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‘I already knew’ – the moment dogged Donato gave Deportivo the title | Sid Lowe

Exactly twenty years on, Donato retells the story of sealing La Coruña’s only title, and how he still wanted to play past 40“When John Toshack came as manager, he said there was nothing left for me to give at Deportivo de La Coruña, that was it,” Donat…

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Where did it all go wrong for Deportivo La Coruña?

Twenty years after winning La Liga, the club are battling to avoid relegation to the third tier. How did it come to this?By Euan McTear for Copa90“It’s like we’re a meme,” said one frustrated Deportivo La Coruña fan on TV after their 3-1 defeat at home…

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Where did it all go wrong for Deportivo La Coruña?

Twenty years after winning La Liga, the club are battling to avoid relegation to the third tier. How did it come to this?By Euan McTear for Copa90“It’s like we’re a meme,” said one frustrated Deportivo La Coruña fan on TV after their 3-1 defeat at home…

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Clarence Seedorf: ‘If someone has talent and ideas, give them a chance’

Seedorf’s three spells as a manager – at Milan, Deportivo and Cameroon – have shown him the power of positivityBy The Coaches’ Voice for the Guardian Sport NetworkStarting at the highest level felt natural to me. I know how that might sound, but hear m…

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Newcastle United agree £9.5m fee with Mainz for striker Yoshinori Muto

• Fast-paced Japan forward played in one game at World Cup• Defender Fabian Schär completes £3m move to St James’ ParkYoshinori Muto is set to add electric pace to Rafael Benítez’s frontline after Newcastle United agreed to sign the Japan striker from …

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Newcastle close in on £3m signing of Switzerland defender Fabian Schar

• Central defender undergoing medical on Wednesday• Deportivo La Coruña player the fourth signing of summerNewcastle United are close to completing the £3m signing of the Switzerland central defender Fabian Schär from Deportivo La Coruña.Providing Schä…

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Lionel Messi hat-trick gives Barcelona La Liga title after win over Deportivo

Barcelona were crowned La Liga champions for the 25th time after beating Deportivo La Coruña 4-2 with the help of a hat-trick from Lionel Messi.Barça needed only a draw to clinch the title and complete an eighth domestic double after winning the King’s…

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Deportivo La Coruña v Barcelona: La Liga — live!

Latest updates from the 7.45pm (BST) kick-off at La RiazorIniesta in tears as he confirms Barcelona exit at end of seasonEmail or tweet Will your thoughts 5.40pm BST ¡Hola!This day has been coming for a while, as Barcelona have once again shown they ar…

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Levante go wild after breathless win drops rivals off edge of La Liga cliff

Málaga, Las Palmas and Deportivo La Coruña will almost certainly be relegated after Paco López returned to his boyhood club to mastermind their stunning surge towards safety“Keep calm,” Levante’s manager, Paco López, said but he knew better than anyone…

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Celta Vigo v Deportivo: the Galician derby, where rival fans sing together

For their new Derby Days documentary, Copa90 went to Galicia to meet two groups of supporters who are united by language, heritage and weather but cannot agree about footballSometimes it can feel as if the only Spanish fixture the wider world really ca…

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Valencia close gap on Real to one point in La Liga after Athletic Bilbao draw

• Athletic grab equaliser after Aduriz misses spot kick• Sevilla bounce back with victory at rock-bottom MalagaFourth-placed Valencia are a point behind Real Madrid in La Liga after drawing 1-1 with Athletic Bilbao at San Mames.Los Che were on course t…

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Alavés are performing another miracle with salvation in sight | Sid Lowe

It took until the sixth game for Alavés to win and by then two coaches had gone. Now survival in La Liga is within reachIn the words of one player, Abelardo Fernández is “an ordinary bloke” but he is doing extraordinary things, from revolution at the M…

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Bloodied Cristiano Ronaldo scores twice as Real Madrid beat Deportivo 7-1

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice but had to leave the pitch with his face covered in blood as Real Madrid eased their domestic crisis by hammering La Liga strugglers Deportivo La Coruña 7-1 at home on Sunday to reclaim fourth place in the standings.Real …

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Bloodied Cristiano Ronaldo scores twice as Real Madrid beat Deportivo 7-1

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice but had to leave the pitch with his face covered in blood as Real Madrid eased their domestic crisis by hammering La Liga strugglers Deportivo La Coruña 7-1 at home on Sunday to reclaim fourth place in the standings.Real …

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Real Madrid v Deportivo la Coruña: La Liga – live!

All the latest from the afternoon kick-off at the BernabéuEvery January transfer deal in Europe’s top five leaguesEmail Will | or tweet @Will_Unwin 2.54pm GMT Real Madrid are warming up in a relaxing manner…???? #RMLiga pic.twitter.com/8FnKXIMr9U 2.5…

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Luis Suárez scores twice as Barcelona thrash Deportivo La Coruña

Barcelona moved six points clear at the top of La Liga and warmed up for next week’s ‘Clasico’ against the champions, Real Madrid, by easing to a 4-0 win at home to Deportivo La Coruña with doubles from Luis Suárez and Paulinho.Suárez slotted a generou…

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Barcelona v Deportivo La Coruña: La Liga – live!

Minute-by-minute updates from the 7.45pm GMT kick-offLive scores – all Sunday’s goals as they go in!You can email Will or tweet @Will_Unwin 6.56pm GMT Wait?! Carles Gil is still an Aston Villa player. Who knew? Tonight, rather than playing in the Champ…

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European football review: 54 fans from 22 leagues sum up their season

Supporters give their verdicts on how their clubs performed this year

• Premier League fans’ review: part one, part two

• Football League fans’ review: Championship, League One, League Two

Rapid Vienna, fifth in the Bundesliga

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European football review: 54 fans from 22 leagues sum up their season

Supporters give their verdicts on how their clubs performed this year

• Premier League fans’ review: part one, part two

• Football League fans’ review: Championship, League One, League Two

Rapid Vienna, fifth in the Bundesliga

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Sporting Gijón sent tumbling into the abyss by Deportivo and Leganés | Sid Lowe

Sporting’s relegation was all their own work, a result of institutional crisis, social divide and financial limitations. Survival, then, for Depor and Leganés

There were two minutes left on the penultimate night when Fernando Amorebieta approached the bench one last time. Any news? He would have heard if there was and deep down he knew what they were going to say, but he had to ask. By the touchline at Ipurua they waited, phones and radios at the ready, and the scene was repeated in the corner of the ground where 300 fans stood. On the pitch, their minds were drawn to San Mamés or El Madrigal, clinging to a hope they couldn’t see. This time, though, there was no miracle, no one riding to their rescue. “Anything?” Nothing. Time was slipping away and so were they. Sporting Gijón were on course for a second successive victory; they were also on course for the second division, their fate finally decided 50km west and 600km south.

On this given Sunday, at least. No fate but what you make – and Sporting’s relegation was their own work. Institutional crisis, social divide and financial limitations had brought them here, the “revolution” run aground, revealed as but a brief rebellion against their reality; they had never expected to get up to primera in the first place and had enjoyed two seasons there but now they were heading down again, just when they seemed to have been given the chance to secure a little stability, their very survival no longer in doubt; the club had been saved by the team, their coach insisting: “Let’s see if we can build a bit so we don’t have to suffer again.” Instead, they went down.

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