The Spain National Football Team continues to drown in doubts as they lost 2 - 0 in Amsterdam to Holland in tonights International Friendly match. The media built it as the "revenge" game for Spain after losing in the last World Cup in a disastrous fashion. However, the truth is that Spanish Coach Del Bosque started with a B-side:

De Gea; Carvajal, Albiol, Pique, Bernat: Mario Suarez, Cazorla, Fabregas, Isco; Pedro & Juanmi. Later on: Vitolo, Silva, San Jose, Ramos, Morata & Iniesta.

And so did Holland, so this for an excuse is not acceptable.

spanish football team vs holland 2015

Again, Spain trips with the some stone, lack of GOAL. But tonight was added new "stones" on the path: defensive mistakes - bad aerial work - & a lack of knowledge of what Football is to be played. Said differently, lack of ideas, creativity & at times lack of intensity. 

The Dutch goals came in a space of three minutes, with a header from De Vrij in the 12th min & the second in the 15th min through Klaasen. Spain had chances, plenty, but failed to convert their opportunities upfront, at times missing the unexplained. 

Spanish Coach Del Bosque had to bring on some of the veterans in the second half to "put right" the Football in the Spanish game, but it was too late the doubts had firmly settled in. 

Impressive performance from young Dutch 21 year old winger Depay who showed class & promise, a positive aspect in tonights game.

Conclusion, deserved win for Holland who played their game - & better - while Spain comes home with more doubts, Coach Del Bosque questioned & will come under fire.


Intersting piece from Mexico that may answer the popular question, which Football-Soccer Player is currently the fastest in the World? The reply comes from a study done by Mexican Soccer Club "Pachuca" with has been endorsed & backed by the World Football governing body "FIFA".

Real Madrid & Welsh International Gareth Bale is the fastest player in World Football with a ball at his feet with 36,9 km/h. Second is Jurgen Damm with 35,23 km/h who plays in the Mexican club which did the study. 

Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid is 5th with 33,6 km/h, while Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona is 7th with 32,5 km/h. The only defender in the top 10 list is Real Madrid player Sergio Ramos with 30,6 Km/h

Fastest Football Player in the World

Top 10 Fastest Football-Soccer Players in the World:

Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) 36,9 Km/h
Jürgen Damm (Pachuca) 35,23 Km/h.
Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) 35,1 Km/h.
Aaron Lennon (Tottenham Hotspur) 33,8 Km/h.
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 33,6 Km/h.
Theo Walcott (Arsenal) 32,7 Km/h.
Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona) 32,5 Km/h.
Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) 31,2 Km/h.
Frank Rivéry (Bayern Munich) 30,7 Km/h.
Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) 30,6 Km/h.


News today locally mentions that Spanish Football Club Atletico de Madrid sent two emissaries over to Amsterdam for the Holland - Turkey game. Their objective was to meet up with players representative of young Turkish Football sensation 20 year old Ozan Tufan. Second time they meet as the Spanish Club has been following Tufan for sometime. 

In Turkey the youngster is in big demand, Galatasaray, Besiktas, Trabzonspor & Fenerbahçe all have shown their interest, but the player wishes to continue overseas & Atletico is in "pole position". The possible price that the current Club of Tufan may be willing to let go their young "pearl" could be around 10M€. 

Stay tuned!


Spain hosted the Ukraine for there must win Group C qualifying match for the Euro 2016 competition in France. Both Nations came into this game with 9 points each, behind Group leader Slovenia with 12 points (now 15 after defeating Luxemburg tonight). A loss tonight by Spain would have made their qualification for France 2016 almost out of their reach, Spain managed the objective winning 1 - 0.


Although Spain won, they suffered patches of grey moments where the Ukraine created clear chances of goals,  but luckily for the home side they missed. Apart from this Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas had to make some important saves to stop the visitors from equalizing, especially in the 2º half.

Spain continues to have its long standing problem, their lack of GOAL. The Football & midfield performance was outstanding, with such talents as Iniesta, Koke, Isco & Silva in the centre & controlling the ball it had to be. However the scoreline does not correspond to the Football exhibited, there is a serious lack of upfront goal scoring effectiveness. Young Juventus forward Alvaro Morata officially debuted & scored the only goal in the 29th min but he was out of sync & not as dangerous as expected. Ramos hit the post later but little more to "hang up on the wall".

The lack of "killing off" power allowed the Ukraine to revive & believe in themselves that they could draw & they nearly did.  

Overall, a win & the 3 points for Spain which was the Nº 1 objective & priority. But the image given still leave doubts in the air & many questions still opened. Perhaps we (myself) are badly accustomed after enjoying 8 years of unbelievable Football that included 2 Euro & 1 World Cup titles, a level perhaps not to be seen again in a long time.

Score & starting line-ups:

SPAIN - 1: Iker Casillas; Juanfran, Ramos, Piqué, Jordi Alba; Busquets, Koke, Isco, Iniesta, Silva & Morata

UKRAINE - 0: Pyatov; Fedetskiy, Khacheridi, Kucher, Shevhuk; Tymoshchuk, Rotan; Konoplyaka, Stepanenko, Yarmolenko & Zozulya.


European U-21 Football Friendly International played tonight between Spain & Norway with the final result going 2 - 0 to Spain

Match dominated by Spain from start to finish with long possession Soccer & plenty of shots at goals by the local team. The two goals scored occurred in the 1º st half through Munir in the 16th min & Deulofeu in the 18th min, with this last putting in an exceptional game.

Good "sparring" for Spain as they prepare for the Group qualifiers latter this year in order to attempt to get into the 2017 European U/21 Championships Finals.

Spain u-21 2015


Spain - 2: Kepa; Manquillo, Vallejo, Jonny, Duarte; José Rodríguez, Olíver, Denis Suárez (Moi Gómez, 81'); Deulofeu (Asensio, 86'), Munir (Williams, 63') & Samu Castillejo (Ceballos, 

Norway - 1:  Sondre; Haralsheid, Holbrather, Gronner, Grogaard; Strand, Lundemo, Overstad (Trondsen, 46'), Fredrik; Gayas & Mohamed (Vegard, 86').

Goals: 1-0 (16') Munir. 2-0 (18') Deulofeu.

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