If you think Tammeka were done with foreigners, you were wrong.
Tartu is by vocation an international city thanks to its University movement. Every year hundreds of international students come and go from Tartu.
Some return to their home countries, others fell in love with the quietness and the slow rhythm of life offered by the 100,000-inhabitant city.
It was not really the case of Nicolas Tamargo though, who deliberately chose Estonia as his ‘new country’: ‘I wanted to leave Spain’ explained Nicolas to RdS ‘Estonia looked nice and affordable. I came to visit with couchsurfing, liked it and a few months later moved’
Nicolas has been living already for three years in Estonia and started to support Tammeka a bit later: 'I started to go to games at the start of last season' confesses Nicolas 'before that I was promising myself to visit games but I did not manage. I guess this is what happens to many in Tartu' concludes Nicolas setting up the first target of his job: bring hesitant people in the stands of Tamme Stadium.
Today he was nominated Tammeka fans coordinator.
We spoke to Kalle Paas, marketing manager at JalgpalliKool Tammeka, about the choice to entrust Nicolas with the key-role of keeping Tammeka home crowd record (last season was 357 people per game in average).
Kalle, Nicolas is probably the first foreigner fans coordinator in Estonia. Why you chose him?
Nicolas was chosen by the fans to be the fan coordinator. I can not speak on behalf of everyone, but I personally see Nicolas as a wonderful person. Nicolas is also truly interested in the blue-and-white football of Tartu. And most definitely he is the most famous local Spaniard at Tamme stadium!
Are Tammeka trying to create a link with Spain to bring good players from there?
(Laughing) Spain has wonderful talents, there is no doubt to that! What we do over here in Tartu this season has perhaps indeed some Spanish qualities to it. You see, our first team is basically 100% Tartuvian and therefore quite like those Spanish clubs with strong regional identities - Real Sociedad and such. We want to be proud of what we are!
RdS has nicknamed Nicolas 'Hispanlaane' – The Spaniard - inspired by the 'Gladiator' movie. Do you think Tammeka fans will unleash hell at his signal?
Of course! Tammeka fans are famous for their loudness. I hope all those good people have a number of reasons this year to unleash good, positive, Tartuvian hell! And no, they do not have to shout at Nicolas all the time. We will score goals too (laughs)
Nicolas’ job in Tamme Stadium is postponed to when the facility will be available for the home game. Meanwhile he will certainly start to work on organizing the first away trip to Tallinn, against FC Infonet (8th of March).
As they say in Spanish: mucha suerte companero!