FIFA & France Football have released the three final nominees for the 2015 Golden Ball Award. Once again Spanish Football is well represented with all three names playing in Spanish Football Clubs : 2 in FC Barcelona & the other in Real Madrid.

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That Lionel Messi & Cristiano Ronalo appear on the final nominee list is no surprise, in fact I can guarantee that the 2015 Golden Ball winner will be Lionel Messi. But to see the name of Neymar is a real surprise

The Brazilian is playing at a high level the last month, back his overall year performance falls way short of being considered & less a deserving a final nominee place. It is obvious that Neymars Club team-mate Luis Suarez is still being punished & has been left out, Luis Suarez does deserve more to be included.

It has a bad smell of corporate & business interest including Neymar in this final list. The big Sportswear & sponsor companies need a "young" successor to Messi & Ronaldo who are themselves getting on a bit on & are tiring the market will their dominance year after year. A new face is needed & Neymar sells well with youth & the huge Brazil market.

Neymar still has a long way to go, needs to overcome his hype factor. Being included at this stage is ... shall we say, a surprise. 

Other FIFA nominees are Spanish & FC Barcelona Coach Luis Enrique, along with Spaniard & Bayern Munich Coach Guardiola & Chile Team Coach Sampoali. In the FIFA Female Best Player Award the nominees are Carli Lloyd (USA), Alia Miyama (Japan) & Celia Sasic (Germany).


Spanish Football with Round 13 of La Liga continued today with the remaining 4 games played. Here are all the corresponding final results & the goalscorers.

La Liga Spain

Madrid club Getafe hosted Villarreal & surprisely won well 2 - 0. The goals for Getafe came through Lafita in the 20th min & Alvaro Vazquez in the 50th min. Important 3 points for Getafe & a confidence booster.

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Real Madrid travelled up north to play the inform Eibar on a difficult ground. Real Madrid needed a win to keep pace with run away FC Barcelona (6 points) & Atletico de Madrid (2 points) on the Liga table. A loss here by the Madrid Club would have further opened the wounds still "bleeding" after the terrible performance & loss to Barça last week.

Real Madrid managed a 2 - 0 win over Eibar, with the latter playing well but failing with crucial small details that turned out to be decisive for the Real Madrid win. Madrid played just enough to get through with goals from Gareth Bale in the 44th min & a penalty converted by Cristiano Ronaldo in the 81st min. 

The other news is the injury to Real Madrid defender Carvajal, which will need to see to what extent. Its the 16th injury in the Real Madrid squad so far this season.

At Bilbao 2015

Madrid Club Rayo Vallecano was defeated by Athletic Club Bilbao 0 - 3. Bilbao forward Aduriz was inspired today & scored a HAT-TRICK, 3 goals in the 2nd, 23rd -penalty & the 60th min. Rayo Vallecano was simply overpowered by a disciplined & more ambitious visiting team which could have scored more goals.

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Sevilla FC defeated Valencia CF 1 - 0 & in the process speeded the resignation of Valencia CF Coach Nuno. The weeks of angry backlash against his figure by the Valencia fan base has encouraged Nuno to say goodbye with his teams defeat tonight as the final backdrop.

The winning goal for Sevilla came in the 51th min when Banegas found Escudero who scored a spectacular goal.


Spanish Football action today with La Liga Round 13 scheduled matches. Here are all the corresponding final results along with all the goalscorers.

Real Betis Liga Spain

Round 13 kicked-off with the Friday night game between Levante & Real Betis. The final result was a 0 - 1 win to Betis with the 3rd min goal from Ruben Castro. Levante was unlucky & hit the woodwork twice, one a tremendous miss by the Levante forward.

FC Barcelona

FC Barcelona hosted Real Sociedad & won comfortably 4 - 0. Barça are enjoying their "sweet spot moment" & are basically unstoppable, especially their three players upfront who all scored. Neymar scored twice - 21st & 52nd min -, Luis Suarez in the 40th min & Lionel Messi in the 90th min. 

Little more to add, except FC Barcelona is top of La Liga ladder & playing like angels.

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Atletico de Madrid defeated RCD Espanyol 1 - 0 & keeps up pace with Barça sitting in the 2º Liga table spot. The winner & goal was a very early by Griezmann in the 3rd min, while later Atletico came close to scoring again various times but was off target. 

The worrying news was Atletico de Madrid midfielder Tiago who was carried off & taken to Hospital. Its a leg bone fracture & the Portuguese player could miss the season.

Soccer Spain

Top match between Malaga FC & Granada which ended in a 2 - 2 draw after the latter made a comeback. Malaga FC was up 2 goals after Charles in the 44th min & Formal in the 58th min steered the game in the hands of Malaga. But a red card to Malaga defender Tissone put Malaga down to 10 men & allowed Granada back in the match. They managed two goals in the late part of the game - El Arabi in the 82nd & Rochina in the 85th min - to get the draw.

Las Palmas 0 - Deportivo A Coruña 2 (Simon own goal 18th min & Lucas Perez 91st min)

Celta de Vigo 2 (Orellana 15th min &  Nolito 83rd min) - Sporting de Gijon 1 (Carlos Castro 68th min)


Three Spanish Football Clubs had their turn tonight in Champions League with Group games. Here are the corresponding final results along with all the goalscorers.


Shakhtar D. hosted a wounded Real Madrid for their Group A match. The final result 3 - 4 with Real Madrid collapsing in defence after being 0 - 4. It all happened in the 78th min when a penalty was awarded & converted by Teixeira. Then followed another by Dentinho in the 84th min & Teixeira in the 89th min nearly equalizing the match. 

Before all this drama Real Madrid without James, Benzema, Kroos, Navas & Danilo (later came on to replace injured Varane) starting controlled proceeding with goals scored by Cristiano Ronaldo in the 17th min, Modric in the 50th min, Carvajal in the 52nd & Cristiano Ronaldo in the 71st min.

After all these goals we witnessed a total transformation for the worst from Real Madrid with terrible defensive marking & positioning that nearly gave the surprise. Coach Benitez & fans will be disappointed with the bad performance of the last 15 minutes from Real Madrid. 

The good news is they remain top of Group A.

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Needed victory for Atletico de Madrid over Galatasaray 2 - 0 in their Group C clash. Both goals from Griezmann, in the 12th & 65th min. Atletico de Madrid will now play it out with Benfica in the next match for the top spot of Group C.

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Bad news for Spanish Football was the 4 - 2 defeat away by Sevilla FC at the hands of German Club Borussia MGladbach in their Group D game. The loss by Sevilla leaves them out from advancing further in the Champions League competition. The goals came in the following order:

  • Stindl 29th min, 1 - 0
  • Johnson 67th min, 2 - 0
  • Raffael 77th min, 3 - 0
  • Vitolo 81st min, 3 - 1
  • Stindl 82nd min, 4 - 1
  • Banega 90th min, 4 - 2


UEFA Champions League Football tonight with two Spanish Football Clubs in Group action. Here are the final results from their corresponding matches along with  all the goalscorers.


FC Barcelona hosted AC Roma for their Group E game & won 6 - 1. Barça is unstoppable at this moment, without or now with Lionel Messi. AC Roma could have stayed home as they were steamed rolled by FC Barcelona & even missed a penalty in the 82nd min when Dzeko "hit" Barça goalie Ter Stegen. Thanks to the pride of Dzeko he later scored in the last minute - 93rd, the only goal for Roma. Talking about penalties, Neymar missed one for Barça in the 79th min due to a too casual approach. 

Not much more to add except all the goalscorers:
  • Suarez 15th min, 1 - 0 
  • Messi 18th min, 2 - 0
  • Suarez 43rd min, 3 - 0
  • Messi 50th min, 4 - 0
  • Pique 56th min, 5 - 0
  • Adriano 79th min, 6 - 1
  • Dzeko 93rd min, 6 - 1 
Top match from Luis Suarez with great goals, a forward in a state of grace.

Valencia CF

Zenit St Petersburg hosted Valencia CF & won 2 - 0. The goals came from Shator in the 15th min & Dzyuba 76th min. Valencia even lost a man in the latter part of the game with a red card & Vezo was sent off.

The loss complicates the opportunities of classifying from Group H for Valencia CF. They now have to win at home in the next Group match to even think about advancing further in the competition. Valencia Coach Nuno is running out of credit.
Tomorrow more Champions League Group games with the three remaining Spanish Football Clubs scheduled.

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