Real Club Deportivo de la Coruña re-entered top flight Spanish football in 2014 after three seasons yo-yoing between the top two divisions following an unbroken run of 20 seasons in La Liga that ended at the end of the 2010-2011 season.
The team won the Spanish League title in 1999–2000 and in the four following season they finished two years in the number 2 spot and then two years in third place.
Depor was founded in 1906 in the Galician town of A Coruña thanks to its popularity after being introduced by a local returning from his studies in England four years earlier.
Locals played football on an informal basis until Deportivo de La Coruña was official formed by members of a local sports club and in 1907 was awarded Royal patronage, when it took on its current name. However in the early years the club failed to make a big impact in the big competition of the day, the Copa del Rey, and was limited to local matches.
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When the Spanish League was formed in 1928 Depor failed to qualify for the first division and spent the first eight seasons in the second division until 1936, when the league was suspended until the end of the Spanish Civil War in 1939.
At the end of the 1939-1940 season Deportivo finished at the top of the second division but lost against Celta de Vigo in the play-off for promotion. The following season was different though and, finishing in the number 2 spot, Deportivo de La Coruña beat Murcia in the play-offs to earn their place in the top division for the first time.
They acquitted themselves well during that first season (1941-1942), finishing fourth, and in the next 16 seasons spent all but two in the first division and, in particular, their “golden decade” (actually 9 seasons) starting in 1948-1949 that saw them runners up to Atletico Madrid in 1949-1950.
However, in 1957 they were relegated again and spent the next five seasons in the second division followed by a period in which they saw action in both divisions. However, 1973-1974 saw Depor relegated again; it would be 18 years until they played in the first division again and during that time spent two seasons in third tier football.
With the club in turmoil and with huge debts, a new board of directors was appointed in 1988. Although during the first season in charge they finished in tenth place, the following two years saw progress, as Deportivo de La Coruña finished in 4th, when they were denied promotion in the play-offs, and then 2nd place and automatic promotion.
Although they struggled early on, in their second season, with a reinforced squad, Deportivo finished in third place and, just to show they were really back, ended the following two seasons as runners up and then third place again in 1996-1997. While the 1997-1998 and 1998-1999 seasons were disappointing, they finally managed the league title the in 1999-2000.
With Deportivo back in the first division it will be interesting to see what they can do during the next season.
Deportivo de La Coruña has played at the municipal Estadio Riazor since its foundation, although the stadium only became home to Depor officially in 1944 when essentials such as locker rooms were constructed. With large capacity the stadium was one chosen by FIFA for the 1982 World Cup hosted by Spain and saw it renovated. Further renovations took place between 1995 and 1998 and today it has capacity for nearly 35,000.