Deportivo La Coruña

Founded In
1906
Location
A Coruña, Spain

Deportivo La Coruña

About Deportivo La Coruña

Real Club Deportivo de La Coruña, commonly known as Deportivo La Coruña, was formed in 1906 and granted royal status by King Alfonso XIII the following year. After failing to qualify for the top tier of the Spanish league system in 1928, the club eventually gained promotion to the Primera División at the end of the 1940–41 season. Throughout the 1940s the club suffered multiple relegations and promotions.

A nine year period of consolidation began in 1948, with the club consistently staying in the top division until it was once again relegated in 1957. Deportivo La Coruña once again began to yo-yo between the top and second division for the next few decades.

The club's most successful period stretched from the beginning of the 1990s to the early years of the 21st century. Under the management of Arsenio Iglesias, the club finished as Copa Del Rey winners and league runners up in 1994–95. Then, under the leadership of Javier Irureta, the club achieved its first ever La Liga title in 1999-00. Another Copa Del Rey win in 2002 followed. During these two decades, Deportivo La Coruña finished as league runners up on four occasions and established themselves as a major force in continental competitions, reaching the semi finals of the Champions League in 2004. However, this era of success slowly came to an end and in 2011 the club was relegated from the Primera División. They returned to the top flight after just one season.

Noteable former Deportivo La Coruña players include names such as Luis Suárez, Bebeto, Mauro Silva, Djalminha, Rivaldo and Dutch striker Roy Makaay, who scored 22 goals in the team's title-winning season.

The Estadio Riazor has served as the club's home since its official opening in 1944. It has a capacity of 34,600 and is famous for a period from 1992-2009, during which time Real Madrid failed to win on any of their visits to the ground. Their nearest rivals are Celta de Vigo and they contest the Galician derby.