Big day today for Spanish Football with important events & plenty of rumours flying around the local Soccer circles. Here is a summary of the main events in one place (post).

The greatest FC Barcelona & Spanish International midfielder in modern history Xavi Hernandez officially announced this afternoon this goodbye from Barça. In his press conference the player announced his exit, his new upcoming adventure in Qatar with the Al Sadd Club, his intentions to be a future Coach & to return to Barça. The player will receive an emotional farewell next weekend in the last Liga game of FC Barcelona in their home stadium "Camp Nou" with Liga Cup included!

Barça goodbye

Staying with FC Barcelona, news from Spanish Sports paper "Mundo Deportivo", publish that German International & Borussia Dortmund midfielder Gundogan passed a medical examination in Germany for Barça as the player is apparently the chosen candidate to substitute Xavi Hernandez at the Club. 

FC Barcelona 2015

Although not official, it is interesting & it opens up more speculation, this time around with current Coach Luis Enrique. The latter has not decided if he will continue next season & the FC Barcelona Directives are said to be covering their backs with other Coaching alternatives. Could Jurgen Klopp - connected with Real Madrid earlier this week - be the surprise name that Barça has up their sleeve in case Luis Enrique leaves?

Real Madrid 2015

The German Coach was rumoured to have shut a pre-deal with Real Madrid earlier this week. However, the latest from Italy & from local observers is that current Spanish & Napoli Coach Rafael Benitez is the chosen one to replace Carlo Ancelotti as Coach at Real Madrid.

The speculated talk this last 24 hours is that Carlo Ancelotti will step down after the last Liga match for this season in the weekend & perhaps take a year off, although AC Milan is sounding for him from Italy. Real Madrid will thereafter take up talks & negotiations with Rafa Benitez who leaves Napoli.  

Rafa Benitez is a "Real Madrid Man" as he started his Coaching career there with Vicente Del Bosque taking care of the B-team & junior sides before leaving for Liverpool FC etc where the rest is known history.  

Lastly, staying with Real Madrid, local press announced that Gareth Bale & his representative have talked with President Florentino Perez to know from his own lips if the Spanish Club counts with the Welshman. The players has had a difficult season & has been criticised lately for his play, while from England Manchester United is reported to be offering a whooping  120M€ to convince Real Madrid to sell him to them. Lastest is that Real Madrid has no intention of selling Gareth Bale & has full confidence placed on the Welshman.

As you can read plenty of news & rumours exploding out of Spanish Football. This weekend will host the last Round of La Liga with the drama at the bottom of the ladder as four Clubs fight it out to avoid relegation. 

Stay tuned.


Moving slightly off Football, but still keeping in touch in an economic manner, an interesting piece of news has appeared today on players salaries. According to "sportingintelligence" Spanish Football club Real Madrid is the 2º Club (all Sports) that spends most on players salary. The other Spanish Football Club on the Top 12 list is FC Barcelona in 4th place. 

Said this the highest Club (Football in this case) to spend on players salaries is French Club Paris St Germain in the Nº1 spot. Other notable big Soccer spenders are Manchester City (3º), Manchester United (6º), Bayern Munich (7º) & Chelsea FC (8º).


Full Top 12 list/sum paid per week per player:

1 Paris Saint-Germain, Ligue 1, £101,898 (142.000€)

2 Real Madrid, La Liga, £96,933 (135.000€) 

3 Manchester City, Premier League, £96,445 (134.000€)

4 Barcelona, La Liga, £90,675 (127.000€)

5 Los Angeles Dodgers, MLB, £89,999 (126.000€)

6 Manchester United,Premier League, £89,988 (126.000€)

7 Bayern Munich, Bundesliga, £85,935 (120.000€)

8 Chelsea, Premier League, £83,713 (117.000€)

9 New York Yankees, MLB, £81,992 (115.000€)

10 Arsenal, Premier League, £77,963 (109.000€)

11 Brooklyn Nets, NBA, £70,102 (98.000€)

12 Detroit Tigers, MLB, £69,633 (97.000€)


News coming out of Germany assures that Jürgen Klopp will be the new coach of Real Madrid & will replace Carlo Ancelotti for next season. According to the information disseminated by "Radio Deutschland", the still Borussia Dortmund Coach has apparently reached an agreement with the Spanish Football Club. Timid news came out last week locally that a Real Madrid directive flew to Germany to meet in person with Klopp, an event that now gains weight after this news comes out of Germany.


According to these reports, Klopp has committed himself with Real Madrid for the next three seasons, that is until June 2018. For each of these campaigns the Jurgen Klopp will receive a very cool 8M€ per season.

Sources close to Jürgen Klopp have ensured German media that Klopp will not announce his future or destination until the official end of season in Germany. Borussia Dortmund is in the final of the German Cup against Wolfsburg on the 30th of May, & Klopp refuses to deflect attention away from this objective of winning this match. 

If all this is true, current Real Madrid Coach Ancelotti will be elsewhere next season & two Clubs are sounding: Manchester City & AC Milan. 

Getting back to the possible arrival of Jurgen Klopp to Real Madrid next season, the possibility opens up speculation that the German Coach may bring with him current Dortmund midfielder Marcos Reus, another linked with Real Madrid.

Stay tuned.

PS: From Italy - Sky Italia - the news is the current Napoli & Spanish Coach Rafael Benitez is a firm candidate to be the replacement for Carlo Ancelotti


Manchester United Manager Van Gaal made the comment: De Gea is Spanish, a Spanish International, his Spanish parents have to fly out from Spain nearly every week, his girlfriend is Spanish & Real Madrid is a huge Spanish Football Club. The goalkeeper is very keen to return to Spain & Real Madrid has made him an offer. 

David De Gea has on his table a contract renewal proposal from Manchester Utd that is more, much more than his current contract, which he is not signing as yet. Along side is an alternative proposal from Real Madrid said to be around 5M€ per season, which is way below the United offer, but De Gea values returning "home" & a chance of a lifetime offer.

Real Madrid

Latest news is that Real Madrid has made a 20 M€ offer to Manchester United, which is obviously ridiculous. This figure will slowly go up as United is perhaps thinking more about a 40 M€ number in order to OK any transfer.

However, Spanish media discloses that the representatives of David De Gea has informed Real Madrid that before negotiations go any further, that the Spanish Football Club solve its goalkeeping problem: Iker Casillas.

De Gea does not want to arrive at a Club where there is a ongoing problem with current goalkeepers Iker Casillas & Keylor Navas. Said in other words, one of the two will have to go, with Casillas the more likely candidate. In fact, local media insiders have commented that Real Madrid will sit down with Iker Casillas in coming days to study "alternatives" & a "clean exit". The Spanish goalkeeper still has contract with Real Madrid & desires to be fully compensated financially if he is to leave prematurely. This is an issue as the "good-bye" payment is around 30M€, while the player also asks to leave without a transfer fee to make him more "attractive" to interested Clubs. 

While all this is in the air, De Gea will hold out at Manchester United because he too has a year more in his current contract. Iker Casillas exit seems to be the key.

Stay tuned!


It has taken 20 years for Spanish Basketball Club Real Madrid to proclaim themselves European Champions. They did this tonight in the Final Four Final winning 78 - 59 Greek Club Olympiakos. Tonight’s victory was even sweeter for the Spaniards as it "erased" their previous three finals where they failed to win.

The Spanish Club neutralized Olympiakos most dangerous player Spanoulis & managed themselves to put in a flawless exhibition of Basketball to defeat the Greeks in the final.

Final Four 2015

Real Madrid players Jaycee Carroll & Andres Nocioni lead their team with 16 & 12 points respectively, helping Real Madrid win historically its 9th European Championship.

The MVP went to Andres Nocioni.

Congratulations, great night for Spanish Basketball & Spanish Sports overall.

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