Felipe began the month of October with only 181 minutes on his legs after practically a month and a half of competition. The Brazilian had started the season as the team’s fourth quarter, with Giménez and Savic as headlines and Hermoso de first alternative, although with his performances before Celta and Mallorca It was already beginning to emerge and make it clear that its role was going to be more.His good work, combined with Savic and Giménez’s injuries, he was taken head to eleven and currently he has become the boss of the rear, an untouchable player who has not moved with the Cholo scheme. Moreover, Felipe has not lost a moment since the match against Valencia on October 19 (he had not played the week before against Valladolid after completing the match against Lokomotiv). The Brazilian has played each and every one of the 1,950 minutes of the team from that day to the che team until becoming one of the great signings of the season in Europe and only a penalty for card accumulation will make him stop against Granada. In total, he is the fourth player with the most minutes in the entire squad (2,221), only surpassed by Saul (2,760), Oblak (2,706) and Thomas (2,289). Simeone will not be able to count on his new bulwark behind, although luckily for the coach in his case it will not be due to injury. Felipe saw the fifth yellow in the league during the last match against Real Madrid and may not be in the return of the team to the Wanda Metropolitano. In its 21 consecutive games, with two extensions included (Real Madrid and Cultural), the Brazilian has shared downtown behind with Savic, acting as central left, Beautiful and Giménez, with them two on the right profile, where he feels most comfortable.A mature player, experienced, very difficult to overcome in hand to hand and that stands out for its fantastic aerial game. In addition, Felipe has a good ball out and is a danger spot for a stopped ball, adding two goals, against Lokomotiv volley and Levante with a very complicated header. Although at the beginning of the course his participation was residual, one minute in Butarque in the first four days, he has now earned his place and is already one of the untouchables of Simeone.
Galina Burley, a local leader in Clark County’s Russian-speaking community, grew up in Sochi, Russia, site of the 2014 Winter Olympics. Her Columbian blog, Exploring Sochi, looks at the local culture and issues, as well as her personal memories of growing up in the city, which sometimes reminds her of Vancouver.Check it out at http://blogs.columbian.com/exploring-sochi. Here are some edited highlights from the final week:• Feb 19: I had no idea that so many of you would read my blog or that The Columbian would publish it.I am truly honored and that is why this next blog is so hard for me to write.Some of you asked me to address the challenges of moving to America, specifically dealing with issues of being from Russia. I admit even today this subject is very emotional and hard, so please take this with a grain of salt.I moved to the U.S. in 1991.I was a teenager. I didn’t speak English when we moved, and it took two or three years for me to become somewhat fluent.For the most part, people were very nice to us. In fact, many people really enjoyed meeting me and my family, learning about our culture, language and country.