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SPAIN 1 UKRAINE 0 | EURO 2016 GROUP C MATCH RESULT

Spain hosted the Ukraine for there must win Group C qualifying match for the Euro 2016 competition in France. Both Nations came into this game with 9 points each, behind Group leader Slovenia with 12 points (now 15 after defeating Luxemburg tonight). A loss tonight by Spain would have made their qualification for France 2016 almost out of their reach, Spain managed the objective winning 1 - 0.

SPAIN FOOTBALL TEAM 2015

Although Spain won, they suffered patches of grey moments where the Ukraine created clear chances of goals,  but luckily for the home side they missed. Apart from this Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas had to make some important saves to stop the visitors from equalizing, especially in the 2º half.

Spain continues to have its long standing problem, their lack of GOAL. The Football & midfield performance was outstanding, with such talents as Iniesta, Koke, Isco & Silva in the centre & controlling the ball it had to be. However the scoreline does not correspond to the Football exhibited, there is a serious lack of upfront goal scoring effectiveness. Young Juventus forward Alvaro Morata officially debuted & scored the only goal in the 29th min but he was out of sync & not as dangerous as expected. Ramos hit the post later but little more to "hang up on the wall".

The lack of "killing off" power allowed the Ukraine to revive & believe in themselves that they could draw & they nearly did.  

Overall, a win & the 3 points for Spain which was the Nº 1 objective & priority. But the image given still leave doubts in the air & many questions still opened. Perhaps we (myself) are badly accustomed after enjoying 8 years of unbelievable Football that included 2 Euro & 1 World Cup titles, a level perhaps not to be seen again in a long time.

Details:
Score & starting line-ups:

SPAIN - 1: Iker Casillas; Juanfran, Ramos, Piqué, Jordi Alba; Busquets, Koke, Isco, Iniesta, Silva & Morata

UKRAINE - 0: Pyatov; Fedetskiy, Khacheridi, Kucher, Shevhuk; Tymoshchuk, Rotan; Konoplyaka, Stepanenko, Yarmolenko & Zozulya.

SPAIN 2 NORWAY 0 | U-21 INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY

European U-21 Football Friendly International played tonight between Spain & Norway with the final result going 2 - 0 to Spain

Match dominated by Spain from start to finish with long possession Soccer & plenty of shots at goals by the local team. The two goals scored occurred in the 1º st half through Munir in the 16th min & Deulofeu in the 18th min, with this last putting in an exceptional game.

Good "sparring" for Spain as they prepare for the Group qualifiers latter this year in order to attempt to get into the 2017 European U/21 Championships Finals.

Spain u-21 2015

Details:

Spain - 2: Kepa; Manquillo, Vallejo, Jonny, Duarte; José Rodríguez, Olíver, Denis Suárez (Moi Gómez, 81'); Deulofeu (Asensio, 86'), Munir (Williams, 63') & Samu Castillejo (Ceballos, 

Norway - 1:  Sondre; Haralsheid, Holbrather, Gronner, Grogaard; Strand, Lundemo, Overstad (Trondsen, 46'), Fredrik; Gayas & Mohamed (Vegard, 86').

Goals: 1-0 (16') Munir. 2-0 (18') Deulofeu.

HIGHEST PAID FOOTBALL PLAYERS IN THE WORLD | LIONEL MESSI

You may ask yourself, who is the Worlds Best paid Soccer player? French Soccer magazine "France Football" has answered the question releasing the list of the Top 20 Best paid Football Players in the World. They take into account the income received from Club salaries, rights & publicity. 

FC Barcelona Argentine star Lionel Messi tops the list - Nº1 - again this year with 65M€, eleven million euros ahead of 2º nd placed Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid with a cool 54M€. The highest Spaniard in the top 20 list is Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas with 17,8M€ in the 15th position, with David Silva & Cesc Fabregas also in the top 20.

FC Barcelona 2015

Top 20 France Football Best paid Football players in the World:

1. Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona) 65 M€
2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 54
3. Neymar JR (FC Barcelona) 36,5
4. Thiago Silva (Paris-SG) 27,5
5. Robin Van Persie (M. United) 25,6
6. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) 23,8
7. Wayne Rooney (M. United) 22,5
8. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (PSG) 21,5
9. Sergio Agüero (M. City) 21,2
10. Lewandowski (Bayern Múnich) 20,2
11. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) 20
-. Yaya Touré (M. City) 20
13. Ángel Di María (M. United) 18,5
-. Radamel Falcao (M. United) 18,5
15. Iker Casillas (Real Madrid)  17,8
16. David Silva (M. City) 17,3
-. Cesc Fábregas (Chelsea) 17,3
18. David Luiz (PSG) 17,2
19. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) 17
20. Mario Götze (Bayern Múnich) 16,9

Highest paid Coach in World Football is Jose Mourinho with 18M€ followed by Carlo Ancelotti with 15,5M€ & third Pep Guardiola with 15,2€.

ATLETICO MADRID LOOKS TO REINFORCE DEFENCE & MIDFIELD

Atletico de Madrid has extended the contract of their charismatic Coach Simeone, it will be announced officially today. With this piece in place, the Spanish Football Club begins thinking about the future & possible signings to maintain the squad competitive for all competitions.

Although no one will officially acknowledge that Atletico is scouting the market, there are currently two areas that will need reinforcements. They are the left-back position & the midfield. The current left-backs, Siquiera & Ansaldi, are not exactly what Coach Simeone has in mind, while the midfield has the veterans - Gabi & Tiago - & will need an injection of youth. 

Apparently Atletico de Madrid is hard at work looking at candidates according to Spanish Sports paper "Marca". There are three names on a "possible" list: 
  • Felipe Luis, ex Atletico & now at Chelsea FC, where the Brazilian has not fitted in & is not playing as desired,
  • Alex Sandro (Porto), 23 year old Brazilian promise,
  • Layvin Kurzawa (Monaco), 22 year old French promise.
AT MADRID CANDIDATES

In the midfield area, according to "El Confidencial" , Atletico has set their eyes on two Malaga FC players:
  • Ignacio Camacho, 24 year old ex-Atletico de Madrid who has matured into a Spanish International after leaving the club that raised him "Sports-wise" 5 years ago, 
  • Samu Castillejo, 20 year old who has "exploded" onto the Spanish Football scene showing great maturity & Football for a player of his age.
As with all these possible signing rumours, they are what they are, pure speculation. Things will obviously change or be confirmed in coming months. Best thing is to stay tuned!

CURRENT LEADING GOALSCORERS - GOALKEEPERS | LA LIGA AFTER ROUND 28

This week the Spanish Liga takes a break for upcoming EurO 2016 & International Friendly matches. Good moment to see how the table stands for the current Leading Goalscorer - "El Pichichi" & the Leading Goalkeeper - "El Zamora".

In the goalscoring section FC Barcelona player Lionel Messi has made an extraordinary effort to overtake rival Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid. The race for the "Pichichi" honours for this season is stiff with just 1 goal currently separating the two "cracks". Interesting to see Rayo Vallecano player Bueno in 5th place with 15 goals, which indicates his great season.

Current Top 5 leading Spanish Liga goalscorers after Round 28:

Messi (FC Barcelona) 32 goals
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)          31
Neymar (FC Barcelona)       17
Bacca (Sevilla FC)        16
Bueno (Rayo Vallecano) 15

FC BARCELONA 2015

FC Barcelona Chilean International goalkeeper Claudio Bravo current leads the Best goalkeeper honours after only having 17 goals scored against him in 28 Rounds of Liga. Second is Villarreal goalie Asenjo with 26 goals scored & who has been rewarded with a call up to the Spanish National Football Team.

Current Top 5 leading Spanish Liga goalkeepers after Round 28:

Bravo (FC Barcelona) 17 goals
Sergio Asenjo (Villarreal) 26
Kameni (Malaga)         31
Sergio Alvarez (Celta) 31
Iraizoz (Athletic Club Bilbao) 33


There are still 10 Liga matches left this season, how will the standings change & end up? Stay tuned!

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