FIFA has published this afternoon the three finalists from the 25 candidates for the "FIFA THE BEST" Award for 2017. The finalists are:
  • Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid/POR)
  • Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona /ARG)
  • Neymar JR (PSG/ BRA).
three finalists from the 25 candidates for the "FIFA THE BEST" Award for 2017

This Award was won by Cristiano Ronaldo last year as the Best Player in World Soccer according to FIFA in 2016. The Real Madrid forward Ronaldo is currently favourite to repeat for a second time barring surprise.

FIFA THE BEST 2017 Goalkeepers

In the Best Goalkeeper 2017 category the three finalists are:
  • Keylor Navas (Real Madrid / COS-RICA)
  • Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus FC /ITA)
  • Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich / GER).
"FIFA THE BEST" Award for 2017 3 candidates coaches

In the Best Coach 2017 category the three candidates are:
  • Zidane (Real Madrid/FR)
  • Antonio Conte (Chelsea FC/ITA)
  • Allegri (Juevntus FC / ITA) 
FIFA will announce the winners in London on the 23rd of October in a special ceremony. Stay tuned!


World recognized French Football & Sports daily, L´Equipe, has published their Top 50 U-21 Best Football Players in World Soccer. Real Madrid & Spanish International MARCO ASENSIO has been recognised as the Nº1 U-21 World Football Player.

Nº1 U-21 World Football Player

The top 10 list by L´Equipe is:

1.Marco Asensio (ESP/Real Madrid) 

2.Dele Alli (ANG/Tottenham)

3.Kylian Mbappé (FRA/PSG)

4.Ousmane Dembélé (FRA/FC Barcelona)

5.Gianluigi Donnarumma (ITA/AC Milan)

6.Gabriel Jesus (BRA/Manchester City)

7.Leroy Sané (ALL/Manchester City)

8.Kingsley Coman (FRA/Bayern Munich)

9.Marcus Rashford (ANG/Manchester United)

10.Timo Werner (ALL/RB Leipzig).

The other Spanish born U-21 Football players in the Top 50 list are:

Dani Ceballos (Real Madrid) in the Nº 15 position, Vallejo (Real Madrid) follows in Nº 31, Carlos Soler at Nº 40 & Oyarzabal at Nº44.


Football is about cycles, ups & down moments & now its the turn of Real Madrid. The Best team in the World 7 days ago is now questioned after their defeat last night in Round 5 of LaLiga against Real Betis 0 - 1.

Why? Three games at home with 2 draws & yesterdays loss, but worst, they are 7 points from their main rival FC Barcelona which sits on top of the classification table. As habitual in Spanish Football when Real Madrid has a bad run, Barça is sitting pretty, & vice versa. 

Should Real Madrid fans be worried? I personally do not think so. The season has just started & the road is very long. Seven points is not at this moment a disaster & Real Madrid historically have come back to overcome such gaps.

The team is playing well, very well, but there are a few reasons which are hampering their success or accentuating their bad results in LaLiga

REASONS to consider:
  • The decisions of Zidane: The French Coach is not making optimal decisions & are making the team lose points. Zidane is not a "sacred cow" & we all make mistakes, but some decisions need analysis. The insistence on fielding Bale over Asensio is baffling, the Welsh is not in playing form. Isco needs to be on the field more & not substituted when the team needs him most. Yesterday, Zidane took off Modric to put more forwards when the team precisely needed more midfield control & management, Modric is a vital piece.
    In fact, the nerves of yesterdays situation was evident when in the last substitution for Mayoral there were 12 men on the field which the referee needed to point out to Zidane.
    The Real Madrid Coach wants everyone to play & "rotates" players, this is fine, but his choice & moments are currently not fine tuned.
  • Injuries & suspensions: Since the start of Liga Vallejo, Varane, Kovecic, Benzema, Theo & yesterday Marcelo have fallen. In the suspension cataegory, Ronaldo suffered 5 matched, Ramos & Marcelo also missed games & all in important moments.
  • Lack of goal: Real Madrid is not converting their many opportunities. Some say Real Madrid has´nt a real Nº9 and perhaps that´s true, that figure Morata, was sold to Chelsea FC. Some are remembering Mbappe not coming this season, even Morata, at this point. The dependence on Cristiano Ronaldo is strong & if the Portuguese is not in form (or suspended) the team suffers upfront. Lastly, Bale unfortunately at this moment is not the answer & should not be playing.
  • The Clubs week after week insistence on referee decisions being a factor in their defeats is counter-productive. This is a dead end road & is diverting the focus & concentration from the "real causes". Politically this maybe a good tactic but in reality its a no player.
  • Defensive mistakes: this is an ongoing problem. For seasons Real Madrid is loose defensively & their overall goal power upfront covers up cosmetically their defensive limits. This area needs to be worked more & especially their defensive lapses in concentration throughout games.
Said all this, a string of victories will put all this into the past. It may well be just bad luck, a downer period which every Football team goes through or a bad collective psychological period. Sure things are about to change for the better soon & quicker if the about points are taken into account.


Received a private message from an Asian follower of the Spanish Football Sports Facebook page a call to let him know what has happened to FC Barcelona star signing DEMBELE. Obviously a Dembele fan & a bit concerned about the players injury & the prognosticated 4 mouth recovery period expected.

Well, found this image in today´s "Marca" Sports paper which explains things well:

The French International winger tore his muscle (in red) of his left leg during last Saturdays Liga match against Getafe.

So serious is the injury that Dembele has flown to Finland to be operated by specialist Doctor Sakari Orava. The player is not expected to return to a Football field until 2018. A big blow for the young player & Barça which invested +120M€ on this signing.

Speedy recovery! 


FIFA has released (updated) their monthly ranking with Spain in the 11 th position. Germany regains the Nº1 spot position after Brazil drops a slot, while Portugal jumps to the Nº3 position. Notable drop in ranking is Italy which falls to the Nº17 position after losing against Spain in their World Cup group qualifier on the 2nd of septiembre.

FIFA Ranking sept 2017

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