Rough translation based on my shoddy Spanish with a little help from my pal Google:
If Brexit was the new word of 2016, then 2017's is "remuntada". Gazzetta Dello Sport talked of "remuntada", and so did L'Equipe, The New York Times and the British press. And not only in the language of sport, but also in politics. The Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, twenty points behind the Conservatives in the opinion polls (the equivalent of the 4-0 at the Parc Des Princes), has taken inspiration from the feat at the Nou Camp, and the slogan that nothing is impossible "All is not lost. If Barcelona can come back, then so can I."
The English word for when a team overturns an adverse result is the much blander "comeback", so it is no surprise that they have adopted the Catalan version for a win which was a rich and romantic. It could also refer to the last Superbowl, when the Patriots' rose from the ashes with Tom Brady doing a Neymar, or the final of the Champions League in Istanbul, when Liverpool recovered from 3-0 down against AC Milan by scoring three and then winning on penalties.
The biggest "remuntada" in the history of British football came on the 22nd September 1964, in front of 15,000 spectators, when Kilmarnock defeated Eintracht Frankfurt 5-1 in the Fairs Cup. The Scots had been beaten 3-0 in Germany, and their scarce hopes were struck down after two minutes of the return leg when Huberts thumped one in to give his side an an unsurmountable four goal lead.
Eintracht were at that time one of the strongest sides in Europe, and just four years earlier had played in the European Cup final at Hampden, after eliminating Rangers 10-4 in the semi-final. Against Real Madrid in the final, their defence and the goalkeeper Egon Loy were unable to hold it together, and Madrid delivered a comprehensive 7-3 win. The fact that the German goalkeeper was playing on this occasion gave hope to Kilmarnock, even though they had failed to beat him in Frankfurt.
The drama was just getting started. It continued in the 13th minute, when the referee ignored a possible penalty for the hosts, but the ball made its way to Ronnie Hamilton who made it 1-1. Only two minutes later, Brian McIlroy got the second goal, and the impossible became a little more possible. It was still 2-1 at half-time and the visitors grew in confidence. Killie needed another two goals to force extra time, and maybe even a replay (since away goals did not count double). In the 52nd minute, central defender Jim McFadzean, who had replaced an injured team-mate, headed the ball into the corner of the net. The roar of the crowd at Rugby Park became deafening, and intimidated the Germans, who camped themselves in their own half. The best was yet to come. In the 82nd minute, Jackie McInally beat Loy with a powerful header, and the game had to be suspended due to a pitch invasion. After order was restored, from a foul seconds before the final whistle (the same as last Wednesday at the Nou Camp), Ronnie Hamilton scored the fifth to spark chaos.
Kilmarnock are the oldest club in Scotland, founded in 1869 by a group of cricketers who wanted to expand their sporting horizons. At that time, football was a mix of today's game and rugby, hence the stadium being called Rugby Park. They are one of few Scottish clubs who have played in all three European competitions (European Cup, UEFA Cup and Cup Winners' Cup), and are currently in eighth place in the Premier League. But their glory days came in those golden sixties.
After beating Eintracht they lost in the second round to Everton, but months later they won the league (the only one in their history) in extraordinary circumstances, by a margin of 0.042 goals, after winning their final match against Hearts in Edinburgh by a 2-0, just the result they needed.
Apart from football, Kilmarnock (population 45,000) is known as being the town where Robert Burns published his first volume of poems, and for manufacturing Johnny Walker whisky for over three centuries (until 2009). The Central Belt of Scotland, whose former Labour voters have gone to the SNP, is the key to independence winning. The first referendum lost by ten points, but at this point who can discount a "remuntada...?