009, the first one is Joan Capdevila, precisely the player that Filipe replaced at Deportivo. The Catalan, now playing for Villarreal FC, was a starter in 36 of the 37 liga matches played by his club during the year, and he also started in three Champions League confrontations, eight in the Europa league and one in Copa Del Rey, which took his tally to 48 official games as starter during 2009. The other field player with more games as starter is Juan Manuel Mata from Valencia, who completed 42 (34 in liga and 8 in the Europa League).

Other two men with a bigger participation are keepers Víctor Valdés (46 official matches with Barcelona) and Diego López (41 official matches with Villarreal). Taking in mind the appearances as starter with the national team, the global number of Filipe rises to 42 (one appearance with Brazil), while Capdevila climbs to 57 (4 FIFA Confederations’ Cup games and  5 in the road to South Africa 2010); Iker Casillas appears in the scene taking his tally to 46 (39 official matches with Real Madrid plus 8 with Spain’s national team).



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