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LUN 27.07.2015 | FEATURES

Ten things you may not know about Riazor Stadium

A look at the facts, interesting details and anecdotes about the stadium where RC Deportivo de La Coruña plays.


LUN 27.07.2015

  • It was inaugurated on 29 October 1944 with a match between RC Deportivo de La Coruña and Valencia CF that ended with the visitors earning a 2-3 victory.
  • Building the stadium cost 5 million pesetas (30,000 euros).
  • The initial capacity was for 37,000 seats that could reach as much as 60,000 people with the standing room sections. The stadium could hold half of La Coruña's population of roughly 120,000 inhabitants at the time.
  • Valencia's Vicente Hernández Albert scored the first goal in the stadium's history.
  • It became a site for international matches from the time it was built. The first international clash was a friendly between Spain and Portugal played on 6 May 1945.
  • It was one of the sites during the 1982 World Cup held in Spain, playing host to three matches in the tournament.
  • Real Madrid went 17 consecutive seasons without being able to win in Riazor, a streak finally broken in the 2009/10 season.
  • It was the site of the 2-0 victory of Deportivo over RCD Espanyol that crowned the home team as champions of the League on 19 May 2000.
  • One of the most memorable moments in Deportivo de La Coruña's European history took place on 7 April 2004, a 4-0 trouncing of AC Milan in the Champions League quarter-finals.
  • It has been the site of the Copa del Rey final once. That was during the 1946/47 season when Real Madrid faced RCD Espanyol (2-0).
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