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Celta Vigo - The Return of "EuroCelta"

Started on 16 September 2014 by UtterlyCubic
Latest Reply on 21 September 2014 by UtterlyCubic
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Hi guys,

After nearly a year of browsing the site and reading other FM stories, I've finally decided to make my own account and start my own managerial career. I've played quite a few saves of FM14 before, but having just got into playing last summer I wanted to practise and perfect it before taking them on to here. The team I will be playing as is...

Celta Vigo

"Os Celestes" have been a team I have long supported, having family ties to Vigo and visited Galicia many times. Therefore it seems only right that they be the team I play as in my first FM14 story.

Who Will I Be?

Having through long and hard about this, I will be represented in the game through club legend Valery Karpin.

Karpin was a part of the historic "EuroCelta" side of the late 90's, when they finished unbeaten at home for the entirety of the league. As a consequence of these results, they were dubbed "the best team in the world at that time" by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics.

Therefore, it is up to Karpin to raise Celta Vigo to the highest levels of Spanish and European club football.
Welcome to the site.

Great start, will be following this. Great choice of manager and team, good luck.

Luis Enrique re-appointed as Barcelona "B" manager

Former Barcelona and Spain midfielder Luis Enrique has returned to the first club he managed since retiring from football. Despite having only been hired as Celta Vigo's new manager in June of this year, Enrique was quoted as saying "I just want to work with the club closest to my heart. I would like to thank Celta's president, Carlos Mouriño, for giving me the chance to manage the team, but I feel that the time is not right to embark on a campaign when I know I would be much happier back in Catalunya." While the move has been criticized by many as a step down for the Asturias-born manager, he revealed that he eventually hoped to become first-team coach, but assured Gerardo "Tata" Martino that he would not be vying for his job this season.
Enrique played with Barcelona FC for eight years, making 207 appearances and scoring 73 goals for the Catalan giants.

Celta Vigo announced on the same day that they would be appointing former player Valery Karpin to the vacant manager role. In a press conference, Karpin told journalists he was "delighted to be working with a club that I had such a memorable time playing for." Karpin leaves Spartak Moscow in order to take up the role at Celta, but he says that this has caused no bad blood between him and his former employers. "I just want to work with a team that I know, and while the previous seasons have been relatively forgettable for the club, I plan on turning our fortunes around and earning some silverware."
Good luck with this game! Valery Karpin was an absolute legend for Celta Vigo. I still remember when they beat Benfica something like 7-0 at home in the UEFA Cup. They deteriorated so quickly however. Looking forward to the next update.
Terminal: We also thrashed Liverpool 4-1 and Juventus 4-0 in the UEFA Cup, back when we had Karpin and Makalele pulling the strings in midfield... and deterioration is the right word, the first time I went to watch Celta they were still playing in the Liga Adelante! Thanks for the support and I hope you enjoy the story.
Pre-Season 2013/14

Racing Colombes 0 - 3 Celta
Orellana ('22)
Charles ('44, '65)
Rafinha ('68)

Valenciennes FC 2 - 1 Celta
Ferreira ('37) Orellana ('88)
Meunier ('72)

Alondras 0 - 7 Celta
Charles ('3)
Orellana ('14, '47)
Krohn-Dehli ('18)
Bellvis ('65)
Fernandez ('71, '76)

Manager's Thoughts
All in all, this has not been a bad pre-season. The first game against Colombes took a while before the scoring opened, but eventually the players showed what they could do and came away with a comfortable scoreline. The match against Valenciennes was a different story. No-one turned up for the first 45 minutes, and the French side amassed a ridiculous 17 shots to our 5, with most of theirs on target. The second half was an improvement, with better defending but the finishing was still very poor, which cost us the match. However, the team responded brilliantly with a 7 goal thrashing of semi-professional Alondras. If we continue playing in the same vein as we have this month, we should have no trouble finishing in the top half of the table this season.

Player of Pre-Season

Fabian Orellana

The Chilean speedster was the best player on the pitch for Celta in all three games, scoring in every pre-season match, and finding the net twice in the last one. With an average rating of 8.67 heading into the season, he should score a few goals from the right wing for us.

NB I don't suppose anyone would be kind enough to make me a banner for this story? My PhotoShop skills are non-existent and it would really make the posts look better...
Nice start to the story, good luck :)
Summer Transfers

In addition to the transfers made by Luis Enrique before Karpin's appointment, which include forwards Charles and Nolito, and defender Andreu Fontas, the Celta defence needed some bolstering, as well as get removing of some of the dead wood soaking up wages.


Nikos Karabelas - WB L

The Greek left back has impressed since joining from Levante, at a cost of €1.1 million. He will be taking the place of Carlos Bellvis, who is not of sufficient calibre to compete at this level. Karabelas should provide competition for Atheletic loanee Jon Aurtenetxe and will probably end up playing in the first team regularly.

Glen Loovens - D C

Ex-Celtic and Cardiff City defender Glen Loovens joins on a free transfer on a four year deal, after his contract at Real Zaragoza ran out this year. While his wages are somewhat high (€17,500 a week), he will doubtless repay Karpin's faith in him with some strong performances.


Jonathan Vila - D C

Celta youth product Jonathan Vila joins Rayo Vallecano, after the Madrid side offered €575,000 for his services. While he has served Celta faithfully since breaking into the first team in 2006, he simply isn't cut out for top flight football and will most likely be playing second fiddle to Rayo's first choice centre backs.

Yoel - GK

Another player from the ranks of Celta's youth academy, Yoel will be plying his trade with Real Sociedad from now on. After some negotiation, the two clubs settled on an upfront fee of €800,000. This means that Sergio Alvarez will most likely be Celta number one 'keeper, with youngster Ruben Blanco providing cover.
Nice pre-season there looks like it's a pretty positive start for Celta. I'm surprised Karpin hasn't brought in any Russians, but the signings look pretty decent. Good story, keep it up!
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5 yearsEdited
August 2013

Celta 0 - 2 Espanyol

Torje ('7)
Pizzi ('79)

Real Betis 1 - 3 Celta

Cedrick ('75)

Lopez ('44 pen, '52 pen)
Loovens ('86)

Celta 0 - 2 Granada

Angulo ('39 pen)
El Arabi ('57)

Manager's Thoughts

Not a great month by any standard. We really should have won all three games this month to give us a good foothold in the league. The game against Betis showed what we can do, despite letting in a goal in the final quarter of the game. However, new signing Glenn Loovens got his Celta career off to a great start by coming off the bench and scoring the goal to seal the game for us. Hopefully the next game is an improvement

Player of the Month

The ex-Levante defender showed why he was worth €1 million, assisting Loovens' goal and exhibiting some stoic tackling. His positioning and tackling really counted and there was a noticeable gap on the left side of the pitch when he was subbed off.
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5 yearsEdited
September 2013

- Iraola og
- MotM - Adrian Aduriz

- MotM - Nikos Karabelas

- Krohn-Dehli
- MotM - Mehdi Lacen

- Charles
- MotM - Jose Angel

Manager's Thoughts
Another disappointing month for us, as we failed to win a single game. It has also been a bad month for injuries, with captain Borja Oubiña joining veteran striker Mario Bermejo and defender Samuel on the injury list. A catalogue of minor injuries also marred the team, with Charles and Michael Krohn-Dehli suffering training injuries, which meant they were out for the first two games of the month.

The team that ran out against Atheltic Club Bilbao was definitely a second string team, with two youth players coming into the substitutes bench, goalkeeper Ivan Villar, who played for the first team during pre-season, and uncapped striker Fernan Ferroira. The match started positively enough, with backup striker David Rodriguez and wingers Nolito and Orellana putting heavy pressure on the Basque back line. A cross from right-back Hugo Mallo missed the head of Rodriguez, but instead found the outstretched foot of Andoni Iraola, who in an attempt to clear it accidentally put it past his own 'keeper and into the Athletic net. However it didn't take long for them to respond, as playmaker Ander Herrera whipped a free-kick into the Celta box, which Iturraspe latched onto and blasted past Sergio Alvarez to equalise just before the break. A similar free kick, just ten minutes into the second half was enough to win the game for Athletic and deny us any points.

The game against Villareal, while finishing 0 - 0, was nonetheless and exciting match to watch, with both teams having numerous attempts on goal. However, due to a groin strain suffered by David Rodriguez in the last match which added him to the long term injury list, Charles was required to play half-fit, which significantly affected his goal-scoring. Twice in the first half he found himself one-on-one with the Villareal goalkeeper, only to put the ball wide of the post both times. He was eventually replaced by youngster Ferroira in the final quarter of the game, who rattled the crossbar with a fierce shot just before the game ended, but other than that did not do much to impress. Villareal also had a number of attempts, however some poor finishing coupled with some excellent saves from goalkeeper Alvarez denied them a goal, and both teams came away with a point.

Celta have taken just 4 points from 7 matches so far this season.

The Getafe game was especially disappointing, as I felt we were on the front foot for the game, only to lose it at the death due to lapses in concentration from the Celta defenders. A goal half an hour into the match from Danish international Michael Krohn-Dehli put us in front, and the veteran winger continued his return from injury by almost scoring again, putting a header from a corner just above the crossbar on 45 minutes. With the clock showing 86 minutes, I was confident we would be coming away with 3 points, until a long ball from Getafe's left back put Venezuelan international Miku in a prime position, outmaneuvering Sergio Alvarez and dribbling the ball into the empty net. Even worse, on 90 minutes a floated ball froma corner connected with the head of Getafe's defensive midfielder Mehdi Lacen, which then bounced off the back of Hugo Mallo and dribbled across the line to deny Celta just their second win of the season.

The last game of this month, against newly-promoted Elche, should have been a chance to grab three points. However this proved not to be the case. Despite taking the lead going into the second half, thanks to a powerful header from Charles, it did not take long for the cracks to show and for the opposition to start taking advantage. A well struck long range effort from Richmond Boakye put los Franjiverdes on equal terms on 70 minutes, and central defender Jose Angel gave them the lead with a header from a corner with three minutes to go.

All in all this has been a very poor start to Karpin's career at Celta, with only one win in two months. If los Celestes' fortunes don't improve, a meeting with the board may prove imminent...

Player of the Month


Despite only playing in two of the four matches this month due to injury, the Brazilian born striker has played very well this past month, managing to get on the score sheet against Elche. His recent form has earned him a call up for the Portuguese team, who he qualifies to play for. Hopefully this experience at international level will do his club some good.
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5 yearsEdited

Karpin: "We can still finish in the top six."

Despite a less than impressive start at Celta Vigo, Valery Karpin has expressed his belief that the team can improve their fortunes and qualify for European football. However, he will have start producing results soon, as the Galician side are currently languishing in 18th place in the Liga BBVA. A promising pre-season and decent signings had fans' hopes raised for a good start in the league, but defeats by Granada, Espanyol, Athletic and others, including newly-promoted Elche, have resulted in Celta plummeting to the bottom of the table.
The Estonian was revealed as Celta's manager in July, but has won just one match since his appointment.

In a press conference yesterday, Karpin said "the team have had a tough time, what with Luis [Enrique] moving on so quickly and then myself being appointed soon after, it takes time to readjust." While this may be true, rumors abound that Karpin has already been summoned by the Celta board. When asked about this, the manager denied them profusely. "I have not been warned in any way by the board, I know they have complete faith in me to turn things around and start winning matches."

Celta face a tough fixture against title contenders Atletíco de Madrid, and fans will be hoping that Karpin will stay true to his words, otherwise the team may find themselves engaged in a tough relegation battle. Seeing as they only returned to the top flight of Spanish football a couple of years ago, relegation will not be taken favorably by the fans, players or the board.

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