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BEBETO WANTS TO ORGANIZE A FAREWELL MATCH

Friday 18th February, 2005 -- This June two legendary players of Deportivo will say goodbye to the club as Fran González (aged 35, at the club since 1988) and Mauro Silva (aged 37, at the club since 1992) already have indicated their time in La Coruña is over. But although the club have made clear a farewell match isn’t likely to be organized by them, other initiatives have started.

One of their colleagues between 1992 and 1996, Brazilian legend Bebeto, wants to talk next week with the directors of Deportivo to discuss organizing a match between a combination of current and former Deportivo players against the Brazilian team of 1994 strengthened with other Brazilian internationals. He already has organized some matches with the 1994 team and is looking forward to organize one in Riazor.

“And they deserve it”, Bebeto said. “And although I am good friends with Lendoiro, he must realize Fran and Mauro have been very important for the club”. In this way players like Bebeto, Djalminha, Ronaldinho, Cafú, Ronaldo, Dunga, Roberto Carlos, Jorginho, Kaká, Leonardo, Rivaldo and Flávio Conceição could face the Deportivo team with additions of Donato, Claudio, Nando or Voro.

The fanclubs of Deportivo, including Deportivo-La-Coruna.com, have already been discussing whether a match should be organized and the outcome seems clear: it should. This is confirmed by Ramón Abuín, president of the Federación de Peñas. “But we’ll have to talk to the club because it cannot happen without their cooperation. In fact, they’ll have to agree with what’s organized”.


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DEPORTIVO WILL HONOUR ‘SUPERDEPOR’

Saturday 19th February, 2005 -- On Friday night the board of Deportivo announced it will organize a match honouring the ‘Superdepor’ team of the nineties. This seems to become the farewell match for Fran and Mauro Silva which originally wasn’t scheduled to take place.

When in 1991 Deportivo achieved promotion back to the Primera División a team was formed which quickly become known as ‘Superdepor’. A handful of relative unknown players, together with Brazilians Mauro Silva and Bebeto, finished third and second (twice) between 1993 and 1995 while last mentioned year they conquered the first ever prize of the club: the Copa del Rey. Goalkeeper Liaño won the Zamora trophy (twice) and Bebeto finished in 1993 as Pichichi. Besides, the club played its first European matches and made name in Europe.

Fran and Mauro Silva where there all those years and are the only survivors of the team of the mid-nineties. The third on the list of players having been around for a while at Deportivo is Lionel Scaloni, but he played his first match for the club at the start of 1998. So, with the goodbyes of Fran and Mauro Silva this summer a final end will come to the Superdepor-era.

No details have been revealed yet about this match honoring the players of those years, but coach Javier Irureta backs it. “Everything giving them the best of goodbyes seems perfect to me”, he said. “They have been excellent examples and new arrivals as well as younger players learn a lot from them. They have written history at Depor and that’s why I think they deserve all the recognition they can get”.


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Good idea. It would be great to see Bebeto again with his former partners in Deportivo: Mauro, Fran... remembering the good times :cool:
 
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