The Russian Revolution at Sarrià

The 1991-92 campaign certainly causes mixed feelings to RCD Espanyol supporters. The departure of Head Coach Luís Aragonés at the end of the previous season had left “Los Pericos” adrift in their own sea of madness and the club’s board ended up deciding to bring in Ljubomir Petrovic as his replacement. “Ljupko” Petrovic arrived in Spain with an European Cup in his trophy cabinet after leading FK Crvena Zvezda (Red Star Belgrade) to glory a few months before in Bari (Italy) against the … [Read more...]

The Cheryshev’s Saga at Nervión

On the last Sunday of May in 1997, an almost packed Benito Villamarin served an unlikely friendly atmosphere to a Real Sporting de Gijón that was struggling against an eminent relegation. The home side, Real Betis, had already secured a place in the Spanish football top tier for the upcoming season and Real Sporting were involved in a relegation battle with their all-time rivals, Sevilla FC, thus needing the three points on that particular match to keep their hopes very alive. Gijón’s manager, … [Read more...]

Dmitri Popov – A Sonata For The Cantabrian Maestro

El Sardinero, in Cantabria, was home to some of the most impressive footballers of the Spanish La Liga back in the 1990s. The local side, Racing Santander (that is currently on the verge of being relegated to the Spanish football third tier), enjoyed some outstanding seasons back in those days and there were at least two Russian footballers who made an outstanding contribution to that unparallel success of Los Racinguistas: Dmitri Radchenko and Dmitri Popov. The career of these two Russian … [Read more...]