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SPAIN FOOTBALL TEAM LIST OF PLAYERS FOR FRANCE & MACEDONIA

Spanish Football National Team Selector & Coach Vicente Del Bosque has handed in his list of players that will represent Spain in the upcoming Friendly International game against France on the 4th of September & for the Euro 2016 Group qualifier against Macedonia on the 8th of September.

Spain Football Team

Here is the full list of players:

Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas, David De Gea & Kiko Casilla.

Defenders: Juanfran, Carvajal, Mikel San Jose, Sergio Ramos, Bartra, Raul Albiol, Jordi Alba, Azpilicueta.

Midfielders: Koke, Iturraspe, Busquets, Iniesta, Raul Garcia, Silva, Pedro, Cazorla, Cesc Fabregas & Isco.

Forwards: Diego Costa & Paco Alcacer.

Most observers were expecting big changes after the disastrous World Cup 2014 campaign calling for new blood & new ideas. The novelties are

- Kiko Casillas (27 yrs, RCD Espanyol Goalkeeper)
- Mikel San Jose ( 25 yrs, Athletic Club Bilbao Defender)
- Raul Garcia (28 yrs Atletico de Madrid)
- Paco Alcacer ( 20 yrs Valencia CF Forward)

Players like Carvajal, Bartra, Iturraspe & Isco get called back.

A revolution? Not quiet, back at least with younger talented. In my opinion could have called up another forward, especially with Diego Costa under a injury cloud (just a knock they say). 

Those left out are:
Pepe Reina, Pique, Javi Martinez (injury), Xabi Alonso (retired), Xavi Hernandez (retired), Juan Mata, David Villa & Fernando Torres

Notable here is the absence of FC Barcelona defender Gerard Pique who is out of form at this stage of the season. 

CRISTIANO RONALDO WINS UEFA BEST PLAYER SEASON 2013-2014 AWARD

As expected Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo was awarded this afternoon the "UEFA Best Player season 2013 - 2014". The Portuguese player won the title over Bayern Munich candidates Manuel Neuer & Arjen Robben.

This award was missing in CR7 "collection" with previous winners being Ribery last year, Lionel Messi & Andres Iniesta.

UEFA BEST PLAYER 2013-2014 AWARD

Cristiano Ronaldo had a fabulous 2013 - 2014 season winning the Spanish Cup & UEFA Champions League title along with his record breaking 17 goals scored in the Champions League competition, plus winning the "European Golden Boot Award" (shared with Luis Suarez) with 31 goals. 

Ronaldo was very happy & with his acceptance speech thanked his team-mates, Club & family, while congratulating the other candidates. 

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GROUPS 2014 - 2015

The UEFA Champions League Groups for season 2014 - 2015 have been drawn & decided this afternoon with the 4 Spanish Football Clubs relatively pleased with the outcomes. There are no easy Clubs at this level of Football but as with other seasons & previous draws there are no real "Death Groups". Said this, surprises will be assured as with every season. 

Below are the Groups & the Clubs:

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GROUPS 2014-2015
Courtesy of "Marca"

GROUP A: Atletico de Madrid, Juventus FC, Olympiacos, Malmoe.

GROUP B: Real Madrid CF, Basilea, LiverpoolFC, Ludogorets.

GROUP C: Benfica, Zenit, Bayer Leverkusen & AC Monaco.

GROUP D: Arsenal, Borussia Dortmund, Galatasaray, Anderlecht

GROUP E: Bayern Munich, Manchester City, CSKA Moscow, AC Roma.

GROUP F: FC Barcelona, Paris St Germain, Ajax Amsterdam, Apoel.

GROUP G: Chelsea FC, Schalke 04, Sporting Portugal, Maribor

GROUP H: Oporto, Shakhtar, Athletic Club Bilbao, Bate.

ATHLETIC CLUB BILBAO 3 - NAPOLI 1 (4-1 AGG) | CHAMPIONS LEAGUE QUALIFIER FINAL RESULT

Spanish Football Club Athletic Club Bilbao will join Atletico de Madrid, Real Madrid & FC Barcelona in tomorrow UEFA Champions League Groups draw after defeating 3 - 1 Italian Club Napoli in the 2 leg Champions League Qualifier. At Bilbao wins on a 4 - 1 aggregate that was also the perfect way to celebrate the Clubs fabulous new & modern "San Mames Stadium".

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE 2014 QUALIFIER

The first half already gave us signs of the intentions of Athletic Club with numerous chances of goal that were continuously being failed. The Italians shocked early in the second half when Hamski scored in the 47th min. However, for some unknown reason Napoli slowly deteriorated with some serious defensive mistakes & of course, great Bilbao Football.

The equalizer came in the 61st min when Aduriz slipped away from his marker in a corner & found space to score. The second was another Aduriz goal in the 69th min when the Napoli goalkeeper came out to attempt to clear a long Bilbao defensive clearance & messed up badly. The third came in the 74th min when Ubai Lopez scored after another Napoli defensive mix up. Surprising to watch Napoli in defence, especially being an Italian Club, the trip back home will be hard.

Special mention to Bilbao midfielder Iturraspe who was the driver & the main player that put Bilbao on their winning ways. Spanish Football Team selector Del Bosque was present tonight watching the game & the Bilbao midfielder certainly put in his candidacy for a call-up.


Congratulations to Athletic Club Bilbao!

XABI ALONSO CLOSE TO LEAVING FOR BAYERN MUNICH

Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso is making news today, not only has he announced his retirement from the Spanish National Football Team, but there is a "flash" that Alonso may be close to German giant Bayern Munich

Spanish Sports media has picked up this afternoon that Xabi Alonso has full agreement with Bayern Munich & now depends on the negotiations at Club level. Real Madrid is likely to not put too many obstacles but will ask for money which is speculated to be around 10M€. The player is said to have been offered a fantastic contract of around 10M€/season. 



The arrival of Toni Kroos at Real Madrid has forced the situation as the German has become a regular starter putting Alonso on the bench. Bayern Munich & their Coach Guardiola are currently suffering in the midfield area precisely due to the exit of Toni Kroos & the injury of Javi Martinez. Coach Guardiola considers Xabi Alonso as the perfect substitute & the piece need to bring back the missing equilibrium to his midfield.

Stay tuned for developments. This story & option does make sense to all parties & the relations between Real Madrid & Bayern Munich are optimal. 


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