Spanish Cup - Copa del Rey - action tonight with the bigger Clubs joining the competition. Two scheduled games with the following final results & goalscorers.

real madrid 2014 spanish cup

Real Madrid travelled to Barcelona to play UE Cornella, a 2 Division B Club in their 1ºst leg tie. The final result was a 1 - 4 win for Real Madrid & Coach Anceleotti gave some of their big names a rest. Cornella played an admirable match & they should be proud of their performance tonight.

Highlights was the performance of Real Madrid midfielder Isco who was brilliant, along with defender Varane who headed two goals & James Rodriguez. The goals fell in the following order:
  • Varane 10th min, 0 - 1
  • Oscar Muñoz 20th min, 1 - 1
  • Varane 36th min, 1 - 2
  • Chicharito 53rd min, 1 - 3
  • Marcelo 75th min , 1 - 4
Cornella will travel to the "Santiago Bernabeu  Stadium" for the return 2º leg. Sure the squad will be excited to have the chance to run on the mythical turf.

The other scheduled Spanish Cup tie tonight was Sevilla FC against 2 Division Club Sabadell. The final result of their 1ºst leg game was 1 - 6 to Sevilla  FC. The highlight was the HAT-TRICK to Sevilla forward Iago Aspas, while goals occurred in the following manner:
  • Kolodziejczak 28th min, 0 - 1
  • Aspas 42nd min, 0 - 2
  • Aspas 59th min , 0 - 3
  • Gameiro (penalty) 67th min, 0 - 4
  • Reyes 70th min, 0 - 5
  • Forgas 75th min, 1 - 5
  • Aspas (penalty) 93rd min, 1 - 6
Sevilla FC was clearly the dominating team throughout the 90 minutes.


FIFA & France Football published this morning the list of 23 candidates up for the "2014 FIFA Golden Ball Award". As expected Spanish Football is represented well with Real Madrid having 6 players: Sergio Ramos, Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, James Rodriguez, Toni Kroos & Cristiano Ronaldo , while FC Barcelona has 4 players: Neymar, Iniesta, Mascherano & Messi.

It is now up to the National Teams Selectors & Captains, along with the designated World Football journalists to place their votes. The final 3 candidates will then be announced on the 1st of December to then have to wait until the 12th of January 2015 when the winner will be announced at the FIFA Gala in Zurich.

FIFA Golden Ball

Full list (in alphabetical order) of the FIFA 2014 Golden Ball candidates :

Gareth Bale – Real Madrid
Karim Benzema – Real Madrid
Diego Costa – Atletico de Madrid / Chelsea
Thibaut Courtois – Atletico de Madrid / Chelsea
Cristiano Ronaldo – Real Madrid
Ángel Di María – Real Madrid / Manchester United
Mario Götze – Bayern Munich
Hazard – Chelsea
Ibrahimovic – PSG
Andres Iniesta – FC Barcelona
Toni Kroos – Bayern Munich – Real Madrid
Lahm – Bayern Munich
Javier Mascherano – FC Barcelona
Leo Messi – FC Barcelona
Thomas Müller – Bayern Munich
Neuer – Bayern Munich
Neymar – FC Barcelona
Paul Pogba – Juventus
Sergio Ramos – Real Madrid
Arjen Robben – Bayern Munich
James Rodriguez – Monaco / Real Madrid
Schweinsteiger – Bayern Munich

Yaya Toure – Manchester City

FIFA also published the list of "Best Coaches":

List of 10 candidates for "2014 FIFA Best Coach Award":

Carlo Ancelotti (Italy/Real Madrid CF)
Antonio Conte (Italy/Juventus), 
Pep Guardiola (Spain/FC Bayern de Múnich), 
Juergen Klinsmann (Germany/USA), 
Joachim Loew (Germany), 
Manuel Pellegrini (Chile/Manchester City FC), J
Jose Mourinho (Portugal/Chelsea FC), 
Alejandro Sabella (Argentina), 
Diego Simeone (Argentina/Atletico de Madrid), 
Louis Van Gaal (Holland/Manchester United FC).


Italian Football media "Tuttosport" has let known the list of 40 candidates for the "2014 Golden Boy Award". Italian & prestigious European journalist vote who they believe is the "Best U-21 Football Player of the Year". Last year Pogba (Juventus ) with past winners Isco (Real Madrid), Wayne Rooney, Cesc Fabragas, Sergio Aguero & Mario Balotelli

FC Barcelona

Spanish Football has the following youngsters as candidates:

Gerard Deulofeu (Sevilla FC), Aymeric Laporte (Athletic Bilbao), Munir El Haddai (FC Barcelona), Saul Niguez (Atletico de Madrid), Sandro Ramirez (FC Barcelona). Plus another Spaniard is a contender who is playing in Portugal, Oliver Torres , currently with Porto.

Other candidates & Leagues:

Premier League: Nabil Bentaleb (Tottenham), Calum Chambers (Arsenal), Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United), Lazar Markovic (Liverpool), Eric Dier (Tottenham), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling (Liverpool), John Stones (Everton), Kurt Zouma (Chelsea).

Serie A: Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo), Franco Bernardeschi (Fiorentina), Kingsley Coman (Juventus), Keita Balde Diao (Lazio), Mateo Kovacic (Inter).

Bundesliga: Hakan Calhanoglu (Bayer Leverkusen), Gianluca Gaudino (Bayern Munich), Mathias Ginter (Borussia Dortmund), Julian Green (Hamburg), Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (Bayern Munich), Maximilian Meyer (Schalke).

Ligue 1: Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain), Benjamin Mendy (Marseille), Lucas Ocampos (Monaco), Divock Origi (Lille), Adrien Rabiot (Paris Saint-Germain).

Others: Bruma (Galatasaray), Gonzalez (Basel), Arkadiusz Milik (Ajax), Aleksandr Mitrovic (Anderlecht), Nikola Ninkovic (Partizan Belgrade), Denis Praet (Anderlecht), , Oliver Torres (Porto), Tonny Vilhena (Feyenoord), Jetro Willems (PSV), Luka Zahovic (Maribor).


News out of England, concretely "Daily Mirror", suggests that Premier League Club Arsenal FC is preparing a move on Spanish International & FC Barcelona 27 year old winger Pedro Rodriguez. Not surprising as rumours were hot this last summer that the winger was studying offers from elsewhere, Arsenal FC included.

FC Barcelona

The news further cites that Arsenal is preparing a 30M€ offer that perhaps may appear as early as the New Year, in the upcoming "Winter Transfer Market". The idea is to hook up again Pedro with ex-Barça tam-mate Alexis Sanchez to make up a formidable attacking pair over in London.

A viable option as the Barça player is not participating as much as desired this season. Young sensation Munir has taken up a more active role over Pedro on the field, while the return from sanction of Luis Suarez virtually keeps Pedro in a more complementary role. Pedro (& FC Barcelona) will obviously have the last say, the player may also want to listen to other offers locally & from around Europe.

Stay tuned!


Spanish Football Liga continued today with the last 4 matches of Round 9 scheduled. Here are the final results along with all the goalscorers.

Spanish Football Liga 2014

Malaga FC played Madrid Club Rayo Vallecano this midday & bulldozed them over with a 4-0 victory. The goals came in the following manner :
  • Samuel 5th min, 1-0
  • Darder 20th min, 2-0
  • Juanmi 44th min, 3-0
  • Amrabat (p) 48th min, 4-0
Both teams currently in mid-table positions.

Spanish Football Liga 2014

RCD Espanyol played out a 0-0 draw result with Deportivo A Coruña. The point maintains Espanyol in the Liga mid-classification positions, while Deportivo continue to hoover around the bottom zone of the ladder.

Liga 2014-2015

A win for Sevilla FC against Villarreal would place them joint Liga leaders, & things went their way with a dramatic finish & 2 - 1 win. The match was even up until Villarreal got ahead in the 79th min through Vietto. But Sevilla FC pushed on by their home crowd & their pride equalized through Denis Suarez in the 88th min. Sevilla FC then won a penalty in the 93rd min which Bacca converted for the victory & with it lifted the roof of the stadium with joy. Great comeback from Sevilla.

Spanish Football Liga 2014

Getafe  & Atletico de Madrid played out tonight a city of Madrid derby with the victory going to the visitors 0 - 1. Important win & 3 points for At. Madrid which puts them up in the classification table just 2 points behind the co-leaders Barça & Sevilla FC.

Rough match with plenty of yellow cards & a red card to Getafe defender Alexis in the 56th min after some "physical stuff" occurred on Mandzukic.  In fact it was the Atletico de Madrid & Croatian forward who scored in the 40th min. 

Getafe was down 10 men from the 57th min & paradoxically played better. Atletico de Madrid goalie Moya avoided a clear goal chance from Getafe player Sammir & the Atletico defence later held on under the Getafe siege. 

Hard work & sweat for At.Madrid for the three points.

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