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...]

Rinat Dasaev’s dark days at the Nervión

“Había más de 3.000 personas en el aeropuerto. Salí del avión y no sabía lo que me iba a encontrar. Estaba nervioso, lo tengo que reconocer. Llegaba a un país muy distinto al nuestro, otro idioma, otra vida… ¡Qué difícil fue para mí! Me costó por lo menos un año adaptarme.” (There were more than 3000 people at the airport. I left the plane without knowing what was expected of me. I was nervous, I admit to that. I was arriving at a completely different country, a different language, a different … [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...]