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SPAIN LIST FOR UPCOMING EURO 2016 QUALIFIERS

Spanish National Football Team Selector & Coach Vicente del Bosque handed in his list of 23 players for the upcoming Euro 2016 Group qualifiers. Spain plays in the Spanish city of Oviedo Slovakia the 5th of September, to then travel to play Macedonia on the 8th of September.

Vital match against Slovakia where Spain is currently second in the Group behind them & needs a victory to take the top spot & with it the direct access into the Euro 2016 finals.

Some local Football observers have been surprised that Del Bosque has not called up Athletic Club Bilbao forward Aduriz. However, his 34 years of age could be his handicap as the Spanish Coach prefers to bet on young & the future.

Spanish Football Team

Full list of 23 players to represent Spain:

Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas, David De Gea, Sergio Rico
Defenders: Juanfran, Azpilicueta, Pique, Sergio Ramos, Bartra, Jordi Alba, Bernat
Midfielders: Koke, Busquets, Cazorla, Cesc Fabregas, iniesta, Isco, Silva, Mata
Forwards: Alcacer, Diego Costa, Vitolo & Pedro.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GROUP TEAMS MATCH-UPS 2015-2016

The Champions League Groups for season 2015-2016 have been drawn with the following results for the five Spanish Football Clubs competing:

Champions League 2015-2016 Groups


Group A: Real Madrid with Paris St Germain, Shakhtar & Malmo,

Group C: Atletico de Madrid with Benfica, Galatasaray & Astana,

Group D: Sevilla FC with Juventus FC, Manchester City FC & Borussia Monchengladbach,

Group E: FC Barcelona with Bayern Leverkusen, Roma & Bate Borisov,

Group H: Valencia CF with Zenit, O.Lyon & Gent.

Beforehand, Sevilla FC seems to have fallen into the most difficult Group along with Real Madrid which faces PSG. However, as always mentioned, at this level all Clubs are dangerous & have the potential to shake the believed favourites.

Lastly, as expected FC Barcelona forward Lionel Messi was awarded the "UEFA Best Player of The Year 2014-2015" ahead of the other candidates Luis Suarez (FC Barcelona) & Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid). This fully deserved award puts Lionel Messi on course towards his 5th FIFA Golden Ball Award which will be announced in January 2016.

FERNANDO LLORENTE TO SEVILLA FC

After weeks of speculation, Spanish & Juventus FC forward Fernando Llorente returns to Spanish Football. Spanish press has announced that Sevilla FC will be the new home of Llorente for the next three seasons after a 10M€ transfer deal (other sources say that his transfer is at zero cost ) with the Italian Club according to Italian media. The terms of payment is delaying the official Club announcement but everyone takes it as a formality & a done deal.

Sevilla FC get themselves a top notch forward to replace Carlos Bacca who signed for AC Milan.

Goes to Sevilla FC 2015

Said the above, Sevilla FC & Juventus FC are also talking about the possibility of Chilean International Mauricio Isla landing in Sevilla. A difficult prospect but apparently open & possible that we will have to wait & see. Stay tuned!

VALENCIA CF QUALIFIES FOR UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE 2015 - 2016

Important night & final result for Spanish Football Club Valencia CF which suffered against Monaco to get themselves qualified for the UEFA Champions League season 2015 - 2016. The final result tonight of the 2ยบ leg return match was 2 - 1 for Monaco but Valencia CF qualified & won the tie with a 3 - 4 aggregate.

Valencia CF 2015

The only goal for Valencia CF came early in the 4th min when Alvaro Negredo pulled a perfect chip shot that gave his team a valuable away goal. After this it was a punch for punch situation with Monaco slowly grinding themselves back into the match. 

Monaco equalized in the 18th min through Raggi & later went ahead in the 74th min through Elderson which opened up the possibility of taking things into extra-time. However, Valencia CF held out with tooth & nails to qualify & win the overall tie.

The Valencia CF victory is also historical for Spanish Football, they join FC Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico de Madrid & Sevilla FC in Champions League, thus putting into the maximum European Football competition 5 Spanish Football Clubs.

Big celebrations tonight throughout the city of Valencia. 

REAL MADRID TRANSFERS UPDATE

Hi guys, been out this weekend with the family so I have not given a summary post of Round 1 of La Liga. You can however catch up with the widget on the right hand side of the blog: matches, scoreline, scores & ladder positions.

Now back, here is a post on the current Real Madrid signing & transfers situation.

Karim Benzema has posted  today a message on his Social Media accounts to leave it clear his intentions & thoughts on all the rumours that place him elsewhere. He has posted : "For all those clowns who want to make believe things at my fans. Here this is my home ! "

Real Madrid 2015

Leaves it clear to everyone that the Frenchman will not be moving.

The David De Gea situation is in stalemate. 

Midfielder Asier Illaramendi looks like he will return to Real Sociedad for around 10M€ plus "variables". English Club Liverpool FC & Italian club Juventus are said to be also interested in the Real Madrid player, but Real Sociedad seems to be in the front seat. Stay tuned!

Lastly, young Real Madrid winger Denis Cheryshev is said to be heading to Valencia CF. Real Madrid & Valencia CF are apparently in talks after Valencia CF player Feghouli may head over to Turkish Football. If so, Valencia think Cheryshev would make the ideal substitute. Stay tuned!

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