21st Century Cracks: Novoa, a Galician in Leipzig

first_imgIn an increasingly global world, young people are no longer afraid of abroad. This is the only reason why at the age of 16 Novoa landed in Leipzig. “I was very sad to leave Depor, it will always be the team of my heart. But there are opportunities that only happen once in a lifetime and you have to take advantage of them, ”argues the footballer. His family has also moved there and he lives in the club residence.He is a fast forward, who makes difficult marks for the defenders to read and, above all, with a great nose for goal. A new city, a new language … but it didn’t take long to adapt. He has played 18 games with the Leipzig U17, scoring five goals and handing out eight assists. He also knows the U19 already: two games in the Youth League.Besides the economic aspect, what most seduced Novoa was Leipzig’s strong commitment to its youngsters. With only 24 years on average in the first team and with a 32-year-old coach (Nagelsmann) who does not shake his hand when making their debut, Hugo understood that it was a perfect ecosystem for him. In Germany there are no subsidiaries, so the path of this young Galician to the first team is not so far: He will go to the U19 next season and his next step will be to knock on the door of the Bundesliga … Spanish teams are suffering more and more to retain their most promising youngsters. The threat of the greats within our borders (Madrid, Barcelona …) was always there. In their residences it is usual to find players from all parts of Spain. But now, in addition, the strong threat of foreign clubs has joined. A few years ago, it would have been unthinkable that a young man raised in Bertamiráns, a small town of 8,000 inhabitants 80 kilometers from La Coruña, would have considered moving to Leipzig.But it has happened. Hugo Novoa (La Coruña, 2003) was the greatest hope for Deportivo’s youth team, to which Alevín arrived. However, last summer he decided to accept Leipzig’s proposal. As if the German threat was not enough, Depor also competed against the interest of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia. Holding him seemed almost impossible.last_img