Valery Karpin and that infamous day in the summer of 1990

“When I arrived there, the team was… they had escaped relegation in the last match of the previous season. It was unthinkable what we had done in five years. It was Celta’s golden era…” - Valery Karpin (2015) Valery Karpin joined Celta de Vigo back in 1997, three years after landing in Spain to play for Real Sociedad. An excellent second season at San Sebastian with Javier Irureta’s Sociedad side worked as a stepping stone for a somewhat unconvincing one-year adventure at Valencia before … [Read more...]

Fyodor Cherenkov – The Russian Hero That Football Has Forgotten

“Fyodor fue un ídolo durante mi infancia. (...) Cuando estuve en el Spartak y jugué junto a Fyodor fue como una cosa de ciencia ficción. (...) Beskov siempre le ponía como un ejemplo para nosotros.” - Aleksandr Mostovoi It is hard to find words to describe Fyodor Cherenkov’s talent and his unique personality. The former Spartak Moscow star was an example, both in football and as far as his personal life is concerned. A simple man, unattached to material things but blessed with such an … [Read more...]

Aleksandr Mostovoi – A Legend In His Own Time

“...Mostovoi...busca posicion para el disparo...sigue el Ruso...Mostovoi...Gol,Gol,Gol,Gol,Gol del Celta...Gol de Mostovoi...” - This was the sound it used to come out of my old television set back in the final years of the 1990s every time I tuned in TVG (Televisión de Galicia) to watch a Celta de Vigo match. That faint satellite connection gave me the opportunity to watch some glorious moments of football that I will never forget, most of them performed by a true artist that I learned to … [Read more...]