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DOM 09.05.2021 | INTERVIEWS

Galician Roots in Brooklyn

Brooklyn native David Alperin, is a die-hard Deportivo de La Coruña fan. Raised in a family that immigrated from Coruña in the mid-1900s, David has maintained their tradition of supporting the LaLiga club.

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DOM 09.05.2021

Brooklyn native David Alperin, is a die-hard Deportivo de La Coruña fan. Raised in a family that immigrated from Coruña in the mid-1900s, David has maintained their tradition of supporting the LaLiga club

“From one years old to 18, me and my sister spent every summer in A Coruña and these were the days of Super Depor.”

The club at the time, packed with stars such as Bebeto, Fran, Mauro Silva, and Donato, won LaLiga in the 1999-2000 season, were runners up four other times between 1993 and 2002, and accumulated multiple Copa Del Rey and Spanish Supercopa titles. 

“The 90s for me were what made me a super devoted lifetime fan. I feel so Gallego,” said David.

Decades later, with Depor fighting to return from Segunda B to LaLiga Smartbank, David still carries the club close to his heart. 

He chased his dreams of playing professional soccer, ideally before Depor, before hanging up his cleats and entering a career in banking. Years later, he pivoted to open Goose Barnacle, a concept store and speakeasy in Brooklyn, inspired by Depor, that has transformed into a gathering place for his family and the local soccer community. 

Ultimately, he returned to playing soccer with Depor top of mind. He joined a group of friends in a club team which he eventually rebranded Goose Barnacle FC something he describes as “a tribute team to the club I love so much.”

Through life’s twists and turns, the good times and the bad, David’s passion for Depor has continued. 

“I will be with Depor if they’re in the fourth division. I don’t care what league they’re in. I don’t care if they’re losing every game. I support Depor. Winning and losing doesn’t matter as much anymore than the culture of LaLiga.”

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