What happened to Deportivo La Coruna?
In 2000, Deportivo La Coruna won La Liga, they now languish in the third tier of Spanish football. So how did it happen?
Perhaps predictably, poor financial decisions played a major part in Depor's downfall. During their successful spell, they were able to bring in players such as Roy Makaay, Diego Tristan and current Argentina manager Lionel Scaloni.
After failing to qualify for the lucrative Champions League, debts grew to unmanageable levels and Depor went through insolvency. An unsettled spell followed with numerous changes of presidents, managers and coaches culminating in relegation from the top flight in 2018, followed by a further relegation in Covid hit 2020 to the third tier (now known as Primera Division RFEF).
Despite this, supporters have not turned their back on the club and they regularly have attendances of over 18,000 in the atmospheric Riazor Stadium.
Fancy watching a game at the Riazor as Depor battle for promotion? Vueling fly from London Gatwick to Coruna and there is plenty to see and do in the 'Glass City' such as the Tower of Hercules, Maria Pita Square and if you'd like to try Octopus, this is the place to do it! Also within easy reach is Galician capital Santiago de Compostela, famed for its pilgrimage site.