Ciudad Deportiva de Abegondo is the training academy of Real Club Deportivo La Coruña. It’s situated 25 kilometres to the south east of La Coruña near the small town of Abegonda. The facility consists of 7 full size natural pitches and one all-weather surface, all identical in size to the pitch at the Riazor. Contained within the main hub, a large elliptical shaped building at the southern end of the complex, are offices, changing rooms, gymnasium, press room, treatment rooms and a cafeteria.
The main building also features seating on two sides. On the northern side of the hub is a substantial 1000 seat stand than runs the length of the main pitch and this is home to Deportivo Fabril, Depor’s reserve side. There is also a covered stand behind the western goal that seats 430. 300 seats are situated on the southern side of the hub, and these are directly behind the goal of the all-weather pitch. Apart from a few games at the Riazor, usually play-offs or matches against Galician rivals, this has been the team’s home since the complex opened on 1 May 2003. The Ciudad Deportiva de Abegondo is the modern approach to reserve team football for larger clubs. Gone are the days of regularly playing on first team pitch or borrowing the pitch of a smaller club. If it’s done as well as at Deportivo La Coruña, then it’s a step forward.
The background of Depor’s reserve team can be traced to the foundation of Fabril Foot-ball Club. They soon became an affiliated club of Depor, and played their home matches at the old Estadio de Riazor from 1917. Fabril changed its name to Sporting Fabril in 1926 & again in 1943, to Fabril Sociedad Deportiva. In 1963, after a merger with Club Deportivo Juvenil, it officially became the reserve team of Depor, adopting the title of Fabril Deportivo. This changed to Deportivo B in 1993, before becoming Real Club Deportivo Fabril in 2017. Once the senior team moved to the current Riazor in 1944, Fabril played on the Anexo Estadio de Riazor, which was located behind the northern goal until the building of the Palacio de los Deportes in 1968. Matches were then played at the Riazor until 2003.
The different incarnations of Depor’s reserve side have spent the majority of their time in the Tercera. They have since the 1990’s made regular visits to Segunda B, clocking-up 11 seasons in the third tier, including a best placed runners-up in 2017-18. The first team’s relegation to La Segunda, would have ended any hopes of promotion before the play-offs had even started, but Fabril took part and fell at the first hurdle, losing to Extremadura UD.