Celta Vigo

  1. Four Youngsters that are on the Rise in La Liga

    There are a lot of exciting young players in Europe right now, some are already well-known whilst others are about to announce themselves in their respective leagues. On top of that, several rising individuals are prepared to do anything to achieve the opportunity of going to the World Cup. 

    In Spain, the production line of youngsters being promoted from the youth academy to the first team or are brought for cheap from elsewhere and are developed effectively, remains consistent season by season. This is one of the huge factors to why Spanish football will always be superior. 

    Here are the four youngsters that are having a wonderful season at a personal level in La Liga...

    Unai Nunez – Athletic Club


    Athletic Club have proven to be a side that produces many talented individuals and a team that can keep hold of their valuable gems for longer than expected. For sure, Inaki Williams, Kepa Arrizabalaga and Yeray Alvarez are a few players that are worthy of being mentioned, however, its Unai Nunez that has entered the main event at San Mames and has featured in all of the headlines from the beginning of the campaign up until now. 

    Since his La Liga debut at the start of the season, the 21-year-old centre-back has evidently shown that he is a solid player on and off the ball as he continues to make a mark in Jose Angel Ziganda’s starting line-up. Also, he is regarded as a classic defender, who is not afraid of aggressively completing an interception or tackle without a second thought in the first third of the pitch. Given the fact that he has managed to produce 25 shots blocked, 57 interceptions, 60 tackles and 101 aerial duels won in 28 league games, Nunez is showing to Spain as well as the whole of Europe that he is a complete defender who will become a wanted man soon or later. 

    Igor Zubeldia – Real Sociedad


    Meanwhile, just under 50 miles away from San M

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  2. Pione Sisto: Celta's rising star

    18th October 2017. By Ryan Baldi.
    Manchester United's Europa League knockout tie against Danish side FC Midtjylland in February 2016 marked the arrival on the senior stage of then 18-year-old Marcus Rashford, as the young England striker made his professional debut in the second leg, scoring a brace and launching a career that has since seen him become established as a regular feature for club and country.

    But Rashford wasn't the only youngster to make an impression when the two sides met in Europe's secondary club competition. Danish international attacker Pione Sisto scored in each leg and was a constant thorn in the Red Devils' side, contributing heavily to the Premier League team's humiliating 2-1 loss in the first encounter at the MCH Arena in Herning and then giving Louis van Gaal's men a fright at Old Trafford by handing Midtjylland a shock lead.

    Though still far from a household name outside of Denmark, the Uganda-born winger's profile increased dramatically after his performances against United, bringing him to the attention of scouts across the continent. Regarded as a prospect of real promise within the Danish Superliga for some time, Sisto, who had just turned 21 at the time of the Red Devils' visit, earned a €5 million summer move to Celta Vigo at the end of the 2015/16 season, and is now beginning to deliver on his potential in La Liga.

    Solid if unspectacular, Sisto's first season in Galicia could be accurately described as one of transition, adapting to the demands and pressures of a new team in a new league, yielding six goals in 49 all-competition appearances. But the 22-year-old has really begun to come into his own in his sophomore campaign in Spain, displaying a new level of cutting edge to his game, now routinely decisive for Celta.

    Already halfway to matching his goals return f

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  3. Turkish Messi' Emre Mor a fantastic acquisition for Celta Vigo

    5th September 2017. By Edward Stratmann.
    Despite losing their fantastic manager, Eduardo Berizzo, in the summer, who chose to fill the vacancy left by Jorge Sampaoli at Sevilla, the project at Celta Vigo still looks like one full of excitement.

    Bringing in Luis Enrique's assistant during his time at the helm of Barcelona in Juan Carlos Unzue as manager, plus a slew of fascinating new signings, the Galician outfit have moved forward in an ambitious manner. The captures of Stanislav Lobotka from Nordsjaelland, Maximiliano Gomez from Defensor and permanently acquiring Jozabed Sanchez from Fulham were all tidy additions, but with transfer deadline day fast approaching, the club still had some business left to do.

    Snapping up Emre Mor from Borussia Dortmund in a deal worth a reasonable €13 million was a sterling way to compliment their squad and end their window. Wanting more game time and with new BVB coach, Peter Bosz, not seeing him as an indispensable member of his squad, Mor decided the best course of action for his career was to leave the team he joined a year ago from Nordsjaelland for €10 million.

    Celta will definitely be ecstatic about getting his signature over the line, especially considering he looked destined to join Inter Milan just two weeks ago, but for the deal to collapse apparently due to Mor's agent wanting a bigger cut of the deal.

    Dortmund's sporting director, Michael Zorc, didn't seem to upset by the Turkish international's departure, instead sending him on his way with good luck for his new venture, stating: "He believed he would get more playing time at another club than he has previously been given in BVB's star-studded attacking line-up. We have respected this request and wish Emre all the best for the future."

    The man dubbed the 'Turkish Messi' due to his pint sized frame and similarly sci

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  4. Celta Vigo's Iago Aspas: Scoring Whizz in 2016/17 La Liga

    31st March 2017. By Edward Stratmann.
    Not many would've predicted at this stage of the season that Iago Aspas would be in the top five in the La Liga goalscoring charts, ahead of some of the league's biggest stars in Antoine Griezmann, Karim Benzema and Neymar.

    Aspas' sensational 15 strikes see him currently sitting in fourth place in the Pichichi race behind only Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi, in what's arguably been his finest season at the professional level. His form's been so impressive that Julen Lopetegui even handed him his debut for the Spanish national team back in November of last year. Indeed, his La Roja bow went onto to be a real fairytale occasion for the 29-year-old, as he scored after coming off the bench to instigate Spain's comeback 2-2 draw with England at Wembley.

    In Celta Vigo's hotly contested Galician derby clash with Deportivo La Coruna, the Moana born star achieved another notable landmark by bagging the all-important winner, which held special significance, for it was his first ever goal at the Riazor in the derby.

    This fierce encounter would also provide a glowing testament to what a tremendously integral component of Eduardo Berizzo's dynamic outfit he undoubtedly is. Aspas demonstrated so many of his qualities from the off, tormenting Depor via a combination of his physical and technical gifts, plus through his brilliant understanding with his teammates - especially with Daniel Wass.

    Starting out as Celta's right winger, a role he's become rather familiar with, Aspas' capacity to be a threat both in behind and in front of the opposition backline ensured he was a major menace throughout.

    Being a striker by trade, Aspas put his exceptional ability to time his runs beyond Depor's defence to great use to regularly manipulate Pepe Mel's stopping structure and create opening for his colleagues.

    Fine examples of this arose when he'd perform astute switches with Celta trequartista,

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  5. Fabian Orellana Makes Deadline Day Move to Valencia

    6th February 2017. By Edward Stratmann.
    Securing the signature of Fabian Orellana on deadline day from Celta Vigo was definitely a shrewd piece of business by Valencia.

    Following a fiery dispute with his manager at Celta, Eduardo Berizzo, that was reportedly due to Orellana trying to force a move away from the club without advising the club or his coach, this left his relationship with the Galician outfit in tatters.

    While Berizzo never officially disclosed the reason for his subsequent decision to no longer pick the wantaway Chilean, his actions and words spoke volumes over his dissatisfaction towards his once loyal charge. "I decided to leave out Orellana because of an unacceptable lack of respect towards me," Berizzo fumed.

    "My decision is firm and I told the club, who are in agreement. As long as I'm here, he will no longer be a part of this team. One thing is discipline and another issue is disrespect. He has not apologised but it doesn't matter. I have announced my decision and that's the end of it."

    Indeed, this was a sour end to Orellana's overwhelmingly successful four year relationship with the Sky Blues that saw him score 37 goals and supply 27 assists in his 172 appearances for the club. Moreover, helping Celta finish a brilliant sixth place last season, their highest La Liga placing for a decade, was another highlight of his time with the club. Although injuries restricted him to just nine outings this term, he still produced an impressive four goals and two assists in his La Liga and Europa League exertions for the Sky Blues.

    Valencia, however, were only too happy to nip in and secure his signature, in a deal that's an initial loan until the end of the campaign with an option to buy, which the Bats, assuming all goes well, are presumably very keen to exercise.

    At his Valencia unveiling at the Ciudad Deportiva Media Centre, the Chilean international was overjoyed about joining one of Spanish football's

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  6. Celta Vigo Demonstrate How to Beat Barcelona

    10th October 2016. By Edward Stratmann.
    "When Barcelona don't have the ball, they're not Barcelona. And every robbery was an automatic attack," explained a delightful Eduardo Berizzo after his Celta Vigo side had just defeated Barcelona 4-3.

    In what was one of the matches of the season, Berizzo's men adhered to his tactics of pressing Barcelona high up the pitch, and the man marking scheme attached it, beautifully, which allowed them to persistently dispossess and unsettle the Catalan giants. By applying such relentless pressure to Barca whenever they looked to pass out from the back, Celta ensured Luis Enrique's men found it hugely challenging to implement their usually effective passing game.

    Berizzo's strategy was executed to absolute perfection by his troops, as they successfully managed to cut the supply line to pretty much all of Barca's passing options in their own half, with their man orientated pressing scheme providing a fantastic platform for his side to win the ball back on countless occasions.

    Iago Aspas and Daniel Wass would mark Barca's two centre-halves, while Pione Sisto and Theo Bongonda would mark the Barca fullbacks, guaranteeing there were no easy outlets close by for goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen to utilise. To compound their issues, Pablo Hernandez stuck to Sergio Busquets, Nemanja Radoja went to Arda Turan and Facundo Roncaglia would track Rafinha.

    With the Galicians covering the away side's options so masterfully, this forced Barcelona into playing very risky, low percentage passes out from the back or to hoof the ball long, with both courses of action usually resulting in Celta regaining possession. The Sky Blues enjoyed particular success in situations where Barca attempted to orchestrate their attacks with floor passes, for once they won back possession, they could rapidly attack the gaps present within

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