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FIFA RANKINGS | SPAIN IN 10TH POSITION

FIFA has released its monthly Football Nations World Rankings, in this case for the month of October. In the case of SPAIN they drop to Nº10 from Nº8 position, with the defeat against Slovakia 2 - 1 in their Euro 2016 Group match a prime cause. 

Current World Champs Germany remains on top & Nations like Colombia & Belguim are enjoying some unprecedented high positions. Portugal gets back into the Top 10.

Spain Football Team 2014

Top 10 FIFA Ranking for October 2014:

1- Germany (1)
2- Argentina (2)
3- Colombia (3)
4- Belgium (5)
5- Netherlands (4)
6- Brazil (6)
7- France (9)
8- Uruguay (7)
9- Portugal (11)
10- Spain (8)

SPANISH FOOTBALL TEAMS | UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GROUP RESULTS

UEFA Champions League continued tonight with the last two Spanish Football representatives in action. Here are the final results along with all the goalscorers.

uefa champions league 2014

Atletico de Madrid hosted the Swedish Club Malmo to win 5 - 0 in their Group A match. The goals all came in the 2º half after the Swedes held off defensively all
the Spanish attacks in the first 45 minutes. 

Atletico de Madrid finally broke through the Malmo defence in the 48th min when Koke scored from a Turan pass. The gates then fully opened & a second goal came in the 62nd min when Mandzukic headed in from a Koke pass. Two minutes later - 64th min - Griezmann got the third to see the fourth come in the 88th min when Godin headed in a corner & the 5th came in the 93rd min from Cerci who came on late. 

Good & important win for the Spaniards as before this game all the Group A teams were with 3 points. The Group is difficult & wins are "priceless".

uefa champions league 2014

Real Madrid travelled to "Anfield" to play Liverpool FC in their Group B clash. Traditionally a "Hell location" for the Spaniards which tonight they managed to change that around winning 0 - 3 with a authoritative performance. 

The English team started strong with speed & creating some dangerous occasions. However, Real Madrid managed to regain the ball & steadied things down to their pace & began to dominate. The class of the Spanish midfield, especially Isco, showed & the first goal soon came when James Rodriguez found Cristiano Ronaldo who scored in the 22nd min. From here, Real Madrid took over & the second came in the 30th min with a brilliant header from Benzema who later scored again in the 41st min - two goals from Benzema tonight - with a inner goal square "scramble". 

In the second half Liverpool FC managed to stop the haemorrhage with more intensity & pulling from pride, an admirable exhibition that was expected from this prestigious Club. The substitution of Balotelli at half time for Lallana was a factor in the better play from Liverpool with young Sterling also putting in a worthily performance of speed & danger all night. Liverpool hit the post & had their chances, while Real Madrid defended well , controlled things & later had their minds perhaps more in next Saturday big "Clasico" & Liga match against FC Barcelona. Special mentions to Varane & James for their efforts - tireless.

Great win that gives Real Madrid 9 points in their Group & tranquillity.     

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GROUP RESULTS | SPANISH FOOTBALL TEAMS

UEFA Champions League Group matches tonight with participation of FC Barcelona at home & Athletic Club Bilbao away. Here are the final results of tonights games with all the goalscorers.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE 2014
FC Barcelona team photo, Champions League vs Ajax

FC Barcelona hosted Ajax Amsterdam in their Group F match & won 3 - 1. The result could have been higher for Barça but they failed to convert their numerous opportunities, especially in the 1º st half. The Spaniards dominated totally proceedings with Messi on fire, along with Neymar & Iniesta who were combining well & quickly. 

The first goal came from a series of one touch passes between the mentioned players which ended with Neymar scoring in the 7th min. The dominance continued & Lionel Messi got the second goal in the 24th min. 

With things under control in the 2º half Barça Coach Luis Enrique began thinking in next Saturdays big Liga game against Real Madrid. He substituted Neymar, Messi & Iniesta in a short space of time & this took out some intensity from the Barça game. So much so, that Ajax managed more ball dominance & scored in the 89th min through El Ghazi. Some nerves settled into the Barcelona line-up with another close call appearing through a Ajax opportunity. However, young Barça substitute & forward Sandro sealed the victory with his 92nd min goal. 

Special mention for Javier Mascherano who was playing in the position of Busquets, who was out with injury. Fantastic tonight was the equilibrium point of his team with sacrificing work & effort. 

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE 2014

Spanish Club Athletic Club Bilbao travelled to Portugal to face Porto in their Group H clash. Bad result for Bilbao which lost 2 - 1 to Porto, a loss that virtual makes qualifying out off this Group almost impossible. Bilbao are going through a very difficult period with their Football both in Liga & European competitions.

Porto offered most of the initiative tonight as they too wanted the 3 points to secure their presence in Champions for the next phase. Bilbao valiantly defended well until Hector Herrera scored the opener for Porto in the 44th min. This was a moral blow for Bilbao.

However, continuing with the Bilbao tradition & history of never giving up the Spaniards pulled from pride & manage spirit lifting equalizer from Guillermo in the 58th min. But their hopes received another harsh blow when Quaresma put Porto back ahead in the 75th min. Bilbao could not manage to get back from this goal as the earlier physical efforts had wore out the visitors legs & their moral. 

Tomorrow more Champions League matches scheduled with Real Madrid & Atletico de Madrid on show in their respective Groups.

MANCHESTER UNITED TARGETS GERARD PIQUE ?

According to Spanish Sports daily "Sport", English Premier League Club Manchester United is firmly intent in making a bid for FC Barcelona defender Gerard Pique. The English team managed & Coached by Louis Van Gaal wants to have the services of the Spanish International central defender, & from England the news is that the Club is willing to offer 25M € for the player.


The English paper the 'Daily Star' explains that the 'red devils' look at Pique as an ideal choice in the market because of his past experience at the Club & because the FC Barcelona player has not fully settled into Barça Coach Luis Enrique plans.

FC Barcelona 2014

The defensive fragility that Manchester United is experiencing this season is the main argument. However, the signing by Manchester United of Gerard Pique is high unlikely at this stage. For starters, the offer price by Man Utd. is too low for FC Barcelona to accept, while the player is firmly embedded in the city & culture of Barcelona (Catalonia region) with his growing family. Said all this, Gerard Pique is a "volatile" personality with frequent "out of the norm" behaviour on & off the field. It may be that one of his peculiar events may encourage him to find a "new place", Manchester United could thus then be his better option.


Stay tuned!

THE RETURN OF LUIS SUAREZ | FC BARECLONA

The term, "seeing the light at the end of the tunnel", has never been so true for Uruguayan & FC Barcelona forward Luis Suarez. The player ends his 4 month ban from playing football - official games - next Friday. Consequently, the next day Saturday, the first Spanish Football season "Clasico" between Real Madrid & FC Barcelona is scheduled, thus allowing Suarez to be available for Barça Coach Luis Enrique if he decides to use this valuable Football resource.    

FC BARCELONA 2014

The player has expressed to media that he is glad that this "personal nightmare" is coming to an end. Luis Suarez even feared for his Football future that perhaps FC Barcelona may have retired their original signing interest after his World Cup "biting incident".

The logic suggests that Suarez start on the bench next Saturday against Real Madrid & only participate perhaps the last part of the game. However, his Coach Luis Enrique may think otherwise  & go into the clash with all the available fire power up front. 

Either way, everyone is looking forward to seeing Suarez back on the Football field, playing in the Spanish Football Liga & watching his goal skills in action. From here we wish Luis Suarez good luck & can say officially, welcome to Spanish Football.

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