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...]

Moscow Madness – Two Clubs, One Problem

If Bill Murray were alive today and wanted to update his classic "Groundhog Day", he'd most likely set it in Moscow and be a sports reporter. Thankfully he didn't die in that Thelma & Louise style crash and both he, and the groundhog, continue their acting careers. Yet the fact remains, we are living through Groundhog Day in the latest outbreak of Moscow Madness. Comedy Clubs A popular show on Russian TV is Comedy Club, which is about as funny as having a prostate check from Captain Hook. … [Read more...]

Fedun, Yakin, Romantsev, Bushmanov and Alenichev – A Short Story On Spartak’s Adrift Vessel

“There is no greatness where there is no simplicity, goodness and truth.”- Leo Tolstoy The idea that something will eventually change with the apparent departure of Leonid Fedun from the position of chairman of Spartak Moscow position is just a mere hallucination caused by the sea of madness into which the most important Russian club of all-time is currently drowned into. Fedun stepping down from his commanding position will definitely not change much in the way the club is being managed … [Read more...]