The song seemed fake to Karpin. His reaction is superior.
Grigory Telingater November 20, 2023, 23:15 Moscow time Audio version: Your browser does not support the audio element.
It was so creepy that the coach ran away.
The Russia-Cuba match (8-0) has a very obvious context. Now it is extremely difficult for us to find an opponent. We only managed to get the team number 169 out of the FIFA ranking. And this can be presented in different ways. The range of interpretations ranges from a serious game to win to a pseudo-spectacle that only imitates a fight.
Perception depends on the details and here it is important not to pretend. Good attendance, somehow many goals, and also the children signed autographs during the game. It looked nice in places and generally lively. Even taking into account all the garbage in the visiting defense. Still, one detail seemed strange.
The organizers went too far in their desire to turn football into a holiday. Playing the song “Valera, Valera” live is a rather inappropriate decision for the modern situation. This would seem doubtful even after the team has qualified for the World Cup. It is so often repeated that football is a team sport that singling out someone in this way is considered unnecessary. The song was more suitable for Karpin’s birthday.
Hence the reaction of the coach, who during the song turned around and left, and then said: “I think it is not necessary to point out someone. Valera, Vasya, someone else. It is a mistake to focus on this. It is better to focus on the entire team.”
Karpin’s words after Cuba:
“I don’t know why I don’t sing the Russian anthem. But I sing “Valera”. Not everyone is happy with Karpin after Cuba
Everyone understands why the score was so big: we had an extremely weak opponent. What is there to celebrate? It turned out to be an attempt to pass off illusions as reality. Hence the feeling of something false. If I managed to hear correctly, before the beginning of the song Karpin was also told to smile.
Karpin. Smile. Phenomenal, of course.
To some extent, it was a trap for the coach. He already regularly gets criticized for calling the wrong people or letting something slip. And here, after Cuba, he stood smiling and listened to them sing a song in his honor. If the goal was to expose the coach as a narcissist and the experts would come back to attack him, then the idea was ideal.