The "Winter Transfer Market" has shut for Spanish Football. The figures indicate that around 45M€ (+/-) have been spent by Clubs to strengthen their squads. However, while we will see soon all the new faces in action in upcoming Liga games, there is one name that has been mysterious, Real Madrid midfielder Asier Illaramendi, who most thought would end up at Athletic Club Bilbao. The reality is, he will line-up today with Real Madrid against his old Club Real Sociedad. 

Real Madrid 2015

Local Football observers acknowledge that Athletic Club Bilbao made a 24M€ offer for Illaramendi. The youngster is not being a regular at Real Madrid were his position is highly contested, & to add, Real Madrid has signed 21 year old Brazilian Lucas Silva. The Real Madrid Directives looked favourably in selling to Bilbao & recouping some of the 32M€ plus investment, apart from filtering a "non-existent" Arsenal FC offer to spice up things. So what happened?

1. Asier Illaramendi said NO. He simply did not wish to move, especially to the eternal rival of his beloved Real Sociedad,
2. Real Madrid Coach Ancelotti did not wish to sell, or at least face the rest of the upcoming season without a player that will help in case of emergencies.

Said this, the future of Asier Illaramendi is still uncertain at Real Madrid. He may have avoided this first sell attempt but things indicate that he may face a similar situation at the end of the season. This time the Club which is really interested is English Club Liverpool FC & they are expected to "pressure" this summer.

Will Illara say yes this time around ? Stay tuned!


The Spanish Cup - Copa del Rey continued tonight with the remaining three 2º leg return Quarter-Final matches scheduled. Here are all the final results, goalscorers & qualifying Clubs.

Spanish Cup 2015

Madrid Club Getafe hosted Villarreal which came into this match with a 1 goal advantage from the first leg. A contested match which was finally settled in the 78th min when Villarreal scored the valuable away goal through Gerard

Final result tonight 0 - 1 to Villarreal which goes into the Copa del Rey semi-finals where they will meet FC Barcelona. 

Copa del Rey 2015

The 1ºst leg match finished in a 0 - 0 draw. The Spanish Cup Quarter-final tie was wide open with tonights 2º leg clash between Athletic Club Bilbao & Malaga FC up for grabs. After an intense 90 mins of pressure Football with the local fans roaring on their team, Athletic Club Bilbao managed a 1 - 0 victory over Malaga thanks to the 48th min Aduriz goal. 

At. Bilbao qualifies for the Spanish Cup semi-finals were they they will meet RCD Espanyol

Spanish Kings Cup 2015

RCD Espanyol won 3 - 1 in the first leg, & Sevilla FC needed to score 2 goals tonight to have a chance to turn around the Quarter-final tie. A packed "Sanchez Pijuan Stadium" cheered their side on, but the visitors held out to the Sevilla attacks all night. Espanyol stood firm & was disciplined in defence with Sevilla only managing to score just one goal through Diogo in the 88th min. 

Final result in tonights 2º leg return Quarter-final 1 - 0 to Sevilla FC, but RCD Espanyol qualifies on 3 - 2 aggregate & goes into the semi-finals to meet At.Bilbao


Spanish Cup - Copa del Rey 2º leg return Quarter-finals games this week, tonight At. Madrid - FC Barcelona, & the three remaining tomorrow. Final result 2 - 3 favouring FC Barcelona which eliminates Atletico de Madrid from the Kings Cup with an overall 2 - 4 aggregate result to Barça.

Tonights match had some controversial moments with the referee unfortunately playing a role with bad decisions which "killed off the match". Penalty called when not, penalty not called when it was & a red card given to Atletico de Madrid Captain Gabi in the players tunnel area at the start of the 2º half which left the home team all the 2º half down with 10 men, & without real hopes of turning the game around. 

Said this, FC Barcelona deserved to go through into the semi-finals of the Spanish Cup after winning convincingly in the 1ºst leg & in tonights game. In both cases Barça reacted well under pressure & their big stars resolved well their chances with goals.

Spanish Cup 2015

Atletico de Madrid got off to a flying start when Fernando Torres opened the scoring in the 1st min of play. But when the home team was up front looking for a second, Barça found a counter-attack that Messi started, Suarez participated & Neymar finished with goal in the 9th min. 

At.Madrid reacted & found themselves with a penalty - that was not - in the 29th min that Raul Garcia converted putting Atletico back in the tie. However, Barça was not shaken & in a corner Atletico de Madrid Miranda head in an own-goal to equalize the match & give the upper hand back to the visitors.

Spanish Cup 2015

It was the best moments of the match with end to end play, when in a Atletico de Madrid counter-attack Griezmann had his shot at goal stopped by the arm of defender Jordi Alba. A clear hand-ball & penalty not called that saw how the ball rebounded to favour Barça & in the consequent counter-attack Neymar scored the 3rd goal for Barça in the 42nd min.

Dismay & anger from the Atletico de Madrid players as they basically watched how a comeback-turn around scenario went up in smoke. The Atletico complaints continued & Captain Gabi saw a red card in the players tunnel shutting any chance of a comeback. Stupid action from Gabi but overreaction from the Referee, both actions "killing off" what was up till then a great & entertaining Copa del Rey game.

The second half was nothing near the same as the first, as both teams accepted the result & the final outcome. FC Barcelona into the semi-finals of the Spanish Cup & Atletico de Madrid eliminated.

Tomorrow the remaining three 2º leg return Spanish Cup Q/Final games scheduled.


According to todays front cover of Spanish Sports daily "Marca", Real Madrid wants to sign Aymeric Laporte, 20 year old French-Basque Central Defender of Athletic Club Bilbao. According to the news article Bilbao acknowlges  the interest from Real Madrid but does not want to enter into negotiations. Laporte is not for sale & the Bilbao President Urrutia response is "go to" the contract release clause of the player which is 42M€.

Real Madrid obective

Real Madrid is awaiting the decision of its current midfielder Asier Illaramndi, on whether he accepts a said offer from Athletic Club Bilbao. If he finally does, Real Madrid would want to negotiate a "package deal". At this point of time it is all speculation. 

Stay tuned!


Spanish Football Liga continued today with four matches of Round 20. Here are all the final results along with the goalscorers.

La Liga 2015

Two bottom placed Clubs met this midday in a very entertaining game of Football. Deportivo A Coruña drew 2 - 2 will Granada, with the latter making a comeback. In fact, Depor let off the hook Granada & basically let slip the 3 points.

Although Granada got ahead first through Piti with his 7th min goal, Depor reacted with goals from Jose Rodriguez in the 35th min & another through Lucas in the 39th min. However, Granada recovered & equalized when Robert got his goal in the 84th min. Shared points.

La Liga 2015

Very even game with a final 1 - 1 result between Athletic Club Bilbao & Malaga FC. Athletic got the opener through San Jose in the 70th min, while the equalizer for Malaga came in the 78th min by Javi Guerra.

La Liga 2015

Very impressive performance by RCD Espanyol after defeating Almeria 3 - 0. The result could have been greater for Espanyol as they created plenty of goal scoring opportunities throughout the game. The goalscorers were Stuani with two goals - 36th & 39th min - while in form Caicedo got the third in the 74th min. 

Liga 2015

Valencia CF hosted Sevilla FC in the match of the day. Both Clubs want to join the current "Big Boys" of Spanish Football - Real Madrid, Barça & Atletico - & aim for the Champions League next season. The final result of 3 - 1 to Valencia slammed their fist on the table in authoritative fashion & with a solid performance. An overall team effort from Valencia that halted the Sevilla attacks including a penalty saved by goalie Diego Alves in the 41st min, just when Sevilla was coming back strongly.

The goals fell in the following order:
  • Parejo (penalty) 18th min, 1 - 0
  • Parejo 33rd min, 2 - 0
  • Bacca (penalty), 2 - 1
  • Javi Fuego 55th min, 3 - 1
Valencia grab the 4th place on the Liga classification table, 2 points ahead of Sevilla FC which sits in 5th position.

Getafe - Celta de Vigo

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