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AT MADRID 4 REAL MADRID 2 | UEFA SUPERCUP FINAL RESULT

ATLETICO DE MADRID defeated 4 - 2 REAL MADRID in tonight's UEFA SUPERCUP FINAL played in Tallin (Estonia). First winning blow to Atletico over Real Madrid as the new 2018-2019 season kicked off,  with La Liga also starting this upcoming weekend.

Entertaining match that saw Real Madrid dominate the game up to around the 79th min to have later At Madrid comeback to equalize & force the extra-time. From here onwards Real Madrid was practically overrun as tiredness & defensive mistakes gave the upper hand to Atletico who never stopped fighting for every ball. Deserved & well earned just victory & title for Atletico de Madrid.

UEFA Super Cup Final

Atletico forward DIEGO COSTA was fundamental for his team tonight scoring his teams first goal in the 51st second of the game. He later was the key scoring the equalizer that forced the game into extra-time to give At Madrid the margin needed to finish off a tired Real Madrid.

UEFA Super Cup Final

Real Madrid played well & dominated the ball all the first half. They managed to score two goals via a BENZEMA header & a Sergio RAMOS penalty. Real Madrid could have shut the match & been on course to win had Marco Asensio managed to put into the net a fabulous opportunity created by a Gareth Bale pass to his feet. 

The 2ºhalf saw Atletico de Madrid lift themselves as Real Madrid clearly began to fizz out. The tiredness affected the concentration of the players & mistakes began appearing in their passing. Two changes - Casemiro & Isco - seemed to have lessened the effectiveness of Real Madrid, & while Modric came on he too was not finely tuned enough to lift his team.

UEFA Super Cup Final

In extra-time the freshness & greater determination of Atletico de Madrid was enough to "kill off" Real Madrid whose defensive mistakes allowed SAUL & later KOKE to score goals to shut the match & secure the UEFA SuperCup.

Goals scored:

0 - 1 Diego Costa 1min
1 - 1 Benzema 27min
2 - 1 Sergio Ramos (penalty) 63min
2 - 2 Diego Costa 79min
2- 3  Saul 98min

2 - 4 Koke 104min

Question now is will this defeat by Real Madrid motivate the Club to make a last signing effort to reinforce the squad with a "big signing". A pure goalscorer ( Striker ) would be very handy to counter-balance the loss of Ronaldo who guaranteed between 40 - 50 goals per season. It will be interesting to see the reaction by Real Madrid in coming days.

As for Atletico de Madrid, an excellent start to the new season which will boost their confidence. The Club has invested heavily with big signings & expectations are high. The new players will slowly find their groove in coming weeks while the backbone of the team looks solid as ever along with their trademark fighting spirit & grit. Positive beginning.

SPANISH KEEPER KEPA TO SIGN FOR CHELSEA FC | KOVACIC ON LOAN

CHELSEA FC & Belgium International goalkeeper Courtois has a shut transfer deal with REAL MADRID weeks back. However, Chelsea would not make the transfer official until the English Club has shut a quality substitute to take the place of Courtois to defend their goal.

With the transfer window shutting the 9th of August & Courtois pressuring the London Club to be let go, Chelsea has moved fast, very fast, & set target on Spanish International & Athletic Club Bilbao goalkeeper KEPA Arrizabalaga. The young Spanish promise has a 80M€ contract release clause that Chelsea FC is willing to pay. Remember Kepa was on the Real Madrid agenda as a firm-shut signing target early this year but did not eventually go through.

Chelsea FC goalkeeper signing

The news right now is that KEPA seems to have agreed to make the move over to London & is currently in Madrid talking with his representatives to shut the deal. Right now everything indicates that Kepa will be the new Chelsea FC goalkeeper for 80M€ making him the highest goalkeeper transfer record in Football. This obviously will give Courtois the green light for the official announcement by Chelsea FC of his move to REAL MADRID.

Staying with Real Madrid, it seems Croatian midfielder KOVACIC will also be heading to Chelsea FC on-loan. The player has expressed that he wishes to leave Madrid because he needs to play more, have a stable & continuos participation, instead of sitting on the bench. Real Madrid does not wish to sell but understands the players desire & has offered the option of playing a year in London. Everything here at this moment indicates that the player will take up this option, although nothing is official from the concerning Clubs. Stay tuned here. 

FC BARCELONA | ARTURO VIDAL SIGNS FOR 3 YEARS

Its official, FC BARCELONA has signed Chilean International & Bayern Munich midfielder ARTURO VIDAL for 20M€ & with a 3 year contract. The player joins the other new incorporations this off-season like Brazilians Arthur & Malcom wth French defender Lenglet. 

Arturo Vidal signs for FC BARCELONA

The signing adapts two aspects, the first, the desire by Coach Valverde to have a solid substitute for the departed Paulinho who was sold of to Chinese Football. Secondly, the relative "low" transfer price made it all too attractive for Barcelona, although once again, the Spanish Club interfered in the last moments in an advanced operation (remember Malcom with AC Roma) with another Club (this case Inter Milan) to "take" the player. 

The Chilean passed the medical exam which was focused mainly on his knee, as the midfielder has been sidelined months with ligament problems. This was the only existing hurdle which was passed with a green light by the Barça doctors. 

The incorporation of Vidal distances somewhat FC Barcelona from their traditional form of Football. This is not to surprise anyone as basic & fundamental players like Xavi, Iniesta, Puyol etc which are exceptional & have left the Club. Vidal is a more physical & aggressive player that employs a more direct Football than "touch". 

The 31 year old midfielder has his last opportunity to stay relevant at the top level with a high profile Club. Everyone wishes that Vidal is able to exploit this chance & not allow his "erratic behaviour" off the field to spoil it all.  

LA LIGA SEASON 2018-2019 GAMES CALENDER

The "Spanish Royal Federation of Football" (RFEF) celebrated today the draw for LA LIGA season 2018-2019 matches calendar. Important dates:
  • FC BARCELONA - REAL MADRID CF: 28th Oct 2018 / 3rd Mar 2019
  • REAL MADRID - ATLETICO DE MADRID: 30th Sep 2018/ 10th Feb 2019 
  • REAL BETIS - SEVILLA FC: 2nd Sept 2018 / 14th April 2019
  • AT.BILBAO - REAL SOCIEDAD: 7th Oct 2018 / 3rd Feb 2019
The Copa del Rey - Spanish Cup Final is provisionally scheduled for the 25th of May 2019.


LA LIGA 2018-2019 calender

LA LIGA kicks of season 2018 - 2019 on the 19th of August 2018 and you can see the full calender of LA LIGA en the following link (LA LIGA calender 2018-2019).


FIFA 2018 THE BEST 10 CANDIDATES LIST

FIFA has announced today their 10 Candidates for THE BEST AWARD 2018. There are no Spanish born players but as expected many who currently play professionally in the Spanish Liga competition. The full list of 10 names are:

  • De Bruyne (Manchester City - Belgium)
  • Rafael Varane ( Real Madrid - France)
  • Mbappé (PSG - France)
  • Griezmann (At Madrid - France)
  • Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid/Juventus FC - Portugal)
  • Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona - Argentina)
  • Harry kane (Tottenham Hotspurs - England)
  • Luka Modric (Real Madrid - Croatia)
  • Salah (Liverpool FC - Egypt)
  • Eden Hazard (Chelsea FC - Belgium)

The 2018 Russia World Cup will have a heavy weight in the voting, along with the Champions League & Europa League; the favourites are Antoine Griezmann & Luka Modric.

The note to observe is NO Neymar JR is present. This player is missing his "trains" of opportunities" it seems. 


10 Candidates FIFA THE BEST 2018

From the 24th of July until the 10th of August a panel of experts elected by FIFA will reduce the list to 3 players. The winner will be announced in London on the 24th of Septembre during the FIFA THE BEST AWARD ceremony. 

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