UEFA Champions League 2019-2020 kicked off this season with Group games scheduled with Spanish Clubs FC BARCELONA & VALENCIA CF down for their Group duties. Here is a short summary of the main events along with goalscorers & the final results.

FC Barcelona starting XI vs Dortmund

Interesting starting XI for Barça tonight with Arthur & 16 year old Ansu Fati in the line-up. Above in the image is the full 11 names. 

FC Barcelona

An equalled first half for both teams with Borussia Dortmund having more occasions, especially a golden chance by Reus that was stopped by Barça goalie Ter Stegen. FC Barcelona had good periods of control of the ball, specially when Brazilian midfielder Arthur took command. Said this, Borussia Dortmund was not overwhelmed by Barça & managed to counterbalance the situation & created their goal opportunities.

The second half converted Barça goalie TER STEGEN in "Man of the Match", he solely avoided that his team lose tonight with some magnificent saves. The Barça goalie stopped a REUS penalty in the 56th min. Later Borussia Dortmund hit the bar. 

Messi came on to play 30 mins after a long stint out through injury but he could turn the wave. Tough night for Braça in Germany, nearly lost to Borussia

Lastly, bad news for Barça was the injury to Jordi Alba.


FC Barcelona

VALENCIA CF travelled to London to play Chelsea FC in an unsettling fashion after their Coach Marcelino was fired last week & replaced by Celades. The new Coach has not the full backing of the Senior players & their is a "bad vibe" in the air. However, tonight they pulled things together to give a good image & get the 3 points.

Below is the starting XI team for Valencia CF:

Valencia CF starting XI vs Chelsea FC

The first half did not have a clear and defined dominator. Valencia CF started defensively allowing Chelsea FC to control while looking to launch their counter-attacks. As the game progressed Valencia gained in confidence & pushed forward reaching more often the area of Chelsea goalie Kepa. Chelsea FC although with more game control did not show signs of danger & did not trouble the Spanish team. Chelsea only troubled Valencia Cf a couple of times, one with a Willian goal opportunity.

The second half allowed fans to witness an entertaining match with chances going to both teams. However, it was Valencia CF through their forward RODRIGO that scored in the 73rd min with a rehearsed tactical play having Captain Parejo involved.

Chelsea won a penalty in the 85th min but ROSS BARKLEY missed hitting the crossbar. Valencia held out &, must I say, surprised. Well done!



UEFA has released its list of the TOP EUROPEAN FOOTBALL CLUBS. The first three Clubs are Spanish with REAL MADRID CF in first position, followed by ATLETICO DE MADRID second & FC BARCELONA in third place.

UEFA Top 10 European Teams

From a Spanish Football perspective the big gainer is Atletico de Madrid which jumps into second place overtaking traditionally bigger local rival FC Barcelona.

Spanish Football Club Atletico de Madrid

UEFA Top 10 European Football Club Rankings:
1. Real Madrid CF
2. At. Madrid 
3. FC Barcelona
4. FC Bayern Munich
5. Juventus 
6. Manchester City FC
7. Paris St. Germain
8. Liverpool FC
9. Arsenal FC
10. Manchester United

To see the full list you can visit the UEFA website .


SPAIN hosted FAROE ISLANDS in Gijon (Spain) for their Group F EURO 2020 Qualifier. The final result being 4 - 0 victory for Spain further consolidating their Top Spot in the Group.

Spain XI vs Faroe Islands

Only Sergio Ramos & Rodrigo Moreno started in the Spain XI after last Wednesday match against Romania with the rest getting a run from the bench. Spanish Captain Sergio Ramos equalled the International Caps record along with Iker Casillas of 166 games for Spain. It's obvious Ramos will surpass this figure to take the most Internationally Capped player records in the near future.

Spain vs faroe islands

The whole match was dominated by Spain which attacked while Faroe Islands defended & looked for a counter-attack opportunity. Spain continuously kept smashing against the Faroe Island defensive wall but managed to score through RODRIGO MORENO who scored twice in the 13 th & 51st min.

The only real chance to pull a goal back for Faroe Islands came in the 73th min through a counter-attack that was stopped by DE GEA when the opposition player fired at goal.

Little more to add from here as Spain kept looking to add to the scoreline & did so when substitute PACO ALCACER scored the 3rd & 4th for Spain in the 89th min & the 92nd min.


SPAIN defeated ROMANIA 1 - 2 away tonight in their Group F EURO 2020 Qualifier. It's the first time the History of the Spanish Football National Team that they have defeated Romania in their home stadium. A competitive match that saw Spain dominate the first half & complicate their advantage in the second half with a RED CARD included that left Spain down to 10 men.

However, the victory consolidates Spain on top of the Group F table & has them firmly on the path to secure their Euro 2020 qualification.

Rumania vs Spain Euro 2020 Qualifier

The above is the Spain starting XI team, the surprises being Navas (ahead of Carvajal), Saul (ahead of Parejo) & Alcacer (ahead of Morata).

Rumania vs Spain

The first half was totally dominated by Spain. The best player on the field was Romanian goalkeeper Tatarusano who made 4 - 5 point blank saves to avoid a scandalous Spain runway result. The Romanian was truly outstanding & frustrating for the Spanish players.

Rumania vs Spain

The goals for Spain came in the first 50 mt. through a penalty scored by SERGIO RAMOS & PACO ALCACER at the beginning of the second half.


But credit to Romania which did not drop their heads & lifted in their pressure looking to pull the result back. Romanian Coach Cosmin Costa began moving the bench bring on ANDONE who reacted & headed the Romanian goal in the 59th min. From here Romania put Spain onto the back foot with pressure & more aggression.

Spain suffered a RED CARD when Spanish defender LLORENTE fouled being the last man in the 79th min & left Spain with 10 men. This forced Spain to change strategy & defend their 1 goal lead which allowed Romania to be the main protagonist.

Spanish goalie KEPA had to make important match saving interventions as Spain suffered to keep their lead. However their experience, with some luck, allowed Spain to hold on, take the 3 points & the victory. 


0 - 1 (29') (P.) Sergio Ramos
0 - 2 (47')  Paco Alcacer
1 - 2 (59')  Florin Andone

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