English paper "Daily Telegraph" has elaborated a list of the "Top 20 Over-rated Football Players" in World Soccer. In this list sitting at Nº 9 is Real Madrid & Spanish International defender Sergio Ramos. Not surprised to see Ramos as the Spaniard has rubbed up the wrong way British & especially Manchester United fans after "using" the latter as leverage to renew his contract with Real Madrid.

Full list below:

Sergio Ramos 2015

Top 20 Over-rated Football players - complete list:

1. Mario Balotelli
2. Robinho
3. Radamel Falcao
4. Ibrahimovic
5. Faustino Asprilla
6. David Luiz
7. Ezequiel Lavezzi
8. Wesley Sneijder
9. Sergio Ramos
10. Jack Wilshere
11. Steven Gerrard
12. Roberto Baggio
13. Adriano
14. Wayne Rooney
15. David Ginola
16. Denilson
17. Florent Malouda
18. Nicolas Anelka
19. Carlos Valderrama
20. Georgi Kinkladze


News coming out of Spanish Sports paper "Marca" advances that Real Madrid & Sergio Ramos have ironed out their differences & look like sealing an agreement that renews the defenders contract until 2020.

Was there any doubt? I posted here weeks back that the supposedly Manchester United offer would be used as leverage power in the negotiations. Ramos wanted 10M€ per season while Real Madrid only offered 7M€. The leaked - & apparent - 11 M€ per season from Man United offer was all that Ramos & his inner circle needed to drive home their desires. Add media support from "old friends" & Mr. Ramos was certainly in the process.

REAL MADRID until 2020

Real Madrid President Perez flew to China days back to meet up with squad & in the process offer a counter-offer that apparently makes Sergio Ramos happy: 9M€ per season & contract extention until 2020. Although nothing is official it is speculated that "deal" will be shut & sealed in Madrid next week after Real Madrid return from Asia. 

Manchester United fans may well be angry. The English Club was used as a betting chip & locals may well see Ramos as a "traitor". If so, it would be naive & childish as this sort of thing happens everyday in Football. Plus I would be surprised if Man United Directives did not smell beforehand the Spanish players intentions. Manchester United will outwardly cry "mutiny" but that's to keep the local fan base on their side.

Football, a marvellous game, however treacherous for the blind & naive.   


FIFA celebrated this evening the Group match-ups for the upcoming Russia 2018 World Cup. Spain has been matched with Italy, Albania, Isreal, Macedonia & Liechtenstein in Group G.

Russia 2018

Full Group match-up in the European section: 

Group A- Luxemburg, Belarus, Bulgaria, Sweden, France, Holland
Group B- Andorra, Latonia, Feroe Is, Hungary, Switzerland, Portugal
Group C- San Marino, Azerbaijan, Norway, Nth Ireland, Czech Rep, Germany
Group D- Georgia, Moldavia, Ireland, Serbia, Austria, Wales
Group E- Kazakhstan, Armenia, Montenegro, Poland, Denmark, Rumania
Group F- Malta, Lithuania, Slovakia, Scotland, Slovenia, England
Group G - Liechtenstein, Macedonia, Israel, Albania, Italy, Spain
Group H- Cyprus, Estonia, Greece, Bosnia, Belgium
Group I- Finland, Turkey, Ukraine, Island, Croatia

Group G Russia 2018

World Cup Russia 2018 Group Qualifiers dates:

Round 1
4 - 6 Sep. 2016
Round 2
6 - 8  Oct. 2016
Round 3
9 - 11 Oct. 2015
Round 4
11 - 13  Nov. 2016
Round 5
24 - 26  Mar. 2017
Round 6
9 - 11  Jun. 2017
Round 7
31 Ag. - 2  Sept. 2017
Round 8
3 - 5  Sept. 2017
Round 9
5 - 7  Oct. 2017
Round 10
8 - 10  Oct. 2017

Best 2º placed qualifiers
9 - 11  Nov. 2017

12 - 14 - Nov. 2017


Spanish Football Club Real Madrid published yesterday the shirt numbers for their players for the new & upcoming 2015 - 2016 season. Handy information if your a fan & are thinking in purchasing a Club shirt so you can now choose correctly your favourite player number. 

However, bear in mind that some players could exit before the end of the transfer period while new players could arrive.

Shirt Numbers

Here is the current full list of allocated players shirt numbers for 2015-2016:

1. Keylor Navas
2. Raphael Varane
3. Pepe
4. Sergio Ramos
5. Fabio Coentrao
6. Nacho
7. Cristiano Ronaldo
8. Toni Kroos
9. Karim Benzema
10. James RodrIguez
11. Gareth Bale
12. Marcelo
13. Kiko Casilla
14. Casemiro
15. Dani Carvajal
16. Lucas Silva
17. Alvaro Arbeloa
18. Lucas Vazquez
19. Modric
20. Jese
21. Cheryshev
22. Isco
23. Danilo
24. Illarra
25. Pacheco


News in this afternoon from Spanish Sports media indicate that Spanish Football Club Atletico de Madrid has come to an initial agreement with English Premier League Club Chelsea FC to sign-buy Brazilian International left-back Felipe Luis

The player returns to At Madrid after a short stint at Chelsea FC were he did not fully fit in with the plans of Coach Mournho. Meanwhile Atletico Coach Simeone was never fully convinced with substitute Siquiera & thus the "buy back option" suited both Clubs.

returns to atletico de madrid

The deal is reported to be around 16M€ & now depends on Atletico finding a new destination for Siquiera. Stay tuned!

Meanwhile staying with Atletico the next signing may soon be Paris St Germain veteran midfielder Thiago Motta. If the player does sign it would another case of a Footballer returning to Atletico. 

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