The spirit of Karbo

first_imgThe arrival at Depor was at the hands of a great reception by the fans of A Coruña. “We played at Riazor on Sundays during Sunday mass hours, but despite that, we reached 5,000 spectators“indicates the former player, who feels” very proud “of the heat that is being given to the Female Depor:” I love that sportsmanship returns to give this welcome to women’s football. ” Economic problems made Karbo Deportivo disappear in 1988, shortly before the first women’s league began. Several players withdrew, some headed for teams from Madrid or Barcelona and others moved to futsal, like Lis. “It was the end of a whole life, of a family,” he says.Inma Castañón, the player they called ‘La Maradona’One of the first stars to start shining in Spanish women’s football was Inma Castañón. The Asturian forward was hardened in several teams in her country before making the jump to Karbo, where she found her first successes as a footballer and received the call of the National Team. “They called me ‘la Maradona’, but I always liked Quini’s game and way of being”, The former player, who entered soccer with her brothers, told the AS in statements. “I was privileged in soccer because I was never insulted or called a tomboy, but I did hear how people said it to others,” she says.Inma Castañón lifts a Cup trophy. More than half a century ago, an illusion was born in A Coruña. An idea led by the directors of a school (Ramón Carrasco and Mari Carmen Borrego), the Karbo school, who bet on something that few believed in: women’s football. 52 years after the birth of that team, also plainly called Karbo, its memory gains strength among the people of A Coruña, coinciding with the success of Deportivo Abanca. Just three seasons after his birth, the blue and white box has revived, being the revelation (4th) in his debut in Primera, the grip of which was the best team in Spain, with four national titles, equivalent to the current Queen’s Cups (there was no League), in 1981 (title not recognized as official), 1983, 1984 and 1985.Karbo was one of the teams that created a precedent in Spanish women’s football, being the first club to be officially awarded in this category. “I don’t want to talk about discrimination, but that people looked at us with surprise, with a strange face. We never talked about it, but we realized that we had started a little revolution“, tells in an interview to AS Lis Franco, former player of Karbo, who arrived almost by chance after a journalist friend of her father, the legendary former player of Depor or River Plate, Rafael Franco, told her that there was a women’s team at a school in the Los Mallos neighborhood. “I had always been with a ball at my feet. And finding out that there was a team I could play on was one of the best news of my life“underlines Lis.“We were a bit like the monkey at the fair, a show at the village festivals”That Karbo, who would later be absorbed by Deportivo, was led by a school teacher, José Mañana, and made up of players of very different ages. “I was nine years old and there were colleagues who were close to thirty,” she highlights, after exposing how the first years were: “There are two stages. In the first one, we were a bit like the monkey at the fair, a show at the village festivals with parties in the style of single vs. married. We didn’t like that, but something is something. Then came what is now the Cup and we began to feel like footballers. “Without hardly training, with some pachangas on Sundays, the Karbo players began to make a name for themselves in A Coruña, culminating in their conversion with Depor.STANDING: LIS, ENCARNA AND RORY AGACHADAS: GELI AND INMA “The victory against Laracha (men’s team) was widely echoed in the press. There were no women’s teams and we played against the men’s. Those games started with laughter, but when they saw that we were serious they began to compete, “says Lis, who emphasizes the great qualities of the historic Karbo:”I, like that team, can’t remember another one. We were the team that brought the most people to the National Team. The team was a perfect mix of veteran players with great strength and punch and young players. “center_img With hardly any filming, without training, Inma did not stop scoring goals in her first matches with the Galicians. “I was not going to play every game because as a minor I had to be accompanied and the trip was very expensive“, tells of her first steps at Karbo. Years later, she moved to A Coruña and combined her work as a teacher with that of a footballer at the school in A Coruña.” The directors of Karbo did not care about anything and they fought for a hobby ” , points out the former Spanish player, who confesses that she received great value offers from clubs like Porto, who offered him a million pesetas and a job, a proposal he rejected because he was close to his family.“I was comfortable at Karbo and I didn’t think about it. Today I would think about it,” she says, after evaluating Deportivo’s support: “Playing in Riazor was the best. Deportivo behaved very much towards us, despite the fact that we had rivalries with the youth, who always complained about sharing dressing rooms and the field with us. We carried more people than they did and they were jealous. “ After the Karbo Deportivo disappeared, Inma was forced to sign for another team from Asturias, although she hardly played in it, to have a federation card and to be able to go to the National Team, which years before had dyed widely blue and white with a large number of players of the extinct painting from A Coruña.last_img