The first title of the Spanish Football season 2013-2014 fell the way of Real Madrid after defeating FC Barcelona 1 - 2 in the Final of the Spanish Cup - Copa del Rey (Kings Cup) played this Wednesday night at the city of Valencia. 

Important victory for Real Madrid which finally manages, along with their Coach Ancelotti, to win this season their maximum rival in Spanish & World Soccer. Horror 10 days for FC Barcelona which string together three losses ( Champions League, Liga game & Spanish Cup Final), something unheard off in the past 5 years.


Overall the victory was deserved by Real Madrid which had created far more chances of goal although FC Barcelona forward Neymar hit the post in the 90th min which if it had gone in would have been the equalizer & who knows, maybe a different ending to this story. But thats Football, tonight Real Madrid had luck smiling on them because they looked for it all match.

Intense match as expected with two differing styles; Barça dominating the ball & Real Madrid taking advantage of the spaces left in the Barça midfielder to counter-attack. The first goal came from Real Madrid when Di Maria scored in the 11th min. 

From here & onwards Barcelona looked to react & equalize but Real Madrid defensively was solid & very concentrated. The Real Madrid defenders Pepe, Ramos, Carvajal & Coentrao, with the help of a tireless Isco & Di Maria totally neutralized Lionel Messi & Neymar who was tonight the great disappointment. The Brazilian is still very young & he would have learnt tonight, but he was a shadow, to which many will critise Barça Coach Martino for not putting on Pedro earlier or from the start.


FC Barcelona is undoubtedly a great team & they managed to comeback to equalize against the grain when Real Madrid was continuously ripping the Barça defence apart. From a Xavi corner young Barça defender Bartra headed a magnificent goal in the 69th min that brought back his team to life.


But in the 85th min, perhaps the moment of the Spanish Cup Final, when Gareth Bale picked up a ball on the left flank & while pushed over the line accelerated to reach the ball to run 50 mts & score the winner. Amazing effort that gives the Welshman a piece of Real Madrid history & a dream come true for the wingerReal Madrid then held out & won this seasons Kings Cup

To finish, one can say that we may have witnessed the end of the "Greatest Football Team in World Football" ever seen. FC Barcelona will harshly & perhaps unjustly receive a storm of severe criticism the next coming days that will force radical changes for next season. One of those changes is the end of Coach Gerardo Martino who everyone speculates will not continue next season. There after,  a series of players, ranging from Alves, Xavi, Pinto, Pedro & even Messi, are under speculation of perhaps leaving as the Club looks to bring in "fresh blood" for next season. One of those, Lionel Messi, is being criticised for "saving himself" for the World Cup as his performances in the last few matches have been unusually poor. I personally doubt this from the professional, but...

Said all this, what if the Neymar ball in the 90th min had gone in instead of hitting the post?

Congratulations to Real Madrid.


The country is slowly grinding to a halt as the Easter vacations commence & the Final of the SPANISH CUP-COPA DEL REY ( Kings Cup) is about to kick-off tomorrow - Wednesday the 16th of April at 21.30 hrs Spanish Time - between FC Barcelona & Real Madrid.

Top match of Spanish & World Football as two of the best Clubs on World Soccer meet up once again to attempt to claim the first big title of this season. FC Barcelona is super hyped up as they see this as a way to get back their prestige after being knocked out of the Champions League, while Real Madrid wants to beat their rivals for the first time this season & grab the first title in their attempt to also notch up Liga & Champions League.

Both sides have important players missing, Real Madrid being the most notable with Cristiano Ronaldo missing due to injury along with Marcelo. FC Barcelona will be without Spanish International defender Gerard Pique & youngster Marc Bartra.

Everyone pre-match is speculating on the possible starting XI line-ups for both teams. The general consensus is the following, for FC Barcelona:

Spanish Cup Final 2014

Pinto, Alves, Mascherano, Puyol, Alba, Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta, Pedro, Neymar & Messi.

LATEST: Puyol OUT, in his place Adriano.

For Real Madrid the speculated starting line-up in tomorrows Spanish Cup Final is:

Spanish Cup Final 2014

Casillas, Carvajal, Pepe, Ramos, Coentrao, Xabi Alonso, Modric, Di Maria, Isco, Bale & Benzema.

A Final not to be missed & the perfect stage for some players to claim back their "star" status in World Soccer. Messi has a chance to push aside recent criticisms along with team-mate Neymar. While tomorrow is the perfect match & moment for Gareth Bale to find his place in World Football along with Benzema.

Lastly, the above starting line-ups are speculation-rumour & may suffer last minute changes according on how the Coaches of both teams may see fit.


Congratulations to Spanish Football Club FC Barcelona Youth Team for winning the first edition of the UEFA YOUTH LEAGUE 2013-2014. The Spanish Club defeated Portuguese Club Benfica in the Final with a 0 - 3 result.

The "UEFA Youth League" is the spin-off of the UEFA Champions League that was put into motion this season as an initiative to lift the competition levels of the youngsters playing European Football. It also serves as a showcase & platform for outstanding talents as most big European Clubs would have their scouts watching closely.

Great match by Barça which were just & deserved winners, that included a fabulous 50 mt goal for Munir. Benfica missed a penalty that hit the bar. 


Line-ups & goalscorers:

Benfica- 0: Graça; Rafael Ramos, Joao Nunes, Alex Alfaiate (Joao Gomes, m.83), Rebocho, Gilson Costa (Pereira, m.64), Estrela, Romário Baldé, Gonçalo Guedes, Rochinha & Nuno Santos. 

FC Barcelona-3: Ondoa; Godswill, Riera, Quintillà, Rodrigo Tarín, Ortega, Enguene (Ros, m.72), Kaptoum (Ebwelle, m.89), El Ouriachi, Munir El Haddadi (Maxi Rolón, m.90+2) & Adama Traoré. 

Goals: 0-1, m. 9. Rodrigo Tarín. 0-2, m. 33: Munir El Haddadi. 0-3, m. 87: Munir El Hadda


FC Barcelona has assured their Football future with a new generation of talented players.


Spanish Football celebrated four Round 33 Liga games today with the following final results-scores & goalscorers.

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Explosive City of Seville match with the Real Betis - Sevilla FC derby. Real Betis is sitting at the bottom of the Liga table & is desperate in every match. The final result ended up going 0 - 2 to Sevilla FC making the relegation of its city rival more a reality. The game had as expected controversy especially the first Sevilla goal which was called a penalty in the 29th min that Betis heavily protested & received a red card. Sevilla forward Gameiro scored the penalty & later,  with Betis down to 10 men,  Gameiro scored his teams second in the 86th min.

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Valencia CF hosted Elche a Club hoovering dangerously close to the relegation zone. The winner today was Valencia with a 2 - 1 victory. The goals for Valencia came from Piatti in the 22nd min & from Parejo in the 61st min. Elche got their goal in the 18th minute through Coro, but in the 70th min Elche missed a chance to equalize when they failed a penalty that Valencia goalie Guaita brilliantly stopped.

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City of Madrid derby as Getafe hosted Atletico de Madrid which was looking to consolidate their Liga leadership after FC Barcelona lost yesterday. The Liga leaders Atletico de Madrid won 0 - 2 Getafe in a rough & tumble match that included a red card to Getafe player Lafita. Other moments was the 65th min penalty miss by Diego Costa & later the "horrific" injury to the same player after smashing himself - leg first - into the goal post as he scored his teams second goal. Preliminary reports indicate a several cut to his leg , while other suggest a possible fracture, in any case it looked more terrible than what the post-reports indicate.

The first Atletico de Madrid goal came in the 40th min when Godin headed home, the second came from Diego Costa in the 84th min which included the already injury.

The Getafe loss keeps them in the relegation zone of the Liga ladder & with a "black future" for the 5 remaining Liga matches. For Getafe every game from now on are do or die. Atletico de Madrid consolidates its top of the ladder position.

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Great game between RCD Espanyol & Madrid Club Rayo Vallecano that ended in a 2 - 2 draw. Rayo Vallecano played a better match with two goals from Falque in the 42nd min & Larrivey in the 49th min. But Espanyol maximized their two only real goal opportunities to score first through Stuani in the 3rd min & turn the match around to equalize through Colotto in the 87th min. Shared points. 

Athletic Club Bilbao - Malaga FC


Spanish Football action with Round 33 of Liga today. Getting close to the end of the season & things are delicate at the top & at the bottom of the Spanish League classification table. Below are all the final results-scores along with the goalscorers.

However, before I get into details, I ask you excuse me today the brief summary of the games. Had family issues to take care off & was more switched onto the radio than TV images. 

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The Friday Night Liga game was between bottom placed Clubs Osasuna & Valladolid. The end result a 0 - 0 draw result & shared points. Both still in relegation dangers.

Spain Soccer Liga 2014

Great match that see-sawed the full 90 minutes between Celta de Vigo & Real Sociedad. The matched ended in a 2 - 2 draw. The two goals for Celta came from Nolito (penalty) 37th min & Santi Mina in the 81st min. The visitors got their two goals from Canales in the 8th min & Griezmann in the 43rd min.

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Villarreal managed to win 1 - 0 Levante & get three points in the very last moment. The game seemed headed for a draw when a Levante player made a "stupid" foul in the 94th min. The consequent free kick found the head of Villarreal player Perbet who got the winner. Levante Coach Caparros was very upset & angry with his players.

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Surprise result at Granada, Club fighting to stay alive in Liga next season, which defeated FC Barcelona 1 - 0 with the winner coming from Brahimi in the 16th min. Bad performance from Barça which was undermanned in defence & not focused. Granada had various opportunities to expand the scoreline but they failed to convert or else it would have been "scandalous".

FC Barcelona also created their chances but the Granada goalie tonight was superb along with the Granada defence which was solid the whole game. Good performance from them that will lift their spirits to attempt to avoid relegation.

Barcelona loses 3 points & is overtaken by Real Madrid on the classification table after the latter won their Liga game tonight. 

Spain Soccer Liga 2014

Real Madrid started their match against Almeria knowing that FC Barcelona had lost their match & had given up 3 points. The home team did not disappoint winning Almeria 4 - 0 even though they had many regulars out due to injury or suspension ( C Ronaldo, Xabi Alonso, Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Carvajal... etc).

Comfortable game with many opportunities going to Real Madrid which could have widened the finished results. Goals from Di Maria (28th min), Gareth Bale (52nd min), Isco (55th min) & Morata (84th min).

More Round 33 Liga matches tomorrow, including Spanish League leader Atletico de Madrid.
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