The Madrid-based papers Marca and AS, generally only writing about the fortunes of the Madrid based clubs, specially Real, were full of praise for Nekounam’s performance at such a level.
Marca praised the partnership of Raul Garcia, one of Spain’s biggest talents, and Nekounam in the middle of the park. “…for Nekounam language barriers weren’t a problem as they tormented with Raul Garcia Trabzon’s midfield and killed off all offensive attacks of the turkish side.”
AS was equally praiseful for “Neku” and said that “the Iranian has sensational technical skills and only the lack of experience with Spanish football doesn’t make him yet a very very interesting player (for the public)”.
Likewise the well known Spanish paper El Pais contributed the change of performance of Osasuna in contrast to their last league games to a sense of general improvement and the presence of Javad Nekounam.
Fan forums of Osasuna were also full of praise for Nekounam and his excellent performance and see him as a key figure to improvement in this season.
Trabzonspor 2 – Osasuna 2
(Karadeniz 54′, Bulut 88′; Valdo 20′, Juanlu 52′)