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Russian coach Karpin takes reign of Spain’s Mallorca FC for next 2 years

August 13, 2014, 17:45 UTC+3 MADRID

Valery Karpin says he wants the team to play like Barcelona Football Club

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 Valery Karpin

Valery Karpin

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MADRID, August 13. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian football coach Valery Karpin has been officially introduced as the head coach of Spain’s Mallorca FC after he signed a two-year contract with the club, the press service of the Spanish club reported on Wednesday.

“I want the team to play like Barcelona (FC), but everything would depend on the players,” Karpin said. “We will be striving to win each game. I have already watched Mallorca’s last eight games from the previous season.”

“My contract with the club stipulates a two-year term,” the Russian coach said. “It was an uneasy decision for me to take charge of the team playing in the second division of the Spanish championship.”

The 45-year-old Russian coach was the director general and the head coach of the Moscow-based Spartak FC after wrapping up his sports career of a football player in 2005. With Karpin in charge, Spartak Moscow FC twice won the Russian championship’s silver in 2009 and 2011/2012 seasons.

Football in Spain is not something new for Karpin to discover as he played in the country’s championships between 1994 and 2005 for Real Sociedad FC, Valencia FC and Celta Vigo FC.

Born in the Baltic state of Estonia, Karpin emerged as a key midfielder playing for Spartak Moscow FC in early 1990s. He led the football club to three Russian Premier League’s consecutive titles between 1992 and 1994.

Last season Mallorca FC finished in the 17th place of the Spanish championship’s second division barely avoiding relegation to the lower division prior to the upcoming season.

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