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THE GOOD-BYE OF IAGO BECEIRO

15 Nov 2012
What promised to be an interesting career for Deportivo turned into a disappointment. Iago Beceiro has left the club by the back-door; he’ll play in Ukraine though Depor has a buyout option over the striker.

Wednesday, 19 January 2011; Deportivo was playing at the Riazor the second-leg in Copa against Almeria UD (coached at the time by Oltra); after 161 minutes in the series the Galicians were down 2-4 in the aggregate score  and former coach Lotina decided to give a chance to 17-year old Iago Beceiro.

At the time Depor were trying to avoid the relegation and before the game it was coming from a negative streak of 308 minutes without scoring a goal. A desperate Lotina was trying to refresh the squad and together with Beceiro he also picked Fabril’s Dionisio Emanuel Villalba ‘Dioni’, though this last one didn’t play in the game.

Deportivo was eliminated by Oltra’s side; Beceiro spent 19 minutes on the lawn and barely touched the ball, but still, history was made, because the young striker became into the first player debuting with the first team after passing through all the youth teams starting at Deportivo Alevin B.

There were huge expectations on the A Coruña-born attacker; at that point he was impressing with his performance at the Juvenil A squad, ending the season 2010/11 with 13 goals in favour and 4 assists in 25 appearances at Liga División de Honor; he even had time to play four times with Deportivo B at Segunda División B scoring one goal. Many people thought that Depor were finally finding a Galician player for the centre of the attack, something unseen in recent decades.


Beceiro the night of his debut against Almeria UD

But the expectations ended in nothing; the indiscipline of the player –he was caught many times smoking and drinking- caused problems with former coach Tito Ramallo. For the campaign 2011/12 he was promoted in a permanent basis to Fabril, but he only managed to make 24 appearances at Tercera scoring four goals plus providing five assists.

The exit of Ramallo allowed the entry of José Luis Devesa and the situation just became tenser, to the point that the new coach never counted with Beceiro ahead of the present season. It was rumored that the player and the club were negotiating the cancelation of his contract and that the striker was going to play in Ukraine. The negotiations were delayed two months as the club was trying to negotiate a loan spell.

Beceiro, meanwhile, left the club and wasn’t training with the second team, something that Devesa confirmed during an interview held on September, ”I know nothing. One day the player tells me that he has the opportunity to leave... And he says good-bye to us. From that point I know nothing of the issue.” He said.

It was until last week, when the club announced the renewal of Álex Bergantiños, that sporting director Ernesto Bello confirmed that Beceiro had finally left the club. He confirmed that it was a zero-cost transfer, though Depor have a buyout option, “Yes, Beceiro is leaving to Ukraine; we knew he was leaving since the pre-season; he didn’t count for the new coach [Devesa] as there was some differences between him and the player. The Ukrainians didn’t want a loan spell, so he’s going free with Depor having a two-year buyout option.” He said during the press conference.

Iago himself confirmed that he was joining Ukrainian club FC Karpaty Lviv; he explained the reasons why he was leaving, ”I needed other challenges and I believe that both parties are getting something positive. In the end things were positive for both sides. I am now feeling motivated and willing to give my best.” He’s already training in Ukraine, though it isn’t clear if he will be playing with the first team or with the reserves (Karpaty U-21 or U-19).

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