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Deportivo - Squad Profiles

Jose Molina (goalkeeper)
Born: 08.08.70
Nationality: Spanish


A full Spanish international who has been handed the No.1 shirt by Deportivo for this Champions League campaign, but the reality is that he has lost the first choice spot to Juanmi Garcia.

This former Atletico Madrid stopper moved to the Raizor Stadium a couple of seasons back and quickly established himself as a star for one of the rising teams in Spanish football. Will be desperate to reclaim his spot in the months ahead.

Group A: Barcelona | Bayer Leverkusen | Inter Milan | Newcastle
Group B: Ajax Amsterdam | Arsenal | AS Roma | Valencia
Group C: AC Milan | Borussia Dortmund | L Moscow | Real Madrid
Group D: Basle | Deportivo | Juventus | Manchester Utd

Juanmi Garcia (goalkeeper)
Born: 09.03.71
Nationality: Spanish

A summer arrival from Real Zaragoza, he is being given ample time to prove he is a better stopper than his rival Jose Molina.

More than a few goals flew past him in the first phase of the Champions League, notably in the stunning 4-0 home defeat against Milan, but coach Javier Irureta has stuck by Garcia.

Has kept clean sheets against Barcelona and Real Madrid in La Liga this season.

Joan Capdevila (defender)
Born: 03.02.78
Nationality: Spanish

A player on top of his game in the first few months of the campaign, he turned in some fine performances in the first phase of the Champions League.

Joined Deportivo in 2000 in a deal that also saw Jose Molina and Juan Valeron make the move from Atletico Madrid.

At home in a left-back berth, but he can also switch to midfield when required. Scored in the 3-1 win over Lens back in October.

Cesar Martin (defender)
Born: 03.04.77
Nationality: Spanish

A regular for Javier Irureta in the first phase of the Champions League, Cesar rewarded his coach with some fine performances and a goal in the 3-1 home win against Lens.

He started his career at Oviedo and impressed enough to join the growing force of Deportivo in 1999.

Not a first choice starter each week, but an important squad man.

Gama Donato (defender)
Born: 30.12.62
Nationality: Brazilian

A quality performer at the back for coach Javier Irureta, Donato is a star who rarely has a bad day at the office.

He has been something of bit part player in the La Liga campaign, but has featured in the Champions League programme.

Joined the club in 1989 and has played a large part in their rise to the top table of European football.

Hector Berenguel (defender)
Born: 11.10.74
Nationality: Spanish

An experienced campaigner, he joined the club from Sevilla and he slotted into a right back berth with some success.

Made his mark in the Champions League last season and he has been involved this time around.

He started out as an attacking performer, so it's no wonder he is always so comfortable on the ball and a threat in the opposition penalty box on his forays forward.

Nourredine Naybet (defender)
Born: 10.02.70
Nationality: Moroccan


A veteran of Deportivo's rise to the top of European football, he has been a kingpin of their defence in the last few years.

Highly experienced, Naybet is a battler in every sense of the word and he has enjoyed great success with club and country as a result.

Played in the 1994 and 1998 World Cup finals and helped Deportivo win their first ever Spanish Championship in 2000. Has often been linked with moves away from the Riazor Stadium.

Enrique Romero (defender)
Born: 23.06.71
Nationality: Spanish

He may have celebrated his 30th birthday, but only now are Romero's qualities being fully appreciated.

He only won his first international cap in 2000 and once there, it was hard to imagine a Spanish defence without his dominant presence.

Played in three World Cup games, including a starting berth in the quarter-final against South Korea. There are not many players with more Champions League experience than Romero.

Lionel Scaloni (defender)
Born: 16.05.78
Nationality: Uruguayan

Few players hailing from Uruguay have been anything less than 100 per-cent committed to the cause and Scaloni comes from that mould.

A defender who loves nothing better than popping up in the opposing penalty area and snatching a crucial goal, he is maturing into a top class performer.

Signed from the Estudiantes club in 1999, he is the sort of whole-hearted player fans love to have in their side.

Roberto Acuna (midfielder)
Born: 25.03.72
Nationality: Paraguayan

Hit the headlines when he clashed with supporters during his days at Real Zaragoza and this is not the footballer you would want to pick a fight with.

Despite that controversy, his quality in the midfield meant Deportivo made their move to take him to the Riazor during the summer and he has added a touch of bite in the midfield.

Born in Argentina, but he opted to play his international football with Paraguay. Jose Amavisca (midfielder)
Born: 19.06.71
Nationality: Spanish

The proud owner of a Champions League winners' medal from Real Madrid's 1998 triumph, he came off the bench to make an appearance in the Final of that season's competition.

The competition for places in Madrid proved too much for Amavisca and he was forced to move on in the search of regular first team action.

A spell at Racing Santander came to an end when they were relegated and this experienced Spanish international shows no signs of letting his form dip in Deportivo colours.

Aldo Duscher (midfielder)
Born: 22.03.79
Nationality: Argentine

The man who hit the front pages of newspapers last season after his tackle caused David Beckham to break his ankle in the Champions League quarter-final at Old Trafford.

It seemed as though the England skipper would miss the World Cup and the conspiracy theorists were quick to suggest he had been sent on a mission from the Argentine FA ahead of their World Cup clash.

Duscher is no stranger to controversy and has always been a tough tackler.

Fran (midfielder)
Born: 14.07.69
Nationality: Spanish


Something of a legend at Deportivo, Fran has been a part of the furniture at the Riazor for well over a decade.

In an era when staying loyal to one club is something of a novelty, this gifted performer deserves success at his club have evolved from being a lower league side into serious La Liga and Champions League contenders.

He is the leader of this side who leads by example and won't accept anything less than total commitment from his troops.

If Deportivo are at their best, then Fran is often man-of-the-match.

Mauro Silva (midfielder)
Born: 12.01.68
Nationality: Brazilian

A world Cup winning hero for Brazil in 1994, this veteran still has a role to play for Deportivo eight years on from his finest hour.

Something of a workhorse in the midfield, he is not lacking in any skill and is a dream performer for any manager.

Like fellow Riazor veteran Fran, Silva has stayed loyal to the cause of this club for a lengthy spell and is being rewarded with medals and consistent Champions League successes.

Sergio (midfielder)
Born: 10.11.76
Nationality: Spanish

A goal-scoring midfielder who arrived at Deportivo from Espanyol in 2001, he has plenty of Champions League experience under his belt now.

A respected performer in Spain, he won a place in the national team squad for the World Cup finals and many felt he should have been given a more prominent role in the finals.

Always tidy and composed in the heart of a midfield battle.

Juan Carlos Valeron (midfielder)
Born: 17.06.75
Nationality: Spanish

One of the shining stars in La Liga is also an established name on the team sheet for the Spanish national team.

Signed from Atletico Madrid, he also lists Mallorca and Las Palmas among his former clubs and should not be coming into his prime.

When Deportivo have been in a hole, Valeron has been the man they turn to to dig them out and more often than not, he has the answers.

Victor Sanchez (forward)
Born: 23.02.76
Nationality: Spanish

A goal scorer in the home win over Bayern Munich in the first phase of the Champions League, Sanchez has consistently impressed in the last year or so.

At home on the flank, he has the ability to whip in dangerous crosses that the likes of Diego Tristan and Roy Makaay thrive on.

Victor emerged through the youth ranks at Real Madrid and moved on to Racing Santander before settling at the Raizor in 1999.

Diego Tristan (forward)
Born: 05.01.76
Nationality: Spanish

The star turn for Deportivo in recent years, Tristan was a striker with few peers in Europe last season.

But handed the No.10 shirt in the Spanish World Cup squad during the summer, he failed to spark in the Far East.

He has plenty of Champions League goals to his name in the last few years and he came good when Deportivo needed him most by scoring in the crucial final game of the first phase, setting up a 2-1 win in Milan.

Luque (forward)
Born: 11.03.78
Nationality: Spanish

The stunning scoring form of Roy Makaay has stolen all the headlines this season, but Luque has chipped in with his share of important strikes.

Often thrown on as a substitute for the below par Diego Tristan, this young Spanish international looks to have the raw materials to emerge as a real star in years to come.

A summer signing from Mallorca, he started his career in the youth ranks at Barcelona.

Roy Makaay (forward)
Born: 09.03.75
Nationality: Dutch


Has taken over from Diego Tristan as the superstar of this Deportivo side and he has been in sensational form at home and in the Champions League this season.

His stunning hat-trick against Bayern Munich gave the Spanish side a famous 3-2 win on German soil and he followed it up with the dramatic winner against AC Milan at the San Siro in Deportivo's crucial last game in the group.

Makaay's pulsating form has pushed him into the reckoning for a regular place in the Holland side.