6 June – Jacek Bąk announces that Poland is in good form and will come out stronger than at the 2002 FIFA World Cup when they were knocked out in the group stage. But of the teams that would qualify for European football, only Villarreal was won. Since 1994, the second Bundesliga consists of 18 teams. The team qualified for a final round for the first time since 1966 and started the tournament well with a 0-0 draw against defending champion West Germany. Internazionale is the only Italian club that has always played in the top division since its foundation. Over the first decade of the 21st century, Deportivo had emerged as Spain's fourth-largest club, after the traditional top clubs FC Barcelona and Real Madrid, and after Valencia, but ahead of clubs such as Sevilla, Villarreal, Atlético de Madrid and Bilbao. Defeats such as 4-1 at Atlético de Madrid and 5-0 at FC Barcelona showed that Deportivo could no longer compete with the best clubs in Spain. However, direct qualification for the UEFA Cup turned out not to be possible due to the remaining program. In particular, wingers Lafita and newcomer Christian Wilhelmsson literally gave the team 'wings', and Coloccini finally proved to be the defense leader Deportivo had been looking for.
When Leif Haraldsson dies and Gandalf-the-Mad becomes leader of the Northern Vikings, Thorgal has to live in a cottage outside the village because he is a "bastard" and becomes Skald. Again, the lack of goals was noticeable as only three goals were scored at the start of the 2010/2011 season. This was not entirely surprising as the team once again appeared weakened from the transfer season. The tenth place in the league in the third season under Lotina (2009/2010) would be expected, and the team could not work further up due to the many injuries and the limited reinforcement of the selection. Celta de Vigo occupied a place entitled to UEFA Cup football, was five points ahead of Deportivo and won in Riazor for the first time in twelve years. Due to the 1-0 defeat at Almería in January 2008, the team was six points away from a safe place. In the league, the team only started to pick up steam in November 2008, winning four out of five league games, and winning another three of the four games that followed, which meant that Deportivo started to look upwards instead of at the bottom. relegation zone.
In order to counteract the large debt burden, Deportivo was again obliged to sell important players in the summer of 2008. Their first European match was against FC Zürich in Switzerland in 1972 and their last was played in Romania against Petrolul Ploiești in 1995. Against FC Porto in 1984 they achieved a memorable 1-0 win in the European Cup Winners' Cup. Cuba and Switzerland had little rest because of the extra replay and had no chance against Sweden and Hungary respectively. Meanwhile, Real Mallorca and Real Valladolid were also eliminated in the Copa del Rey and Deportivo would play the semi-final against Sevilla. On the opening day, Real Madrid was defeated again, this time 2-1. But in the four games after that, only two points were scored and Deportivo failed to score in three of those games. In the first ten league games, the team only lost twice and there was a draw against FC Barcelona at home. An overview of the competitions in which Barcelona participated in the 2001-2002 season. The season had a difficult start with a 3-2 defeat at Real Madrid, a 1-0 win over Mallorca and a 2-3 home defeat against Espanyol.
Of the four group matches in the UEFA Cup, the first game was lost 3-0 at CSKA Moscow, but after that the team remained unbeaten against Feyenoord (3-0), Lech Poznan (1-1) and with a 1-0 win on Nancy. Twenty minutes before the end, Deportivo was still 1-0 ahead against Bilbao, but the Basques eventually won 1-2. On the final day, a ticket for the Intertoto cup was also lost due to a 1-0 defeat at Deportivo Alavés, which nevertheless relegated because Espanyol saved itself against Real Sociedad in injury time. Just like the year before (against Real Madrid), an unchained Deportivo played their way to an easy 3-1 victory in an almost full stadium, although it had switched to a five-defender system. He signed a five-year contract, until the summer of 2027. In his official debut for the club on August 15 against Hellas Verona, he immediately scored and provided an assist, contributing to the 5-2 win. ↑ Wataru Endo (Shonan Bellmare), Yuki Muto (Urawa Red Diamonds) and Takuma Asano (Sanfrecce Hiroshima) debut for Japan. In November, fellow countryman Celta de Vigo won for the second time in 2006 in Riazor, and there were big defeats against Osasuna (4-1), Valencia (4-0) and Sevilla (4-0), so that the team had even dropped to a relegation spot.